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Kiri Ando, Stewardship Assistant
SNAP Site: Placer Land Trust

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Hailing from the quaint little town of Los Angeles, Kiri is a native Californian through and through. She received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Earth Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Afterwards, she began working towards a certificate in GIS at Los Angeles Pierce College and also served as a Resource Management Intern through the Student Conservation Association at Congaree National Park in Hopkins, South Carolina. During her southeastern adventure, she focused on removing and mapping invasive plants, educating 3rd graders about erosion, and conducting water quality monitoring.

Kiri is very excited to be back in her home state and to have the opportunity to give back by enhancing and restoring natural areas. This year with Placer Land Trust she will be putting together annual monitoring reports for preserves, testing stream water quality, and working to restore habitat by removing invasive plants and replanting native ones. She can’t wait to see how this year’s projects at Placer Land Trust will turn out, and how big a difference they can make by bringing back California’s wild lands.


Andy Bell, River Scientist
SNAP Site: Sierra Streams Institute

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Andy Bell is an AmeriCorps River Scientist with the Sierra Streams Institute. Following his recent graduation from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies, Andy rode his bike home to Southern California. He is excited to be back on the west coast researching the ecological implication of altered river systems to protect them from future damage. Previously he has researched the impact of habitat fragmentation in an estuarine food web, tracked the migration patterns of groundfish in the Gulf of Maine, and monitored the recovery of threatened populations of anadromous fish. Andy enjoys cycling, running, reading in hammocks, telemark skiing, catching frogs, and backpacking. He is excited for the opportunity to explore the west slope of the Sierra Nevada.

 

 

 

 


Kristen Boysen, Conservation Assistant
SNAP Site: Sierra Foothill Conservancy

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Kristen Boysen is excited to be serving as the Conservation Assistant at the Sierra Foothill Conservancy in Mariposa, CA. Kristen grew up in Boulder, CO, where she learned to bike, hike, ski and play in the Rocky Mountains. She studied environmental biology at Pomona College, a small liberal arts college outside of Los Angeles. At school, she spent a lot of time swimming for the Pomona Sagehens (the fearsome desert chicken), working at the field station, and learning about the many facets of resource conservation. After college Kristen has worked several field jobs– from collecting zooplankton from the waters around the Channel Islands to wrangling penguins in Antarctica. Kristen is psyched to be serving with Sierra Foothill Conservancy, where she will be monitoring conservation easements and preserves, working with landowners, helping with the education and outreach program, and planning hikes and classes around SFC’s preserves. Mariposa is a beautiful place to work and live, and Kristen plans to explore the Sierra as much as possible, via bike, car, or hiking boots.


Anna Cady, Rio Limpio Project Coordinator
SNAP Site: WildPlaces

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Anna Cady is a life long outdoors enthusiast. She has been backpacking with her parents in the high sierras many times, a few hours from her native Davis, CA. These early trips shaped her interest in conservation and love of adventure. She recently graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Environmental Science, focusing on water resources. She spends all available free time white water kayaking and downhill skiing. When indoors, she enjoys playing guitar, knitting, and baking.

She will be serving with WildPlaces in Springville, CA as the Rio Limpio Coordinator. This project aims to clean up the Tule River with volunteer support, run education programs through the local school, and develop outreach material.

 

 

 


Lizzy Cantor, Field Trip & Volunteer Coordinator
SNAP Site: Sequoia Riverlands Trust

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Lizzy was born and raised in West LA and became an environmentalist not though nature but through a Ranger Rick article on organic chocolate in the 5th grade. It wasn’t until attending school in the redwood forest of Santa Cruz that she began to appreciate being outside. She combines her passion for the environment and for children together as a nature educator. She has taught kids in various capacities, including beach clean ups, tide pools, and in the woods of New England. She has a background in Environmental Studies, grant management, canvassing… anything to help people care about the earth! When she’s not driving around America, you can find her in the kitchen cooking her way through the Moosewood Collective.


Loni Cantu, Education Programs Assistant
SNAP Site: Tahoe Baikal Institute

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Loni Cantu is very excited to be serving as the new AmeriCorps member for the Tahoe Baikal Institute. Loni was raised in a little town in South Texas called, George West. She went to school at Texas A&M University and received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geography. Since then, Loni has worked as an interpreter for Grand Teton National park, and has been the Geoscientist-in-the-Parks for Big Thicket National Preserve. Loni joined SNAP to teach people the importance of protecting our watershed and to lead people to a greater understanding of sustainability. She has a passion for exploring the outdoors, and will probably be found around Tahoe, hiking, kayaking, and attempting outdoor rock climbing. Loni is interested in taking an art or dance class at the local community college, and looks forward to making many new friends in South Lake Tahoe. One major goal for Loni this year is to scuba dive the kelp forest. Overall, she is thrilled to be a part of this great organization, and hopes to live her passions in the Sierra.


