Shasta Historical society
Board of Directors
Joe Gibson is a graduate of California State University, Chico in mathematics. Joe is currently working in the insurance industry and is a retired teacher that taught for Anderson, West Valley and North Valley High School. Following his teaching career Joe also served as the Director of Programs for AUHSD district office. Joe currently is on the Board of several organizations including: Shasta Historical Society, AUHSD, ROP, BOCH and the Shasta College Foundation.
Mike moved to Shasta County, as a high school junior, in 1962 and graduated from Enterprise High School in 1964. He graduated from Chico State University, majoring in History, and was hired by Charles Denny in 1970 to teach American Problems at Enterprise High School. Mike was the head track and field coach, as well as head cross country coach for many years, served as the Student Activities Director for 5 years, and later was the lead negotiator for the teachers union in the Shasta Union High District for nine years. Mike taught at Enterprise for 32 years before finishing his teaching career as an instructor in the College Connection Program at Shasta College for seven years before retiring in 2009. Mike’s daughter Kelsey, is presently a counselor in the Upward Bound/Trio program, working with high school students from the local area. In retirement, Mike has worked as a volunteer with the American Red Cross, Retired Coaches Association, the Euphrates Institute and has been a Shasta Historical Society board member since 2012, recently serving as the board’s chair for 2 years.
Roger is a retired educator of forty years who has taught at high school, community college, and university levels. He is a member of the Cascade Theatre Restoration Committee and Cascade Advisory Committee. Member of Shasta Union Elementary School Board, Jefferson Public Radio Foundation Board, Jefferson Live Board, and is a Governor of Behrens-Eaton House.
Gail Davis Leonard
Gail graduated from the University of Oregon with a major in English and a minor in History. She taught in the English department and then in the Social Science department at Shasta College for seven years. Gail has been actively involved with the Shasta Land Trust.
Bob was born and raised in Redding, California and married his wife Janice over 40 years ago. Together they have two adult children, Tristen and Kaysen. Recently Tristan blessed them with their second grandchild. Bob earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from Chico State University. Prior to beginning his career as a financial advisor, Bob played professional tennis in the 1970s. He has excelled and prospered in his role as a financial advisor in his hometown of Redding for the past 30 years. Giving back to this community is very important to Bob. He sat on the Community Service Advisory Committee for the City of Redding for two terms, and on the North Valley Catholic Social Services and Shasta Library Investment Committees. He coached Redding Youth Baseball for over 20 years, was Past President, and served two terms on the Board of directors for Riverview Country Club.
Born in Redding, Denny attended local schools before graduating from UC Berkeley in 1974. She later earned her teaching and administrative credentials, working as a teacher and administrator for over 30 years. The last five years of her career Denny was the Executive Director for Student Support Services for the Shasta County Office of Education. Since retirement, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and being involved in the community, particularly as it relates to local history. In addition to the Shasta Historical Society Board, Denny serves on the Shasta County Board of Education and is a Governor of the Eaton Gift. In the past she served on the Youth Violence Prevention Council, GRIP – Gang Reduction and Intervention Program and the California League of Middle Schools.
Jim is a community volunteer and Rotary Club member. He was a founding member of the Redding Rotary Sunset Riverview and served 8 years as a director for the Shasta Builders Exchange. He served as president of the Clairmont Doctors park, president of Huber and Burton Inc., and the premier masonry contractors in the Redding area for 30 plus years.
In 2016 Mary ran for and was elected to represent District 3 on the Shasta County Board of Supervisors. As a resident of Shasta County for over 40 years and with a deep dedication to the North State’s heritage, she is committed to improving the County services Shasta County residents receive to ensure a better future for our kids and grandkids. Mary has served on numerous mental health committees and boards advocating to improve and increase mental health services in our community. She has served on the Shasta Community Foundation, has mentored teens through Plus One Mentors and is a founding member of the Women’s Fund. Mary Rickert is co-owner of Western Agricultural Services, along with her husband Jim. Additionally, they are majority owners of Prather Ranch, recognized for its sustainable and ethic practices and its premium dry-aged natural beef program. With her deep love of history, her activism, and her family’s long history in Shasta County, Mary will be an excellent addition to the Shasta Historical Society Board of Directors.
David A. Kehoe
David is a life-long resident of Redding, having graduated from St. Joseph’s Elementary School and Shasta High School. He graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Public Administration and Political Science. He has served as a Management Analyst and Program Director with the United States Forest Service. David has a long history of community involvement and has served on many local and regional agencies and boards; highlighted with the honor of being selected as Redding’s Citizen of the Year. David was elected to the Shasta County Board of Supervisors in 1998, where he represented District 1 for twenty years. He is a former Mayor and City Councilman for the City of Redding.
