Our Staff

Dan Alvey

California Program Coordinator - Tahoe Area

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Dan Alvey

California Program Coordinator - Tahoe Area

Dan joined the National Forest Foundation in November of 2021 as a California Program Coordinator for the Tahoe Area. His work focuses on managing forest resiliency projects in the Yuba and American River watersheds, which make up the western slope of the Tahoe National Forest.

Dan has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Davis, and a background in forestry and environmental conservation. Prior to joining the NFF team, he worked as a Forestry Technician at FRST Corp, where he collected data on giant sequoias killed in wildfire events to help inform fire resilient management practices for the giant sequoia groves. Before that, Dan spent half a decade advocating for the protection of wild areas across Nevada at Friends of Nevada Wilderness. During his time at Friends, he helped the group with several key victories including the designation of Gold Butte National Monument, Massacre Rim Dark Sky Sanctuary, and the successful defense of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge against military expansion (#dontbombthebighorn).

Dan was raised in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and is now working to strengthen the very forest he grew up in. He currently lives in Truckee, CA and when not at work, he spends his time exploring snow-covered mountains, riding dirt trails, and running rivers across the West. When he can’t get outside you’ll probably find him eating homemade tacos, brewing sake, or baking sourdough apple pie.

Mila Bock

California Program Coordinator - Tahoe Area

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Mila Bock

California Program Coordinator - Tahoe Area

Mila Bock joined NFF in February 2022 as a member of the growing Northern California Sierra Program. In her role as California Program Coordinator, she’ll focus on supporting a variety of projects in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Mila has nearly 15 years of conservation and resource management experience working on everything from invasive species removal in Alaska to preserve management Colorado. Mila considers herself lucky to have worked in many incredible and diverse locations, however she has called the Sierra Nevada home for many years and is thrilled to continue working on its behalf in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Mila holds an undergraduate degree from Humboldt State University, and a master’s degree in Environmental Management from Western Colorado University. Upon completion of grad school and confronted by the pressing need to improve the health and management of California’s forests, Mila shifted her focus to forestry. She has worked with forest Collaboratives in Northern California, on a timber marking crew for the Tahoe National Forest, and most recently with the Great Basin Institute as their Forestry Program Coordinator. When she’s not thinking about supporting forest management objectives, you can often find Mila out enjoying her local National Forests with her husband and dog.

Carina Bracer

Director of Conservation Finance and Natural Climate Solutions

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Carina Bracer

Director of Conservation Finance and Natural Climate Solutions

Carina joined the NFF in 2022 as Director of Conservation Finance and Natural Climate Solutions. Carina brings experience in carbon markets, focused on global partnerships related to quantifiable climate-related benefits across the land use sector. Prior to her recent roles at Verra, Climate Focus and the Ecosystem Marketplace, Carina managed Forest Trend’s Katoomba Group, fostering ecosystem service payment initiatives across Latin America leveraging the water, carbon, and biodiversity values of natural lands.

Carina loves all kinds of forests, but the tropical El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico holds a special place in her heart. She is eager to explore the diversity of National Forests and Grasslands of the US, transmitting her awe and appreciation of natural landscapes to her 2 boys and anyone who will listen! She feels fortunate to work in her life passion of enabling the sustainable use and protection of priceless lands in a way that maximizes the values for all!

Emily Bruns

Conservation Awards Associate

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Emily Bruns

Conservation Awards Associate

Emily Bruns joined the NFF in May of 2022 as the Conservation Awards Associate. Prior to joining the NFF, Emily worked at the University of Colorado Foundation where she specialized in gift agreements and compliance, partnering with donors, Development staff and faculty. She is excited to be joining the NFF and supporting conservation efforts.

Emily graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science. Emily grew up in exploring the woods of Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, discovering her love for the forests. Now living in Colorado, you can find her in the mountains trail running, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and backcountry skiing. She enjoys connecting with nature in anyway possible, even if it is just a walk around the neighborhood with her dogs.

​Torrie Burwell

Information Technology Manager

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​Torrie Burwell

Information Technology Manager

Torrie Burwell joined the NFF in January 2021 and is the Information Technology Manager. A Massachusetts native, she graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015 where she majored in Applied Mathematics, minored in Vocal Performance, and completed extensive coursework in Computer Engineering and Natural Resource Economics. After graduating, Torrie moved to Seattle, Washington where she worked for several years as a Quality Assurance Engineer in the technology industry. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her two dogs, gardening with her bunny, songwriting, and supporting her community through restoration work, meal donations, and artistic activism.

Carson Clark

California Program Forestry Supervisor - Tahoe Area

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Carson Clark

California Program Forestry Supervisor - Tahoe Area

Carson joined the National Forest Foundation in January of 2022 as the California Program Forestry Supervisor in the Yuba Ranger District. Carson grew up in the Tahoe Basin exploring the outdoors and all that the Sierra have to offer. This time provided the foundation for his desire to protect the land that raised him.

Carson received his Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Chico State. During his time at Chico, he found his passion interning at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Preserve conducting trail maintenance, invasive species removal, educational outreach, and prescribed burns. This experience shifted his career pathway to forestry. After graduating, Carson worked as a contractor on Pacific Gas and Electric’s Vegetation Management Program maintaining vegetation around the utility’s electrical grid for wildfire resilience. During his five years with Pacific Gas and Electric, his passion grew to restore forests and protect communities within them.

Outside of work, you can find Carson in the mountains biking, backpacking, backcountry skiing, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, rafting, and running.

Luke Coffey

Rocky Mountains Regional Development Coordinator

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Luke Coffey

Rocky Mountains Regional Development Coordinator

Luke joined the NFF in 2022 as the Rocky Mountains Regional Development Coordinator. Originally from Southeastern Kentucky, he grew up on a working cattle farm in an agrarian community that bordered Daniel Boone National Forest. It was in roaming the eastern hardwood forests of “The Daniel Boone” that instilled in him a love of being outdoors and open spaces.

After a stint in the military, Luke pursued his education in Chinese Literature at the University of Colorado-Boulder. It was there that Luke developed a deep connection to the Western landscape alongside a burgeoning conservation ethic. Upon entering the professional world Luke decided to leave academia and pursue a career in conservation. Now in his work at the NFF, Luke is allowed the privilege to contribute to the conservation, restoration, and preservation of our National Forests.

