Cathy Stewart - President
Cathy Stewart was appointed to the Northstar CSD Board of Directors December, 2013. Cathy and her husband, Larry, first moved to Northstar in 1999 after vacationing here for years. Their love of the community and the natural environment only grew from there.
Professionally, Cathy has worked for 20 years in the telecommunications industry. Her responsibilities centered around selling high-end solutions - presenting to their boards, cost justifying and negotiating contracts. Additionally, she and her husband have built and remodeled a number of homes in Northstar, Lahontan, Carmel-by-the-Sea, San Jose, and La Quinta. This experience has proven invaluable to her knowledge of construction and project management and has been significant in furthering her experience in contract negotiations and implementation. Cathy has also served on a number of boards and Leadership Teams. These include the Queen of Hearts Women's Fund (Truckee, CA), Excellence in Education (Truckee, CA), and Speak-Up Leadership for Girls, (San Jose, CA). Cathy holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University. She also has a California Real Estate License, although inactive.
"The work that NCSD has done and continues to do is invaluable to the Northstar community and beyond. I am proud to be a contributing member of the board - building relationships with community partners, staff and residences of the Northstar community and service district."
Nancy Ives - Vice President
In October, 2001, Nancy was selected from several applicants to fill the un-expired term of Ralph Owens on NCSD Board of Directors. She considers herself "almost a local" since she was born and raised in Carson City, Nevada, and lived most of her adult life in Reno. She purchased her Northstar home in 1980 and has lived here full time with her husband, Jerry, since 1993.
Part of a family land development company in Nevada for more than 25 years, Nancy is familiar with water and sewer systems, road maintenance, growth problems and the necessities of working with local agencies. She holds a BS in Business and a Masters Degree in Journalism, and taught classes at Truckee Meadows Community College as well as the University of Nevada, Reno. Nancy also worked many years as a reporter at the Reno Gazette-Journal newspaper and continues to write as a freelancer for several local and national publications.
Having been a business owner and having spent so many years in journalism, Nancy feels she's able to see all sides of various issues. She's been active in many community organizations and served on several boards of directors. Both Ives are avid outdoors people who love to hike, bike, ski and kayak in the Northstar/Truckee/Tahoe area. They have five grown children, and decided to settle in Northstar because "it offers the best of everything." Nancy appreciates our top-rated fire department, our trails and our road and water systems. She also understands the complexities of balancing quality of life with progress.
Dee Cravens - Director
Dee Cravens was appointed to the Northstar CSD Board of Directors in July 2017 and elected to the board in November 2018. Dee and his wife, Kirstin, first purchased property in Northstar in 1992 and moved full time to Northstar in 2012.
Professionally, Dee has an extensive and impressive background in Technology Marketing and Senior Executive positions in four public companies. Additionally Dee has held leadership positions in five start-ups including as Co-founder for DVDPlay, Inc., (AKA Redbox Movie Rentals), two M&A's and one IPO. He is also the creator of three technology-focused company customer facing magazines: Sun Microsystems Technology Journal, CREATE and Connect & Communicate Journal. Dee also has an extensive resume of community and non-profit board experience, ranging from The American Lung Association, Northern California region to the American Film Institute (AFI) Millennium Board to the San Jose Chamber of Commerce. Dee believes that we all have a responsibility to the betterment of our communities through personal commitment and active participation in the management, oversight and future growth.
“At NCSD, I observe a highly experienced, innovative, fiscally responsible and dedicated management team, and Board of Directors that strive to contribute in a measurable way to the ongoing success of NCSD by providing fresh ideas, thought leadership, diversified work backgrounds and dedication that adds sustainable value to our community.”
Warren "Chip" Brown - Financial Representative
Warren “Chip” Brown was appointed to the NCSD Board of Directors in June 2018. The Browns have been part time or full time residents of Northstar for over 40 years.
Mr. Brown and his wife, Mary, were publishers of community newspapers in the San Francisco east Bay Area, the Monterey Peninsula, and California’s Central Valley. They were also involved in several other business ventures over the years. Warren’s volunteer services have been extensive and have included Chair of both the Oakland and Alameda Chambers of Commerce and The Bay Area Tumor Institute. He also served as Commissioner of The Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Complex and was involved in programs for at-risk youth. Through his association with a local fly fishing club, Mr. Brown was deeply involved in the restoration of 2.5 miles of The Truckee River.
Warren’s and Mary’s family includes three children and eight grandchildren. Two of their children and six of their grandchildren also reside in Truckee. It is for them and other NCSD residents that he hopes to help find the balance between the region’s quality of life and the preservation of natural resources.
Mike "Spoon" Witherspoon - Director
In June of 2019, Spoon was appointed to fill the remainder of Jeann Green’s term on the NCSD Board of Directors. Having spent the previous ten years splitting time between Truckee and San Francisco, he moved into the Lahontan portion of the District in December of 2018. He is an avid mountain sports lover having spent his formative years in the Alps, Poconos and Appalachians.
Spoon has spent the past 19 years in the software consulting industry. His responsibilities have ranged from a COBOL developer of utility industry solutions on mainframes to founding CodeScience, which builds an array of cloud based SaaS products for enterprises. Spoon retired from operating CodeScience and remains as the Chairman of the Board at that company. Along the way, Mike took time out to become a professional SCUBA instructor and a Burning Man camp leader. Prior to entering the software profession, Spoon worked as a quality engineer on institutional construction projects in southern Virginia. Mike earned both a Bachelors of Civil Engineering and a Masters of Geotechnical Engineering from Virginia Tech. The engineering and executive backgrounds have helped him appreciate the wide variety of services NCSD offers its residents and the finances behind them.
“I have spent the past few decades architecting solutions for complex problems with no correct answer. Between carbon emission reduction, forest fuels management, maintaining the streets and keeping the water flowing, NCSD and the residents of the Sierras face serious challenges. I am excited to enter public service as part of a forward thinking board working with an innovative management team.”