Staff Members

CRCD Firewise Coordinator Jon Cottington

Jon Cottington

Executive Director

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I’ve lived in our mountain community for almost 30 years.  I have a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from California State University, Fresno. Until my recent move into working in Natural Resources, I had carpenter by trade for almost 20 years. I share a small homestead in North Fork with my amazing wife and  two beautiful small children, where we live amongst our dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, goats, and a variety of organic fruits and vegetables. I look forward to participating in the effort to conserve the natural resources of eastern Madera County.

CRCD Firewise Coordinator Jon Cottington

Kayla Rohrbaugh

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Growing up in the mountains sparked my curiosity about nature including our forest health and wildlife preservation and safety.  I like to spend as much time as possible outdoors hiking, paddleboarding or practicing yoga in the fresh mountain air. I currently live in North Fork with my family and our many animals, and I look forward to participating in the conservation effort in the mountain area and beyond!

CRCD Firewise Coordinator Jon Cottington

Kelly Green II

Firewise Coordinator

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CRCD Executive Director Julie Konno

Julie Konno

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I happily joined CRCD in December, 2017. I have been a resident of North Fork for 9 years after living in the Santa Cruz Mountains for 31 years. I have a small homestead with critters both domesticated and wild and I’m constantly experimenting with growing organic food and decorative plants. My Mother’s family have lived in the Central Sierra Foothills since 1860 and my Father’s family has been involved in Lumber and Forestry for generations. Conservation and sustainable use of our resources is something I began learning as a child and I hope to help my community with new and exciting programs as they develop.

Board of Directors

CRCD Secretary Melissa Cottington

LYNDALL ERB

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Lyndall grew up in San Francisco and has been active in the horse community of the San Francisco Bay Area for several decades.  She received her PhD in Physiological Ecology from UC, Davis and has an interest in land management as well as good ecological practices.  

She has served on the Board of several clubs and committees; was a member of the San Mateo County Confined Animal Technical Advisory Committee and the Coastside Regional Conservation District Advisory Board.  An equestrian since childhood she has ridden trails throughout California.  

She has volunteered for parks and open space areas, serving as a docent and volunteer trail patrol for Mid Peninsula Regional Open Space District, member and organizer for the San Mateo County Volunteer Horse Patrol, and volunteer for the Bay Area Ridge Trail.

CRCD President Jay Seslowe

Jay Seslowe

Vice President

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I have a BS degree in Agricultural Biology. I began my career as an Agricultural Biologist/Agricultural Inspector for the Orange County Department of the Agricultural Commissioner. I retired from the Madera County Department of the Agricultural Commissioner as an Assistant Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights & Measures. My wife Sharon and I live on 22 acres in Raymond with our horses, donkeys, sheep and dogs.

CRCD treasurer David Konno

David Konno

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Currently works for Yosemite Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council as their Program Manager. Retired with 29 years of public administration experience and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University, San Jose, Ca. Volunteered for four tours as a VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America), two tours in Iowa and two in California. Busted trail, planted trees, built check dams, restored meadows in our national forests and grew up on an avocado orchard in southern California.

CRCD Secretary Melissa Cottington

Melissa Cottington

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Growing up on a nursery, and hiking the land where I was born and raised in the Sierra Nevada mountains created an inner sense of stewardship at an early age. Now I am able to educate the lives of the youth at North Fork School, where I have taught a variety of grade levels. I enjoy focusing on conservation within multiple disciplines. I have utilized my Masters of Science in School Administration to promote community collaboration through the lenses of outdoor education and outreach. I am grateful for the opportunity in serving my community as a CRCD board member and wish to continue capacity building, community partnerships, and preservation of our natural resources.