Colleen Coleman

Marketing & Communications Director

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Colleen Coleman

Marketing & Communications Director

Colleen Coleman joined the NFF in February 2019. She is the Marketing & Communications Director focused on planning and leading go-to-market at the NFF. She provides strategic and practical direction on marketing initiatives and cause-related marketing programs to strengthen the NFF brand with the public, donors, funders, partners, media, and others, as well as building awareness broadly about the National Forest System. Previously at REI, in 2015, she led the national “Opt Outside” campaign, where her work as a campaign integrator resulted in more than 1.4 million people getting outside on Black Friday.

On a local level, she was the project manager for the Wild Olympics and REI partnership, doubling the campaign’s social media following with a grass-roots approach.

Colleen’s experience includes B2B/B2C marketing, strategic planning, go-to-market strategy, product launch, key partnership management, process optimization, fundraising, influential communication, and team leadership. She has extensive understanding of retail and wholesale, and has worked in the outdoor and adventure travel industries for more than fifteen years. She holds a degree in Ski Business from Colorado Mountain College and a degree in Marketing from the Western State College of Colorado. She is a member of Camber Outdoors (formerly Outdoor Industry Women’s Alliance) and is Six Sigma certified. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys long-distance trail running, skiing, backpacking, stand up paddling and adventure travel. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband Alex and their two dogs, Sam and Arrow.

Adina Collins

Federal & State Reimbursable Awards Accountant

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Adina Collins

Federal & State Reimbursable Awards Accountant

Adina joined the NFF in January 2022 as the Federal & State Reimbursable Awards Accountant, and she is responsible for invoicing reimbursable award agreements. Over her career, she has worked in public, private and non-profit accounting sectors. When not working, Adina enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and listening to great live music.

Sarah Collins

Eastern Conservation Partnerships Manager

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Sarah Collins

Eastern Conservation Partnerships Manager

Sarah joined the NFF in 2022 as the Eastern Conservation Partnerships Manager. In this role, she develops and grows strategic partnerships with corporations and foundations throughout the Eastern United States to support the NFF’s programs and projects. Prior to joining the NFF, Sarah managed her own firm, where she provided development and communication services to organizations throughout a wide variety of industries, including nonprofit, engineering, technology, and healthcare. Her background includes over two decades of strategic development, marketing, and project management.

Sarah attended the University of Georgia and is a Certified Grant Proposal Writer. Spending her childhood in New Mexico and Georgia, she developed an appreciation for the diversity of landscapes across the country. She has also spent considerable time in New York City, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Florida. Sarah is grateful for the opportunity to support the health of our National Forests and serve as a resource for organizations wanting to get involved. She currently lives in Orlando with her husband and sons, and enjoys hiking, camping, and reading in her free time.

Darla Cotton

Executive Assistant

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Darla Cotton

Executive Assistant

Darla Cotton joined the NFF team in April of 2019. As Executive Assistant, Darla lends her expertise in support of the President & CEO in the Missoula office, as well as administrative collaboration for the full management team. As a Missoula native, Darla grew up and spent much of her career in the timber/recreation-centric industries of western Montana and has a keen appreciation for working and recreating on our public lands, as well as living in the wildland-urban interface. Having filled roles in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, Darla has established a multifaceted background, bringing a depth of credentials in finance, administration and operations to the NFF.

Mindy Crowell

Reforestation Partnerships Director

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Mindy Crowell

Reforestation Partnerships Director

Mindy Crowell joined the NFF Team in March of 2020 and serves as the Reforestation Partnerships Director. Mindy holds a Master’s Certificate in Natural Resources Conflict Resolution from the University of Montana along with experience in developing and implementing public engagement campaigns, facilitation, fund development and a Communications Degree from Gonzaga University. As a former co-host and producer on the Outlandish podcast, Mindy loves hearing about the stories and adventures people have on our public lands and she is passionate about positively impacting America’s favorite national real-estate.

Mindy is excited to be a part of the Tree Planting Team’s efforts, 50 Million For Our Forests, investing in healthy forests for today and for future generations. When she’s not engaging with her team at NFF, Mindy can be found out trail running with her beast of a dog, Archer, spending time with her husband, Daniel, or enjoying a lovely glass of wine with a good book.

Rebecca Davidson

Southwestern Regional Director & Youth Programs Director

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Rebecca Davidson

Southwestern Regional Director & Youth Programs Director

Rebecca Davidson joined the National Forest Foundation in 2016 as the Director of the Southwest Region, growing and implementing conservation and restoration programs across Arizona and New Mexico. Rebecca has over 20 years of experience working on natural resource issues, across agencies and jurisdictions, including in multi-stakeholder collaborative and partnership endeavors. Prior to joining NFF, Rebecca worked at Salt River Project (SRP) in the Water Rights and Contracts group. At SRP, Rebecca worked on issues associated with water policy and management, strategic watershed initiatives, and the development of projects to protect water supplies while also promoting watershed restoration and stream conservation activities.

In a partnered effort between NFF and SRP, Rebecca helped develop the Northern Arizona Forest Fund, which is now being cited as a unique model for innovative watershed investment funding mechanisms, having now invested more than $25 million in watershed restoration projects.

Before SRP, Rebecca worked for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and gained experience in federal land planning, natural resource and wildlife management, environmental regulations, and endangered species biology and monitoring. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Northern Arizona University, and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.

Jeny Davis

Southern Rockies Program Associate

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Jeny Davis

Southern Rockies Program Associate

Jeny joined the National Forest Foundation in July of 2022 as the Southern Rockies Program Associate, supporting the Southwest and Rocky Mountain Regions. Jeny spent her early years living and playing near the Monongahela National Forest, then growing up in coastal Virginia. She currently lives in Arizona, exploring and enjoying the numerous National Forests and public lands there.

Jeny received her Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture from Tidewater Community College and her Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Ecosystems with a related discipline in Conservation Biology from Arizona State University. Prior to the NFF, she worked at Desert Botanical Garden with the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance (CAZCA) and EcoFlora programs, immersed in collaborative conservation, community science and communications. She has honed her skills in project management and coordination, connecting people and working with others to support and accomplish goals. Jeny is interested in systems thinking and how its application can generate change and facilitate inclusive collaboration and outcomes. Additionally, she is certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA), is a member of the Arizona Native Plant Society, and has volunteered with various organizations.

When Jeny isn’t working, she enjoys numerous outdoor activities like hiking and riding her bike, reading, researching, making cyanotypes, enjoying music, eating tacos, or generally nerding out about plants and ecology wherever she may be.

