Carmel Valley Association Board of Directors


Priscilla (Pris) Walton, President
Priscilla graduated from California State College Northridge and received her M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas and her Ph.D. from Northwestern. She was raised in Peru, and was a volunteer in the Peace Corps in 1962-1963 during its beginning stages.

She was a professor in the Department of Education at the University of California Santa Cruz from 1998 to 2005, and a Principal Investigator with the Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence (CREDE). Prior to that she was a consultant for 14 years with the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing and the consultant assigned to develop the Multiple Subjects Bilingual Cross-cultural Academic Development Emphasis Teacher Training Credential Program in 1994 at to California State University, Monterey Bay. She also was Statewide Consultant and Coordinator of the Bilingual Teacher Training Programs and worked on Class Size Reduction under California Superintendent for Public Schools, Delaine Eastin. She was the editor of Multicultural Perspectives, The Magazine of the National Association for Multicultural Education and the founding editor of Multicultural Education Magazine.

Priscilla has lived in the Village since 1987, and has been president of the White Oaks Home Owner's Association since 2001. She was President, Democratic Women of Monterey County 2008-2012, and is a current member of the County Democratic Central Committee and the League of Women Voters. In Davis, her community activities included the Board of Directors of the Davis Rural Land Trust and a three year term as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Davis. She is married to John Walton a Sociologist retired from the University of California at Davis.

The Walton's have two grandchildren who live with their daughter  Casey and her husband Eric in Sacramento.  They have a fourteen year old golden retriever named Murphy who was born and raised in Carmel Valley. You can catch them walking through the village every morning.


Eric Sand, Vice President
Eric Sand
Eric Sand’s family has lived on the Monterey Peninsula, Big Sur and the Carmel Valley since the 1870s and members of his family have included Realtors, Mayors, ranchers, painters, writers, publishers and authors here on the Monterey Peninsula.

Eric spent his early years in Carmel, California. As Eric’s father was a career diplomat, the family moved to Washington DC. but also spent many years residing overseas. Eric lived in Taipei, Taiwan and later in Athens, Greece. He and his brothers attended their High School years at the American Academy in Athens.

Eric attended MPC in the mid 1960’s before attending UCLA majoring in Computer Science and later worked as a software engineer for Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto before moving back to the Monterey Peninsula and taking a position at the NPS. In 1985 he was appointed as the first Management Information Systems Director at the Monterey County Office of Education.

Eric has always had a particular attraction to the Carmel Valley as both sets of grandparents lived there and he has lived in Los Tulares for 12 years with his wife Patricia. Eric is currently a Realtor in the Carmel Valley Village, working in the building his grandfather Harold O. Sand built as his brokerage in 1946. Eric has also been active with the Monterey History and Art Association for over 30 years, having held the positions of President and Secretary on the Executive Committee.

Eric has five sons, three grandsons and two granddaughters who live nearly.

Eric’s passion is keeping the Carmel Valley as close as possible to the magical place he knew as a child roaming the hills and exploring the Carmel River behind his grandfather Donald Hale’s ranch by the Farm Center and preserving the very rich sense of community that people in the Carmel Valley share.


Kim Williams, Treasurer
Kim was born and raised in Concord, California. He is a fourth generation Californian, whose great grandparents emigrated, beginning in the 1850’s, to the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from Mt. Diablo High School; received his BA, with a major in Spanish, from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington; and his Masters in School Administration from California State College, Hayward.

He taught school in the Mt. Diablo School District for over twenty years before becoming a school principal in Walnut Creek. After retiring as principal of Tularcitos School in Carmel Valley, he served as a district administrator in King City and Santa Cruz.

Now fully retired, he enjoys gardening at the Robles del Rio home he shares with his lovely wife, Christine. Other interests include woodworking, hiking and back-packing, and playing with his four grandchildren. He has served on several community boards and currently serves on several committees at Sanctuary Bible Church of Carmel Valley. Kim became president of the Carmel Historical Society in March 2014.



