Board of Directors

Karl Aldinger – Board Chair:

Karl is a climate activist, policy advocate, and engineer, originally from Pennsylvania. He also serves as a volunteer Hub Organizer for Sunrise Movement San Diego, and continues work with San Diego 350. He’s lived in Fallbrook since 2001, and his interests include soils and writing.

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 Mosely – Board Member

Elizabeth is a native Californian; raised in La Jolla and resides in Oceanside. Loves the water and cares deeply for our Earth.; Educating herself on environmental concerns and sharing that with others. She has a background in administrative, customer service and human resources. She enjoys volunteering, water sports, worldly discussions, comedy and laughter and is involved with the San Diego Humane Society.

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.

Bobby Kingins Board Member and Past President

Bobby graduated from Wayne State University with a master’s in social work with an emphasis on psychology, sociology and community organization. For many years he worked in the public-school system counseling and supporting students. Bobby became increasingly aware of and concerned about the climate crisis. In 2012 he turned that concern into action and was one of the original founders of the North County Climate Change Alliance. He started and for several years ran the “Our Changing Climate Series” held at the Vista Library. Bobby served as president for North County climate Change Alliance from November of 2017 until June of 2019.

Joe Houde – Board Member

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.

Phil Rogul – Board Member

Phil is the owner of Rogul and Associates, a marketing and sales company specializing in clothing for men and boys. He attended San Diego State University and Miami University where he studied Political Science and Government. A Sierra Club member he is passionate about nature, especially the ocean and enjoys frequent hiking trips with his wife. As an ardent writer and researcher, he has been a defender of the environment for many years and was one of the earliest members of the North County Climate Change Alliance. In 2008 Phil started the Carlsbad Sustainability Coalition which is a monthly discussion-based meeting that focuses on quality of life issues for Carlsbad with an emphasis on sustainable environmental “best practices”.

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 Argronomy 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.