Board Member: Donald Rodriguez  is Professor and Chair of the Environmental Science and Resource Management program at California State University Channel Islands where his research interests are divided between urban wildland interface issues, coastal management problems, ecological assessment and monitoring in the U.S. and abroad. Professor Rodriguez holds a B.S. in Wildlife Zoology, an M.S. in Environmental Education, and a Ph.D. in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management. Dr. Rodriguez was recently appointed to the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). Professor Rodriguez is part of a working specialist group within the WCPA focused on the interrelationship between protected areas and urban centers.

Board Member: Donald Rodriguez is Professor and Chair of the Environmental Science and Resource Management program at California State University Channel Islands where his research interests are divided between urban wildland interface issues, coastal management problems, ecological assessment and monitoring in the U.S. and abroad. Professor Rodriguez holds a B.S. in Wildlife Zoology, an M.S. in Environmental Education, and a Ph.D. in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management. Dr. Rodriguez was recently appointed to the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). Professor Rodriguez is part of a working specialist group within the WCPA focused on the interrelationship between protected areas and urban centers.

Board Member: Robert Kwong:  Prior to becoming a partner with A to Z Law, Kwong was an Assistant County Counsel for the County of Ventura for 11 years providing legal counsel, litigation and transactional representation to the Resource Management Agency’s Planning, Environmental Health, Code Compliance and Building & Safety Divisions. Kwong also served as general counsel to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District. Kwong was on the forefront of climate change laws and regulations involving the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) and the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008 (SB 375).  Previously, Kwong served as General Counsel of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, based in San Francisco, from 1996 to 2002. He was Senior Deputy District Counsel of the South Coast Air Quality Management District in Diamond Bar, from 1990 to 1996; a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles from 1989 to 1990; Corporations Counsel for the California Department of Corporations in Los Angeles, from 1987 to 1989; and a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice in Los Angeles, from 1985 to 1987.  Full Biography:  http://www.atozlaw.com/robert-n-kwong-counsel/

Board Member: Robert Kwong: Prior to becoming a partner with A to Z Law, Kwong was an Assistant County Counsel for the County of Ventura for 11 years providing legal counsel, litigation and transactional representation to the Resource Management Agency’s Planning, Environmental Health, Code Compliance and Building & Safety Divisions. Kwong also served as general counsel to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District. Kwong was on the forefront of climate change laws and regulations involving the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) and the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008 (SB 375).

Previously, Kwong served as General Counsel of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, based in San Francisco, from 1996 to 2002. He was Senior Deputy District Counsel of the South Coast Air Quality Management District in Diamond Bar, from 1990 to 1996; a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles from 1989 to 1990; Corporations Counsel for the California Department of Corporations in Los Angeles, from 1987 to 1989; and a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice in Los Angeles, from 1985 to 1987.

Full Biography: http://www.atozlaw.com/robert-n-kwong-counsel/

Kathleen Gavin, is the Treasurer  of the Hueneme Foundation and has been a member of the Port Hueneme community for the past 12 years. As a resident of Surfside 1 condominiums, she helped to form their Neighborhood Watch group and currently serves as the HOA’s treasurer.  She was a senior vice president of the Walt Disney Company for many years. Since her retirement, she’s served as president of the board for the Atwater Park Center, a school for young special needs children, with a specific focus on kids with autism. In addition, she has been on the board of the LA County Women’s Golf Association.  Kathleen is now anxious to help turn a spotlight on the myriad of water and environmental issues facing Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

Kathleen Gavin, is the Treasurer of the Hueneme Foundation and has been a member of the Port Hueneme community for the past 12 years. As a resident of Surfside 1 condominiums, she helped to form their Neighborhood Watch group and currently serves as the HOA’s treasurer.

She was a senior vice president of the Walt Disney Company for many years. Since her retirement, she’s served as president of the board for the Atwater Park Center, a school for young special needs children, with a specific focus on kids with autism. In addition, she has been on the board of the LA County Women’s Golf Association.

Kathleen is now anxious to help turn a spotlight on the myriad of water and environmental issues facing Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

President of the Hueneme Foundation: Robert Bromber,  recently retired as the director of the Education Technology Branch at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. He served eight years at University of Maryland University College, six as the Program Director for African American Studies, History, and Political Science. Currently, Dr. Bromber, consults in the fields of emerging technology, educational psychology, assessment, and analytics. He is a champion blended/hybrid learning, flipped classrooms, haptics, tactility, and other multimodal methodology as it relates to adult learning. A family move to Port Hueneme inspired Dr. Bromber to get involved in environmental issues. This was brought on when he discovered the infrastructure shortcomings supporting water quality in his own community. Dr. Bromber earned his PhD from UC Santa Barbara in Atlantic World and Latin America History.

