Chimineas Ranch Foundation Office

7870 Fairchild Ave Winnetka, California 91306

​818-371-5659

FOUNDATION LIFE MEMBERS:   * First Life members~2011

Steve Adam
Terry Bucher
Don Copland
Marguerite Costigan/T. Sanville
John Dodson
Filkin Family
Mike Fiore
Russell Francis

Freedman Family
Mark Gomes*
Michelle Groff
Bob Kober
Norm McDonald
William Owen
Mike Post*
Mike Reinesto
Claudia Arnold Russell
Tom Rust
Andrew Schiedegger
Dan Shepard MD
Larry Smith
Michael Tarpley
Bill Thrift
Bill Tocci*
Erin Whitfield
Brandon Wolfarth

RYAN SMITH

AT LARGE


Ryan joined the CRF board in 2016.  He is a native Californian who has lived in the Atascadero area his entire life.  He is a civil servant who donates his free time to conservation groups.  He is a licensed hunting guide in California and assists in the management of a Private Land Management Program on a private ranch in the area.



JAKE SHEFFIELD

TREASURER/SECRETARY


Jake is a CPA and Senior Manager at a prominent Santa Barbara based accounting firm.  He specializes in corporate taxes and accounting.  In addition to his experience in public accounting, his background includes an undergraduate degree in Economics and Accounting from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University.  All together this provides him with the expertise to oversee the foundation’s financial statements and government compliance.  Jake lives with his family in Goleta and spends countless hours outdoors, especially being involved in wildlife conservation and youth outdoor activities.

MARK GOMES

AT LARGE


Mark has been involved with the Chimineas Ranch since 2005.  He was a member of the Working group that formed the CRF and he has served as Board Chair and Secretary.  He is a native Californian whose ancestors arrived in the early 1700's.  His family has been involved in ranching, agriculture and construction in the local area.  He is a Cal Poly graduate with studies in agriculture, biology and wildlife biology.  Mark served in the U.S. Navy.  He is a member of several community and conservation organizations in the Santa Maria area.  He is a businessman, outdoorsman and conservationist who owns his own General Contractor business in Santa Maria.

LARRY SMITH

VICE CHAIR~Advisory Board Liaison


Larry has been involved with the Chimineas Ranch since 2005. He was a member of the Working Group that formed the Chimineas Ranch Foundation and he has served as Treasurer, Vice-Chairman of the Board and Board Chair.  He has a BS Degree in Natural Resource Management with a specialty in Fish and Wildlife Management . He served in the United States Army. He has served on other non-profit corporate boards for various organizations since 1987.  He has volunteered countless hours to many conservation groups since 1985. Larry lives with his wife and family in Atascadero where he runs a successful auto repair business as well as two Private Land Management wildlife programs on local ranches.

MIKE POST

BOARD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Mike has been involved with CPER as a volunteer since 2005. He was a member of the working group which formed the Chimineas Ranch Foundation and has served as a founding board member since that time holding the positions of Founding Chair, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director.  He also serves as the Historian for the ranch and has authored two historical publications.  He holds a Master Degree in Public Administration.  He served in the USMC.  He has volunteered countless hours to local wildlife conservation groups since 1995.  He has served on non-profit corporate boards for various organizations involved in conservation and mental health since 1990.  Mike's family has been involved in dairy and crop farming since 1814 in Ontario, Canada where Mike's uncle still continues the tradition.   He lives in Los Angeles with his wife where he runs the CRF corporate "office" and as a retired Chief of Police continues a part-time consulting business related to aviation and airport security.

DFW LIAISON TO THE BOARD

Bob Stafford, Biologist
San Luis Obispo Count
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People of the foundation


the people gathered in this photo were the original members of the volunteer working group that helped form the Chimineas Ranch Foundation

FOUNDATION ADVISORY BOARD

(The CRF is currently working on the formation of the advisory board.  The members of the advisory board will meet once each calendar year at the ranch and provide insight and expertise to aid the Directors in the work of the Foundation.)

DON COPELAND

AT LARGE



THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS: 

JOHN DODSON

CHAIR


John has been involved with CPER as a volunteer since 2005. He was a member of the working group which formed the Chimineas Ranch Foundation and has served as a board member since 2008 holding the positions of Treasurer  and Director.  His higher education includes work in public education and engineering degrees.    He served in the U. S. Navy.  John is an 8th generation descendant of an old Californio land grant family.  He has volunteered countless hours to local wildlife conservation groups since 1994.  He lives in Ventura where he has a successful business as a sales engineer.

RANDY TOGNAZZINI

AT LARGE


Randy joined the CRF board in 2016 a stint on the CRF Advisory Board.  His family has a long history in the Cuyama Valley and his family often transitioned the Chimineas Ranch in the early 1900's.  Randy still has a small ranch in nearby Cottonwood canyon.  He has an extensive executive background in international agricultural business and today serves as a consultant to several companies in the same field.  His passion is wildlife habitat preservation and management.  He lives in Arroyo Grande with his family and serves on several other boards as well.

The Foundation is a 100% volunteer organization.  That's both good and bad.  No person associated with the Foundation receives any compensation.  There is no paid staff.  The flip side is that we depend upon the availability of our volunteers to process your requests and donations, however generous.  You may reach any of the Directors by emailing the CRF at chimineasranch@aol.com and the email will be forwarded to them.  Executive Director (and board member) Mike Post runs the remote office, gets the emails and answers the phone when he can!

BOB KOBER

MEMBERSHIP


Bob is a native Californian who has lived in Santa Maria since 1962 with his wife Mary, three adult children and five grandchildren.  He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1973 with a B.S. Degree in Commerce. He recently retired from Calportland Company after 38 years of service as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and served as Senior Environmental Manager.  He is a lifelong volunteer for environmental groups, hunting & fishing organizations and serves on several Santa Barbara County commissions and committees.  He is also a dedicated longboard surfer.  Bob initially served on the CRF Advisory Board.

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