Jenny brings over 15 years of experience leading conservation work, in collaboration with diverse partners, to serve as the Sierra Nevada Alliance’s(SNA) Executive Director. Raised in the Sierra, Jenny is pleased to lead SNA in fulfilling its mission to protect and restore the natural resources of the Sierra Nevada for future generations while promoting sustainable communities. Jenny has partnered with SNA on a variety of projects, including the management of several AmeriCorps member conservation projects. Her career background leading up to this role included work in erosion control, wildlife management, horiticulture as a Master Gardner, initiating the Aquatic Invasive Species prevention and control projects for Lake Tahoe, watershed restoration, and to protect and restore native trout throughout the Northern Sierra. Jenny also has a strong background in fundraising, outreach, advocacy, and management. Jenny has a B.A. in Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Rachel grew up in Arizona, exploring the desert and dreaming of the mountains. She left the city to study Zoology at Northern Arizona University, where she fell in love with the Ponderosa pines and mountain life. After earning her BS, Rachel traveled extensively, living and working in Maine, Spain, Colorado and the UK before returning to Flagstaff for graduate school. Back at NAU, she studied riparian ecology, focusing on community ecology and the linkages between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. This research led to an MS in Biology and ignited a love for field work and education. Rachel served an AmeriCorps term with Coconino Rural Environment Corps in Flagstaff, AZ, and was a SNAP member with Sierra Streams Institute in Nevada City. She is excited to be reconnected with the Alliance and the SNAP program and looks forward to bringing her background in ecological research, environmental education, nonprofit collaboration and program management to her role as SNAP Program Director. When she’s not working, you can find Rachel practicing and teaching yoga, hiking, running, skiing, boating, and traveling.
Growing up in the Sierra Nevada foothills and Lake Tahoe fueled Nicole’s passion for exploring, conserving, and restoring the ecosystems of the Sierras. Nicole brings 6 years of experience in various conservation planning, project management, outreach and education, and environmental data analysis positions with government, non-profit and private sector organizations. Through these experiences Nicole decided that she wanted to pursue the rest of her career in the non-profit sector and is excited to continue down that path with the Sierra Nevada Alliance. Since completing a B.S. In Environmental Science from Sierra Nevada College in 2012 she has worked for the Maine Department of Conservation, Bureau of Land Management in NV, Alpine Watershed Group as a SNAP member, and for a private GIS data visualization firm in Truckee while also getting involved in local, state, and federal political organizing. Nicole has served on the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council to Placer County since 2015. She is thrilled to bring her passion for protecting the Range of Light and experience and knowledge of the Sierra’s forest health issues to her position as Sierra Corps Program Director. Nicole enjoys rock climbing, hiking, biking, swimming, skiing, snowboarding, adventuring with her dogs and partner, Dave, and seeing as much live bluegrass music as possible.
Sara began her teaching career as a TEFL volunteer in Peace Corps, Romania. After discovering a passion for experiential education, Sara spent six years working in the field of environmental education where she taught a wide range of science topics. Sara also possesses experience in curriculum development, program and staff management, and program evaluation. Additionally, Sara possesses a Master’s degree in Science Education from the University of Northern Colorado and an undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara in Psychology and Spanish. After living in Colorado for three years, Sara is excited to be back in her home state of California, applying her passion for the environment and her experience in her role as Education and Communication Director at the Sierra Nevada Alliance.
Brooke was born and raised in little Yuba City, CA. She studied Anthropology and Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz. She is also an avid dog petter, mushroom forager, and an amateur sailor seeking a boat ride. Brooke enjoys spending her time outside with her two dogs Yeti and Winnie, skiing with her friends and riding her bike along the West Shore. She is interested in learning and interpreting people’s stories told by the environment.
Jodi graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. She moved to the Tahoe region in 2009 to pursue her career in conservation. She worked with the Tahoe RCD in the aquatic invasive species program for six years. She has always had a love and respect for the Tahoe Region since she was young coming up with her family and friends to snowboard. She enjoys boating, snowboarding, hiking, biking, paddle boarding and spending as much time out doors and with her family as possible. On a day to day basis you can find her crafting and running her business at Tahoe Modern Makers.
Lexi grew up in Oakland, California and recently graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Environmental Policy. She started to gain a deeper interest in conservation through childhood visits to national parks and high school trips that focused on ecology and science education. At college, she realized that she was most interested in western land and water policy, and eager to return to the west coast. She is excited for the opportunity to contribute to the protection and restoration of the ecosystem and landscape of the Sierra Nevada at the Sierra Nevada Alliance!
Originally from the Chicago area, Meredith Anderson recently graduated from Santa Clara University with a BS in Environmental Science and a minor in Political Science. She worked as an apprentice at Santa Clara University’s organic farm and hopes to pursue a career addressing the intersection between food systems and climate change. She is excited to be a CivicSpark Climate Fellow with the Sierra Nevada Alliance to broaden her knowledge of local climate change mitigation. In her spare time, she loves gardening, cooking, and backpacking..
