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STAFF

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods is only able to do our good works with the help of the following dedicated individuals.

Executive Director

Michele LunaMichele 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.

Contact Michele about:

  • Board-related Issues
  • Sponsorships
  • Legacy and Major Gifts
  • Advocacy

 

Administrative Director

Annie CresswellAnnie 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.

Contact Annie about:

  • Nature Stores Sales and Inventory
  • Accounts Receivable and Payable
  • Human Resource Issues
  • Office Management

 

Programs Manager

Jazzy Dingler

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.

Contact Jazzy about:

  • General program information
  • Naturalist programs
  • EcoAdventures
  • Programs at Pomo Canyon and Bullfrog Pond Campgrounds
  • Youth Education and Wilderness Adventures
  • Armstrong Redwoods School Reservation

 

Volunteer Coordinator

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.  

Contact Sarah about:

  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Volunteer Hours
  • Registering for Volunteer Orientations and Seminars

 

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. 

Contact Scotty about:

  • Volunteering with our Public Assistance Program
  • Becoming a campground host
  • Volunteering for stewardship projects

 

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Tracie Riedel

Tracie Riedel eagerly climbed aboard in June 2014. From regular childhood camping trips to earning her B.S. degree in Geology, Tracie has an intimate knowledge of California State Parks. Her experience in the nonprofit sector began with volunteering at The Legacy (a local resale thrift shop that benefits the Sebastopol Area Senior Center) and expanded (thanks to the invaluable administrative skills she acquired through Nelson Staffing) to processing donations as an account representative for the American Red Cross. Now Tracie works for Stewards, where she enjoys assisting others and giving back to the community. Her favorite activity is traveling to Seoul, South Korea to see her “K-Pop boys” perform.

Contact Tracie about:

  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Social Media
  • Website
  • Special Events

 

Bilingual Administrative Assistant (job opening)

  • Membership
  • Donations
  • Account management
  • Camping inquiries

 

Retail & Project Coordinator

Nik SzecseyNik 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.

Contact Nik

 

Bilingual Outreach Coordinator (on call)

April Reza

April Reza joined Stewards family as the newBilingual Administrative Assistant and then transitioned to being our 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

 

Service Aides staff the entrance station to Armstrong Redwoods and Austin Creek. They also assist with campground maintenance.

Trevor Moore
Markis Kiefer
Rachel Hallaway

Naturalists

Stewards hires PT on call Naturalists to provide curriculum-based  interpretive environmental education programs.

Colby Davidson 
Nancy Johnson
Cindy Gillease 
Mike Roa
 
Summer Swallow 
Elizabeth Vega



 

 

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thumb_2_staff_16.jpg Photo: Stewards Staff Field Trip to China Camp - 2015 thumb_2_staff_15.jpg Staff Field Trip to Angel Island - September 2014 April Reza Paddling the Russian River Estuary Photo: Stewards Staff Holiday Lunch
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Mail: PO Box 2, Duncans Mills, CA 95430 · (707) 869-9177
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