Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Members come from all over the United States to Serve the Sierra. Right now, we have 28 Members serving at 16 partner organizations across the Sierra, from Oroville in the Northern Sierra to Visalia in the Southern Sierra, and every region in between! Learn more about our wonderful current SNAP Members and SNAP Alumni by checking out their bios below.
2017-18 SNAP Members (Current Program)
Originally from Maryland, Julia grew up surrounded by mountains to the west and the Chesapeake Bay to the east. However, having grown up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Julia was able to see a fuller range of environmental issues in an urban setting. Her passion for photography allowed her to explore all of these places, creating her own sense of environmental identity. She decided to pursue a degree in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Marine and Coastal Management at the University of Maryland where she could delve deeper into these global phenomena. Gaining experience from various internships including policy campaigning and outdoor restoration, Julia was able to build her skills in instilling a sense of enthusiasm for the environment in others. Throughout her four years at UMD, she was part of the Alternative Breaks program where she participated and co-led service learning trips around the country focused on different social justice issues including environmental conservation, food insecurity, indigenous rights, and identity empowerment. Community service became an integral part of her college experience which led Julia to focus her interests on environmental justice, education, and community outreach. She’s excited to get to know the Alpine County and Carson City communities as she takes on her role of Education and Outreach Assistant.
As a recent graduate of UC Santa Barbara with a B.S. degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, Marina Vance found herself inspired by her passion to serve the environment and local communities. Raised in San Diego, her love of the ocean inspired her to stay close to the coast and attend UCSB. With experience backpacking and camping, she continued to pursue her love of adventure by working with the outdoor program at UCSB. Through this platform, Marina developed the service project and volunteer program which focused on increasing stewardship efforts among staff and participants. Marina’s love of the Sierra has grown from many weeklong and weekend adventures backpacking, running, yoga-ing, and rock climbing. Excited to apply the knowledge and experiences gained over the years, Marina hopes to learn and grow as an AmeriCorps service member and take advantage of the beauty of Tahoe and the Sierra.
Originally from the central valley, Taylor Faye has spent the past four years attending Humboldt State University in beautiful Northern California where she originally entered as a psychology major. That quickly changed to Environmental Science once she realized all of her passions could be channeled into a viable career path. Growing up she spent a lot of time camping and hiking with family which established her deep love and appreciation of forests. While pursuing her degree with a focus in ecological restoration, she was exposed to various aspects of environmental science such as fire ecology, plant taxonomy, soil analysis, watershed management and rangeland studies. This led her love of forests to transform into a deep rooted fascination with countless ecosystems and the interactions between natural resource elements that make productive, healthy lands possible. When she is not out trying to identify plants, Taylor Faye enjoys oil painting, reading, DIY/ crafting, collecting records from the 80’s and all things Alice in Wonderland.
Parker Flickinger grew up in rural Siskiyou County, California near the Oregon border. Environmental work was “in his blood”, since both his parents were biologists. Growing up, he was blessed with many opportunities to enjoy nature by hiking, backpacking, wild ice skating and rafting. Parker did not just enjoy nature’s beauty but also enjoyed learning about natural science. Both of these passions inspired him to receive a BS in Environmental Science and Policy from Southern Oregon University. In his summers between schooling, Parker worked as a sediment technician gathering data in the Klamath National Forest. Towards the end of his college career, Parker discovered his passion lied not only in science but environmental education. Parker choose to join SNAP in order to further his experience in teaching natural sciences. When he is not working, Parker enjoys hiking, writing children’s books, playing music, paddleboarding and other ways to appreciate the natural and cultural resources around him.
