Thea Hensel, Co-Chair
Thea is a 2011 Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, was a Board member of the Sonoma County Forum, and enjoys spreading sunflowers all over Santa Rosa. Before retiring, she had a long career in sales with the Wrangler Jeans Company, taught school for five years, and was an employment recruiter in the biotech industry. She has a BS from State University of New York, Oneonta, a Masters in Education from NYU and an HR certificate from SRJC. Thea enjoys traveling with her adult daughter who teaches in the Bay Area, hiking, music and sharing all things food, wine and the arts with friends.
Thea comments, “It brings me great joy to work with dedicated people in this shared vision of a Greenway for Santa Rosa.”
Linda Proulx, Co-Chair Emeritus
Linda Proulx served as a Co-Chair of the Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway Campaign from 2009 – 2015. Linda enjoys working with the enthusiastic team of Greenway volunteers, focusing on strategy, communication, marketing and fundraising. Linda is a 2007 Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, and, before retiring, was the founder and principal of Worklife & Learning, a career management and training firm. She holds a Masters Degree in Education and Counseling from Arizona State University and a Post-Masters Certificate in Adult Career Development from JFK University.
The vision of a climate-smart urban Greenway with trails for walking and biking, community gathering places and gardens, and restoration of native habitat has captured Linda’s imagination. She likes hiking on local trails and looks forward to walking with her husband Alan and German Shepard Charlie on the Greenway!
Jim McAdler, Treasurer
Jim McAdler has been involved with the Southeast Greenway Campaign since its beginning. As Campaign Treasurer, Jim uses his skills as a retired city administrator and CPA. Jim grew up on the Tuolumne River near Yosemite but now calls Santa Rosa his home. In his spare time, he chairs the local Cal Alumni scholarship program, and he has many hobbies including backpacking, skiing, guitar and travel. His most precious times are spent with his wife Sandy and their two children, Ryan and Marisa. The Greenway Campaign helps to nurture his love for open space and the great outdoors.
Katharine Anderson, Recording Secretary
Katharine has been a Senior Design Architect at numerous firms, including Hornberger+Worstell, Chong Partners, AXIA Architects, TLCD Architecture and SMWM Architects. She is currently developing project design, renderings and presentations as a consultant to a variety of architecture firms and is also an Instructor at the School of Landscape Architecture at Academy of Art.
Katharine received her Masters of Architecture, Masters of Landscape Architecture and Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Katharine currently serves on the Santa Rosa Design Review Board having been a member since 2007, and on the Art in Public Places Committee.
Katharine brings a professional eye and knowledge of the design needs of Santa Rosa to the Greenway Campaign, serves on a number of committees and adds business acumen to the fundraising team. The Campaign Committee also appreciates her contribution as recording secretary, taking notes at meetings and keeping the group on track.
She lives in Santa Rosa with her husband Randy. They enjoy hiking in Santa Rosa and the regional parks and traveling when their schedules permit.
Grace Cheung-Schulman, Campaign Secretary
In addition to her work as Southeast Greenway Campaign Secretary, Grace works with the Marketing Communication and Fundraising Teams. She designs the Greenway Campaign’s eNews, generally oversees the management of the information database, and is the Greenway’s volunteer official photographer.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, she holds degrees in geography, music, education, and business management in four different universities in Hong Kong, Canada, and the US.
After retiring from her music and arts management careers, Grace pursued her childhood interest in photography and in free-lancing and volunteering for charity organizations such as Catholic Charities, Peace and Justice Center, Community Child Care Council, and North Coast Mac Users Group.
Grace is an animal lover and is into organic gardening, water and energy conservation. She sees the Southeast Greenway as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for citizen involvement in planning a Greenway for the benefit of the entire community.
Peter is a geologist with 25 years of consulting experience. Environment Assessment has been the primary focus of Peter’s education and work. He has managed numerous site assessments and investigations including wetlands assessments, biological monitoring, archeological surveys, and hundreds of Phase I and Phase II environmental site investigations. Peter is a California Professional Geologist with a B.S. in geology and a minor in biology. He brings to his work a passion for natural history as well as a practical understanding of historic agricultural and industrial land use practices.
