BIZ BUZZ: 5 named to Land Conservancy committee

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County has appointed Lisa Wise as president and Herb Kandel as vice president of its executive committee.

Also appointed to the group’s top panel were Treasurer Valerie Endres, past President Gary Felsman and Secretary Bob Hill, who is also executive director.

Each officer serves a minimum one-year term with an option to renew.

The Land Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust working to protect and restore undeveloped land.

Its executive committee develops strategies for increasing income and diversifying funding for local land conservation projects.

Wise is a certified public accountant and urban planner, as well as principal and owner of Lisa Wise Consulting. She has master’s degrees in city and regional planning from Cal Poly and in accountancy from DePaul University.

Kandel, a 25-year resident of Nipomo, is a state-licensed acupuncturist with a doctorate in Chinese medicine from Samra University in Los Angeles. He founded the Nipomo chapter of the Land Conservancy in 2003.

Endres is a retired real estate agent and local philanthropist who has served on the conservancy board more than 20 years.

— Julia Hickey