The directors of the Trust are all residents of the Kings River area who understand and appreciate the long-term benefits and challenges of maintaining the Kings River landscape where agricultural and natural systems work together.
El Rio Reyes Conservation Trust’s Board of Directors
David Cehrs, President
David Cehrs earned his Ph.D. in Hydrology and is a native of the Kings River area. He and his family farm in the Kings River bottom where he also volunteers on hydrologic projects for the betterment of the local environment. He serves on the board of the Kings River Conservation District and is an Executive Committee member in the Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Eileen Apperson-Williams, Vice President
Kent Kinney, Secretary
Kent Kinney has served the board of the El Rio Reyes Conservation Trust since shortly after its inception and has lived in the Kings River area all his life. He earned his B.S. in Natural Resources Management and later his M.S. in Agriculture Education. He is a Forestry Instructor at Reedley College. Kinney is an active member of the Society of American Foresters
Anne Cehrs, Treasurer
Anne is a retired math and science teacher with a Masters Degree in Education. She helps her family farm 140 acres of citrus and almonds on their property in the riverbottom. She has taught in both Wisconsin and Sanger, CA for a combined total of 30 years.
Kathleen S. Omachi, Director
Kathy Omachi is a founding board member of the El Rio Reyes Conservation Trust and lives along the Kings River. She earned her M.S. in Social Work from UC Berkeley and has been actively involved in community organizing and social service development for over 40 years. She serves as the Board President for both Sierra Kings Hospital District and Chinatown Revitalization Inc. of Fresno. Kathy is in the Order of the Golden Bear at UC Berkeley and is a Trustee, BETA, for California Statewide Insurance Corp.
Doug Cornelius, Director
Doug Cornelius has lived along the Kings River all his life and has raised his family here where they farm and managed their mountain property up in the high country. He earned an A.S. in Horticulture and his five year carpenter journeyman degree. He has served as a carpenter for the Clovis Unified School District for over 20 years. He is the President of Local Chapter 250 C.S.E.A. Union.
Karen Hale, Director
Heidi Ann Isner, Advisor to the Board
Heidi Isner lives in Tulare County and works for the Kings River Conservation District as a Resource Analyst 1. She earned her B.S. in Natural Resources from Oregon State University and has nine years experience in the field of natural resources, wildlife biology and natural history. Heidi is a member of the Central California Chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals and is an AAFA Certified Personal Trainer.
Steve McDonald, Authorized Representative and Advisor to the Board
Steve McDonald has lived and raised his family in the Kings River Bottom area since 1974 on their cattle ranch. He is President of McDonald Properties Inc. with interests in ranching, timber and real estate. He is also owner of SDM Realty focused on agricultural properties. He has over 25 years of experience in management, transactions, and negotiations, including conservation easement transactions and easement monitoring. He currently serves as Director with Central Valley Community Bank, Fresno Kings County Cattlemen’s Association (past President), and California Rangeland Trust (since 1998 and served as past President). For 18 years he served as director of Kings River Water District. Steve received his Bachelor’s Degree and MBA from the University of Southern California.(All board members and advisers are volunteer and are not compensated for their time nor expertise)
Erin Davis, Staff Consultant - Conservation and Communications
Erin Davis has lived in the Central Valley for over a decade and has worked with El Rio Reyes Conservation Trust since March of 2012. She is owner of Davis Communications Group since 2009 with expertise in non- profit outreach, fundraising, and board and organizational development with a specialization in agricultural conservation land trusts. She has over 12 years experience working with agricultural trade organizations and land trusts throughout including California Cattlemen’s Association California, California Council of Land Trusts, California Rangeland Trust, Central Valley Farmland Trust, Sacramento County Farm Bureau, and the CA Rangeland Conservation Coalition. Erin earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture and her Master’s thesis defense is pending in Agricultural Communications from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Erin assists her family in their hay and cattle operation in Paso Robles, CA.
(All board members are volunteer and are not compensated for their time nor expertise)