As I sit watching the Valley's wild and scenic river roll past, an osprey watching two fishermen on the opposite bank at Choinumni Park, I know why I am committed to supporting the work of the Kings River Conservancy. The goal of KRC is to lure you away from your screens and busy lives to refresh your spirit in nature--just 30 minutes from downtown Fresno! We stand for safe, legal access to parks and public trails along the Kings River. Your donations go to park and trail maintenance, safety and educational signage, and special programs-- which you may specify with your donation-- such as extra warden patrol hours to combat poaching, invasive plant species removal, trout eggs for the incubator house. We have some fun river-themed events planned. While they are fundraisers for the KRC's maintenance projects, they are also good excuses to come down to the river to play.
Long Live the Kings!
Deborah Lencioni Lapp
KINGS RIVER CONSERVANCY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The KRC Board meets on the second Tuesday of every month.
Deborah Lencioni Lapp, President
Deborah Lapp and her husband Greg live on the Kings River near Choinumni Park and host several functions annually at the Lapp RiverHouse. As a property owner on the river, she understands the balance between public access and private security. Deb is passionate about river preservation, recreation, safety and education and sharing her passions with the community. She teaches English at Reedley College.
Sue Buckley, Vice President
Sue Buckley loves to be outdoors! She volunteers at Reedley College, helping to keep their equine herd “student-ready”. She is deployed with Doberman Nüdel as a Cal-Emergency Management Association Search (SAR) dog team. Sue is a certified Wilderness First Aid / American Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder. Sue and husband Dr. Jerry Buckley love to hike, camp, and kayak, enjoying the out of doors resources of our beautiful planet. They both are delighted to work to protect the Kings River.
John Gray, Treasurer
John Gray, DVM, is a retired Grand Canyon river guide who lives on the Kings River with his wife and children. He owns Reedley Veterinary Hospital, enjoys water sports and snow skiing, and backpacks frequently in the Sierra Nevada. He is also involved with the Fresno Zoo Authority and the Central California Veterinary Medical Association.
Lynette Ballis, Secretary
Lynette Ballis and her husband John have lived in the Sanger area for the last 25 years and have always enjoyed the Kings River. They have two sons. They have been beekeepers for 38 years and their garden is filled with bee friendly plants. Lynette has been doing public education on the plight of pollinators for the past few years. She recently retired from a career with the USPS, and has been winning awards for her oil paintings of bees, flowers and people.
After his military service, Carl taught at Reedley High School then decided to pursue his dream of creating a farming, packing and shipping company, Sunny Cal Farms. He is married to Linda and they have three grown children and five grandsons. He enjoyed many years of back packing in the Sierras and river rafting and also enjoys traveling and community service.
Genny, aka Church, teaches science at Patino Entrepreneurship High School in Fresno. She is the advisor to the FARMS Leadership team there, an agriculturally land based learning program. She obtained her B.A. in History from Missouri State and her Master’s in Education from National University. She is longtime outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hiking, swimming, camping and photography. She is the mother of three sons and enjoys spending time on the river enjoying the light and amazing views.
Tammy Eggert is a whitewater kayaker and private rafting guide on the Kings River. She started Healthy Epic Living, an adventure programming organization. She and her husband take people rock climbing, caving, canyoneering, rafting and backpacking through the Sierra Nevadas. They also share their adventures on YouTube: Exploring with the Eggerts. She works for the California Conservation Corps. In her spare time she performs and teaches aerial and flow art dance.
Heidi earned her A.S. Degree in Forestry from Reedley College and her B.S. Degree in Natural Resources from Oregon State University. Her experience includes wildlife and fisheries study/management water quality and natural resources interpretation. Heidi lives in Fresno with her husband Andy and daughter Addison.
Andres "AJ" Jauregui
Andres Jauregui (AJ) moved to Fresno in 2017 after living in Alabama and Georgia for almost two decades. He is currently an Associate Professor of Real Estate and Director of the Gazarian Real Estate Center at Fresno State. AJ is originally from Mendoza, Argentina, and has also lived in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Peru. In his free time, he enjoys fly fishing, playing ping-pong, and spending time with his wife and dog.
Larry is originally from Rochester, NY. He settled in Erie, PA where he taught college zoology courses. Life turned when he was accepted to medical school. Larry is still a working family practice physician and has two children and three grandchildren. He is a life member of the Sierra Club and passionate about environmental issues. His love for zoology is ongoing and he has completed the training program at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo to be a volunteer docent.
Amos moved to Fresno from Indiana to join the Fresno Chaffee Zoo as their Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer with 30 years experience in the industry. After learning more about the challenges faced by the river inhabitants and the surrounding area he felt a strong desire to get involved. Amos is married with four children, loves to fly fish, and is an all-around outdoorsman.
Hank is a lifelong fisher and hunter, enjoyed a 35-year career in the computer industry and became involved in preserving the Kings River fishery in 1985. He had a hand in developing the Kings River Fisheries Management Program and today chairs its Public Advisory Group. He is past president of Fly Fishers for Conservation and serves as a representative for the Fisheries Program to the Upper Kings Basin Water Forum.
Vernon Crowder, Executive Director
Vernon recently left his 40 year career in the commercial banking industry to pursue his life-time interest in public service. He has been a close friend and longtime supporter of the KRC. He has been actively involved in local business, environmental, and water issues for many years and served on many Foundation boards throughout the community.
Mary Jane Morris, Education Director
Mary Jane Morris moved to Fresno from Indiana in 2017 with her husband and two of their four children. A former college instructor, YMCA Fitness Instructor and business owner, she is a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor with a passion for teaching, the outdoors and conservation. She joined the KRC in 2018 to help structure and drive an education program that will connect local schools and the community with the Kings River and its wondrous ecology. She loves creating recycled artwork projects and craft making in her spare time.
Kristi Winter, Public Outreach Director
Kristi graduated from Fresno State with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism and has been coordinating events for more than 15 years. Kristi and her husband Brandon enjoy traveling, reading, riding bikes and watching baseball.