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Southern California Mountains Foundation

  • mike davis

Mr. Davis is a senior shareholder with over thirty-five years of experience representing businesses, individuals and governmental clients in complex real estate and business transactions and litigation. Mr. Davis has extensive experience evaluating water rights and resources; and in water rights disputes, with an emphasis on groundwater basin adjudications and litigation. Mr. Davis provides land use guidance for water resources management under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Urban Water Management Plans, Integrated Regional Water Management Plans, Water Supply Assessments, and Proposition 218. Mr. Davis has extensive experience as general counsel to numerous county water districts and mutual water companies.

Mr. Davis has extensive experience in eminent domain and inverse condemnation proceedings, organized real estate, and the organization and representation of business entities including non-profit organizations. Mr. Davis has decades of service as general counsel to numerous county water districts, mutual water companies, local associations of California Realtors® and large common interest developments. Mr. Davis’ dedication to his profession is equaled only by his civic involvement and commitment to community service.

  • stan

Stan Miller has served on the board of the SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MOUNTAINS FOUNDATION since 2005, and has made his home in Big Bear since 1998, owning and the saving the Historic Knickerbocker Mansion from a 'bull dozer’, all the time maintaining his work in the music industry. Before full retirement in January of 2018, he has had a career as sound designer and live concert engineer, traveling the world with major live concert artists including 50-years with Neil Diamond.

Stan grew up in the small Nebraska town (Holdrege) and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney Nebraska.  After all the traveling, "I'm always happy to come back to Big Bear," Stan said. "I go to Starbucks, and they know what I'm going to have before I walk in the door.”  He is passionate about the environmental stewardship and the youth programs of the foundation.  "Helping young people and saving the forest is our legacy to the future".

In 2009, Stan was honored with the Parnelli Audio Innovator Award, a prestigious award that recognizes pioneering, influential professionals who work behind the scenes at live events.  With retirement, he has focused more time and energy to the foundation, severing as volunteer Music in the Mountains production manger.

  • dan Knapp

Dan Knapp assumed the role of Executive Director/CEO of the Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CCLB) on February 1, 2016.  Prior to joining CCLB Dan served as Deputy Director of the LA Conservation Corps.  Dan worked for the LA Conservation Corps for 19 years, the past 9 years in the role of Deputy Director.  He started working for the LA Conservation Corps as an environmental science teacher during the summer of 1996.

 In addition to his conservation corps work, Dan sits on the board of directors of the Southern California Mountains Foundation, the California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC), and the California State Conservation Corps Museum.  He is an active member of both the National Forest Foundation’s Big Tujunga Treasured Landscape Coordinating Council and LA Metro’s Urban Greening Technical Advisory Committee.  Dan holds bachelors and masters degrees in Geography from California State University, Long Beach.  He is an ISA-certified arborist (WE-6295-A) and a life time member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He currently resides in Huntington Beach with his wife Judy.

  • carol franklin

Carol Franklin is a professor in the School of Education at the University of Redlands in Southern California. She is the Director of Educational Technology in the school and serves as a liaison to the Faculty Technology Center. In collaboration with IT professionals and librarian, she developed the integrated technology elements for the teacher education program. She has developed several professional development programs to integrate the use of Geographic information Systems (GIS) in K-12 across the curriculum. She has served as an academic adminstrator at the university level. Her Ed.D. is from Indiana University in Science Education.

  • eric mart

Eric R. Mart co-founded the California Land Management Services Corporation (CLM Services) in 1981.  He currently serves as President.  CLM Services operate commercial recreation businesses on eight National Forests as well as for a variety of other Federal, State, and local government agencies as well as private companies.

Mr. Mart currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Forest Recreation Association (NFRA), the Southern California Mountains Foundation, the Giant Sequoia National Monument Association, the California Parks Hospitality Association, and the Cal Alumni Association (University of California at Berkeley).  He is a Charter Member of the California Roundtable on Recreation and Tourism. Mr. Mart has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Recreation Coalition (Washington, DC), the California Trails Foundation, and the Three Forests Interpretive Association (California).  

Mr. Mart holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s degree from California State University, Hayward (CSU – East Bay). 

  • Larry Lawrence

Larry Lawrence is Nestle Waters’ Natural Resource Manager for the Southwestern United States, and he has primary responsibility for managing the numerous water resources throughout the region for long-term environmental sustainability.  Larry also manages the identification, siting, licensing and development of new spring sources for the Company’s brands. Larry has worked with Nestle Waters since May 2003.

Larry graduated from California State University Fullerton with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His work as a mechanical engineer has included processing machine design, machine automation, process water reuse projects, ground water development, conveyance and remediation over the last 18 years.  Prior to joining Nestle Waters, Larry was a Senior Engineer with URS Corp in Southern California.  Larry and his wife Cela enjoy traveling, riding his motorcycle, and volunteering with the Southern California Mountains Foundation.

  • linda

Linda Stevens is a Marketing, Business Development and Strategic Executive with 20 years of experience driving year to year growth in the technology sector. She has experience in both global corporations and start-ups. She is a strong strategic thinker with extensive experience providing leadership and management to global teams while providing strategies for continued global growth and profit for a $1 Billion high-tech software, services, and education organization with 3,000+ employees. She is noted for the ability to motivate performance by fostering creativity and teamwork.