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Growing up in the rolling foothills near Mariposa, California, Rachel learned the names of her local flora and fauna in an outdoor classroom, as she wandered in the woods surrounding her family’s acreage. Rachel recently earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from UC Davis where she discovered the joys of cycling the flatlands. Her love of the mountains led her to return to the Sierra for summer work in various roles: as a volunteer interpretive ranger in Yosemite Valley, a research assistant for a PhD student doing bioacoustic research at high elevation lake basins, and as a biological science technician restoring mountain yellow-legged frog habitat at alpine lakes in Kings Canyon National Park. Rachel enjoys birding, botanizing, backpacking, and cooking elaborate meals for friends on and off the trail. She is looking forward to many more adventures with the new people and places she will encounter in the next eleven months while serving in the Sierra.
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Lucy Haworth, Natural Resources Field Crew Lead at Butte County Resource Conservation District/California State Parks
Lucy Haworth was raised in Placer County, California. Surrounded by the beauty of the Sierra Nevada foothills, she spent much of her childhood camping, hiking, skiing, and swimming in lakes and rivers. She developed a passion for the environment, which untimely led to her studying Environmental Management and Wildlife Biology at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. While at school Lucy was fortunate to intern as a GIS analyst for Cal Fire. She just received her bachelors degree and is eager to put it to work as a SNAP member. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys crafting, cooking, spending time outside, and going on adventures.
Natural Resources Field Crew Lead at Butte County Resource Conservation District/California State Parks
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Maura Uebner, Natural Resources Assistant at Butte County Resource Conservation District/US Forest Service
Maura was born and raised outside of Sacramento, with the Sierra Nevada in her backyard. Her mom worked for California State Parks, so family vacations often consisted of road trips to hike and explore in various State and National Parks, leading to a love for rocks and the outdoors. She recently graduated from UC Berkeley, with a major in Geology and minor in Geospatial Information Systems and Technology. During her time there, she worked as a research assistant at the Berkeley Geochronology Center. She also completed a senior honors thesis involving the climate of Yosemite, which evolved out of a work project. She is excited to work in the Sierras as a SNAP member, and put her passion for the outdoors and earth science outreach to use. When not staring at rocks, she enjoys knitting, volunteering with cats, and being active.
Ben grew up in the suburbs of Long Island, New York, where sailing and trips to the Catskill Mountains dominated his summers and ski trips around New England filled his winters. He received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology with a minor in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Vermont in hopes of blending his desire to work with animals and be outside as much as possible. Following graduation, he helped manage inventory for an outdoor gear retailer. Most recently, he has sailed in a transatlantic race from Portugal to Bermuda, hiked for three weeks on the Appalachian Trail, and spent time backpacking and climbing in Desolation Wilderness. Ben fell in love with the unique beauty of the Sierra Nevada and is excited to explore more of the range through time with the Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation and on his own. When not backpacking, Ben can be found mountain biking, backcountry skiing, and continuously searching for the world’s best chicken wings.
Kaitlin Raven, Restoration Technician/Stewardship Assistant at Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation
Kaitlin grew up on the south side of Chicago in the suburb of Frankfort, IL. From there she spent her summers growing up camping, fishing, and hiking with her family. Most of her adventures outdoors as a kid were with her grandfather who was a member in the CCC (civilian conservation corps). He was a major influence in her love for the outdoors and conservation. Her mother also allowed her curiosity for nature thrive as a kid by allowing her to do home experiments and also visit the Brookfield Zoo to learn about the animals almost every weekend of summer as a kid. Because of this Kaitlin then went on to study at The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. She graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. While at Florida State she got to study a wide variety of environmental topics from marine megafauna and coral reef ecology to urban planning and demographics. Following graduation she moved across the country to Tucson, Arizona where she interned at Saguaro National Park. There she mostly worked on invasive vegetation management but also got to aid on projects such as Gila monster tracking, saguaro census, pit tagging lesser long nose bats, and surveying. Although the desert was beautiful and amazing she moved yet again to New Hampshire to work for the SCA NH Americorps residential corps. There she got to teach environmental education in the winter and work on trail and conservation projects in the summer. Some highlights include chainsawing for 11 days to create brook trout habitat in Nash stream with Trout Unlimited ; and hiking, camping and working on the Appalachian Trail creating bog bridges and improving trail in the backcountry. Excitedly she traveled back across the country to Placerville, CA to work as a Restoration Technician/Stewardship Assistant for the Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation. She cannot wait for the adventures to come this year and is excited for all the new places and faces she will encounter. When Kaitlin isn’t busy exploring the great outdoors you can catch her watching the Seminoles football games, trying new foods, traveling to a new place or watching the newest episodes of Game of thrones.
