The RCDTC is governed by seven Directors (Walt Williams, Anne Read, Jack Bramhall, Michael Vasey, Cody McKenzie, Tom Stroing, and Tricia Hamelberg) appointed by the Tehama County Board of Supervisors and by non-voting Associate Directors (Shirley Davis, Kay Burrows, Frank Dawley, Randy Baker, and Holly Dawley) appointed by the RCD's Board of Directors. The board members are all local landowners who volunteer their time to represent the land users in the district, thus ensuring a local voice in natural resource issues.
Meet the Board of Directors
MICHAEL VASEY, PRESIDENT
Mr. Vasey is a third generation farmer along the Sacramento River in Tehama County. He has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Oregon. Prior to taking over the family farm, he worked in various Human Resource Management roles for Hewlett Packard and other corporations. He is the past President and current Director on the Tehama County Farm Bureau. He also serves on the Board for the Job Training Center and the Sacramento River Forum. He has a passion for sustainable agriculture, maintaining the long-term success of family farms, and the preservation of natural habitat.
JACK BRAMHALL, Vice President
Mr. Bramhall has been involved in natural resource management pertaining to soil and forest health as well as water quality. He is a registered professional forester and served as a Soil Conservationist for 25 years with the USDA Soil Conservation Service as well as Lead Ecologist for river basin studies. He also served as an area forester in northern California for 17 years. Prior to the 14 years of work for the Western Shasta RCD, he served as a Water Quality Officer at the state level for 3 years. Mr. Bramhall has been active with the RCDTC since 1997 and holds a BS in Ag/Forestry from the University of Connecticut. He earned his master’s degree in Forest Management from New York State University-Syracuse. He has lived in Tehama County since 1977 and values the rural setting as well as the appealing real estate value.
WALT WILLIAMS, TREASURER
Mr. Williams served as CAL FIRE Ishi Camp Division Chief from 1971 to 2008. He earned his A.A. from Shasta College and has been active with the RCDTC since 2007. He was born and raised in Red Bluff and values the wide open spaces that he calls ‘home.’ He also appreciates the view-shed that agricultural lands provide.
ANNE READ, SECRETARY
Mrs. Read has been involved in various projects on the family Read Ranch. Implementing NRCS practices on the ranch over the years sparked her interest in natural resource conservation. Having seen how the practices improved the ranching operation, she joined the RCDTC board in the early 1970s to help agriculture manage its resources. Mrs. Read holds a degree in Education from the University of Oregon and earned her teaching credential at San Jose State. She served on the BLM’s Regional Advisory Committee (2 year term). She developed the Kelly-Griggs House Museum guide/docent program and served as Chair of the Tehama County Coordinating Council on Developmental Disabilities. Mrs. Read is a Red Bluff native who values Tehama County’s oak woodlands and appreciates the ability to see the mountains and night sky due to the county’s clean air and lack of light pollution.
Mr. McKenzie is a real estate agent specializing in ranch and farm properties. His family roots date back to the late 1860's in Tehama County when his ancestors became involved in logging and ranching. In the early 1990's, Mr. McKenzie received an A.A. degree in Natural Resources. Throughout his career he has developed valuable hands on experience in every aspect of the field. His goals are to preserve the abundance and future use of our local natural resources. Mr. McKenzie also sits on the board of directors for the Red Bluff Round Up.
Tricia is a northern California native who cares deeply about our natural world. Her college degree from UC Davis then Master of Science from Humboldt State University led to a 31 year career as a biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Tricia is passionate about using science-based decision making to protect and utilize our natural resources. Now retired, she is still concerned about environmental issues such as fish migration barriers and climate change impacts on our local area. Tricia is an avid outdoor recreationist who loves to explore watersheds by bike (road, gravel or mountain bike), hiking with her dog, or trying to get plants to grow in her yard. She and her family monitor and manage their property's oak woodlands for wildlife and wildfire protection. Their backyard koi pond and beautiful scenery around Tehama County provide relaxation and inspiration.