Commissioner Biographies

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Robert Orlins

Robert Orlins, a 43-year resident of Woodland, lives in a Craftsman bungalow, in one of the historic bungalow neighborhoods. As a State Archaeologist and State Environmental Planner (Archaeologist) he has administered or carried out prehistoric, historic, and ethnographic projects throughout the State of California for State Parks and Department of Water Resources. He is now retired and continues to do volunteer archaeology. Locally, he was a member of the Yolo County Historic Preservation Commission, worked on the Woodland Stroll booklet, has volunteered at the County Museum, was on the 2008 Arbor Day Committee, and did archaeological work at the Woodland Opera House prior to its restoration. He is currently on the Board of the Woodland Tree Foundation.

Cheryl Brookshear

Cheryl Brookshear is a native of Wisconsin and came to Woodland in 2006. She holds a Bachelor's degree in History from Marquette University and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Brookshear qualifies as a historian and architectural historian under the United States Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualification Standards (as defined in 36 CFR Part 61). She works with JRP Historical Consulting, LLC as an Architectural Historian. Prior to joining JRP in 2002, Ms. Brookshear served as Curator of Education for Hearthstone Historic House Museum, Appleton, Wisconsin, developing historical education programs, coordinating volunteers and conducting research for exhibits and programs. She has also worked with the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, Wilwaukee, Wisconsin.

Chair, Mark Aulman

Mark Aulman is a third-generation Woodland resident and lives with his wife Mary in a 1903-vintage home that has been featured twice in Woodland’s annual Stroll Through History. As the city government reporter for the Woodland Daily Democrat in the late 1970’s, he covered the successful effort to restore the Woodland Opera House as well as the formation of the Neighborhood Preservation zone, designed to protect Woodland’s historic homes. Mark is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara and currently works as a technical marketing writer. He is a member of the California Preservation Association, the Civil War Trust and the Woodland Tree Foundation board.

Vice-Chair, BJ Ford

I moved to Woodland from Santa Cruz in 1967 soon after my husband was hired as Chief Probation Officer of Yolo County.   After being visited by the City Welcome Wagon Hostess, we joined the Welcome Wagon Club. I was elected President in 1968.   When the current Welcome Wagon Hostess moved from Woodland, I was selected to replace her. I was instrumental in the formation of the Junior Women’s Club of Woodland, the Maxwell School PTA and the League of Women Voters.  1975 to 1983 I served on the Woodland Joint Unified School Board.  My husband I owned the BookFaire Book Store until 1988. When we closed the store, I became the Woodland Downtown Coordinator and as such was instrumental in forming the Woodland Downtown Association.  Co-organized the first Stroll Through History with Woodland resident Chris Dreith, who was then the Farmer’s Market Coordinator. Together we kept “downtowners” informed as the Heritage Plaza was constructed.  We held the naming contest of the Plaza and the “brick campaign”.  My interest in Woodland history led to my chairing the fundraising campaign to fence the Woodland City Cemetery which led me to the Yolo County Historical Society whose Treasurer oversaw the raised funds.  I was required to serve on the Society Board which led to my being elected President in 1995.  From 1997 to 2011 I served as Chairperson of the Yolo County Women’s History Month.   The various activities of which I have been a part have caused someone who did not want to leave Santa Cruz to become an advocate for the City of Woodland and led me to the Historic Preservation Committee.  The preservation of our historic heritage is important to me. 

Christine Casey

Christine Casey grew up in northern New Jersey in a 1906 Dutch colonial, which sparked a life-long interest in historic architecture and preservation. She lived in the Woodland area while in graduate school and when the opportunity arose to return to California she chose Woodland as her home because of the city’s intact historic neighborhoods.  Christine holds master of science (University of Maryland) and doctoral (UC Davis) degrees in entomology; her area of expertise is plant health and integrated pest management of ornamental plants. She works at UC Davis and also chairs the Woodland Water Utility Advisory Committee. When she is not restoring her 1947 ranch, Christine can be found in her garden or rescuing stray cats.

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