Monty McDivitt


“I grew up on a farm in the Midwest and I missed the simpler times working outside.  Volunteering reminds me of the seasons farmers live by… my farm roots gives me the background to plan months and years ahead, keeping your eye on the long term goals. The Preserve is a work in progress, and I am glad to be part of the team guiding it into the future.”

Marilee Goodwin

Vice President

She has 4 children and works at St. Edward, the Confessor, Parish School in Dana Point as an Elementary Music Instructor.

Diana Schlesinger


“I was looking to get involved in a worthwhile charity. The joy of gardening and the beauty and variety of plants is of special interest. The Preserve is a work in progress, and offers a place of tranquility right in the middle of our city.”

Diana and her husband, Don, moved to Laguna Niguel in 1988 from L.A.’s South Bay. They retired after selling their financial services business.

Gregory Clements

Secretary/Communications Director

“Our family has taken part in activities at either the park and The Preserve for decades. Playing sports, coaching or tending to the Children’s Garden; our commitment is to this and future generations and the betterment of our great city.”

Moved to Laguna Niguel in 1979. He coached a generation of boys and girls. His three sons are local business owners. He has been in construction sales since the 1980’s. He sits on the boards of the Southern California Roof Consultants Institute, and the Los Angeles Construction Specifications Institute.

Peter Evans


“It seems that I’m always taking a class, seminar or workshop in something plant related. There is so much to know about the natural world and new research is always revealing more.”

Peter is the Director of Horticulture at Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden in Claremont, CA. He holds a contractors license in landscape design, has a Horticultural degree from Cal-Poly Pomona and studied Landscape Architecture at UCI. He designed, installed and maintained the California Native Garden within the preserve.

Donice “Donnie” Walton


“Working in the earth with my hands and heart has been a wonderful, and simple world that I have been part of my entire life. I hope that I can add to the peaceful beauty of The Preserve.”

A retired Rancher/Farmer, Donnie recently moved to our city. She immediately found that The Preserve was a place for her to call home. Her passion is the Greenhouse and it’s possibilities.

Donna Mulvaney

Director/Girl Scout Advisor

A resident of Laguna Niguel since 1973 and named Laguna Niguel Citizen of the Year in 1998.

Dennis Mulvaney

Boy Scout Advisor

Dennis was named Laguna Niguel Citizen of the Year in 2005.

Nancy Palmer

Water Quality Manager / Public Works Department / City of Laguna Niguel

Pierre Charles-Alernini


A graduate of St. Germain-en-Laye west, in Paris with a TBA in Landscape Design and Architecture. He came to America in 1973, and holds General Contracting licenses A, B and C-27. As a former Board member, he provides a wealth of technical consulting.

What People Say

“During my years being actively involved with the Preserve I have seen it grow literally and figuratively. Thousands of plants were planted, pathways constructed and Boy Scout and Girl Scout areas were developed. The Preserve is a real treasure in Laguna Niguel. I would like to acknowledge the City of Laguna Niguel for its generous support over the years and the many volunteers who made it all possible.”

Jerry McCloskey
Mayor of Laguna Niguel


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