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Board Members

Christine Boyd - Term expires December 6, 2024

Chris (nickname Wick) was elected to the Board in November, 2020, after serving for 4 years as founding Chair of the Redwood Valley Municipal Advisory Council (where she still serves). Her goal is to support the ongoing improvement, financing, and fire prevention efforts of the RVCFD, to help meet the increasingly urgent fire and life safety issues in our community.

Chris served for over 32 years in the County of Orange, including 22 years in management positions in the Orange County FIre Authority. There, she worked in budget and administration, emergency management, disaster preparedness, and hazardous materials. By the time of her retirement, Chris was Deputy Fire Marshal managing 25 staff responsible for annual inspections, code enforcement, fee programs, and environmental management programs. She represented the fire service in the State-wide Certified Unified Program Agency haz mat regulatory program, developed and monitored legislation, taught supervision and leadership courses, and oversaw management of the County Emergency Operations Center.

Steve Rugg - Term expires December 2, 2022

Director Steve Rugg is a long-time resident of Redwood Valley that was appointed to the Board in November 2009.  He and his wife Holly raised both of their daughters here, where they attended and participated in the public school system.  Mr. Rugg has a BA degree in Environmental Planning from UCSC and a general contractor's license.  He currently works as the Construction Manager for health clinics in Lake and Mendocino Counties, helping those clinics expand their facilities and services.  His contributions to RVCFD have included the drafting of the Administrative Policies and Procedures manual, the Emergency Vehicle Policies manual and the 2019 Strategic Plan.

John Strangio - Term expires December 6, 2024

Linda Talso - Term expires December 2, 2022

Director Linda Talso was born in Ukiah and raised in Redwood Valley. She attended Chico State University, where she earned a BA in English and an Elementary Teaching Credential. She returned to the area after college to teach for Ukiah Unified School District for 31 years at Redwood Valley and Eagle Peak Middle Schools.

She and her husband, Marvin, raised a son and a daughter and now enjoy their four grandchildren. After retiring in 2006, they have enjoyed traveling the world and the US. In 2016, Linda and Marvin co-authored the book: Images of America: Redwood Valley. In 2015, she was asked to serve on the Board of Directors for the Redwood Valley Calpella Fire District. Linda enjoys serving and giving back to our wonderful community.

James Tuso - Term expires December 6, 2024