Officers & Board of Directors

Dave Scinto, C.P.A.

President/Director

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

Secretary/Treasurer

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.

She has been an active member of the local fire dept. since 1996 as a Volunteer EMT and has held various board & officer positions with the Fire Dept. over the years, currently Secretary/Treasurer (General Admin). plioceneridge.org She was a director of the Alleghany County Water District from the year 2000 through 2016, currently General Manager. alleghanywater.org

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

 

Thomas (Bud) DeGrio

Director

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

Director

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

Director

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.

 

Tim Metz

Director

Tim lives in Marin County, California with his family. His last job was as Director of Finance for Mountain Hardwear (one of the brands owned by Columbia Sportswear). He is not working currently while he takes time to enjoy the mines and minerals of the west. After having read about the 16 to 1 mine over the years, Tim finally made it up the windy road to Alleghany a few years ago where he got a great introduction to both the 16 to 1 mine and the Underground Gold Miners Museum.

Tim's interest in mining started at a young age with rock collecting and really hit full stride when he left Dayton, Ohio to attend Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he studied Geology and Economics. Tim spent as much of his spare time as he could exploring the old mines and dumps throughout the Colorado Mineral Belt. After graduation, Tim lived for a summer in Telluride, Colorado where he hoped to get a job on the skeleton crew at the Idarado, but alas, they did not need anyone, so he had to feed his mining interests with backpacking, Jeep trips and mountain bike rides to visit remote mines in the San Juans.

Tim remains active and interested in various homeowner's associations and loves to spend as much time as his family will let him digging through dusty rock piles looking for beautiful minerals and crystals.

 

Matt C Nicholas

Director

When I was 21 years old in 1977, I came to the Sierras with the intention of being a gold miner. After purchasing a 4" gold dredge with hookah diving equipment, I headed off to the North Fork of the American River. Armed with Matt Thornton's Gold Diver's Handbook, I set up camp and studied the river. Two months later I finally started seeing gold. For eight years I hopscotched around the rivers and creeks in search of the yellow stuff.

My largest nugget was a 2 ¾ ounce piece found on Kanaka Creek in 1980. I sold my gold over the bar in Casey's Place much as they did in the old days…To this day, those were the best years of my life. After moving away for fourteen years, I came back and settled in Nevada City. I've been back nineteen years now and prospect when time allows. I love the history of the gold rush and enjoy doing research. I am also a member of the Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society.

 

Christopher Towne Smith

Director

I was born in Paris, France in 1951, the son of a career Foreign Service Officer. For almost 19 years, I traveled around the world living in Scotland, Indonesia, Washington DC, Spain, Nationalist China, and Australia. In fact, my first real job was on a sheep Ranch in Kalanngadoo, South Australia. During that time we visited Portugal, India, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Rarotonga, Bora Bora, Tahiti, and Egypt.

Upon my father's retirement from the State Department, we settled in the San Francisco Bay Area, during which time my friend's father took us on a camping trip to Forest City and Alleghany. We went to the 16 to 1 mine and visited with an old miner who was working the tailing piles and operating the copper shaker table. This was my first introduction to the 16 to 1 mine.

I attended the College of Marin for a short while, with an emphasis on politics, and testified for the 18-year-old vote. But, at 19, the call of the mountains brought me to Plumas County. I then moved to Sierra County where I worked for Holstrom Lumber Company in Sattley and was there when National Geographic did their articles on the Lost Sierras in 1973.

After the mill shut down in the mid-70s, I was lucky enough to find work with an contractor in Downieville who was willing to train a young man. Thanks to that contractor, Fred Tuttle Rixey, I got my own contractors license in 1986. In 1979 I married my wife Cheri. After 17 years in Sierra County, I moved to Graeagle.

I am now a general contractor in a partnership of 20 years. I am also a volunteer in the Mohawk Valley Stewardship Council which is responsible for the restoration of the White Sulphur Springs Ranch in Mohawk Valley.

From my first visit to the 16 to 1 to this day, I have had an avid interest in the gold mining era in California, with a particular interest in the contributions of the Chinese people in the building of our state. I have been a proud shareholder of the 16 to 1 mine for 10 years and support its fight to keep mining alive in California.

My early life was spent, thanks to my parents, in some of the great museums of the world. I am acutely aware of the need to pass on the knowledge of the past to the youth of today. It is important people do not forget that the mining of gold created the Golden State. It is imperative it continues as a vital part of our living history. To this end, the UGMM has a great legacy for the future; and I am excited to be a member.

 

Anita J. Wald-Tuttle

Director

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.