On Saturday, April 24. 2021 from 9am to 1pm the Channel Islands Park Foundation will be conducting native plant sale featuring species endemic to the Channel Islands. The sale will be next to the Channel Islands National Park visitor center at 1901 Spinnaker Drive. This is all the way at the end of the Ventura Harbor.
The park foundations board of directors consists of a diverse group who have one very important thing in common; they love the Channel Islands and are committed to supporting Channel Islands National Park.
JOHN WICKENHAEUSER, PRESIDENT
John Wickenhaeuser is a life-long educator who grew up in Santa Barbara admiring the Channel Islands. He wrote his senior thesis at UC Santa Barabara about the exotic species removal program on Santa Cruz Island. John was the Vice President of a rescue and safety equipment sales and training company in the Bay Area before moving to Ojai, where he served as the Director of Technology and Sustainability at Ojai Valley School. He is a workgroup leader for the national park and leads as many trips to the islands as he can for restoration, education and recreation. He fell in love with the islands while writing his thesis, and rediscovered them when he moved back to the area and has been looking for any way to contribute to the restoration and protection of their extraordinary resources since.
VAHAGN NAHABEDIAN, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Vahagn Nahabedian is a California native and a fourth generation oilman. He is also a Scuba Instructor and considers the Channel Islands the best diving in the world. He is a volunteer scuba diver for Channel Islands Live and has shared his passion for the National Parks with his son Tigran who is also a volunteer with Channel Islands National Park, the first Student Buddy Bison Ambassador for the National Park Trust and a Centennial Events Coordinator for the CIPF.
MARCELLA KLEIN WILLIAMS, SECRETARY
Dr. Marcella Klein Williams has a career in education that has ranged from the classroom to the national level. She has a doctorate in educational leadership and experience building STEM education networks. Additionally, Marcella has been involved with the Channel Islands for over 20 years and is the wife of an island ranger.
PETER HAGGERTY, TREASURER
Peter Haggerty has extensive experience preparing annual operating and capital budgets in the healthcare sector. In addition to his work on behalf of the Channel Islands, Mr. Haggerty continues his commitment to non-profit as assistant treasurer to The Rotary Club of Ojai Education Foundation and serves as a board member of The Ojai Valley Community Hospital Foundation.
SUSANNE WILSON, DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL GIFTS
Susanne Wilson is the former co-owner of Property Management Business in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She has extensive background in Resort Marketing and Property Management. Susanne is committed to supporting local non-profits including the Ojai Music Festival, the Ojai Defense Fund, and sponsoring the Nordhoff High school AVID program: Advancement Via Individual Determination, a college readiness system.
KEN MCALPINE, DIRECTOR OF MEDIA
Ken McAlpine is an acclaimed local author of more than eight books. His novel, “Juncture,” is a cerebral “Jaws”; a suspense-filled thriller, a story of primal love and our changing oceans and, perhaps, a final fork in the road. “Islands Apart: A Year on the Edge of Civilization,” journaled his journey through California’s Channel Islands National Park in an effort to “breathe slowly and think clearly, to examine how we live and what we live for.”
TIGRAN NAHABEDIAN, YOUTH DIRECTOR
I earned my first Junior Ranger Badge at Channel Islands National Park when I was five years old and have loved the park ever since. I have completed over 70 Junior Ranger programs so far and was the first Junior Ranger Underwater Explorer at Channel Islands National Park. I was really honored to help the National Park Service with the Find Your Park and Every Kid in a Park campaigns and I represented Let’s Move Outside at the White House, where I got to help First Lady Michelle Obama plant the White House garden. I was asked to help kick off the Rose Parade in 2016 and rode on the Find Your Adventure banner float. I completed the NPS Centennial Volunteer Challenge. I am a volunteer for Channel Islands National Park as a Special Events Information Specialist, Division of Interpretation and have volunteered with invasive species removal on Anacapa Island as part of the Hands on the Land program and at beach clean-ups. I was asked by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation to play Trooper Tigran in “Ready, Set, Hike!” the National Parks episode of Mack and Moxy. Mack and Moxy is a children’s education show that focuses on causes and airs on PBS. My episode promotes the National Park Service Junior Ranger Programs. I also represented the National Park Foundation during the Subaru Share the Love Campaign. One day, I want to be the Director of the National Park Service You can follow my adventures in Buddy Bison’s Buzz at www.parktrust.org and on Instagram and Twitter @JrRangerTigran @nationalparktrust and @nationalparkgeek .
