California Native Plant Society

CNPS Leadership

Chapter Council
Marty FoltynMarty Foltyn, Chapter Council Chair, grew up in Washington, DC, and did not think about native plants until she moved to California. She went to a CNPS meeting in the early 1990s with her husband Jim to figure out which natives would look good in a coastal garden, was asked to fill in for the refreshment chair, and never looked back. For a number of years she served as San Diego chapter treasurer, where she could best support those amazing individuals dedicated to education and conservation of the breathtaking San Diego native plant species, especially the Dudleya, her favorite native. Marty became a Chapter Council Delegate in 2008, and served as Chapter Council Secretary from 2011 to 2015 and Chapter Council Representative to the Board in 2016. In her other life, Marty is president of a consulting company that helps technology companies market their products; enjoys weaving, gardening, and traveling; and is the proud parent of a college student who is continuing their family's love of native plants.
Larry Levine, Chapter Council Vice ChairLarry Levine, Vice Chair, has been a CNPS member since the 1980s. He studied botany and subjects related to plant ecology at Humboldt State University. Larry worked on the habitat requirements of two rare plants, then shifted focus to web-related services, and developed an online, easy to update version of the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants. Larry enjoys facilitating communication between people with opposing views so they find common ground. He wants to promote more dialogue among Chapter Council Delegates between Chapter Council meetings and intends to lead public plant walks again. When not involved with CNPS, Larry can often be found at Balkan music and dance events.
Judy FenertyJudy Fenerty, Secretary, joined CNPS in 1995, shortly after moving to California. She has been an active volunteer for the Santa Clara Valley Chapter since about 2001, when first introduced to the wonders of the local serpentine flora through the CNPS vegetation mapping project on Coyote Ridge in south San Jose. Currently a Chapter Council delegate, Judy served on the Santa Clara Valley chapter board as President, Vice-President, and executive committee member for eight years. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, and camping. Judy also serves as a docent and trail patrol volunteer for two local open space districts.
Board of Directors
Steven HartmanSteve Hartman, President, is a California native, grew up in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles and attended U.C. Berkeley where a Botany 1 class turned him into a native plant convert. Steve has served on the board of the Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter since 1983 and has taken on numerous roles: newsletter editor for over 20 years, president for 2 years, treasurer for over 20 years, and manager of the chapter's website since its inception. His state CNPS service includes a two-year term as Director-at-Large, and stints as Treasurer (1995-2004), and chapter council representative to the board (2012-2013). Steve has been active with numerous conservation issues and has represented CNPS on the Bureau of Land Management's California Desert Advisory Council (1992-1997) and the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Areas Steering Committee (1986 present). He is an advocate for native plant horticulture: his home garden has been included on the Theodore Payne Garden Tour several times; and he has pushed for native plant landscaping along Los Angeles busways and metro lines with great success.

Steve's philosophy is that if you can protect the native plants, you can protect the fauna and, thus, maintain California's incredible biological diversity. This goes hand in hand with controlling non-native invasive species. He believes that as a Society we also have to focus on the human side of the equation, and gardening with natives is a very comfortable entry point into the world of CNPS. Many public landscape projects include native plants; it is important that these areas look great, so maintenance is just as important as planting. These public native landscape projects are often in urban areas. The future of CNPS depends on how effectively we can introduce the environmental ethic to all city-dwellers.

