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Board of Directors

An engaged Board of Directors and several dedicated committees oversee all JMLT activities. Please review a variety of opportunities to get involved in these committees on our Committees page.

Dawn Block
Dawn Block grew up in a New York inner-city housing project, where she had little exposure to natural elements, (she saw her first cow at age 12 in the Bronx Zoo). But once she finished her degree at Queens College, Dawn was determined to gain a broader world view. Following a year as a volunteer teacher overseas, she returned to the States and bypassed New York altogether, landing in sunny California. She loves to travel and is known to venture pretty far off the beaten path for the sake of viewing amazing wildlife and scenery (like in Antarctica and Madagascar). She’s a tree-hugger at heart with a passion for hiking. Volunteer-wise, she’s past-president of the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce and has previously served on other non-profit boards of directors. When she needs to earn a living, she runs her own company — Block Talent Partners — which specializes in executive search and human resources consulting for technology startups in the Bay Area. She’s a natural headhunter and people connector who has the chutzpah to raise money for causes dear to her heart. Dawn is married to the love of her life, Dr. Michael Harris. She has two extraordinary daughters: Lindsay is a professional track athlete (and aspiring Olympian) for Nike; Ashley is a doctoral student at Georgia Tech, pursuing bioengineering and stem cell research.
Eliot Hudson
Vice Chair
Eliot Hudson is an attorney with over 35 years of experience representing major industry clients in insurance, professional liability, unfair competition, unfair business practices, trade secret, fraud, employment law, real estate, environmental and a wide variety of other areas. Mr. Hudson has recently been active in community open space and strategic planning issues, including as a key participant in the John Muir Land Trust Acalanes Ridge acquisition project. He participates in state and regional trail building and maintenance with Volunteers for Outdoor California. He has served as an active adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America and Cub Scouts of America (including as a troop committee chairman, assistant scoutmaster, pack committee chairman, packmaster, and assistant packmaster) and has acted as a head coach or assistant coach in numerous youth sports, including CYSA soccer.
Arthur Bart-Williams has founded 4 successful tech companies in the last 30 years. His latest company, Canogle, owns Point, a smart phone tour guide that is currently available on trails throughout the Bay Area including the U.S. National Park Service and our own Fernandez Ranch. Other companies include owner-side construction management software and business-to-business management solution software with clients including the US Department of Transportation, the Department of Veteran Affairs, the U.S. Olympic Committee and numerous public agencies and school districts throughout the United States. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Arthur was a practicing licensed civil engineer. He earned his BS from UC Berkeley after emigrating from Sierra Leone, West Africa. As a child he primarily studied in London and traveled extensively with his parents who served in the diplomatic service. Today Arthur is expanding his latest venture, volunteering as a soccer coach for CCYSL, and mentoring young men into adulthood. He and his wife are homeschooling their three daughters in Hercules.
Bill Wadsworth
Bill Wadsworth, moved to Pleasant Hill when he was six years old and spent hours exploring the neighboring fields at a time when Sun Valley Mall and today’s freeways were just someone’s dream. Contra Costa County has been his home ever since. He graduated from UC Davis and met his wife, Ginger, there. Both are active volunteers in Orinda where they have lived for the past 32 years and raised 2 sons. They walk daily on the 300+ acres of open space behind their house. After a long career in finance and accounting for Bay Area-based engineering companies, Bill reduced his work schedule to give him more time to enjoy gardening, reading, hiking, sports, and other volunteer interests. Bill is currently president of the Orinda Park and Recreation Foundation that supports many recreation activities, facilities, and open space acquisitions. He has served on the JMLT Audit and Finance Committees in recent years. He also assists researching, editing, and promoting Ginger’s award-winning biographies and nature/environmental-related books for children; plus they enjoy traveling for both research and fun. They spend over a month each year in the beautiful Anza-Borrego desert in Southern California where their one-room house is surrounded by thousands of acres of state park land. Do you sense a thread in Bill’s life that is leading him to become more involved with JMLT?
Lewis IV Immediate Past Chair
Chuck Lewis, a fourth generation San Francisco native, was raised in Burlingame. In 1966, he was drafted into the Army serving two tours in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division and the 75th Airborne Ranger Regiment. Upon returning, Chuck attended the University of California at Berkeley. He received his BA in Political Science and Masters from the Goldman School of Public Policy where he met his future wife, Elizabeth. After graduation, Chuck worked on the Bay Area Environmental Management Plan for ABAG. In 1984, Elizabeth suggested that Chuck pursue his long-time goal and attend law school. In August 1985, Chuck entered UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. In November of his first year of law school, he was elected Mayor of El Cerrito. Since graduation, Chuck has practiced municipal and environmental law for PG&E. Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Chuck moved to a property along Rodeo Creek west of Martinez. Today, after many years of work, Wyvern Farm trains horses in the sport of Dressage. But even while practicing law during the week and shoveling manure on weekends, Chuck continued to volunteer serving as Board Chair of Rubicon Programs in Richmond, President of the Willows Theatre in Concord and 12 years on the East Bay Regional Parks Advisory Committee. Chuck has been a member of the JMLT Stewardship Committee and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2010. When not working on the farm, Chuck can be seen along Rodeo Creek and hiking the hills of Fernandez Ranch with his dog, Dr. Livingston.