Sarah Di Vittorio

Northern California Program Manager

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Sarah Di Vittorio

Northern California Program Manager

Sarah Di Vittorio joined the NFF in September 2017 as the Northern California Program Manager. She serves as project manager and facilitator for the Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership, a collaborative, landscape-scale effort to restore the resilience of the west shore's forests, watersheds, recreational opportunities, and communities to disturbances. Sarah also facilitates the San Gabriel Mountains Monument Collaborative on the Angeles National Forest. Prior to joining the NFF, Sarah facilitated collaborative policy efforts throughout California on a diverse range of policy topics including forest management, coastal protection, and public health.

Having completed undergraduate studies in forestry and a doctoral dissertation on the policy and politics of watershed restoration in the Feather River watershed, she brings a deep background and passion for Sierra Nevada communities and forest ecosystems to her role at the NFF. Sarah holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in Environmental Science, Policy and Management and a Master of Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in Environmental Studies.

Karen DiBari

Vice President, Collaboration and Community Partnerships

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Karen DiBari

Vice President, Collaboration and Community Partnerships

Karen DiBari joined the NFF in September 2006 and is Conservation Connect Director, the NFF’s technical assistance program in support of collaboration. In her time at the NFF, she has grown Conservation Connect from its beginning to the suite of services now offered: collaborative process assessment, design, and facilitation; web-based peer learning sessions; workshops; a library of best practices and tools; partnering with research and academic institutions; and convening of in-person workshops. She is an experienced facilitator, and has worked with collaborative groups in Idaho, Utah, Montana, Florida, and North Carolina.

Karen graduated from the University of Montana with a Master's of Science in Environmental Studies, and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Geography from Dartmouth College.

Jillian Fahringer

Digital Marketing Associate

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Jillian Fahringer

Digital Marketing Associate

Jillian Fahringer joined the NFF in 2021. As Digital Marketing Associate, Jillian currently runs NFF’s social media channels and other digital marketing for the organization. She works to create communications around forest health, recreation opportunities, and educating people on how to help support their public lands.

She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Strategic Communications and an emphasis in Advertising. Prior to the NFF, Jillian served on an internship in Environmental Policy with the Ecological Restoration Institute. Here, she fostered a passion for public lands, public relations, and community engagement. When she isn’t at work, she is likely to be found outdoors pursuing her passion of backpacking, snowboarding, climbing, and summiting 14ers in the state of Colorado.

Hannah Featherman

Communications Manager

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Hannah Featherman

Communications Manager

Hannah Featherman joined the NFF in September of 2011 and is the Communications Manager. She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Arts and Humanities and Professional Writing. Prior to joining the NFF, she worked for the Michigan Nature Association and the Michigan Association of School Boards. Hannah manages a broad range of NFF communications projects and programs. She grew up in the “thumb” of Michigan, spending lots of time on the lakes and exploring outside. When not working, she’s often a volunteer stage manager for community theatre productions or exploring the public lands throughout the region with her family.

Jennifer Fenwick

Central Colorado Projects Senior Associate

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Jennifer Fenwick

Central Colorado Projects Senior Associate

Meet Jennifer Fenwick, a.k.a.“The Camping Lady.” Since 2019 Jen has been assisting the US Forest Service with camping management planning efforts. In May of 2022, she became the NFF’s Central Colorado Project Senior Associate which expanded her camping collaborations with all land agencies and municipalities in Chaffee County, Colorado and beyond. Additionally, she works on other recreation, watershed, and forest health projects in the region.

Jen earned her Master of Environmental Management degree from Western Colorado University in 2020 and B.S. from Colorado State University in 2011. In between her degrees, she worked for North Carolina State Parks as an education specialist where she helped connect people to public lands through naturalist and recreation programs.

When she’s not camping or working, you can find her eating pizza for breakfast, loving/hating trail running, or snuggled up with her husband and aggressively social dog reading a good book.

Danielle Fitzsimmons

Accountant

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Danielle Fitzsimmons

Accountant

Danielle joined the NFF in October 2021 as the Accountant, and she is responsible for supporting day-to-day finance operations. Over her career, she has worked in both public and private accounting across several different industries. As an Indiana native, she grew up camping and spending time outdoors near the Hoosier National Forest. Danielle is passionate about wildlife and forest conservation and is excited to be working with the NFF to protect our National Forests and Grasslands. When not working, Danielle enjoys spending time with her family, chasing around her rescue dog, exploring the outdoors, traveling, and baking.

Ray Foote

Executive Vice President

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Ray Foote

Executive Vice President

Ray A. Foote joined the NFF in April 2013, as Executive Vice President. Based in Washington, DC Ray has 26 years’ experience in nonprofit organizations, 19 of them in conservation related work. Most recently, he served for nearly seven years as Vice President of Development for the National Parks Conservation Association where he planned and oversaw the successful “Renewing Our Promise” campaign which exceeded its $125 million goal by $9 million. Ray has worked with federal agencies, community-based groups, volunteer leadership, elected officials on local, state, and federal levels, and all sectors of the philanthropic community.

He has held leadership positions at the Washington National Cathedral (Senior Director of Membership & Development) and Scenic America (Vice President, Program Development). Ray began his nonprofit career in corporate development at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He holds a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania and has spoken at conferences nationwide. Ray serves on the Advisory Board of Scenic Virginia, and has served on the Environmental Quality Advisory Council of his own Fairfax County, VA, and the national board of Earth Share.

Kaitlin Girtin

Southwest Regional Development Coordinator

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Kaitlin Girtin

Southwest Regional Development Coordinator

Kaitlin joined the NFF in June of 2022 as the Southwest Regional Development Coordinator. In this role, she is eager to support projects and programming in the Southwest Region by raising funds for the NFF through strategic partnerships and actively engaging community members. Prior to joining the NFF, she worked in passenger rail policy and stakeholder engagement at the Colorado Department of Transportation and in development at the University of Denver.

Growing up in Colorado, Kaitlin found her love of nature by hiking in the Rocky Mountains and road tripping every summer with her family. Kaitlin has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of San Diego and her MLS in Environmental and Natural Resource Law and Policy from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Aside from work, she enjoys running, hiking, traveling, and cooking.

Dania Gutierrez

Southern California Program Senior Manager

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Dania Gutierrez

Southern California Program Senior Manager

Dania Gutierrez joined the NFF in February 2019 as the California Program Manager in Southern California. She works with NFF staff to provide project management and program development support. Prior to joining the NFF, she worked for the LA Better Buildings Challenge and the Green Sports Alliance, where she brought together key stakeholders to develop strategies and programs that encourage sustainable business practices at the intersection of the public and private sector. Dania also has several years of experience managing environmental education and community outreach initiatives for various NGOs.

