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What's Happening in the San Lorenzo Valley


Kristin Sandel

I moved to the San Lorenzo Valley in 1993 after growing up in the Tahoe area and graduating from Whitman College in Washington State. I’ve seen the Valley undergo many changes since then, including the CZU Fire of 2020. But more than any other place I’ve lived, the San Lorenzo Valley has a remarkably resilient core. People who live here…

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Courtney Faulkner

Meet Courtney Faulkner

Courtney was born in Santa Cruz, California. She is currently a board member of the SLVMS Parents club and helps coordinate volunteer activities and events. Over her lifetime, she has volunteered with many organizations and is delighted to begin her board membership with the VWC as a member of the Education Committee.  During the past 25 years, her career has…

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Rainne Belanger

I lived in the San Lorenzo Valley for twenty-six years, in Boulder Creek, until our house burned in early 2019.  My experiences with the ramifications of loss, particularly the emotional toll, may be of some help and value to those who have just begun their journey toward recovery and rebuilding. I have been married for forty years and volunteered with…

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Roberta McPherson

Spotlight on VWC Board Member, Roberta McPherson

Roberta McPherson In 1967, attracted by the majestic beauty of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Roberta McPherson and her husband Fred bought a lovely little cabin in the redwoods of Boulder Creek, where she still lives today. The birth of their daughter in 1970 inspired them to work to protect the beautiful environment where they felt so fortunate to live. They…

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