Guadalupe - Coyote

Resource Conservation District


Who We Are


The Guadalupe-Coyote Resource Conservation District (GCRCD) is an independent special district of the state of California led by a volunteer Board of Directors dedicated to the conservation of natural resources in Santa Clara County.  The District is regulated by Division 9 of the California Public Resources Code (PRC), and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  According to state law, directors are elected officials, but because of the County of Santa Clara costs associated with biennial elections, the District adopted a resolution allowing appointment of the Directors by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. 


California's Resource Conservation Districts are leaders in locally-led conservation work throughout the State.  RCDs implement on-the-ground projects, provide technical assistance, and help educate the public to improve their local communities. We rely on volunteers, such as our associate directors, to accomplish our mission. Associates provide value to the District by providing additional expertise to the Board, including but not limited to the areas of: natural resources conservation and management; agricultural and grazing management practices; environmental health; land use; engineering; physical and life sciences; public outreach and education; and local government policy and procedures.  We rely on volunteers, such as our associate directors, to accomplish our mission.  


We currently have openings for associate directors.  If you are interested in applying, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. our Executive Director for more information. 






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Roger Castillo, Board President


Roger Castillo is a citizen naturalist who grew up in the San Jose area and has walked along portions of local rivers and creeks for the past 30 years.  As a "river guardian", he observes and records the changes in the Guadalupe and other local river systems that flow to the San Francisco Bay estuaries.  Director Castillo discovered the remains of "Lupe" – a young Columbian Mammoth that lived approximately 60,000 years ago – while he and his dog Jenna were on a nature walk along the Guadalupe River.  He works passionately on environmental and wildlife issues in the San Jose region, and founded the Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Group, a local organization committed to "Restoration through Education".  Director Castillo was appointed by the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors to the GCRCD Board of Directors in 1999.  His current term on the GCRCD Board expires in November 2018.


Rick Lanman, M.D., Board Vice-President


Rick Lanman has lived in Santa Clara County since 1985, and was appointed to the GCRCD Board of Directors by the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors in 2012.  He joined the GCRCD Board to work with the agency to build a program to provide educational resources on our wildlife and natural resources to County residents.  A physician and an ecologist, he has authored numerous peer-reviewed medical papers and book chapters, and has also authored several publications about the historical ecology of California.  Understanding what our native fauna was like at the time of European contact is key to his work which serves to guide restoration initiatives.  Dr. Lanman is a serial biotechnology entrepreneur and currently serves as Chief Medical Officer of Guardant Health, where novel technology enables patients' cancers to be sequenced with a simple blood test.  His current term on the GCRCD Board expires in November 2018.


Janet Burback, Director


Janet Burback was appointed by the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors on January 24, 2017, and her term expires in November 2020.


Maya Esparza, Director


Maya Esparza was appointed by the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors on January 24, 2017, and her term expires in November 2020.


John Vidovich, Director


John Vidovich was appointed by the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors on January 24, 2017, and his term expires in November 2020.

Directors Emeriti

Mondy Lariz, Director Emeritus


Mondy Lariz lives in San Jose, and is a dedicated, self-motivated volunteer who loves living streams and is tireless when it comes to saving them. He founded the Stevens & Permanente Creeks Watershed Council, is a director/founder for the Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition, and is active in a number of environmental conservation and watershed planning efforts.  Director Lariz is an avid fly fisherman who has practiced "Catch and Release" fishing for over 42 years while traveling over most of California.  He has designed and created websites since 1989, and in 2001, founded Silicon Valley Web Design and Hosting, where he delivers professional service with a personal touch, with a specialty in implementation of CMS-based websites for nonprofits.  He was appointed to the GCRCD Board of Directors in 2013 to fill an unexpired term, and retired from his position effective January 27, 2017.


Bill Leikam, Director Emeritus


Bill "The Fox Guy" Leikam has lived in Santa Clara County for 53 years, and has been a member of the GCRCD Board of Directors since 2013.  He works tirelessly to keep animal corridors and territories linked and open for animal travel from one region to another around the San Francisco Bay.  Science has been a fundamental part of his life starting when he was just a teenager, and growing up on the banks of the Corralitos Creek – a wild creek flowing from the Santa Cruz Mountains, down the western slopes and through his backyard – initiated his love of creeks, fish, wildlife, and the pace and rhythm of the seasons.  In the 1970s, he conducted original research into the nature of consciousness that led to being chosen in 1981 as one of an 18 member Scientific Delegation to the People's Republic of China where he presented his research on alternate modes of healing.  During the 1980s, he spoke at conferences across the country both on consciousness and the psychology and neurophysiology of boredom. Seven years ago, Bill began documenting, photographing and researching the behavior of the gray fox, something that has never before been done in such a comprehensive way.  He is the founder of the Urban Wildlife Research Project, and is a volunteer for the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Director Leikam's position ended in February 2017.


Jim Moore, Director Emeritus


Jim Moore was first appointed by the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors to the GCRCD Board in 2005, after having served as an associate director of GCRCD for five years previously. He is a sailor and fly fisherman, and volunteers at Butano Park, helping maintain trails. Director Moore's position ended in February 2017.


Associate Directors 





Larry Johmann has served with GCRCD since the 1990's, first as a GCRCD Director and President, and more recently as an associate director.  He is a retired engineer who is an avid canoeist, and has been active in stream and fisheries restoration for over 20 years.


Nathan Hale was appointed Associate Director in March 2015.  He holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science (emphasis in natural history), and a Masters in Biology, with a focus in ecological restoration.  He currently is employed as a staff ecologist and project manager for a San Jose-based biological consulting firm.  


Gary Jahns was appointed Associate Director in November 2015.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, a Master of Science in Botany, and a Doctor of Philosphy in Botany.  He is a retired manager with the NASA's Ames Research Center.







Stephanie Moreno has served as GCRCD Executive Director and District Clerk since 2014.  She has over 20 years of management and supervisory experience in local government, including six years as a County Supervisor.  Since her appointment, she has focused on strenthening the District administratively; developing a more robust educational outreach program for agricultural and natural resources issues; and building working partnerships with other natural resource agencies, organizations and stakeholders.
























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