Event Types
May 12, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

A successful education professor, writer and researcher with many years of experience, Traci Bliss received her Ph.D. from Stanford University. During her time as a doctoral candidate, she focused her dissertation on the history of education reform and completed a minor in political science. Traci Bliss also earned a master of arts in social studies and history from Stanford University, where she finished her California Secondary Teaching Credential in social studies.

Most recently, Traci Bliss worked as a professor at the Idaho State University College of Education. During her time at ISU, she received several national and international awards for her documentaries of accomplished teachers. For nearly a decade she developed innovative programs to support teacher quality as a consultant to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. 

Today, Traci Bliss, a professor emerita, serves as President of the History Forum of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. She authors articles and gives lectures on environmental history in Santa Cruz County.

Traci Bliss
May 16, 2018

Our compassionate staff build a warm, friendly, safe place for San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley residents, offering stability and hope for the future. Mountain Community Resources is part of the Community Bridges family of programs.

Roxanne Moore
May 23, 2018

Nina Simon is the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History and author of two books: The Participatory Museum, and The Art of Relevance. Her work has been shared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR, and TEDx. 

Nina Simon
May 30, 2018
Jun 01, 2018 – Jun 03, 2018
Jun 01, 2018 – Jun 03, 2018

The 34-member volunteer Boulder Creek fire department covers 21 square miles of mountainous terrain and serves approximately 15,000 citizens.  Many people who live in Boulder Creek and Brookdale don’t realize they are protected by a volunteer fire agency, whose dedicated volunteers provide the same level of service as a paid fire department. 

Kevin McClish
Jun 06, 2018
Club Assembly
Jun 13, 2018

Lauren Donnelly-Crocker grew up in Southern California and moved to Santa Cruz to attend University of California, Santa Cruz and study marine biology. She spent two years after graduating studying Humpback Whales on the East Coast. When she discovered her passion for education and spent seven years teaching outdoor science schools. She began working at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center in 2014 as the Visitor Programs Manager--educating volunteer docents. After receiving her master's degree in Nonprofit Management, she moved into her current role as the Development Director at the Seymour Center. 

Lauren Donnelly-Crocker
Jun 20, 2018

Jeff Gaffney was appointed Parks Director in January 2015.  He began his career in parks and recreation in 1990 as a recreation leader for the city of Gilroy helping at-risk youth and eventually became a Park Ranger for the County of Santa Clara.

In 2002 he signed on with California State Parks and over the years worked throughout the state.  He was eventually promoted to Superintendent for Hollister Hills and in 2006 promoted to District Superintendent for the San Andreas District.  During his last couple of years in the State Parks, Jeff was able to facilitate the acquisition of 24,000 incredibly diverse acres in eastern Kern County.

In the past Jeff served as president of the State Park Peace Officer Management Association and was president of both regional and Statewide Park Ranger associations.  He is actively involved in the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) as well as the California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS).

Jeff is continuing to build partnerships throughout Santa Cruz County and looking for every opportunity to have County Parks collaborate for long term solutions to our community's current social, recreation and health challenges.


Jeff Gaffney
Jun 27, 2018
Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley
PO Box 294
Felton, CA 95018