Interviewed by Roxana Lucero, Stewardship and Outreach Intern
How long have you lived in the Bay Area?
Since August 1979
How did you learn about Save Mount Diablo?
Coverage in the old Contra Costa Times (now the East Bay Times)
What did you do before you volunteered for us?
Public Library Manager for Contra Costa County Library
How long have you been volunteering with us?
Since May 2013
Why did you decide to join our team?
My husband and I signed up for a tour of the Save Mount Diablo properties with Seth Adams and Ron Brown and were so impressed with the organization and its vision that we wanted to support them in other ways besides monetary contributions.
About Cindy’s Work
Which program(s) are you affiliated with? (DiRT, IPM, Trail Dogs, Property Steward, etc)?
Property Steward and office work.
What does your volunteer work consist of?
I monitor Lot 25 and also work two afternoons in the office for George and Jim. In the spring I work registration at Bioblitz and in the fall, I help with the annual research colloquium. I started in 2013 organizing the paper files for the Land Department and compiling Bioblitz species lists. Since then I have drafted management reports for the Land Trust Alliance certification process and for the conservation easement properties. Currently, I help in the reorganization of SMD’s rich photo archive. I really enjoy the variety and challenge of the projects and working with people who care so much about the organization and its mission.
What is the hardest project you’ve worked on while volunteering?
Probably the management reports for the Land Trust Alliance certification due to their complexity.
What is one of your favorite memories volunteering with us?
My favorite memories involve interacting with the scientists and photographers who participate in Bioblitz each year and enjoy sharing their knowledge and findings with Save Mount Diablo staff, volunteers and supporters.