Why did you choose to join the MSMVCD Board of Trustees? / Why is the mission of mosquito and vector control important to you?
My family had a summer home on several acres in Ross and I remember people being grateful to the Mosquito Abatement District for spraying to keep mosquitoes from bothering them.
Later I became a Field Associate at the California Academy of Sciences Department of Entomology, and married the Chairman, Dr. Edward S. Ross. He had been the U.S Army’s mosquito man in the Pacific during World War II. So on our many overseas insect collecting trips, especially in Africa on National Geographic Research and Exploration Grants, we visited malaria research stations.
I became interested in being a trustee when the former manager arranged for me to present at the Mosquito & Vector Control Association of California’s annual conference, on chemical sensitivities, how they affected people, and what districts could do to accommodate people with this disability.
I believe in curtailing mosquitoes at the source to minimize adult mosquitoes and reduce the need for chemical sprays.
I am also very interested in ticks, having seen and heard of too many lives ruined by Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
What is your relevant expertise? See above
I have a Ph.D. in Holistic Health and have, headed several not-for-profit organizations in the environmental/health field.
List of service clubs you belong to (if any): The Explorers Club (Northern California Chapter), Threshold Foundation, Children’s Theater Association, Tamalpais Conservation Club, California Native Plant Society, and West Point Inn.
List of other city/town/county boards or committees you serve on: I helped to create the County of Marin’s IPM Ordinance and sat on its commission for a decade, serving as its chair and parliamentarian. Have also served on the Health Council of Marin for 20 years.
Other information you wish to share about yourself:
Have created several not-for-profits.
I am president and CEO of Health & Habitat, Inc. We ran a rainforest research station and eco-lodge in the upper Amazon of Ecuador for a decade, where we had no mosquito problem because everything was in natural balance.