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Fire Safe Council of Nevada County

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is made up entirely of volunteers and is comprised of local residents, property owners, businesses, organizations, and government agencies that are concerned about fire in Nevada County.

Officers

Rick Nolle  – Chairman
Bill Drown - Vic Chairman
Dennis Cassella - Secretary
Michelle Ferrarra - Treasurer 

Directors

Gretchen Bennitt - NSAQMD
Crawford Bost - Member at Large
Dennis Cassella - Member at Large
Barry Dorland - Member at Large 
Bill Drown - Member at Large
Jeff Dunning - Insurance Industry
Michelle Ferrara - CPA
Sean Griffis - CAL FIRE 
David Hanson - Member at Large
Bill Houdyschell - Tahoe-Donner HOA
Warren Knox - Member at Large
Rick Nolle - Real Estate Industry
Rob Paulus - Member at Large
Don Wagner - Fire Chief’s Association
Hank Weston - Nevada County Supervisor 
 
Associate Directors
 
Mike Cherry - US Forest Service
Brian Mulhollen - BLM
Rand Smith - PG&E
Richard Anderson - Alternate County Supervisor 
 
 
Staff
 
Joanne Drummond - Executive Director
Livey Cockman - Office Manager
Curt Williges - Chipping Supervisor

Fire Safe Council of Nevada County Committee Members

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County encourages you to join a committee to address specific issues. We are looking for Associate Board members with fiscal, legal, outreach, education and technical skills related to fire safety. Consider becoming a member of our team to share your leadership skills and give back to your community.

Executive Committee

Rick Nolle - Chairman
Bill Drown - Vice Chair
Dennis Cassella - Secretary
Michelle Ferrara - Treasurer 
Joanne Drummond - Executive Director

Finance/Audit Committee

Michelle Ferrara - Treasurer 
Warren Knox - Member at Large
Hank Weston - Nevada County Supervisor
Joanne Drummond - Executive Director

Projects Committee 

Rob Paulus, Chair - Member At Large
Bill Houdyschell - Tahoe-Donner HOA
Don Wagner - Fire Chief's Association
Brian Mulhollen - BLM
Sean Griffis - CAL Fire
Gretchen Bennitt - NSAQMD
Mike Cherry - USFS
Joanne Drummond - Executive Director

Public Education Committee 

David Hanson, Chair - Member at Large
Crawford Bost - Member at Large
Rand Smith - Pacific Gas & Electric
Firewise Community Reps
Joanne Drummond - Executive Director

Technical Committee

Vic Ferrera, Chair 
Don Wagner - Fire Chief's Association
Mike Walsh - Nevada County Sheriffs Department
Joanne Drummond - Executive Director
Sean Griffis - Cal Fire
Barry Dorland - Member At Large 
Bruce Puphal - Private Citizen

Fundraising Committee

Bill Drown, Chair - Member at Large
Dennis Cassella - Member at Large
Jeff Dunning - Insurance Industry 
Rick Nolle - Treasurer
Joanne Drummond - Executive Director 

Nominating Committee 

Rick Nolle, Chair - Treasurer
Bill Drown- Member at Large
Warren Knox - Member at Large
Dennis Cassella - Member at Large