Officers & Board of Directors

Dave Scinto, C.P.A.


As partner of Scinto Graziano LLP, Dave brings a wealth of experience working with not-for-profits, medical and dental multi-practitioner entities, manufacturing companies, wholesale distributors, software developers, and other concerns. Dave has over 25 years of public accounting experience, prior to which he worked in the aerospace industry. Dave is also a professor at Sierra College. That combined experience allows Dave to understand a company's operations and goals, and to provide meaningful contributions. Dave has provided consulting services to clients ranging in size from small, closely held companies to large, complex corporate structures. His experience includes working with both start-up enterprises and rapidly expanding organizations. Dave holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Dave's strategy with clients and organizations is to begin with the end in mind. Planning and perseverance always pay off.

Dave serves on the board of directors and as treasurer for the Grass Valley/Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. He is treasurer for the Nevada Joint Union High School District Foundation. Dave is also active on the boards of other corporations and is an active member of the Gold Country Kiwanis, serving as the 1998-99 president.


Wayne Babros

Vice President/Director

Wayne Babros first came to Alleghany in 1964 and became a resident in 1969. He worked as a contract miner for the 16 to 1 in the 1970's for three years. He also worked at the Brush Creek mine for two years and at the Archaic Mine for a few years. Wayne was an MSHA certified safety instructor during this time and served on a local mine rescue team.

Wayne is an avid historian and has conducted research for California Parks & Recreation in the past. He is a member of the California Native Sons 1849 Chapter (Downieville). Wayne also was a licensed assayer for many years and has a background in Geology.

Wayne was the fire chief in Alleghany for 10 years beginning in 1970. Over the years he served on the Alleghany County Water District Board periodically. Currently he is the President of Pliocene Ridge CSD (Fire & Lighting District for Alleghany, Pike City & Forest City). He is also the Chairman of the Alleghany Cemetery District.


Rae Bell Arbogast


Rae Bell (aka Pauline) was born in Southern California and moved to the Alleghany area with her family in 1975. They lived near the Ruby Mine where they relied on skis and a snowmobile for transportation in the wintertime. Her father worked as a miner at the Ruby and Carson Mines.

Rae Bell started working in the office of the 16 to 1 Mine in January of 1996. This is her "bread and butter" job. She has been managing the museum (part-time paid & volunteer) since 1999. She has been an active member of the local fire dept. since 1996 as a Volunteer EMT and has held various board & officer positions, currently acting as Secretary/Treasurer. She was a director of the Alleghany County Water District from 2000 through 2016. She is now the General Manager of the Water District.

She holds AA degrees in Business Admin. & Accounting and is working towards a BA in Business Admin. Her interests include local history, rock-work and gardening.


Thomas (Bud) DeGrio


I was raised (1948-63) in Alleghany and graduated with two others; Harriette Giles of the Gold Crown Mine and Ann Hogan of the 16 to 1 Mine. I actually worked for the 16 in my 16th summer (1961). I earned $1.63\hour--check the books!! My Dad, Mike DeGrio, of the Hub, Oriental and El Dorado mines, drug me through just about every other mine in three counties--an education in itself. Anyway, I left town for college, went to war and have spent the last 40 years wandering around the mining and heavy civil construction industries. Mining & construction work have been really good to me and my family.....I only wish it could have been accomplished in Alleghany!! Fondest of all memories are there.


Lillian (aka Lily) Downing


Born and raised in the SF Bay Area, Lillian enjoyed many summers in the Sierras with her family camping. That is where her fondness for rocks, pine trees, and the mountains started. Add in her love of historical buildings, finding beauty in a rusty piece of equipment or other old items she locates, along with refinishing "finds" at garage sales and you'll begin to get to know what makes her tick.

Her background is one of an office working gal in a variety of manufacturing plants. The past 25 years were in lighting. Her volunteer work started many years ago and continues with the Benicia Old Towne Theatre Group. She loves backstage as a prop master. She also created the gift shop for the theatre, along with helping in their many fundraisers.

For the last 7 years, Lillian has also volunteered for Joyce, a blind woman, where she has co-chaired fundraisers for the Lighthouse for the Blind. She has helped raised over $40,000 for Enchanted Hills in Napa, a summer camp for the blind and visually impaired. Lily brings to the table her enthusiasm, her fundraising experience and her love of the Alleghany area.


Dr. Edward Metz


Dr. Metz holds degrees in Mining Engineering and Medicine. The focus of his medical practice has been diseases and injuries related to hard rock mining. He has consulted with several hardrock mines. Formerly he was assistant professor of medicine at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. Currently he is a consultant in medicine at the VA Hot Springs Medical Center in South Dakota. Dr. Metz retired in 2000 from SD-ARNG as State Surgeon with rank of Col. in the Army Medical Corps. He lives on a ranch where he raises long horn cattle and horses.


Jerry Nickels


Jerry Nickels was born in the lead and silver mining town of Pioche, Nevada. His first job was working at the Tungsten Mill in Tempiut.

After serving in the Navy he moved to Alleghany where he worked as a gold miner for many years. He worked at most of the active mines in the 1960s including the Oriental, 16 to 1, Mugwump, El Dorado, Alleghany Consolidated and the Rising Sun. Jerry was a worker on the Our House water diversion tunnel which diverts water from Our House Dam near Pike City to Bulliard's Bar. He also worked in Paso Robels mining quicksilver for 5 years.

Jerry is a docent at the North Star Mining Museum, director of the Sierra Mining Council and a Volunteer Policeman with the Grass Valley Police Department.


Anita J. Wald-Tuttle


As a youngster in the middle of Iowa I was always picking up rocks and wondering what they were. As an art major at Iowa State University my favorite course was silver jewelry design, but the instructors were clueless as to what the gemstones were that we were setting in our jewelry.

Many years later I escaped to California and made it my mission to explore "rocks". In San Diego I belonged to the San Diego Lapidary Society and the El Cajon Gem and Mineral Society followed by the Vallejo Gem and Mineral Club. When I moved to this area I immediately became involved with the Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society, served on the Board as Secretary and President, and participated in the annual show at the fairgrounds. Along the way I discovered the 16 to 1 Mine and the Underground Gold Miners Museum. It's been a natural progression. I bring many years of board involvement of multiple organizations at most levels.