Legacy Circle Membership


Janie DeCelles

"I’m excited to represent the growth of our Legacy Circle. I look forward to seeing you all soon as Legacy Circle expands with like-minded supporters who care about our healthier future." — Janie DeCelles 2018 Chair

Janie DeCelles is a long-time supporter of the Conservancy and is a member of both our Legacy Circle and President’s Council. Janie was also our community co-leader in the Campaign for Gateway Park that ultimately saved the Harbaugh Seaside Trails property. With her humble presence, sense of humor and leadership, we enjoy working with Janie to connect communities and protect nature for current and future generations.

Janie moved to Cardiff-by-the-Sea from Baltimore in 1987. She first rented a house on San Elijo Avenue with views of the Pacific Ocean and San Elijo Lagoon. She soon joined San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy and has been intimately involved in our organization. About five years later, Janie persuaded her Aunt, Hattie Ettinger, to move to San Diego, and they both enjoyed exploring the region together. Her Aunt Hattie was an avid birder and watercolor artist and especially loved the lagoon. Then, and now, Janie loves trails, open space, and walking with friends at San Elijo Lagoon.

Janie is retired from an entrepreneurial background in marketing and finance. Janie has been an avid photographer her entire life—and who knew—a glass blower and woodworker too. Above all, she is committed in her life to a vision that we share: a world where biodiversity is preserved and people act to conserve nature and embrace it as central to a healthy community.

Janie is a visionary and a philanthropist at heart. She is on the advisory board of The San Diego Foundation's Opening the Outdoors grant selection committee. She is also a member of San Diego Natural History Museum Live Oaks Society, San Diego River Park Legacy Society, and San Diego Zoo’s Heritage Guild. Janie is the advisor to an endowment which her Aunt Hattie established with The San Diego Foundation, the Hattie Ettinger Conservation Fund.


In these pages, read more about the inspirations of Legacy Circle members whose estates are realized, and in those who would like to share with you why they are deeply committed.

Beverly Moazed's Legacy for Future Environmental Stewards

“I think it’s important to keep in touch with the younger generation because they provide a window into our future.”
— Beverly Moazed

For years, kids at San Elijo Lagoon were getting to tour in nature with volunteer Beverly Moazed. As a birder, she was fascinated with the lagoon’s avian residents and migratory visitors and would inspire her classes to look up into the sky, or to hear a common or not-so-common bird call.

Beverly’s estate was realized earlier this year. We knew of her passion as a volunteer and lifelong educator, but her estate gift to the Conservancy came as a surprise, as legacy gifts sometimes do.  Beverly’s legacy gift inspired us to open our newest endowment for conservation education. Continue ...

Growing Up Outdoors: Bill Miller & Ida Houby

“We became involved in 1983 with The Friends of Holmwood Canyon, which partnered with San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy to save the canyon. We had just bought our home close to the lagoon and felt strongly about preserving both the canyon and the wetlands that we came to love. Leaving a legacy with San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy is one of the best ways to act locally to preserve open spaces for future generations." 
— Bill Miller & Ida Houby 

Bill and Ida have planned to leave a legacy with their estate for our future in saving wild places here at San Elijo Lagoon. Ida Houby grew up spending summers in the Danish Isles, swimming in the ocean and walking the seashore meadows. Bill Miller played in the woods and fields of upstate New York, where hiking and canoeing on its rivers and lakes deepened his love for nature. Continue ...

The Natural Legacy of Margaret Chivers

From a young age, Margaret Chivers recognized the feeling of being in love with nature and having it be part of her life at every step. Margaret was a 40-year resident of Solana Beach and member of San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy. She wanted to leave something special for future generations so she began estate planning with an intent to protect wild lands, healthy waters, and long and winding trails for everyone. Continue ...

Conservancy Leader Bob Moore

"If we can leave a legacy for kids who are interested in outdoor experiences, we will have done a good thing." — Bob Moore

Bob Moore was one of the first 20 volunteers that joined the San Elijo Lagoon Citizen's Watchdog Patrol in 1986. This county-sponsored group watched over the lagoon before the Conservancy formed in 1987. Bob was a guest at many early Conservancy board meetings and on July 31, 1989 he officially joined the board. He was board president 2003-2006. Continue ...

Alan B. Thum's Watershed Protection Legacy

San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy established the Alan B. Thum Land Stewardship Fund in 2003 to honor the memory and accomplishments of a good friend and dedicated conservationist. Proceeds from the fund support research and internships on special aspects of San Diego's unique and threatened coastal wetlands.

Ordinary people are not always hailed for the extraordinary things they contribute. Alan’s work is honored as an everyman with an eloquent voice who spoke out to make a difference. As a marine biologist and Encinitas resident, he was an early advocate for monitoring the entire watershed for progress on water quality. Continue ... 

We are grateful to the following members for including San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy in your estate planning:

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Russell & Betty Benson (realized)
Jennifer Bright
Bob & Lois Chaddock
Margaret Chivers (realized)
Nora E. M. Cochrane (bequest notification)
Jennifer Cohen (bequest notification)
Patty Cornelius
Maria Davey (realized)
Janie DeCelles

Elaine Dodge & Martin Staubus 
Mark & Lisa Doliva
Ilse Epprecht
Marc & Lynne Friedmann
Doug & Lauren Gibson
Bill Gish (realized)
Tom & Donna Golich
Margaret Griffith
Pastor Bill & Patti Harman

J. Thomas Heywood & Stephanie Wilde
Robert Jensen & Erin Thomas
Mayme Kline & Robert Beasley
Peter & Marge Kohl
M. Alberta Kruger (realized)
James Lauer
Michael & Teresa Lea
Paul & Leah Lonsdale
Andrew & Kathleen Mauro

William E. Miller & Ida Houby
Beverly Moazed (realized)
Andra Moran
Brys & Rita Myers
Craig & Jeanne Olson
Mariette Pinchart (bequest notification)
Janet Placido
Ann Pogue
Dave & Denise Stillinger
Alan & Steve Tarkington
Paul Worthington
Ret. Col. Harold Wright (realized)
Art & Sandy Yayanos

Jennifer Bright, Director of Philanthropy
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy
(760) 436-3944 x705