The Sierra Nevada Alliance staff consists of 45+ full time staff members.
This includes Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps (SNAP) members, and Sierra Corps fellows. SNAP and Sierra Corps members are placed with host organizations throughout the Sierra.

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Jenny Hatch

Executive Director
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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.
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Rachel Durben

SNAP Program Director
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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.
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Nicole Lutkemuller

Sierra Corps Program Director
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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.

Brooke Boeger

Community Engagement Director
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Brooke is from Yuba City, CA and has called Tahoe her home for the past 3 years. She has been a SNAP Member for the past two terms, serving one term at Tahoe Environmental Research Center and another term at the Sierra Nevada Alliance as the Recruitment Capacity Member. She studied Anthropology and Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Brooke enjoys spending her time outside with her new quarantine pup Mooney, 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. She is thrilled to stick around and continue working with the Alliance and in the Sierra.
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Jodi Schmitz

Finance and Human Resource Director
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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 Hager

Alexis Hager

Education and Outreach Coordinator / SNAP Member
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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!

Meredith Anderson

Climate Planning Consultant
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Originally from the Chicago area, Meredith Anderson graduated from Santa Clara University in 2018 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Political Science. She has been a CivicSpark Climate Fellow with the Sierra Nevada Alliance for the last two years working with the City of South Lake Tahoe and other public agencies on climate planning and energy efficiency. She will continue with the Alliance to help the City of South Lake Tahoe with their climate action plan implementation efforts. In her spare time, she loves cooking, taking her dog to the beach, and exploring the Sierra.

Jackson Realo

CivicSpark Climate Fellow
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Originally from Baltimore, Jackson graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Biology. He changed paths from medicine after graduating and has since developed a passion for environmental and climate science. Jackson is excited about the opportunity to work as a CivicSpark Fellow to help build climate resiliency in the Lake Tahoe region. With interests in climate mitigation and adaptation, he is looking forward to continuing the work on the Climate Action Plan, and engaging the local community and working with local government to help build capacity to address climate change issues. Jackson’s personal interests include skiing, kayaking, hiking, photography, meditation, and simply enjoying the outdoors.
Laura Beaton

Laura Beaton

President
Laura Beaton is a long-time environmental activist turned lawyer, and is now an associate attorney at the law firm of Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP. Her work allows her to protect what she loves, and she frequently litigates cases on behalf of nonprofit organizations and community groups to protect wild places, wild animals, and clean air and water, including in the Sierra Nevada. She is also involved in helping to craft renewable-friendly energy policies across the United States. An avid hiker and outdoorsperson, she quickly fell in love with the Sierra upon moving to California, and she and her partner, Justin (a Nevada City native), get out of San Francisco and up to the Sierra whenever they can.
Christopher Wright

Christopher Wright

Vice President
Christopher Wright grew up in rural Calaveras County in the Sierra Nevada where his family has owned land for four generations. He spent his childhood hunting, fishing and hiking in the Mokelumne River Watershed. During this time he developed a commitment to preserving the environment as well as a determination to improve the well-being of people living in the Sierra Nevada. He continues to live in Calaveras with his wife and two children. Chris received a Bachelor’s Degree from Humboldt State University where he studied Natural Resources, Planning and Environmental Conservation. He worked in county government as a planner for Mendocino County and returned to Calaveras to work as the first executive director of the Foothill Conservancy where he fought to protect, restore, and sustain the natural and human environment in his childhood home. Elected in 2012, Chris served on Calaveras County Board of Supervisors until January of 2017. Christopher currently runs a small nonprofit Sierra CPR, working to conserve, protect and restore the “Range of Light”
Erika Seward

Erika Seward

Treasurer
Erika fell in love with the outdoors at an early age. Growing up in Central Florida, most days were spent hiking trails or enjoying the nearby lakes, rivers and beaches. Summers were marked by visits to the family farm in Northern Virginia where her mother was raised. A natural talent for soccer propelled her along the competitive athlete path and would influence her professional career which began at ESPN while attending the University of Kansas for sports science and a Master’s Degree. During Erika’s tenure with ESPN, she served on the executive team that built brands and promotional strategies for the NFL, PGA Tour, USGA, LPGA, and X Games as well as oversight of corporate synergy across the Walt Disney Company’s entire portfolio. After a decade in sports and entertainment, Erika gained a strong appreciation for media’s influence and its potential to create impactful change. Erika has since consulted with grassroots and national organizations focused on the environment, homelessness, and women’s health, including the SIMA Humanitarian Fund, ProgressNow, Heal the Bay, Stop Hermosa Beach Oil, City of Hermosa Beach and more. She spent five years as Executive Director for ​Boarding for Breast (B4BC) Foundation in Los Angeles and is credited with elevating the cause with the support of professional athletes, Olympians, and global brands through purpose-driven content including two publications and an award-winning documentary and mobile app. In 2015, Erika moved to Nevada City, CA in the Tahoe National Forest to live “in the trees” and raise her young children. She is proud to serve as Co-Executive Director of Bear Yuba Land Trust and as an environmental conservation advocate through the Sierra Consortium and Land Trust Alliance.
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Lynn Baumgartner

