ACRCD Board of Directors

Karen Sweet
Karen SweetPresident, Board of Directors

Agriculture and conservation education, promotion and collaboration have been central to Karen Sweet’s numerous professional and volunteer roles. She helped establish the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition and now is the Executive Director. Karen provides various services for other conservation and agriculture entities. As the California Coordinator for the Leopold Conservation Award Program®, sponsored by the Sand County Foundation she works with Sustainable Conservation, California Farm Bureau Federation and numerous sponsors. Karen is a former Executive Officer of the Alameda County Resource Conservation District. Darrel, her husband, and Karen own and operate a cattle ranch in Livermore. They are active in local, state and national cattle industry and rangeland conservation leadership. Karen served as President of the California CattleWomen and continues to be active. Spare time finds Karen tending the yard and watching the wildlife.

Michael Fredrich
Michael FredrichVice President, Board of Directors

Biography coming soon!

Brenda Vieux
Brenda VieuxTreasurer, Board of Directors

Bio coming soon!

Katie Connolly
Katie ConnollyMember, Board of Directors

Katie is a fifth-generation cattle rancher in Alameda, San Joaquin and Calaveras Counties along with her younger sister and parents. She has been active in rangeland conservation efforts for most of her life, and serves on the land committee of Save Mount Diablo. Katie is also an attorney practicing international arbitration and commercial litigation for Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP. Her practice focuses on complex cross-border disputes, including international commercial and investor-state arbitration, enforcement of international awards and judgments, and complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. She has also taught as an adjunct professor of Global Lawyering Skills at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California.

Carol Garberson
Carol GarbersonMember, Board of Directors

Biography coming soon!

Dick Schneider
Dick SchneiderMember, Board of Directors

Dick is a life-long conservationist. He helped write and pass numerous urban growth boundary initiatives in the Bay Area, including Alameda County’s Measure D, which protects the open lands of the county from urban sprawl and other harmful development. Dick served for 20 years as a Sierra Club representative on the Altamont Landfill Open Space Committee. He studied the nutrient cycles of high-altitude lakes at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He holds B.A. and M.S. degrees from UCB and is co-author of Toxics A to Z: A Guide to Everyday Pollution Hazards (UC Press, 1991).