BENICIA TREE FOUNDATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2015-2016
Alison Fleck, President
Alison Fleck is the owner of Simply Perfect Gardens, a Bay Area based landscape design company. She has been an active member of the landscape community for 30 years and a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for 5 years. She was the chair person for the City of Benicia Tree Sub-Committee from 2006 to 2009 and has been the Community Member Representative for the Benicia Tree Committee, since its inception in 2009. She is also Past President of the Willis L Jepson Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.
Steven Goetz, Secretary
Steve has lived in Benicia since 1986, and is married with two adult children. He received a B.S. in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Certificate in Landscape Architecture from U.C. Berkeley Extension Program. He has worked as a planner since 1979 and is currently working on the Downtown Creeks Plan for the City of Lafayette. He has served for several years on the City of Benicia’s Tree Committee which updated the City’s tree ordinance in 2008, and is currently President of the Willis Linn Jepson Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, and a member of the Benicia Old Town Theatre Group.
Barbara Wood, Treasurer
Barbara Wood is a long-time resident of Benicia and has been active in her community, participating in the Benicia Bike Club and the Solano County Transportation Authority Bicycle Committee. The long awaited Benicia-Martinez bicycle/pedestrian bridge was dedicated to Barbara’s late husband and cycling advocate Austin Howard Gibbon. Barbara is now retired after a productive career working as a Certified Public Accountant.
PAST BOARD MEMBERS
Rae Lynn Fiscalini
Rae Lynn is an Architect and resident of Benicia for over twenty years. Rae Lynn holds Professional Accreditation in LEED Building Design and Constuction and is also a Master Gardener. Her community involvement has includes serving as an Art Docent at Joe Henderson Elementary School, inaugural member of the Benicia Green Business Committe of the Chamber of Commerce, and a four-year member of the Benicia Sustainability Commission. Among her many affiliations are American Institute of Architects (East Bay Chapter), Arts Benicia, California Native Plant Society, Friends of the Benicia Library and more.
Jessica is passionate about BTF’s mission locally within Benicia and the worldwide movement of sustainability. She believes it is important to focus on tree planting and education for the wide variety of benefits. Trees do everything from beautification of a community to improving the public health. She became involved in the Benicia Tree Foundation due to family ties in the community. Her past experience with non-profits and a Masters in Business Administration allowed her to assist the organization in the startup of the Benicia Tree Foundation. When pursuing her bachelors at University of California, Davis, she became aware of the impact trees have on connecting a community. Her dream is to bring together community by planting and education to improve the quality of life.
After completing a BA in General Studies at University of Washington, Bonnie Weidel completed 126 graduate units in Studio Art and Arts Education and, in 1969, obtained a secondary teaching credential in Art and English at UC Berkeley. In 1978 she moved to Benicia and felt like a pioneer/settler of the West. Beginning in 1986, she focused on community education and access to the arts, coordinating exhibits, festivals, craft fairs and scholarship programs through Benicia Community Arts. She owned Art For Kids in Benicia, teaching children ages 2 through 12 since 1990, and served on term as a Trustee on the Benicia Unified School Board. Bonnie passed away on April 18, 2014
Elaine Estrada, Board President Emeritus
Elaine Estrada has lived in Benicia for 16 years. She has had two children go through Robert Semple elementary, one now in college and the youngest in high school. Before joining Benicia Tree Foundation she was a board member for Robert Semple PTG and an active member for Benicia First. Her passion for trees started when she was very young. Being brought up in Mill Valley surrounded by redwoods gave her a lifelong appreciation for nature and particularly for trees. Elaine joined Benicia Tree Foundation as their board president October 2009. She would like to share her passion by planting trees in Benicia and is grateful for being able to play a role in developing a strong community based tree program. Elaine sees this as an opportunity to add to the beauty of Benicia as well as contribute to the well being of the environment.
Elaine Estrada (center with bowl made by Brad Adams) graduates from her year of service as the Benicia Tree Foundation founding Board President. She is pictured here with (left to right) Steve Goetz, Jessica Walsh-Krenicki, Alison Fleck, Elaine Estrada, Larry Lamoreux, Wolfram Alderson, Marilyn Bardet, and Bonnie Weidel.