Ms. Parry became Executive Director of the Santa Monica Mountains Fund on January 1, 2016. Previously, she had served as Deputy Director, and focused her efforts on grant-writing, communications and event management for the Fund. Her background is in public relations, political campaigns and planning working for Government-related organizations and in the private sector. Prior to joining the Fund she was Associate Director at Bellenden, a corporate, political and planning communications consultancy in the UK.
Arthur E. Eck, Chief Financial Officer
On January 1, 2016, Mr. Eck became CFO of the Fund. Prior to that, he had served as Executive Director of the Fund from March 2004 through December 2015. He retired from the National Park Service in 2004 as Deputy Regional Director of the Pacific West Region, where he oversaw 57 national park units. From 1995 to 2001, he was superintendent of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, following park management assignments in four other park units. Prior to that, he held positions in the NPS Office of Legislation and as an aide in the U.S. Senate in Washington, DC.
Ms. Norris became the Fund Office Manager on January 1, 2016. Previously, she had served as Office Associate. Her background is in aerospace project management, working for General Dynamics, and also in education. She is currently the Chair of the Los Padres Sierra Club Wilderness Basics Course, and enjoys hiking.
The Santa Monica Mountains Fund receives generous support from volunteers who are dedicated to protecting the mountains and ensuring their enjoyment for all. Each year, hundreds of hours are donated to help the Fund achieve its mission. We are grateful for all they have done to make the Santa Monica Mountains Fund a success.
Julie Newsome, Chair of Wildlife Fundraising
Following her career as a professional vocalist, Julie opened a special event business with the long-term goal of helping wildlife. With a formal education in communication, marketing and communication design, she went on to study fundraising to strengthen her efforts.
Since 2010, she has volunteered with the Santa Monica Mountains Fund raising awareness and funds to benefit the wildlife research conducted by biologists in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
Please contact her if you would like to help!
Learn more about volunteering with the Santa Monica Mountains Fund.
About this website
The Santa Monica Mountains Fund website was designed and developed by Rob O’Keefe, a professional web manager who volunteered his services to provide the Fund an engaging and enriching online presence. Mr. O’Keefe has been a resident of the Conejo Valley for nearly 12 years and has also volunteered in the Santa Monica Mountains and nearby parks in support of habitat restoration projects. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Geography at California State University, Northridge with an emphasis on Geographical Information Systems (GIS).