Secretary
Lynn moved to the Truckee-Tahoe area in 2010 to work in the environmental non-profit field. She earned her Master’s of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara, studying environmental health and safety practices in the nanomaterials industry. Before attending graduate school, she completed a BA in environmental geology at Western Washington University and served as an AmeriCorps member. She has previously worked in outreach, fundraising, communication, research, and as the director for the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership at the Sierra Nevada Alliance, the region’s only environment-focused AmeriCorps program. Lynn is passionate about environmental stewardship, national service, science literacy, and the Truckee-Tahoe region. When she’s not working, Lynn is likely mountain biking, snowboarding, swimming, or reading.
Steve Haze

Steve Haze

Steve and his wife Diane live in the old logging town of Auberry in the foothills of the Southern Sierra in eastern Fresno County. For over 50 years Steve has had a passion for this majestic range. He first worked at summer camps, and took frequent backpacking trips on the John Muir Trail. His favorite trip is Evolution Valley, Kings Canyon National Park. During the 1980’s and 90’s Steve and his wife Diane took volunteer work crews out to work on many of the trails in the backcountry of the Southern Sierra. While in the Bay Area working in the high tech and IT industry, he also served on the Board of Directors of organizations such as the Land Trust of Santa Clara County, Committee for Green Foothills, and Friends of Stevens Creek Trail and Wildlife Corridor. He has been an ardent supporter for over 12 years and the non-profit San Joaquin Valley Leadership Forum, which he founded, is a member of the Alliance. Steve’s passion for the environment, as well as cultural, historical preservation – and the betterment of communities has taken him to Mexico, the Middle East and Southern Africa. Steve currently serves on the Board of Friends of the Peace Parks, USA on behalf of the Peace Parks Foundation, South Africa in which he and his wife are founding members, and is also a member of the International Advisory Committee (IAC) for EcoPeace Middle East. Steve’s “8 to 5 job” is as the District Manager for the Sierra Resource Conservation District in eastern Fresno County.
Julia Kim

Julia Kim

Julia Kim leads the Climate Change Team at the Local Government Commission, a Sacramento-based non-profit working to advance transformative policies and build livable communities throughout California. Julia partners with public agencies and community leaders on place-based resilience initiatives while supporting the advancement of the adaptation field at-large. She focuses on the opportunities that climate change presents to redesign existing systems and processes while collaborating with diverse partners to implement equitable, innovative, and comprehensive climate solutions. Her current portfolio includes some of California’s most prominent adaptation programs, including the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA) and the biennial California Adaptation Forum. In addition to her service with SNA, Julia serves on the board of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) and several advisory committees including UCLA’s Climate Change Heat Impacts Community Advisory Committee and the 2019 California Climate Action Planning Conference Steering Committee. Julia earned a B.A. in political science and philosophy, and an M.P.P. in environmental policy and international security/economic policy, both from the University of Maryland.

Beth Pratt

A lifelong advocate for wildlife, Beth Pratt has worked in environmental leadership roles for over thirty years, and in amazing places like Yosemite and Yellowstone, but claims as the California Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation, “I have the best job in the world—advocating for the state’s remarkable wildlife.” Prior to NWF, Beth served as the Vice President and CFO for the Yosemite Association (now Yosemite Conservancy) and the Director of Sustainability for Xanterra in Yellowstone. Beth currently leads the #SaveLACougars campaign for NWF to build the largest wildlife crossing in the world, and her conservation work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, BBC World Service, CBS This Morning, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, and more. Her book When Mountain Lions are Neighbors was published by Heyday Books in 2016, she has given a TEDx talk, “How a Lonely Cougar in Los Angeles Inspired the World,” and she is featured in the documentary, “The Cat that Changed America.” An avid Sierra and Yosemite devote, Beth has hiked the John Muir trail, and wandered extensively in the Yosemite backcountry. Beth spends much of her time in LA, but makes her home outside of Yosemite, “my north star,” with her five dogs, two cats, and the mountain lions, bears, foxes, and other wildlife that frequent her backyard.
Steve Smallcombe

