Information on Friends of the Swainson’s Hawk Founders and Board Members Founders

Judith Lamare, Ph.D. President of the Board Dr. Lamare is a retired consulting political scientist (Ph.D., UCLA, 1973). Her consulting practice specialized in air quality policy and coalition building. She was the founding manager and managed the Cleaner Air Partnership of Sacramento from 1986 to 2005. Her career also included university teaching, staff to the California Senate (Office of Research), and appointment to the California Vehicle Inspection and Review Committee. She is the executive officer for Friends of the Swainson’s Hawk, and manages all grant activities and public comment for the organization. She is the founder and has been president of Friends of the Swainson’s Hawk since its inception in September, 1994.

James P. Pachl, Attorney at Law, Legal Counsel to and Member of the Board Mr. Pachl has partly retired from legal practice (J.D., 1969, Boalt Hall Law School, University of California), and devotes his time exclusively to Friends of the Swainson’s Hawk. He has also served on the Board of Directors, Friends of the Estuary; Sierra Club California, Northern California Conservation Chair (1988-90); Executive Committee of Sierra Club California (1986-91). He served 12 years (1987-1995) as a Board Member of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). Mr. Pachl is co-founder of FOSH and has been responsible for advising the board and managing all legal activities of the organization.

Keith Seegmiller, vice- President Mr. Seegmiller is retired from the California Treasurer’s Office, where he was responsible for pollution control financing. He is a long time resident of North Natomas and a volunteer for the Environmental Council of Sacramento. He is a member of The Sacramento Community of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (SacIONS) and a volunteer for the Pachamama Alliance.


Kevin McRae, C.P.A., Treasurer
Kevin McRae is a self-employed Certified Public Accountant and real estate broker. He is a member of the Natomas Basin Conservancy Board, and from time to time has served as President of the Garden Highway Homeowners Association. He is knowledgeable about wildlife through many years as an Associate Master Falconer and California Hawking Club Officer, and through his degree in plant science from the University of California, Davis. He serves as Treasurer for Friends of the Swainson’s Hawk and for The Green Incubator, Inc., and is a volunteer for the California Foundation for Birds of Prey.

Vicki Lee, Activist Vicki Lee co-founded FOSH in 1994. She is an award winning environmental activist best known for her extensive contributions to the Sierra Club as a volunteer. She is retired from state service and makes her home in the Bay Area. Vicki is currently a member of the Sierra Club California Executive Committee.


Loche Johnson, D.D.S.
Dr. Johnson was born in Walnut Creek, California. Dr. Johnson attended the University of California, Davis, where he majored in Biological Sciences. He obtained his dental doctorate training at UCLA and his oral and maxillofacial surgery training at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Johnson enjoys the outdoors, camping, hunting, and fishing and has a life long love of wildlife and commitment to conservation.


Chad Roberts Dr. Roberts (Ph.D., UCD 1976) is a professional ecologist and wetland scientist with several decades experience as an environmental planner. He is a board member and Conservation Chair of the Yolo Audubon Society and a board member of Tuleyome, and brings to FOSH a vital link to conservation issues and leadership in Yolo County, where he’s a member of the Steering Advisory Committee for the Yolo Natural Heritage Program’s NCCP/HCP. FOSH and Roberts have collaborated on Central Valley environmental planning issues concerning riparian and floodplain management, including responding to the Army Corps of Engineers tree removal policy.