Our Team


Fire Safe Council Executive Director
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.

Fire Safe Council 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.

Board of Directors

Board Chair
Sean Griffis

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

Board Vice-Chair
Randy Fletcher

Yuba County Supervisor, District 5

Board Secretary/Treasurer
Art Craigmill

EMT/Firefighter, Dobbins-Oregon House Volunteer Fire Department
CE Specialist Emeritus, Environmental Toxicology, UCD
Director Emeritus, Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center

Board Member
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.