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.

  • Sarah Sweedler, CEO; Sarah volunteered on the Fort Ross Conservancy 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 also serves on the Advisory Council of the Eurasia Foundation (
  • Jan Phelps, CFO. Financial & organization expert for non-profits; frequent speaker at CSP cooperative trainings.  Retired CFO of a family-owned winery.
  • Timothy Kelly, FRC President, attorney, and teacher at City Arts and Technology High School in San Francisco.
  • 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 as a 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, member of Kedry (
  • Robert J. Spjut, lawyer.

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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