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Bill Bourdon
Currently, Bill Bourdon serves as the part-time Executive Director of the Outdoor Ministry Association of the United Church of Christ. OMA-UCC resources the UCC camps and conference centers across the country. During Bill’s 15-year tenure as Executive Director and CEO of Blowing Rock Conference Center, he led the organization to a process of retiring a major debt, resizing expense to match revenue, upgrading structures, and setting the operation on a sustainable path for the future.Prior to Blowing Rock, Bill served 24 years as the Director of Outdoor Ministry for the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ with oversight of their two year round camps. In addition to directing operations, Bill has consulted with over 75 camps as part of RKC&A Consulting, utilizing his Masters in Recreation Administration from Aurora University. In his spare time Bill and spouse Jan enjoy living in the the Land of Enchantment and participating in the Roadrunner Miata Club.

Clark Gates
I am currently retired after 35 years in the investment management business. My experience in the financial services industry has covered most phases of the investment management business serving at various times as Principal Partner, CEO, and CIO. I am a Registered Financial Consultant and received my B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University. I have served on numerous boards and directorships including past president and board member of Current Income Shares, Inc., HighMark World Funds, and UBOC Investment Services, Inc. Since retiring I have become involved as an early investor mentor for new technology companies focused on clean energy and enhanced delivery systems for medicines and supplements.

My camping experience goes back to my childhood when my father, a Methodist minister, managed summer camps like Shelter Island, and later as I attended my own camp weeks. Later on in college I spent two summers managing a camp near New Paltz NY. I have also had the privilege of having a summer home in Craigville for over 30 years and continue to experience the unique relationship of the Christian Camp Meeting Assn (CCMA), the Craigville Retreat Center, and the community in which it co-exists. I currently serve as the treasurer for the CCMA.

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Gary Chomiak
I'm retired from ordained ministry and have Standing Without Call in the Eastern Association of the Southern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ (SCNCUCC). I was ordained in1985 and served churches in Illinois, New Mexico and California. I do freelance work as a mentor to small business owners and young entrepreneurs. Currently, I serve on the SCNCUCC Board of Directors and the Pilgrim Pines Camp and Conference Center Board of Directors.

On a personal note, I have benefitted from my camp experience when I was a child growing up in New Jersey. When I was nine years old I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and from the ages of eleven through thirteen attended a Diabetes Camp in Northern New Jersey. I got to be with other diabetics and discover I wasn't the only one who had this chronic disease; I learned personal healthcare habits from camp staff which I practice to this day; and most importantly, I was able to have fun and be a normal kid.

Jared Gobel
Jared is a native of Sonoma County. Born and raised in Windsor, Jared attended Cardinal Newman High School, before attending University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. After school in the central valley, and a short stint in Southern California, Jared moved back to the area in 2010 where he has been an active member of the business and non-profit communities.

Jared works for George Petersen Insurance as a Loss Control consultant, working with clients on OSHA compliance and workplace safety. When he is not working, Jared enjoys spending time with his wife Sarah and camping along the Sonoma and Mendocino Coast. Jared also keeps busy with the Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa, working to promote and oversee fundraisers and community engagement events, as well as serving on the Board of Directors. Jared and his wife Sarah currently reside in Sonoma, Ca.

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Marion Wagner
Marion is an experienced investment and real estate lending professional having worked extensively with national and regional banks. She has worked with Wells Fargo Bank since February 2015 as a Premier Banker specializing in serving the affluent segment of the market. Having graduated from UC Davis in 1983, Marion is a California Certified Residential Appraiser and a member of Petaluma Sunrise Rotary.

Mike Carr
Mike currently serves as the President/CEO of UCCR and has been with the organization since 1998. Previously, Mike provided leadership at two campuses of Yosemite National Institutes (now NatureBridge). Recently Mike worked with the California State Park Blue Ribbon Commission- Parks Forward, assisting in the areas of purpose driven partnership, generating revenue, and lodging design. For the latter, Mike co-taught a class of graduate students studying architecture at Cal Poly Pomona. The class designed several cabins one of which was chosen by California State Parks as a model to be used at state parks. That design, “The Wedge” can be seen here. Mike received his B.S. in Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation from Humboldt State University.

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Mike Wagner
Mike is an experienced commercial real estate professional with extensive public and private sector experience. He has worked with Cornerstone Properties, a Petaluma-based owner, manager and development company, since January 2013, coordinating and closing leasing, acquisitions, financings and other transactions. Prior to working for Cornerstone, Mike served as the Real Estate Manager for the County of Sonoma. Mike attended UC Davis and enjoys swimming, snow shoeing, drumming and his family.

Susan Kelchner
Susan brings to the Board a business background after a 20 year career in technical sales and marketing, account management, and team leadership with IBM. She also brings entrepreneurial experience as a restaurant owner. Susan joined the UCCR Board in 2013 and has served as Chair of the Board since May 2016. Her organizational and leadership skills helped to finalize the strategic planning process, bringing the new UCCR governance structure to fruition. Susan is married with four grown daughters and seven grandkids. She is deeply rooted in the United Church of Christ, from childhood through 40 years as a pastor’s spouse. She is fully committed to the life enhancing power of camps, conferences, and retreats and to the work of UCCR.

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