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It is hard for us to select only a few volunteers to spotlight among our long list of deserving people. These hard-working people have distinguished themselves over the past year and we would like to extend a special thank-you to them. We owe the success of our chapter to these and all our generous and talented volunteers.

2015 is bringing a lot of changes to the structure of SCVAS, and we want to express our gratitude to those staff and volunteers who are stepping down from their many years of service with our chapter. As we do so, we also welcome our new volunteers, and extend an invitation to all of our members and friends to consider participating in new ways:

Environmental Action Committee Chair Lisa Karpinski Steps Down to go Traveling

By Morteza Danesh, SCVAS Board Member
Published in the May/June 2015 Avocet.

Lisa Karpinski
Lisa Karpinski

Lisa Karpinski, a dedicated and active leader with the SCVAS Environmental Action Committee (EAC) for more than 20 years, has stepped down from her position as EAC Chair to embark on a sojourn through Eastern Europe.

Lisa grew up in Sunnyvale at a time when children could still wade in creeks, catch tadpoles, and play in the apricot and cherry orchards. A nature lover and athlete, she excelled in her studies of biology and environmental science at UC Santa Cruz and her work at Apple and Intel. When illness cut her career short, Lisa refocused her energies on environmental activism.

Lisa joined the EAC in 1995 to fight development of the golf course at San Jose's Boulder Ridge, becoming its Chair in 2011. Over the past 20 years, Lisa has worked with SCVAS on dozens of environmental issues throughout Santa Clara County—preparing EAC agendas, organizing volunteers, researching and preparing documents, and speaking at city council meetings. In her home town of Sunnyvale, she has worked with the City to protect burrowing owls, led volunteers in maintaining burrowing owl habitat, and helped motivate the adoption of bird-safe building design guidelines.

Lisa's current plan is to indulge her love of travel and passion for adventure as she journeys through Armenia, Turkey, Bulgaria and other Eastern European countries. We wish her all the best on her travels and eagerly await her return to the EAC as a highly valued member.


Updated April 2015

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