Gary & Laurie Headrick – /

Gary and Laurie have resided in San Clemente for the past 30 years, running an architectural rendering business, raising their two children, Naomi and Nate, and contributing to the community in small ways whenever possible. When the opportunity presented itself to start a sustainability movement in San Clemente, the initial reaction was that they were far to busy to consider such a daunting task. Upon further consideration it became more clear that it was a matter of, “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?”

Contacts and Biographies for Green Ribbon Panel Chairpersons

These are the people to contact should you have a question or input on a particular topic:

ENERGY – Laurel Faulkner –
Currently Laurel is a Project Manager at The Energy Coalition where she oversees the implementation of an energy efficiency program called the Community Energy Partnership to six diverse cities in Southern California. By working with city employees, utilities, and various community leaders, Laurel has been able to successfully realize hard energy savings through energy efficiency for community residents.

WASTE REDUCTION ? Mike Giancola (Chair)-, Niki Wilson (Co-Chair)-

Mike Giancola is a Deputy Director at the County’s Integrated Waste Management Department.  One of the landfills he manages is the Prima Deshecha Landfill situated in San Juan, San Clemente and County unincorporated area.

Niki Wilson serves as the Biological Resources Monitor for south Orange County?s Prima Deshecha Landfill.  She previously lived in Santa Barbara, where she was completing a Master?s degree in Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara, and working part-time for the City of Santa Barbara as well as the Ventura County Planning Division.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and has previously worked both in biological consulting and for
non-profit environmental organizations.  Having always loved science,she has an academic and professional focus on water quality, watershed planning, and riparian habitat conservation.  At the landfill, Niki has applied these skills to re-vegetation projects and other natural resources issues, including land-use planning, geology, and storm water control. 

URBAN DESIGN / GREEN BUILDING – Nathan Krantz (Chair) –

Nathan Krantz is the Sustainability Manager at Healthy Buildings Solutions, LLC where he oversees all sustainability operations, including Commissioning, Energy Efficiency, LEED, and other green program consulting services.  Mr. Krantz has worked on numerous sustainable projects including commercial, government, and residential communities throughout the United States. Mr. Krantz holds a Bachelors of Architecture from Cal Poly ? San Luis Obispo, and a Bachelors of Environmental Design from University of Colorado, Boulder.  Mr. Krantz is licensed architect in the state of California, is LEED Accredited Professional, and a GreenPoint Rater.

URBAN NATURE / LAND USE – Carrie Rybczynski (Chair) –, Paul Carlton (Co-Chair) –

Carrie Rybczynski was born and raised in Ohio, she graduated from The Ohio State University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. Upon graduation she moved to Southern California and began work at a private practice firm in San Juan Capistrano. After gaining experience in professional practice, she became a licensed Landscape Architect in 2001.  One of the tenants of landscape architectural practice is to act as a ?Steward of the Land? – something she continually strives to uphold. She has always been interested in the social and economic dynamics related to the environment and have continually tried to educate herself in her professional and personal life. In 2007 she became a LEED Accredited Professional to further her awareness of the relationship between the built and natural environment.

Paul Carlton – Paul Carlton was born and raised in Glendale, California. He graduated from USC in 1951 and served in the USN for three years on a destroyer escort in the Korean theater. Joined the Central Intelligence Agency and served for 24 years, including 16 years in the Middle East. After retiring, he became active in the Sierra Club, first as hike and backpack leader, and then as a Conservation Chair for several years. Started the Friends of the Foothills and was its chair for several years until it became a Sierra Club National project, eventually defeating the Toll Road South. Then started the Santa Ana Mountains Task Force and was its chair for five years. In 2007 won a National Sierra Club award for combining outings with conservation.  Finally in 2008 initiated the Orange County Global Warming Committee and is now a co-chair of his growing group working on what is now the Sierra Club’s number one priority.   As a member of San Clemente Green, he hopes to spread the concept of groups such as San
Clemente Green to other cities in South Orange County.

TRANSPORTATION ? Bob Joseph (Chair) –, Pete Van Nuys (Co-Chair) –

Bob Joseph – Grad from Cal Poly Landscape Arch, degree in Environmental Design Certificates in Urban Planning and Transportation Planning. Practiced L A and Planning in Orange County. Worked 16 years for California Coastal commission – managed Orange and LA regions Retired after 17 years managing Caltrans Advance Planning Div in Orange county. Chair of citizens group to conserve Marblehead Canyons and resources. Member of San Clemente Beach Ad Hoc Committee. Member of city’s citizens group for Trolley Program.

Pete Van Nuys ? Marketing Communications professional with extensive experience in active sports and outdoor recreation markets. Graduate of UCI, German Literature and Language/ Art History. Executive Dir. American Youth Hostels. Tour organizer and leader of bicycle tours in Europe and N. America. Founder of Wandervogel Bicycle Touring Association. Marketing Director for Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, former Editor of National Bicycle Dealers Association Outspokin’. League of American Bicyclists, Certified Instructor.


Bill Hart serves on the City of San Clemente Coastal Advisory Committee and is President of the Watershed Task Force.  He was involved in San Clemente?s growth management initiative in the 1980?s.  He became a environmental activist in the late 90?s starting with DeRail the Trail and the City?s subsequent focus on coastal management issues.  In non-volunteer hours he is a sales director in the software industry.  He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Economics and Political Science.

EDUCATION/AWARENESS ? Grace Van Thillo (Chair)

Grace Van Thillo – was awarded CUSD?s Elementary Teacher of the Year,1985; USDA Forest Service Environmental Education Volunteer Award, Washington, D.C. 1987;Mentor Teacher and California Environmental Education Grants, 1988-92. She has written environmental education materials for the Forest Service, and provided workshops at Casper’s Regional Park. She instructed child development and education courses at Mt. San Jacinto College until 2005. Since retirement, Grace is a part-time program development consultant and grant writer for Media Arts Center San Diego. She is a member of San Clemente Green and on the founding committee of Simpler Living Ministry, St. Paul?s Episcopal Cathedral San Diego.