With a passion for public lands, Dania is excited to bring together her experience in project management and stakeholder engagement to protect Southern California forests. Dania has an MS in Natural Resources and Environment, with a focus on environmental education and environmental policy, from the University of Michigan, and a BS in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Florida.

Rebecca Kasilag

Individual Giving Officer

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Rebecca Kasilag

Individual Giving Officer

Rebecca Kasilag joined the National Forest Foundation in 2021 as the Individual Giving Officer. She has over 20 years of experience building relationships in the music industry, including 13 years handling all aspects of non-profit development and communications at The ASCAP Foundation, a prestigious New York City-based music charity. Rebecca grew up in a rural New England town where she enjoyed exploring nature around her home and in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest during family trips.

She got her first job as a junior camp counselor at Parker Woodland Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island before being hired as a photographer for the Connecticut Museum of Natural History. After graduating from the University of Connecticut, Rebecca moved to New York to start a record promotions business retained by major music labels including Sony and Epic Records. When not promoting records, she worked as an Organic Gardening Instructor at the New York Botanical Garden and as a Sierra Club volunteer. As a Sierra Club Executive Committee member of the New York Chapter, she created a composting program at a local elementary school, threw a fundraising event in Manhattan and served on the National Gift Acceptance Committee among many other activities. Rebecca earned a bachelor's degree in Marketing Communications from the University of Connecticut and a CNPM from New York University. When she is not working or volunteering in her community, Rebecca enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, photography, and spending time with family.

Joe Lavorini

Southwest Colorado Program Manager

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Joe Lavorini

Southwest Colorado Program Manager

Joe Lavorini moved from Colorado’s Pikes Peak Region to the Gunnison Valley to join the NFF in the spring of 2020. Joe’s background is in nonprofit management, community engagement, and environmental stewardship. After graduating with a degree in geography from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs in 2008, Joe helped orchestrate a local mayoral campaign and an energy conservation start-up. Joe then spent a decade at the Rocky Mountain Field Institute as the organization’s Program Director where he managed land conservation projects throughout Southern Colorado and Utah.

Throughout his career Joe has honed his leadership and development skills at trainings hosted by organizations such as the Center for Creative Leadership, Leadership Pikes Peak, and Patagonia’s Tools for Grassroots Activists Workshop. Joe has volunteered with various organizations including as a board member for One Nation Walking Together and as the chair of the City of Colorado Springs Trails, Open Space, and Parks citizen advisory committee.

Joe earned his Master of Environmental Management degree from Western Colorado University in spring of 2021, where he focused on building sustainable and resilient communities. Joe spends his free time exploring western Colorado and the 2 million acres of public land surrounding the Gunnison Valley. Joe grew up hunting and fishing on the Allegheny National Forest in western Pennsylvania, the same birthplace as environmental luminaries Ed Abbey and Rachel Carson.

Felipe Lepe

Southern California Program Coordinator

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Felipe Lepe

Southern California Program Coordinator

Felipe Lepe joined the NFF in March 2022 as a Southern California Program Coordinator. He was born and raised on Fernandeño Tataviam land (also known as the San Fernando Valley within the Los Angeles area). Prior to joining the NFF, he worked for the National Park Service in the Santa Monica Mountains where he connected local youth to the outdoors, lead habitat restoration efforts, and coordinated wildlife cameras along the LA river in partnership with various stakeholders. Felipe also has experience as a university professor in the field of Ethnic Studies.

Connecting people to public lands is a priority for Felipe. He is excited to bring his professional and lived experiences to the table for Southern California forests and the NFF as a whole. Felipe holds a BS and MS in Recreation and Tourism Management from California State University, Northridge. When not at work, you can find him cheering for his favorite soccer teams, surfing a point break, or enjoying the vibrant food scene across Southern California.

Adam Liljeblad

Conservation Awards Director

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Adam Liljeblad

Conservation Awards Director

Adam Liljeblad joined the NFF in July 2006. He is the Conservation Awards Director and currently oversees the national grantmaking program and helps coordinate conservation partnerships. Previously, he worked with the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute and The University of Montana, studying social issues related to the management of public lands and resources. Adam has a strong interest in community based-conservation and effective natural resource stewardship. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Missoula Nordic Ski Club, volunteers regularly with a local sustainable agriculture organization, and served multiple appointed terms to a local open space advisory committee.

He holds a Master’s degree in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana, and a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In his spare time, Adam enjoys cross-country skiing, road and mountain biking, hiking, gardening, cooking and reading.

Katlyn Lonergan

Eastern Sierra & Great Basin Program Coordinator

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Katlyn Lonergan

Eastern Sierra & Great Basin Program Coordinator

Katlyn Lonergan joined the NFF in June of 2022 as the Eastern Sierra & Great Basin Program Coordinator. It is her mission to develop strong relationships with fellow land stewards and think outside the box to create healthy change for our public landscapes. Prior to joining the NFF, Katlyn worked in Northern California implementing fuels reduction projects on public and private lands. In her role, Katlyn leveraged her skills to take on big challenges and build strong partnerships to create a Reforestation Program, which was awarded FEMA’s first Reforestation Project. Katlyn also has several years of experience in public and private planning where she focused on outreach initiatives and bringing together diverse key stakeholders on contentious issues.

In 2017, Katlyn graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a master's degree in Land Use Planning & Community Engagement. Before moving west, Katlyn received her BS in Geology with an emphasis in environmental microbiology from Missouri University of Science & Technology. Although Katlyn loved growing up in the Ozarks, she is proud to call the west her home. When not at work, you can find her watering her plants, petting her pets, or enjoying a local brew after exploring one of our beautiful National Forests.

Nelly Lynn

Accounting Associate

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Nelly Lynn

Accounting Associate

nlynn@nationalforests.org

Nelly joined the NFF in June 2021 as the part time Bookkeeper. She has since moved to a full time Accounting Associate responsible for day-to-day accounting operations. Previously, Nelly has worked in public accounting, nonprofit payroll and human resources, as well as in the aerial wildland firefighting industry.

