Kara is a Carmel resident, born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing. She is currently a Marketing Event Coordinator for Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. Kara brings 13 years of sales, marketing, and event leadership experience in the local hospitality and healthcare industry to the Point Lobos Foundation Board of Directors. In her free time, Kara enjoys spending time with her parents, husband, and two boys.
Karin Stratton, Immediate Past President
A collaborative leader, Karin has worked for nearly three decades in the non-profit sector, including San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, the New England Aquarium in Boston, and most recently in support of sustainability initiatives and conservation partnerships at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Karin is passionate about habitat and resource management, species conservation, and affecting positive change for the natural world. She is an avid native plant gardener, ocean advocate, and overall outdoor enthusiast. Her love of nature and wild places started at a very young age with countless visits to local parks and summer trips to the Jersey shore and [...]
With deep family roots in Santa Cruz, Carol has spent many summers around the Monterey Bay area. Carol enjoyed a professional career in sales and raised her family in the Bay Area. She has volunteered with many organizations over the past twenty years and especially enjoyed her time as a Girl Scout Nature Camp leader. Carol is now in Pacific Grove and is interested in sharing the beauty and promoting stewardship of Point Lobos.
Ruth is a lifetime resident of Monterey County and a CSUMB alumnus. She is currently the Manager for Community Services at CHISPA (Community Housing Improvements Systems and Planning Association) the largest nonprofit affordable Housing Developer in Monterey County. Ruth has previously served on the GRID Alternatives Board of Directors and also served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Greenfield from 2007 through 2010. She is a 2012 LEAD Alumni (Leadership Education and Development). Ruth has a long history of participation with community groups and activities focused on community, health, education, and equity. She enjoys spending time with her family, [...]
Tracy joins the Board of the Point Lobos Foundation bringing with her a passion for preserving natural areas along with experience in board work and financial analysis. She recently returned to her native California along with her husband Jose, having spent the past two decades in Chile and North Carolina. She holds both a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Master's of Business Degree from Stanford and has a professional background in banking and investor relations. Tracy loves dancing and exploring the natural beauty of our area through hiking and cycling.
My last 70 plus years have been full of adventure, love, career pursuits and travel. As a native Californian, I was born and raised in southern California. After graduating from UCLA, my career as an educator began in Fountain Valley, CA and then continued in the 80’s as an elementary principal in Anaheim. After completing my doctorate at USC, I enjoyed training school administrators with the California School Leadership Academy. Now retired, my husband, Michael, and I love living in Carmel with its natural beauty and peacefulness. Each wrinkle alongside my eyes is from the laughter and joy that I [...]
Karen Max Kelly
Karen’s deep appreciation for public lands started with annual camping forays to National Parks from her family’s St. Louis home; continued through graduate school and work as a field biologist in the Arctic, and grew profoundly via a mid-career job directing a conservation non-profit in Alaska. A 2014 move to the CA Central Coast to support her husband Brendan’s career led Karen to switch her own professional focus to helping non-profit organizations raise and manage money to best meet their missions. Karen works as the Accounting Manager at Monterey Peninsula College Foundation and serves as Treasurer or on the Finance [...]
Tyler Eberly is a student and volunteer with extensive volunteer experience throughout the U.S. and internationally. He has served many organizations, including the Ronald Mcdonald House, Habitat for Humanity, North Druid Hills Homeless Shelter and the YMCA. Tyler has served on the Central Coast YMCA Board of Directors since 2020, leading a successful fundraising campaign as the campaign chair. Tyler has assisted the YMCA’s community support efforts to make a deeper impact in local communities. Tyler has had leadership experience in retail and has worked in retail for several years. He is also a student, pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in [...]
Donita Grace, Secretary and Docent Administrator
As a child, Donita’s father served in the Air Force, which afforded her the opportunity to live in many locations. She was born in Texas and then lived in Colorado, France, and Guam before settling in California. She and her husband, who have been Point Lobos docents since 2014, divide their time between San Jose and Marina. Donita is retired from a career in education as a middle school teacher and principal. In her role as a Point Lobos docent, she most enjoys school walks and talking to visitors about the importance of preserving the natural world for future generations. [...]
Holly Carlin, Treasurer
Holly retired as a CPA at the end of 2018 after 35 years in practice. The last 17 years she had her own practice where she specialized in nonprofit accounting for the last 10 years. She is a 5th generation Californian. Her grandparents lived in Carmel Valley and one of the family’s favorite places for picnics was Point Lobos. The Monterey Peninsula was a second home for her so she followed her parents to the peninsula in 1986 where she raised her son in Pacific Grove. Being newly retired, Holly looks forward to spending more time with her grandson in [...]