Board & Staff
Board Member, Staff & Park Partner Profiles
PresidentMy family has been next to the Pinnacles for over 100 years and have seen it go from a local landmark to a National Park. When I was approached to be a part of a friends group to support the Pinnacles National Monument, I took it as an opportunity to help make a difference with their visitor experiences, education, and numerous special programs. By supporting Pinnacles National Park Foundation you can also help to make a difference.
SecretaryMike lives near the west side of the Pinnacles and is often seen hiking the trails or riding his bike to the Park. His interest in the park started as a Boy Scout camping and hiking the area back in the 1960’s. Mike has lived in San Benito and Monterey counties for the last 25 years after being raised in the Bay Area. He has worked in the Planning Departments for both counties, ensuring that land uses are carefully planned and that open space is preserved. Mike helped start the San Benito County Land Trust while living in Hollister and has recently retired as Planning Director for Monterey County. Mike also helped start the Monterey Bay chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals over twenty years ago and leads a hike for that group in the Pinnacles in spring.
DirectorNants Foley is CEO and co-owner of Four Corners Real Estate Group. Expert negotiator and marketer of residential and commercial properties. Seasoned executive with experience in nonprofits,emergency preparedness, sustainable agriculture, technology, real estate and architecture. Experienced fundraiser, volunteer coordinator,and program developer. She lives with her husband Tim on Quicksilver Farm where they grow Blenheim apricots and enjoy Lipizzan horses.
TreasurerKathy is originally from Kentucky, but after 17 years in CA she considers herself a local from Aptos. She is the accounting manager for S. Martinelli & Company in Watsonville. Kathy fell in love with Pinnacles 6 years ago when she and her husband began rock climbing as their weekend hobby. She participates yearly with other climbers and Pinnacles staff maintaining climber access trails and trash pickup in the park. Kathy is a new board member and Treasurer for Pinnacles National Park Foundation.
DirectorKimberly grew up on her family’s ranch near the west side of the Pinnacles. She spent many weekends hiking the Pinnacles and has always had a passion for the outdoors. She currently works as a Park Planner for the County of Santa Clara. Kimberly recently became a board member for the Pinnacles National Park Foundation and with that came the opportunity to show even more support and make a difference with the Pinnacles National Park Foundation and the new Pinnacles National Park.
Executive DirectorJennifer Westphal is a Canadian transplant who has called Hollister home for the last ten years. A former park naturalist at Grand Beach Provincial Park and the Narcisse Snake Dens Wildlife Management Area, she earned her BSc in Biology and Geography at the University of Winnipeg. She is now a mom of three boys who strives to give them the same rich childhood experiences camping and hiking that she had growing up in the interior of British Columbia. Jennifer is proud to work for the Pinnacles National Park Foundation and for the chance to support the great work being done by the resources and education staff at Pinnacles National Park.
DirectorSandra is a Hollister local and an office manager for the nonprofit Global Cancer Research Institute. What she loves most about Hollister is the small hometown feel, hiking, and the open skies. Sandra fell in love with nonprofit work when she was only a teenager and this passion has stuck with her through her years serving on the multiple nonprofit boards. Sandra is currently Advocacy Director for the GCRI and a new board member of the Pinnacles National Park Foundation who aims to assist with development of our online presence and engaging the youth of the community as the future stewards of Pinnacles National Park.
Director, Pinnacles Condor Fund ChairRichard is a long-time volunteer with the condor program at Pinnacles National Park and heads up the Pinnacles Condor Fund committee of Pinnacles National Park Foundation. Having grown up on a lake in South Carolina, Richard has been involved with the outdoors his whole life and enjoys birding, hiking, and generally enjoying the natural world.
DirectorTim Foley has lived and worked on the California Central Coast for many years. He served as San Benito County Superintendent of Schools from 1996-2009. From there he was able to bring community groups together in YMAC, 4H Club, the SB County master plan and many other capacity building efforts. Tim currently serves on the SB County Parks and Recreation Commission. He is dedicated to preserving the beauty, culture and history of the central coast. Tim’s work with the Pinnacles National Park Foundation provides a great opportunity to bring together several community threads.
Pinnacles National Park Superintendent
Karen Beppler-Dorn began her public service career in 1985 as a seasonal park ranger in northeastern Ohio. Today she serves as a park unit superintendent for the National Park Service, whose mission is to preserve America’s most treasured landscapes and cultural icons.
Beppler-Dorn’s 28 year career has taken her from emergency services dispatcher to law enforcement ranger to resource management specialist to park manager. She has worked in many unique national park sites from West Virginia to Washington State, including the Blue Ridge Parkway, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Petrified Forest National Park, and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.