FRC's Board of Directors, Advisory Committee, and Staff


FRC's Board of Directors - a seven-to-eleven member board of directors meets on the third Saturday of February, April, June, August, October, and second Saturday of December.

  • Timothy Kelly, FRC President, attorney, and teacher at City Arts and Technology High
    School in San Francisco.
  • Sarah Sweedler, CEO; Sarah volunteered on the FRC board of directors for eight years
    before joining its staff. Prior to her transition to not-for- profit work, she worked for
    several decades as a high-tech independent writing consultant and as a freelance
    journalist focusing on natural and cultural history. Sarah serves on the Advisory Council
    of the Eurasia Foundation, as a director of CALPA (California League of Park
    Associations), and as a NOAA Beach Watch volunteer.
  • Jan Phelps, CFO. Financial & organization expert for non-profits. Retired CFO of a family-
    owned winery.
  • Tom Wright, FRC Vice President. Retired sixth grade teacher at schools in the San
    Joaquin Valley, Concord and Clayton; traditional wood craftsman who built his second
    home in Western Sonoma County.
  • Michael Dewees, FRC Treasurer. Retired database and large system expert for State
    Insurance Compensation Fund.
  • Sandy Curtis, business and marketing; Director of Innovative Projects, Plastic Pollution
    Coalition.
  • Reno Franklin, Kashia Tribal Chair
  • Konstantin Kudryavtsev, Senior Software Engineer at Marvell Technology, photographer,
    traditional woodworker.
  • Robert J. Spjut, lawyer; part time Sonoma Coast resident.

Directors Emeritus:

  • Prof. Kent Lightfoot (University of Califoria Berkeley)
  • Prof. Ludmila Ershova (San Francisco State University)

FRC's Advisory Committee

  • Jan Kalicki, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Irina Dyatlovskaya, Russian language translator
  • Lauren Peters, Alaska Native community builder
  • Jeanne Milligan, non-profit advisor and event planner
  • Susan Rudy, retired National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service Ranger and Resource Manager
  • Mikhail Pashkov, San Francisco Public Library, International Center, librarian; member of Kennan Institute

FRC Staff


Fort Ross Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) and California State Park cooperating association, connects people to the history and beauty of Fort Ross and Salt Point State Parks. 

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