Mendocino Woodlands Camp Association Board of Directors 2016

Elizabeth Martin


Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, Chair of the MWCA, is the CEO of The Sierra Fund. She is an organizer and advocate with 35 years of experience working in rural communities to promote economic and environmental justice. Izzy worked for two decades with farm workers, farmers, and environmentalists to develop pioneering programs to promote organic agriculture and reduce community exposure to pesticides. Izzy has attended Lark in the Morning Music and Dance Camp since 2004, and has served on the board of the MWCA since 2007.



Danese Cooper
DaneseDanese, Vice President for MWCA, has served on many non-profit Boards as both a director and an officer, mostly in the technology sector where she is a longtime advocate of open source software. She has at managed teams at companies including Apple, Microsoft, Symantec, Sun Microsystems and Intel and served as Chief Technical Officer for the Wikimedia Foundation (home of Wikipedia). She currently works for PayPal as their Head of Open Source and also runs DaneseWorks, a successful consultancy to companies wishing to pursue open source strategies. She has attended Lark in the Morning Camp at the Woodlands for more than 20 years.


Michele Chambliss
MicheleMichele, Treasurer for MWCA, has spent the past decade in a variety of sales and operations management roles in Silicon Valley, and the prior decade serving industry, educational, and non­profit clients as a strategic and operational advisor. She has managed numerous complex projects, and even businesses, from concept to successful implementation. Michele holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-­Mellon University (CMU).

Donna Hamilton

DonnaDonna, Secretary for MWCA, is lifelong educator with a Masters in Educational Therapy from Holy Names University. Her professional teaching experience spans more than 3 decades, with her current position as a Learning Services Director at Brandeis Marin. A basketball enthusiast, Donna had the honor of being an NCAA DI basketball official for several years. Donna and her husband, Russell, were one of the first couples to be married at the Mendocino Woodlands and they have regularly attended many Woodlands camps including Folklore and Razzmatazz.



Laurin Beckhausen
LaurinLaurin is semi-retired from 26 years in the Solano County Sheriff’s Department. Laurin lives in an unincorporated area north of Vacaville, California on 2.7 acres in an adobe house, which his wife and he built themselves. Laurin has 2 adult children and 5  grandchildren.




Debra Dawson
DebraDebra has operated her catering company, Good Thyme Catering, for over 30 years. Debra has been coming to the Woodlands for over 40 years, originally as a member of the public and then as one of the original caterers for many of the Woodlands camper groups. Debra also produced and directed three camps at the Woodlands over the years.



Mickie Zekley
MickieMickie is an accomplished musician and master of many instruments. Mickie is the founder and co-director of Lark In The Morning, an international mail order music business and Lark Camp World Music and Dance Camp. Mickie is also a musical instrument collector, and a videographer specializing in traditional music and dance.


Other Members
Eric Kirk
Dwight Alexander
George Buckle

Kevin Blackburn, emeritus
Ronnie James, emeritus
Jelehla Ziemba, emeritus