Neil Connolly, President
Neil has been a resident of Pomona since 1963 and began visiting the Park in the 1990s. He has been a more frequent visitor since 2003 as an avid mountain biker. In addition to his work with the Chino Hills State Park Interpretive Association, he is in his fourth term as a board member with the California League of Park Associations. He hopes to enlighten the public about the environment and teach visitors why open space is important and why it needs to be preserved.
Larry (known as “Klem” around the park) was born and raised in cold & snowy Buffalo, NY; that’s one reason he lives in Southern California! Klem was an Air Force pilot, mostly flying the C-9A Nightingale, an Aeromedical Evacuation airplane. He flew hospital patients around most of the Americas. Don’t get him started on flying stories! In 1982, Klem left the Air Force, moved to Placentia, and started a new company, which designs and builds various military and civilian aerospace video products. Klem loves the outdoors, including geocaching, hiking and mountain biking; he passed that love onto two grown daughters. He has been volunteering at the CHSP Discovery Center for several years, and can be found behind the Discovery Center desk on many Sunday mornings.
Eric has had an interest in Chino Hills State Park since moving to the area over 10 years ago. He is the chair of the Puente-Chino Hills Task Force of the Sierra Club. He leads hikes throughout the Wildlife Corridor and has organized trail maintenance and bridge building opportunites for community volunteers.
Michael was born and raised in Placentia and currently resides in Chino Hills. He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, an avid mountain biker, and enjoys volunteering his time and energy in support of Chino Hills State Park. He received an undergraduate degree and M.B.A. in finance from Cal State University, Fullerton. Michael holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Claire Schlotterbeck, Board Member
Claire Schlotterbeck has lived most of her life in Southern California. She has been a resident of Brea since 1978 and a long time advocate for Chino Hills State Park and the Puente-Chino Hills Wildlife Corridor. Claire currently serves as Executive Director of Hills For Everyone, the non-profit group that founded Chino Hills State Park. Claire, like Tom, is an appointed member of the Wildlife Corridor Conservation Authority Advisory Committee, a joint powers authority that is working to connect the remaining natural lands in the Puente-Chino Hills.
Tom Greene, Board member
Tom Greene, originally from Illinois, has been a resident of Chino Hills for over 15 years. He has been an active user of the State Park since 1992. Beginning in 1999, Tom became associated with the volunteer program working on habitat enhancement projects for the Natural History Unit. These projects include working on native plant propagation in the nursery and also going out into the field and taking part in projects to return the plants to their native habitat. Tom also leads interpretive hikes throughout the State Park in which he helps identify native flora and fauna and points out the unique features of the various natural communities within the Park. Tom is also a member of the Wildlife Corridor Conservation Authority Advisory Committee, which helps in the preservation, conservation, and environmental protection of the Puente-Chino Hills Wildlife Corridor.
Ron has been a resident of Chino Hills since 1978. He is a retired supervising park ranger with twenty one years with County of Orange Regional Parks. He is an avid hiker and mountain biker and has served twelve years on the City of Chino Hills Parks and Recreation Commission. He has also been a park patron and supporter of Chino Hills State Park since its inception.
Yen has been a resident of Placentia since 2002. She started volunteering at the Discovery Center shortly after it opened to the public. You can often see her running in the park, covering a 10 miles radius in distance on different trails. She loves to direct visitors, hikers, and especially runners, about which trail they can go explore.
Mary Ann Wotring, Board member
Mary Ann has lived in Chino Hills for 16 years and has often visited the park during that time. She is a retired city planner and holds a Masters degree in Public Administration for Cal State Long Beach. Several years ago she joined Chino Hills State Park as a volunteer ranger at the Discovery Center. Mary Ann is a member of Soroptimist International of Bellflower and a board member of the Soroptimist Village Foundation, which is a low-income senior housing village in Norwalk. She loves the outdoors and can often be seen hiking in the Big Bear Lake area. In her spare time Mary Ann and her husband are Life Master Bridge Players and enjoy playing the card game in tournaments.
Caterina Therese Casalme, Board member
Caterina originally grew up in Downtown LA, moving to Chino Hills when she was 10. Since then, she has visited the park with her family many times. She loves the outdoors and being able to have a state park just a few minutes away from her home. During high school, she had organized a clean-up and maintenance at the park with her school’s KIWIN’S club. Caterina’s favorite things to do at the park is hiking on the many trails. Caterina is the founder and former president of the Chino Hills Teen Advisory Committee (TAC).
Damon is a native of southern California and enjoys being outdoors. He enjoys backpacking and camping with his family. Damon began his career with State Parks as a Ranger at Lake Perris, and has worked all over southern California. Damon is currently the Supervising Ranger for Chino Hills State Park and California Citrus State Historic Park in Riverside. He is looking forward to working with the board to keep the park thriving for future generations.