George Watland
Senior Chapter Director

George develops and implements all programs, policies, and  initiatives for the chapter.  He performs long range planning, makes appropriate recommendations to the Executive Committee regarding short and long term priorities and strategies to develop and strengthen the effectiveness of the chapter.  He is responsible for Chapter wide fundraising initiatives including Major Gifts, Cars4Causes, the Hike Donation Program, the 1000 at $100 campaign, the March and August Membership Appeals the Cheers or Tears Tribute Card Program and partnerships with outside organizations and companies such as Warner Bros.  He also handles all bequest, annuity and planned giving inquiries.

He manages Chapter staff; supports our members and volunteer leaders, and oversees operations including fiduciary oversight and budget maintenance, programs and projects.

George works in partnership with the Chapter Executive Committee Chair to move Chapter policies and programs forward.

Contact him with any and all Chapter concerns or queries at george.watland@sierraclub.org and (213) 387-4287, Ext. 210.


Jane MacFarlane
Chapter Coordinator

Jane is responsible for office management of the Chapter, including daily administrative operations, training and supervision of the office volunteers and maintenance of  the office, equipment and schedule, along with many other administrative tasks.

She also performs all of the Chapter’s accounting duties, from processing donations, invoices and reimbursement requests through closing journal entries and the preparation of the Annual Financial Statement and the annual independent audit.

She trains and supports the Chapter Treasurer and works closely with Chapter Staff, Volunteer Treasurers and the National’s accounting team to comply with the Sierra Club's requirements.

Contact Jane at jane.macfarlane@sierraclub.org or call (213)387-4287, Ext. 205.



Mary Forgione
Southern Sierran and Website Editor

Mary is an L.A.-based journalist with three decades of writing and editing experience at daily newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, the Daily News and other publications.

She's also a longtime Angeles Chapter outings leader for the Wilderness Adventures Section and a regular hiker at Griffith Park.

Mary oversees production of the quarterly Southern Sierran print edition, the monthly Southern Sierran e-newsletter and updates the Chapter website with events and news relevant to our readers and to the mission of the Sierra Club. She also updates the Chapter's Facebook page and Twitter feeds for breaking news. Contact Mary at mary.forgione@sierraclub.org or call (213) 387-4287, Ext. 212.



The phone number for the Chapter Office is 213-387-4287.

Office Volunteers

Front Desk
Jim Ulmer, Edward McKitrick, Steph Lopez, Charming Evelyn, Lindy Edwards and Laima Gaidulis.

Loren and Ute Lee

Volunteer Coordinator
Steph Lopez



[Desert Five Spot flower (Nemophila Maculata), header photo by Derek Wallentinsen]