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Our Leadership



Weikko Wirta
BCC Chairman of the Board
AES Huntington Beach

Thomas Mays
BCC Vice Chair
Retired Pacific Life Executive

Mark Gaughan
 BCC Treasurer
The Genesee Group

Philip Smith
BCC Secretary
Retired Telecommunications Professional

Patrick W. Brenden

Bolsa Chica Conservancy

Chief Executive Officer





Frank Dela Vara
 Theme Park Executive

Claire Grozinger
Retired Research Technician

Robert Grundstrom
California Resources Corporation

Jeff Hyder
Simple Green

Sheik Sattaur
Asst. Vice President, Union Bank

Bob Hoxsie
Hoxsie Builders

Tanya Hoxsie
Retired CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley

Keith Bohr
TEAM Real Estate

Eric Smalstig

Christine Whitcraft, Ph.D.
Cal State University, Long Beach

James Peterson
Sr. Policy Advisor. Southern California Edison

Barbara Delgleize
Mayor, City of Huntington Beach



Hon. Michelle Steel
U.S. Congresswoman, California 48th District

PT Townend

Fred Wilson
Ralph Andersen & Associates

Stephanie Wilson
Fred's Mexican Cafe

Janet Yee
Southern California Gas Company

Mike Vigliotta
Chief Assistant City Attorney, City of Huntington Beach




The Advisory Council, established and appointed by the Bolsa Chica Conservancy Board of Directors, is comprised of individuals who are committed to a balanced approach to restoration and management of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.
This group includes community leaders, subject matter experts, long-term volunteers, former Board members, and others with a passion for the mission of our organization.
The Advisory Council assists the Board with fundraising and fundraising events, membership campaigns, scientific evaluation and recommendations, as well as community engagement.

For more information or to express interest in joining the Advisory Council, please contact Patrick Brenden, CEO, at patrickb@bolsachica.org.

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