Meet the Executive Committee

The Yosemite Sequoia Resource and Development Council is composed of community leaders and business owners.



Tom Wheeler –President

Tom Wheeler

Tom Wheeler first became the President of Y/S RC&D in September of 2008. Since then, he has become a critical component of the organization. As President, Tom facilitates and supports new ideas, strengthens partnerships, conducts business in an orderly fashion and organizes meetings, all which help to pave the way to success. Tom moved to the North Fork area as a teenager in 1958 and has been a resident of Eastern Madera County since.

Tom’s background includes managing private businesses, coaching youth soccer, managing ranches and of course his annual participation in the Loggers Jamboree. Tom has served on approximately 50 boards, committees, and subcommittees. Additionally, Tom was elected to the Madera County Board of Supervisors in 2006 and was recently reelected for his second term. As a County Supervisor, he strives to promote conservation, property rights and common sense solutions to the County’s problems.

Tom’s experience and leadership abilities allow him to successfully fill this critical role in the Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation & Development Council. We look forward to his presidency for years to come!


Rosemarie Smallcombe - Vice President

Rosemarie is the District 1 Supervisor for the Mariposa Board of Supervisors.  She brings a diverse perspective to the Y/SRC&D goals.  She is particularly involved in biomass and bioenergy issues, and oversees all of the Council's Sierra Nevada Conservancy grants.


Lynn Gorman - Second Vice President

Lynn is one of our newest board member, and represents Sierra Foothill Conservancy on our Council.

Jack McGowan - Treasurer

Jack Mcgowan

Jack moved to the North Fork area after retiring from a career in aerospace engineering. Since moving here he has been involved in several volunteer activities. He has served on the board of the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, the North Fork Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Board of Directors for the Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway Association. He also served has served as Treasure and Presid

ent of the North Fork COC, and is currently President of the SVNSBA.

Jack worked for Pacific Telephone Co. as a management intern while attending college. After graduating from UCLA 1960 with a degree in physics he went to work for Douglas Aircraft Co. in the Engineering Laboratories. He stayed with the same division through a location change and Company buy outs by McDonnell, forming McDonnell Douglas, and finally by Boeing. He held positions as senior engineer, project manager, and department head.

He retired as a senior principal engineer in 1998. Jack is committed to seeing the Y/S RC&D continue service to the Mariposa, Madera, Fresno and Tulare county foothill areas.


Tom Burdette - Secretary

Tom Burdette is another new addition, but has worked closely with the council through his role on the board of the North Fork Community Development Council.