Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods is able to do good work thanks to the following dedicated individuals:
Michele Luna has worked for Stewards since 1994, raising $3,000,000 in grant and contract funds to support education, stewardship and resource management projects in Russian River District State Parks. She has been working in the field of nonprofit administration with an emphasis on volunteer programs since 1991. Michele has demonstrated skills in the areas of board development, financial management, fund development, graphic design and web management, advocacy and marketing, and is known for her excellent accountability for grant funding and program deliverables. She is the overall administrator of the programs that Stewards manages. Michele coordinated the efforts to fund and manage a successful fish habitat restoration project in the Willow Creek watershed, completed in 2014, and was responsible for entering Stewards into a contract with the California Department of Parks and Recreation to manage Austin Creek State Recreation Area in the face of possible park closure. Michele grew up in the San Fernando Valley and moved to Sonoma County in 1979 to raise her family.
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Annie Cresswell has been with Stewards since February of 2002 after graduating from Empire College with a certificate in business administration. She has a background in environmental advocacy and provides valuable administrative as well as program assistance. Annie also oversees all human resource issues and the management of retail sales. Annie grew up and lives in the hills of Cazadero.
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Jazzy Dingler started with Stewards just before Thanksgiving of 2015. She moved to California from the East Coast to become a banana slug (UC Santa Cruz) and study Marine Biology, Ecology, and Evolution. Her priority is getting to know Stewards’ amazing volunteers, members, and donors by name and furthering Stewards’ vision of being “the link between people and their parks.” Jazzy’s professional life has focused on promoting biological diversity and growing environmental stewardship through research, community engagement, and firsthand experience. She has been involved with various citizen science projects, and looks forward to growing and diversifying Stewards’ programing in this area. Jazzy is an avid birder and comes to Stewards from The Nature Conservancy, where she spent the fall monitoring migrating sandhill cranes, waterfowl, and shorebirds in the Central Valley. She loves teaching field capture and safe animal handling, and spends much of her volunteer time training others at bird banding stations.
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Sarah Angulo joined Stewards as Volunteer Coordinator in Fall 2016. While obtaining her undergraduate degree at UC Santa Cruz, she interned for the UC natural reserves before becoming a campaign coordinator for a water conservation project. After graduating with a B.A. in Environmental Studies in 2014, she worked for a summer as an Interpreter for the California State Parks, then taught sixth grade as a Naturalist intern at a residential outdoor school in Sonora. The following summer she worked for her first non-profit at the Mono Lake Committee before moving on to another non-profit in Nevada City, serving there as an Education Coordinator AmeriCorps. Sarah strives to be the connection between people and nature, and hopes to bring this to the Stewards.
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Field Operations Manager
Scotty Lawyer was hired as our new Field Operations Manager in September of 2014. Scott has a B.S. degree in Geology with an emphasis in structural processes. He has experience doing trail maintenance and restoration work, including supervising groups on various restoration projects. He also has various mechanical/repair skills including facility maintenance and basic automotive skills. He also has experience as a shop foreman with tool and tool safety experience, maintenance, forklift and custom iron fabrication. Scotty is also First Aid/ CPR certified.
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Marketing Communications Specialist
Tracie Riedel climbed aboard in June 2014. From frequent camping trips in her youth to doing fieldwork for her Geology studies, Tracie has an intimate knowledge of California State Parks. Her experience in the nonprofit sector began with volunteering at The Legacy, a resale craft shop that benefits the Sebastopol Area Senior Center, and grew from there to become an account representative for the American Red Cross. Now Tracie works for Stewards, where she enjoys promoting our State Parks and giving back to the community. Her favorite activity is traveling to Seoul, South Korea to see her “K-Pop boys” perform.
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Bilingual Administrative Assistant
Yasmin (Mina) Sanabria is our newest team member as of February 2017! She is originally from Washington, DC and has been a California transplant since 2006. She lived and studied in Southern California at UC Santa Barbara until she graduated in 2015 with a BS in Mathematical Sciences. After graduation, she moved to Guerneville to be closer with family. Mina has 10 years of experience working in and volunteering with educational programs for youth. She is passionate about mathematics, and enjoys camping and hiking in our local parks during her free time.
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Retail & Project Coordinator
Nik Szecsey has worked with Stewards on and off through special youth employment programs. In 2012 he was hired part-time to provide valuable clerical, inventory management and office support in the Stewards office.
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Bilingual Outreach Coordinator (On-Call)
April Reza joined Stewards family as the Bilingual Administrative Assistant and then transitioned to being our Bilingual Outreach Coordinator. Being a Sonoma County native, April takes pride in the social justice roots of her home region. Since high school, her focus has been to bridge the cultural gaps between Sonoma County communities. Her past volunteer experience includes being a participant of M.E.Ch.A., The Chican@ Student Movement of Aztlan, at Santa Rosa Junior College. M.E.Ch.A.’s main focus is to promote higher education through outreach in local Latino communities. While studying at SRJC, she also tutored Sonoma County residents who were preparing for their citizenship exams through Catholic Charities. April is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Humanities and Cultural Studies at Dominican University in San Rafael.
Service Aides staff the entrance station to Armstrong Redwoods and Austin Creek. They also assist with campground maintenance.
Image from left to right: Rachel Hallaway, Scott Lawyer, Trevor Moore, and Markis Kiefer.
Stewards hires PT on call Naturalists to provide curriculum-based interpretive environmental education programs.
Image from left to right: Elizabeth Vega, Colby Davidson, Cindy Gillease, Mike Roa, and Nancy Johnson. Not pictured: Summer Swallow.