Board of Directors
Supervisor, 2nd District
County of Marin
Katie was raised in Mill Valley and graduated from Tamalpais High School in 1978. She attended Sonoma State University, receiving degrees in Liberal Studies and English. For the past 20 years, Katie has lived in San Anselmo. Katie’s engagement in public service long predates her tenure with County government and is the foundation of her understanding of the depth of residents’ concerns for their neighborhoods, schools, community benefit organizations, and open space. The protection of Marin’s environmental resources is a core, long-standing value for Katie, and shows in her commitment to the protection of our natural resources. She is a proud graduate of the 31st class of the Marin Environmental Forum, a renowned environmental leadership training program.
Asst. Deputy Chief, San Francisco Fire Department, Retired
President, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District. (2020)
Richard Shortall is a retired San Francisco Fire Department Assistant Deputy Chief. He has also served as the SFFD EMS Chief, Deputy Director of the San Francisco Office of Emergency Services, and General Manager of the Bay Area SUASI Homeland Security Program. Rich is currently a member of the Board of the Ross Valley Fire Department and is an elected Director of the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District. He joined FIRESafe MARIN as a Director in 2015 and currently resides in San Anselmo with his wife Diana.
FIRESafe MARIN Staff
Board of Directors
Marin County Parks (2023)
Jim Chayka is a Superintendent at Marin County Parks and Open Space. Jim served as Director of Natural Resources at Conservation Corps North Bay and has been working in the field of Natural Resources & Watershed Management for the last 17 years. Jim started his career in environmental stewardship in 1999 as an AmeriCorps member at the CivicCorps (formerly the East Bay Conservation Corps), and subsequently managed education and restoration programs with Student Conservation Association, Watershed Sciences, Urban Creeks Council, and Sonoma Ecology Center. Jim holds an MS degree in Applied Geosciences from San Francisco State University and joined FIRESafe MARIN in 2015. He currently resides in Novato with his wife and two children.
Wildfire and Hazard Mitigation Specialist
Central Marin Fire Department (2022)
Todd is a Marin native and has worked 29 years in the fire service, including 19 years as a wildland and municipal firefighter with Marin County Fire Department. He studied Forestry and Wildfire Management at the University of Montana and earned a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and Urban Planning from Sonoma State University. He is currently the Wildfire and Hazard Mitigation Specialist for Central Marin Fire Department, and has worked as a fire inspector, an urban forester specializing in community wildfire protection, and served as Executive Director of Fire Safe San Mateo County, the nation's first Fire Safe Council, and Executive Coordinator of FIRESafe MARIN from 2013-2020. Todd is an NFPA Certified Wildfire Mitigation Specialist and lives in West Marin with his wife and two children.
Fire Chief, Retired
Ross Valley Fire Department (2020)
Roger began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter with the San Anselmo Fire Department in 1979, and in 1981, he was the last firefighter hired by the San Anselmo Fire Department before the Department consolidated with Fairfax in 1982, creating the Ross Valley Fire Department JPA. He rose through the ranks and was appointed Fire Chief in 2005. Under his leadership, the Ross Valley Fire Department JPA expanded to include the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District in 2010, and the Town of Ross in 2012. Chief Meagor retired in 2013. Roger is a long-time Board Member for FIRESafe Marin and serves on the Board of Directors of the Ross Valley Paramedic Authority. A third-generation Ross Valley native, he resides with his wife in the unincorporated area of Fairfax.
Eva Denegri Baker
Emergency Services Specialist, Retired (2022)
Eva retired in 2018 from a long career in Emergency Services with the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. She received her B.A. from Dominican University in Humanities before settling into several careers in Editing and Program Management for Book and Electronic Publishers. She was an active member for twenty years of the Larkspur Association of Volunteer Firefighters. There, she served for most of her years as an Officer on the Executive Committee. She was awarded Volunteer Firefighter of the Year and also received several service awards from her fellow volunteer firefighters. Eva joined FIRESafe MARIN as a Director in 2003, and has served continuously as a member of the Executive Committee. She and her husband, Bruce, also retired from the Sheriff’s Office, have dedicated their retirement to volunteering for Canine Companions for Independence in Santa Rosa. Bruce and Eva have three adult sons, and currently reside in West Petaluma as empty nesters with their cat, Hank, retired service dog “Nino,” and “Wilbur,” a golden lab/retriever puppy they are raising to be a Service dog.
Retired Fire Captain
Marin County Fire Department (2023)
Pete retired as a Senior Fire Captain for Marin County Fire Department where he served as the department's de-facto wildfire historian. As a Fire Captain, Pete responded to the 1991 Oakland Hills "Tunnel" Fire, and later was instrumental in the founding of FIRESafe MARIN. After retirement, Pete worked as the Vegetation Management Specialist for Sonoma County Department of Emergency Services, Fire Division, where he authored the Fountaingrove II CWPP and Wildfire Mitigation recommendations.
City of San Rafael (2023)
Bio coming soon.
