Themes and Teams

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Our Mission

To protect California’s native plants and their natural habitats, today and into the future, through science, education, stewardship, gardening, and advocacy.

ORANGE COUNTY CHAPTER

Native Plants Support Nature

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President
2023

ELIZABETH WALLACE

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Vice President, 2022-2023
Chapter Council Rep., 2023

REBECCA CROWE

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Treasurer
2023-2024

LEWIS MARCHAND

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Recording Secretary
2023-2024

LESLEY BINDLOSS

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Director
2022-2023

DAN SONGSTER

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Director
2023-2024

LAURA CAMP

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Director
2022-2023

RON VANDERFHOFF

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Director
2023-2024

BRAD JENKINS

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Director
2022-2023

GABRIEL VERDUZCO

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Director
2022-2023

JOSIE BENNETT

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Director
2023-2024

SUNNY SAROA

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Director
2023-2024

JONATHAN FRANK

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PLANT SCIENCE COMMITTEE

know where plants were, are, could be and why

Chairperson:  RON VANDERHOFF

Field Trips:  JONATHAN FRANK (team lead), RON VANDERHOFF, EMILE FIESLER, RACHEL WHITT, JONATHAN ROBBINS

O'Neill Grant:  SUNNY SAROA (team lead), GREG VOSE

Rare Plants:  FRED ROBERTS (team lead), BOB ALLEN, RON VANDERHOFF, MIKE SIMPSON, SANDY LEATHERMAN

OC Parks Vascular Plant Checklists:  In collaboration with the UC Irvine Herbarium

CONSERVATION COMMITTEE
protect our wildlands

Chairperson:  JOSIE BENNETT

At Large Member:  REBECCA CROWE

Emergent Invasive Plants:  RON VANDERHOFF (co-lead), JOSIE BENNETT (co-lead), DAVID PRYOR (Bolsa Chica Conservancy), MATT MAJOR (OC Parks), JOAN MILLER

CNPS State Conservation Liaison:  JOSIE BENNETT

GARDENING COMMITTEE
build nature gardens in every neighborhood

Chairperson:  DAN SONGSTER

Garden Tour:  ROBIN HUBER (team lead), SARAH JAYNE, DORI ITO, MABLE ALAZARD, JENNIFER BEATTY, LESLEY BINDLOSS, BRAD JENKINS

School Gardens & Acorn Grant:  ELIZABETH WALLACE, DAN SONGSTER, RON VANDERHOFF

Horticulture Grant:  DAN SONGSTER

Homeowner Associations:  ELIZABETH WALLACE

City Public Works Dept. Outreach:  ELIZABETH WALLACE (team lead), REBECCA CROWE, LAURA CAMP, LESLEY BINDLOSS

PUBLIC EVENTS
provide social engagement, knowledge, and experiences

Programs
    Presenter Procurement:  DAN SONGSTER, RON VANDERHOFF
    Greeters:  DORI ITO, JENNIFER BEATTY
    Tech Support:  BOB ALLEN, SUNNY SAROA
    Murray Center Liaison:
  ELIZABETH WALLACE
    Zoom:  BRAD JENKINS

Sage Campaign:  ELIZABETH WALLACE (team lead), RON VANDERHOFF, LAURA CAMP, LESLEY BINDLOSS, THEA GAVIN, TRACEY DASCHBACH, SARAH JAYNE, DAN SONGSTER

Volunteer Engagement:  LESLEY BINDLOSS (team lead), JENNIFER MABLEY, ELIZABETH WALLACE

Online Book Sales:  JENNIFER MABLEY

In Person Sales:  JENNIFER MABLEY

Inventory, Equipment, Supplies:  BRAD JENKINS, DAN SONGSTER (posters)

COMMUNICATION COMMITTEE
present intriguing, curated, and useful information

Communication Coordinator:  ELIZABETH WALLACE

E-Newsletter (via Luminate):  SARAH JAYNE

Website:  RICH SCHILK, BRAD JENKINS

Instagram/Facebook:  GABRIEL VERDUZCO, ELIZABETH WALLACE

Buckwheat Brings Butterflies Blog:  ELIZABETH WALLACE

ADMINISTRATION

Membership Administrator:  LAURA CAMP
    Includes Luminate email and membership system

Bylaws, Handbook, Org Chart Guardians:  OPEN

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