Sandy Schachter, Secretary
Sandra Schachter first moved to Carmel Valley in 1970 after living in northern Ohio and New York City.  She left to teach in Switzerland in 1983 and returned in 1999.   She has a BA in English from Oberlin College (junior year at the University of Edinburgh in Scoland) and an MA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University with a specialization in History of the English Language.  She did further graduate work in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Columbia Teachers College. She has taught English as a Second/Foreign Language, English composition, and language teaching methodology  at Columbia, Harvard, the American College or Switzerland, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, where she helped to establish the American Language and MATESOL programs. She was also a Fulbright instructor in Constanta, Romania. She retired from part-time teaching at Monterey Peninsula College a few years ago.

Sandy was a founding member of the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library and served on that board as secretary in the 1980's and as organizer of the First Saturday lecture series from 2000 to 2006.  She has also served on the board of the Carmel Valley Angel Project since 2013, currently as secretary, and has been in charge of the Holiday Store.  She has also volunteered at Tularcitos School and for Pacific Repertory Theatre.  She has been secretary of the CVA Board since 2008, served on the Outreach Committee and the editorial committee for the Carmel Valley Voice, and coordinated the Carmel Valley Voices program.

She is married to David Burbidge, retired from CSUMB.  Her son Jason attended Tularcitos and Carmel Middle School and is currently working for the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Her hobbies include walking and otherwise spoiling her two exuberant rescue dogs, watercolor painting, yoga, reading, and hunting for misused apostrophes.



Mibs McCarthy, President Emerita
Mibs grew up in San Francisco and Oakland and attended the University of California, Berkeley for two years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Missouri. She also received a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri specializing in science writing. She has been an owner-manager of a tennis club, a pre-school director, and a middle school science teacher.

Mibs has been on the board of Carmel Valley Association since 2010 and serves on the Land Use Committee. She has been the leader of Sustainable Carmel Valley, and currently leads the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, and is a board member of the Monterey Peninsula Chapter of the ACLU.

A “late bloomer” in following her own goals, around the year 2000, Mibs realized the people she most admired were community activists for environmental, social, and economic justice. She enjoys learning about issues and then acting in accordance with her values.

She also enjoys tennis, hiking with her dog, birding, fly fishing, and reading. She lives in the Garzas Canyon area of Carmel Valley with her husband, Joe.



Paola Berthoin, Natural Resources
Paola Berthoin is an artist with a deep commitment to living in the Carmel River Watershed over the past fifty-two years. She was born in London, England and came to Carmel Valley in 1965 with her mother and three sisters. Paola is a graduate of Carmel High School and California College of the Arts where she specialized in printmaking, handmade paper and animal drawing. Additionally, Paola has studied ecological design and permaculture at Schumacher College in England and at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center in Northern California.

Tending the land on which she has lived for forty-three years and joining in multiple efforts to preserve wildlands has infused Paola’s visionary ways of interpreting the land through painting, writing, and advocacy for all the watersheds of the Earth. Working as pastry chef, Paola owned and operated the Coco La Fleur restaurant with her mother in Carmel Valley in the late 1980s. She served as Education Chair for the Carmel River Watershed Council in the late 1990s. She co-established RisingLeaf Watershed Arts, a non-profit organization, in 2001and taught her Watershed Arts curriculum in Monterey County schools. Paola completed the award-winning book Passion for Place: Community Reflections on the Carmel River Watershed in 2012. Through twenty years of co-organizing community arts events and projects focused on the Carmel River Watershed, Paola has planted many seeds of local and global ecological awareness.

Additionally, Paola has been involved in traffic-related issues including the preservation of Hatton Canyon, getting the first “Share the Road” bicycle sign installed on Carmel Valley Road, and being involved in the early days of the Monterey County Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Advisory Committee. Paola also served as secretary for the CVA in the 1990s.

Paola’s most recent project was to document the historic San Clemente Dam and Chinese Dam Removal and Carmel River Reroute Project through plein air paintings, photography and video. She is currently collaborating with blacksmith Richard Schrader to create a sculpture that will be made from rebar from the San Clemente Dam. It will be installed at the new MPRPD offices at Palo Corona Ranch/Rancho Cañada in Fall of 2017.

Through all Paola’s endeavors, she strives to inspire, educate and protect what she can through active caring for the land. Being on the CVA board is an opportunity to help fulfill the organization’s mission to preserve the natural beauty, resources and rural quality of the Carmel River Watershed.


