He has owned a local business, Shasta Visions and played music with SoundFarm Band and many others since 1987. His son grew up running in the wilderness around Mount Shasta.
Lydia began visiting Mount Shasta in the mid-1980s and moved here in 1991. She has been involved with MSBEC since the late 1990s and became a board member in 2001. Since 2012 she has been a co-owner of Directions, a local boutique.
Looking at Mount Shasta and its beautiful surrounding landscapes inspires her on a daily basis to work towards protecting these natural wonders for future generations.
John has spent a lot of time traveling and reading, still his favorite things to do. He is a fiscal and environmental conservative and a political progressive, and doesn’t think population growth solves anything. An electrician and contractor for 44 years. John has two daughters and 5 grandsons. The Mount Shasta area inspired John to live here for 26 years and he is wary of unplanned growth which is unlikely to make things better.
He also became active in helping Navajo tribes from the Big Mountain area of Arizona preserve their land and rights from exploitation. In 1988 he purchased the Stoney Brook Inn in McCloud, and in 1990 founded Klamath Blue Green Algae Company. In recent years, he developed a destination resort, “Astanga Yoga Centers” in Sri Lanka. In 2007 he was one of the initiators of Mount Shasta’s Community Garden in Shastice Park.
I offer to the organization my skills from my career in finance and my passion for nature.
Having completed a professional career serving in both the public and private sectors and inspired by the vision of creating a retreat center supported by the energies of nature, in 2004 I moved from the Bay Area to Mt. Shasta.
My long-term apprenticeship in the ancient Peruvian Earth-honoring ceremonial arts with shamanic practitioners in the US and Peru awakened me to the importance of living in harmony with Mother Earth.
Jessica worked as the HSI STEM Assistant Coordinator and Living Learning Community Coordinator, for the HSI STEM Program in the College of Natural Resources and Sciences at HSU and the AmeriCorps CSU STEM VISTA program through the CSU Office of the Chancellor respectively. Jessica is certified in Resource Development: Fundraising & Grant Writing, and Volunteer Mobilization. Inspired by her studies, her research, and her life and work experiences, Jessica has returned home to give back to the community she grew up in.
With previous experience in retail and continuing as an entrepreneur, she is currently enrolled in the accounting program at the College of the Siskiyous.
With primary responsibility for donor and supporter relations, she also organizes and coordinates special events and develops fundraising strategies. Bianca edits and produces our monthly email newsletter, keeps our website and social media communications up to date, and is the key contact for the press and public relations.