Cheryl Bruner, President
Cheryl has a lifelong love of nature and goal of fostering an environment where the forests and the community take care of each other. Cheryl is employed full time as a Registered Nurse and owns an organic farm with her partner, Jim. In addition to her involvement with WCFP, she was president of the non-profit Sugarloaf Community Association and is presently on the Board of Directors for the Williams Creek Watershed Council.
Claudia Beausoleil, Vice President
Claudia has been conducting wildlife surveys for over 9 years as a private contractor, and has worked for 11 years with endangered species for The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. She has served in several non-profit environmental organizations as a board member and has been an elected official on the Williams Advisory Council since 1978. Married since 1974, Claudia has helped her husband in the excavation business. Her long range goal has been accomplished by opening Southern Oregon Mediation Center in Grants Pass Oregon in 1999. As a mediator, Claudia has facilitated many meetings and assisted in the resolution of challenging conflicts.
Suzan Schrader, Secretary
Suzan brings years of experience in creation, management, and organization of non-profits, along with active, volunteer participation in county agencies, with social justice concerns. Both from personal experience in simple living and with further training, she has taught survival skills and conscious co-existence with wild creatures to youth in the Mid-west and in Oregon. Since her move to Oregon, she has been participating in environmental activities that bring awareness to sound stewardship of our land, water, and forests. She is an organic gardener and herbalist, and as an artist, uses recycled materials to create clothing and goods.
Suzan is an ordained Minister, Spiritual Counselor, and Music Practitioner, trained in the Library Sciences, with a decade of experience in Hospice care.
Paul Torrence, Treasure
Paul F. Torrence is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. His career spanned 30 years at the US National Institutes of Health where he was a Section Chief and then 8 years at Northern Arizona University where he was department chair for 3 years. He has published more than 200 scientific papers and edited 4 books in medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, and drug discovery. He organized Congressional lobbying efforts for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in 1991 and in 1995, on leave from NIH, as an employee of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center. He was instrumental in forming the Shenandoah National Park Coalition in the early 1990’s and served as a member of the Maryland Governor’s Endangered Species Taskforce. He was a consultant and witness for the plaintiffs in Navajo Nation et al vs. US Forest Service et al in the issue of using reclaimed sewage water to make snow on the sacred San Francisco Peaks in Arizona. He has hiked and backpacked throughout the U.S. and mountaineered on five continents. He serve on the Board of Directors of the Williams Creek Watershed Council, the Siskiyou Project, the (Dutch) Amazon Fund and its sister U. S. branch Amazon Fund International (www.amazonfundinternational.org), and is a scientific advisor to the German group SIMBIOSIS – Mensch u. Natur e.V. (www.promonte.de). He is also a BOD member of the Wilderness Land Trust (www.wildernesslandtrust.org). He taught a course for Southern Oregon University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute entitled “The Sixth Great Extinction and the Future of Medicine”. Dr. Torrence is a preservationist who believes that the most critical problem of all is human-induced species extinction. A fundamental disrespect of life is the root cause of much of societal failures and human suffering. Learning to co-exist with all species must form the foundation of any ultimately truly functional and successful culture.
Danielle Schreck, Board Member
Danielle has a degree in Environmental Studies and seeks to work with others in the community to promote ecological values. She has volunteered with community environmental groups, college campus environmental groups, and enjoys community outreach. Having lived in many parts of the country, Danielle realizes the valuable natural resources we have here in our community are a rarity. She moved to Williams with her husband, Joe, who is a teacher, and three boys. As a mother, she sees her role as a provider directly dependent on healthy forests, watersheds, and farms