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About the JCRC | The Team

The JCRC Team

Everything is connected to everything else, including people. Together, this team is working to create positive change and share it around . . . several more of the team will be adding their bios & pics, so stay tuned.

Beverly deGero is a photographer, writer & clay artist specializing in nature subjects. Her work is an expression of the connection between nature and spirituality.  She often signs her work with her Native American name (she is a member of the Ojibway tribe): WolfWoman or simply WW.

She lives in a remote canyon in Nevada where she is in the process of forming the Jarbidge Canyon Retreat Center: an Earth & Art Institute. She also facilitates the Ranch Kids program at the Three Creek School. 

Gary Handelin is a Professional Electrical Engineer, specializing in alternative energy system design, installation, commissioning and training. He teaches energy efficiency and renewable energy courses at Western Nevada College in Carson City, Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno and is also an instructor for Solar Energy International (SEI) based out of Paonia, Colorado. Gary is NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) listed as a Certificant Emeritus as a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional and recognized as an IREC Emeritus Master Trainer (Interstate Renewable Energy Council).  His business, Solar Independence is located in Carson City, Nevada, but serves the West and specializes in off-the-grid and

rural systems. For more information, check out his website: Since 2012, Gary has been the alternative energy guru at JCRC, where he has designed and installed upgrades to the existing system and continues to assist with future improvements that will be implemented in phases.

Rusty Bowman grew up on a family-owned farm and ranch in Southern Idaho. He is an artist, builder, and registered Permaculturist with a background in Architectural Design. This, along with interests and experience in Primitive Technology and Wilderness Travel make him a valued member of the JCRC Team. For more information about Rusty and his wide-ranging skills and interests, please see his website: Rusty has also worked with JCRC in presenting two Primitive Technology courses for the Ranch Kids.


Chris Templeton, in a quest to understand himself as well as the dynamics of his relationships both personally and professionally came upon the idea of internal stories driving our sense of reality.  Oh The Stories We Tell was discovered over a 11 year period beginning in 2003.  Chris is inspired through practice to be more and more his "Essential Self".  This happens through the practices of letting go of his "Little Self".  In his day-to-day life he runs a boutique online marketing firm out of Napa, California.  Chris became involved with JCRC through the development of their website.  His business is Influence Internet.


Victoria Branch, M.S. Journalism (UCLA), is a published writer of short stories, travel articles and advertising/marketing materials. She is also a world-traveler, visual artist, songwriter and educator.  Victoria has been a docent in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and was a founding member of the Canada Goose Project, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the Pacific Flyway.  She has also taught Journalism to middle-school students, art to adults in a Cal State University extension program, and hosted a classical music program on the university’s FM radio station.  A friend


 and supporter of the JCRC since its inception, Victoria led one of its earliest art workshops, played her Native American flute during a Women’s Retreat, and looks forward to “Centering” there more often in the coming seasons.

John Lane, "The Butterfly Guy" became interested in butterflies when he was 11 years old. His first expedition to Jarbidge occurred in 1964 and he has returned to the area to study many times since.  Lane's education includes a BA in Anthropology from UCLA and a Masters in Zoology from UC Davis. His career has centered around Museum Education and he has taught programs on butterflies and led field trips for many years for groups and institutions including the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the Oakland Museum, University of California Extension (Santa Cruz) and Yosemite National Park.

The Butterfly Guy has facilitated educational events in the Canyon at the JCRC and for the Jarbidge Arts Council


Nancy Taylor is a recreation and wilderness specialist who has made her home in the beautiful mountains of northeastern Nevada. She is a backpacker, triathlete, mountain biker, and backcountry skier and has a deep passion for mountains, sun and snow. She has been an EMT for over 25 years and has a special interest in wilderness medicine and the unique challenges that remote settings present. She travels the mountains with her best friend, service dog Kasha, and is in the process of obtaining a graduate certificate in Wilderness Management through the University of Montana, Missoula. A longtime volunteer, friend,

and supporter of the JCRC, Nancy enjoys sharing her love of the mountains with others, and at group events and retreats, she will be sharing her passion for wilderness by leading hikes and campfire discussions.

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