President of the Hueneme Foundation: Robert Bromber, recently retired as the director of the Education Technology Branch at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. He served eight years at University of Maryland University College, six as the Program Director for African American Studies, History, and Political Science. Currently, Dr. Bromber, consults in the fields of emerging technology, educational psychology, assessment, and analytics. He is a champion blended/hybrid learning, flipped classrooms, haptics, tactility, and other multimodal methodology as it relates to adult learning. A family move to Port Hueneme inspired Dr. Bromber to get involved in environmental issues. This was brought on when he discovered the infrastructure shortcomings supporting water quality in his own community. Dr. Bromber earned his PhD from UC Santa Barbara in Atlantic World and Latin America History.

Chief Science Officer:  Dr. Woo is a Lecturer in the Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) and Chemistry Programs at California State University Channel Islands. Her background lays in Environmental Chemistry with a BS in Chemistry and PhD in Earth System Science / Chemical Oceanography. Her early research focused on Earth’s regulation of greenhouse gases, damage assessment of coastal oil spills and commercial biofuel development. Today, she teaches environmental science and chemistry undergraduate courses, including an experiential learning course that integrates water quality, coastal contaminant and ecotoxicological issues, and is working to develop several research foci. At present, the foci involve water quality monitoring, evaluation of copper contamination and toxicity from the leaching of antifouling paint in local harbors and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) occurrence and conditioning on local and naturally oiled beaches. Her long-term goal with research is establishing occurrence, distribution and transport of varying pollutants in our local water and air sheds and involving the surrounding communities in source tracking and reduction.

Chief Science Officer: Dr. Woo is a Lecturer in the Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) and Chemistry Programs at California State University Channel Islands. Her background lays in Environmental Chemistry with a BS in Chemistry and PhD in Earth System Science / Chemical Oceanography. Her early research focused on Earth’s regulation of greenhouse gases, damage assessment of coastal oil spills and commercial biofuel development. Today, she teaches environmental science and chemistry undergraduate courses, including an experiential learning course that integrates water quality, coastal contaminant and ecotoxicological issues, and is working to develop several research foci. At present, the foci involve water quality monitoring, evaluation of copper contamination and toxicity from the leaching of antifouling paint in local harbors and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) occurrence and conditioning on local and naturally oiled beaches. Her long-term goal with research is establishing occurrence, distribution and transport of varying pollutants in our local water and air sheds and involving the surrounding communities in source tracking and reduction.


Communications and Advocacy Director,  Rachel Richardson is majoring in Biology at California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI). Upon graduation, she plans to continue in a graduate-level conservation/ ecology program. Her current career path targets the environmental policy. Rachel was born and raised in Ventura County, her passion is centered in social justice and community service. This desire to serve the community is manifested in her service and advocacy. Before joining the Hueneme Foundation, she has advocated and worked with local grassroots organizations on a range of social issues impacting Ventura County by on public health and safety coupled with environmental justice.  She now looks forward to working with the Hueneme Foundation on current environmental issues impacting South Ventura County: modernization of failing infrastructure, water quality, and stemming saltwater incursion. Her work will help lead to cleaner beaches and wetlands, recycled wastewater, and an improved quality of life for residents currently experiencing levels of industrial emissions that they find intolerable.

Communications and Advocacy Director, Rachel Richardson is majoring in Biology at California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI). Upon graduation, she plans to continue in a graduate-level conservation/ ecology program. Her current career path targets the environmental policy. Rachel was born and raised in Ventura County, her passion is centered in social justice and community service. This desire to serve the community is manifested in her service and advocacy. Before joining the Hueneme Foundation, she has advocated and worked with local grassroots organizations on a range of social issues impacting Ventura County by on public health and safety coupled with environmental justice.

She now looks forward to working with the Hueneme Foundation on current environmental issues impacting South Ventura County: modernization of failing infrastructure, water quality, and stemming saltwater incursion. Her work will help lead to cleaner beaches and wetlands, recycled wastewater, and an improved quality of life for residents currently experiencing levels of industrial emissions that they find intolerable.