ELLIE HUI TU, LIAISON “BRING THE ISLANDS HOME” PLANT ADOPTION
Ellie has been volunteering at the nursery and demonstration garden of Channel Islands National Park since 2012. As a botanical artist, she illustrated the plants in the CINP guide books that visitors can refer to while taking a walk in the demonstration garden. Her favorite plant is Santa Cruz Island Bush Mallow.
LINDA MOHAMMAD, DIRECTOR
Linda Mohammad was born and raised in Malaysia, later migrated to the US at the age of 19 and soon fell in love with America’s Best Idea. She’s an avid hiker and a national park traveler. To date, she has visited 40 of the 60 national parks in America. Linda also volunteers her time at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California as well as serves on board of director for the Channel Islands Park Foundation. When she’s not out road tripping and park hopping on weekends, Linda spends her weekdays working as a petroleum engineer in Bakersfield, California. She has always been intrigued by the energy industry since her teenage years. One of her life goals is to experience all 60 America’s National parks before she retires. Here on the Channel Islands, she helps organize volunteer projects on the islands. A way of giving back to the places she loves.
STEVE CHADBOURNE, DIRECTOR
Steve Chadbourne was born in Anderson, Indiana and is the son of a high school teacher and principal. As a child, his family would travel throughout the United States, camping in National and State Parks and by the age of 17, he had visited 47 states. In 1995, he was transferred to Eugene, Oregon where he met his future wife, Sueanne, while she was studying environmental law at the University of Oregon. Steve and Sueanne have spent most of their married life in Ventura, California.
Steve has over 25 years of experience managing manufacturing operations for Fortune Global 500 companies, such as Sony, Philips Electronics, and Amazon.com. Steve holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and a MS in Finance from Seattle University. Previously, he has served on the board of The Turning Point Foundation, Ventura Rotary Club, and on the investment committee of the Ventura County Community Foundation. He is also a past board member of The Mesa Union School District. He and his family continue to enjoy camping, sailing, and being outdoors.
As diverse as the Islands themselves, our major initiatives range from plants sales to storytelling.
Bring the Islands Home funds native plant garden efforts through the sales of native and endemic plants cultivated by volunteers at the park’s Native Plant Garden. If you are interested in one of our native plant sales, click here.
Island Academies funds the travel for students to connect with Channel Islands National Park. Our first effort funds buses to bring over 1,500 area 4th graders to the visitor center in celebration of the National Park Centennial, click here.
Lighthouse Keepers our premiere campaign to recognizes and catalyzes the time, talent and treasure of volunteers and employees. Our aim is to build a broad base of diverse stewards who understand and appreciate the fragile island ecosystems and rich cultural legacies. Lighthouse Keepers act to preserve them for generations to come. If you are a Channel Islands Park volunteer or employee, click here.
Friends of the Island Fox funds efforts to save the endangered island fox (Urocyon littoralis) on the California Channel Islands through conservation and education programs. To learn more, click here.
Surf and Turf: Island Stories to Feed the Heart and Soul is a fun(d)raising series of storytelling evenings designed to connect and inspire. If you have a story about the islands that you would like to share at one of our events, we would love to hear it.
Nature’s Classroom is an effort to align island learning opportunities to current California learning standards. Our islands provide an engaging place-based experience that makes learning memorable and relevant.
Preserving the Past: Protecting our Story is a capital campaign to maintain the cultural heritage of Channel Islands National Park. Current efforts include making the Scorpion windmill functional and stabilizing the meat shed.
Namesake Neighbors is a fundraising campaign targeting businesses named after the islands to partner with Channel Islands Park Foundation. If you are a business owner in the area, click here.
Boating Benefactors is a fundraising campaign to connect the Foundation with the wonderful community of boat owners in the area. If you are a boat owner, click here.
- Connect: the community to Channel Islands National Park to inspire stewardship through education, communications to current supporters and strategic outreach to underrepresented populations and millennials, and fun(d)raising.
- Inspire: philanthropic generosity through relationship development, mission driven initiatives and convenings that utilize the time and talent of our community.
- Strengthen: organizational capacity to catalyze commitment through strategic development, initiative design, and systems infrastructure.