Board

Cindy Abbott, President
Engaging with stakeholders and collaboratively developing solutions that address needs has been the cornerstone of Cindy's career. With over twenty years of experience, Cindy enjoys developing programs, facilitating engaging meetings, and creating strategies that result in plans that support people and organizations. 
Cindy is currently the executive director of the Sanchez Art Center, a local nonprofit with a mission to create community through art. She also serves as Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commissioner in the City of Pacifica, is a member of the Pacifica Resource Center Advisory Board, is an active contributor for the Pacifica Historical Society, and takes part in other local volunteer actions. Holding a BA in psychology, Cindy has also completed Certificates in Sustainability Leadership from UC Irvine and Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois, Chicago. 

Cindy is passionate about the environment and believes the health of our planet is tied to the oceans. She has been privileged to be a citizen scientist with Earthwatch, collecting data in Fiji relative to the rebuilding of a coral reef following a natural disaster. Through another Earthwatch project (in Kenya) Cindy heightened her awareness and appreciation of the impact of local community engagement to protect habitat and species. 

Margaret Goodale, Vice President

Margaret is the 2016 recipient of the Pacifica City Council's annual Open Space and Parkland Preservation Award! Read more here.

Margaret is an unreformed environmental educator (retired). She followed a checkered career estimating nuclear power plants at Bechtel, running a nursery school, coordinating school volunteers, writing a recycling center newsletter, being a mom to Steven and Sara, park ranger at San Pedro Valley County Park, and Sanchez Adobe manager designing the first Rancho Day. Most recently, Margaret designed and coordinated school science classes and trained volunteers at the Randall Museum in San Francisco where she also coordinated many years of Bug Day and Sun, Wind and Water Day events, organized exhibits of student art work for Native in San Francisco exhibits, initiated monthly habitat restoration and bird watching and coordinated the San Francisco Natural History Series. Margaret has played in astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, ethnobotany, physics, and zoology. She is currently teaching children to value the natural world of the wintering Snowy Plovers and beaches, and monitoring Mission Blue Butterflies at Milagra.

Locally, Margaret coordinated volunteers to fight for a real library in Linda Mar after the storefront at the shopping center closed, managed a San Pedro Creek cleanup for the steelhead, and has sat on a number of local committees and boards. The most fun she had was teaching aboard the Inland Seas out of Redwood City - hydrology, history, plankton, benthic invertebrates, ichthyology -  boat rocking with the waves, kids throwing up, the excitement of netting and releasing baby sharks, bat rays, pipefish, and live-birthing surfperch!


Ian Butler, Chairperson

Ian developed his lifelong love of nature as a child growing up in Southern California. Unfortunately, many of the fields he explored in his youth have been paved over with tract homes and strip malls, and the streams reduced to underground culverts. Having seen first hand the negative impact of suburban sprawl on the environment, he has devoted his life to championing environmental issues.
 
His love of trees led to a long career as a professional tree trimmer, and in 1995 he helped to form the Bay Area Arborists Co-Op inc., the nation’s second tree trimming co-operative, dedicated to keeping the urban forest healthy and beautiful. He has been the chairperson of BAAC for over 10 years.
 
He is involved in local media, writing a column for the Pacifica Tribune (and serving on the Tribune’s Editorial Board), as well as producing and hosting two award-winning television series (Laugh Locally and Wavelength) for Pacific Coast Television. He also writes and performs music around town with his band The Humpbacks, and has written a book on Pacifica life. In all of his writing he has a strong focus on environmental education, often using humor and satire to make his point.
 
In 2007 Ian adopted the “Secret Waterfall”, a remote but heavily polluted beach and creek. Since then he has removed tons of trash from the site, setting an example and shining a light on the pervasiveness of litter in our environment. In 2010, while picking up trash there, he discovered the fossils of a Columbian Mammoth, which he hopes will be displayed at the Pacifica History Museum when it opens.
 
Ian is proud to serve on the PEF board, helping important environmental projects in Pacifica to thrive. For him “think globally, act locally” is more than a catchy slogan, it is a way of life.