Stephen Smallcombe

Steve is a retired scientist now living with his wife Rosemarie in Mariposa County near Yosemite National Park. Steve received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from U.C. Irvine with an emphasis on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), and then moved to Pasadena where he was a Senior Research Fellow on the Research Faculty at the California Institute of Technology. In 1974 Steve moved from academia to private industry with Varian Associates in Palo Alto, a major manufacturer of scientific instruments. Steve’s first real taste of the Sierra Nevada high country was when his research group at Caltech took on a 110-mile section of the John Muir Trail in 10 days without use of cached supplies, including a hike to the top of Split Mountain – one of the 14,000+ foot peaks in the Sierra. Now in retirement, Steve and Rosemarie have built a “green” home in Mariposa. In this case, “retirement” for Rosemarie includes serving as a County Supervisor; and Steve stays busy helping a variety of local environmental and community organizations. Steve uses his background in science to help educate the local community about climate change and things we can do to mitigate it. Currently Steve is heavily involved in dealing with the tree mortality issue in the Southern Sierra and trying to find beneficial use of the dead trees via generation of bioenergy and biochar – a way of sequestering forest carbon rather than burning and releasing that carbon. Steve and Rosemarie has enjoyed the Alliance Annual meetings and Steve is excited to now be on the Board of Directors.
Pierre Zado

Pierre Zado

Married to Laura Crowe Zado and lives in San Francisco where he enjoys spending time with his nieces, going on runs with his golden retriever, attending various sporting events, as well as golfing, skiing and tennis. When they are not active in the bay they spend any free time they have in the Sierras, especially at their place in Tahoe City. Fun facts include having traveled to 5 continents by age 30, playing college football at USC and semi-professional rugby in New Zealand.

Each year, the Sierra Nevada Alliance places 28 AmeriCorps members with partner conservation organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada. During their terms of service, members restore and monitor impaired Sierra watersheds, educate and outreach to Sierra residents and visitors on environmental issues, and recruit and manage volunteers for a variety of programs.

Celeste Argueta

Position: Volunteer Coordinator
Host Site: Sequioa Riverlands Trust
Celeste Argueta was raised in Visalia, California and is a recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) with a degree in Environmental Studies. During her time at UCSB, Celeste participated and held leadership positions in multiple environmental organizations such as Student’s for Food Justice, the Environmental Affairs Board, and Calpirg. In addition, she interned for the County of Santa Barbara Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division as Organics Waste Intern, focusing on reducing food waste in Santa Barbara County. Celeste tries to spend most of her time outdoors by either kayaking, hiking, or rock climbing and introducing many of her friends to the beauty of the outdoors. Celeste is so excited to join the SNAP program and continue to help protect the outdoors!

Alan Cai

Position: Sierra Field Technician
Host Site: Trout Unlimited
Alan grew up in San Diego, California. He is a recent graduate of the University of California, Merced. As a master’s student at UC Merced, he researched operational decision-making at hydropower facilities and environmental mitigation measures for river ecosystem health. Prior to this, Alan studied at UC Berkeley, and completed internships in applied ecosystem science and land use policy in the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington state. He is generally interested in using the tools of science and policy to better manage ecosystems, particularly rivers and wetlands, for multiple objectives.
Alexandra Carey

Alexandra Carey

Position: River Scientist
Host Site: Sierra Streams Institute
I am the 2020-21 SNAP member for Sierra Stream Institute in Nevada City. I worked in freshwater food web and ecophysiology labs during college. I’m excited to explore the Yuba River during my year of service!
McKenzie Dale

McKenzie Dale

Position: COSA Education Coordinator
Host Site: Bishop Paiute Tribe
McKenzie originally hails from the rainy forests of the Pacific Northwest where she lived in Portland, OR from the day she was born until after graduating from Portland State University in 2016 with a degree in Linguistics. Through working for her university’s outdoor program, she realized that she likes outdoor education even more than Linguistics and since 2017 she has been working as an outdoor educator for a variety of organizations and schools located all up and down the Sierra Nevada mountain range. McKenzie is curious about the relationship between land and communities; she believes that interacting with our environment has the capacity to teach us many lessons and that nature tends to bring out the best in people. She is looking forward to serving with the SNAP program as a way to learn specific strategies for land stewardship and for the opportunity to give care to the places that she loves so dearly. Some of McKenzie’s favorite activities include rock climbing, ski touring, watercolor painting, garden growing, and singing really loud alone in the car.
Baylee Goodwin