Peggy Cabaniss
Peggy and her husband Bob have been fortunate to live in Moraga for the past forty-four years where they enjoy the semi-rural beauty of the area. Their three children attended Moraga schools and are now grown with families that include seven grandchildren. Peggy was active in PTA, Boy Scouts, and the Moraga Educational Foundation, and she served as president of the Moraga School Board during her four year term. Before retiring in 2014 from a career spanning 35 years, Peggy was the owner of HC Financial Advisors, Inc., a fee-only financial planning and investment advisory firm in Lafayette, CA. She holds a B.S. in math from the University of Arizona and a M.S. in information science from UCLA. Peggy has been an active member of NAPFA, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, and served as Chair of the National Board. She currently chairs the Women’s Initiative for NAPFA, a group that seeks to mentor, encourage, and support women in the financial planning profession. Peggy is actively involved as a volunteer for several non-profit organizations where she provides support in investment and financial matters.
Jack Cortis
Jack had a career in the financial services industry and most recently was Regional President of the wealth management group in San Francisco and Seattle for a major New York-headquartered bank. He has deep experience with non-profits as a member of the boards of Seattle Repertory Theatre, United Way of King County (Seattle), and American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco, where he held the position of Board Chair. Jack is an avid Master Gardener and past president of the Contra Costa chapter. After college, Jack served aboard the U.S.S. Forrestal as a U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer. He is a graduate of Loyola University of Maryland and received an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University, San Francisco. Jack is co-founder of Family Harvest Farm, a program that employs transition-age foster youth. Jack loves the mission of JMLT and believes the goal of permanently protecting land in the East Bay is of critical importance for future generations. He has hiked extensively in the High Sierra and Grand Canyon, where he led treks for Moraga’s Boy Scout Troop 212. An avid fly fisherman, he knows well the rivers surrounding Mt. Shasta, as well as the Pacific surf near Half Moon Bay. Jack and his wife, Susan, raised their family in Moraga for 20 years. They currently reside in Orinda.
Katie Hill
Katie grew up in New York State at the edge of the Adirondack Park where a love of nature and the outdoors were basic family values. After a liberal arts education at Williams College during the early days of coeducation, she moved to California. Katie has over 30 years of corporate marketing experience in positions that range from building grassroots projects for technology startups to her current position managing global programs and marketing partnerships for software giant SAP. She has been a volunteer coordinator for JMLT and a member of the Engagement Committee, bringing expertise in marketing strategy, communications and events. Katie and her husband Scott Compton live in Briones where they harvest rainwater and raise a few goats and sheep when they are not hiking in the surrounding hills. They have two grown children, Jeff and Helen.
Steve Hutchcraft
Steve Hutchcraft grew up exploring the hills that the John Muir Land Trust is working to protect. Steve has enjoyed a successful career in manufacturing, primarily in the heating and air-conditioning industry. His last role was as President and Chief Executive Officer of Amana Heating and Air-conditioning based in Fayetteville, Tennessee, and is currently consulting for an internationally based solar hybrid air-conditioning start-up. Steve’s love of nature led him to a second career as an author and nature photographer. He recently published his award winning first book "B is for Bufflehead," in an effort to share his love of birds and photography with children. His photography has also received several honors, including winning the North American Nature Photography Association’s Showcase Competition. Steve holds a M.B.A. from Harvard University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford. He resides in Alamo with his wife June and their daughter Heather.
Steve Kirby
Steve Kirby, grew up in El Cerrito, where among other volunteer activities he served on the Community Services Commission for eight years and was President of the Contra Costa Civic Theatre. He has lived in Hercules for 24 years and has been an elementary school teacher with the WCCUSD for 35 years, the past five in Hercules, until his recent retirement in June 2012. He has been a member of the Sierra Club since graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, and has served on the West County Executive Committee for a number of years. He was very active with saving Franklin Canyon from development and with working toward its eventual purchase by the Land Trust. He was one of the original signers of the Save Franklin Canyon Initiative, which set this process in motion. For this and other work with the Sierra Club he received one of its esteemed Volunteer of the Month Awards. At a recent Fresh Aire Affaire, Steve adopted an acre of the canyon as part of his long-term commitment to helping preserve this open space. In Hercules Steve served on the Vision Plan Committee for Refugio Creek and currently he is the Chair of the Community and Library Services Commission, and in this capacity he serves on the Contra Costa County Library Commission. During the summers he works as a school site administrator with UC Berkeley’s School of Education’s Academic Talent and Development Program. When asked about what he wants to do in retirement he always says, “Now I will have some "off-season" time to travel and time to volunteer with the John Muir Land Trust!”
Ted Radosevich spent his early years in Richmond before his family moved to the Alhambra Valley in Martinez. His parents bought land on the former John Swett Ranch and built their own home, settling there in 1958 with Ted and his two brothers. The home is still the family focal point, where he celebrated his 56th consecutive family Christmas dinner this last year. Ted graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and then obtained his law degree at Harvard Law School. He worked for the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC for several years before returning to the Bay Area. Back home, he practiced law and became a partner in a major San Francisco law firm with a focus on real estate and environmental law. In 1989, he was hired as the General Counsel for the East Bay Regional Park District, where he served for nearly 25 years before retirement. During his tenure, he supervised all major legal issues and litigation facing the District and played a role in the acquisition of nearly 50,000 acres during his 25 years. In his dual role as an Assistant General Manager, he provided policy and legal guidance on four successful ballot funding measures, and overall budgetary and financial input which helped to secure a AAA bond rating for the Park District (which Ted notes is higher than the rating of the United States). At Harvard Law School he met, and later married Stephanie Smith, who continues practice in legal fields of dispute resolution and negotiation while also teaching at Stanford Law School. Their two now-adult sons hiked and ambled over Contra Costa open space for years. Preserving and expanding this type of opportunity and heritage for the future has drawn Ted to serve on the John Muir Land Trust.