The FOSC Board and Volunteers at a local gathering in 2019

Corresponding Secretary:  Barbara Casimir has a background in public health and clinical research.  She and her husband Joe retired to Rio Rico from Tempe and Barbara has developed a keen interest in the birds, butterflies, and plants in the area.

Recording Secretary:  Andrew (Andy) Gould is a retired teacher and inveterate naturalist/volunteer. He lives in Patagonia Lake Estates and Flagstaff. He also hikes many miles and you might see him tending trails in the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area and The Nature Conservancy’s Patagonia-Sonoita Preserve. Andy is Team leader for the Research Team and serves on the Leadership Team.

John Hughes has been visiting southwest Arizona since 1997 and moved to Patagonia full-time in 2018. He taught biology in Kalispell, MT for most of his career.  John loves all things nature and, along with his work with Friends of Sonoita Creek, volunteers with local groups including Borderlands Restoration Network’s plant propagation program, Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds and Patagonia Lake State Park.  He leads bird and plant walks.   

Treasurer:  Sally Lockwood has a Ed.D. in education from Loyola University and has been a teacher, media specialist, librarian, and school administrator.  She was a volunteer for 12 years at Patagonia State Natural area, working in the visitor center.  She has been a member of FOSC for 15 years, and an officer most of those years.

Cholla Rose Nicoll was born in Tucson, AZ and was raised by environmentally conscious parents who instilled a love for nature and solar energy in their children. Cholla has an associate degree in veterinary technology and a BA degree in sustainability studies both acquired through Colorado Mountain College.  Cholla has a background in wildlife rehabilitation and conservation particularly with habitat restoration facilitated by the North American Beaver. Cholla currently works seasonally with Borderlands Restoration Network and The Nature Conservancy along with raising a family in Patagonia, AZ. Cholla serves on the Leadership Team.

Kathy Pasierb has a B.S. in ecology/biology and a M.A. in education from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She has taught science in the public school system over 20 years.  She taught botany to adults for 7 years in Wyoming for the National Audubon Society.  Kathy coauthored the Healthy Water program for FOSC and wrote “Birds, People & the Environment,” a curriculum for the National Park Service.  She lives in Patagonia in a passive solar home of her own design.  She offers B & B services there. Kathy heads the Education Team and serves on the Leadership Team.

Robert Proctor is a descendant of a Pimeria Alta Pioneer family and now serves as Curator of the George Redondo Proctor Western Heritage Collection at Canoa Ranch and Patagonia Museum. He was a masonry contractor for 40 years: 15 years in New Mexico specializing in solar adobe construction and 24 years in Hawaiian custom homes. He is an expert in energy efficient Rumford fireplaces and masonry furnace combinations. He now serves as an advisory member of Community Water Coalition of Southern Arizona and is our organizer for booth set-up and take down.  Bob Serves on the Leadership Team.

Greg Scott earned degrees from University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University.  He has lived in Santa Cruz Co. and taught school here for over 30 years.  Greg guides history and natural history trips in Northern Mexico, presents programs for the Arizona Humanities Council, volunteers for Arizona State Parks, and is an archeology site steward.  Greg lives in Nogales and Elgin.

Joe Watkins is a retired psychotherapist with a Master of Social Work degree who currently lives in Rio Rico with his wife Barbara Casimir. He has a long-standing history of environmental volunteerism, outdoor activity pursuits, fine woodworking and belonging to numerous national environmental organizations. In addition to work on the FOSC board his current volunteerism is also focused on trail maintenance and construction with the Dirtbags. Happy trails and keep it flowing. Joe heads the Restoration Team.