Baylee Goodwin

Position: Education Program Assistant
Host Site: Tahoe Environmental Research Center
Baylee was born and raised in Lake Tahoe, CA where her love for nature and wildlife developed at a young age. Her passion for animals followed her to Oregon where she graduated with a degree in Zoology from Oregon State University. Her plan has always been to work in wildlife conservation with the goal of saving endangered species. During her time at OSU, Baylee enjoyed volunteering at the local wildlife rehabilitation center, the OSU goat club, and a snake research laboratory on campus. She is always happiest when working with animals in any capacity. After graduating, Baylee moved to Costa Rica for a wildlife conservation internship where she worked with jaguars, sea turtles, and primates. This internship taught her how important conservation and education are to preserving vital ecosystems. Baylee is very excited to move home and join the SNAP team in educating people on the importance of the natural world.

Anne Graham

Position: Education Program Associate
Host Site: Tahoe Environmental Research Center
Anne was born and raised in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina falling in love with the outdoors while backpacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Growing up she always thought she was interested in studying medicine, but in undergrad quickly found herself drawn to her ecology classes. While pursuing her degree in Environmental Science from Santa Clara University, Anne was highly involved in her university’s outdoor adventure program spending a great amount of time exploring the Sierra Nevada. Anne is returning to the SNAP program for a second year to continue her service with UC Davis TERC. Anne is interested in environmental justice issues, climate change, hydrology, and drought management practices getting to work on a number of projects in these areas in her first year of service. Anne also enjoys kayaking, hiking, doing crossword puzzles, and adding to her funky sock collection. She is excited to continue her work with TERC and continue to serve in the Sierra Nevada in the coming year!
Alexis Hager

Alexis Hager

Position: Education and Outreach Coordinator
Host Site: Sierra Nevada Alliance / Sierra Club
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!
James Hart

James Hart

Position: Forest Health Specialist
Host Site: Tuolumne River Trust
James will be serving this year as a Forest Health Specialist with the Tuolumne River Trust. As a native of Tidewater, Virginia, the mountains of California will be a new and exciting place to work and explore. James graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019 with a degree in Conservation Biology, focusing on botany and forest ecology. After graduating, he took part in a short-term position at a salmon hatchery in Alaska and an AmeriCorps term in eastern Washington State. James looks forward to serving in the Sierra Nevada over the coming year and learning about the relationships between fire ecology and restoration work. When he’s not working, you can find him cycling around, working on some woodworking projects or playing music.
Shannon Hedge

Shannon Hedge

Position: Stewardship Coordinator
Host Site: South Yuba River Citizens League
Shannon grew up in the suburbs around Houston, Texas where she spent spent most days outside exploring the swamplands she called home. She obtained a bachelors degree in Evolution and Ecology at The Ohio State University and helped work in diversity programming as an ambassador of the multicultural center. She found her true love of outreach while in graduate school at Humboldt State University as a teaching associate and volunteer coordinator for the citizen science program FrogWatch. She is excited to combine her passions of environmental conservation and working with the community at SYRCL. Outside of work, she can often be found cooking, crafting, or looking for animals outside.
Robert Heim

Robert Heim

Position: Forest Health Specialist
Host Site: Tuolumne River Trust
As a child growing up in northern California, Robert developed a deep appreciation for the forests of the Sierra Nevada while backpacking on the John Muir Trail. Robert is a recent graduate from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara, where he studied Conservation Planning and had a focus in Strategic Environmental Communication. While completing his master's degree, Robert interned with Lost Padres ForestWatch, where he used ArcGIS to map illegal off-road vehicle sites in the Los Padres National Forest. This experience instilled Robert with an awareness of the threats to public lands, and motivated him to help protect forests that provide habitat for wildlife and connect people to the outdoors. As a Forest Health Specialist with the Tuolumne River Trust, Robert looks forward to working with a dedicated team on forest management and wildfire resilience projects in the Stanislaus National Forest.

