Steering Committee

Donna and Larry (Barney) Barnes

Donna and Larry (Barney) Barnes moved to Ramona in 1978 for the love of the land. Had their family, raised 2 sons, worked in their careers of nursing & computer fields & are now retired! Their admiration & appreciation of the oaks, manzanitas, sages, wildlife, beautiful sunrises & sunsets is what brought them to Sustainable Ramona in hopes of supporting, sustaining & serving our Ramona environment. 

Rev. Tracy Barnowe

Rev. Tracy Barnowe is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ, church growth specialist, author, inventor, biblical scholar, and long-time lover of edible landscaping, worm farming, fruit rustling, and sustainable gardening. She expressed her interest in ecology early in her life when she founded the Albany High School Ecology Club and served as President for three years in High School.

She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, but spent fifteen years in Portland, Oregon. She has two teenage daughters and is currently engaged to be married. She has long-enjoyed canning, preserving, and making liqueurs from local and wild fruit, and is now dabbling in olive curing. She has two dogs (Charlemagne “Charlie” and Oliver), eight chickens (Hey Hey, Cora, Daisy, Piper, Nutmeg, Sakura, Clover, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and 279,583 eisenia foetida “red wiggler” worms, all named Fred.

Walt Sindewald

Walt is approaching Sustainable Ramona as a 27-year resident in Ramona, who raised a family and is now retired in the community. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Illinois, a Certificate in Purchasing Management from UCSD and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from SDSU. In his career, he was employed in a variety of positions for large companies spanning 37 years. He worked for 28 years for Sony Electronics in the fields of Purchasing and Materials Management ultimately reaching the position of Director of Corporate Procurement. After that, he spent two years as a consultant to LPL Financial focusing on purchasing systems implementation and cost reduction. His forte was cost reduction.

Joyce T. Strand

Strand moved to Ramona in 2006 (with her now late husband) in time to experience the Witch Creek fire. Prior to retirement, she headed corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in California’s Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. She currently writes and publishes mystery novels, serves on the Ramona H.E.A.R.T Mural Project board, and volunteers on the Ramona Art and Wine Festival committee. She respects and enjoys the scenic and productive Ramona hillsides and farmland and believes that the community can be a leader in producing a land-friendly environment that will enable a viable economy. She lives in Ramona with her two cats, Holmes and Watson, and her collection of cow statuary. Strand has a BA in political science from Dickinson College; and a PhD in international politics from George Washington University.