Nelly is a Colorado native that grew up in Western Colorado in a dedicated farming and ranching family. Nelly moved to Missoula, MT in 2002. Nelly is currently working towards B.S. in Accounting from Capella University, anticipating a 2023 graduation date. When not working or studying, Nelly enjoys spending time outdoors with her children, friends, and family for activities including hiking, rafting, gardening, camping, and skiing along with many other adventures.

Jane Mandala

Conservation Connect Associate

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Jane Mandala

Conservation Connect Associate

Jane Mandala joined NFF’s Conservation Connect team in January 2022. Originally from Minnesota, Jane has called Missoula home since 2006, where she enjoys all that the mountains and public lands have to offer. Prior to joining the NFF, Jane worked in a variety of roles, most recently for the Montana Tree Farm System as a Peer Network Coordinator. Her background also includes publication editing, logistics management, goat herding, and seasonal work in several national parks, which inspired her interest in conservation.

Jane earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in Spanish and sociology and a master’s degree from the University of Montana in speech-language pathology. When not supporting the collaborative work of forest stewardship, Jane can usually be found enjoying time outside with her husband and dog, working on her family’s forest property outside of Missoula, sewing, or hunkered down reading a good book.

​Kendal Martel

Forests of Texas Program Coordinator

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​Kendal Martel

Forests of Texas Program Coordinator

Kendal Martel joined NFF in 2021 as the Forests of Texas Program Coordinator. Her work focuses on community engagement and project management for forest and watershed restoration and recreation on the National Forests of Texas. Kendal was born and raised in the Pineywoods of East Texas, and is happy to work on the forests that inspired her as a young person. Prior to joining NFF, Kendal worked across the West in Oregon and New Mexico with Sustainable Northwest and the Forest Stewards Guild to facilitate collaborative shared learning opportunities and increase the scale of forest restoration and wildfire mitigation.

She also served as a Forestry Extension Agent with the Peace Corps in Zambia. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas in Sociology and Geography, a Master’s certificate in Collaborative Governance from Portland State University, and is completing a Master of Forestry Degree at Oregon State University. In her spare time, Kendal can be found covered in sweat and dirt in her Southeast Texas garden, traipsing through palmetto swamps with her dog, and taking lot of photographs of birds, plants, and bugs.

Jessica McCutcheon

Development Operations Senior Manager

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Jessica McCutcheon

Development Operations Senior Manager

Jessica McCutcheon joined NFF in September 2019 as the Digital Marketing Manager. She graduated from the University of Montana with Master’s Degree in Political Science. Prior to joining NFF, Jessica cultivated her communications experience in a number of varied positions. Most recently, she acted as Communications Manager for a small, regional conservation non-profit. Jessica is a Montana native and grew up where the plains meet the Rocky Mountain Front. When she isn’t at work, she spends her days tending to her garden, hiking, fishing and skiing with her family and her nights as the lead crooner of a rock & roll band.

Matt Millar

Sierra Nevada Program Senior Manager

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Matt Millar

Sierra Nevada Program Senior Manager

Matt Millar joined the NFF in 2019 as California Program Manager in the Tahoe Area. Prior to joining the NFF team, he worked for the City of Flagstaff Fire Department as the Operations Specialist for the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project. In this role, he worked with city and US Forest Service staff to support planning, outreach communication, and management of various forest thinning and fire risk reduction projects in key watershed areas important to the City of Flagstaff. In addition to his time with the Flagstaff Fire Department, Matt worked as a wildland firefighter on engine, helitack, hotshot, and wildland fire module crews across the Western United States.

Matt received a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from Northern Arizona University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sacramento State University. In his off time, Matt enjoys trail running, backpacking, and exploring around in our beautiful public lands.

Mary Mitsos

President & CEO

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Mary Mitsos

President & CEO

Mary Mitsos joined the National Forest Foundation (NFF) in July 2001 and now serves as President & Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, Mary was Director of Community-Based Forest Stewardship at the Pinchot Institute for Conservation where she provided leadership for the program in renewable forestry and sustaining rural communities. She brings expertise in a spectrum of topics relating to the protection and sustainable management of forest ecosystems and sustainable development. Her specialized interests are in collaborative stewardship, contracting mechanisms on public forestlands, conservation-based development, and strengthening the working relationship between local communities and forestland managers.

Mary was a member of the Managing Partner team that provided assistance to nonprofits participating in The Ford Foundation Community-Based Forestry Demonstration Program. With more than three decades of experience in the natural resources field, Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from the University of Colorado-Denver. In addition, she earned a Master of Science in Natural Resources and a Master of Arts in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan, where she completed her capstone project on Sustainable Management of Common Property Resources. She served on the steering committee of the Seventh American Forest Congress Communities Committee, as a board member of the National Network of Forest Practitioners, and currently serves on the advisory board for the W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation at the University of Montana.

Photo by Kristine Paulson Photography.

Kristy Mobley

Conservation Awards Coordinator

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Kristy Mobley

Conservation Awards Coordinator

Kristy Mobley joined the NFF in May 2022 as the Conservation Awards Coordinator. Kristy previously worked as a biologist and project manager at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) where she worked on several projects related to endangered species, including beach mice and Florida bonneted bats. She also enjoyed assisting with cave and culvert surveys to monitor winter roosting bats. When not conducting research in the field, Kristy also managed budgets, tracked grants, and led purchasing efforts for multiple projects. Most recently, Kristy served as the Project Coordinator of a coastal dune restoration project in the Florida Panhandle that was funded through the NFWF Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.

Before moving to Florida to work for the FWC, Kristy worked in program management at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA and Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Kristy has nearly 20 years of experience in state purchasing and accounting procedures. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech.

In her free time, Kristy enjoys doing anything outdoors in the Florida sunshine with her husband and furbaby. She also enjoys reading and traveling. Kristy lives in Panama City Beach, Florida

Kerry Morse

Conservation Awards Manager

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Kerry Morse

Conservation Awards Manager

Kerry Morse joined the NFF in 2018. As the Conservation Awards Manager, Kerry Morse manages our grant award programs in support of the strategic conservation goals of the NFF and its local, regional and national partners. Kerry brings a broad range of skills and experience with conservation causes and organizations to the NFF, having worked for over 15 years in a variety of capacities including program management, development, administration, outreach and communications. Prior to joining the NFF in December 2017, Kerry worked for nearly a decade at The Sierra Fund in northern California.

Other noteworthy positions include the Rural Institute at the University of Montana and The Nature Conservancy of Montana. Kerry received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. When not working, she can be found playing Irish music on fiddle and tenor banjo, cooking, hiking, cross-country skiing, and exploring backroads in her home state of Montana.

