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BVSC Annual Meeting

On April 8, 2022, the Borrego Valley Stewardship Council hosted its annual meeting. During this time, the group conducted elections for leadership team members. As a result, Diane Johnson, Alicia Ramirez, and Ramien Shalizi's nominations were accepted, and the three of them will be serving a 2-year term (expiring 2024). Jim Wermers was reelected and will be serving a 1-Year term (expiring 2023). The signatories also approved the bylaws, another step necessary to continue with the BVSC’s incorporation process.

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Borrego Dreaming

On December 10, 2021, and January 21, 2022, the Borrego Valley Stewardship Council hosted a community meeting entitled Borrego Dreaming. Through a visioning process, the group addressed what they want to preserve, see changed, and see created in Borrego in the realms of Public Health & Safety, Housing, Natural Resources & Environment, and Economy & Jobs.

We will continue to work together towards envisioning the future of Borrego. Stay tuned for future engagement!

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BVSC Objectives





Support long-term economic vitality, social equity, and well-managed growth for the community and park by facilitating and supporting the integration of planning, natural and cultural resource management, land use, and economic development.

Facilitate the development of a shared vision for the community and region with an emphasis on sustainable tourism, and destination management.

Promote inclusiveness through a commitment to citizen involvement, diverse membership, outreach, partnerships, and collaboration.

Serve as a forum for discussion, input, and community action on topical issues, opportunities, and challenges related to the mission.

2020 Leadership Team

Kathy Dice

Borrego Water District

Kathy had a 30 year career with California State Parks and retired as Superintendent of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in 2017.  She remains active in this desert community she cares so much about and is currently President of the Board of Directors for Borrego Water District.

Bri Fordem

Anza Borrego Foundation

Bri is a California native, born and raised in San Diego. She is a passionate strategic thinker with a drive to make positive change. Bri is a graduate of Antioch University: New England where she received an MBA in Organizational and Environmental Sustainability. Today, as Executive Director of Anza-Borrego Foundation, Bri has the unique opportunity to work with CA Department of Parks and Recreation, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the amazing community of Borrego Springs. 

Martha Deichler

Borrego Unified School District

With 14 years as an administrator in the Borrego Springs Unified School District, Martha has a passion for the families and children who call our unique desert oasis their home. She works tirelessly to preserve and protect the resources that enable our residents to survive and thrive in this Gateway Community to the stunning Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

Jim Wermers

The Mall​

Jim Wermers, owner of The Mall and The Center, is a retired builder/ developer/ community planner who came to Borrego Springs 25 years ago to build Desert Shadows. Jim fell in love with the park, the peace, the wide open spaces and, especially, the people and is now dedicating his retirement to helping make our village an even more special place.