Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

AHLF Board of Directors

Ian McDaniel, Chairman

Ian McDaniel is a Carlsbad native whose involvement in the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation stems from his commitment to the Carlsbad community and his children's enjoyment of the Lagoon. He is also an attorney whose practice is exclusively in corporate and securities transactions; five percent of his billable time is dedicated to pro bono matters on behalf of charitable organizations or individuals in need. Ian is a graduate of the University of Arizona and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a member of the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association, the North County Bar Association, the University of Arizona Alumni Association, the Southern California Penn Law Alumni Society, BDG, Comerciantes Latinos Asociados, and the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.

Sam Ross, Vice-Chair

Sam Ross is a resident of Carlsbad and serves as the executive director of Visit Carlsbad, a non-profit organization created to market Carlsbad as a premier travel destination in Southern California and to increase the city's share of tourism-related revenues. Sam is responsible for implementing Visit Carlsbad's business and marketing plans and serves as lead spokesperson for Carlsbad's tourism industry.

Graham Beatty, Treasurer

A Chicago native, Graham moved to San Diego to join Poseidon Water and is excited to work with the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation. His career as an investment professional has focused primarily on industrial site redevelopment and real estate private equity but he has also consulted for small business startups and organizations. He enjoys outdoor activities like camping and surfing and is interested in expanding the Lagoon trail system. Graham has a BA in Economics from Harvard and a Masters in Business Administration from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA.

Kimberly Holmes, Secretary

Kimberly is the VP of Financial Reporting for WESTliving, a senior living group dedicated to delivering exceptional service and experiences, and a resident of the Lagoon area who enjoys taking advantage of all the lagoon has to offer whether the trails or kayaking on the lagoon. Just like trying to make a meaningful difference for seniors, as a 2012 transplant from the East Coast, she joined AHLF board as a continuation of her support of water and land preservation which started with the York Land Trust.

Paul Berlin

Paul is a graduate of Western Michigan University. His boyhood dream was to live in California so soon after graduating he moved to Southern California. His careers took him from Los Angeles to San Francisco and 39 ago to San Diego. He served on numerous boards. After being tired of being retired, he now works as a consultant for a Carlsbad based medical software firm. He and his wife live in the Aviara area of Carlsbad and we are appreciative of the community that we live in. He welcomes the opportunity to serve on the board of the Foundation.

Aaron B. Booth

Aaron is a lifelong Southern California native who moved to Carlsbad in 2010. He is a practicing trial attorney who has specialized in the representation of both residential and commercial builders. Aaron graduated from UCLA and Hastings College of the Law. He has two adult sons and an 8-year-old grandson, Jacob, who loves the Discovery Center. Aaron spends most of his free time going to concerts, playing golf, and doting on his family.

Jim Brubaker

Jim has been a Carlsbad resident since 1985. Jim received his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Maryland, and his Masters degree in International Organizations & Negotiations from the Naval PostGraduate School in Monterey. He has earned the Insurance Industry designations of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM). Jim is Past-President, Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club and has served in almost all board positions for the Club. He led the Club in the completion of their project: The L. John Simons, Twin Inns Gazebo relocation and reconstruction. The Gazebo is now located in Magee Park. He also serves on the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, and is a member of the first Carlsbad Community Emergency Response Team. He loves sailing, golf, cooking and Leslie (not necessarily in that order).

James A. Courtney

Jim has been a Carlsbad resident for over 40 years. He has been very active in the community and has served on numerous boards and commissions in Carlsbad, including the committee to update the Land Use Element of the General Plan in the early 1980's, 12 years on the Traffic Safety Committee, and various others. Jim is co-owner of the Carlsbad Boat Club, (Formally known as "Whitey's Landing") which is located on the north shore of Agua Hedionda Lagoon, just west of the cove. He is a retired Building Inspector and Codes Official, and now offers Construction Consulting and Expert Witness services.

Cameron Durckel

Cameron has lived in Carlsbad and Encinitas and recognizes the extraordinary value Agua Hedionda Lagoon is to our quality of life. He currently leads the external affairs efforts for SDG&E's Community Fire Safety Program. Cameron's background includes more than 20 years of public policy experience at all levels of government including serving two governors, a U.S. Senator and Congressman, a State Assembly Member, county supervisor, and mayor.

Durckel served in the United States Naval Reserve. He grew up in Japan and Coronado, CA, and currently lives upstream in Vista with his wife and daughter.

Gary Endres, First Vice President/Investments – Stifel

Gary is a California native living in North San Diego since the 50s. He attended Cathedral Catholic and San Dieguito Academy and graduated college from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1978 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Marketing.

Gary's career as a financial advisor in North County started over 30 years ago.

Gary's interest in Aqua Hedionda Lagoon started years ago boating with his family on the lagoon "before freeway days, when you could actually drive your boat under the bridge to the middle lagoon."

"I found I want to do something more to help other's learn about and enjoy what I have for decades... our own Carlsbad lagoon."

Gary's community involvement over the years includes directorships and past president of multiple youth sports programs and clubs and a private member owned tennis club. Gary also has volunteered his time to the YMCA, home building "Missions" projects in Mexico, and other organizations.

