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Southern California Mountains Foundation

  • Stacy Gorin, Executive Director

Stacy Gorin, a 10 year veteran of the Southern California Mountains Foundation has been leading the organization since October 2015.  Stacy has been energized by nature since childhood and believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy the beauty, solitude and joy that connecting to nature provides.

Through her leadership, the nonprofit continues to win large-scale grants since her employment in 2006; and, created collaborative partnerships successfully advancing our environmental conservation, education and responsible recreation initiatives.  Stacy previously served as Deputy Director for the Southern California Mountains Foundation from December 2012 until April 2015. Stacy joined the nonprofit in 2006, then named the San Bernardino National Forest Association, as Lead Naturalist at the Big Bear Discovery Center performing student and visitor education program, training volunteers and leading interpretive programs; moving to Discovery Center Director position in 2010 overseeing all operations and staff at the Center.  The nonprofit was formed in 1992 and renamed the Southern California Mountains Foundation in concert with its 20th milestone year and celebration.  It is comprised of 6 key programs and supported by 1,000 plus volunteers.

Stacy Gorin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Analysis and Design from the University California Irvine. Stacy connects to nature through her hobbies of hiking, biking, snowboarding, and rock climbing.

  • Juli Goss, Restoration Program Manager

Juli Goss, a Southern California native, began her career on the San Bernardino National Forest in 1996 as a Wildland Firefighter with the Forest Service. After spending 3 seasons fighting fires, Juli began working in the Forest Restoration Program where she gained experience in greenhouse management and ecological restoration. Juli began working for the Southern California Mountains Foundation in 2011 as the Restoration Program Manager and also managed our AmeriCorps program. In 2018 Juli became our Deputy Executive Director. Juli enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and attending her children's many sporting events.

  • Karl Heirl, Controller

Karl Hierl was born and raised in Bavaria/Germany.  He graduated his high school in science of art, finished a 3-year apprenticeship in the architectural field and soon after received an AA degree in technology.  After he experimented with his first computer in 1983 and took his first college course in spreadsheets on an American military base, he realized his passion for numbers and technology.  He continued his education in accounting and was certified in the business field in accounting.  When he moved to California in 1990, he continued his education in accounting, worked for a few different companies as a general manager and finally started and ran his own business from 2005 until 2013.  He joined Southern California Mountains Foundation in early 2013 as an accountant and moved into the controller position in 2015.

  • Sandy Bonilla, Director of the Urban Conservation Corps of the Inland Empire

A co-founder and a 10 year veteran of the Urban Conservation Corps, Sandy Bonilla has been leading the UCC since 2006.Sandy's interest in the development of young people started in the late 1980's when she worked under three mayoral administration's in the City & County of San Francisco for youth workforce development  and later for the federal government in Washington D.C.  In the late 1990's, she helped launched an AmeriCorps program at the University of Nebraska in Omaha and later returned to Southern California to work with at risk youth in San Bernardino.  Sandy's undergraduate is in Sociology from the CSU and graduate studies in public administration from the City University of New York.  She is currently working on an M.B.A. at Azusa Pacific University.  Sandy has worked for the Southern California Mountains Foundation since 2007.

  • linda stamer

Linda Stamer majored in biology from Cal State San Bernardino and worked as a wildlife biologist performing ecological restoration for the San Bernardino National Forest for 16 years.  During that time she wrote grants for the Forest Service and developed partnerships in restoration and recreation, assisting in the development of the restoration program for the Southern California Mountains Foundation. She joined the Southern California Mountains Foundation as a restoration project manager in 2014 after spending two years on the Coronado National Forest as a partnership coordinator.  She now works as the organizations Development Director and enjoys hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, and skiing with her family during her time off.

  • amanda

Amanda Schwab is a Southern California native. She grew up in Dana Point and has been living in the High Desert for the past five years. She has always had a passion for nature, the outdoors, and the preservation of our natural resources. She let that passion guide her education at California State University San Bernardino, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in geography as well as a certificate in Geographic Information Systems in 2015. She got her start in restoration after interning with the National Forest Service in 2014, and has been with the Southern California Mountains Foundation since 2015. She loves continuing to learn from her coworkers and always looks forward to gaining new skills and experiences on the job.

  • Wendy Craig, Big Bear Discovery Center Manager

Wendy moved to Big Bear in 2004 from rural Palomar Mountain where she was on the board of a volunteer fire department and worked on community fundraising. She and her family originally joined the Mountains Foundation as volunteers.  In 2012, Wendy began working as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Discovery Center. Her passions are photography, art, fundraising, and spending time with her family.

  • Rick Lavello, OHV Program Director

Rick is the Southern California Mountains Foundation Off highway Vehicle Volunteer Program Director. He was raised in Southern California and graduated from college in Long Beach. He has been an avid off highway vehicle enthusiast all of his life and enjoyed the sport immensly. My vehicle of choice is the four wheel driven all-terrain vehicles also known as ATV’s. Although that is my first choice in vehicles I also enjoy riding dirt bikes and driving side by sides. I own a four wheel drive truck and someday might be interested in owning a Jeep. My other interest are camping, hiking, and fishing in the Eastern Sierras. The OHV Volunteer program is an education outreach program that promotes responsible recreation in the national forest.

  • Pam Morey, Fire Lookout Volunteer Coordinator

Pam Morey moved to Cedarpines Park with her husband George from the San Gabriel Valley in May of 1993. Shortly after moving to the mountains they visited the Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout and were inspired. The San Bernardino National Forest Association (now the Southern California Mountains Foundation) was just forming a volunteer group to staff the three lookouts on the mountain top and they needed volunteers. The Lookouts need constant maintenance and with Pam and George’s construction background so they were a perfect fit. Pam enjoyed staffing the Lookout so much that she decided to become the program coordinator and has spent the last 20 years training, staffing, maintaining, and enjoying the Fire Lookouts on the San Bernardino National Forest, Angeles National Forest and Cleveland National Forest.

  • Bennett

Bennett is a Glendale, CA native and grew up recreating in the Angeles and San Bernardino mountains. After earning a BA in philosophy from UC Riverside, he pursued opportunities in the south where he gained experience managing people and projects- the highlight of which becoming a professional trail builder. Trained by IMBA, Bennett used equipment and crews to build east Tennessee's first mountain bike park. Now, seeking to make a bigger impact promoting trail stewardship and improving trails in his native land, Bennett leads the Non-Motorized Adopt-A-Trail Program and is the Valley wide contact for "all things trails" in Big Bear. Both he, his wife, and three kids are avid cyclists and climbers.