Sam and Kris Baxter moved to Mount Shasta at the end of 2009. Sam is a retired commercial insurance broker. When he walked in Sisson Meadow with his English Springer Spaniel Katy, his interest in Land Trust activities began. Sam has been member of the Outreach and Education committee since February 2011, and was elected to the Land Trust Board in January 2013.
Sam believes the Land Trust stands for integrity, honesty and trustworthy interactions with the residents of Siskiyou County. As a former Marine, he is pleased to be part of the Land Trust’s vision and heritage.
Stacy Smith, Secretary
Stacy Smith is passionate about land conservation, and has a background in federal land management. Stacy joined the Board to “share her experience and understanding of lands in Siskiyou County.
As the longtime local business owner of HAIRCUTS, Nancy has been involved in many community activities for several years. Nancy was overjoyed to be asked to join the Board of Siskiyou Land Trust as she lives in the neighborhood near the Garden Greenway Project and is anxious to be a part of its development. The SLT has a strong connection with our communities and their needs that Nancy finds it to be the perfect match for her involvement. Nancy is very enthusiastic to be a part of the Siskiyou Land Trust.
Melea Kosel is born and raised in Mt. Shasta. Following in the footsteps of her father, emeritus board member Roger Kosel, Melea brings her enthusiasm and experience in management, agriculture, teaching and world travel to the Siskiyou Land Trust board.
Leslie Andrews is an obstetrician gynecologist who has lived in Mount Shasta for 11 years. Leslie has been a long time supporter of the Siskiyou Land Trust. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, gardening, and river rafting. She has two daughters, Courtney 22 and Amy 19.
In 1974 Steve moved to Mount Shasta from the Bay Area to eventually become a painting contractor with his own business, Rembrandt Painting, and then a white water river guide for Turtle River Rafting Company. His passion for running rivers became a major turning point in his life. He took every opportunity to float the local rivers, and as his family grew, the river became a place for connection with his children and the cultivation of an extended family of nature lovers.
For many years Steve’s response to inquiries about what he was doing had been, “I am busy doing the important work of enjoying the places that you are so busy protecting.” Now, as a SLT board member, Steve has the opportunity to walk in those other shoes.
Anne retired from San Francisco State University in 2013 and finally took up full-time residence in Mt. Shasta. After coming to Mt. Shasta for vacation for eight years, she looks forward to living here full-time and participating in the community. The Siskiyou Land Trust is a perfect match for her interest in maps, being outdoors, and land conservation that includes well-managed growth. Anne loves to take her dog, Lucy, on long walks and enjoys hiking with the Siskiyou Meanderers. SLT provides the opportunity to work with like-minded people who passionately care about this beautiful county in Northern California where we are so fortunate to live.
The opportunity for skiing, hiking and mountaineering out his backdoor lured Rod to Siskiyou County in 2001. He finds his current careers of construction, real estate development and working for Great Northern Services infinitely more inspiring than banking in San Francisco. Rod has served on several boards throughout the county from search and rescue to theater. He is excited about working with the Siskiyou Land Trust and helping preserve the beauty of Siskiyou County.
Elizabeth Palmer moved to Siskiyou County with her husband Chad in 2013 from Atlantic Beach, FL. She has a degree in Geology, a Masters in Environmental Policy/Natural Resource Management and a background in ecosystem restoration and project management. In her free time she and her husband enjoy hiking/backpacking, sailing, scuba diving, kayaking, snow sports, photography and art. She first met the SLT members on the 2015 Thompson Creek River Trip and immediately knew that she wanted to volunteer to put her experience to work for the SLT!