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Board of Directors

BEC Board of Directors

The BEC Board of Directors determines policies, procedures and regulations for the conduct of the organization, helps in raising funds to finance BEC and its programs, promotes BEC in the community, and monitors its organizational performance. Terms are three years running with the fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) with a maximum of three consecutive terms (9 years). BEC By-Laws

Job duties include attendance of at least half of the yearly board meetings, participation in at least one (1) committee, and volunteering at BEC special events.  Board members will have opportunities to understand and make a difference on local and regional issues that impact our air, water, land and people.  Only BEC members are eligible to serve on the Board or on Committees.

Every June at BEC we have our annual Board of Directors election. Members have the opportunity to vote for the individuals that will help lead BEC in the future. Members also have the opportunity to serve on the BEC Board!

If you are interested in being part of the BEC leadership team please submit a Board Member Application and your bio for the ballot. Our General Manager will be in touch with you once we have received your application. Voting will take place over two weeks, from Wednesday June, 1 to Wednesday June, 14. Most BEC members will receive a digital ballot via email, while our "analog" members will receive a paper ballot in the mail.

Any current BEC members interested in serving BEC are encouraged to apply. For any questions about serving on the board call our office at (530) 891-6424.

If you are interested in serving on the BEC Board of Directors, please download and complete this Board Member Application and follow the instructions at the bottom to submit your application. If you have questions or would like to learn more about serving on the BEC board, please call the office to and we'll be happy to discuss.

Meet our Current Board of Directors

Aaron Kunst, Chair
My activism for nature began when I helped my mother protect the forests of Paradise CA from clear cutting practices growing up. While earning my bachelor’s and master’s degrees at San Diego State University I became incredibly aware of the urgency to combat the climate crisis and became dedicated to zero-waste living. I relocated back to my hometown of Paradise CA in 2018 to work at the Center for Healthy Communities at Chico State in local food systems, food security, nutrition education, research and evaluation, and policy, system, and environmental change work. I survived the Camp Fire in November 2018 and the disaster and recovery experience has pushed me to be an active member in my community.
Scott Grist, Vice Chair
Scott came to Chico in 2002 and quickly fell in love with all the natural areas that surround the community. While earning a degree in Geology at CSU Chico, he frequently went camping and backpacking in nearby wilderness areas. These adventures lead Scott to teaching and involvement in nature education and advocacy. He has designed outdoor programs for at-risk teens as a Counselor at the local Boy’s and Girl’s Club. He is trained in Wilderness Survival and holds local workshops teaching outdoor skills to adults. He leads regular Edible & Medicinal Plant Walks in Bidwell Park and currently works at the GRUB CSA farm growing local organic veggies for the community. He is inspired to contribute to a team that has over 40 years of environmental advocacy behind them.
Rebecca Holden,  Secretary
I worked as Assistant Director at BEC until October 2017. I am dedicated to promoting waste-zero lifestyles and a cleaner environment. I work at Recology as the Waste-Zero Specialist. I would like to add to the momentum that BE has in our community. I believe in the mission and want to constructively insert my ideas and energy. BEC is a dynamic team of environmentally-minded community champions and I am honored to continue my service to this great organization as a Board Member.
Shyla Black, Treasurer
Shyla is Chico local that takes great pride in this area of the world. She is a Program Fellow at GRID Alternatives working to provide renewable energy to underserved communities. 
Alongside renewable energy she is passionate about small scale farming, our local trees and watersheds, and would like bring her fervor and love of this land to assist BEC in all its conservation endeavors.
Bryce Goldstein
Bryce Goldstein spent her youth in Redding before attending Humboldt State University to study Environmental Science with a focus on Energy and Climate. She moved to Butte County to assist the City of Chico with implementing its Climate Action Plan goals as an AmeriCorps CivicSpark Fellow and since then has worked for BEC and a local transportation planning consulting firm. She is passionate about reshaping the way we live using sustainable planning, education, and activism to combat and prepare for climate change as well as create a more equitable society.
Maggie Scarpa
Maggie Scarpa is a recent graduate of CSU, Chico, studying environmental policy and planning for community resiliency in the midst of all of the environmental crises facing our community today. She has experience with environmental education and advocacy in the community and wants to further Butte Environmental Council's legacy as a fierce protector of the land, air and water in Butte County. She believes that there is no comnpromise in defense of Mother Earth. In her free time, you can find Maggie biking, upcycling and cooking zero-waste, plant based meals.
Luann Manss
Luann earned a degree in Recreation Administration from CSU, Chico. Her passion lies in using recreation to create experiences for people to connect with nature and conservation and using those opportunities to inspire stewardship. Her experience includes education and outreach relating to energy reduction, zero waste, incorporating sustainable practices into events, and CA native plants and pollinators. 


Interested in serving on the BEC Board?

Board elections take place every June and any current BEC member is eligible to stand for office. Vacancies may sometimes be available between elections, in which case an interested applicant could be appointed to the BEC Board before yearly election. Please call the BEC office at (530) 891-6424 to speak with our General Manager, Danielle Baxter, for inquiries.