Gregory Giusti, of Kelseyville, has been appointed to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. Giusti has been an advisor and director of forest and wildlands ecology at the University of California Cooperative Extension since 1985. He was an agricultural biologist at the San Mateo County Department of Agriculture from 1981 to 1985 and chief biologist at the Marine Ecological Institute from 1979 to 1981. He earned a Master of Arts degree in ecology and population biology from California State University, San Francisco. Mr. Giusti was appointed to the Regional Water Board on November 25, 2013. His term expires September 30, 2021.
Hector Bedolla, of Healdsburg, has been general manager at Chenoweth Vineyards since January of 2020. He was adjunct Professor of Viticulture for the Santa Rosa Junior College in 2019. He was vineyard manager at Navarro Vineyards in 2018. He was vineyard manager at North Pacific Vineyard Management from 2016 to 2018. He was a crop advisor and agronomist at Crop Production Services from 2013 to 2016 and vineyard and ranch manager at Stuhlmuller Vineyards from 2011 to 2013. He was a consulting viticulturist at Windsor Oaks Vineyards in 2011 and an agricultural biologist in the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner's Office in 2010. He was a vineyard manager at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates from 2000 to 2010 and at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars from 1999 to 2000. He was vice president of vineyard operations at Hambrecht Vineyards from 1995 to 1999. He was vineyard manager at Hambrecht and Peterson Vineyards from 1988 to 1995 and at Iron Horse Vineyards from 1983 to 1988. Mr. Bedolla was appointed to the Regional Board in 2016. His term expires September 30, 2022.
Valerie Quinto, of Santa Rosa, has been Executive Director of the Sonoma Resource Conservation District since 2017, where she has held multiple positions since 2008. Quinto earned her B.S in Biology from Sonoma State University, and is a fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy and a member of Leadership Santa Rosa. Her term expires September 30, 2021.
Shaunna O. McCovey, of McKinleyville, has been the Director of Natural Resources and Governmental Affairs at Resighini Rancheria since 2020. McCovey has worked for Tribal Governments, environmental non-profits and the Federal Government, including Trinidad Rancheria, where she was the Deputy CEO, the Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs, Office of Self-Governance, where she negotiated compacts with Tribal nations, she worked in marine planning and tribal affairs while at the Portland, OR based non-profit, Ecotrust, and as a Policy Manager for Marine Spatial Planning at Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC. She held multiple positions for the Yurok Tribe including acting Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, Self-Governance Officer and staff attorney. McCovey has also been an associate professor at Humboldt State University. She earned a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Studies in Environmental Law degree from Vermont Law School and a Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University.
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