All Chapter members are eligible to vote for the Chapter Executive Committee.  Additionally you may be eligible to vote in the Group elections if you live in one of the listed cities or zip codes.

If you live in one of these cities or zip codes, please vote using the North County Group ballot!

Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Oceanside zip code 92058, Pala, Palomar Mtn., Pauma Valley, Poway, Ramona, San Diego zip codes 92127, 92128 & 92198, San Marcos, Santa Ysabel, Vista, and Valley Center.

If you live in these cities or zip codes, please vote using the North County Coastal (Coasters) Group  ballot!

Cardiff, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Oceanside zip codes 92052, 92054, 92056 & 92057, Rancho Santa Fe, and Solana Beach.

The Chapter Executive Committee is composed of seven elected volunteers and an appointed representative from each Chapter Group.  The Chapter Executive Committee has the legal responsibility and authority to oversee all staff and volunteer activities of the Chapter, to establish the Chapter’s conservation priorities and internal policies, and to adopt and implement the annual budget.

The Group Executive Committees govern the business of the Group. They are the key committee responsible for making important policy decisions and setting priorities for the future in their region.

Executive Committee members receive no monetary compensation but may be reimbursed for approved expenses while on Chapter/Group business. 


Chapter Executive Committee Candidates

Two (2) Chapter Executive Committee members will be elected. The two candidates receiving the highest vote will be elected to three-year terms,

Lisa Ross
Lisa Ross
Lisa Ross currently serves as Sierra Club San Diego Chapter Chair, elected to the Executive Committee in 2019.

“It has been a pleasure serving the Sierra Club in a leadership position during our 75th Anniversary year.”

She is a writer, communications strategist and fine art photographer. Over 30 years, she has helped shape San Diego environmental and planning public policy through advocacy, political campaigning, and grass-roots organizing.

Recognized by San Diego Press Club and Society for Professional Journalism, her oped’s, many on environmental planning, have appeared in the country’s most influential newspapers and on public radio. This year, her commentary as Sierra Club Chair opposing the “Save Our Sequoias Act” published in the San Diego Union-Tribune has received another San Diego Press Club Award.

Lisa has managed field operations, fundraising, communications and policy for local and national campaigns. In 2019 she directed communications for SAS (Stop All Sprawl): Yes On A, No on B.

She was a strategist for some of San Diego’s important land-use ballot measures that created habitat preserves while allowing clustered housing and commercial development.

Lisa was a Carmel Valley Planning Board Member, Del Mar Mesa Planning Board Chair and is founding co-chair of POPs Protect Our Preserves San Diego. She is a member of San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, Shaw Valley Wildlife Coalition, and Friends of Del Mar Mesa.

“The next 3 years presents enormous challenges: standing up to development pressure on our habitat preserves, ensuring local chapter autonomy, electing trustworthy public officials, protecting CEQA, and furthering climate goals. I hope to be here to do the work.”

North County Group Executive Committee Candidates

Three (3) Executive Committee members will be elected for terms of two years.

Joe Houde
Joe Houde
I am passionate about resolving our climate crisis. I am a President of North County Climate Change Alliance and represent NCCCA at the San Diego Green New Deal Alliance. NCCCA offers monthly climate webinars, holds in-person networking meetings, maintains Alta Vista Gardens in Vista’s Brengle Terrace Park and lobbies for climate action and equity at north county city council meetings.

I am Chair of Excom for North County Group of the Sierra Club.

I am also a Climate Reality Leader. In these various roles I make frequent oral and written comments to various government agencies and boards. Professionally I have led seminars in many countries and universities with combined audiences of tens of thousands of adults.

As a long-time Sierra Club member, I have enjoyed trips into the Grand Canyon, the Adirondacks, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, the Atchafalaya Swamp and more. As a member of Outward Bound, I have enjoyed mountaineering in the Rockies, hiking and climbing in Joshua Tree, rafting thru Cataract Canyon and sailing in the Florida Keys. I have also trekked to the base camp at Mount Everest, through the Okavango Delta and rafted on the Zambesi near Victoria Falls. I love being out in nature.

I live in Vista and ask for your vote to join the ExCom for the North County Inland Chapter.

Rochelle Hancock
Rochelle Hancock
Thirty-plus years ago, I learned about the Sierra Club, and knew I wanted to be part of this organization. I’ve been a member for over half my life, and I currently serve on the San Diego Chapter Executive Committee, in the role of Secretary and interim Treasurer. I also currently serve on the Executive Committee of the North County Group, in the role of Treasurer. As a child, I learned to love nature spending summers at our cabin in the Colorado mountains. As an adult, I have come to realize that this special world should not be taken for granted. Our planet needs our appreciation, our respect and most of all, our protection from those who would harm and exploit its incredible resources. The Sierra Club is a powerful force and voice in the world. It’s size, resources and organizational abilities enable it to address environmental issues on every level, from local to national. I can think of no other organization I would rather be involved in, and so I am running to continue to serve on the NCG Executive Committee.

My professional background is in finance, specifically banking and research grant administration for the University of California and San Diego State University. I live in Ramona with my husband, two horses, three goats, two dogs, two cats, and a turtle.

Jeff Schmidt
Jeff Schmidt
Jeff Schmidt asks for your vote to join the Executive Committee for the North County Group.

I have lived in the San Diego area for over thirty years and in Poway for the past ten years. I am passionate about conservation of our remaining Coastal Sage Scrub habitat and about the living things found within. I have been a Sierra Club Member for more than thirty years, and active in conservation advocacy off and on for that time.

