Board of Directors

Dr. Richard Harvey, Chairman 

Dr. Richard Harvey has been an active board member of the Alpine Watershed Group since 2005. He is a former Alpine County Public Health Officer and finds clean water essential to protecting public health.  He has lived in Alpine County for nearly 25 years.  He enjoys hiking and cross country skiing with his wife Kate and their dog Freida.  He is "inspired" by the wildness and beauty of the Eastern Sierra.  He is happy when working with others who share a sense of responsibility for protecting the natural environment.

Robert H. Twiss, Vice Chairman

Bob currently serves as a Director of the Markleeville Public Utility District and continues his long career as a Professor and Consultant. He has been a Professor at University of California, Berkeley in the College of Environmental Design for nearly 50 years. Bob also has nearly 50 years of consulting experience, largely in California, focusing on land management, ecosystem restoration, and watershed issues. He has also worked for the Forest Service and served in the Michigan Air National Guard and the United States Air Force. Among Bob’s many notable positions, he has served on national and regional Science Advisory Boards and acted as the Chairman of the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board. Bob has a Ph.D. in Natural Resources, as well as an MS from the University of Michigan.

Zach Wood, Treasurer/Secretary

Zach has lived in the watersheds of the Great Basin for most of his life.   The scarcity of water draws him to activities like skiing, and hanging out on the Carson River.  He considers it a privilege  to enjoy the mountains of Alpine County.  Through the Alpine Watershed Group he can lend his efforts to the watersheds that have provided so much for him.

Christine Aralia, Member at Large

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Christine is a Landscape Conservation Coordinator and Senior Environmental Scientist
with the California Tahoe Conservancy. Christine is currently focused on increasing the pace
and scale of forest and watershed restoration on the entire west shore of the Lake Tahoe Basin
in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Prior to
working for the California Tahoe Conservancy, she worked for 13 years for Save the
Redwoods League as a land project manager on forest and watershed restoration in coastal
redwood forests, and for six years as a planner for Humboldt County. Christine has a
Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Planning and a Master’s degree in Environmental
Systems from Humboldt State University. She is currently a full-time resident and homeowner
in Alpine County.

Dan Kaffer, Member at Large

Dan has over 44 years of natural resource conservation volunteer work, and 32 years as a District Conservationist and Resource Conservation Development Coordinator for the USDA-Soil Conservation and Natural Resource Conservation Service. Dan has dedicated his life to conserving our precious watersheds.  Dan has been a founding member, or champion of 12 successful watershed groups in 2 states and 10 counties.  He has organized and helped find funding, to support over 25,000 volunteers completing "hands-on conservation projects" in CA/NV watersheds.  He has been recognized with over 100 achievement awards from ranching, environmental, tribal, non-profit, county, (three best in) state, and (two) national awards for excellence in applied conservation work.  Dan is married to his girlfriend Dianne of 35 plus years, with son Ray, and daughter Selena who are working towards graduate degrees in Psychology and Mechanical Engineering respectively.  Special interests include spiritual growth and all things natural history and conservation.

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Carl Ruschmeyer, Member at Large

Carl was raised in the Tahoe basin and currently resides in the Round Hill General Improvement District in Douglas County, Nevada. He has a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from University of California, Davis, and is a licensed professional engineer and water rights surveyor in Nevada. Carl has over 30 years of experience focusing on environmental engineering and public works administration.


Since retiring from public service, Carl continues to pursue his interests and passion to promote and advocate for the protection and management of ecological resources within the Lake Tahoe and Carson River Watersheds. In addition to his activities with AWG, he is a volunteer with the U.S. Forest Service Desolation Wilderness Volunteers, U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Volunteers, League to Save Lake Tahoe, and U.C. Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

Advisory Council

John Barr

Michael Barton

Jim Donald

Devere Dressler

Stacey James

Bill Johnson

Peter Smith

Debbi Waldear

Judy Wickwire