Peter assists the Greenway Campaign with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) mapping and analysis. He is passionately interested in bike transportation and is delighted that the Greenway will strengthen our local and regional network of trails. He and his family raise puppies for Canine Companions for Independence. They are currently raising their third puppy, Henderson.
Jenny Downing’s work with the Southeast Greenway Campaign focuses on database management. During her corporate career, Jenny was a project leader/liaison working with corporate contract clients, accounting clients, and computer programmers. Her efforts went toward designing database systems.
At Oregon State University, Jenny’s undergraduate studies focused on fashion retailing, with a minor in business. She went on to earn an MBA at Golden Gate University.
After retiring, Jenny was ready to give back to her community. She worked with the Sonoma County Vintners Association, and ultimately found her niche with the Greenway Campaign. Jenny loves to hike and looks forward to hiking trails that access Spring Lake Park from the Greenway. She says, “After living in Santa Rosa for over 10 years, I’ve learned to appreciate our wonderful outdoor resources. Working on the Southeast Greenway gives me the opportunity to build on these resources so that others can enjoy our beautiful landscape.”
Alexa is an outreach team member for the Southeast Greenway Campaign and enjoys spreading the word about this unique opportunity for our community. Alexa works at SRJC as a professor of environmental philosophy. She is excited about the Greenway for many reasons. As a mother of young, active children, she is enthusiastic about the possibility of delivering her kids to their nearby schools and activities along a route that is safe and beautiful. As a professional who studies the various ways that development is threatened by environmental limits, she sees this as an opportunity for our community to pursue alternative models of development that incorporate people, businesses, nature, and public venues into dynamic and livable spaces. Finally, as a cyclist, she believes the Greenway will be a much-needed addition to our regional network of trails.
Philip brings design and planning expertise toward the concept and future development of the Southeast Greenway. Philip holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. As a landscape architect he has been involved regionally, nationally, and internationally with community design over the past 30 years. Philip’s experience with project entitlement, land development, design process, along with a good understanding of natural systems and landscape construction practices, will help enable the realization of the Greenway.
Philip says, “This corridor provides a unique opportunity to bring about transformative change to Bennett Valley and the greater Santa Rosa area. It’s exciting to think about the potential this project will have on strengthening social, economic, ecological, and other layers throughout this community.”
Trains, planes, cars, bikes, sailboats, horse, on foot – Philip loves to travel and experience different cultures.
Vin’s work with the Southeast Greenway Campaign focuses on bicycle and pedestrian use of the Greenway. Vincent is a Professor Emeritus of Chemistry from Sonoma State University where he taught from 1969-2002. His education includes a BA in chemistry from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. and a PhD in biochemistry from Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Vincent’s community involvement inclues being the 3rd Supervisorial District member of the Sonoma County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee; a long time member of the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition and the Santa Rosa Cycling Club; founding president of the Diabetes Society of Sonoma County; Chairman of the Clo’s Classic Bike Rides for the Diabetes Society; and tutoring chemistry at Petaluma High School.
Vin’s main vision for the Southeast Greenway is to have a bicycle/pedestrian path which will eventually link Spring Lake Park with downtown Santa Rosa and the west county.
Jack’s work with SEG focuses on infrastructure: public services that provide things like vehicular, bicycle, & pedestrian connections, sewer & water service, storm drainage, and electricity, gas & communication services. He is a retired Civil Engineer, having worked on projects such as the Prince Memorial Greenway, Joe Rodota Trail and Nathanson Creek Trail.
Jack’s community involvement includes Chairman of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, City of Santa Rosa Design Review Board, Sonoma County Alliance Executive Committee, North Coast Builders Exchange Board, California Chamber of Commerce Small Business Advocate of the Year, and North Coast Construction Hall of Fame.
Jack relates, “Several years ago while planning our dream home adjacent to Spring Lake Park, my wife, Jacky, mentioned plans for a freeway behind our lot. I told her it would never happen. So when asked to get involved with the Campaign, I thought that I had better, at least to protect my marriage!”
Tanya has been involved in the Southeast Greenway Campaign since its launch, first as its fiscal sponsor in her former role as Executive Director of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, and currently as a member of its Campaign Committee. She has over 20 years of leadership and management experience in the fields of technology, sustainability, and community engagement.
