Lisa Monteiro was born and raised in Tulare, CA. Lisa graduated from California State University Fresno in 2003 with a B.A. in English. Her love of history and its preservation have only grown through work with museums and historical societies. Lisa is the former Executive Director of the Central Sierra Historical Society & Museum in Shaver Lake, where her love for the community and surrounding forest blossomed. Lisa is currently the Director of the Mineral King Preservation Society out of Sequoia National Park. Lisa enjoys researching and writing on historical topics and spends her free time with her daughter hiking, traveling, laughing and exploring. Lisa has a passion for history and is always eager to learn the stories of people and places of the past.
John R. Mount worked for Southern California Edison for 31 years, managing the company’s 20,000 acres of private land surrounding Shaver Lake. He has a total of 57 years in forest management starting with the Forest Service and then 15 years in private practice.
John has received the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, Stewardship Award, and the Conservationist of the Year award from the western section of the Wildlife Society. He was the recipient of the Francis Raymond Award, as outstanding forester in California for 2010.
In 2010, he published a comprehensive book on forest management in the Sierra Nevada titled “Torching Conventional Forestry, the Artful Application of Science”.
He is a 1961 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a B.S. degree in forest management. John has 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. He has lived in the Shaver Lake area since 1961.
Jacqueline McDonald Pucheu
Jacqueline McDonald Pucheu has a deep personal connection to the Central Sierras. Since early childhood, she has cherished time spent water skiing at Shaver Lake, snow skiing at China Peak, and hiking, camping, and horseback riding within the Central Sierra forests. Her grandfather Douglas Shaver McDonald, a grandson of the pioneer CB Shaver, has always inspired her to make time to care for and enjoy people and nature. She has a background in water and environmental law and is an alumni of the California Agricultural Leadership Program.
Jakki currently devotes herself to raising her four young children and supporting their school, church, and community. Jakki is passionate about empowering the mountain community to lead its revitalization effort after the Creek Fire. She is committed to ensuring local resources are available to steward the unique natural resources and historical legacies of the Central Sierra region for generations to come.
Juli was born and raised on the Georgetown Divide, located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. She attended Humboldt State University, graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry, with an emphasis in Hydrology. She spent the early part of her career working for SCE Forestry, using prescribed fire and applied silviculture to manage the Company-owned lands for water, wildlife, recreation and timber. In 2014, Juli left SCE to form Vermilion Resource Management Inc., a forestry and environmental consulting firm. Vermilion provides services to a diverse set of clients, including small private landowners, researchers, universities, agencies and public utilities.
Juli and her husband Ryan feel incredibly lucky to raise their daughters Juniper and Rowan in the mountains of the Central Sierra. Family adventures in the woods are one of their favorite pastimes, and they are dedicated to the management and continued restoration of these critical natural resources.
Juli is a Registered Professional Forester and a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Sierra Historical Society.
Riley Young was born and raised in the Shaver Lake area, where his father logged trees for more than 40 years.
Riley graduated from Fresno State with a BS in Ecology. Riley started his career with SCE Forestry working on the Shaver lands. For the last fourteen years he has been working for hydro electric companies in the Central Sierra.
He is happily married to his lovely wife Carolyn Young with whom he shares three amazing kids: Mason, Ivie , and Travis Riley’s spare time is spent in the woods or coaching his kids sporting teams.
Chasie Thiele has lived in Shaver Lake since 1998 and moved to the area because of her love of all that the Central Sierra has to offer. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and graduated from Fresno State University with a B.S. in Food and Nutritional Sciences. She and her husband have two children with which they enjoy spending their time as a family boating on the lake, snow skiing, backpacking, & motorcycle riding. Her passion and care for the community, the forest, and the wildlife in the Central Sierra is what motivated her to help establish the Central Sierra Resiliency Fund. Chasie believes that the devastation from the Creek Fire will require many groups and agencies to come together to help the area recover but it is imperative that the long term stewardship of these lands occurs so that a healthy forest can be enjoyed and lived in for generations, of humans and animals, to come.