Aliya Ingersoll

Position: Restoration Coordinator
Host Site: South Yuba River Citizens League
Helen Kesting

Helen Kesting

Position: Sierra Field Technician
Host Site: Trout Unlimited
Helen was raised in Olympia, Washington and studied environmental science at the University of Washington. During college, she conducted research on insect herbivory at Mount St. Helens and volunteered at an otter conservation center in Brazil. After graduation, she moved to Lake Tahoe to be a ski instructor and fell in love with the Sierra Nevada mountains. She spends her free time running, rock climbing, hiking, mountaineering, and skiing.
Audrey Mahinan

Audrey Mahinan

Position: Stewardship Specialist
Host Site: Sequioa Riverlands Trust
Audrey grew up in the small agrarian town of Delano, CA. At UCLA, she studied biology with a minor in conservation biology, so she wanted to pursue a career in conservation and environmental resource management. She then volunteered as an AmeriCorps member for the American Conservation Experience in Southern California for over a year, where she maintained trails throughout the mountainous ranges in California and performed habitat restoration in the Mojave Desert. Working with ACE, she was able to better appreciate the beauty of the outdoors and the arduous physical work necessary to conserve it. When she’s not hiking outdoors, she’s spending time inside illustrating and designing characters.
Elise Matera

Elise Matera

Position: Education Program Assistant
Host Site: Tahoe Environmental Research Center
Elise is from Chapel Hill, NC and spent the first half of her life in Cleveland, OH. She graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY with a degree in Environmental Studies with focuses in Biology, Women’s Studies, and English. She is passionate about environmental and social justice. She is coming most recently from a job in sustainability and zero waste near Vail, Colorado and is excited to move even farther west. She spent a semester abroad in Zanzibar, Tanzania and studied human impacts on mangrove forests. She ran cross country and track in college and loves to run, hike, and camp.
Kyle McNeil

Kyle McNeil

Position: River Monitoring Coordinator
Host Site: South Yuba River Citizens League
Kyle grew up in the suburbs outside Los Angeles, California. Growing up in the arid chaparral environment, he found the wild landscapes in National Geographic magazines fascinating, sparking his interest in the natural environment. During his undergraduate studies at UC Davis, he volunteered to reduce food waste with Food Recovery Network and interned at Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory assisting with the endangered white abalone captive breeding program. After graduating, he moved to Sacramento to work at the State Water Resources Control Board to focus on municipal stormwater permitting. Now, Kyle is excited to transition into a more community focused water quality position at SYRCL. In his free time, Kyle enjoys hiking, cooking, and playing board games with friends.
Amanda Milici

Amanda Milici

Position: Program Assistant and Outreach Specialist
Host Site: South Lake Tahoe Resource Conservation District
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Amanda knew she wanted to get out of the city. Growing up, she spent most of her time outdoors and quickly developed a love for the natural world and a passion for urban and natural environmental issues. After graduating from U.C. Davis with a degree in Environmental Science, Amanda moved to Lake Tahoe and worked as a special event assistant for California State Parks before joining SNAP. Amanda is currently serving her second SNAP year with Tahoe Resource Conservation District as an Outreach Specialist and absolutely loves it. When she’s not talking to Tahoe residents and visitors about wildfire, you can find her running, cycling, swimming, or attempting to learn Spanish.
Kimberly Romero

Kimberly Romero

Position: Reforestation Specialist
Host Site: Butte County RCD
Kimberly Romero was born and raised in Southern California. As a child, she traveled to the Sierra Nevada often as part of her family's annual trip to Yosemite National Park where she developed a deep passion for the natural world. With an emphasis on protecting the natural world, she completed a Bachelor's degree at San Jose State University in Environmental Studies. When she wasn't busy studying, she taught wilderness skills and introduced many students to the outdoors for the first time in her position as an Outdoor Adventures Leader. She also founded an environmental sustainability club on campus with fellow dedicated classmates. After graduating, she began applying her newly acquired degree working for her local FireSafe Council. Kimberly is excited to join the Butte County RCD, allowing her to broaden her knowledge of conservation and resource management. You can catch her enjoying the outdoors, sailing, or volunteering at a local food pantry in her free time.
Daisy Schalich

Daisy Schadlich

Position: River Assessment & Restoration Assistant
Host Site: American Rivers
Daisy hails from the North Bay, but spent most of her time in Truckee through her teen years. Growing up, she enjoyed her summers of hiking, camping, and fly fishing with her family and her winters of ski racing. She became a river guide while studying Sustainable Environmental Design and Food Systems at UC Berkeley and decided she needed to take action to protect the rivers she loves. She did this first by working in a river food web ecology lab in college, then by advocating for a sustainable water future in California, and most recently by helping restore the coho salmon population in Sonoma County. Daisy is thrilled to take the next step by serving with American Rivers this year and looks forward to learning from her coworkers and fellow AmeriCorps members. This is a photo of her on one of her favorite rivers, the Rogue River.
Elise Shea

