Photo Credit: Ethan Ball
Mary Webb, Interim President
Director Webb joined the board of Greenspace in 2002, serving as Vice President for 9 years. Mary served on the Membership, Events and Center Street Committees and is currently serving on the Budget Committee. Mary coordinates and advises Greenspace on Cambria Community Services District related activities that directly affect the watershed, forest and habitat. Mary is currently reviewing and revising building projects as a member of the Land Use Committee for the North Coast Advisory Council (NCAC) for compliance with SLO County land use plans and the CA Coastal Act. Mary also served as spokesperson for Greenspace in the implementation of the CA State Marine Life Protection Act which resulted in the establishment of the Cambria State Marine Park in 2007. Establishing and utilizing a network of agency contacts, Mary has been a tireless advocate for environmental protection at the local, county, and state levels.
Ms.Webb and her husband, Jim met at Intel Corporation in Santa Clara in the 1980’s, where she worked as a database manager. They purchased a home in Cambria in 1985. As manager of Seekers Glass Gallery in Cambria from 1986 to 2001, she also has 15 years experience and a thorough understanding of local retail issues.
Nancy Anderson, PhD, Treasurer
Director Anderson joined the board in August 2008. She and her husband Don are members of Greenspace and part time Cambria residents since 1987. She is committed to the Greenspace Mission and to learning what she needs to know to be a productive member of the board. A professor emeritus at the UCLA School of Nursing, her current work as a cultural anthropologist, teacher, and research consultant is focused on collaborative partnerships that address community concerns. She hopes to extend these efforts to encompass community partnerships that address environmental issues in Cambria.
John Zinke, MS, MD, Secretary
Dr. Zinke has had a long time interest in the physical and biological environment. He received his bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Denver and received his master’s degree in biology with emphasis in ecology from the University of Nebraska. He moved to Cambria in 1985 and served on the Greenspace Board for several years in the early 1990’s as treasurer. Now that he is retired from his medical practice, he hopes to spend more time in ecological activity (specifically in field work). He is currently on the Water Quality Monitoring Team for Greenspace and plans to start work on developing a native plant nursery with Greenspace. His primary interest is in harmonizing his life with the needs of the biological world by reducing his “carbon footprint” and fostering the idea of human’s interdependence on the biological and physical world.
Wayne Osborne Attoe, PhD, Director
An author and retired professor of architecture and urban design, Wayne has been a member of Greenspace since 1997. His contributions include community outreach and writing grant applications.
David Bidwell, Director
Director Bidwell moved to Cambria in 1988. He is a professional ornamental metal worker, currently working for Coast Unified School District in the Operations Department. He and his wife are active volunteers in the community and dedicate much of their free time to the preservation of the coastal environment.
Christine Heinrichs, Director
Christine Heinrichs is the author of How to Raise Chickens (Voyageur Press, 2013) and How to Raise Poultry (2009). Her magazine articles appear regularly in publications ranging from Audubon and Backyard Poultry to Diversity/Careers in Engineering and Information Technology. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Environmental Journalists, Northern California Science Writers Association and Ten Spurs, the honorary society of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. She is a member of the American Poultry Association, where she serves on the Heritage Breeds Committee, the American Bantam Association and the Livestock Conservancy. She lives with her husband, chickens and cat in Cambria, California.
William Knight, Director
Director Knight is a retired special education teacher with over thirty years experience, specializing in children with visual impairment. He has volunteered for Greenspace since its inception. He is responsible for monitoring property owned by Greenspace.
Ellen Leigh, MA, Director
Ellen joined the board in June, 2012 after a varied career in museum management. As Executive Director of the Anniston Museum of Natural History, she became interested in water quality monitoring and partnered with the Boy Scouts and the Boys and Girls Clubs in order to begin a water testing program in Alabama. She leads the Water Quality Monitoring Team at Greenspace and enjoys helping with special events. She believes her personal commitment to environmental education dovetails nicely with the mission of Greenspace and enjoys being part of an organization with such a successful track record in protecting the natural and cultural resources of Cambria.
Deborah Parker, JD, DC, Director
Deborah Parker is Greenspace's Administrator, is a member of the Board of Directors and serves as counsel for Greenspace. Dr. Parker provides administrative support to the Executive Director, develops and writes grants and proposals, creates layouts, graphics, and text for educational and promotional materials, provides contract and ordinance analysis, creates, develops, and manages Greenspace databases and initiates new programs. Deborah Parker has had a history of administrative experience as the Administrator for other non-profit organizations, supervising their office operations and staff and overseeing the volunteers. Deborah Parker also is a partner in the law firm of Parker & Hawley, LLP.
Arthur Van Rhyn, Director
Director Van Rhyn provides Greenspace with artistic project consulting and community experience. He is an accomplished artist and the owner of the Arthur Van Ryn Gallery in Cambria. Additionally Mr. Van Ryn is a civil engineer and retired CalTrans Engineer. Mr. Van Ryn is a member of the Allied Arts and the Moonstone Beach Association. He is a political cartoonist for the Cambrian newspaper. Mr. Van Ryn has served as the Director and Chairman for the Cambria Community Services District.