Jeremy Cherson, Service Learning Coordinator
SNAP Site: Sequoia Riverlands Trust

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Jeremy hails all the way from Atlanta, Georgia. He studied political science with a focus in Environmental Policy at American University in Washington, DC. In his free time Jeremy enjoys rock climbing, hiking, biking, and playing his several instruments. He is a committed advocate for clean energy and sustainable communities. The motto has always been think globally act locally. Jeremy has dreams of organizing mass mobilizations and actions for clean energy to push policy makers, corporations, and people to change coarse.

He is currently serving in the southern Sierra in Visalia as the service learning coordinator for Sequoia Riverlands Trust. In this position he organizes stewardship projects for their preserves, educational events, easement monitoring, and much more. Jeremy is profoundly happy to have this opportunity to travel while doing meaningful work in a community that needs it. He is living the dream and looks forward to a life full of contributing to the legacy of activists who came before to make the world a brighter, happier, and healthier place for all living things!


Allison Dawson, Conservation Programs Assistant
SNAP Site: Bear Yuba Land Trust

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Allison is a born and raised North Carolinian with a passion for the environment and an accent. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Ecology and Environmental Biology. Equipped with information and spirit, she moved to New Hampshire for a SCA (Student Conservation Association) internship as an environmental educator and conservation corps member. She is now a SNAP member serving with Bear Yuba Land Trust as the conservation programs assistant. Some of her duties include organizing volunteer events, trail maintenance and construction, land assessments. She loves sports, enjoying the outdoors, and adventures. She also has an irrational fear of velicoraptors.

 


Manny DeAquino, Stewardship and Outreach Assistant
SNAP Site: American River Conservancy and El Dorado County & Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts

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Our family just moved to Fair Oaks, CA from Placerville, where I had lived since 1988. My wife, Martha, is an active storyteller, working at the El Dorado County Library. Our daughter, Mary, loves school and sports, and now gets to walk to school after our recent move.

I have lived in California since age 6 when Mom, Dad, and other family members made a big move from the Azores, Portugal.  We lived in the Central Valley for a few years then relocated to the Santa Clara Valley. Here I attended high school and went to Santa Clara University where I received a BS in Combined Sciences. Being interested in the medical field, I took an EMT class the summer after sophomore year. This led to a part-time job as an EMT then I got the bug and after graduation from SCU I attended paramedic school, thinking I would “do that for a couple of years”. Eventually I decided this was what I wanted to do and went on to secure a job with the fire department in El Dorado County.

The desire to do something in the environmental field has long been with me and I decided to retire from the fire department at age 50 (yes, that is young), and plunge into a second career. When the SNAP opportunity came up, I excitedly applied and am still a bit surprised at my good fortune to be associated with so many bright and enthusiastic people who will be putting their talents to work serving in the Sierra this year. I hope to encounter experiences and gain skills this year that will lead to future work in habitat conservation. It’s great to be here.


Brian De La Cerda, Immersed in the Wild Program Coordinator
SNAP Site: WildPlaces

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Brian De La Cerda is grateful to be serving the beautiful Southern Sierra with WildPlaces. As the new Immersed in the Wild Project Coordinator, Brian will be guiding many groups of under served, at-risk youth on amazing front and back country hiking trips. He will be educating, inspiring, and helping foster the much needed relationship between today’s youth and our beloved nature.

With his eyes set on changing the habits of an entire generation Brian set out on what is still a journey in and of itself. While balancing his first and only year at Austin Community College, Brian found his passion for inspiring children while working as an After School Program Specialist with Austin Recreation Center. Fast forward two years of hopping states, creating relationships, and maintaining an openness to learn, Brian ended up in California where he had a successful year introducing the idea of healthier streets and healthy active lifestyles to Elementary schools with Bike Bakersfield, a bicycle & pedestrian advocacy group. With an itch to connect local and surrounding organizations, Brian eventually began volunteering with WildPlaces. After seeing firsthand the intent and dedication displayed by the WP staff and volunteers, Brian states, “I had to be a part of it! And now that I am, my hopes are to create awareness of the need to protect this magical place that after 23 years, finally revealed itself to me.”