Katie Neher

Development Database Associate

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Katie Neher

Development Database Associate

Katie Neher joined the NFF in June 2019 as the Development Database Associate. She supports the Development and Communications teams through donor recruitment and stewardship as well as database management. Katie grew up in the Bitterroot Valley, on a farm that stands in the aboriginal territories of the Salish, Kalispel, and Ktunaxa people, where she was surrounded by national forests and wildlife refuges that taught her to love public lands. Since graduating from Carleton College with degrees in English and Music and a concentration in Medieval and Renaissance Studies she has worked in education, natural resources economics, and social service.

These wide-ranging experiences deepened her passion for helping foster individual and community engagement with the natural world at every level from casual recreation to decision-making and policy. In her spare time she enjoys reading in the park, singing, and playing games with friends.

Matt Nykiel

Central Colorado Projects Coordinator

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Matt Nykiel

Central Colorado Projects Coordinator

Matt Nykiel joined the NFF in 2022 as the Central Colorado Projects Coordinator. He supports the development and implementation of conservation projects in Colorado’s Upper Arkansas River Valley that will conserve and restore watersheds, wildlife habitat, and wild places. Matt grew up on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests and fought fire for four seasons, three of which with the Pike Hotshots. Later, Matt earned his law degree at the University of Colorado.

After clerking for Judge Gregory M. Lammons at Colorado’s 8th Judicial District Court, he spent 5 years practicing environmental law and policy with the Idaho Conservation League and WildEarth Guardians. His areas of focus included the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts, oil and gas, and energy law. Matt enjoys anything that gets him outside with other people, especially his partner, Ruth, and pup, Frisbee.

Emily Olsen

Rocky Mountain Region Director

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Emily Olsen

Rocky Mountain Region Director

Emily Olsen joined the NFF in 2014 and has over 10 years of experience in natural resources and nonprofit management in the Western U.S. As Rocky Mountain Region Director, Emily leads programs and works alongside an exceptional team to enhance forest health, support sustainable recreation, and connect communities to their public lands. In Colorado and surrounding states, Emily’s work is possible because of durable partnerships with government entities, nonprofits, communities, and businesses.

Emily previously worked at the University of Montana Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and at the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Emily holds a M.S. (College of Forestry and Conservation), graduate certificate in Natural Resource Conflict Resolution, and B.A. (Political Science and Environmental Studies), all from the University of Montana (Go Griz!). She takes time whenever she can to enjoy the outdoors with her husband and two young daughters.

Marlee Ostheimer

Conservation Partnerships Manager

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Marlee Ostheimer

Conservation Partnerships Manager

Marlee Ostheimer joined the NFF in January 2013. She is the Conservation Partnerships Manager. Marlee holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental studies from the University of Montana where she also studied Nonprofit Administration and Resource Conservation. Marlee grew up in Montana and found her love of nature hiking in the hills and forests around her home. Prior to working with the NFF Marlee worked and volunteered with several conservation and local food and agriculture organizations, including a year working in Bozeman with Gallatin Valley Farm to School as an AmeriCorp VISTA.

Outside of work Marlee enjoys playing outside with her son and dog. Marlee is excited to be working with the NFF to restore our public lands.

Monica Perez-Watkins

Reforestation Partnerships Program Manager

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Monica Perez-Watkins

Reforestation Partnerships Program Manager

Monica Perez-Watkins joined the NFF in March 2018 and is the Reforestation Partnerships Program Manager. Monica has worked for several environmental and conservation organizations in a variety of capacities, including communications, outreach, program management, and wildlife field work. Monica has an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a B.S. in Wildlife and Conservation Biology from Ohio University.

Monica is excited to support the NFF's efforts to improve and reforest our national forests for the benefit of both humans and wildlife. In her free time, Monica enjoys reading, drawing, hiking, trying to improve her kayaking skills, and playing with her dogs.

Maisie Powell

Northern Rockies Program Coordinator

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Maisie Powell

Northern Rockies Program Coordinator

Maisie began her work with the NFF as a Conservation Connect Fellow in 2019. She is now the Northern Rockies Program Coordinator based out of Missoula, Montana and is excited to work to support collaborative conservation efforts in the Rocky Mountain West. Prior to joining the NFF, Maisie worked in environmental education leading groups of students on backcountry excursions throughout our public lands while teaching about land management, natural resource issues, and ecology. She has also worked in various agriculture and food system related positions.

Maisie completed her Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and a Professional Certificate in Natural Resource Conflict Resolution at the University of Montana and holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies with a focus in Ecology and Conservation from the University of Vermont. Outside of work, you can often find Maisie working in her garden or exploring Montana’s national forests on foot or on skis.

Maddie Rehn

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests Project Coordinator

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Maddie Rehn

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests Project Coordinator

Maddie Rehn joined the National Forest Foundation in September 2021. As the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests Project Coordinator, Maddie currently works with recreation project planning and implementation in association with the Great American Outdoors Act, GMUG Forest Plan Revision, and emerging collaborative initiatives. Maddie is based out of Grand Junction and is a part of the Colorado-based Rocky Mountain team.

Previously, Maddie worked as the Program Manager for Western Colorado University’s Center for Public Lands in Gunnison, Colorado where she oversaw the administration and implementation of sponsored research agreements with governmental and nongovernmental partners. She holds a Master in Environmental Management from Western Colorado University and has several professional certifications in Natural Resources Conflict Resolution. When not working across the beautiful western slope of Colorado, she spends her time gardening, hiking and biking in the summer and skiing, both Nordic and downhill, in the winter.

Evan Ritzinger

California Program Coordinator - Tahoe Area

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Evan Ritzinger

California Program Coordinator - Tahoe Area

Evan Ritzinger joined NFF in September 2017 and is the California Program Coordinator for the Tahoe Area. After receiving his Master’s in Environmental Science & Management from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the California Program Coordinator for the Tahoe Area. Evan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Boston University. His diverse background includes experience in project management, environmental policy, institutional analysis, carbon emissions reductions, and environmental field work.

When not at work (and sometimes at work), you can find Evan outdoors. He especially enjoys hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and photography. Evan is thrilled to be working with the NFF to protect the natural areas to which he has always felt drawn.

