MAMMOTH LAKES FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

The Board of Commissioners is comprised of five elected officials who guide the District using sound leadership principles, fiscally responsible policies, and a compassionate sensibility to the needs of the community. The Board holds its regular meetings at 12:00PM on the third Tuesday of every month at Station 1. Meetings are public and community members are welcome to attend.

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John Mendel

John Mendel

Chair
jmendel@mlfd.ca.gov
John Mendel spent 43 years in the private sector in various senior leadership roles at Ford, Mazda and most recently, American Honda. Commissioner Mendel and his wife Luan have been long-time homeowners in Mammoth, and moved to town permanently in 2014. In 2017 the Mendel family founded Devils Creek Distillery, an extremely successful business located in the Mammoth Lakes Industrial Park. Commissioner Mendel has served on MLFD's Board since 2017 and is currently the Board Chair.
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Betsy Truax

Vice Chair
btruax@mlfd.ca.gov
Betsy Truax moved to Mammoth Lakes with her family in 2010. She is currently the Community Engagement Director for Mammoth Lakes Tourism, and previously served as Executive Director for the nonprofit Mammoth Lakes Foundation. She is also Vice President of the High Sierra Triathlon Club. Commissioner Truax was an appointed Parks & Recreation Commissioner for the Town of Mammoth Lakes from 2012-2022, serving as Chair for eight years. She is also a past president of the California Association of Park & Recreation Commissioners and Board Members. Commissioner Truax is passionate about all that Mammoth Lakes offers residents and visitors, and is an avid swimmer, road cyclist, hiker, and skier.
Bulkley, Chris

Chris Bulkley

Secretary
cbulkley@mlfd.ca.gov
Chris Bulkley is currently the Vice President of Operations at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. He is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he earned a BS in Aeronautical Science. Commissioner Bulkley was a founding member and original Chairman of the California Ski Industry Association's Maintenance and Operations education program from 1990-1992 and continues to be involved with the development of training curriculum on the operations side of the ski industry. Commissioner Bulkley moved to Mammoth in 1984 where he met his wife, Erin. Together they enjoy spending time biking, paddle boarding, hiking and golfing.
Roger Curry

Roger Curry

Commissioner
rcurry@mlfd.ca.gov
Roger Curry and his wife Karen built their home in Mammoth Lakes in 2003 and have been full-time residents of the community ever since. Commissioner Curry is a retired Firefighter for Los Angeles City Fire Department, was a Director of UFLAC, Local 112 (LAFD's labor union) and served on UFLAC's Negotiating Team. Commissioner Curry has also been a member of the Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary for 10 years, volunteers at the Cast Off, and has worked for 17 years as a Host for Mammoth Mountain. He and his wife are both avid skiers.
Photo of Dave Easterby

Dave Easterby

Commissioner
deasterby@mlfd.ca.gov
Dave Easterby has spent 34 years in the Insurance and Financial Services Industry. He has been affiliated with State Farm Insurance since 2002, serving in multiple agency and corporate roles. Commissioner Easterby moved to Mammoth Lakes in 2015 to manage the State Farm Insurance Agency. He is also the current President of the Mammoth Lakes Fire Safe Council. Commissioner Easterby is a native Southern Californian who has enjoyed many years hiking, backpacking, fishing, and skiing in the Eastern Sierra. He and his wife, Sean, have been married for over 40 years, and have raised four children. Commissioner Easterby has a BA from Briar Cliff University, in Sioux City, Iowa, and earned his Certified Financial Planning Designation from the College of Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado.

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