Julie Fair, River Restoration Outreach Coordinator
SNAP Site: American Rivers

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Julie Fair is serving at American Rivers as the River Restoration Outreach Coordinator. She will be working on a variety of projects this year including instream flow improvement, meadow restoration, blue trail development and stormwater management.

Julie completed an undergraduate degree in Geography/Environmental Studies at UCLA in 2010. During her time as an undergraduate, she spent eight weeks as a HERO fellow at Clark University using remote sensing to study forest cover. After graduation she spent time in South America participating in bio-construction and permaculture projects and most recently spent 6 months as an intern at the Sierra Nevada Alliance.

Julie is one of those elusive people actually from Lake Tahoe. She was born and raised at the north shore is very aware and thankful of how much this has shaped her perspective on life and the environment. She is excited to spend the coming year working to improve the watersheds of the region she calls home and exploring the watersheds on the other side of the summit.


Raymond Gutteriez, Conservation Assistant
SNAP Site: Sierra Foothill Conservancy

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Raymond is serving as Conservation Assistant I for the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, in their Mariposa office. With a degree from Fresno State in Biology concentrating in Ecology and Evolution, he has worked for the National Park Service, Forest Service and United States Geological Survey. After working for all of these government agencies, it was time for him to experience the world of non-profits.

As an undergrad Raymond spent many hours on the SFC’s McKenzie Preserve working on a research project looking at the caching behavior of western scrub jays. This early experience piqued his interest in Land Trusts and SFC in particular.

On a more personal note, Raymond is California Indian, Wuksachi Mono. He is continually learning about his ancestors’ connection to the land, how they lived in and tended to their environment. This cultural connection is the driving force behind his career path and wanting to serve for the SFC. Serving with the SFC is a way for him to continue his family’s, culture’s and ancestors’ tradition of caring for the Sierra.


Bridget Harrison, Conservation Associate
SNAP Site: Shasta Land Trust

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Bridget was raised in Southern Illinois in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest, on the Lake of Egypt. She was taken outdoors to camp, hike, swim, and explore as early as she can remember and because of this her love for nature started at a very young age. Bridget started college as a pre-medical major at Southern Illinois University and she planned on going to medical school to be a research geneticist but realized it was not the career for her, so she tacked on an environmental studies minor and graduated in 3 years. At that point, she was ready for an adventure outside of school. Bridget was hired as a fisheries biologist in Alaska and lived and worked on commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea. It was a great adventure!  She went back to Southern and recently finished her master’s degree in forestry with an emphasis on hydrology.

Bridget is excited to be on her next adventure, serving at the Shasta Land Trust where she will spend most of her time supporting their mission of conserving the beauty, character, and diversity of significant lands in far northern California. As the Conservation Associate, she will have the opportunity to be very involved with the outreach and education that Shasta Land Trust does with the community as well as oversee and implement the conservation easement monitoring program. Bridget is excited to serve with the community of Redding and all of the wonderful volunteers. Lastly, she looks forward to her many upcoming adventures in the West.


Laura Hayes, Conservation Assistant
SNAP Site: El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource conservation Districts & American River Conservancy

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As a native Sacramentan, Laura is excited about serving (somewhat) close to home at the El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts and American River Conservancy. As Conservation Assistant, she will be working on a wide variety of watershed education and restoration projects. She is particularly excited to work with area high school students at the annual Watershed Education Summit, and to bring the Discover Your Watershed Tour program back to El Dorado County.

Laura became interested in traveling and conservation work while studying Environmental Biology at UC Berkeley. During her undergrad years, she spent a summer on a trail crew with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) in Oregon’s amazing Eagle Cap Wilderness, and a semester abroad studying tropical ecology in the cloud forests of Monteverde, Costa Rica. After graduation, she flew off to upstate New York for six months to serve with the SCA Hudson Valley AmeriCorps program as an environmental educator and trail crew member. California was calling her back though, and she is excited to return to her home state to live, work, and play in the beautiful Sierra Nevada.


