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.
Reflecting on John Muir’s legacy, he saw an overwhelming need for balance between humans and nature. In the midwest, the vast majority of nature had been pushed aside for economic progress. The realization that our entire area has yet to be developed in such a way was exciting. “We still have the ability to keep this region in balance, without having to repair too much damage”, he says. Increasing threats to wilderness and water compelled Tim forward, to help in any way possible.
Tim worked to better the community through a collage of different hospitality and tradesman occupations over the years, learning the real concerns of people in the area. He and his wife recently took over the Spring Hill Nursery near Mt. Shasta City Park. He believes that a thriving economy balanced with a thriving landscape is most critical for a thriving community.
Starting a public career with the California Legislature and the University of California, he later moved to the private sector, and was part of a team which accomplished Dolby Laboratories’ 2005 initial public offering. From 2003 to 2011, he owned the Jellyfish Gallery art and performance space in San Francisco’s SOMA area.
He continues to serve as CFO for Earthdance’s global network of peace and music events, and recently as an investor in an innovative permaculture-based community subdivision development in Costa Rica.
Andy holds an M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration) degree from the University of Southern California.
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.