Born and raised in Missoula Montana, Ryan Delaney discovered his love of the outdoors at an early age. It first began with a keen interest in local flora and has expanded over the years to include all aspects of nature. That love of the outdoors inspired him to pursue a degree in resource conservation and a minor in wilderness and civilization. He has used his education to share with others, especially youth, the wonders of the natural world. Most recently, he was able to live in Alaska as the camp coordinator where he taught children about wilderness survival, edible plants, and marine science. He has also held positions as a backcountry ranger, outdoor educator, and ski coordinator. When Ryan is not busy playing freeze tag with kids, he enjoys playing Spanish guitar, studying botany, and working on his chaco tan.
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I grew up in the southern San Joaquin Valley town of Visalia, surrounded by vast tracts of agricultural lands, and a short drive away from Sequoia National Park. I’ve always enjoyed spending my summers retreating from the scorching valley heat in the cool waters of the Kaweah River–however, it wasn’t until I became a student at College of the Sequoias that my love and curiosity for my surrounding landscapes was sparked. During that time, I began gaining interest in the flora and fauna of the region, imagining the historical landscapes, and how they continue to change over time. From there, I transferred to UC Santa Cruz to study Environmental Studies, where I gained experience working at a greenhouse, identifying California native plants, and assisting with habitat restoration. In the summers, I returned to the southern Sierra Nevada, where I worked as a Cave Naturalist in Sequoia National Park, exploring the mountains on my days off. Upon graduating from UC Santa Cruz in June 2017, I spent 8 weeks as an intern for Sequoia Riverlands Trust, where I helped remove invasive species from local nature preserves, monitor conservation easements, and convert a lawn to a drought tolerant garden. I am grateful to have the opportunity to continue the endless learning journey of conservation in the landscapes surrounding my home.
I’ve grown up in Visalia, CA most of my life. I currently live on 5 acres in Exeter. I tried big city life for a short time in my late teenage years during college and those years in LA and SF nailed the city living coffin closed for good for me. I was called to my roots in the central valley where the high sierras are my home away from home. I’ve found myself in the beauty of nature, and love to inspire others to get outdoors to seek what really matters in life! Living in San Joaquin Valley, or as some call it, The Fruit Basket of the World, has given me the great opportunity to study and cherish these lands and all of its resources. It is our duty and my desire to protect, preserve, and restore it to its most natural state. Put into the world what you want out of it! I’m thrilled to be a part of a wonderful team with a mission!
Emily spent most of her early years outdoors exploring local natural areas with her parents and developed a passionate curiosity about the natural world. This lead her to the University of Vermont where she received her B.S. in Wildlife Biology and Natural Resource Ecology. Backed with internship experience working with U.S. Fish and Wildlife on wetland, riparian, and aquatic habitat restoration and her undergraduate research focused on mapping the genetic diversity of fiddlehead fern populations, Emily has a diverse background in natural resource ecology and assessment.
Upon graduating, Emily worked as a research assistant in New Hampshire on Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change, a national survey examining the effect of different silvicultural treatments on the resiliency and resistance of natural forests in the face of climate change and stochastic events. She is eager to learn and expand her experiences to the West Coast flora and fauna, and a multidisciplinary environmental community. Outside of work she spends her time running, touching plants, baking, drawing, adventure hiking, (and getting lost).
