Interested in Becoming a Director?
Snowlands Network is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
We are always seeking qualified, enthusiastic individuals who wish to serve as a director of Snowlands Network. Here is a brief description of Snowlands Network and the qualities we seek in a director.
President and Chairman
Marcus has worked on winter recreation and environmental issues for the past 29 years.
- Founder and Issues Coordinator of the Nordic Voice, a conservation group within the Ski Touring Section of the Loma Prieta Chapter, Sierra Club. (1986-2001)
- Founder and Chairman of Snowlands Network, a nonprofit organization specializing in California and Nevada winter recreation and environmental issues. (2001-present)
- Inspiration for Winter Wildlands Alliance, a national nonprofit organization specializing in winter recreation and environmental issues. Director from 2000 through 2008. Currently on the Advisory Board.
- Member of the California Winter Recreation Committee (WRC), a legislatively mandated committee within the Department of Parks and Recreation, from 2002 through 2008. The mission of the WRC is to advise the Director on the development of facilities for all winter recreation activities (except Alpine skiing).
Marcus is a mechanical engineer by profession having graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1971 with a BS and MS in engineering, and is now retired. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi honor society. For five years he owned and operated two mountaineering stores. He has authored seven guidebooks to backcountry skiing in the Sierra Nevada. He is currently building an electronic version of his books (www.BackcountrySkiTours.com).
Marcus’ love for the outdoors began when he went camping for the first time with his high school biology teacher. Since then he has filled his free time by exploring the wilderness by foot, kayak, canoe, raft, and, of course, skis. He is married to Clara Yen, and their daughter, Sophie, is a graduate student. They live in Livermore, CA and enjoy many outdoor activities together.
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Vice President & Secretary
Jim has been involved in winter conservation activities since 1987. He has served as the Conservation Chair of the Ski Touring Section (STS), Loma Prieta Chapter, Sierra Club. He has also served as Secretary and Treasurer of the STS. Jim represented cross-country skiers on the Off-Highway Vehicle Stakeholders Roundtable from 2000 to 2006. Jim currently serves on the Winter Recreation Committee for the OVMVR Division.
A founding member of Snowlands Network, Jim has served as a Director and Secretary of the Board since its inception and was recently appointed as Vice President. Jim recently retired from a career in programming and manages the Snowlands website. He is married to Janet Hoffmann, Snowlands' Treasurer and Administrator.
Vice President Programs and Outreach
Gail Ferrell has volunteered her time working to protect winter wildlands for skiers and snowshoers since 1999. Her primary work has focused on an area outside her home in Reno, Nevada called Tahoe Meadows. The success in banning snowmobiles from a majority of Tahoe Meadows’ 4000 acres can be attributed to her perseverance.
Gail has built a Nevada constituency of members for Snowlands, and has contributed extensively to the raising of funds through events and grants. She also serves as Snowland’s Lake Tahoe and Reno Coordinator. She was interviewed in three articles in 2004 for the Reno Gazette-Journal and her opinions on the need to protect public lands for human-powered winter recreation have been published in the Opinion Section.
Gail is a past director of the Winter Wildlands Alliance, the national organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of areas for human-powered winter recreation. She volunteered her time for six years to work on important national issues with Winter Wildlands Alliance such as the protection of Yellowstone National Park in winter.
Gail holds a Bachelors degree in mathematics and a Masters degree in the Teaching of Mathematics, as well as a Masters degree in Educational Psychology. She has been a professor of mathematics at Truckee Meadows Community College since 1990 and was awarded Teacher of the Year in 1995 and received Nevada Regents Teacher of the Year in 2008. Her interests include backcountry skiing, bicycling, dancing, singing and environmental issues.
Bob Rowen is an avid backcountry skier who enjoys all varieties of skiing but particularly appreciates backcountry touring on light gear with his wife Elizabeth and their dog, Daisy Mae. He retired from corporate law practice in 2013 and has had a home in Reno or Tahoe since 1985.
Bob began volunteering for Snowlands in 2009 and has played a central role in representing Snowlands before the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and in the winter travel management process under the new planning rule. He has a B.A. from Stanford University and a law degree from New York University.
Colin enjoys sliding on snow on alpine skis, tele skis, skate skis, waxless gear, snowboards, and snowshoes. He is a former high school nordic racer, alpine instructor, and AASI-certified snowboard instructor. He grew up in the Sierra Foothills and current resides with his wife and children in the East Bay Area where he practices law as a public agency attorney. He has a B.A. in History and Political Science from Santa Clara University and a law degree from UC Hastings.
Colin began volunteering for Snowlands in late 2010 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013. He is a founding board member of Climbing Resource Advocates of Greater Sacramento (CRAGS). He remains on the five-year plan to move back to the Foothills to be closer to snow, good climbing, good mountain biking, and cheaper real estate. His current (2015) tick list includes future descents of the North Couloir on Red Slate Peak, Mount Goddard, and Mount Ritter, among others. He skied the couloir directly above his head in the photo above about fifteen minutes before the photo was taken.
Officers & Staff
Treasurer & Administrator
Janet has been involved in winter conservation activities since 1987. She has served as secretary of the Conservation Committee of the Ski Touring Section (STS), Loma Prieta Chapter, Sierra Club. She has also served as Secretary, Treasurer, and VP/Scheduler of the STS as well as being an outings leader in the section for many years. As the Outings Chair from 2006 to present she oversees the section outings program and ensures that leaders are qualified.
Janet represented cross-country skiers on the Sno-Park Citizens Advisory Committee for the California State Off-Highway Vehicle Winter Recreation program from 1990-1997. She was a founding member of Snowlands Network, served as a Director from 2001 to 2007, and worked on membership building and fundraising activities.
Janet Hoffmann received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture from California State University, San Luis Obispo, in 1979. She completed her Elementary Teaching Credential at San Jose State University in 1998.
Janet currently works for the Youth Science Institute educating elementary school children about science and natural history in the San Jose, CA area. She worked in the nursery industry for many years. She still uses her horticultural background managing YSI's organic garden at Sanborn Park near Saratoga and renovating a native plant trail in Vasona Park in Los Gatos.