Our Team


Executive Director

Allison Thomson

Allison grew up in neighboring Nevada County, with family ties to the forest products industry in both Yuba and Santa Cruz Counties, all of which instilled in her a deep respect and excitement for our natural resources. After receiving BS degrees from UC Berkeley in Forestry and Environmental Sciences, she worked for multiple environmental non-profits, timber companies, and private forestry consultants across Northern California. Most recently, she has worked with local stakeholders on multiple large-scale forest health projects across the Yuba River Watershed, all focused on building critical relationships and economic stability, and improving forest health and wildfire resilience for our communities.

When she’s not working in the forest (or in the office thinking about the forest), Allison can be found enjoying it: hiking, running, swimming, botanizing (and photographing said botany), cloud- and star-gazing; or snuggled at home with her fuzzy cat, cooking, baking, knitting, trying to learn to paint, and growing more vegetables than she can eat.

Board of Directors


Sean Griffis

Chief, Smartsville Fire Protection District
Battalion Chief, Retired Cal Fire


Steve Andrews

Steve graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management and has practiced as a Registered Professional Forester in California for 40 years. Steve also taught a number of Forestry Classes at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA.


Creighton Avila



Pamela Cook

Pamela (Pam) Cook earned her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Northern Illinois University in 1974 and has been working with children and families since that time as a teacher, social worker, vocational counselor, Program Manager, and Executive Director. Pam retired in 2018 after working with Yuba County Children and Adult Protective Services for 19 years. Local volunteer activities have included secretary for the Dobbins-Oregon House Community Action Committee (DOACT) and bookkeeper for the Dobbin Volunteer Fire Department. She has been a CalFire Volunteer in Prevention (VIP) doing fire watch at Oregon Peak every Sunday since 2000. She is also a Council of Directors member for the Yuba Environmental Sciences Charter Academy and an active participant with the Camptonville Community Partnership Biomass Project.

Pam has lived in Dobbins since 1999 and lives on her grandparent’s property. Two months after arriving the Pendola fire destroyed much of our community. Her property was also devastated (all except the house) and since that time she has been working to return/improve her property to a natural balance.

She has worked hard to become a “country mouse” after being a “city mouse” for most of her life. Environmental issues are very important to her, she loves the out of doors and has turned her small property into a haven for our local flora and fauna. It has been a challenge to find the balance between trying to grow fruit trees, veggies and native plants and “sharing” with local creatures. However, it is definitely a labor of love.

She looks forward to working with Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council to help keep our forests healthy and prevent wildfires.


Board Member

Stephen Heter


Administrative Assistant

Jeanene Upton

Jeanene recently retired after 25 years of service from the Yuba Water Agency where she served as the Administrative Coordinator and Board Secretary.