Allison was raised in the Bay Area and was privileged to make annual visits to Yosemite and Lassen Volcanic National Parks where she fell in love with the mountains and forest. She moved to Pennsylvania to attend college and pursue a degree in biology. However, Allison quickly realized that she would rather be outside than in the lab and got her first taste of fieldwork at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado. She also enjoys working with children in the outdoors, and has spent time as an environmental educator in three different states. Allison is excited to move back to her home state and can’t wait to explore all that the Sierra’s have to offer.
Shireen is from Southern California but considers “home” as the Sierra Nevada range. Most summers consisted of camping trips in Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows. This is where her passion for the outdoors began. At the start of her college career she found Rock climbing, which she considers her second passion, and spent most off days and breaks climbing with friends out in Joshua Tree or Bishop. With a passion for preservation and a connection to the outdoors, she pursued an Environmental Studies degree from the University of San Diego and graduated May of 2017. During her time at school she studied abroad with The School for Field Studies in Peru and found a new passion in teaching and promoting environmental stewardship. She is inspired by the curious minds of kids and seeks to educate both kids and adults about the importance of our ever changing environments and how we can protect the places we explore and play in.
Karli Gale Foreman grew up in the mountains of Durango, Colorado, skiing, running and mountain biking. Constantly being immersed in the outdoors while growing up, led her to pursue a degree in Natural Resources Management with minors in Ecological Restoration and Zoology at Colorado State University. There she worked for the Restoration Ecology Lab doing various restoration projects in the Eastern plains and mountains in the Front Range. Throughout her college years, Karli continued to explore the ways in which we impact our natural environment from field studies at the base of the Rocky Mountains, to maintaining trails in the fjords of Iceland, and to leading interpretive hikes in the bays of Alaska. Whenever Karli is running in the high alpine she is on the constant lookout for her favorite animal the Ochotono princeps (a.k.a. her imaginary rap name). She is very excited to bring her passion and enthusiasm to the Sierra Nevada and discover an entirely new ecosystem and watershed to help restore and explore.
After attending college in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I became enthralled with the intricacies of nature and decided to pursue a career serving the natural world. Since attaining a degree in environmental science I have spent the last year serving in Americorps, which has permitted me to meet many wonderful people and enhance my professional scientific capabilities. I have a particular interest in aquatic communities and look forward to learning and working with the South Yuba River Citizens League. I love mountain biking and bugs!
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Liz has found inspiration and solace in nature since her childhood in Virginia, where her family often hiked in the Shenandoah National Park. Since then, her twin passions of athletic activities and the outdoors have earned her a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Ithaca College. Besides shaping her academic pursuits, Liz’s love of nature has driven her to seek out adventure — hiking to the summit of Mt. Whitney, skiing in the shadow of the Matterhorn, biking through the gorges of the Allegheny Mountains from Washington, D.C. to Pittsburgh, adventure racing in the jungle in Belize. Her yearly visits with her parents to Lake Tahoe to ski and hike sparked a growing interest in environmental education as she learned of the intense and effective community involvement there to protect the lake and its environs. As a result, she is in the home stretch of obtaining a Master’s Degree in Resilient and Sustainable Communities from Green Mountain College. She is confident that her degree and the field experience she gains with AmeriCorps will enable her to help foster within others a love of the environment through community outreach. Beyond that, she hopes to inspire people to embrace sustainability through seemingly small changes in their daily lives to help preserve and protect our precious environment – for themselves and for future generations. And, although Liz will miss calling Montana home, she looks forward to embarking on this new adventure.
As a Montana resident, Bre’s life has always been focused in the mountains. For as long as she can remember she has dedicated her winters to skiing and her summers to backpacking. Her childhood was packed with road trips to Yellowstone and Glacier National Park where she first grasped the importance of protecting natural and cultural resources and gained an appreciation for unique wilderness experiences. Her fascination with the natural world inspired her to pursue a degree in Biology at Western Washington University, where she became connected with various local organizations. She was a part-time responder for marine mammal stranding events in Whatcom County and she conducted research with NOAA Fisheries on the density-dependent movements in Juvenile Chinook life histories in Skagit Bay and Swinomish Channel. This past winter she also had the opportunity to educate students about their local watershed through the lens of the Mount Baker Environment. These experiences have shown her the many different ways in which people within a community come together as advocates for environmental conservation. Bre looks forward to getting involved in a new community within the Sierra Nevada and continuing to share her passion for the environment as an educator.