I have always been drawn to the outdoors, and as an avid trail runner I enjoy the solitude and tranquility gained from being out in our natural areas. I believe that these areas are vital not only for the survival of our local and diverse wildlife, but also for our own mental and physical wellbeing. Fortunately, most of our communities have a well thought out conservation plan that if executed properly will meet these needs. Unfortunately, these plans are being subjugated due to the over-inflated value of homes going into open spaces and the underappreciated value of these natural areas. For this reason, I have made it my mission to challenge local officials to apply the habitat conservation plan as it was intended.
I started the Facebook site entitled “Save Van Dam Peak” almost ten years ago to raise awareness and appreciation for the amazing wild ecosystem found within a short distance from my home. Just over one year ago I founded Preserve Wild Poway, a nonprofit public benefit organization. Participating in community and regional planning processes, and collaboration with other stakeholders we can fight for the preservation of wonderful natural areas not just in Poway but the region. I believe that our conservation plans have been losing importance, are under enforced and need grassroots involvement to get back on track. There is no time to delay. Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

North County Coastal (Coasters) Group Candidates

Four (4) Executive Committee members will be elected to two-year terms.

Harold Standerfer
Harold Standerfer
Harold Standerfer is seeking a second term as a representative to the North County Coastal Group (Coasters) Ex-Com. He has been active in the group Political Committee (PolCom) for the past several years, serving as chairperson for the last three election cycles. He is an ardent environmentalist who has focused on the election of like-minded individuals to public office at the local, county, state and federal level through the PolCom. He has been active in supporting efforts to bring community choice energy to San Diego County through meeting with elected officials and communication with municipal staff members. He also was involved in supporting efforts to enact reach codes to further building electrification. In addition to his volunteer work with the Sierra Club, he is a member of the local Democratic Party Club and serves as a Commissioner on the Mobility and Traffic Safety Commission for the City of Encinitas. He also volunteers on the San Diego Building Electrification Coalition, concentrating on bringing the electrification message to local school districts through contact and education with school board members and administrators.

He is a 12-year resident of Encinitas where he resides with his wife and two dogs.

Barbara Collins
Barbara Collins
I’ve been a member of the Sierra Club since 1993 because I believe in its vision and principles: to enjoy, preserve and protect the planet. Since 2018, I have been a member of the Coasters Political Endorsements Committee. I also co-chaired the Sierra Club Oceanside Team for four years. Professionally, I have successfully worked to enact state and local policies to increase residential energy efficiency and sustainability for over 30 years.

Collective action is the most effective way to bring about the changes needed to respond to the climate crisis and environmental degradation. Participating in the Sierra Club, one of the largest and most recognizable environmental organizations in the country, is a powerful way to take collective action. We need to transition to a clean energy economy. The technology is already here, it’s cost-effective and readily available. We need to advocate for and enact the policies locally and nationally that will move us toward driving down carbon emissions so we can build a better future. Equally important, we need to build resilience into our communities to withstand the effects of the climate extremes we are already experiencing.

I also believe that Sierra Club must work toward a more equitable, inclusive and just society. We have recognized for a long time that the most vulnerable people with the fewest resources are also the most negatively impacted by bad environmental policies. I support the Sierra Club examining our own history and our country’s policies that have disproportionately deprived people of color, women and other minorities of equal rights, safe drinking water, healthy air and an equitable share of our country’s prosperity.

I would be honored to continue to serve on the Coasters ExCom and work for local North Coastal communities that are sustainable and resilient. Thanks for your consideration!

Amelie Catheline
Amelie Catheline
Amidst the myriad environmental challenges, such as climate change and biodiversity loss, I show my passion for nature by taking tangible actions across my personal and professional spheres. I am locally engaged and serving on the board of the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club since 2019 and EcoFest Encinitas since 2020. My focal areas encompass water conservation, food waste, and zero waste initiatives.

Since my induction into the Sierra Club in 2017, I’ve been an active contributor to the North County Coastal Group, assuming a role on the Executive Committee. This role facilitates connections with coastal communities and local entities, effectively extending the Sierra Club’s mission of planetary conservation. As a scientist with a PhD in chemistry, community leader, and environmental advocate, I show an unyielding desire to foster a greener, healthier world and my involvement in local and global projects attests to my dedication to advancing environmental projects.

I wish to pursue my role as a member of the NCCG Executive Committee and continue the advocacy and education needed to protect our environment. Thank you for your consideration.

Paige DeCino
Paige DeCino
For the last 8 years I have been working with the local Carlsbad Sierra Club team to promote clean energy in our area. We helped educate our residents of the benefits of community choice energy and generated hundreds of letters of support for what is now the Clean Energy Alliance. I serve on its Community Advisory Committee. Our team is currently working to promote building electrification, better transportation and mobility choices and improving our Climate Action Plan.

On the conservation front, I manage Preserve Calavera’s water quality monitoring program covering Carlsbad’s watersheds with a team of about 20 volunteers. We do standard chemical, physical and biological analysis of the water and have expanded to test for eDNA and microfibers. I also work on wildlife movement surveys, grunion monitoring, and whatever other citizen science projects crop up. In 2016 I co-founded the only California Naturalist certification class in San Diego county. We just graduated our 7th group of naturalists.

I am up for reelection to the Coaster’s Executive Committee and seek your vote.