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.
McGraw held various positions for Raychem Corporation in her 20-plus-year tenure, most notably as national sales and marketing manager for a $500 million division; as well as site manager with an organization of 800 people including human resources, facilities, corporate real estate, procurement and logistics; and chief procurement officer responsible for a budget in excess of $1 billion with staff located in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. She currently is on the board of an environmental consulting company and is chair of fundraising for pancreas cancer at UCSF.
Shein, president of H.J. Shein, has been active in real estate development and redevelopment since 1970. He has developed, constructed and operated 2,000 apartments in the Chicago metropolitan area and helped reposition 1 million square feet of 1920s office buildings in the Chicago financial district for new tenancy and uses. Since moving west, he acquired a 120-acre office park in Fairfield with 2 million square feet of office and related uses. He is also a member of the board for Quarry Hill Botanical Garden County.
Brandt Hawley, McGraw and Shein join other members of the VMNHA board including Mike Benziger, Karen Collins, Betsy Kutska, Lou Leal, Jeff McBride, Dave Stollmeyer, Al Stumpf and President Charles Levine.
For more information about Jack London State Historic Park, visit jacklondonpark.com.