Our View: Meet the editorial board – The Union of Grass Valley

The Union Editorial Board is changing shape.

It happens every few years. Some existing members figure it’s time to move on, and others in the community are keen to serve.

That ebb and flow of volunteers who serve on the board can take months, as can the process of finding and installing new blood.

After many weeks, our newest members have been selected and are participating in our weekly discussions that form the basis of each week’s editorial. They are, in their own words:

Ed Beckenbach and his wife, Sharon, moved to Nevada County in 2001 following his retirement from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, where he managed a biomedical research program. After much searching, they bought some land in North San Juan despite being warned by their Wildwood-based Realtor that there were “hippies” out there. Ed has served on the boards of directors of the North San Juan Fire Protection District, Nevada County LAFCo, and the Sierra Family Health Center.

Bruce Herring is a former teacher, dean of academics, principal of Bitney Prep High School and a former owner of Wolf Creek Wilderness. He and his wife, Sally, have lived in Nevada County since 1988. Bruce was an unsuccessful candidate for the NID Board in 2018.

Thea Hood is a naturalized U.S. citizen born in the Netherlands. A retired college professor, she taught a number of years in Australia, Zimbabwe and South Korea, with the remainder of her teaching career in the Napa Valley. She has a passion for international volunteer service, helping build orphanages and churches in Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua, South Africa, Japan and Italy.

Skip Pollard is a retired marketing and media executive who spent 35 years in advertising and publishing in New York City and south Florida. He and his husband fell in

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