The Communications Team

The PV-South Bay Group welcomed five new members to our all-volunteer communications team in 2021: environmental journalists Isabelle JengChristopher Ozomgi and Christian Paullin, social media specialist Erin Gonzales and copy editor Marvin Contreras. Many of you already know Bill, Kevin, Susan and Judy.

Environmental Journalists

environmental journalist Christian Paullin

Christian Paullin

 is an avid outdoorsman and lifelong surfer born and raised in the South Bay. He says, “I have a passion for preserving California’s precious outdoor resources. I have grown up seeing first-hand the effect we can have on our surrounding environment and I want to bring these issues to the public eye.”

Isabelle Jeng, environmental journalist

Isabelle Jeng

is passionate about the environment, which is one of the reasons she loves living in California where others share her concern. She’s looking forward to putting her skills in journalism, photography and social media to use in reporting on environmental issues in Palos Verdes and the South Bay.

Christopher Ozomgi

is a proud New Jerseyan. His native Garden State first awakened him to the beauty of the outdoors, but he enjoys reading and researching issues pertaining to environmental justice across the nation. He is an incoming student at Cornell Law School, as well as a Syracuse University graduate. 

Social Media Specialist

Christopher Ozomgi, environmental journalist

Erin Gonzales

 is an avid hiker, outdoor enthusiast, marketing professional, and storyteller. She is passionate about the environment and creating meaningful content through photography, words, and visuals that inspire audiences to take action. After spending a decade in Chicago, she is proud to call Los Angeles home.

Copy Editor

Marvin Contreras

is an editor, poet, and outdoor enthusiast. He was raised in the San Gabriel Valley, and he has since graduated from the University of California – Riverside with a bachelor’s degree in English. When not working, reading, or writing, he is paying attention to birds. He currently lives in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. 

“Along the Path” Columnist

Susan Rothrock Deo writes “Along the Path: A Young Person’s Guide to Exploring Nature,” a column that appears in every issue. Susan holds a master’s degree in environmental education. She has taught life science, marine biology, and environmental education from pre-school through the college level. A longtime docent with Los Serenos de Point Vicente, Susan has published short stories and essays and is working on several picture books and middle grade novels.  

Facebook Manager

Bill Lavoie has been a Sierra club member for 20 years and a hike leader for 15. He serves on the Executive Committee (Excom) of the PV-SB group as Membership Chair. He invites you to follow and contribute to our Facebook page.

Instagram Manager

Kevin Schlunegger is a hike leader. As Outings & Safety Co-chair he is a member of the group Excom. Contact him if you have ideas for our Virtual Happy Hours. He invites you to follow and contribute to our Instagram feed.

Webmaster and Foggy View Editor

Judy Herman has edited the Foggy View since 2017.

If you have photos, drawings or article ideas that you think would be good for the Foggy View, contact her at

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