Rich Fox, Membership
Rich Fox is Chairman and CEO or Rich Fox & Associates, Inc., a firm that consults with and trains non-profit fundraisers in North America, Europe, South America and Asia. Prior to founding his present firm, he served for twelve years as Co-Founder and President of the Facter Fox group, which provided fund-raising services to hundreds of non-profit and political organizations in six countries in North America and Europe. Rich has been honored for his lifetime professional achievements by being named a Fellow of the United Kingdom’s RSA (The Royal Society for the encouragement of Art, Manufactures & Commerce).

Rich has a BA degree from The Johns Hopkins University, and attended Northwestern Law School.

Rich moved to Carmel Valley eight years ago from Malibu, and he loves the natural beauty, serenity, and the friendly people he has found here. Rich lives near Carmel Valley Village with his wife, Elizabeth, their dog, Baby, and their cat, Zorro. Rich, Elizabeth and Baby can be seen regularly enjoying long walks in Garland Ranch.


Donna H. Kneeland, Communications
A mid-valley resident since 1981, Donna studied at UC Santa Barbara and graduated from Principia College, Elsah, Illinois.

She was Associate Director of Patrons at Principia College and Upper School (1979-1981); Director of Development, Monterey County Symphony (1983-1986); Director of Development, Monterey Museum of Art (1986-2003); Consultant to non-profits (2006-2009); Co-founder and Principal, Fund Builders Alliance (2009-present), Past President, Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Monterey Bay Chapter (AFP); Development Executives Network (DEN), where she is currently serving on the Board of Directors, and the Central Coast Consultants Group. She has done work for many local groups and recently assisted the Carmel Bach Festival, Carmel Mission Foundation's historic preservation campaign, and Carmel Valley Historical Society.

She was a member of the Steering Committee for Carmel Foundation's 3-year campaign to build additional senior citizen housing. She is an active church volunteer, chairing and/or serving on various committees. She also served on the Carmel Valley Forum before becoming a member of the Board of Carmel Valley Association. Donna's hobbies include hiking, tennis, golf, reading, gardening and spending quality time with her four married children and ten grandchildren.



Karin Strasser Kauffman, Events
Karin Strasser Kauffman has been working for the last 34 years to improve the quality of life for the people of Carmel Valley. She worked on Carmel River restoration projects, established after school programs at Tularcitos, served as president of the school site council and as a director of Carmel Valley Property Owners Association.

While teaching at Monterey Peninsula College, Karin Strasser Kauffman was recruited for public office. Karin became our Monterey County Supervisor and served from 1984-1993. She was first elected on a strong environmental platform and reelected without opposition. She twice served as Chair of the Board of Supervisors, including during the closure of Fort Ord and the establishment of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary.

She oversaw the adoption of the Carmel Valley Master Plan and established the permanent critical viewshed protection for the Big Sur coast. Upon leaving office, Strasser Kauffman was appointed by the federal Department of Commerce to sit on the newly created Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Council, on which she served as founding chair, representing the public-at-large for seven years. Since then she has also served on the board of directors of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and helped to establish the Monterey Youth Museum (MY Museum).

Karin and her late husband, radiologist Dr. Richard Kauffman have been long time residents along the Carmel River, where they raised their two sons, many dogs, several cats and great tomatoes.



Ed Lake
Ed Lake
Ed Lake is new to Carmel Valley, having moved here in December 2015. He lives north of the village's airfield, so his first summer experience in the Valley was to see the Sobranes Fire on the ridges and watch the helicopter firefighting operation out of the airfield on Ford Road. It was wonderful to see so many people extending themselves to help the firefighters.

Ed's first involvement in Carmel Valley was becoming a board member of the Carmel Valley Community Youth Center in August 2016, just in time to help with the 58th Annual Santa's Fly-In.

Prior to that, he had lived in Pacific Grove for 16 years and volunteered for many city committees: Traffic Safety Commission, Administrative Enforcement Hearing Officer Panel, and the Golf Links Marketing Committee. Ed attended PG's Police Citizens Academy in 2000 and continues today to assist the police on events. He attended most of the city hall meetings and often offered solutions to issues.

The traffic safety committee worked on issues brought forward by citizens and the traffic engineer requesting changes. The committee did its best in trying to find solutions that worked for today's needs, understanding the city was laid out for horse and buggy traffic, since cars would not be invented for another 25 years. Pacific Grove was founded in 1875 and has a rich historical past its residents want to preserve.