Brian Robey

California Program Coordinator – Southern California

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Brian Robey

California Program Coordinator – Southern California

Brian Robey joined the NFF in March 2019 as the California Program Associate for Southern California. Prior to joining NFF, Brian was a project manager in the public sector. His work focused on urban agriculture, forestry, and ecological restoration projects. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Business Administration from the University of Redlands. His background also includes experience in legislative advocacy, trail restoration work, volunteer management, and air quality improvement. When not working, Brian can be found hiking with his dog in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Trevor Seck

Southwest Program Coordinator

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Trevor Seck

Southwest Program Coordinator

Trevor Seck joined the NFF in March 2020 as a California Program Coordinator for the Tahoe Area. Prior to joining NFF, he worked for the US Forest Service and other state land management agencies across the Western United States. His work primarily focused on the implementation of forest restoration projects, timber sales, and fuel reduction projects. His background also includes the development of timber sale contracts, administering fuel reduction projects, and tracking and reporting accomplishments on public lands.

Trevor received his Bachelor’s degree in Forestry and Natural Resources Management from California Polytechnic State University of San Luis Obispo. When not working, you can find Trevor rock climbing, backcountry skiing, or trail running with his dogs on our treasured public lands. Trevor is excited to join the NFF team working to protect and restore our public lands.

Marcus Selig

Vice President, Field Programs

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Marcus Selig

Vice President, Field Programs

Marcus Selig joined the NFF in January 2013. He serves as the Vice President, Field Programs. He has over 10 years of experience working with government agencies, the private sector, and non-profit organizations on forestry and environmental issues. Prior to joining NFF, Marcus managed Arizona forest programs for the Grand Canyon Trust, where he helped lead the Stakeholder Group of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative – a 2.4 million acre forest restoration project on northern Arizona’s National Forest – and helped develop various funding mechanisms to support forest restoration activities.

Marcus also spent 3 years practicing environmental law in Washington, DC, where he primarily focused on climate change-related issues and the use of financial incentives for developing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Before attending law school, Marcus was a research scientist at Purdue University, where he studied natural forest regeneration, forest plantation establishment, and the effects of forest management on carbon sequestration. Marcus earned a Master's Degree in Forest Biology and Bachelor's Degree in Forest Resources Management from Virginia Tech, and a Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law.

Abby Schembra

Reforestation Partnerships Associate

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Abby Schembra

Reforestation Partnerships Associate

Abby joined the NFF in September of 2021 as the Reforestation Partnerships Associate. In this role she’s excited to provide strategic partnership, content, and overall program support for small businesses, corporate partners, and peer-to-peer fundraisers in our incredible campaign to plant 50 million trees. Prior to the NFF, Abby served as the Director of Specialty and Outreach Programs for the Campus YMCA. Here, she fostered a passion for program management, partner relations, and community engagement.

Abby graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise and Movement Science with an emphasis in public health. When Abby isn't talking with others about tree planting, she enjoys listening to live music, exploring outdoors, and tending to her house plants. Growing up in the rural Missouri Ozarks near abundant public lands, a connection to and responsibility for our national forests comes naturally to her. She feels incredibly lucky to be working in a field that has played a big role in her life, both as a youngster and now

Patrick Shannon

Pacific Northwest and Alaska Program Director

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Patrick Shannon

Pacific Northwest and Alaska Program Director

Patrick Shannon joined the NFF in December 2015 as the Pacific Northwest and Alaska Program Director. He has over 20 years of experience working in conservation and natural resource management for a variety of nonprofit organizations across the country. Prior to joining the NFF, Patrick was the Forest Program Director for Sustainable Northwest where he led the organization’s work supporting the creation and development of collaborative forest restoration agreements on National Forests in the Pacific Northwest. He brings knowledge in ecological restoration, landscape-level planning and implementation and National Forest management.

Patrick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and a Master of Science degree in Forest Resources from the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. When not working Patrick can be found wading in a river fly fishing or backpacking the myriad of trails in the Pacific Northwest.

Mark Shelley

Eastern Field Program Director

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Mark Shelley

Eastern Field Program Director

Mark Shelley joined the NFF in April of 2015 as the Eastern Field Program Director. Mark has been actively engaged in building community support for conservation efforts across the nation for more than 20 years and counting. He came to NFF from the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he was a Field Officer for Field Operations, working on public lands and marine fisheries campaigns. Prior to working at Pew, he served as the Executive Director for the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition for 10 years where he was responsible for coordinating a network of southeastern conservation groups working to protect, connect and restore the forests of this beautiful region.

Mark built his conservation career serving in the military, working for Marriot and earning a Business/Marketing degree from Virginia Commonwealth and an Environmental Science degree from Shippensburg, University of Pennsylvania.

His home is the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the shadow of the Black Mountains and the highest points east of the Mississippi R. (in Asheville, North Carolina) – close to another similarly famous home, the Biltmore and the Cradle of Forestry and not far from Curtis Creek, the first tract of land purchased under the Weeks Act, which created the Pisgah National Forest – which initiated the process for establishing all National Forests east of the Mississippi River. Ideally close by are Shining Rock and Linville Gorge – two of the areas that became the first formally designated Wilderness areas of the new National Wilderness Preservation System in 1964.

When not working diligently to bring folks together to protect America’s backyard, you can find him playing in it – trail trudging, biking, canoe/kayaking and just about anything out of doors.

Dani Southard

Northern Rockies Region Director

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Dani Southard

Northern Rockies Region Director

Dani Southard joined the NFF in October 2018 as the Northern Rockies Program Manager. She provides support to collaborative efforts as well as regional conservation and restoration projects in Idaho and Montana. Dani has over 15 years of experience working on natural resource issues through the non-profit sector. She has personally served on numerous multi-stakeholder collaboratives focused on public lands related issues. Prior to joining NFF, Dani was the Central Idaho Director for the Idaho Conservation League and oversaw ICL’s public lands and community conservation programs in central and eastern Idaho.

During this time, Dani led the effort to establish the first Dark Sky Reserve in the United States. Dani has also worked with the Joint Fire Science program examining strategies to increase public acceptance of smoke from prescribed fire. Dani has a Master’s degree in Environmental Social Science from Oregon State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management and Rangeland Ecology from Colorado State University. Dani and her family enjoy being on rivers, camping in our national forests, and generally just getting outside to enjoy every season.

Audrey Squires

Umpqua Restoration Program Coordinator

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Audrey Squires

Umpqua Restoration Program Coordinator

Audrey Squires joined the NFF in August 2020 as the Umpqua Restoration Program Coordinator, a cost-share position with the Umpqua National Forest in western Oregon. Audrey is passionate about protecting and restoring our land and water and believes the best way to do so is through science-based, collaborative approaches with diverse and inclusive community involvement. Her past work and education experiences have informed this approach to habitat restoration.

