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.
Roger Kosel recently retired from his post as Superior Court judge for Siskiyou County, and now enjoys spending time out-doors. When asked why he chose to volunteer for the land trust Board, Roger told us that he “joined to help encourage people from other parts of the county to become members of the land trust to help preserve the land and viewsheds in Siskiyou County”.
John is a retired Navy officer in the Civil Engineer Corps and was a team member in the construction of several major Bay Area projects. He is a former member of the Monterey County Planning Commission, as well as an avid hiker and mountaineer. John recently founded a handyman company which serves elders and employs local men-at-risk.
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 will have 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.