The CLERC Board of Directors
Will Evans - President
Will grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and relocated to California in 2009. He possesses a BS in urban policy studies, as well as a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Georgia State University, where his studies focused on economic development planning and geographic information science (GIS). Will spent nearly a decade employed in various resource management positions with the County of Lake including Deputy Director of Water Resources, Associate Resource Planner in the Community Development Department, and Compliance Coordinator for Special Districts Administration.
Over the course of his career, Will has worked on projects in a variety of areas including drinking water, wastewater, flood control, post-fire debris flow mitigation, stormwater management, geothermal resource management, geographic information systems, trail development, surface mining reclamation, current and long-range municipal planning, grant writing, and downtown redevelopment.
Carolyn Ruttan - Secretary/Treasurer
Carolyn is a scientist now retired from Lake County government. Working for the county she specialized in invasive species, watershed issues, and land and water use permitting. She managed the Aquatic Plant Management Program for Clear Lake, the Lake County Quagga and Zebra Mussel Prevention Program and participated in the Clear Lake Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force. These positions involved grant writing, grant management, permit monitoring, water, soil and sediment sampling, and in some cases, analysis.
Carolyn was educated in England and the US, obtaining BS degrees in Biology and Manufacturing Engineering, and MS degrees in Technology of Crop Protection and Viticulture. Carolyn is a certified lab analyst and holds a Pesticide Control Adviser License.
David Adam - Vice-President
David Adam is a fourth-generation Californian who has worked on Clear Lake for over 40 years.
He holds a BA degree in anthropology from Harvard, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geosciences from the University of Arizona, and was the first person to develop a fossil pollen record from California postglacial deposits.
He was a Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey for 25 years, where he developed a climatic history for Clear Lake spanning the last full glacial cycle (130,000 years). Since moving to Lake County in 1998, he has worked for the Lake County Air Quality Management District, the UC Davis Clear Lake Environmental Research Center, and Mendocino College, where he taught physical geology for 15 years.
Mireya Gehring Turner
Mireya Gehring Turner grew up as a Marine Corps Brat, living on the East Coast, the West Coast, The Philippines and Japan. She moved to Lake County in 2000, making Lakeport her home in 2009. She obtained her BA in History from Bryn Mawr College, and her Masters in Public Administration from National University, with a focus on empowering grassroots organizations for effective local advocacy.
Mireya is serving her second term on the Lakeport City Council. She chairs the Environmental Quality Legislative Policy Committee for the League of California Cities, and also serves on their Board of Directors. Mireya worked with the County of Lake for twelve years, both in the Administrative Office and with the Community Development Department. She currently works as an Associate Planner with the City of Ukiah.
In the nineteen years as a Lake County resident, Mireya has developed a great appreciation for the teeming life and complex ecosystem evident in Clear Lake and its watersheds, and she is excited to share its greatness with the world.
Peggie King moved from Santa Cruz to Lake County in 1983. After graduating from college she lived on the shores of Clear Lake where she developed a passion for the lake and a deep appreciation for its amazing vibrancy and beauty.
Peggie has worked in the environmental field in Lake County since the early-1990’s starting with the County of Lake in the air quality department and then moving on to water resources including working on several projects on Clear Lake and its watershed. Peggie previously worked for the UC Davis Clear Lake Environmental Research Center conducting many research projects focused on understanding the Clear Lake ecosystem and for the County of Lake managing a variety of water and wastewater projects including the Geysers Effluent Pipeline Basin 2000 project.
Peggie has also worked on many high-profile projects while employed at a multi-national consulting firm based in Sacramento where she contributed her knowledge to a wide variety of important water resource and alternative energy projects. Peggie currently works as an independent environmental consultant in Lake County. Peggie is keenly interested in ensuring that the Middle Creek Marsh Restoration and Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine Superfund Site projects move forward in order to enhance and protect the valuable water resource and habitat that Clear Lake offers to the community including residents and wildlife.
Peggie has a BA degree in Environmental Studies and Community Studies from U.C. Santa Cruz. Peggie lives in Lake County with her husband of many years and has raised a family in Kelseyville.