Meet the Board Members of Action For Nature, a 501(3)(c) nonprofit based in San Francisco, California, USA. Learn more about our story.
Beryl Kay, President
Beryl Kay is Executive Director of the San Francisco Family Foundation which provides support for senior citizens in the Bay Area. She recently retired as Human Resources Director of of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. In the private sector, she has held positions in business relations and administrative management. She was a 20-year board member, president and volunteer with American Youth Hostels.
Joan is a Staff Accountant who has worked for over 10 years in the non-profit sector in the Bay AreaShe has a BA in Geography and Human Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University. She believes that the actions of our eco-heroes are a bright light in what often seems a gloomy environmental picture and that their leadership will help our planet recover. Joan has been an avid hiker and hosteler for many years and has co-lead hikes to bring children out to the glories of nature so they may grow to appreciate it.
Ezra works at Pacific Gas and Electric in Hydro Power Generation. He finds this work to be fascinating because of the various stakeholders that are involved and the marriage of water and energy, both of which he is passionate about. He believes that working with youth to help solve environmental problems is a great way to engage in positive change for the natural environment. Ezra graduated from Purdue University in 2008 with a BA in Political Science and from Clark University in 2012 with a MS/MBA in Environmental Science. When not at work or volunteering, Ezra is either swimming, biking or running.
Nonprofit fundraiser and former lobbyist. Pervious nonprofits include Sacramento Nuclear Weapons Freeze (board member), Students United for Peace, California Public Interest Research, Neighbor to Neighbor, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera, American Conservatory Theater. As a paralegal, worked for plaintiff law firms on asbestos and breast implant claim litigation. B.A. California State University, English and Political Science.
Currently creatively combining San Francisco's Community Gardens beauty and productivity in a published photographic poetic album. I plan o create a beautiful photographic essay book collaborating with Marvin Yee of the San Francisco Recreation and Park District exploring all San Francisco's Community Gardens. The book will be available on the Web as well as in soft cover.
Chris, or "Mr. Science" founded Tree Frog Treks in 1999. He received his undergraduate degree in Zoology from UC Berkeley and his Master's degree in Biology from San Francisco State University. He has been active in the area of education since 1989, teaching science at the kindergarten through adult level. Working as a professional biologist, Chris has had the opportunity to study lizards in the Dominican Republic, coral reef fish off of Lizard Island n Australia, and amphibians and reptiles in many areas throughout California. He has worked with Gary Fellars on the Global Amphibian decline task force, studied San Francisco garter snakes in San Mateo County state parks, and is presently involved in local amphibian restoration projects. Born and raised in San Francisco, Chris has always been fascinated with animal life and never missed an opportunity to go camping or fishing. Chris teaches Tree Frog Treks and classes all over the Bay Area, in addition to leading company and family adventure treks. He currently serves as chairman of the Board for Endangered Species International.
Barbara is recently retired from a lifetime career in education and non-profit services. From teaching, she had various educational and administrative positions at community based organizations in San Francisco, and worked for Northern California Grantmakers as program staff. She then served as Executive Director of the Children's Council of San Francisco, and subsequently as Executive Director of the Golden Gate Council of Hostelling International USA. There she developed four hostels and created an environmental and outdoor education program targeted to inner city youth, which is now in its 30th year. After 25 years at the regional helm, Barbara completed her career at the national HI-USA organization as Senior Advisor, working on special projects and fund development. In her spare time she enjoys travel, cooking, photography, and piano.
Fiume Drummond Simnacher
Fiume is currently the Education Programs Manager & an Outdoor Hostel Adventures (OHA) Naturalist for HI USA Northwest region. She spent her early life in the green moors of rural Bradwell, Derbyshire in England’s Peak District, before moving to the wildly different and enchanting Sonoran Desert of Tucson, Arizona. This early exposure to the transformative power of place planted the seeds for Fiume’s love of travel. A perpetual seeker of intercultural experiences, she has lived in Argentina and Nepal, and has called the SF Bay Area home for nearly eight years.
With her innate curiosity about the natural world and humanity, over a decade of hands-on experience in youth development, and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, Fiume was searching for opportunities to break into nonprofit work which led her to Public Allies, an AmeriCorps service learning program focused on social justice. During the nine-month apprenticeship, Fiume worked for both HI USA’s Education Programs and Action For Nature (AFN), and afterwards began full time employment with HI USA, and joined the AFN Board.
Fiume is passionate about the intersection of social and environmental justice, the wisdom of young people, and making experiential outdoor education equally accessible for all communities. Fiume loves sharing the magic of California's biodiversity with youth, and in her spare time, she enjoys kinesthetic and creative endeavors like bike riding, swimming, rock climbing, and getting dirty in gardens.
Shimon Schwarzschild founded Action for Nature in 1984 after a successful campaign to halt the decimation of songbirds in Assisi, Italy. He is an electronic engineer who changed careers in 1978 to become a lifelong nature protection advocate. Shimon served for 13 years on the World Conservation Union's (IUCN) Commission on Education and Communication, was President of the Whale Center, a whale and ocean conservation organization, co-founded the Native Yew Conservation Council (YewCon), leading the successful effort to protect wild yew trees from decimation through wasteful harvesting techniques He retired from the USDA Forest Service where he served as Technical Publication Editor-Biosciences at the FS's Pacific SW Research Station. Shimon also represented the Forest Service at the IUCN's 50th Anniversary Celebration in Fountainebleau, France.