Roy Earnest, Treasurer

Roy’s environmental awakening occurred in August, 1976 in his home state of New Jersey when a naturally occurring algae bloom spiraled out of control when it encountered an unnatural surplus of nutrients in the ocean.  These “nutrients” were from sewage sludge, which was commonly dumped back then just a few miles offshore from Jersey’s beautiful beaches. The algae robbed the water of oxygen, killing millions of fish and creating an eco-nightmare.  Roy joined forces with a broad coalition of environmental groups, fishermen, beach goers and businesses to advocate for the end of sewage sludge dumping, which finally happened in the early 80’s.  It was from this experience that he realized how important it was to keep local ecosystems as healthy as possible.   

Roy has enjoyed a long career since 1978 as a gerontological social worker and senior services program manager.  He presently works as a program grant officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal government agency that funds national service volunteer programs such as AmeriCorps, VISTA, and Senior Corps. 

A life long surfer and documentary film buff, he co-produced with filmmaker David L. Brown “Surfing for Life” in 2000, an award winning documentary about the human potential of later life through the unique perspectives of 10 senior surfers (age 60 to 90) who surf, volunteer and are vitally connected to the world around them. 

Roy received his BA in Psychology with a minor in gerontology in 1977 from Richard Stockton State College in Pomona, New Jersey.  He received his Masters in Social Welfare with a special focus on aging services at UC Berkeley in 1980.  Roy has been a resident of Pacifica since 1982, where he continues to surf as well as volunteer as a Board member of Pacifica’s Environmental Family.


Sherry Flumerfelt, Secretary

Sherry fell in love with the ocean when she learned how to scuba dive in the 90s, and has worked in ocean conservation ever since. She has spent her career working with coastal communities to find the balance between economic and environmental sustainability. 

Since 2014, Sherry has been the executive director of the Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust, a new nonprofit aimed at advancing the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of Monterey Bay fisheries. Before this, she was an independent consultant to nonprofits working on ocean issues, with clients including the Environmental Defense Fund, the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, the California Fisheries Fund, Ecotrust, Point 97, CATCH Alaska, the City of Monterey, The Nature Conservancy, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Prior to working as a consultant, Sherry spent eight years working for the Coral Reef Alliance, a nonprofit coral reef conservation organization. As Western Pacific Program Manager, she worked with communities in Fiji, Indonesia, Hawaii, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, and Bonaire, helping improve environmental business practices among tour operators, support marine protected area managers, and develop strategies for conservation financing. Sherry holds a Masters in Anthropology and International Development from the University of Guelph in Canada.

Sherry has lived in Pacifica with her husband, Jon, and two sons, Ben and Max, since 2010. She has volunteered with the Pacifica Beach Coalition, Pacifica Shorebird Alliance, and Cabrillo School PTO, and joined the Board of PEF in May 2012. She is thrilled to be supporting environmental projects in her own community. 


Jim Kremer, Member at Large

Jim retired to Pacifica in 2008, with his wife Pat. Their first project was remodeling Pat’s family home in Sharp Park, which had not been substantially improved since it was built by her parents, Grace and Carl McCarthy in the 1940s. Among their goals were energy and water efficiency. They have photo-voltaic electricity, solar hot water and hydronic heating, and a 5000 gallon rainwater catchment system. Their home received the Sustainable San Mateo County Green Building Award for a residential remodel in 2011.

Jim received a bachelor of arts in Chemistry/Biochemistry from Princeton, and a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography. As a university professor, his research specialty was coastal ecosystems ecology and numerical modeling, and his studies ranged from kelp forests to coastal upwelling zones to estuaries, and most recently the impacts of human development in watersheds on the nutrient budget and ecological condition of shallow coastal waters. He taught at the graduate and undergraduate level, 19 years at U.S.C. (where he was academic coordinator of the Catalina Island Science Semester), followed by 15 years at the Avery Point Campus of UCONN on Long Island Sound (where he oversaw the creation and spin-up of a novel major in coastal environmental science).

Jim was roused from “complete retirement” and activated by the fight to reject the Keystone XL pipeline (visit kxlreverberations.wordpress.com). He has been a volunteer in Pedro Point Headlands workdays, a subscriber to San Pedro Valley Park events, and a volunteer with Pacifica Historical Society Earth Day and Fog Fest promotions.

Jim and Pat oversee a small Nature Center, promoting awareness of nature and conservation at a family-oriented summer community on Fire Island, on the south shore of Long Island, NY. Jim enjoys swimming, surfing, hiking, SCUBA diving and fly fishing, and being with his two grandsons who live next door.