MDIA Board Members
Steve Smith . . . . . . . President
Mike Brandy. . . .Vice President
Dan Sandri . . . . . . . . .Secretary
Dan Fitzgerald . . . . . Treasurer
Julie Braun Martin
Wally De Young
Steve grew up in Danville and has been an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast his whole life. He is a docent, hike leader, back-country rover, leader of the Maintenance Volunteer Group, and member of the Trash Removal Project. He began volunteering on the mountain after completing a quest to hike all 162 miles of trails within the park.
Mike is always drawn to the outdoors for inspiration and renewal. As a Mount Diablo State Park volunteer for the last four years, he is currently engaged in co-managing the Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center, always trying to enhance the docent training and the visitor experience to the park. He also volunteers on the Trash Removal Project (TRP) team. He usually cycles or hikes every week on the mountain.
Dan grew up in Concord with a view of the mountain and spent some time exploring it with Michael Marchiano. When he retired, Dan completed the State Parks volunteer training and became an active member of the Trash Removal Project and a visitor center and roving docent. Dan also enjoys nature photography.
Dan has lived in the East Bay for nearly all of his life, and Mt. Diablo has always been his favorite hiking place. Dan has a B. S. degree in Entomology and enjoys observing and photographing insects, birds, reptiles, as well as other plant and animal life. Upon retirement, Dan became a volunteer at Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center, a member of the Native Plant Garden team, and a back-country rover. Dan enjoys interacting with visitors, learning and writing.
Julie Braun Martin
Julie, an educator for many years with a passion for conservation and serving youth, enjoys walking on the mountain and serving at Mitchell Canyon and assisting with publications.
Living in the shadow of Mount Diablo all her life, Leslie has always had a passion for the mountain. She contributes to MDIA as the event coordinator for the hiking program and as co-manager of the Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center.
Wally De Young
Wally has lived in the shadow of Mount Diablo for 50 years. He joined the Peregrine Team after retiring and has focused his passion for natural history interpretation, photography and videography to the teams’ efforts. He joins the MDIA Board with a focus on Outreach.
Tere has lived at the base of Mount Diablo for nearly 40 years and has hiked and biked the trails of Mount Diablo State Park throughout that time. Currently serving as the Webmaster for the MDIA website , Tere is also a State Park volunteer, and is studying to become a California Naturalist. Other than cycling, Tere enjoys working in her dry garden and birding.
Staci is a Natural History Docent in Mount Diablo State Park, the lead of the Peregrine Team in Pine Canyon, and a graduate of the California Naturalist Program. Her focus is on natural history interpretation and outreach.
Linda has lived in Alamo since 1997. Her connection to the mountain started after a neighbor took her on a bike ride to the Summit over 7 years ago. Now she is a regular visitor on the mountain, often riding 3-4 days per week. Photographing all four seasons and engaging with both the park visitors and staff are her favorite activities. Her goal is for all park visitors to have a safe, memorable and fun experience during their visit on Mount Diablo.
Carol is a retired Registered Nurse who loves to be active and find interesting things out in nature. She is an active trail maintenance volunteer and sees trail work as a way to give back for the enjoyment that she experienced as a trail runner.
A long time local resident, Dick loves everything outdoors. He coordinates publications, serves at Mitchell Canyon, works on the Trash Removal Project, and organizes road repairs. He has completed the California Naturalist Program.
Harry has been hiking in the Bay Area and Northern California since grade school. In the last few years with more time, he has hiked in most of the east bay parks and now as a docent for MDIA, has hiked almost every trail on Mt Diablo. He enjoys meeting people from all over the world at the visitor center and on the trail, discussing the best trails or sharing hiking stories.
2022 MDIA Committee Members and Leads
Maintains archives and Box.com
Develops required contracts
Updates and maintains the documents contained within the MDIA Board of Directors’ Handbook
Review financial records, bank statements
Develops fundraising strategies; obtains grants and donations
Recruits hike leaders; advertises and leads hikes in the park
Negotiates appropriate insurance coverage and manages insurance-related matters
Designs and fabricates interpretive panels and visitor center displays
Interpretive Program Committee
Supports the development and enhancement of interpretive programs at Mount Diablo State Park
Leslie Contreras, Mike Brandy
Recruits and trains docents; collects money and docent logs; cleans and maintains MCVC
Marketing, Outreach and Publicity
Wally De Young
Develops portable displays and staffs events; furnishes material to advertise MDIA and recruit new members
Maintains membership list; prepares membership communications; prepares and sends bulk mailings
Dan Fitzgerald, Steve Smith
Handles merchandising, inventory, and reporting for merchandising inside and outside of the park, including refreshments and fulfillment
Native Plant Garden
Maintenance, repair replanting of native garden at Mitchell Canyon
Recruits and nominates board members and officers
Repairs, replaces, and improves park structures with park approval
Publishes Mount Diablo Review, Mountain News, MDIA annual report, and other MDIA publications
Installs, collects money from, and maintains the MDIA telescopes
Coordinates MDIA-sponsored trail maintenance activities and expenses with park staff; arranges for maintenance of Globe Lily Trail adopted by MDIA
Determines the need for new trail signs and posts; coordinates sign orders with park staff; installs signs and posts
Dan Fitzgerald, Burt Bogardus
Removes non-indigenous material from the park
Volunteers in Park (VIP) Program
Acts as the liaison between the Park’s Volunteer Coordinator and the Board; approves, or brings to the Board for approval, expenses requested or incurred by or on behalf of the VIP Program
Website and Social Media
Designs, updates, and maintains the MDIA website