Board of Directors
Sara N. Horner, President
Sara Horner has been a resident of Calabasas since 1983. She grew up in the Santa Monica Mountains and has a deep love for its mysteries and beauty. Witnessing how the mountains have changed over her lifetime, she works on the board of the Fund to ensure that they will remain a quintessential California landscape. Ms. Horner is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Studio Art and Landscape Architecture. Sara joined the Board of the Santa Monica Mountains Fund in 2013 and was elected President in the fall of 2015.
Dennis Washburn, Vice President
Vice President Washburn has been with the Fund since its establishment as the Santa Monica Mountains Parklands Association in 1988. As former President of the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, he guided the organization through its critical rebuilding phase from 2004-2015. Until the Summer of 2011, he was also a member of the City Council for Calabasas, California, alternately serving as City Mayor. He chairs the Southern California Cities Council of Governments (COG) committee overseeing environmental policy and initiatives.
Leah Culberg teaches ESL at Santa Monica College and has been an active member of the Santa Monica Mountains community since moving there forty years ago. Ms. Culberg holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s in Linguistics from CSUN. She is interested in supporting and expanding the educational and recreational opportunities available in the parks for Los Angeles’ ethnically and socially diverse communities, as well as other visitors, and promoting a conservation ethos among our guests.
Joyce A. Brykman, Treasurer
Ms. Brykman is a certified public accountant who maintains her own firm in Westlake Village, CA. Since 1999, Joyce Brykman’s firm has provided pro bono accounting services to the Santa Monica Mountains Fund out of a personal regard and affection for the positive richness that the beauty and wildlife of the Santa Monica Mountain affords to residents of southern California. Joyce and her staff work actively with Fund personnel to ensure a high standard of accountability in the management of assets held in trust on behalf of the park and the donating public.
Ms. Kronzek is the principal of Lynn C. Kronzek & Associates, founded 25 years ago to help nonprofit and government organizations develop innovative public programs and obtain funding. She has taught community relations and regional development at the graduate level, and continues to enjoy a career as a consulting historian and writer. An eleven year resident of Burbank, Ms. Kronzek was moved to join the board to help broaden support for the cooperating governments that make the natural, educational, and cultural resources of the mountains so publicly available. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a MPA from George Washington University.
Kammy Algiers has been a full-time biology professor at Ventura College since 2006. The past two years she has been involved in Student Equity at Ventura College and community colleges across California where student success data is disaggregated and analyzed based on various demographics such as ethnicity and social economics to better understand how to help all students succeed. Kammy received her MS and BA in biology from Cal State Northridge. While working on her masters, Kammy spent a summer working part time at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area on a project with the federally endangered sunflower Lyon’s Pentachaeta (Pentachaeta lyonii). Since then, she has been interested in conservation biology and restoration ecology at the National Park Service, especially when students are involved in doing science. She is interested in helping youth make stronger connections between science, nature, and their everyday lives.
Jean Schmit is a visual artist who moved to the Santa Monica Mountains with her husband and young family in 1994. She quickly joined with like-minded neighbors to keep an active watch on local developments that would impact the natural surroundings, and thus she began her journey of participation in conservation and the protection of our mountains. Jean has a deep love for the area’s natural beauty and wonders. She welcomes her participation on the Board of Directors as an opportunity to work with others to preserve and protect the mountains, wildlife and plant life for coming generations to enjoy.
Kim Suzanne Kovacs served as the Executive Director of Federal Relations at UCLA from 1999 until June 2016. In this capacity, she oversaw the university’s interactions in Washington, D.C., with Congress, executive branch agencies, the White House, and higher education associations. She served in several leadership positions within the higher education community. Kim holds a B.A. in History from UCLA and serves on several non-profit boards. A second-generation Angelino, she is interested in combining her professional experience and enjoyment of the natural side of LA to assist the fund in accomplishing its mission.
Thomas Liu is a federal executive at the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. He has previously served as a Presidential Management Fellow and policy analyst for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as the Chief of Concessions for Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. His private sector experience includes employment with Merrill Lynch and Zurich Financial Services. In 2016, he completed the White House Office of Management & Budget’s Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program – training to prepare employees for the highest level of career leadership positions in the federal government.