Ed started working as a draftsman in 1964 for automotive companies in Detroit while studying to be a mechanical engineer. He got drafted in 1967 for the Vietnam War. The Marine Corp got him interested in aircraft electronics, so after service, he changed his study and earned an electrical engineering degree from Lawrence Tech in 1972. His first engineering job was with Chrysler designing automotive electronics. The engineers designed a seatbelt interlock system which kept the car from being driven unless the belt was latched, but the marketing people said no, that customers would not buy their cars. Imagine how many people would be alive today if over the last 45 years people had had to wear a seatbelt. His career evolved into engineering sales of industrial custom designed test equipment and covered half of the US.

Ed worked about 30 years of his career in Silicon Valley high tech companies. Although he has a BSEE degree and had designed computer chips, he spent most of his career as a technical recruiter, helping HR departments hire engineers. He worked at Cisco, AMD, VeriSign, Silicon Graphics, Rolm/IBM, to name a few. In Monterey, he worked for CTB/McGraw-Hill and Monterey Peninsula College.



Rick Manning, Membership
Rick Manning
Rick Manning, from Albany, NY, graduated from Yale College in 1968, where he majored in history and enjoyed playing tennis as well as singing with the Yale Glee Club and the Whiffenpoofs. He then served three years in the US Army, which included an assignment at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey to study Korean.  It was at that time that Rick discovered the extraordinary beauty of the Peninsula, so after his tour of duty in Inchon and Seoul, he returned to Carmel Valley.  

A summer job in 1971 at John Gardiner's Tennis Ranch stretched into a thirty-three year career at the resort. In addition to teaching and administrative responsibilities in Carmel Valley, Rick was the Tennis Director at The Tennis Ranch on Camelback, Scottsdale, Arizona, from 1979 - 1986.  For several years he was secretary for John Gardiner's Tennis Clinics, a company which provided professionals for programs at resorts and clubs around the US.  In 1995, Rick joined the Peter Burwash International tennis staff at Carmel Valley Ranch Resort.  He retired from full-time teaching in 2014, but still plays on a regular basis.

Rick has lived with his wife, Ruth Carter, in mid valley since 1976.  Now, without a full-time work schedule, he is able to get out into our wonderful parks for more hiking, to spend more time reading, and to take more advantage of the many cultural events available in the area.   Rick looks forward to the opportunity to serve on the Carmel Valley Association board.



Marlene Martin, Membership
Marlene Martin
Marlene has lived in Monterey County since 1969 and in Carmel Valley since 1980. During her forty-one years of teaching at MPC, she served as English Department Chair, Teachers' Association president, and Academic Senate president.

Her involvement with the marine science community began in 1969 when her late husband was a professor at Hopkins Marine Station. He was director at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories for eighteen years and served on the boards of the Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

She was  a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras and had two Fulbrights and three National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. She wrote four college composition textbooks and many articles for newspapers and magazines.

Marlene is concerned about the traffic load on Carmel Valley Road and water availability and is grateful for those who have been vigilant in trying to protect the valley from exploitation. She hopes to help protect our very special part of the universe and promote its residential and environmental ambience.


Tim Sanders, Traffic
Born in Wyoming, Tim grew up principally in Maryland and Massachusetts, and after graduating from public schools near Boston found the promise of adventure and new perspectives beckoning from across the country at Stanford. During summer vacations he worked in land surveying in Massachusetts, microwave electronics (Hughes Aircraft) in Southern California and semiconductor physics (Shockley and Fairchild Laboratories) on the San Francisco Peninsula (where Silicon Valley was about to emerge), before settling down to full-year graduate study at Stanford.

He earned his B.S. degree and his wife, Jane, at almost the same time; the two of them continued to study and work at Stanford until their daughter was born and Tim finished his doctoral work in theoretical physics. They moved on to Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., where Tim did postdoctoral research, and where their son was born. With the family now complete, he settled into teaching physics and mathematics at Occidental College in Los Angeles, took on various administrative positions, then retired.

During the transition to retirement, Tim served for a decade on a City of Los Angeles planning advisory committee, and as board member, then president, of the local residents’ association.