Michael Gazzano

Michael is a Development Manager at Caruso Affiliated, a globally recognized real estate development firm of retail, residential, and hospitality product types. Prior to joining Caruso Affiliated, Michael worked for The Walt Disney Company in their Corporate Real Estate group and for C.W. Driver, a privately-held General Contractor in southern California. He graduated from the University of Southern California with Bachelor degrees in Urban Planning, Civil Engineering, and Finance and a Master's degree in Real Estate Development. Michael also serves on the Board of Directors for the USC Price School of Public Policy, the Urban Land Institute – Young Leaders Group, and various community groups. In his spare time, Michael enjoys playing beach volleyball. His favorite Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation event is the annual Paddle Poker Challenge.

Karen McClune

Karen originally moved to San Diego to attend college, and is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in the field of biology. She has worked at the Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute (HSWRI; a local non-profit marine research institute) for 30 years; focusing her work in aquaculture at the HSWRI's marine fish hatchery and replenishment program in Carlsbad for most of that term. Karen joined the AHLF board in order to support their stewardship of the lagoon. She is a long-term resident of San Diego's north county and enjoys the outdoors.

Becky Moore

Becky is a California native, raised in the LA beach cities of Hermosa and Manhattan. Along with her husband and 3 children, she's been a North SD County resident for over 27 years. She has served on numerous boards over the past decades and in addition to AHLF, currently sits on the Board of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation and the Fund Development Advisory Board for North County Health Services. Becky has been in the banking industry since 1981. She is currently with Silvergate Bank, an employer who both supports and encourages her dedication to her community. Her life-long love for the ocean and passion for kayaking in the lagoon sparked her interest in its history, usage and preservation.

Eric Munoz

Eric is a private sector coastal planner. From 1988 to 2005 he worked for the Carlsbad Planning Department. He was the staff liaison between the city and the Southern California Caulerpa Action Team from 2000 to 2005 which worked to eradicate Caulerpa taxifolia from the lagoon. As AHLF President from 2006 to 2011 he served as Chairman of a 2006 Citizen's Advisory Committee re: south shore land use issues; maintained boating and fishing in the lagoon free from State MLPA limitations, and; initiated the annual Lagoon Day celebration in July 2007. He was AHLF 2012 Volunteer of the Year and is on the Board of Directors for the California Shore and Beach Preservation Association. Eric has a Geography degree from SDSU and enjoys waves, ocean and lagoon paddling, and coastal travel.

Rebecca Richards

Rebecca is a graduate of Chapman University in Orange, CA, with an AA in French and a BA in Liberal Studies. As a Senior Manager of Carlsbad Aquafarm, she feels her main role as an AHLF Board Member is to support the foundation and its parallel stewardship goals of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Her background in science-related exhibit design, marketing and public relations lends experience to the foundation in marine and natural science education and membership acquisition.

Tim Sisk

Tim was born and raised in Waterford, Connecticut, and now resides in the Terramar Community of Carlsbad, California. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Coastal Studies from the University of Connecticut. He currently serves as the West Region Manager of Environmental & New Business for NRG Energy. He has over 15 years of experience in the environmental field as a fisheries biologist, marine biologist, environmental engineer, and project manager. He joined the AHLF Board assist in the continuing to education of the local community, and how each and everyone of us can responsibly and sustainably use this unique ecosystem right in our backyard.

Dee Sodano

Dee is a resident of Bristol Cove and has made Carlsbad her home for 29 years where she resides with her husband and raised her family. Boating, hiking, succulent gardening and enjoying the outdoors are some of her interests. Currently she is a Vice President of Lending for Community HousingWorks; a comprehensive housing non-profit that serves all of San Diego County, she has been in the Mortgage Banking industry for over 30 years and is happy to have the opportunity to serve on the AHLF!

Jimmy Ukegawa

Jimmy is a Carlsbad Native and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Plan and Soil Biology. He is the owner of Carlsbad Strawberry Company and also sits on the board of the Carlsbad Fire Foundation. His hobbies include surfing, kayaking and horse racing.

Wendy Wiegand

Wendy has lived in California for nearly 30 years. After attending Monterey Pacific College, Wendy relocated to San Diego to attend SDSU in 1987, and has lived in Carlsbad since 2006. Wendy has worked in the financial services and wireless technology sectors, but in 2000 found her life's calling as a Mortgage and Real Estate Broker. Wendy has a passion for her community. She has been a member of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce since 2006 and currently serves as Chairperson for the Chamber's Netforce2 group. She has been a Rotarian since 2003, and a member of the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club since 2006, and has served on the Rotary Board of Directors for 7 years, holding positions of Secretary, Club Service Director and currently Community Service Director. Her inspiration to join the board stems from the board's commitment to educating the community about our local environment along with the Discovery's Center's focus on educating our youth on native history of Carlsbad and our local environment.

Lisa Cannon-Rodman, AHLF Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer: Lisa has been a part of the AHLF team for 6 years with 30 years of business development experience, raising funds, building relationships, and developing markets in various settings. She holds a BA in Communications from California State University-San Marcos. A Carlsbad resident since 1983, Lisa is delighted to continue to build awareness of this wonderful example of environmental balance in an urban setting, right here on Carlsbad's most unique lagoon. Lisa finished her 12 years as a Carlsbad Unified School District School board trustee on November 12, 2014 and is past President of Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary and Co-Chair for the Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Committee.

Kasia Trojanowska, City Liaison

Peder Norby, Energy Neutral Coordinator


Members of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation are welcome to nominate individuals to the Board of Directors. Nominees should submit a resume and contact details to the Discovery Center.

In accordance with the October 2008 bylaws, these nominees will be vetted by the Board Development Committee before going to the Board for election. New Board members shall be ratified during the Annual Meeting of the Members in October of each year.