2017 Board of Directors

Shawnee Alexandri (President): Shawnee is a local carpenter who has resided in Humboldt County for 16 years. He first moved to the region as activist during the Headwaters era and became deeply connected to the region. After following EPIC’s history and being intimately involved with the forest protection community, he believes EPIC is the most effective local organization working to protect and restore the landscape we call home. He has been on the EPIC Board of Directors since 2010, as treasurer for the first three years, and is currently serving as president.

Robert Shearer (Vice President): Robert is a botany/ecology double major at Humboldt State University with a focus in pollination and floral ecology. He has been an active advocate for environmental and social justice for seventeen years, since age fourteen. Currently, he is the president of the HSU chapter of Society for Conservation Biology and member of the EPIC Conservation Committee, providing experience where science meets policy. Robert also serves as the second assembly district’s representative on the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party State Central Committee. In 2011, Bobby created and still annually coordinates the Biodiversity Conference at HSU. In 2013, he organized and hosted the Klamath Basin Dam Removal and Water Rights Forum, as well as co-hosted a Redwood Resiliency Workshop which brought together state, federal, tribal and private forest managers with forest ecologists and climate scientists to discuss best management practices in a changing climate. Bobby has been on the board since January 2014.

Peter Martin (Treasurer): Peter is a civil rights lawyer in private practice in Eureka. He received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from UC Berkeley and a juris doctor from the University of Southern California. A vegan, animal rights activist, and member of the Green Party, he has supported several environmental organizations, including, Save the Redwoods League, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Center for Biological Diversity.  He is a major supporter of Farm Sanctuary, an organization dedicated to ending the exploitation of farmed animals. He currently serves as a director on the board of the Redwood ACLU and is President of the Humboldt Civil Liberties Defense Fund. He lives in Trinidad with his wife, Diqui LaPenta, a biology professor.

Mitra Abidi (Secretary): Mitra has worked extensively on restoration projects in coastal northern California. She graduated from Humboldt State University with a major in Natural Resource Planning with an emphasis on Sustainable Community Planning. During her time at HSU, Mitra was Co-Director for the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT). She has worked for AmeriCorp, the Mattole Restoration Council, and was the campaign manager for a Humboldt County Board of Supervisor candidate. Since 2010, Mitra has volunteered with EPIC’s Board, Fundraising and Outreach Committees, and joined the Board of EPIC in July 2013.

Noah Levy: Noah served as the Lands Program Director for Sanctuary Forest, a local land and water trust organization, for 11 years until July 2014. He recently left this job to form a private consulting business, Land Water Conservation Consulting. He also serves as a Humboldt County Planning Commissioner representing Humboldt’s 3rd District. He moved to Garberville in 2002 following earlier careers in journalism, marketing and law, and now lives in Arcata with his wife and sons. He has served on the EPIC Board of Directors since 2004.

Tom Preble: Tom moved to Humboldt County in 2005 after retiring as a project manager for the University of California Medical Center. He has had a long-time interest in protecting the environment and has been a bird watcher for more than 30 years. Practicing the Buddha Dharma during that time, he has developed a sense of compassion for all living things. In the past few years, Tom has served as the Education and Communication Chair for the Humboldt Democratic Central Committee. He has also served as a board member for the North Coast Environmental Center. Tom believes that this area is unique and especially precious because of its rare redwoods and rivers. He sees EPIC’s mission to preserve this incredible bio-diversity as something to support whole-heartedly.

Nate Madsen:  Nate has called Humboldt County home since 1991 when he moved here to attend Humboldt State University (HSU).  After a number of years of study and more than a few years of extended breaks for time spent paddling the Trinity River, hiking the Trinity Alps, and surfing in and around the greater Trinidad area, Nate graduated from HSU in 2000 while living in Mariah (the ancient redwood tree in Freshwater watershed) to protect Mariah from cutting by Maxxam/Pacific Lumber.  Nate currently resides in the Middle Mattole watershed where in July of 2014 he earned his Juris Doctorate through his correspondence studies at Concord Law School.  Nate currently works as an Arborist and intends to apply his recently acquired license to practice law addressing environmental and social justice issues.

Anthony Silvaggio: Dr. Silvaggio holds a Ph.D. in Sociology specializing in the areas of survey research methods, environmental sociology, social movements, globalization, green criminology and community organizing.  He is currently a faculty member in the Department of Sociology and teaches courses in the Environment and Community Masters Program at Humboldt State University.  He is also founding faculty member of the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research. His research on the environmental impacts of cannabis agriculture has been reported on in The New York Times and Mother Jones Magazine. His current research focuses on understanding the impact repressive legislation has on environmental non-profit organizations and activist communities.

Judith Mayer: Judee teaches in HSU’s Department of Environmental Science and Management, and  Environment and Community graduate program.  She holds MS and PhD degrees in City and Regional Planning. Judith is serving a fourth term on Arcata’s Planning Commission, currently as vice-chair, after two terms on Arcata’s Economic Development Committee.  An Arcata resident since 2000, Judith has lived, traveled, studied and worked extensively in the US, Europe, and Asia. A founding member of The Borneo Project of Earth Island Institute, she also served as its Director/Coordinator, and continues on its board.  Her research and advocacy for community environmental planning in the US and abroad gives her a local/global perspective on North Coast concerns. Judith hopes to contribute to EPIC’s defense of the Earth, and believes EPIC’s effective public persuasion, collaborative efforts, regulatory advocacy, and willingness to sue if necessary make EPIC the North Coast’s most effective environmental advocacy organization.