FOLFAN Board of Directors for 2022

Jim Cassio - President & General Manager
Ken McKowen - Vice President (Acting)
Cate Murphy - Board Secretary (Acting)
Don Rose - Treasurer & Trails Coordinator
Karen Shaffer - Membership Coordinator (Acting)

Eric Buell - Social Media Coordinator
Sally Cullen - Photography Coordinator
Luana Gohl
Kathy Shurtleff
Eric Webb

Jim Cassio, President and General Manager
When not leading FOLFAN, Jim is a workforce development professional, planning and managing programs that train individuals to do conservation, fire prevention and eco restoration related work. He is an author, nature enthusiast, and a former park ranger. He lives in Folsom with his wife, Deb, a professor of history and heritage interpretation. They have two daughters, one an environmental attorney and one a recent graduate in environmental science and anthropology. Jim enjoys travel as well as frequent hiking, kayaking and bicycling.



Don Rose, Treasurer and Trails Coordinator
Don is an avid hiker, road biker, and mountain biker, and he’s a dedicated open space and trails advocate. When he’s not enjoying recreational activities on trails at Folsom Lake SRA and other locations, he’s often doing volunteer trail maintenance and construction with organizations such as Friends of the El Dorado Trail, Friends of Folsom Parkways, FATRAC, and the American River Conservancy. He currently serves as board member and Treasurer of the Sacramento Valley Conservancy, an accredited land trust involved in preservation of open space in the Sacramento area. Don has over 35 years of experience in chief financial officer and similar positions with a variety of companies in the Sacramento area. He is currently a business financial consultant. He lives in Carmichael with his wife Beth, and they have two grown daughters.

Eric Buell, Director and Social Media Coordinator
Eric is an avid park user and conservation photographer. He spends much of his time hiking on the trails of Folsom Lake SRA with his camera in hand. His work focuses on highlighting the beauty of biodiversity. Eric is a UC Certified California Naturalist with a focus on interpretation. Eric has a degree from Folsom Lake College where he studied Art and Photography. His work can be seen on his website ( in his published book "Through the Seasons: A Photographic Journey Along the Lower American River." Eric plans on using his photographic and interpretive skills to educate park users about the amazing amount of biodiversity that exists in the park.



Sally Cullen, Director and Photography Coordinator
Sally is a retired pediatrician and former chief of pediatrics at the Kaiser Permanente Folsom Medical Offices. She and her husband Chad have lived in El Dorado Hills since 1990 and are the proud parents/grandparents of a son and daughter and five wonderful grandchildren (ages 2-12.) Since retirement, Sally has been a passionate traveler and photographer, enjoying trips to many State and National Parks and destinations worldwide. She has won several awards for her photographs of nature and wildlife. Sally became an active volunteer for FOLFAN several years ago and has participated in the Adopt-the-Parkway Program, the guided hikes, the kayak clean-ups, the photography contests, and the eagle's nest monitoring. She enjoys running, hiking, biking, golfing and photographing in and around the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area in her spare time.

Luana Gohl, DIrector

Ken McKowen, Vice President (Acting)
Ken is retired after 30 years with California State Parks. The Vietnam vet worked as a ranger at Folsom, Lake Perris, Lake Tahoe, and the State Railroad Museum. He was head writer in the PR Office, a planner in Monterey, managed the department’s  Volunteer In Parks (VIP) program and the Statewide Trails program. Ken was an early FOLFAN board member and once a board member on the Monterey County Film Commission and worked with Vice President Gore’s team during the Year of The Ocean celebration.  His professional writing experience includes speeches for a governor and Park Directors along with hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles (with photos), co-author with wife Dahlynn of several Chicken Soup for the Soul titles, plus winning national awards for their travel books. Ken also wrote jokes for Joan Rivers. For three years Ken was the California State Parks Foundation’s NorCal volunteer program consultant and worked eight years as a substitute teacher. Born in Sacramento, he has lived in Orangevale for the past 20-plus years, hiking, biking and kayaking around Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma. Ken spends his leftover time woodworking, making everything from cutting boards and furniture to kayaks and guitars.

Cate Murphy, Board Secretary (Acting)

Karen Shaffer, Membership Coordinator (Acting)

Kathy Shurtleff, Director

Eric Webb, Director