Meet the team!
Pete and his wife Sue moved to the Keys in 2019 from nearby Bear Valley. They love the snow and winter sports, but are also avid sailors. They have explored the Pacific extensively by sailboat, from Vancouver to New Zealand. In the summertime, you’ll often see them on the lake on their sailing trimaran. Pete joined the water quality board to help ensure that we protect the priceless boating infrastructure that is the Tahoe Keys. Pete is a Silicon Valley veteran with a MBA, degree in economics and a minor in chemistry.
Chris Disney, who’s been vacationing in the Keys since the 1970s and a full time resident since 2002, joined the committee in 2009 after watching water quality deteriorate as weeds took over.
An avid outdoors enthusiast, Disney’s on-the-water observations of the problem – particularly recent growth of curly leaf pondweed – has moved him to act, also volunteering with the League to Save Lake Tahoe to mark all storm drains in the Keys, work with Eyes on the Lake and help at Pipe Keepers and other events.
Susan Chandler and her husband bought in the Tahoe Keys in 1992, becoming full-time residents three years ago. She brings experience as a geologist and science teacher to the committee, which she joined after watching weeds take over to the point where she couldn’t boat in the waters next to her property.
“I’ve learned that this is an incredibly complex process,” Chandler said. “I have learned that patience is the greatest asset of the committee members, and we hope the community will continue to support our efforts.”
Steve Jacobs is a lifelong visitor to Lake Tahoe and a Tahoe Keys property owner since 2006. He is a new Committee member, joining in 2018.
His love for the lake has resulted in a passionate interest to participate in understanding and resolving the various invasive issues that continue to plague Lake Tahoe.
"I am a retired pharmacist of 45 years with an undergraduate B.S. degree in Zoology from UC Davis in 1972. My emphasis was ecology/limnology and studied under Dr. Charles Goldman. I joined the Water Quality Committee with the hope my background in chemistry and limnology might be of value in addressing the Keys lagoon water quality challenges. My family has owned a home in the Keys since 1963 and we all treasure the unique beauty of Lake Tahoe and our community."
"I have been vacationing in the Tahoe Keys since the early 1970s and a property owner since the 1980s. Over the last forty years, I have witnessed the deterioration of the water quality in our waterways due to the proliferation of invasive weeds. I want to contribute to the implementation of improvements to help restore the waterways to what they once were."