The San Mateo County Parks Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors and has a small staff. Through grants and contributions from individuals, foundations and businesses, the Parks Foundation provides additional financial support for Park recreational, environmental and educational programs and projects.
Korrine Skinner, Chair
Ms. Skinner is a Bay Area marketing executive, writer and avid outdoor explorer. She is Wilderness First Aid-certified and serves the parks as both a Devil’s Slide Trail Ambassador and as a volunteer naturalist for the Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. She lives in Moss Beach, along the San Mateo County coast. In her day job, Kori serves as public affairs manager for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.
Mary DeLong, Vice Chair
Ms. DeLong became active with San Mateo County Parks when she became a docent at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in 1995. She served on the board of Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve for ten years including six as president. She came to the Foundation in 2012 after many years of volunteer service. She has been an advocate for ocean protection since 1988 working to stop any offshore drilling on the San Mateo coast and helping to ensure the Marine Life Protection Act was implemented. She has also been a Beach Watch volunteer for the Greater Farallones Marine Sanctuary since 2012. She and her husband live in Montara and enjoy hiking, gardening and photography.
Justin Knowles, Secretary
Mr. Knowles lives in Hillsborough and is a business executive at the Oracle Corporation. He enjoys mountaineering, hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking. He also serves as a board member of the Trail Center, a frequent San Mateo County Parks partner, where he regularly leads volunteer crews to build hiking trails.
Heather Hardy, Treasurer
Ms. Hardy is the Administrative Services Manager of the County Counsel’s Office of the County of San Mateo. A novice hiker and an avid reader, she also serves as Treasurer of the Friends of the Redwood City Library. Heather has been known to remark that the County Parks were among the first friends she made when she moved to the Bay Area from Austin, Texas in 2010.
Susan Eliot Briggs
Ms. Briggs is a Bay Area native and an avid hiker. Her professional experience has included product management positions at Netscape, Yahoo, Realtor.com and VolunteerMatch and she currently works in business development for Benetech.org. Susan enjoys being involved in her community and has held several board positions on local education foundations.
Ms. Jensen works on the development team for the Peninsula Open Space Trust. As a somewhat new resident of the Bay Area, she loves taking advantage of the many local hiking and camping opportunities and loves connecting people with the outdoors. Amy has spent the last ten years working in nonprofit fundraising and holds a BA from the University of Central Florida and an MA from the George Washington University.
Mr. Laguna currently serves as the Head of Digital Analytics at Adobe Systems and has spent over 15 years working in the high tech space in Silicon Valley. A long time resident of San Mateo County, Jorge is an avid hiker and backpacker and is also involved in San Mateo youth recreation as a coach and volunteer for local city sports leagues. Mr. Laguna holds an MBA in information technology management from the University of California, Irvine and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Ms. Paton is an avid horsewoman and skier who has volunteered in the San Mateo County Volunteer Horse Patrol for 5 years. She serves on the Equestrian Trail Rider’s management team and is a board member of Los Viajeros riding club. She loves the outdoors and traveling with her family.
Mr. Pfeister is an Executive at Salesforce and lives in San Mateo county. As an avid outdoorsman and Eagle Scout he enjoys making our parks and open spaces accessible to others, with a particular focus on camping, hiking and skiing. He is also a leader within Cub Scouts and frequent visitor of the San Mateo County Parks.
Katy Coonan Rhoades
Ms. Rhoades has devoted herself to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities. Her work on behalf of disabled people includes serving on the San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities, the Health Plan of San Mateo, the Meals on Wheels Coalition, New Beginning Coalition and the Second Harvest Food Bank. Katy has also worked with the California Children Services and the Far-West Wheelchair Sports Association.
Michele Beasley, Executive Director
Ms. Beasley was born and raised in San Mateo County and has dedicated her career to creating sustainable and equitable communities. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the San Mateo County Parks Foundation in 2015, Ms. Beasley spent 11 years as Greenbelt Alliance’s Regional Director in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. She has also worked as an advocate for the homeless in Contra Costa County and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana supporting eco-tourism efforts in the late nineties. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Traci Loftis, Membership and Development
Ms. Loftis is a Bay Area barefoot trail runner and kite-surfer. She loves anything outdoors and always looks for reasons to spend more time in nature. Traci is also a Realtor and a Fundraising Auctioneer, and is constantly looking for ways to serve her community. She has lived in San Mateo for over seven years, and runs the San Francisco Bay Trail almost daily. Traci received her Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University.