Originally from New Hampshire, Sam graduated with a B.Sc in Environment – Renewable Resource Management from McGill University in Montreal, QC. His love for skiing and the mountains brought him west the following winter to pursue his dream to “ski bum” for a season, and the Lake Tahoe area was a natural fit. Sam is thrilled to be joining the Sierra Nevada Alliance and CivicSpark in order to gain valuable experience in the environmental field and build his skills in the realm of fighting climate change. He hopes to see how a variety of approaches to climate action are taken in both the public and private sectors and how different entities can work together to achieve their common goal of keeping the earth clean and green for generations to come.
Katie Reidy will be working a two-year Sierra Corps position with the Sierra Valley RCD out of Sierraville through the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Grant Program. Katie grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but as soon as she could she fled to the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Southeastern US, where she studied environmental ecology at the University of North Carolina Asheville. It was there that her passion for the outdoors, the environment, and conservation blossomed. After years of working and studying forest health, Katie began teaching environmental education for a variety of organizations. Her drive to teach about the environment brought her to CA, where she lived in Yosemite teaching young students about the importance of conservation. Katie is now eager to be a SNA Fellow and be back in action of helping protect local watersheds, by working alongside the US Forest Service and Sierraville RCD where she will assist in a range or projects. In her free time you can usually find Katie whitewater kayaking on local rivers, baking bread, or playing in the outdoors in some capacity.
Marlon Charneau will be working a two-year position with the Eastern California Water Association and American Forests out of Mammoth Lakes through the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Grant Program. Originally from a small island in the French Caribbean, Marlon moved to the United States for High School. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology and a concentration in Wilderness Therapy where he integrated the power of nature to help marginalized individuals find direction. After spending five years in that field, Marlon realized his own passions and decided to pursue a career in Environmental Management. He is now in his second year of a Master’s Program in Environmental Policy and Management with a concentration in Data Analytics and Reporting. His aspirations are to create communities that utilize the environment as a force to build resilient economies and social wellbeing. Although the mountains are where Marlon feels most at home, California is a good fit for him because of his mutual love for the ocean. Dirt, snow, water, and trees are what make him feel alive!
Rubie Teffeteller will be working a one-year position with Yosemite Sequoia RCDC and American Forests out of North Fork through the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Grant Program. Originally from Pennsylvania, Rubie transplanted to Chico, CA in fall of 2018 to manifest her passions for environmental stewardship and positive change. She served an AmeriCorps term with Plumas National Forest through the SNAP program and accomplished a variety of work including environmental restoration, grant administration, and on the ground project implementation. Prior to her move, Rubie worked in plant pathology after graduating from Penn State Harrisburg with a B.S in Biology. Feeling deeply connected to the world around her, she is excited to strategically plan projects that will benefit the Sierra Nevada and strengthen her new, local community of North Fork and its surrounding areas. In collaboration with others, she plans to help improve forest resiliency and increase the capacity for land stewardship and socioeconomic growth in the regions of Madera, Mariposa, Tulare, and Fresno counties. In her spare time, Rubie enjoys cooking, traveling, live music, and all things outdoors. She has been a vegetarian for nearly a decade, is an undeniable animal lover, and can often be seen picking up strays on the sides of busy roads. No matter where she finds herself, she strives to be meaningful and firmly believes that every single individual can make a positive impact on the planet, no matter how big or small.
Thurman Roberts will be working a one-year position with CHIPS out of West Point and Woodfords through the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Fund. Thurman grew up on the Eastern Slope of the Sierra Nevada on the Hung-A-Lel-Ti reservations of the Southern Band of the Washoe People. Not realizing his journey would ultimately be within the environmental realm, he attended college at Humboldt State University in Northern California on a path towards teaching. It was at HSU where he was a “Big Brother” to a local Native youth as part of the Indian Teacher Education Personnel Program or ITEPP, and where Thurman did health and education awareness outreach to local tribes. Before attending HSU’s Teaching Credential Program Thurman decided to take a break from HSU and attend Arcata School of Massage. As time went by, he found himself getting by as a Certified Massage Therapist and needing more out of life.
After fifteen years in Humboldt County he moved back to Hung-A-Lel-Ti to help his parents and see how he could help his small reservation. Within a year of returning Thurman learned of Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions (CHIPS), a non-profit based out of West Point, CA, who has been doing landscape restoration throughout the Sierra since 2004 with the Amador Calaveras Consensus Group. CHIPS’ triple bottom line approach of restoring the land, the local people, and local economies is the main reason for Thurman staying with CHIPS for a third year. He started as a crew member executing forest thinning projects, invasive plant removal, and trail, forest, aspen stand, and meadow restoration on the USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Eventually Thurman also began doing payroll, accounts payable, and logging daily activities for a crew of 15 as a crew lead. Now as a Sierra Corps Fellow, he will hone his passions of community outreach, leadership development, community and forest health and education by reconnecting Native people to once again becoming Stewards of their traditional lands.