Tanya holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, an MBA, and is currently working on her master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
Tanya loves running the trails in Spring Lake and Annadel. She looks forward to the day when she can run from her house in west Santa Rosa to Spring Lake via the Santa Rosa Creek and future Southeast Greenway trails.
“WOW!! What a great place to enjoy with our dogs! And a bike path right up to Spring Lake Park? And it can actually happen!!”
That’s what Janice Nicholson felt when she first became aware of the Southeast Greenway. Janice, her husband and two canine kids live within walking distance of the future Greenway. They have been really impressed with how effective the Campaign Committee has been in promoting the Greenway vision, and with the progress being made.
Janice finally joined the Greenway team in 2016 after retiring. Her background includes 25 years at HP/Agilent as a finance analyst and database administrator, and another 12 years at the Sonoma Humane Society managing its donor database and assisting the Development Director. Janice has been pleased and proud to help the Greenway Campaign with their administrative, database and fundraising work.
Janet commented, “Someday, you will see two very happy dogs walking me along a beautiful Greenway path!”
Jim’s work with the Southeast Greenway Campaign is focused mainly on outreach (“and whatever else needs to get done”). He grew up in Santa Rosa and has been actively involved in the community for the past 40 years. Jim teaches at Sonoma State University, and, for a time in 2014, worked as a Visiting Scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University in Bloomington. He believes that “without the SEG citizen effort to create a beautiful Greenway for the entire community, the job would not get done. A once in a life time opportunity would be lost forever.”
David’s work with the Southeast Greenway Campaign focuses on land use planning, community outreach, and the Greenway’s immense eco-tourism potential. David’s career includes various pursuits related to land use sustainability, including current employment with the county’s largest environmental advocacy group, and past employment involving municipal, regional and resort land use planning. His previous experience also includes reporting on land use/economic development issues in eco-tourism pioneer Costa Rica, his wife’s homeland. David’s education background includes an MPA (with a Community Development emphasis), and current involvement with the Congress of New Urbanism.
David’s is excited about the Greenway’s potential to provide the key missing link for an emerging pedestrian/bike/wildlife/biological corridor connecting the Sonoma Valley and the historic town of Sonoma with the confluence of the Russian River and Pacific Ocean.
Alan’s work with the Southeast Greenway Campaign focuses on fundraising and community outreach. He has helped secure several grants for the Campaign through his proposal writing. Currently, he is on the Board of Directors/Trustees for Yulupa Cohousing and for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Santa Rosa. Alan retired after a 35-year career in hospital and health care planning and marketing. He holds a BA from the University of Connecticut in Zoology, and an MBA from Missouri University. Alan is a rock hound, and enjoys tennis, hiking, travel, kayaking, gardening, and reading. Alan says he is excited about the Greenway because of what it will give to the community in terms of improved land use and what it will offer children and young people – recreational activities, education and community building experiences.
Renee’s work with the Southeast Greenway Campaign focuses on the fundraising committee and on coordinating outreach efforts. Her other community involvements include the Neighborhood Alliance of Santa Rosa, and Santa Rosa Together. Before retiring, her professional experience involved parks, recreation, urban planning, outreach, public involvement and participation, and project coordination. She holds a BS from the University of California, Berkeley. Renee moved to Santa Rosa from Dallas six years ago to be close to her daughter and two grandchildren who live in Cotati.
Renee is excited about the Southeast Greenway because, “This project connects with people on many different levels—everyone and anyone can find something to like. The Greenway Campaign has smart leadership that has taken the time to build a solid foundation with community stakeholders.”
Marina works with the Marketing Communication team for the Greenway Campaign and brings expertise in strategic planning, branding and website development to the effort. She is the Marketing Director for TLCD Architecture in Santa Rosa, and enjoys the blending of community projects the firm is involved with and her commitment to this grass roots organization.
Originally from Southern California, Marina has lived in Sonoma County for the last 28 years with her husband and two children. She holds a degree in Advertising Graphics from Cal State Northridge and is involved with continuing education in Social Media.
Marina loves the outdoors, gardening, hiking and travel. When this Greenway is completed, she said she will be the first person signed up to organize a community garden!