Leaving Redding in 1970 Michelle spent most of her professional career residing in Nevada and southern Oregon. Following 35 years in public education that included administration and community/school-based triage crisis counseling, Michelle has returned to Redding to enjoy retirement in a recreational area and community of friends and family that she loves.
Dave Scott is the descendant of pioneer families in the Redding area and the historic Diestelhorst Bridge was named after his great, great grandfather, Gottlieb Diestelhorst. Dave is a graduate of Redding area schools and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nevada at Reno. Dave currently works as a partner at D.H. Scott & Company and has worked for other prominent firms in Redding, Reno, San Francisco and Oakland. Dave has been very active in helping and serving his community as a member or board member of organizations such as: Shasta Historical Society, Shasta Business Council, Shasta Builders’ Exchange, Associated General Contractors of California, Redding Bank of Commerce, Youth Violence Prevention Council and many more. He has received many awards with the most recent being in 2009 where he was recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Redding Record Searchlight.
Dave is an avid outdoorsman with particular interests in hunting, fishing and photography.
Tristen Aitkin is a wife and mother that works full time as a Branch Manager for U.S. Bank. She loves her town and community and is involved in several community organizations because she feels the world only gets better when we get to work doing the things that matter: taking care of each other and our world. Tristen also started a Youtube channel to teach the world that Do-It-Yourself ways could help us replace some of the harmful products we use in our homes. Her Youtube channel Tristen’s DIY Life is all about her journey to create a healthier life for herself and her family.
Bob was born and raised in Redding, CA to parents who were born in Shasta County. He attended St. Joseph’s Elementary and graduated from Shasta High School. Bob received a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Chico. He has been married to his lovely wife, Leslie, for 34 years. Leslie had a lengthy career with the City of Redding’s Public Works department, and they share two wonderful daughters. Now retired, Bob and Leslie spend a great deal of time at their Shingletown property which has been in the family for almost 100 years.
Blake Fisher is a Program Coordinator for Viva Downtown, an officially designated Main Street America organization. Fisher is a native Northern California resident who attended Redding schools and graduated from Enterprise High School and Shasta College. Fisher enjoys performing and has been lucky enough to share his talents with the community through Shasta College, Cascade Theatre and the Shasta Historical Society. Fisher is on the Shasta Historical Education Committee he looks forward to our developing Downtown Redding and participating in Shasta Historical Society’s mission. His favorite inspirational quote: “Leadership and Learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F Kennedy
Jerry Brown has worked at Shasta College for the last 28 years as a Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Physical Education Instructor. In 2020 he retired from coaching and took on the job of Director of Umoja and Community Outreach for Shasta College. Prior to his career at Shasta Jerry attended San Diego State University on a Basketball Scholarship and played Professional Basketball in Oslo Norway.
Some of his favorite things to do are: Golf, Fishing and Travel to new places
R. Russ Peterson
Patrick W. Carr
A resident of Cottonwood, Pat served Shasta Historical Society for several years as a Director, including a term as Vice President. Mr. Carr is an advocate for community colleges and higher education, having earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University and his Master of Economics degree from Washington State University. Pat retired from the California Department of Transportation (“Caltrans”) in 2009, having served in technical and managerial capacities in Sacramento, Oakland, and Shasta County. Before Caltrans, Mr. Carr held management positions with three Fortune 500 companies (Sea-Land/RJ Reynolds, Honeywell Aerospace & Defense, and American President Companies), as well as leadership positions with various charitable and non-profit organizations including: Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District – Area B, Lassen Park Foundation, Santa Clara University Alumni Board, Friends of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Anderson Historical Society, San Francisco National Maritime Historic Park, Redding Elks Lodge, Junior Achievement of Greater Puget Sound Annual Fund Drive.
Pat and his wife Kathie reside in Cottonwood, and are the proud parents of Erin Carr Miller, residing in Colorado, and Megan Carr Williams, residing in Alaska.
Graduate of Enterprise High School; Arizona State University, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Business Administration. NCAA All-American, track and field. Shasta College, Business Instructor and Head Track and Field/Cross Country Coach; Athletic Director; Dean of Public Safety, Sports and Fitness; Vice President of Academic Affairs; and then, Superintendent/President of Shasta until retirement. Member, Pacheco Union School District Board of Trustees, President for 5 years. Active community volunteer. Family has been in Shasta County since 1852.