We are lucky to live in one of the most biodiverse places on the planet and our Board of Directors and volunteers are a wonderful representation of this diversity.
We are comprised of amateurs, enthusiasts, students and professionals with interests in all aspects of mycology including culinary, cultivation, identification, photography, ecology, art and more.
We are eager to bring our love of mycology to the masses so please do not hesitate to reach-out to us with any questions, thoughts or concerns.
Also, we would love for you to join our group as a member and encourage you to participate in our events and form part of our Board of Directors. These positions are currently open for anyone with the interest in supporting with some of the responsibilities which need to be fulfilled in order to give SDMS the best we can give. Thank you!
CURRENT OPEN POSITIONS
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CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Michelle Jachimowicz
I joined the San Diego Mycological Society in 2011. I have been attending meetings and helping with events ever since. This is my second year as the President of the club. My fascination with mushrooms peaked in 2008 as I was trekking through the jungles of Costa Rica while working as a manager of a biological station. During this time I became interested in the role fungi played in the environment. I joined the club to continue to expand my knowledge about mushrooms and how they can be utilized in all aspects of life. As President, I am so excited to be able to to expand my passion for fungi while promoting our local mycelial network.
Vice President: Tony Lieras
I have been a member for two years and this is my first year as a member of the board. I have many years of experience in leading large and small teams in many fields of the tech industry. I have grown shiitake and pearl oyster mushrooms in my own backyard and am very excited to learn how to identify and how to proliferate the beautiful life of mushrooms within my own community.
Treasurer: Cassandra Ablola
Member since October 2014.
Treasurer since November 2017.
There is so much more than the common button or magic mushroom in terms of varieties of fungi. Bioluminescent species glow in the night forest and rich hues of caps and stems can be found throughout the globe, like an artist’s color palette whose inspiration is found directly in nature. I hope to illuminate this subject and share my passion of these forms.
I love finding mushrooms in their natural habitat and so far I have seen many in the western U.S., several countries in Europe and the Philippines! Looking forward to many fruitful forays in the future!
Membership Manager: Mathew Meyer
I have been with the San Diego Mycological Society for nearly two years and have served as the Membership Director for one year. I am a budding research mycologist and currently work as a Microscopy Specialist at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA in 2017 and am currently applying to mycology Ph.D. programs all around the world. I hope to investigate fungal chemical ecology with an emphasis on fungal-insect interactions.
Education Manager: Siena McKim
I am brand new to the club and happier than a cup mushroom in the rain to be working with this fungitastic group of people. As the Education Manager, I will be helping to spread the wonders of fungi and lichens to the world through public outreach and art! Mycology makes me feel more connected to the earth and happy to be alive experiencing such beautiful and mysterious creatures. When I am not illustrating or volunteering at the Birch Aquarium I am studying lichens, recently more of the algal side of the symbiosis.
Social Media Manager: Dennis Walker
Web Master and Design: Abelardo Rodriguez
I have been involved with SDMS since about 2013. I started my histoire du champignon reading articles in the New England Journal of Medicine, on Japanese studies of specific mushrooms and their medicinal properties, after searching for alternative therapies, and found immediate love with Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum). I’ve worked in Broadcast TV and Production Media for over 2 decades, hosting a live local morning news show for many years, sung the National Anthem in Petco Park and have a passion for the sciences and creative arts. I make mandalas, design jewelry and print t-shirts. I am also a part of several other societies in Balboa Park, among these, the SD Gem and Mineral Society and the SD Medicinal Herb Club.
Current project in SDMS is to organize and refresh our website.
Instagram: @ a b e l a r d o a r t s / @ b e e e _ a r t
Citizen Science Manager: Mary Ann Hawke
As one of the scientists in SDMYCO, I’ve been working on citizen science projects like DNA barcoding the mushrooms of San Diego and research projects like studying fungal spores at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. I love the way that mycology brings together such a diverse group of people, who all have their own reasons for being interested in fungi, whether it is through science, cultivation, food, human health, ecological health, travel, or art.
Club Chef: Sarah Restivo
I have been with the club for a year now. I have learned so much about mushrooms since joining. I have even grown a bunch of my own mushrooms which is super fun! I have been interested in cooking ever since I can remember. It has always been my passion. I especially love cooking with mushrooms because of how creative you can be with them! There are so many different kinds and ways to prepare. Please come join us at one of our mushroom dinners!
Board Adviser: Pat Nolan
I’ve been with the club from nearly the start. I’m a plant pathologist so I see a lot of microfungi, but wasn’t very familiar with the macrofungi and the club is a great way to learn about them and meet great people.
Board Advisor: Michelle Innis
My husband and I joined the club in 2012 and I have been secretary for the past four years. I initially took a master gardeners class with a focus on mushrooms taught by one of our members, Sam Andrasko of Creekside Mushroom Farms. I was interested from a medicinal point because of my son’s illness. We have been growing shiitake at home for five or six years. Mushrooms are a natural fit in my life as we love to hike and photographing them out in the wild has become one of my greatest joys
Board Advisor: Bonni Thoresen
SDMYCO was being founded at the time I first encountered the mushrooms that got me hooked on studying mycology, Amanita muscaria. Luckily, I was soon directed to the club and have been involved ever since helping with the board, mushroom fairs and forays. SDMYCO has been a haven of like-minded people, educating, inspiring and becoming friends.
Founding Member: Elio Schaechter
Elio, co-founder of SDMYCO, has been a great source of inspiration and teacher to many over the years. Elio maintains teaching positions at both SDSU and UCSD. Elio loves writing and besides authoring dozens of scientific papers and classic microbiology books, in 1997 his delightful book, In the Company of Mushrooms, was published by the Harvard University Press. In 2006, he helped originate the popular blog Small Things Considered, published by the American Society for Microbiology, with which Elio and co-bloggers continue to share appreciation of Earth’s microbes which of course, sometimes feature fungi!
About 20 years ago, Elio and a few like-minded folks joined efforts and started compiling an online collection of mostly European classical artworks depicting mushrooms. A few years ago NAMA adopted and incorporated the Registry of Mushrooms in Works of Art.
A/V Manager: Andrew Gottlieb (A/V Manager)
Additional Board Advisers: Les Braund, Sam Andrasko, Darcy Salzl