Bryan Hofmann, Assessment & Restoration Assistant
SNAP Site: American Rivers

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Bryan Hofmann calls Cincinnati, OH his home. He attended Xavier University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics. While at Xavier, Bryan was the Vice President of the jazz ensemble, studied political philosophy at L’Université Paris-Sorbonne for a semester, and worked as an intern and field director for congressional campaigns. After college Bryan continued to work in politics as a campaign manager for a Cincinnati City Council campaign. Having spent enough time on the campaign trail, Bryan decided it was time to hike some different trails. His journey took him to Oxford, Ohio home of Hueston Woods State Park and Miami University. Here Bryan enrolled in Miami’s Institute of Environmental Science’s Master program with a focus on Environmental Policy and Resource Economics. His research ranged from low-impact development stormwater design to the valuation of environmental damages. He is currently serving with American Rivers as their River Assessment and Restoration Assistant in Nevada City, CA. While in California Bryan hopes to enjoy the beautiful outdoors by hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing all over the Sierra.


Jeff Lauder, River Scientist
SNAP Site: Sierra Streams Institute

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Jeff is a born-and-raised California kid. He grew up in Huntington Beach, a little surf city in northern Orange County. From an early age, he was fortunate enough to explore wonderful places through yearly trips with his family to various National Parks. It was these trips, among other things, that drove Jeff to burst out of the Southern California bubble and receive education in the natural sciences. He attended Chico State University to study Environmental Science with an option in Applied Ecology. While at Chico State, Jeff lead backcountry hiking, climbing, skiing, and caving trips through a student-run outdoor guide service, and continued to explore the Sierra Nevada through his own interests in climbing, mountaineering, hiking, and just about anything that’s outside. Through his education, Jeff took part in a research expedition to Papua New Guinea to assess biodiversity and forest structure in a previously unexplored rainforest, and also worked a summer with USGS in Yosemite National Park searching for toads and identifying plants. Jeff is excited to join the team at Sierra Streams Institute and can’t wait to carry out fun and interesting studies in and around Nevada City.


Kirsten Lindquist, Conservation Assistant
SNAP Site: Tahoe Resource Conservation District

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Kirsten hails from the flatlands of coastal Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Exchanging the tides with Sierra Nevadan mountain-tops for a while, she is returning for a second year of service with the Tahoe Resource Conservation District. As a SNAP member last year, she assisted with environmental education programs in South Lake Tahoe classrooms, helped to coordinate community events such as the Great Sierra River Cleanup, and co-led an erosion study with the Tahoe-Baikal Institute. “Wicked stoked” to be back in Tahoe, Kirsten is happy to be continuing her involvement in Tahoe RCD’s outreach and education initiatives, and to assist with veliger monitoring and a new stream monitoring program as the Assistant Watershed Coordinator. Wreaking havoc on brooms and invasive thistles with a weed wrench: also an anticipated perk.

Kirsten graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2010 with degrees in English and Environmental Conservation. Past exploits include study and organic farming abroad in New Zealand, the U.K. and Prince Edward Island; as well teaching natural history for kids, and whipping up some tasty cider donuts as a baker at a local sea-side orchard.


Kelly Miller, Sustainable Communities Assistant
SNAP Site: Sierra Nevada Alliance

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Kelly Miller is thrilled to be serving her second year as an AmeriCorps member as a Sustainable Sierra Communities Program Assistant for the Sierra Nevada Alliance. She’ll be working to support and foster a resilient Sierra through on-the-ground projects, innovative programs, publications, workshops and events. Once the snow clears Kelly will be working closely with the other AmeriCorps member in the Sustainable Sierra Communities Program, Tony Passantino, on the Truckee River Friendly Landscaping Program.

Kelly received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 2007 from Clemson University in South Carolina. She moved to the Sierra in 2009 and soon after began interning at the Sierra Nevada Alliance as a way to remain active in the environmental field and gain knowledge about non-profit work. In her spare time (outside of serving the Sierra and getting things done) Kelly will be exploring Sierra hot springs, parks and flora while expanding her travel experiences of the West Coast.


Victoria Ortiz, Education Coordinator
SNAP Site: Eastern Sierra Land Trust

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Victoria Ortiz will be serving as the Eastern Sierra Land Trust Education Coordinator. For the last couple winters she worked as a ski instructor at Mammoth Mountain and has fallen in love with the clean air and active lifestyle in this special region of the world. Hailing from Bishop’s downstream neighbor Los Angeles, Victoria obtained a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2009 she studied abroad in Santiago de Chile where she learned to speak Spanish fluently and how to travel on less than $10 a day. The viajera, or nomadic lifestyle worked its way into her soul and since graduating in 2010, home has been wherever her backpack is that day.

