Valerie Minton, of Petaluma, has been program director at the Sonoma Resource Conservation District since 2012, where she has held multiple positions since 2008, including conservation project manager and project coordinator. She was an environmental science intern at the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board from 2006 to 2008. Minton is a fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy and a member of Leadership Santa Rosa. Her term expires September 30, 2017.
Hector Bedolla, of Healdsburg, has been vineyard manager at North Pacific Vineyard Management since 2016. 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 Water Board on December 2, 2016. His term expires September 30, 2020.
Graduated juris Doctor Hastings Law School 1972, Graduated University of Stockholm School of law with a thesis on Swedish Water Quality Law. Present governmental experience is Board member McKinleyville Community Service District, Hearing officer for the North Coast Unified Air pollution District, member of the Eel river ground water Sigma. Prior service includes Regional and State Coastal Commissioner, Federal Magistrate Judge Klamath River Indian fishing, Humboldt County Supervisor, City Attorney Arcata, program analyst U.S. E.P.A. and senior attorney for the Yurok Tribe. Major accomplishments include negotiating the largest dam removal agreement in U.S. history for the Klamath River and successfully drafting an amendment to the Clean Water Act. Current activities are focused on marine issues related to the implementation of California’s new Marine Protection Act where he serves as the co-chair of the Del Norte County Collaborative network and overseas a behavioral beach census for False Klamath Cove.
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, 2017.
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