Fire Safe Council Staff

Jamie Jones- Executive Director, CEO
Chris Wackerly- Director of Operations
TJ Pixley- Controller
Shannon Banks- Field Administrator
Maxwell Foster- Field Supervisor
Austin Romanick- Field Supervisor
Seth Labrenz- Crew Supervisor
Keith Andrews- Crew Supervisor
Roland Harrison- Crew Supervisor
Jake Robinson- Crew Supervisor
Isabel Maggiani- Accounting Technician
Archna Sharma- Accounting Technician
McKenna Hayden- Administrative Assistant
Pat Leach- FireWise Coordinator

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.

Pete Williams- Chairman
Steve Eubanks- Vice Chairman
Jeff Fierstein- Treasurer
Warren Knox- Secretary

Alan Doerr- GIS Specialist
Hank Weston– Member at Large
Melissa Mohler- Non-Profit/Education

Duane Strawser- NSAQMD
Jason Schroeder- BLM
Landon Haack- CAL FIRE
Rita Clipperton- US Forest Service
Sue Hoek- Nevada County Board of Supervisors
Heidi Hall- Alternate County Supervisor
Craig Griesbach- Nevada County OES, Director
Caleb Dardick- Assistant CEO
Patrick Mason- Agency Partner

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/Finance Committee:
Warren Knox– Secretary, Member at Large
Hank Weston- Member at Large
Pete Williams- Chairman
Steve Eubanks- Vice Chairman
TJ Pixley- Controller

About the Board of Directors

Pete Williams, Chairman
During 34 years in California state government, Pete managed a variety of administrative and program functions. He retired as the Program Manager for California Victim Compensation Program. At State Parks, the Governor’s Office, and elsewhere, he developed and used expertise in human resources, improving work processes, team facilitation, performance measurement, customer and employee surveys, and organizational assessment. His 20 years in human resources, includes serving as Personnel Manager for 25 Boards and Commissions and Training Manager for the Department of General Services.

Warren Knox, Secretary
Warren obtained a B.S. and M.S. in physics at Arizona State. Drafted into the US Army while in school, he served as a Military Police specialist in Viet Nam. For over thirty years I worked as a scientist with the Dow Chemical Company in Analytical Science and Material Science. He managed the Material Science Laboratory in Central Research developing new technologies in support of both fundamental science, new product development and automation of global hazard communications and logistics. Retired in 2005 to Nevada County, he became Senior Scientist at Environmental Capital Group, LLC providing fundamental assessment of sustainable environmental value of new, “green” Venture Capital companies. A life-long community volunteer, he has served here in Nevada County on the Board of NCCFD for seven years.

Jeff Fierstein, Treasurer
Jeff has worked in the roofing industry for over 45 years, the last 31 years at for Ray Byers, at Byers Enterprises. In 1986 at the age of 29 he was appointed to the Board of Directors for Marshall Supply, a major roofing supplier in San Jose. Having sold his home in San Jose two days before the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, Jeff moved his family to Colfax where he resides today. In 1992 he joined Byers Black Gold Roofing, (Now Byers Enterprises inc.) where he helped to build one of Nevada County’s largest contractors. He has been involved with every facet of business development including at times keeping a staff of nearly one hundred employees safely providing for their families. Understanding the benefits of safety around the home and the changing environment here in the urban wildland areas of California, he is honored to give back to the community that has been so generous to his family over the last three decades.

Alan Doerr, Director
Education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Science from Humboldt State University and completion of the graduate level, Advanced Program in Forest Ecology and Silviculture at UC Berkley. Alan worked for the US Forest Service for over 36 years as a forester in a variety of positions. He served as an Inventory and Analysis Forester, District Silviculturist, Environmental (NEPA) Planner and Team Leader, and Geospatial Analysis (GIS), and Certified Silviculturist, and was qualified as an expert witness in GIS in Federal Court. Throughout this time, Alan also assisted with fire management on a call-when-needed basis. He was qualified as an Engine Boss, Dozer Boss, Strike Team Leader, Field Observer, Resource Unit Leader and Situation Unit Leader on an Incident Management Team. Prior to federal service, worked five seasons for the California Division of Forestry as a firefighter.

Steve Eubanks, Vice Chairman
B.S. in Forest Engineering from Oregon State University. 39 year career with the U.S. Forest Service with assignments in Oregon, Washington, Washington, D.C., Minnesota and, most recently in California as Supervisor of the Tahoe National Forest. Retired in 2008 and began forestry consulting with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Placer County and the Placer County Air Pollution Control District with focus on sustainable forestry, carbon credits and biomass energy. Chair of the Nevada County Biomass Task Force that is focusing on construction of a biomass energy facility in Western Nevada County. Other experience has included work in Russia in sustainable forestry--1995 to today, chair of the visiting committee of a National Science Foundation program emphasizing environmental careers, and extensive work in fire suppression and management.

Hank Weston, Member at Large
Hank has had a long and decorated 45-year career in fire service, including 36 years with CDF, from which he retired as the Unit Chief of Nevada-Yuba & Placer Counties. Hank subsequently served 9 years as the Fire Chief of Grass Valley. Continuing his public service, Mr. Weston was elected to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors for three terms, and a total of 12 years. Concurrently, Hank served on numerous Committees and Commissions, including 12 years in an elected position as the State OES Region 4 Fire & Rescue Coordinator for 12 Counties. Hank has contributed his knowledge and experience to the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County for 22 years, and is currently a Director. Mr. Weston also serves with the Sierra Gold Parks Foundation and the Save our Bridge Committee (Bridgeport Covered Bridge).