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

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

FRC’s Board of Directors -The board meets on the third Saturday of February, April, June, August, October, and second Saturday of December.
Fort Ross Conservancy Directors Meetings Schedule

Timothy Kelly
FRC President

Attorney, Public School teacher, Alumni of Fort Ross Elementary School.

Sarah Sweedler

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.

Sandra Curtis

Principal Investigator/Program Director at the Public Health Institute.

Robert J. Spjut

president, West Beach Mutual Water Company; lawyer; part-time Sonoma Coast resident.

Jan Phelps

financial & organization expert for non-profits. Retired CFO of a family-owned winery.

Rich Panter

Bodega Bay resident, filmmaker, editor, writer, and producer.

Sabrena Rosenberg

Alaska Native representative

John Benitz

descendant of William Benitz of Fort Ross pioneering ranch era in the mid-1800s; Founder; Canoe Group; CEO, Producer – Wildhorse; filmmaker, conservationist.

Deborah Gordon

Retired Executive Director of the Preventive Defense Project co-founded and directed by William J. Perry and Ashton B. Carter. She is currently an independent advisor and consultant to several high technology companies and has over 40 years of experience in algorithm design, signal processing, network design, and network security; former Mayor of Woodside, California.

Corinna Welzenbach

Historical Landscape Architect.

Directors Emeritus

Prof. Kent Lightfoot

(University of California, Berkeley)

FRC’s Advisory Committee

Jan Kalicki
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Lauren Peters
Alaska Native community builder
Sergey Litvinenko
Outreach and Community Development Advisor
Mikhail Pashkov
San Francisco Public Library, International Center, librarian

member of Kennan Institute

FRC Staff

Sarah Sweedler
Sarjan Holt
Operations Manager
Igor Polishchuk
Director of External Relations & Community Partnerships
Charon Vilnai
ELP Program Manager, Bookshop Manager, Call House Museum Lead & Sea Lion Survey Project Lead
Hank Birnbaum
Bilingual Guide, ELP Instructor
Becky Thompson
Visitor Center Staffer
Tricia Ialeggio
Programs Instructor