The Valley of the Moon Natural History Association (VMNHA) board added three new board members.
Susan Brandt Hawley, Lynne Deegan McGraw and Harvey Shein will join the board of VMNHA which oversees operations for Jack London State Historic Park. In 2011, VMNHA became the first nonprofit organization to take over management of a state park slated for closure, saving Jack London State Historic Park.
“The conclusion of one year is always a good time for reflection on our accomplishments and looking ahead to a new year encourages us to set new goals,” said Chuck Levine, the board president. “So this is an ideal time for Valley of the Moon Natural History Association to further expand our board as we actively chart the course for Jack London State Historic Park in 2014 and beyond. Having experienced and visionary people like Susan Brandt Hawley, Lynne Deegan McGraw and Harvey Shein on our team really strengthens the Board membership and enhances our efforts to improve the Park.”
Park Executive Director Tjiska Van Wyk said, “I welcome the support of dynamic members of our community who join with staff and our State Park partners in the ongoing labor of love to preserve and grow Jack London State Historic Park. We could not do our work without the leadership and vision of the Valley of the Moon Natural History Association Board.”
Brandt Hawley, a principle of Brandt Hawley Law Group, represents public interest groups in preservation issues statewide. Her cases have contributed to precedent in the six districts of the Court of Appeal and in the California Supreme Court. She and her husband, Bill, own and operate Random Ridge vineyards and winery in Mount Veedar appellation, with sons Emile and Zane.