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!



Debbie Poochigian - First Vice President

Deborah A. "Debbie" Poochigian is a lifelong resident of Fresno County where her family has farmed for four generations. She graduated from Fresno State where she received her bachelor's degree, two teaching credentials, and competed in collegiate tennis.

She taught physical education and coached at the middle school level before focusing on raising her family. Debbie has worked as a volunteer for numerous civic and charitable causes. She is involved in the family farm and has provided consulting services to many organizations.

Debbie served as a member of the boards of a major medical center and Fresno Area Crime Stoppers. She is a member of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce and Fresno County Farm Bureau.

Debbie has been married to her husband Chuck for over 38 years. They have three grown children, two wonderful daughters-in-law and three grandchildren. Her interests are centered on her church, family, public service, camping and sports.

Rosemarie Smallcombe - Second Vice President

Rosemarie is hte newst addition ot the Y/SRC&D Executive Committee.

She brings new ideas a diverse perspective to the Y/SRC&D goals.

Rosemarie was recently elected to the Mariposa Board of Supervisors representing District 1.

Jack McgowanJack McGowan- Treasurer

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 President 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.

John Carrier - Secretary

John has previously served as VP of the Council but has taken on duties associated with the Secretary for the past year. John, a Mariposa County Supervisor representing District 5, is passionate about natural resource concerns and is dedicated to community initiatives.

Steve Haze – Executive Director


Steve took on the role of Fist Vice President in September 2008. His motivation to conduct positive change in the organization came as no surprise. Steve has been involved in a number of initiatives for many years at the community and regional level focused on empowerment, environmental, educational, cultural, and economic development programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and San Joaquin Valley.

He grew up in the city of Palo Alto and holds a degree in Applied Economics from the University of San Francisco. Steve’s career has spanned over 30 years based in the Silicon Valley holding various professional positions for small and large high tech, computer and IT companies.  He has worked throughout the United States – as well as Europe, Asia and Africa. He is now Program Director for the San Joaquin Valley Leadership Forum a non-profit organization that he founded to further these efforts.

Steve’s insight and professionalism is priceless to the Executive Board. We look forward to more positive changes to come!