Meet Amigos de Bolsa Chica’s New Vice President
By Jerry Donohue
Kim Dipasquale has taken over the reigns of Vice President for 2019. Kim has a B.S. in Biology from Loma Linda University (1977). He then attended Loma Linda School of Dentistry where he received his D.D.S. (1981). Kim finished his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from Loma Linda Medical Center (1985) as well as his M.S. in Oral Surgery (1986). After retiring in 2013 from his practice in Anaheim Hills, the natural world beckoned.
Kim started taking community college courses in geology, ecology, botany and marine biology besides being a student of Sylvia Gallagher in her birding class. In 2017 he completed both the Upper Newport Bay and Amigos naturalist classes. He has led tours for visitors of all ages and is especially gifted in dealing with community college students. He presented the botany portion in the 2019 Amigos Naturalist class where he is one of the facilitators as well.
Kim wants to build Amigos presence in the community by hosting an Amigos table at Shipley Nature Center on a monthly basis. He also wants to build public awareness of environmental issues by having quarterly naturalist retreats where Amigos volunteers are drawn outside their normal presentation topics. We are hoping that Kim will lead some wetland plant walks in a similar vein as our Bird Walk, the last Saturday of each month.
Kim is married and has two daughters, a son and two grandsons. He moved to Huntington Beach two years ago from Orange. He likes to hike and take photographs, especially in our beautiful national and state parks. Come take a tour with Kim. Your naturalist eye will be opened and new insights gained.