Meet the Board

Chaz “Indigo” Schappell, Chairperson and Board Member

Indigo is a recording and live sound engineer who has worked in the field for ten years. He is passionate about preserving nature to ensure that it is accessible for future generations.  He also believes in building strong local communities that will nurture our children.

Ray Prag, President and Board Member              

Ray Prag received a B.A. in Botany from the University of Wisconsin, followed by an M.S. in Horticulture from the University of California, Davis. The combination of botany and horticulture and a great love of plants provided Ray with an excellent basis for growing a wide variety of plants from all over the world. He and his wife developed Forestfarm Nursery, which produces over 5,000 kinds of plants and has become one of the largest mail-order offerings in the country. He has now retired from Forestfarm to work on the development of Pacifica. Ray has been the Williams observer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration since 1975 and reports a monthly summary of the Weather which is posted on the local web bulletin board Joslist. He was a member of the Williams Town Council for nineteen years.

Dr. Lee Price, Treasurer and Board Member

Dr. Lee Price retired as the managing Director of Dresdner RCM Global Investors in the year 2000. Dr. Price was with Dresdner RCM Global Investors since 1972, becoming a Partner in 1976. During his tenure he filled the positions of financial analyst, Equity portfolio manager, economist, strategist and director of MIS. Dr. Price has a B.S. from Stanford in Engineering, an M.S. from MIT in Nuclear Engineering, and a Ph.D. from Stanford in Business.

Peg Prag, Secretary and Board Member

Peg Prag received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis. In partnership with her husband, she created Forestfarm, one of the top-rated mail-order nurseries in the country. In the beginning, Peg shared every task necessary to grow plants, modeling her commitment to hands-on learning. Now retired from Forestfarm, she was instrumental in the design and development of a computer system to track inventory, orders, plant work, client base and other functions necessary to support the nursery.  She is an artist and founder of the Pacifica Arts Guild. Ray and Peg have lived in Williams, Oregon since 1974. She and Ray were co-founders of the Williams Community Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Rodger Miller, Vice-President and Board Member

Dr. Rodger Miller retired to Williams, Oregon in 1994. Prior to that, he practiced general dentistry in Vacaville, California, for 25 years. Dr. Miller graduated from the University of the Pacific School of  Dentistry in 1969. He then completed a tour of duty at North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego and a year in Vietnam as a Navy dentist attached to the Marine Corps. He began his private practice in 1970 and over the years served as Ethics Chairman and later as the president of the Napa-Sonoma Dental Society.  Dr. Miller also operates Williams Valley Ranch, an organically-oriented farming operation producing row crops and grass-fed cattle. Dr. Miller has been planning and creating challenge course equipment for Pacifica.

Kathy Kates, Board Member

Kathy Kates retired to Williams in 1998.  Prior to moving to Williams she lived in San Diego County.  Kathy graduated from San Diego State University with a Masters Degree in social work.  Kathy worked for the San Diego Department of Social Services in the mental health conservatorship unit providing counseling and services to clients and their families.  Prior to her work with the mentally ill, she was a preschool teacher.  Outside of her professional work Kathy has been involved with all things related to horses from trail riding to carriage driving.  Kathy’s interest with Pacifica is to focus on helping with the development of equestrian activities.

Geri Littlejohn, Board Member

Geri Littlejohn is passionate about music, nature, and community. She was a founding member of Transition Asheville, a member of the organizing committee for Asheville GreenDrinks, and a member of the fundraising committee of the Native Arts and Culture Collective before moving to Williams in 2016. She has organized skill share events in both Asheville and Williams. Geri is the owner of Wicozani Flutes and has been making Native American Style Flutes and performing since graduating from Duke University in 1992. She has been an organizer, performer, and presenter at many events including the Lake Eden Arts Festival, Earthskills Rendezvous, The Gathering For Humanity and flute gatherings around the country. She is an Ambassador for International Peace Chambers and dreams of bringing one to Williams.

Serene Dussell, Board Member

Serene Dussell is the founder, owner and clothing designer of Blessed Lotus clothing company, which features all organic, naturally dyed cotton fabric and a variety of comfortable, flattering pants, skirts, dresses and more.  For the past thirteen years, Serene has been building and growing this business through vending at craft shows and through many different kinds of sales: online, direct, local, wholesale, and consignment.  She has added an educational component to her business in recent years, teaching beginning sewing to children and adults, and leading summer sewing camps for kids at Pacifica.  Serene is a graduate of University of Oregon with a Bachelor degree in Asian Religion and Chinese Language.  She is also the proud mother of a wonderful 14-year-old son.

Sha’ana Fineberg, Board Member

‚ÄčSha’ana Fineberg earned a B.A. in Psychology from Princeton University (Phi
Beta Kappa, Magnu Cum Laude) and a Ph.D. in Clinical and Community
Psychology and Multi-Cultural Studies at UCLA. She was a Psychotherapist in
private practice for 40+ years and during 10 of those years she designed and
ran Arts & Wilderness programs for at-risk and probation teens with federal
monies. She also worked periodically as a Non-Profit Consultant, refining
internal systems and creating innovative collaborations and fund-raising
events. Sha’ana additionally worked as a Musical Theatre Director and
created several original full length socially relevant multi-cultural,
multi-generational musicals, one of which was an inaugural show at the
multi-million dollar Maui Arts and Cultural Center. She is so excited by
Pacifica’s current renewal as a Community Center actively supporting the
Wellbeing of the  community via education, horticulture, and the arts that
she has emerged from her recent retirement to enthusiastically participate
as a Board Member.

 

If you are interested in becoming a board member please feel free to contact us at info@pacificagarden.org

“Pacifica is important to me because I grew up in the Santa Clara Valley outside of San Jose, California. Here I enjoyed an ideal childhood, playing in the orchards, pastures and creeks that surrounded my home. I loved being close to nature every day. Sadly, none of that open country exists now. I want to do my part to make sure there will always be quality open space here to enjoy, to learn in, and to play in at Pacifica.” ~
Rodger Miller
Pacifica Board Member