She is excited to join the ESLT team in preserving this incredible region while learning more about easements and sharing their importance to conservation efforts. In the upcoming year she hopes to gain knowledge about how to run a community non-profit and how to plan and successfully implement events. Her to-do list while not saving the Eastern Sierra with her superstar ESLT team includes hiking Mt. Whitney, exploring the Bristlecone Pine forest, and climbing in Yosemite.


Johanna Ostling, Education Program Assistant
SNAP Site: UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center

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Johanna grew up in the SF Bay Area where she developed a fascination with weather, especially the local microclimates. She started out as an Atmospheric Science major but found her home in Geography and Environmental Studies. After completing her BA and MA, her wanderlust took her to live and work on Grand Cayman until the siren song of academia called again, spurring her to return to the U.S. for the Ph.D. in Environmental Geography program at Texas State University-San Marcos. Outside of school, Johanna loves to read, play board and card games, explore new places (looking to get some stamps in her newest passport), and listen to music. She is excited to get outdoors up in Tahoe: learning to snowshoe, going hiking, kayaking and canoeing, and experiencing what the area has to offer.


Briana Parsons, Stewardship Assistant
SNAP Site: Placer Land Trust

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Briana is serving as one of the two Stewardship Assistants at Placer Land Trust this year. Born in San Francisco, she got some bi-costal perspective when her family moved to New Jersey while she was in elementary school. Since then she’s taken it upon herself to travel as much as possible, going to school in mid-state New York at SUNY Oneonta, then taking classes in Cozumel, Mexico and the Limon Provence of Costa Rica. Scuba diving and primate behavior were only some of her favorite subjects she got to explore as an undergraduate. She also worked at her school’s community center where she learned about volunteering, non-profit organizations and community outreach. She did an  invasive species SCA internship with the National Park Service at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio and interned with the Fish and Wildlife Service at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, where she did research on brown bears and shorebirds. After getting her Bachelor of Science in Biology, she took a seasonal position with the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources at Texas A&M, mapping and surveying endangered warblers. She won’t be returning to that job this year, however, because she’s going to be saving the Sierra! Briana is very excited to restore native habitats on Placer Land Trust’s preserves, as well as get the community involved in trail construction and habitat restoration.


Tony Passantino, Sustainable Sierra Communities Program Assistant
SNAP Site: Sierra Nevada Alliance

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Tony will be serving as the Sustainable Communities Assistant for the Sierra Nevada Alliance. He grew up in Sebastopol, California but has been living in Los Angeles for the past 5 years attending UCLA where he studied Geography with an emphasis in environmental studies. While attending UCLA, Tony maintained the campus garden, presided over the wine tasting club “Purple Tongue Society” and organized sustainability events in competition with his rival (and inferior) university, USC. Outside of the classroom, Tony was active in environmental advocacy, holding positions with the national lobbying group, Food & Water Watch, coordinated sustainable living workshops in Santa Monica, and lead volunteer restoration trips to Death Valley National Park. Tony has traveled to the far west, living in Hawaii for six months working organic farms and volunteering for the Department of Fish & Wildlife, and then  recently to the far East including Mongolia, Siberia and Hong Kong  as a program participant for Tahoe-Baikal Institute. When he’s not traveling, you’ll most likely find Tony with his nose in book, hiking the Sierra, or manning the backyard grill. He’s happy to be an AmeriCorps participant and looks forward to working with the local community in his area, and is eagerly anticipating his first snowfall in Tahoe.


Jessica Roberts, Watershed Coordinator
SNAP Site: South Yuba River Citizen’s League

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Since she can remember, Jessica has always had a curiosity and love for nature. When she was little you could find her in the backwoods of Pennsylvania climbing trees. Eventually, she developed an interest in conservation work and attended American University in Washington, DC for an International Relations degree with a focus on environmental policy.

When she wasn’t studying or working as a Resident Assistant, Jessica interned with the U.S. Botanical Gardens, the Smithsonian National Zoo, and the Green Festival. But it wasn’t until she worked as a water quality-monitoring specialist with the National Park Service that she decided to take on an Environmental Studies second major. This allowed her to combine the two things she loves most: working with people and conserving the environment.

Jessica is very excited to put her two loves to work at SYRCL. So far, she is enjoying the sense of community in Nevada City and everyone’s enthusiasm for environmental work. She can’t wait to explore California, meet new people, and work to restore and protect the greater Yuba watershed!


