Rick Berry began with the Tracker School in 1986 at the age of 15, and has been teaching these skills for the past 25 years. After graduating from Humboldt State University, Rick tested his skills in the remote Klamath Mountain range where he immersed himself for 12 years in indigenous life-ways–passed on to him by Gary Morris who himself had lived with Yurok Elder Calvin Rube for 20 years. Rick taught with both Jon Young and Tom Brown, Jr. through the Tracker School, and moved on to serve seven years as Director of The Children of the Earth Foundation. Rick now lives in the Sierra foothills of Northern California where he shares dynamic teachings and philosophy of living as one with the Earth through 4 Elements Earth Education and its Fox Walkers program for school-aged children.
Jeff Brown – Director, UC Berkeley – Central Sierra Field Research Stations
Jonathan Collier was first initiated into a basic business foundation by growing up in a successful entre- preneurial family. His formal education focused on operations management and marketing at the Leeds School of Business, and philosophy at the University of Colorado. He also extensively studied behavioral sciences, social justice and poetry. Later he developed an avid interest in consciousness studies, human potential and holistic health becoming a certified massage therapist, yoga instructor, EDGU teacher and practitioner of various healing modalities. He has combined his years of experience and knowledge into a consulting company, and as a political and community advocate engaging with individuals, small businesses, organizations and local communities to cultivate a harmonic and prosperous balance between self, social, ecological and spiritual interactions.
He currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Nevada County Cannabis Alliance. He also holds seats on the Board of Directors for the California Growers Association, Board of Directors for the Nevada County Arts Council, Board of Directors for the Briarpatch Food Coop, the Advisory Board of the Yuba Village Building Convergence and sits on the Steering Committee for the Nevada Food Policy Council.
A long time local, born and raised in Grass Valley. My family goes back long, long time – countless generations before the Gold Rush. We are from the original people who were here, the Nisenan Indians. Glad to meet you all. Really happy to be included in the project and am looking forward to making new connections. (Spokesperson and Tribal Council Secretary – Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe and Executive Director of the 501c3 non-profit organization, C.H.I.R.P or the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project.
Philip Oyung – Descendent of first Chinese family in Nevada County
Elisa Parker, media maven, speaker and a visionary for women and social justice is the co-founder, president & host of the award winning program, See Jane Do, co-founder of Indivisible Women and Leadership Ambassador with Take the Lead Women. Elisa’s work takes her around the world to discover and share the extraordinary stories & solutions in each of us. She hosts her weekly show for nationally acclaimed radio station KVMR & is the co-founder & director of the Passion into Action™ Women’s Conference, TEDxGrassValley, Raising Jane and the See Jane Do Media Lounge. Elisa reaches thousands through partnership with other like-minded organizations and develops organizational-wide initiatives, communications strategies for events & digital media campaigns that support women’s leadership & gender equity. She designs, creates and facilitates training programs in hi-tech, media, healthcare & non-profit organizations to optimize performance outcomes. She is an alumna of the Women’s Media Center Progressive Women’s Voices program, Take the Lead Women & The White House Project’s Go Run program. Elisa holds a BA in Communications from San Francisco State and a MA in Organization Development & Leadership at University of San Francisco. Elisa lives in the Sierra Foothills with her husband and two daughters.
Mike is a Fire Captain with Cal Fire at Washington Ridge Conservation Camp where, between wildland fire assignments, forestry management and fuel reduction are his top concerns. Mike has grown up near the town of Washington, and knows the terrain and forest better than most. Washington lies alongside the South Fork of the Yuba River, in a deep canyon, as the Sierras ascend steeply to the Donner Pass which separates East and West Nevada County. He has made it his personal mission to educate the public about what real forestry health should look like, how to repair the man-made damage and move forward with integrity.