Stephen L. Quarles, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist for Wildfire and Durability (retired)
Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) (2023)
Steve served 26 years with the University of California, and 8 years as Chief Scientist for Wildfire and Durability with the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). His research and outreach focuses on wildfire protection for residential and light commercial buildings and improving the moisture-related durability and resilience of buildings following hurricane/high-wind events. Steve earned a bachelor’s in wood science from Virginia Tech, and a master’s and a doctorate in wood science from the University of Minnesota. Steve is a member of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) where he is secretary for and task group chair in the Subcommittee on Exterior Fire; the Forest Products Society, where he is Editor in Chief of the Forest Products Journal; the Society of Wood Science and Technology; the National Fire Protection Association, where he is a member of the Technical Committee on Forest and Rural Fire Protection; the International Association of Wildland Fire and the American Wood Protection Association. Steve joined the FIRESafe MARIN Board of Directors in 2019. He lives in Mill Valley.
Novato Fire Protection District (2023)
Bill was appointed Fire Chief of Novato Fire Protection District in 2018, after 22 years on the job. Tyler has a bachelor's degree in English from Cal State Hayward. He completed his paramedic training at the Stanford Pre-Hospital Paramedic Program in Palo Alto. He also holds a professional credential as a designated chief fire officer from the Center of Public Safety Excellence and is a certified chief officer through the California State Board of Fire Services. Bill has served on the FIRESafe MARIN board at various points since 2002.
Marin Valley Mobile Country Club (2023)
Bio coming soon.
Pacific Gas and Electric (2022)
Bio coming soon.
Fire Department Captain
Marin County Fire Department (2021)
Bio coming soon.
Deputy Fire Marshal, Liaison to Marin County Fire Prevention Officers
Kentfield Fire Protection District (2022)
Larry started his fire service career in 2006, serving with the City of South San Francisco and Napa Fire Departments before joining the Kentfield Fire Protection District in 2018. During his time in Napa, Larry was part of the city’s emergency response and management of the 2014 South Napa Earthquake and the 2017 North Bay/Wine Country Fires. Throughout his career, Larry has excelled at the development and administration of fire prevention, inspection and investigation related programs. Larry is the Executive Officer of the Marin County Fire Investigation Team and the Vice-President of the Marin County Fire Prevention Officers. He holds professional certifications from California’s Office of the State Fire Marshal for Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Protection Specialist, Fire Plans Examiner and Fire Investigator. Larry resides in Novato with his wife and son.
Watershed Resources Manager
Marin Municipal Water District (2022)
Shaun Horne, MMWD’s new Natural Resource Program Manager. Shaun comes to us from Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District where he managed natural resources focused on flood control, habitat restoration, and invasive species management. Shaun has a bachelor’s degree from SF State in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice and a Master’s from Sonoma State in International Water Resources Management. He holds certificates in GIS from SF State and Water Conflict Management from Oregon State. His work experience includes a stint as a Stream Biologist with Sonoma County Water Agency and as an arborist for a tree company. Shaun is running MMWD’s watershed vegetation management program and will shepherd our Biodiversity, Fire and Fuels Integrated Plan EIR to its conclusion.
Catherine and her family have called Larkspur their home since 2005. They moved here for the same reasons that a lot of families do: the quality of life, charming neighborhoods, abundant outdoor activities, and outstanding public schools.
Catherine joined the Larkspur City Council in 2013 and was re-elected in 2017. Currently serving as Mayor, she is intent on addressing the concerns of all residents and businesses, with a special focus on public safety, efficient service delivery, and quality of life issues in the diverse neighborhoods of Larkspur and Greenbrae.
In her professional life, Catherine holds a B.S. degree in Nursing from the University of San Francisco; a Master’s Degree in Nursing from U.C.S.F. with a specialty in Nursing Administration; and a law degree from Santa Clara University. Catherine worked as a clinical nurse at U.C.S.F. on the General Surgery and Liver Transplant Service. During law school, several personal changes and the birth of her two daughters, influenced her to finish her law degree but delay the full-time practice of law. Since 2012, she has been the managing partner of her own consulting business which focuses on surgical-legal issues. This experience reinforces her unwavering commitment to public safety, and to ensuring that our first responders have the resources necessary to keep us all safe.
At large member (2023)
Jerry Meral has a Ph.D. in Zoology from UC Berkeley. He was staff scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund, Deputy Director of the California Department of Water Resources, Executive Director of the California Planning and Conservation League, and Deputy Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency. He serves on the Boards of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin and the Inverness Association. Fire projects he is working on include a fire and water parcel tax for the Inverness Public Utilities District, setting up Firewise Inverness, fuel reduction along Highway 1 and Sir Francis Drake Blvd, getting approval for a French Broom predator, experimental reduction of yellow Starthistle, and pyrophyte removal at Point Reyes National Seashore
At large member - UC Marin Master Gardeners (2022)
Fay Mark had a 20-year career at Silicon Valley technology companies, leading global teams to deliver strategic product, e-commerce, and product marketing websites at companies including Hewlett-Packard, Silicon Graphics, Netscape, and Verisign. She also held an executive volunteer position with International Executive Service Corp, working with technology companies in Egypt and Jordan.
From 2008-2012, Fay and her husband sailed from the East Coast of the US to French Polynesia via the Panama Canal and Galapagos Islands. Upon her return, she became a Master Gardener and graduated with the class of 2014. That same year, Fay joined a group of Sausalito residents and formed the 501c3 Sausalito Beautiful where she was a founding member of the board as Communications Chair and later as interim President. Fay is currently on the boards of the University of California Marin Master Gardeners, and FIRESafe MARIN, writes articles on Fire-smart landscaping for the Marin IJ, and is leading the University of California Cooperative Extension education program for Marin residents on Fire-smart landscaping.