Board of Directors

Joe Houde – Board Chair

Joe has worked in over 50 countries teaching seminars and consulting with business and government leaders. He has led workshops at over a dozen universities in the US, UK, Australia, South Africa and the Middle East. He has decades of managerial business experience and has worked as a counselor for people with disabilities as well as with women and men affected by domestic violence. His educational background includes a Master of Science, Electronics Commerce; Bachelor’s in business administration from National University; and a Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara. Joe has had long-standing interest in the environment and last year completed the Climate Reality training held in Los Angeles, CA.

Marian Sedio – Board Secretary

Marian is a native Californian who as a child spent many hours exploring the hills, canyons and fields surrounding her home in San Diego. Those many wonderful experiences instilled in her a deep care and appreciation for the environment. She is motivated by her wish that her grandchildren’s generation will inherit a world where nature is valued and protected, especially from the effects of anthropogenic climate change.

Leslie Gomez – Board Treasurer

I have always had an interest in the science of meteorology. My father was an activist also. He was an early leader in the San Diego Sierra Club. He used to tell me about the shortage of water in San Diego County and how the population was increasing so rapidly that the Colorado River couldn’t keep up. Dad also taught me about harnessing the power of sunlight. My father cared very passionately about protecting all species of animals especially apes and whales. He contributed freely to NRDC, Jane Goodall, and Green Peace. I strive to be the perfect daughter and to continue with his wish to keep the planet habitable.

Merrill Leeds – Board Member

With long-term interests in sustainability relating to science, environment, engineering and architecture, Merrill’s focus has shifted to activism as our Climate Crisis continues to unfold at an alarming rate. Formally educated in music composition, his dream of dedicating the retirement years to this passion is now playing second fiddle. He and his wife Nikki continue to develop their Vista, CA ranch as a model for regenerative technologies.

Suzanne Ryan – Board Member

Suzanne Ryan grew up in Terrace Park, Ohio where she developed a passion for conserving, protecting, and enhancing nature. Her interest is in helping form more sustainable communities where people and animals can thrive. She would love to see more planned communities like Terrace Park and Mariemont, Ohio be created.

Elizabeth Mosley – Board Member

Elizabeth is a native Californian; raised in La Jolla and resides in Oceanside. Cares deeply for our Earth; educating herself on environmental concerns and sharing that with others.

Jay Klopfenstein – Board Member

Adjunct Professor, Apple Distinguished Educator ADE UCLA-UCSD, Higher Ed. Computer Science/Environmental Studies Educator, NASA EarthKAM Educator, Academic Recipient of Seven Year National Science Foundation Grant with the San Diego SuperComputer Center, Professional Development “Citizen-Science-Campus-Climate-Applications” In-Service Program, President, Carlsbad Community Gardens Collaborative, Statewide Vice President, CalRTA Educational Foundation – “California Center for Green Schools” Certifications Outreach Program.

Dr. Tom English – Board Member

Dr. English is the Creation Care Educator for over 300 Presbyterian Churches. He frequently lectures on environmental issues to university, civic, industrial, governmental and church groups. He is ranked in the top 0.1 % of the Climate Reality Project’s speakers’ program. Tom received the “Steward of God’s Creation” award from the National Religious Coalition on Creation Care in 2012. In 2015, he received a medal from the Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians. He led the effort to have the Presbyterian Church’s General Assembly adopt a new policy – “On Preserving Biodiversity and Halting Mass Extinction.” He has lectured at over one hundred universities and has given eight White House presentations.

Phil Rogul – Board Member
Phil Rogul – Board Member

Phil attended Miami U of Oxford OH for political science in the mid-1970s. And moved to Carlsbad CA in 1980 from ST Louis MO.

Mid-1980s attended SDSU for mechanical engineering.

1989 I switched directions once again – and partnered with an entrapeneurial high school friend. We created a successful business creating and selling innovative tourist products primarily geared for the National Parks of the W United States.

Took over Carlsbad Sustainability Coalition in 2014 – which had been started in 2008 by Jay Klopfenstein and Don Christiansen.

Active Sierra Club member since early 1980s. I’ve been an active conservationist and environmentalist since my boy scouting days dating to the later neolithic era.

Brocade Harmon – Board Member

Brocade is a System/Business/Data Analyst and Internet Consultant experienced in IT, biomedical research and business. She has a B.S. in Agronomy from National Taiwan University, a PhD and a Master of Science in Human/Medical Genetics from the University of Michigan as well as a master’s degree in Computer science from Eastern Michigan University. Brocade has been a longtime activist volunteering her time for various causes including issues surrounding land use and climate change.