By the year 2000 Carmel/Monterey area beckoned, with its promise of adventure and new perspectives, among extraordinary natural beauty and interesting people. The promise has been fulfilled, but is continually threatened for future generations by excessive pressures for over-development and over-use of resources. Tim’s convinced that working with CVA to preserve and protect the natural beauty and rural character of Carmel Valley is vital to keeping that promise alive.



Bob Siegfried, Water, Natural Resources

Bob has a B.A. in history from Fresno State College and a Master of Science in soil science from UC-Davis.

From 1973 to 2001 he worked in vineyard management, viticultural research, and viticultural consulting. From 2001 to 2011 he was agricultural engineer (civil) at the Santa Clara Valley Water District with responsibilities in recycled water application, agricultural water use efficiency, and evapotranspiration estimation.

Bob is a past member of the California Department of Water Resources Agricultural Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the implementation of California Water Conservation Requirements (SBX7 7). He is presently a member of the Department’s California Water Plan Update Citizens' Advisory Committee and a board member of the Carmel Area Wastewater District.



Dick Stott, Webperson
Dick and his wife Teri have lived in the Carmel/Carmel Valley area since 1968, and in the lower valley since 1987. He received his B.A. in Economics/Engineering from Pomona College in 1962 and his Masters in Education from Chapman University in 1992. After graduation, he spent 3 years in Army Intelligence and 2 years studying flamenco guitar in Spain. Dick and Teri owned and operated Fourtane's Jewelry in Carmel from 1970 to 1988. From 1988 until he retired in 2005, he taught Mathematics and Computer Science at Monterey High. While at Monterey High, he wrote classroom management software and founded CalEd Software.

His sons, Will and Alex, attended Carmel schools beginning as pre-schoolers at Bay School and graduating from Carmel High. Dick was active in Carmel school affairs, serving on the District Budget Advisory Committee and as a board member and fund raising chair of the Friends of the Carmel Schools (FOCUS). In the 1970's, he was treasurer of the Carmel Rotary Club and more recently served for seven years on the board of directors and as treasurer of Riverwood Community Association.

Dick and Teri spend summers in Minnesota, where their son Will is an administrator at the Mayo clinic, helping him and his wife Lynnette care for their exceptionally cute children, Abby and Daniel. As often as they can, they brave the I-5 and travel to Altadena to visit son Alex, who works with the handicapted, and his beautiful red headed daughter Isobel. When he's not trying to keep this web site up to date, Dick spends his afternoons practicing his guitar.



Jeff Wood, Membership
Jeff, originally from New England, received a BA in History (US & European) from Lake Forest College (IL) and a Master’s degree in Organization and Management (nonprofit) from Antioch University New England (NH). He spent 40 years in higher educational admissions, career counseling and alumni work at Bennington, Williams & Occidental Colleges, UCLA, and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS – formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies) before retiring in July of 2015. Immediately after his BA, Jeff ran a drug abuse center in New Britain, CT and was on the first management team of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group in the 1970’s.

Jeff moved to Carmel Valley in 1985 and lived in Carmel Valley Village for nine years before moving to Mid-Valley 22 years ago. As a 2007 graduate of Leadership Monterey, Jeff is ready to serve the needs of CVA related to membership and outreach. He is the Past-President of the Los Cimientos Alliance (helping Kiche Maya in Guatemala (related to land, health, and employment issues) and the Ranch House Place Homeowners Association. He currently serves on the Board as Treasurer of Ranch House Place.

Jeff’s wife Kate retired in June 2015 from 25 years of teaching elementary grades in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District most recently in Marina. She has also taught at the All Saints Day School and volunteered at Tularcitos Elementary School in the Village.

The Woods have two children. Daughter Jory lives in New York City and works in the fashion industry while son Tyler works in the art world in New York with stints in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Woods just adopted a rescue puppy (Maltese Mix) from the SPCA as the newest family member.

Jeff recently joined Kate by singing Bass in the Monterey Peninsula Voices Fall 2015 Holiday show. He also enjoys politics, tennis, golf, woodworking and fixing anything that is broken. He looks forward to working with CVA to defend the Valley from over-development. He is very interested in issues related to the Camel River (lives 100 yards from it), traffic on Carmel Valley Road, and maintaining the rural nature of the Valley as so many of us moved here for a rural ambiance.