Climate First: Replacing Oil & Gas

”Your climate watchfrog on the Central Coast”

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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Merrill Berge

Board Chair

As a Board Member of SOAR (Save Open Space & Agricultural Resources), Merrill helped coordinate the SOAR initiative signature drive and subsequent SOAR renewal campaign for Camarillo – which passed Nov. 2016 with 72% voter approval. 

Merrill has been on the Ventura County Resource Conservation Board since 2014, and helped to lead a financial turnaround and implement strategic planning for this special district whose mission is to facilitate the conservation and restoration of Ventura County’s natural resources for current and future generations. Merrill has been on the CFROG Board since 2016.

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Karina Kaye

Board Vice Chair

Karina is a researcher, organizer and activist with a particular interest in youth climate activism and green alliances with labor. 

She holds a B.A. in Gender Studies from UCLA and an MSc in Global Environment, Politics and Society from the University of Edinburgh. 

While in Scotland, Karina became involved in the Just Transition moment that promotes sustainable, regenerative economies that create good-paying jobs, and she brings that expertise to CFROG as we move towards promoting a sustainable future.

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Helen Conly

Board Secretary

Helen Conly is a retired teacher and a progressive political activist. She is the Treasurer of the Ventura County Democratic Club and serves on the Ventura County Democratic Central Committee.

Throughout her career, Helen has been involved in politics at the local, state, and national level.

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Suzanne Harvey

Board Treasurer

Now retired, Suzanne closed out her professional career as partner and co-founder of a Washington D.C. based investment advisory and private equity firm. Prior to that she served as a Managing Director of Thomson Financial Services (now Thomson Reuters) where she ran the firm’s Social Investment Research Service (SIRS), an ethical investment screening service for large institutional equity investors. Suzanne originally established SIRS in 1983, as a division of Prudential Securities’ Institutional Equity Research Department where she served as Director and Senior Analyst. Upon retiring she moved back to her home county of Ventura and has been involved with local organizations working to preserve and defend our unique environmental and diverse cultural environments.

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John Brooks

Board Member, Founder

John Brooks is a retired CBS radio journalist. Brooks was a News Director ,editor , reporter and news anchor in Southern California from 1974 to 2013 with 34 continuous years in Los Angeles at KFWB and KNX news radio. Prior to his employment in Los Angeles in 1979 Brooks was a reporter and News Director at KVEN/KHAY in Ventura. 

After retirement Brooks became a founding member of CFROG – Climate First:Replacing Oil & Gas. He was president from the group’s inception in 2013 until 2016, served on its Board of Directors until re-elected President in 2020. 

He has been married to Frances since 1971 and they have a daughter April.

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Carol Holly

Board Member, Founder

Carol grew up in Ojai, graduated from Nordhoff, then to the University of Colorado where she earned a BA in psychology. She later completed a teaching credential and earned an MA in Educational Administration. She was principal of Topa Topa Elementary School in Ojai Valley for 20 years.

Carol and her husband, Rich, have 3 children and 6 grandchildren, all living in the greater Ojai area or in Southern California.  She and her husband now spend their summers in the high mountains of Colorado, hiking, horseback riding, and hanging out with both new and old friends.  

Carol attended the Climate Reality training hosted by Al Gore in 2019 and is committed to climate action to save all that we can of this planet, it’s flora and fauna, and our blessed way of life.  Enough of disruption and extraction, we need to do the hard work of mending and healing.

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Tomás Morales Rebecchi

Board Member

Tomás Morales Rebecchi is a Senior Central Coast Organizer for Food & Water Watch. Based in Oxnard and Ventura, California, he works with local communities and statewide organizations to ban fracking. 

His background is in civic engagement, running voter registration drives and managing political campaigns. Immediately prior to joining Food & Water Watch, Tomás worked in his home county of San Benito as Field Director and Co-Campaign Manager for Measure J, the first successful voter initiative in California to ban fracking, cyclic steam injection, and acidizing at the county level. In 2016, he supported and was co-campaign manager for Measure Z in Monterey. He graduated from San Diego State University with bachelor’s degrees in political science and Spanish.