California SAF’s Kathleen Burr and Lisa Fischer!

Kathleen Burr is now the California Society of American Foresters’ Chief Executive Officer, and Lisa Fischer is the Education Program Coordinator. A short biography for Kathleen and Lisa as follows:

Kathleen Burr

Kathleen has worked in the non-profit sector for close to 20 years.  Currently, she is the Program Coordinator for the Forest Vegetation Management Conference that is held every January in Anderson and is the Executive Director for the California Licensed Foresters Association for the last seven years.  One of her fondest memories of her career is holding a farm day at the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles when she was Executive Director with the Los Angeles County Farm Bureau.  Working with the Mission and the Los Angeles Ag Commissioner’s office, “We took every farm animal down to skid row and bussed in children from several local schools.  Many of those children lived at the Mission and had never touched a horse, seen a pig up close, held a baby bunny or chick before”!  She also arranged for the local farmers to donate truckloads of potatoes, carrots, and onions to the Mission.

Being awarded the position of CEO with California SAF Kathleen hopes to bring more collaboration between SAF & CLFA – something her CLFA Board has discussed in the past.  Agriculture and forestry have always been important to Kathleen as evidenced by her career path.   Kathleen lives on a small ranch in Acton.  She shows and raises cutting horses – making the world finals twice in the last seven years.

From Kathleen, “I am very excited about this position and look forward to working with the California SAF Board”.

Lisa Fischer, MA, CLC, RYT

Education Program Coordinator

Life and Leadership Coach/SAF Education Program Coordinator
Lisa Fischer has a proven record of teaching, coaching and mentoring people of all ages for over 25 years. She has grown her skills over time from teaching young children outdoor education, to mentoring and coaching teens, young adults and professionals to reach their personal and professional goals. Following her 30-year career with the public sector, including the US Forest Service and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lisa founded Focused Path Coaching, a yoga-inspired Life and Leadership Coaching business. Playing with nature-inspired metaphors and yoga philosophy Lisa guides individuals and teams to discover their wisdom and chart their course for change, reveal hidden passions and map their most fulfilled life.

Lisa is no stranger to SAF’s education programs having served as a volunteer for Forest Conservation Days, coordinating scientists and specialists for SAF’s annual meetings, and collaborating with UC Cooperative Extension advisors to promote the Forestry Institute for
Teachers program across the state of California. She has been a Project Learning Tree facilitator and served on the board of directors for close to a decade. Lisa also managed statewide multi-partner programs in her roles with the USFS and UCANR to promote and support natural resources management across all sectors.Her passion for educating and mentoring all things about trees and natural environments continue to inspire her to get outside and share with people of all walks of life.