Meet The Sierra Club Social Section Board Members

Beverly Kanawi


Beverly has been a Sierra Club member for several decades and grew up camping in the Eastern Sierras.  She got involved with the Social Section as many do, through participation in WBC. She enjoys backpacking with her sons, biking, kayaking and all things outdoors.  As chair, she leads meetings of the board and works with other board members to plan car camps and other social activities. She can be reached by email at

Veronica Giancola


Veronica joined the WBC staff in 2005 and decided she had found her calling. She has been the Snow Camp Coordinator, Master of Ceremonies, and a certified Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Instructor. She is a COL II Leader, leading Bus Trips, car camps, backpacks, and day hikes for the Sierra Club. Her passion for backpacking and camping led her to join the Sierra Social Section to share her enthusiasm for adventures in the wilderness. Discover and explore the great outdoors with us! Contact Veronica at

Mollie Bigger


More info coming soon!


Marilyn Bockstahler

(Treasurer & Editor)

As treasurer, Marilyn manages all Sierra Social Section financial transactions, preparing monthly and annual financial statements. She loves camping and hiking–anything outdoors really. The mountains are her favorite place to be, especially the Eastern Sierras. She is a Sierra Club COL 1 leader and is available to assist other leaders. She can also help post our events so if you have somewhere we should be advertising, please let her know! Contact Marilyn at


Christian Soria


Christian has sought out adventure for as long as he can remember and has been a Sierra Club leader since 2014. As the Sierra Social Outings Coordinator, Christian is responsible for helping leaders organize and promote all outdoor activities that get people off the pavement and into the wilderness. Whether you're a leader or a participant, reach out to Christian at if you have any questions about organizing or attending an outing. Happy hiking!


Melody Eues

(Programs Coordinator)

Melody is an active COL leader for the Sierra Club, leading day hikes, backpacks, and car camps, and on staff for our Wilderness Basics Course. She loves outdoor activities and social events! If you have ideas for an event or activity such as parties, potlucks, movie nights, concerts in the park, sports events, or city walks, she can help you with coordination and show you how to get your activity or event published in our newsletter! Please email her at and welcome to our Social Section!

Ellen Emery


Ellen's been a member since the 1990s and active in all sorts of activities--car camps, hikes, movie nights, parties, picnics, volleyball and on the Board. Contact Ellen at if you have questions about joining or renewing your membership in the Sierra Social Section.


Sabine Prather


Sabine's passion for conserving nature comes from leading many hiking, biking, and paddling trips on the east coast. Once you see the beauty of native California, as she's begun to do, you'll want to help, too. You can contact her at


Ernest “El” Lotecka


El joined the Board in 2008 and served in several positions during the transition from Singles to Social Section. He's the manager for Sierra Talks and publicizes events through the Hi Sierran, Meetup, Facebook, Happenings, and Reader. Besides the many scenic San Diego areas, Hawaii is his favorite place to be outdoors. You can email El at to discuss ways to promote our Social Section.


Rose Williams


Rose has been a Sierra Club member, volunteer, and leader since 2015 and enjoys meeting new people through the club. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, cycling, and running around San Diego. As the Hospitality Coordinator, it's Rose's job to attend Sierra Club orientation meetings and introduce the Social Section to new members, as well as represent the Social Section at other monthly events and community outreach programs. Have questions about the Social Section? Reach out to Rose at

Eric Williams


Eric is a Chapter Outings Leader for the Sierra Club, a WBC staff member, and the Sierra Social Section Webmaster. He loves all sorts of outdoor activities, including hiking, backpacking, bicycling, and beach volleyball. If you have questions or suggestions regarding the website, please contact him at


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