Board of Directors

2014-2016 Officers and Representatives - Volunteers providing the necessary leadership for making the Conference of California Historical Societies a great organization. 

Executive Committee

President, John Lenau, Wrightwood
First Vice President/President-Elect, Andrea Blachman, Martinez
Second Vice President, Michael Otten, Auburn
Secretary, Barbara Kimball, Highland
Treasurer, John Shea, Downey
Past President, Ann Shea, Downey

Committee Chairmen

Awards, John Shea
Education, Young Historians, Arthur F. Kimball and Barbara Kimball
Finance & Budget, Al Minard
Nominations, Mary Lou Lyon
Publications, Mary-Ellen Jones
Site & Times, Mary Lou Lyon/Ann Shea
Trust fund, Al Minard
Ways & Means, Ann Shea/John Shea

Regional Vice Presidents

Region  Coverage Area Contact Name    Contact    Number Regional Website
1 Redwood Empire - Del Norte, Humbolt Arlene Hartin 707-443-8841 Visit us!
2 Mendo Lake -- Lake, Medocino VACANT   Visit us!
3 Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity VACANT


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4 Range and River - Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Tehama Gene Serr 530-527-6363  Visit us!
5 Northeast Corner - Lassen, Modoc, Plumas VACANT   Visit us!
6 Sonoma-Marin VACANT   Visit us!
7 Goldfield Gateway - Sacramento, Yolo Pam Bulahan 916-523-6775 Visit us!
8 Sierra Gateway - Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Sutter, Yuba Michael Otten 530-888-7837 Visit us!
9 San Francisco County VACANT   Visit us!
10 San Mateo County VACANT   Visit us!
11 Contra Costa County Mary-Ellen Jones 925-254-2295 Visit us!
12 Santa Clara County Milt (Tim) Peddy 408-377-6054  Visit us!
13 South Alameda County Al Minard 510-552-4839 Visit us!
14 North San Joaquin Valley - Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus Gracelyn Martin 209-477-4889 Visit us!
15 Mid-State - Fresno, Madera, Mariposa VACANT   Visit us!
16 South Mother Lode - Amador, Calaveras, Tuolomne VACANT   Visit us!
17 San Bernardino, High Desert Sharon Hartley 760-372-5106 Visit us!
18 Alpine, Inyo, Mono VACANT    Visit us!
19 Inland Empire Gary Bancroft 909-338-1926 Visit us!
20 Low Desert - Riverside County Arthur Kimball 909-633-5211 Visit us!
21 Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz VACANT   Visit us!
22 Black Gold - Kern, Kings, Tulare VACANT   Visit us!
23 Central Coast Counties Tina Metzger 805-772-1930 Visit us!
24 Ventura County VACANT   Visit us!
25 Mission San Fernando Cim Castellon 818-605-5900  Visit us!
26 Santa Monica Bay VACANT   Visit us!
27 Central Los Angeles Ann Shea 562-408-6959 Visit us!
28 West San Gabriel Valley Rose Marie Turney-Markus 626-281-0445 Visit us!
29 East San Gabriel Valley Ralph Thomas  909-815-8175 Visit us!
30 San Gabriel River John Shea 562-408-6959 Visit us!
31 Rancho San Pedro VACANT   Visit us!
32 North Orange County - North of Santa Ana River VACANT   Visit us!
33 South Orange County - South of Santa Ana River VACANT   Visit us!
34 San Diego County Ken Woodward 760-789-7644 Visit us!
35 Napa/Solano Todd Shulman 707-213-1844 Visit us!
36 Imperial County VACANT   Visit us!
37 Southwest Los Angeles County Charlotte Price 310-374-6563  Visit us!
38 El Dorado County Kris Payne 530-626-0773 Visit us!
39 Long Beach Alison Bruesehoff 626-241-6148 Visit us!
40 Arroyo Seco Ron Finely 818-240-0348 Visit us!
 98  Out of State  VACANT    Visit us!

Liaisons with State Organizations

California Historic Cemetery Alliance -- Mary-Ellen Jones
California History Day -- Barbara Kimball and Al Minard
California Missions Foundation -- Rick Wilkerson
California State Geneological Association -- Mimi Lozano Holtzman
California State Library -- John and Ann Shea
E Clampus Vitus -- E.L. Fambrini
Los Californianos -- George and Benita Gray
Native Sons of the Golden West – Barbara Kimball
Society of California Archivists -- Mary Ellen Jones
State Historical Resources Commission -- Sue F. Schechter
University of the Pacific -- Robert Benedetti, Ph.D.
Westerners International -- Mary Lou Lyon

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