About Us

Born out of the desire to support those in need, Backcountry Communities Thriving is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit in Julian, California serving the community and surrounding rural areas within the San Diego backcountry. Both young and old are able to benefit from the services that we provide to include access to resources, food distributions and more! 

Funding is provided through grants and donations. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about our vision and how you can support our organization.

Backcountry Communities Thriving Board of Directors

Cheryl Bakken, Tere Tangeman, Vanessa Vargas, Rhonda Gregor & Alison Hernandez

Honorary Board Members: Mary Morgan & Patti Thornburgh


Kathy Schuett, Kathy Louv, Vika Golovanova, Donna Garcia, Kristine Greenlee, Vicki Emanuel, Rosa Arias, Lark Thom, Barbara Marino & Marilyn Faulkner

Hilary Ward

Executive Director

(619) 826-5886


Kim Simas

Chief Financial Officer

(619) 826-5638