Board of Directors

Donna Barnes – Secretary

Donna  Barnes and her husband moved to Ramona in 1978 for the love of the land and raised two sons. She worked in her career of nursing and is now retired. Admiration & appreciation of the oaks, manzanitas, sages, wildlife, beautiful sunrises & sunsets are what brought her and her husband Larry (Barney) to Sustainable Ramona in hopes of supporting, sustaining & serving our Ramona environment. 

Larry (Barney) Barnes

Larry (Barney) Barnes moved to Ramona in 1978 for the love of the land. He and his wife Donna raised 2 sons and he had a career in computer fields before retiring. Like his wife, his admiration & appreciation of the oaks, manzanitas, sages, wildlife, beautiful sunrises & sunsets is what brought him to Sustainable Ramona in hopes of supporting, sustaining & serving our Ramona environment. 

Cindy Dodson

Cindy Dodson holds a degree in Sociology with a focus on urban poverty and has also studied fine arts and art history, and holds a minor in business. She has been a Member of the Board of The Art Center for five years and has recently been added to the Board of Sustainable Ramona. Cindy is an artist, showing regularly at the 2Create Gallery, and a musician who teaches the violin. She has facilitated local Social Justice Forums, taking community leadership roles and teaching others about the causes and consequences of environmental and social injustice. Her travels throughout Asia have given her a broader appreciation of all cultures. Cindy understands the value of growing our own food and is the co-manager of the Ramona Community Garden. She has lived in Ramona for fifteen years and has a spouse, three grown children, two dogs and a turtle.

Rob Lewallen

Rob is an architectural designer and California-building contractor specializing in energy-efficient design and construction since the mid-1970s. He has designed and built more than 300 homes as well as many additions and remodels in the Ramona area over the past 45 years. Former member and past Chairman of the Ramona Community Planning Group, founding / current member / past Chairman of the Ramona Design Review Board. Current Chairman of the Ramona Village Design Committee and Co-Chair Ramona Bluegrass & Old West Festival. Current Member of the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project Board. 2022 recipient of the Ramona Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award. Performing musician in the San Diego area.

Belinda Long

Belinda Long pursued an education in Early Childhood Development that combined with her love children to result in a teaching career of 35 years. Her early respect for social justice occurred in Mobile, Al where she was born during the Civil Rights Movement. Her extensive travel throughout Europe along with living in Japan expanded her perspective on life. As a teacher, she emphasized nature and exposed children to the fascination of nature by showing the cycle of live silkworms, tadpole development, planting, and composting thereby conveying the message of earth’s ability for sustainability through its natural processes. She relocated to Ramona from Escondido in 1997 so that her two young sons could grow up in a small rural community. She is honored to be involved and to contribute to the well-being of Ramona through the work of Sustainable Ramona.
TIKKUN OLAM – Repair of the world. (Hebrew)

Beth Prinz

Beth Prinz has practiced and promoted water conservation for decades, using greywater and rainwater capture for irrigation. Upcycling wool and  garments, cooking with a solar oven, and composting have long been part of her wise living as she desires to honor God in thanks for His beautiful creation. She connects people and causes to help our special community of Ramona.

Bill Prinz – Treasurer

Bill’s career has been focused on environmental health and resource protection at the local government level. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and a Master of Public Administration.  He believes that sustaining the creation and its resources starts at the local grassroots level.

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 – President

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. Strand has a BA in political science from Dickinson College; and a PhD in international politics from George Washington University.