Board of Directors
Richard A. Dinges, President
Richard A. Dinges is currently the Executive Director of the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center. Richard is responsible for the daily business and operation of the Chamber and Visitors Center and works cohesively with volunteers and the Chamber Board of Directors. Richard retired from the Public Sector as General Manger from the McCloud Community Service District and has over 16 years’ experience as a general manager and another 10 years in various positions with Public Utility Districts in California, most notably, in the San Francisco Bay Area, in the resort town of Stinson Beach. Richard has also served as a Project Manager for several private Civil Engineering firms both in Northern and Southern California with 14 years’ experience in design of water and sewer facilities, large residential and commercial subdivisions and regional malls.Richard currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Collier Intuitive & Information Center (CIIC) in Yreka and on the Board of Directors for the Siskiyou Media Council (SMC) in Weed. Richard also serves on the Engineering Review Committee for the City of Dunsmuir.
Richard attended Calpoly Pomona with a major in Civil engineering and has served 6 years in the military in both the Army and Air Force.
Barbara Dillmann, Secretary/Treasurer
Ms. Dillmann graduated from Holy Names College with a Bachelor’s Degree in History, an Elementary Teaching Credential, and a Master’s Degree in Education. She was an elementary teacher for 32 years and then was elected Siskiyou County Superintendent of Schools in 1999, an office she held for two terms before retiring from education in 2007.
Ms. Dillmann and her husband, Vaune Dillmann, have two children and one grandchild. They have developed and sold several businesses in Siskiyou County, and continue to operate the Mt. Shasta Brewing Co. in Weed, California.
Rennie C. Cleland, Director
A third generation Siskiyou County resident, Mr. Cleland grew up in Dorris and Weed and graduated from Weed High School in 1968. He graduated from College of the Siskiyous in 1970 with an AA degree where he lettered in collegiate football and baseball. He also earned his BS degree at California State University Sacramento in 1975 with a BS in Environmental Resource Management and a minor in Wildlife Biology. Here, he also lettered for two years in collegiate level baseball for the Hornets.
While attending college and high school, Mr. Cleland worked in logging and housing construction and earned his journeyman carpenter rating with the State of California in early 1981. He was hired as a Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer (Game Warden) with the California Department of Fish and Game in January 1981 and he served in Sonoma and Siskiyou Counties. Recognized locally and statewide as the Officer of the Year in 2000 and distinguished with many national honors, he retired in December 2008 after 20 years in the Dorris Patrol District. Several short stories have been written from some of his cases and investigations and published in regional wildlife magazines and books.
Currently Mr. Cleland is involved with many volunteer services which promote Siskiyou County and the wise use of our natural resources. A past District Governor with Lions Clubs International, he believes in helping where he can to improve the communities and the lives of others. He resides in Dorris with his wife Susan where they raised their three children whom have all completed their collegiate challenges with honors and are now professionally employed and self-reliant. When the time comes, he hopes to “rest in peace” right here in the Butte Valley.
Stan Grabowski, Director
DeLeon Grabowski is a native of West Springfield, Mass. where he attended Northeastern University. After serving in the US Navy he moved to Rhode Island and continued his education at the University of Rhode Island. He started working for Caterpillar Tractor as a field sales engineer. In 1978 he moved his family to Houston Tex. and worked for Dresser Industries and Altec Equipment Co, continuing his education at the University of Houston.
In 1992 He moved to Sacramento Ca. where he became sales manager for Terex Industries Utility Equipment division until he retired to Mt Shasta in 2002 to operate the Black Bear Gallery with Crystal Swan for 5 yrs. The father of three, with grandchildren and great grandchildren, he has served on the Board of the COS Performing Arts committee, is a volunteer auxiliary driver at Mercy Hospital, teaches a senior theatre class at COS, is the Director of th Siskiyou Senior Players theatre group, and enjoys fishing and hiking in the beautiful surroundings of Siskiyou County.