Christine grew up in the heart of south Texas where her summers were spent on the beach or rafting or tubing down the river. She was born and raised on a countryside home where she had many chickens, a few goats, and a horse. After graduating from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Chemistry, she moved to the beautiful Lake Tahoe area in hopes to expand on her educational background. Some of her hobbies include: Ballet Folklorico dancing, hiking, and playing various instruments.
Tom grew up in the Midwest, where he learned to love the outdoors by canoeing and fishing in the lakes and rivers of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. This time in the Northwoods inspired a lifelong commitment to exploring, and protecting, America’s wildernesses and natural areas. While going to Princeton University, Tom got the chance to venture onto the trails and waterways of the east coast, especially in the Delaware Valley and on the Appalachian Trail. During that time he also got a glimpse of the worlds of environmental advocacy and conservation while interning for the Wilderness Society. A relative newcomer to the West, Tom is excited to be working with Trout Unlimited this year, and is also pumped to do some hiking, skiing, and, especially, fishing in the Sierra Nevada.
It was love at first sight when Michaela Snow found the word ‘watershed’. Growing up in Colorado, water is a defining feature of the arid West. From powerful summer rain storms, to snow lightly falling, to canyons carved by rivers, water created the landscape of her life. To study water, in all its forms, is her passion. At Colorado State University (CSU), she majored in Watershed Science, and found herself joyfully wading chest-deep in rivers to measure beaver dams, and digging snow pits to characterize snow crystals, all for homework assignments! She was a guide for the Outdoor Program at CSU, where she enjoyed sleeping under the stars with fellow CSU students, and teaching rock and ice climbing, backcountry skiing, and backpacking skills. Michaela has worked with numerous graduate researchers in the summers, restoring willows in Rocky Mountain National Park, and sedges in Yosemite National Park. She designed her own research project to study snowmelt in high alpine environments for her senior thesis. Michaela can often be found biking around town, exclaiming at the beauty of farmer’s market tomatoes, asking questions in gear shops, playing ukulele, and drinking water.
After looking over my resume, a good friend of mine once remarked, “Wow. You’ve taken the scenic route, haven’t you?” I graduated from UC Riverside in 2009 with a degree in Anthropology, but it’s taken me 8 years (and 13 jobs, by my most recent count) to finally figure out that I’d like to pursue a career in environmental conservation. In the past 7 years I’ve been fortunate enough to live in Washington, Maine, Colorado, and Alaska—all incredibly beautiful places! And in 2013 I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, a truly life-changing experience, but I still felt directionless. I didn’t find what I was looking for until this past summer, when I lived in the Eastern Sierra. This mountain range that I’ll be working alongside for the next 11 months is unique and awe-inspiring; it’s the first place where I’ve wanted to put down roots in my short but itinerant life. If I can’t be outside, I like to spend my time cooking, eating, and indulging in all things Harry Potter.
Born and raised in Colorado, Ellyse spent her childhood as a full-time adventurer, feeding her sense of wonder throughout the Rocky Mountains. She loves camping, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, and snowboarding but truly discovered her passion when she took a geology class at Colorado State University which led her to discover the science and study of the natural world she so adored. With a bachelors degree in Natural Resources Management and a double minor in Global Environmental Sustainability and Restoration Ecology she is now finding her niche in the real world. Since traveling the west coast and working in urban forestry and gardening she is looking forward to getting more rural and back into the mountains and forests that so inspired her once before. She is extremely excited to embark on a new adventure in the Sierra Nevada’s to fulfill her dreams of science and pursue new explorations and experiences.