Prior to joining NFF, she designed and implemented habitat restoration projects at the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council, led a watershed science education program for high school students in northern Idaho, received an interdisciplinary M.S. in Water Resources from the University of Idaho, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala. When not working, Audrey can be found exploring nature with her family, running with her dog, gardening, and giving back to her community. She currently serves as a Glide School Board member.

Sarah Stanley

New England Program Manager

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Sarah Stanley

New England Program Manager

Sarah joined NFF in December 2021. She is a proud 11th generation Mainer and is excited to move to the White Mountains this winter. As the New England Program Manager, Sarah will be focused on programs in the White Mountain National Forest and Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests. Prior to working with NFF, Sarah served for 3 years as the Executive Director of the Kennebunk Land Trust (KLT).

At the land trust, Sarah worked to develop new partnerships with peer organizations and businesses, enhance community conservation, and create new outreach programs and fundraisers for a growing membership. She has also worked with organizations such as the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the University of Maine at Machias, and others.

She is a Registered Maine Guide, is CPR and Wilderness First Aid Certified, and holds a private pilot’s license with a sea plane rating. Sarah serves as a member of the Maine Audubon Board of Trustees. She enjoys hiking, kayaking and spending time with her family. Sarah earned her B.A in Environmental Studies & Politics from Bates College and a M.S in Environmental Studies & Sustainability from Unity College.

​Sasha Stortz

Arizona Program Manager

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​Sasha Stortz

Arizona Program Manager

Sasha Stortz joined the National Forest Foundation in 2020 as the Arizona Program Manager. She has over 12 years of experience working in collaborative natural resource management with land managers, researchers, Tribes, and other stakeholders. Prior to joining the National Forest Foundation, Sasha led a collaborative planning program at Northern Arizona University, where she facilitated multi-stakeholder groups developing strategies around issues such as climate adaptation, forest restoration, post-fire restoration, conservation prioritization, water resources, and Tribal co-management.

She’s also studied threatened waterfowl in the Alaskan arctic with the US Geological Survey, worked as a Program Associate with the US Institute for Conflict Resolution, and led programs across the globe for National Geographic Student Expeditions. Sasha received her MS in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Northern Arizona University and her BA in Biology at Lewis & Clark College. When she’s not at work, she enjoys mountain biking and hiking with her family in her Arizona backyard, and fishing in her home-state of Alaska.

Liam Sullivan

Field Marketing Coordinator

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Liam Sullivan

Field Marketing Coordinator

Liam Sullivan joined the NFF as a Field Marketing Coordinator in July of 2022. As Field Marketing Coordinator, Liam works with the regional field programs to help develop and execute regional marketing and communications outreach.

Liam graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Political Science and Philosophy. Before starting at the NFF, Liam worked for Virginia Clean Cities, an organization that looks to advance air quality, economic opportunity, and energy security by implementing clean transportation alternatives to gas and diesel.

Liam is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. When he is not working, you can usually find Liam outside in the Shenandoah Valley riding bikes, trail running, rock climbing, fly fishing, or skiing, depending on the season.

Dayle Wallien

Conservation Partnerships Director

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Dayle Wallien

Conservation Partnerships Director

Dayle Wallien joined the NFF in November 2013 and is is the Conservation Partnerships Director. Prior to joining the NFF, Dayle was the Executive Director of the Western Nebraska Community College Foundation. Dayle is an attorney and spent nine years in a private law practice, in Fairbanks, Alaska, and in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, where she focused on business law, environmental law, and litigation. Before attending law school, Dayle worked for the U.S Forest Service, in the Range Department, on the Okanogan National Forest and then as an Initial Attack Firefighter on the Malheur National Forest Rappel Crew in eastern Oregon.

Dayle earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law and a Bachelor’s in Physical Geography, Natural Resources Management, with a minor in Environmental Studies. When she is not at work or volunteering, Dayle enjoys distance running, hiking, mountaineering and skiing, usually in a National Forest.

Amanda Weinberger

Development Assistant

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Amanda Weinberger

Development Assistant

Amanda joined the NFF in June of 2021. Prior to joining the NFF, she worked in healthcare in a variety of roles most recently at the Montana Cancer Center. As the Development Assistant Amanda provides support in many areas including directly to our donors, bringing a passion for serving her community and connecting with people. She grew up in rural Wisconsin with plenty of freedom to explore and enjoy the outdoors. She moved to Montana in 2010 discovering a love for mountains and winter. When not working Amanda can be found out hiking, snowboarding, or cooking up feasts for friends and family.

Jamie Werner

White River National Forest Stewardship Coordinator

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Jamie Werner

White River National Forest Stewardship Coordinator

Jamie Werner joined the NFF in February of 2021 as the White River National Forest Stewardship Coordinator. For 15 years she has been professionally and personally dedicated to conservation and land management issues including collaborative forest restoration and trails projects, ecological research and monitoring, and public outreach and education. Jamie moved to Colorado in 2010 and worked as the Forest Programs Director at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and Project Manager at Kissane Viola Design. She also currently serves on the Board of the Watershed Biodiversity Initiative. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological and Environmental Science from Stanford University.

At the NFF Jamie leads community engagement efforts and fosters strategic project development in support of on-the-ground recreation and forest health improvements across the 2.3 million acre White River National Forest. When she’s not working on behalf of this special place Jamie can be found cruising down the ski slopes and taking long hikes in the high country with her husband, Jeff.

Corey Whitely

Chief Financial Officer

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Corey Whitely

Chief Financial Officer

Corey Whitely joined the National Forest Foundation in August 2022 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining NFF, Corey was Executive Vice President Operations of Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc. (NYSE: ETD) and its subsidiaries. Previously he served as its Executive Vice President, Administration, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer since 2014 and in various other Executive Vice President roles since 2005. During his 30-year tenure with Ethan Allen, Corey held various responsibilities for overseeing the operations of the company including its retail operations, manufacturing, logistics and technology, along with its corporate operations including human resources, finance, investor relations, risk management and product safety.

He also formed Bennett Pointe, LLC, a business consulting and advisory services firm leveraging his deep operational experience across multiple verticals. Active in the retail industry, Corey served on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer and Secretary of the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association, a statewide group representing retailers in Connecticut. He also previously served on the CIO Council of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association.