Open Space Background

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation. It consists of no more than twenty one members, chosen from the general membership, to serve for two-year terms. No director may serve more than three consecutive terms, but may be renominated after a period of at least one year following their last date of service on the Board. The directors are the only voting members of the organization.

As a group, the directors are outdoor enthusiasts concerned about the dwindling availability of open space and natural diversity in central Contra Costa County. Their backgrounds are eclectic, including science, teaching, engineering, law and corporate management. Their recreational activities range from hiking and bicycling to restoring oaks and other native vegetation, as well as wildlife habitat, in Walnut Creek's open space areas. All the directors are dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the city's priceless open spaces.

Join our Board!

The Foundationís all-volunteer Board of Directors is always seeking new members.

The Foundation Board meets monthly to discuss and make decisions about restoration projects including our Oak Habitat Restoration Project and uses of other native plants, the state of our open spaces, educational and outreach programs, and more.

If youíre involved in the Open Space in any capacity -- hiker, cyclist, equestrian, dog owner, botany or biology student -- and are interested in joining the board, please send an email to us at: contact@wcosf.org.

Board of Directors 2018-2019

Board photo 2013

2012-2013 Board Members: (from left to right, front to back) Stuart Mangini, Katrina Nagle, Lesley Hunt, Barney Howard, David Ogden, Brain Murphy, Gary Muerle, Linda Judd, Dick Daniel, Karl Snover, Bill Hunt, Joe Stadum, Sean Micallef, and Phil Johnson. Not present: Florence Stone. Photographer: Brad Heckman

Lesley Hunt - President

David Ogden - Vice President

Karl Snover - Treasurer

Kime Smith - Secretary

Earl Bates

Richard Daniel

Phil Johnson

Linda Judd

Gary Muerle

Tim Orv

Bob Simmons



Advisory Board

Retired directors are appointed to the Advisory Board, if they so wish, to serve without term limits. In this manner, the expertise of the former members can be called upon when needed, but they have no vote on affairs of the Foundation.


Bill Barnard

Jake Bronson

Harvey Ceaser

Jerry Christopherson

Christina Hagelin

JoAnn Hanna


Brad Heckman

Barney Howard

Bill Hunt

Larry Johnson

Russ Jones

Tom Lee


Connie Loosli

Carla Ludwig

Stuart Mangini

Sean Micallef

Bob Moran

Pat Moran


Brian Murphy

Katrina Nagle

Karl Snover

Mike Weiss