Board of Directors


Susan Kirks

Susan is a naturalist with expertise in American Badger - species, behaviors and habitat. She consults with owners, educators and organizations about American Badger, with a focus on harmonious human-badger co-existence and the benefits of American Badger to upland and coastal ecosystems.

Susan is a Licensed Acupuncturist in private practice in Sonoma and Marin Counties. She also works as a medical report editor. Her past professional experience includes technical writing and Adjunct Professor in the Undergraduate School of Business at Golden Gate University, San Francisco. Susan graduated from Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, as well as Syracuse University and North Carolina State University. She holds 2 Master of Science degrees and a Bachelor of Arts degree. Susan participated in the inaugural Leadership Academy of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley.

Susan has served as President of Madrone Audubon Society (2012-2014), Vice President and Membership Chair of Madrone Audubon Society (2008-2012), and was a 2nd District appointee to the Sonoma Co. Ag. Preservation and Open Space District Citizens Advisory Committee 2008-2010. She served on the Board of Sonoma County Conservation Council (2012-2014). Susan was an active Petaluma Wetlands docent 2006-2008. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of Rebuilding Together Petaluma. Susan has written environmental blogs for local news outlets. Susan is considered the most experienced naturalist about American Badger in California and often shares information on conservation outings and hikes as well as at conservation organization gatherings.

Patrick Schafer

Patrick's greatest passions in life, besides raising his son, are surfing, yoga, volunteering, organic gardening and protecting the natural environment.

His community outreach efforts include Habitat for Humanity, Christmas in April, Rebuilding Together Petaluma, and teaching yoga, as well as Parents United and the Surfrider Foundation. He has been an avid waterman and surfer for over 40 years, born in Santa Barbara, CA. Patrick opposed offshore drilling off the coast of California during the Nixon Administration and holds memberships in several conservation organizations. Presently, he opposes the proposed subdivision at 245 Paula Lane and the Willit's Bypass in Willits, CA. He supports justice for the family of Andy Lopez.

Patrick has 30+ years of experience in the construction industry and is a Licensed General Contractor. His construction activities range from custom design and implementation to oversight of projects. He holds a Pilot's license, flying small aircraft since 1978. His 22-year-old son attended Petaluma High School and has also assisted with Paula Lane Action Network community fundraisers.

Clifford Williams

Clifford is an avid outdoorsperson and enjoys hiking, biking and wildflower identification.  He has been involved with P.L.A.N. since our beginning and, in fact, hosted the first organized community meeting in his home in August 2001.  Clifford’s community volunteering includes Cub Scout leadership and coaching.  His professional endeavors include about 20 years in computer technology, working in software engineering primarily in healthcare applications for large institutions. 

Clifford’s diverse background also includes Registered Nursing in California and teaching General Biology at Solano Community College.   Clifford is married, with 2 grown sons (both of whom have volunteered at P.L.A.N. community fundraisers).

Gayle Kozlowski

Gayle is a Lassen County native. Her early professional experience includes working for the US Forest Service in Range Management in the Eagle Lake Ranger District. She has a lifelong love of wildlife and nature and is dedicated to helping to preserve wildlife habitat. Gayle also creates art, featuring wildlife and nature. Gayle recently received a Certificate of Study from Santa Rosa Junior College’s Natural Resource Conservation Management Program. An annual conservation activity for Gayle for the past 8 years has been rescue of Herons and Egrets from the large heron and egret nesting colony on West 9th Street in Santa Rosa. Gayle’s professional experience includes working for Safeway Corp. for 20 years as a clerk, interacting with diverse members of the public on a daily basis.

John Kozlowski

John is a life-long conservationist who is a former environmental attorney. He is a Molecular Biologist whose graduate work includes study of life systems for sustainability and harmony of existence between humans and the environment.

Past Board Members:

Paul Selinger, 2006-12 | Nan Moon, 2006-12 | Kathleen O'Connor 2004-13

Deer Heard

Picture: Deer herd on Paula Lane, foraging in early morning.

(Note:  Our beloved deer are currently displaced from the community by negative construction impacts. Read more at Conservation Alerts)

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."

— Albert Einstein