Elise Shea

Position: Conservation Assistant
Host Site: El Dorado County & Georgetown Divide RCDs
Elise is a curious, creative and kind soul who values both community and solitude, particularly when it comes to experiencing nature. She grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts, discovering a love of the outdoors through city parks, apple orchards, sandy beaches and summer camp. Her affinity for math, physics, geology and warm weather led her to move across the country and study civil engineering at the University of Southern California. Upon graduating, Elise worked in the construction industry before taking the leap into outdoor education and conservation. Outside of work, Elise enjoys hiking, camping, running, stargazing, playing ukulele and drinking hot beverages.
Gabrielle Tribelli

Gabrielle Tribelli

Position: Education Coordinator
Host Site: Eastern Sierra Land Trust
Gabrielle Tribelli is from Northern California, from the mountains to the coast. She studied Literature as an undergrad at UC Santa Cruz. Upon graduating she decided to meld her love for written word and teaching with her pull to the natural environment. She is serving as Education Coordinator with the Eastern Sierra Land Trust and looks forward to exploring a new part of the Sierra Nevada. As an outdoor educator, Gabrielle sees the importance in informing future generations on how to protect, care for, and understand both the history and future of the land (while simply getting dirty, curious, and being fearless outside). She enjoys learning about the world by being outside and applying creativity found in nature to her own artwork.
Lindsey VanderMolen

Lindsey VanderMolen

Position: Education Technician
Host Site: Sequioa Riverlands Trust

Sierra Corps is a Fellowship program that aims to increase workforce capacity for organizations and agencies implementing forest health and natural resource management projects throughout the Sierra.  The program creates leaders in the conservation field by providing technical trainings and meaningful career development opportunities through the Fellowship positions.

Katie Reidy

Katie Reidy

Position: Project Manager
Host Site: Feather River Resource Conservation District
Katie Reidy will be working a two-year position with the Feather River Resource Conservation District out of Quincy through the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Grant Program. Katie’s work will focus on planning and managing forest health projects for the RCD in and around Plumas County.
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. After years of teaching, Katie is eager and enthusiastic to get back to work in Forest Resource Management. As a Sierra Corps Forestry Fellow, she is excited to have Feather River Resource Conservation District as her host site where she assists with projects and learns more about Forestry Management. In her spare time, you will most likely find her kayaking down some local whitewater.
Marlon Charneau

Marlon Charneau

Position: Program Coordinator
Host Site: Eastern California Water Association and American Forests
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. Marlon’s work will focus on building capacity in the Eastern Sierra for planning and prioritizing forest health and natural resource management projects.
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

Rubie Teffeteller

Position: Project Manager
Host Site: Yosemite Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council and American Forests
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. Her work will include collaborative project planning and prioritization for forest health restoration and biomass utilization.
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. Her work will include collaborative project planning and prioritization for forest health restoration and biomass utilization. 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

Thurman Roberts

Position: Forest Restoration Program Liaison
Host Site: Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions (CHIPS)
Thurman Roberts will continue working for Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions, but in a new role as a Fellow, out of West Point and Woodfords through the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Fund. As a Fellow, Thurman will work on forest restoration project management and tribal community outreach and engagement for CHIPS’ continued triple bottom line programs.
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. 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 CHIPS’ triple bottom line approach of restoring the land, the local people, and local economies and was motivated to work with them for the past two years. 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.
luis vidal

Luis Vidal

Position: Forest Restoration Fellow
Host Site: Eldorado National Forest and American Forests
Luis Vidal will be working a 10-month position with the Eldorado National Forest and American Forests out of Georgetown through the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Fund. Cash match for his position has been provided through a grant from the Bella Vista Foundation via American Forests. Luis's work will focus on reforestation efforts and regeneration research in the King Fire burn scar.
Luis was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in Northern Utah where he enjoyed running and road biking on country roads. During college he became interested in the natural sciences after adventuring on solo trips into the Great Salt Lake Desert. His interest in gaining an understanding the land and earth around him led to Luis graduating from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Geoscience in the summer of 2018. He then left for the hills in the Northern Sierra Nevada where he spent most of 2019 as a Natural Resource Assistant for the Plumas National Forest. There he discovered his passion for the Sierra Nevada along with his interest in forestry which he now pursues. Luis also enjoys traveling to historical sites, hot springs, and montane lakes. When not outside he enjoys reading books on science, philosophy, and classic literature.

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