Eric Rubenstahl, River Monitoring Coordinator
SNAP Site: South Yuba River Citizen’s League

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While growing up in northern Connecticut Eric developed a strong appreciation for the outdoor environment. His passions lead him to enroll in the Environmental Studies program at Westfield State College in Massachusetts. After three semesters his adventurous side propelled him to transfer to University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Enrolling as a meteorology student he discovered that he wanted to broaden his spectrum and finished with a double major; Environmental Studies and Geography. After sticking around Salt Lake City for an additional year snowboarding, hiking, camping and biking Eric moved to Colorado.

In May of 2009 Eric landed a position with Colorado Legends and Legacy Youth Corps based out of Colorado Springs, CO. After a winter in Denver, Eric started working for the Natural Areas Program in Fort Collins Colorado. The work there focused on creating the healthiest ecosystem possible by using tactical land management plans.

Eric is very excited to apply his naturalist skills to the River Monitoring Coordinator position at SYRCL this year. He looks forward to serving as a SNAP member in the Sierra Nevada and exploring all the nooks and crannies that California has to offer.

 


Ali Stefancich, River Scientist
SNAP Site: Sierra Streams Institute

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Ali grew up in a small town nestled in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York where she developed a passion for nature. That passion grew into a desire to further her understanding of the natural world and protect the beautiful places she had grown to love. She attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA where she studied Ecology. During her time there she had the opportunity to study geology while rafting the Grand Canyon, tropical ecology in Costa Rica and entomology in Honduras. After graduating, she did a Wildlife Biology internship with the USACE Upper Connecticut River Basin. She is now happy to call Nevada City home and is very excited to be working with Sierra Streams Institute this year. During her time serving at Sierra Streams, she will have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects including the watershed science education program, stream monitoring program and will be helping to develop and implement a mammal survey protocol.


Allison Toy, Education Program Assistant
SNAP Site:  UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center

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Alison Toy grew up in the less than environmentally inclined Tulare, CA located in the heart of the Central Valley. After having an amazing and inspirational science teacher in high school, she decided to study education and environmental science with a biological emphasis at UC Berkeley. All throughout college, she helped to restore the Dow Wetlands Preserve in Antioch, CA and as a result has developed a soft spot for hydrophytes and wetlands education. Since college she has had diverse job experiences, from running a children’s program at a homeless shelter in San Francisco, to teaching English in Akita, Japan, to teaching snowboarding at Alpine Meadows in Tahoe. She loves snowboarding, swimming, hiking, soccer, water polo, going to concerts, and reading, and has attempted Alpine skiing for the first time this year. You’ll always notice her because she constantly has an adorable adopted pup named Pepper at her side. Well, you’ll notice Pepper first because he’s so cute.


Alyse Weyman, Outreach Coordinator
SNAP Site: Bear Yuba Land Trust

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Alyse is serving as the Outreach Coordinator for the Northern Foothills Partnership, a collaborative conservation effort between the Bear Yuba Land Trust, the Placer Land Trust and the Trust for Public Lands.

Alyse was born and raised in Nevada City, CA. She spent much of her childhood scrambling the granite boulders of the Yuba River, exploring higher altitudes from the family’s cabin near Donner Summit and tending to her grandparents’ vineyard in the Napa Valley. She also worked in Alaska during her early college years, following a family tradition of chasing salmon runs. After much globe-trotting and living on California’s central coast, she was encouraged to ‘come on home’ and contribute her collective experience by “Serving the Sierra”.

She has previously worked as a naturalist at the Aquarium of the Bay, the Lindsay Wildlife Museum and the Santa Cruz Outdoor Science School. She has been contracted by the Department of Fish and Game for several projects including habitat restoration for the endangered yellow-legged frog in the Eastern Sierra; charting species variation in relation to climate change for the Sierra Nevada Monitoring Project; and developed a public education program for the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve.

Alyse earned a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and pursued a Masters of Environmental Science with the Political Ecology Research Group at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. While traveling by camel-drawn wagon through the tropical savanna of outback Queensland, she discovered her interest in bioregional resource management and collaborative stewardship. Her position with the Northern Foothills Partnership has allowed her to utilize these interests while expanding conservation efforts across county lines and watersheds in her native bioregion.

When not swimming in the Yuba, rafting the American, or organizing backpacking expeditions, she can be found wandering trails by bike (or boot) with a camera, field guides, and local produce in tow. She has a special penchant for wandering through snowstorms in search of hot chocolate and hopes to start a band with fellow SNAPers.