The California Tahoe Conservancy Board is comprised of eight members – seven voting and one ex-officio. Both State and local interests are represented, and seats include:
- Two Public Members
- One Department of Finance
- One Natural Resources Agency
- One City of South Lake Tahoe
- One El Dorado County
- One Placer County
- One United States Forest Service (ex-officio, non-voting)
California Tahoe Conservancy Board Members
Larry Sevison | Chairman
Board Chairman Larry Sevison was instrumental in the formation of the Conservancy through his position with the Tahoe Area Land Acquisition Committee which, in 1982, identified the need for a land acquisition program in Tahoe for environmental sustainability as well as equitable treatment of land owners. He has served continuously on the Conservancy Board since 1985.
His public service career began in 1969 when he was elected to the board of the North Tahoe Public Utility District and he was quickly appointed to the Placer County Planning Commission in 1970. In 1980 he successfully ran for the Placer County Board of Supervisors and secured a seat on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Governing Board, where he often served as Chairman.
A 1958 graduate of the University of California, Davis, Larry served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1958 and worked at the 1960 Olympic Games held in Squaw Valley.
Larry and his wife Patsy reside on the North shore of Lake Tahoe.
John Hooper | Vice Chairman
Vice Chairman John C. Hooper was appointed by the Speaker of the California Assembly in 1985, and has since served on the Conservancy’s Board. In addition to his position with the Tahoe Conservancy, John currently serves on the Board of the San Francisco Parks Trust and on the Advisory Boards of the Conservation Fund and the Nature Conservancy’s Garcia River Forest and Salmon Creek property. He has also served on the boards of San Francisco Conservation Corps, the Sierra Club Foundation, and the Tahoe-Baikal Institute, among others.
John received his Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1968, and his Master’s degree from Boston University in 1971. From 1968-1970, John served as a Lieutenant in the United States Army.
A long-time resident of San Francisco, John and his wife Molly have three grown children.
Todd Ferrara | Resources Agency
Todd J. Ferrara serves as the Deputy Secretary for External Affairs with the California Natural Resources Agency, the State agency responsible for managing California’s natural, cultural and historical resources. He is responsible for coordinating the stakeholder and outreach activities of a cabinet-level State agency and its 25 departments, boards, commissions and conservancies and advising on policy, stakeholders and communications issues and serves on several State conservancies and commissions.
Prior to joining the Natural Resources Agency, he served as a senior aide to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and directed congressional relations activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. With government relations and public affairs experience at the federal, state and local level, he has specialized in addressing agriculture, environment and natural resources policy issues. He has also worked in Los Angeles with several public sector clients at one of California’s largest independent government affairs/public relations firms.
A native Californian, he grew up visiting Lake Tahoe and strongly values Lake Tahoe’s uniqueness. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Santa Clara University and lives in Sacramento.
Karen Finn | Department of Finance
Karen Finn is the Program Budget Manager for the Resources, Environment, Energy and Capital Outlay Unit, which oversees the budgets of entities under the Resource and Environmental Protection Agencies as well as the Public Utilities Commission and the capital outlay budgets for all departments (with the exception of the Department of Transportation).
Ms. Finn began working at the Department of Finance in 1989 as a Finance Budget Analyst and then a Principal Program Budget Analyst and covered a variety of assignments. She has since served as the Assistant Program Budget Manager for the Capital Outlay Unit. Prior to working at the Department of Finance, Ms. Finn spent nearly ten years working for Amdahl Corporation in Sunnyvale, California in various areas of finance and marketing.
Ms. Finn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Santa Clara. She and her husband Greg have twin daughters and one son.
Hal Cole | City of South Lake Tahoe
Bio coming soon.
Paula Frantz | El Dorado County
Bio coming soon.
Lynn Suter | Public Member
A Bay Area native, Lynn M. Suter was raised in Oakland, attended Oakland Public Schools and is a graduate of Bishop O’Dowd High School. She majored in Political Science at San Francisco State, with additional studies at UC Berkeley and College of the Holy Names. In Oakland, Lynn was a commercial real estate broker and a member of the Alameda County Assessment Appeals Board. She was closely involved in the complex politics of the Bay Area in the 1960s and 1970s, and was one of California’s first woman campaign managers. Ms. Suter was the founder and owner of Suter, Wallauch, Corbett and Associates, a Sacramento advocacy firm specializing in local government policy, financing, and program funding. The firm, established in 1977, pioneered women-owned advocacy business in the State Capitol, and is unique in its dedication to the myriad issues facing California cities, counties, special districts, public transit and transportation capital finance. The firm’s long-term clients included Alameda and Ventura Counties, and the City and County of San Francisco. The firm did pro bono work for the National Ski Patrol and the California Science Center, among others. Ms. Suter is a 20-year member of the California Science Center Foundation Board of Trustees and a founding member of the Queen of Hearts community foundation, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the California Tahoe Conservancy. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Squaw Valley Mutual Water Company, and has been involved for decades with various Sierra Nevada conservation and trail projects. She is a dedicated skier, hiker, and scuba diver. Ms. Suter’s interests include extensive travel and study of Pacific and South East Asian rainforests, their ecology and cultures, and collecting indigenous tools and artifacts from those areas. A long-time resident of Placer County, she maintains close ties to her native Bay Area. She has a grown daughter and son, and two perfect grandsons, all of whom live in the Sierra foothills.
Jeff Marsolais | United States Forest Service (ex-officio)
Jeff Marsolais was selected as the new Forest Supervisor for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) in 2015, and is responsible for managing approximately 154,000 acres of National Forest Land in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Previously, Jeff served as the LTBMU Deputy Forest Supervisor for three years, managing numerous complex projects and initiatives. In 2014, he served as special assistant to the regional forester, providing strategic guidance and direction on hiring efforts for the Pacific Southwest Region.
Jeff began his career with the Forest Service in the mid-1990s and served on seven different National Forests in the Pacific Southwest and Intermountain regions before arriving in the Lake Tahoe Basin. He performed duties ranging from firefighter to recreation manager and held a variety of positions at both district and forest levels. During previous assignments and as Deputy Forest Supervisor, Jeff worked closely with other agencies and local stakeholders, built motivated teams and managed collaborative efforts to capitalize on group diversity.
An avid angler and outdoor enthusiast, Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources and Recreation Planning and a master’s degree in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University.