Bill WaycottBill Waycott, Vice President, has lived in California since birth, growing up in the Santa Monica Mountains. Bill has a background in agricultural research and has lived in the San Luis Obispo area for the past 25 years. He is currently managing a small farm, growing vegetable and CA native seed, as well as teaching at California State Polytechnic University. Bill knows the flora of the Central Coast, being an active hiker and explorer.
Carolyn LongstrethCarolyn Longstreth, Secretary is a native Californian and native plant enthusiast who practiced law for many years in Connecticut. Not long after returning to California in 2006, Carolyn joined the Marin chapter board as the Chapter Council Delegate. In 2010, while serving on the Chapter Council, Carolyn took on the task of chairing the Bylaws Revision Committee; in 2013, she was elected Secretary of the Society. Carolyn is also a Director and Past President of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin. She serves as a docent for the Point Reyes National Seashore, and coordinates the Third Thursday Weeders to help remove invasive plants and restore native plants in the national park. As a founding coordinator of the Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival, she is the author of the wildly popular CD "Birding By Ear at Point Reyes." Aside from her non-profit work and other volunteering, Carolyn enjoys writing, native gardening, birding and hiking.
Gabi McLeanGabi McLean, Treasurer, has been an active member of the San Gabriel Mountains Chapter, since 1995, and has been on the chapter board of directors most of that time, serving as chapter president for six years. Gabi brings to her position as CNPS Treasurer a career in non-profit finance and management. Before her retirement, she served as Chief Financial Officer for a very large not-for-profit organization that serves developmentally disabled people. She has also served on the boards of the Natural Science Section of the Sierra Club-Angeles Chapter and Eaton Canyon Nature Center Associates of Los Angeles County, and also volunteers as a naturalist for these organizations. Gabi enjoys time in the field, exploring, taking detailed photographic studies of plants, hiking, working in her native plant garden.
Gordon Leppig Gordon Leppig, Director, is a member of the North Coast Chapter of CNPS and is a Senior Environmental Scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in Eureka. A New Jersey native, his interest in knowing native plants and exploring wild places came from his childhood heroes Euell Gibbons and Thor Heyerdahl. In his early years, Gordon went to chef school and had a 10-year career feeding people before focusing attention on plant science and conservation. He has a special fondness for sedges, rushes, marine angiosperms, and aquatic plants. When not exploring coastal wetlands, or bicycling among them, he most enjoys botanizing and poetry with family and friends at subalpine lakes.
Jean Robertson, Director
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Chris SarabiaCris Sarabia, Director, is a board member of the South Coast Chapter of CNPS and is the Stewardship Manager for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy where he is responsible for implementation of land stewardship activities on nature preserves. In the past, Cris specialized in the management and restoration of coastal sage scrub habitat, coastal salt marshes, coastal dunes and marine habitats. Cris also works as a bilingual instructor with Greywater Action, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a sustainable water culture. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and loves to give back to his community. His goal is to have an educational native plant garden accessible in every community of Los Angeles. You can typically find Cris volunteering his time with various nonprofits, leading workshops for underserved communities.
Vince Scheidt, DirectorVince Scheidt, Director, has been an active member of CNPS since 1980. He has assisted with listing petitions, litigation, rare plant studies, and the annual San Diego Chapter fall plant sale for many years. Vince graduated from SDSU and UCLA where he received an MA in Biology. He lives in San Diego, where he owns a small private environmental consulting firm specializing in biological studies and endangered species surveys. He enjoys propagating native plants, specializing in rare Dudleyas, and maintains a diverse native plant garden filled with dozens of uncommon species. He is passionate about endangered plants and unusual plant communities, and loves the outdoors.
Julie Clark De Blasio, Director
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Brett Hall, Director
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Cari Porter, Director
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Johanna KwanJohanna Kwan, Chapter Council Representative, is a native Californian and lifetime member of CNPS. A graduate of UC Davis' Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry program where she first joined CNPS as a student member. While at Davis she was introduced to many botanists and plant lovers and became a campus Conservatory and Jepson Prairie docent. She completed a summer internship at Filoli Gardens in Woodside, CA and was a founding member of both the campus Botany and Environmental Horticulture clubs and the Davis Herbaria Society (Davis Botanical Society) where she is also a lifetime member and currently serving as co-VP of Membership.
David PryorDave Pryor, Chapter Council Representative, has a degree in marine biology from CSULB, and has enjoyed a long career with California State Parks in Orange and San Diego Counties. He retired as a Senior Environmental Scientist working with natural resources, planning, and interpretation along the coast. He's volunteered time on science and conservation matters, and a small restoration project on the Huntington Beach Mesa.
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