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.
Abby Ouimet is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and brings a proven track record of more than 15 years’ experience to the Sierra Nevada Alliance. She has worked for both large, national and small, local nonprofits and has extensive experience in strategic planning, program development, institutional giving, annual giving, team management, special events, financial management and community engagement. She is a seasoned nonprofit management professional who enjoys connecting donors to causes they’re passionate about and coaching staff and volunteers to love what they do. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Public Relations.
Abby lives on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe with her husband Adam and sons Sawyer and River. She hopes her children grow up socially aware of the responsibility humans have in how we interact with and impact the environment and wildlife. In her spare time – which is rare! – she enjoys cross-country skiing, hiking and sailing with her family. She also loves reading and is a die-hard college football fan.
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.
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.
Rachael has called Tahoe home for 7 years. Originally moving to the basin for school at Sierra Nevada College earning a B.A. in Sustainability and Outdoor Leadership, she finds herself “happily stuck” as Tahoe combines her two homes, Michigan and Idaho. She loves all the Sierra Nevada Range has to offer for adventure, especially skiing, mountain biking, and hiking to the alpine lakes. She has been interested and involved in advocacy and conservation work for about 10 years and is excited to join Sierra Nevada Alliance in it’s mission to keep light in the range.
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.