Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel, Executive Director and President
Dianne has traveled a lot of professional roads from heading up a medical lab, teaching, acting and now working to preserve open space, wilderness, wild and scenic rivers and National Recreation Areas. With the Community Hiking Club, Dianne acts as both President and Executive Director. She enjoys the outdoors, working with at-risk kids, and doing stewardship events in the forest. Her long term goal is to leave the ecology of her corner of the planet in better shape than when she got here. She is currently working on reviving the Dagger Flat Trail from the 1930s.
Matthew Nelson, Vice President and Fund Raising
Matt has spent the last 12 years working with At-Risk kids in the Santa Clarita Valley, mentoring them and inspiring them to greater heights. He is the Branch Manager of the Boys and Girl’s Club of Santa Clarita, Newhall Clubhouse. He is the Vice President of the Community Hiking Club, and is in charge of fundraising. He is married to a lovely lady named Angelica, and the newest love of his life is his precious daughter, Isabella.
Linda Castro, Recording Secretary, Camping Supervisor, Social Media Expert
Linda is the Hiking Club’s Recording Secretary and Camping Committee Chairperson. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and a Juris Doctor degree from Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa. She is the Desert Field Organizer for the California Wilderness Coalition, an Oakland-based California non-profit organization that works to build support for the protection of California’s wildest remaining places. Linda is an avid tent camper, hiker, and nature enthusiast.
Heidi Webber, Treasurer
Heidi s the Treasurer of the Community Hiking Club. She has always been nature and animal oriented, starting with working in a pet shop as a teenager. Much more recently she was also Treasurer for Placerita Canyon Nature Center and Secretary for the Sierra Pelona Rock Club. She also edits and publishes the newsletter “Pelonagram” for the Sierra Pelona Rock Club. In addition, she is the publisher of the nature center’s newsletter, “The Rattler”. She became a certified scuba diver upon retirement, belongs to the Local astronomy club and has been married almost 47 years.
Steve Iland, Scheduling and Meet-up Website
In addition to being a very busy hike leader for CHC, Steve maintains the CHC hiking schedule, is our Meet Up site manager and routinely volunteers for trail work, clean ups, and has helped with our At-Risk Youth Program. When he is not hiking, Steve works in Valencia as a Quality Project Manager for Boston Scientific, a medical device manufacturer where he is active with their Employee Resource Groups.
Lise Meyers, Community Outreach Coordinator
Lisé is our Community Outreach Coordinator. Ms. Meyers truly enjoys interacting with and serving others. She is an avid hiker and camper and is happiest when doing nearly anything outdoors. She serves on this board because she believes in the many causes that Community Hiking Club stands such as working with at-risk kids, improving the environment through stewardship, and land preservation. Preserving and caring for our natural areas is very important to her. Lisé brings a wealth of experience to this board, having served as past president of the board of directors for Symphony of the Canyons, Community Musician and secretary for the Channel Islands Board of Directors, Community Musician for the Cornerstone Chrysalis Board of Directors, and currently serves as the volunteer chair for Heart of the West, the largest fundraising event of each year for Carousel Ranch.
Jennifer Cox, Backpacking Co-ordinator
Jennifer is a registered nurse and mother of two who has always had a love for the outdoors. She has hiked and backpacked hundreds of miles on local and sierra trails. She loves climbing up mountains the best and snow camping the best. Jennifer enjoys the geology and plants she gets to see on hikes.
Steve Ritchie, Backpacking Coordinator
Steve is a retired business owner and Vietnam war veteran. He enjoys camping, backpacking, and kayaking and sharing his knowledge of these skills with others. He works on our board as our Backpacking Planner, and Dagger Flat Supervisor!
Alan Pollack, Club Historian
Alan Pollack has worked as a physician of internal medicine at Kaiser Permanente for the past 29 years. As President of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, he brings extensive expertise on the local history of the Santa Clarita Valley. Alan comes to the Board as a historical consultant who will be helping with legislative projects such as Rim of the Valley and the St. Francis Dam National Memorial. He can also provide his historical insight on hikes to the St. Francis Dam and other historical sites in the area.
Christine Kudija, Attorney