The year of my birth was 1936. I was born and raised to the age of 14 in rural Vermont.
This upbringing gave me an appreciation for the nourishment nature gives to ones
soul and deep-seated beliefs in honesty, integrity, and self-reliance. I moved to Los
Angeles in 1951 and lived there and in Pasadena, Santa Monica, and Venice for most of the
years until 1979. I then returned to my home town in Vermont for ten years, moving from
there to Caspar, California in 1989.
My life experience includes a Bachelors degree in physics from the California Institute
of Technology, a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, nine
years in the Economics Department of the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, California,
including 3 years as the Program Director of the
Health Care Research Program, three years
doing computer-based analysis of the stock market, one year as an appliance repairman, and
eight years consulting on energy policy issues, with emphasis on alternatives to nuclear
power. In 1983, I founded Vermont Creative Software, a software development and marketing
firm, and was CEO of the firm until 1999. I have three children, Lisa, Karen, and Lilli.
In 1995, I established Dharma Cloud Foundation to work towards improving the quality of
life on the North Coast. The Foundation has supported the Caspar Community, the Monday
Night Sangha, the Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, the Mendocino Land Trust, the Coastal
Commission's effort to adopt a scenic bridge railing, the Mendocino Institute, and the
Campaign to Restore Jackson State Redwood Forest.
Ive actively participated in the Monday Night Sangha and the Caspar Community,
and in efforts to improve the design of the new Noyo Bridge and to obtain a better scenic
railing for California, to develop an effective program of gorse control in Jughandle
State Preserve, and to change the mission of Jackson State Forest from logging to