Our Staff


The Sierra Nevada Alliance phone number is (530) 542-4546 and staff extensions are listed below.


Jenny Hatch  jenny [at] sierranevadaalliance.org – Extension 704, Executive Director
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 Durben

Rachel Durben rachel.durben [at] sierranevadaalliance.org – Extension 705, SNAP Program Director
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.


Nicole Lutkemuller nicole [at] sierranevadaalliance.org – Extension 708, Sierra Corps Program Director

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 Monson – sara.monson [at] sierranevadaalliance.org -Extension 701, Education & Communication Director

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.


Photo - Cami Chavez

Cami Chavez cami [at] sierranevadaalliance.org – Extension 706, Finance Manager
Cami was raised in Lake Tahoe from birth until 8 years old than moved to Alpine County (Woodfords), where she stayed until college. She returned after college, with her husband, and raised 4 wonderful children in Alpine County (Woodfords), three daughters and one son. Cami and her husband run a 24 hours tow business and have for over 28 years. Cami has been a mentor for Tahoe Family and Youth for the past four years. Currently Cami has 2 young girls that she mentors on a weekly basis. Cami has a true love for the Sierra Nevada and the Tahoe Region. Cami has been exploring the back country on horseback/hiking/kayaking for my entire life, including completing the entire Tahoe Rim trail two years ago. Cami does an amazing job handling the Alliances finances almost entirely on her own, quite an amazing feat.


Jodi Schmitz jodi[at] sierranevadaalliance.org – Extension 700 – Administrative Assistant

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.


Crew Stover crew.stover [at] sierranevadaalliance.org -Extension 702, Watershed Education and Outreach Assistant | SNAP Member

Crew grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania doing a lot of fishing, hiking, hunting, and snowboarding. This love for the outdoors inspired me to major in Aquatic and Fisheries Science at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. I spent last summer in the Adirondack State Park (NY) investigating the effects of an exotic freshwater jellyfish (Craspedacusta sowerbii) for the Hudson River Foundation. I just graduated in May with a minor in water resources, and moved out to Tahoe for the Americorp position and to experience all the outdoor adventures the area has to offer.


Meredith Anderson meredith [at] sierranevadaalliance.org – Extension 709, CivicSpark Climate Fellow

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..


Sam Ruderman samruderman [at] sierranevadaalliance.org – Extension 707, CivicSpark Climate Fellow

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.