Heidi has five years of non-profit and programming experience serving as Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon and the Panhandle Humane Society. She's incredibly passionate about TMPF's mission and her experience in managing educational programming helped the Students Stewards Program flourish since she began working here as AmeriCorps Program Director.
Elena served as a Naturalist Educator for TMPF in the spring and summer of 2018 and is now working as the Wetland Restoration Program Director. She's a local and is extremely excited and proud to be working to restore an abandoned open space back to a functional ecosystem in her hometown. In her free time, Elena can be found obsessing over dogs or participating in trivia nights.
Originally from Chicago, Miranda served as TMPF's Development Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA in 2017, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader in 2018, and began working as the Development Director in 2019. She's incredibly passionate about outdoor spaces, supporting grassroots efforts in the Reno/Sparks community, and learning about the ecology and history of Nevada. When she's not working, you can find Miranda running and hiking with her dog Cooper or reading a good book over coffee.
Devin served nearly two years as a Naturalist Educator for Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation before starting his position as Student Stewards Program Director. He is originally from Grass Valley, California. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Nevada, Reno. In his free time, Devin enjoys riding and racing dirt bikes in the local MRANN series. Devin is excited to be a part of the TMPF team and hopes to inspire youth in the community through the SSP program.
Hannah is the Parks Foundation's Student Stewards Program Manager. She began her time here as an AmeriCorps Naturalist Educator in 2018. Originally from Bozeman, MT, she received her B.S. in Biology from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA and has spent the last several years working for non-profits in Montana and Connecticut. Hannah is an avid birder and is looking forward to sharing her love of science and the natural world with her new community!
Originally from Ransomville, New York, Karly swapped east for west coast to tackle a service year with AmeriCorps in 2019. After a year as VISTA Membership Coordinator, Karly moved into her current role as Operations and Communications Director for the Parks Foundation. With a deep love of laughter, growth, and all things living, Karly is excited to leverage her talents towards an impactful future for our beloved parks and community spaces.
Chantel is our Programs and Events Manager. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Nevada, Reno and, after spending 4 years in Chicago, is thrilled to be back in Nevada promoting environmental sustainability and healthy lifestyles through her work with the Parks Foundation. In her free time, Chantel enjoys eating and cooking with friends, game nights, coffee, and exploring Nevada’s great outdoors.
Alayna was born and raised in Carson City, Nevada and went to Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington where she graduated with a degree in Intercultural Studies. Alayna is very passionate about travel. During her junior year, she studied abroad in Kigali, Rwanda. Upon graduation, she then moved to China where she worked as an English teacher and lived for the last 4 years. Now that Alayna is back in Nevada, she is excited to take on a new adventure with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation and learn about sustainability and environmental stewardship.
Alexandra earned her B.S. in Physics and Environmental Science Systems from Le Moyne College where she also ran cross country and track and field. After graduating, she returned home to New Jersey where she has spent the last year working at an environmental education center, the Philadelphia Zoo, and working towards a post-baccalaureate certificate in Geographic Information Systems. In her free time Alexandra enjoys exploring new running routes, trivia nights, and knitting. She is looking forward to building environmental stewardship in the community through the nature study area and exploring all the west coast has to offer.
Prior to joining the team, Bridget served an AmeriCorps term with Our City Forest in San Jose, CA. Bridget most recently returned from Peace Corps Senegal where she served as an Agroforestry volunteer. You’ll probably catch this NJ native sniffing lavender and petting Norfolk Island Pines in her downtime.
Camille is a native Nevadan who graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Camille describes herself as a lifelong learner! In college, she worked at the Sanford Center for Aging, where she became passionate about helping people age well. Now that Camille has taken on a new chapter with the Parks Foundation, she is excited to learn how to help people become environmental stewards, make healthy decisions and be mindful. When she's not serving, you can find this native buying a cactus, walking her dogs or enjoying the great outdoors.
Student Stewards Program Outreach Coordinator VISTA
Haley (she/her) just graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Cognitive Science and is now serving as the SSP Outreach Coordinator at Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation in Reno. She believes that education should be engaging, inclusive, and accessible to all, so she is excited to promote scientific exploration in our local parks. In her free time, Haley enjoys hiking, playing the guitar, skating, and making wontons with her grandma.
Originally from California, Cortney attended the University of Nevada, Reno and completed her B.A. in both Sociology and Economics. After graduating, she moved to New Zealand for a year to experience life in a new place and spend time in nature. Cortney is excited to be back in Reno and to serve as the Resource Development Coordinator for the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. In her free time she enjoys hiking, photography, and exploring all of the wonderful outdoor and community spaces that Reno has to offer.
Micah is currently serving as the AmeriCorps VISTA Leader at Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. She served in 2019 as an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Team Leader. She likes to travel and has spent a year in both Argentina and Germany. Micah is from De Pere, Wisconsin and is enjoying exploring all Reno and the surrounding areas have to offer!
Sam graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Horticulture. From Louisville, Kentucky, he is now in Reno to serve with the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation as the Wellness Education Coordinator. In his free time, Sam enjoys road trips, hiking, and playing tabletop games.
Spencer is thrilled to be serving as TMPF’s Community Engagement Coordinator. Spencer graduated from Colorado State University in 2019 with a B.A. in Communication Studies as well as a double minor in History and French. In his free time, Spencer loves recreating outside and seeks to share that passion with others. Depending on the season, you can find him skiing, climbing, trail running or mountain biking on the many wonderful trails around Reno. Spencer values community engagement and encourages all community members to take advantage of all the amazing parks and trails in the Truckee Meadows area!
As a past Regional Parks and Open Space Commissioner, Sarah has always advocated for parks and open space in the greater Truckee Meadows. She currently serves on both the Washoe County Planning Commission and Regional Planning Commission where she still advocates for parks and open space as important elements as they relate to regional planning issues.
Dawn Smith, Vice President
Dawn moved to Reno from Washington State for a job with Renown. She enjoys hiking and exploring new areas. Dawn is thankful for the opportunity to get to know and be involved in education and stewardship of the local open spaces. She is a past AmeriCorps VISTA member through the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (R.A.R.E) in Oregon. Dawn previously worked with natural resource agencies to help document and preserve habitat in her role as G.I.S. Coordinator of Wallowa County.
David von Seggern, Treasurer
David is retired from the UNR Nevada Seismological Laboratory after a career in seismology. His last career position was as the seismic network manager for the Yucca Mountain Project, which seeks to make Nevada the repository of the nation’s high-level nuclear waste. He served as treasurer for the Seismological Society of America for nine years. David acquired an appreciation of our natural heritage as a college-aged spelunker in Missouri. He is a past chair of the Executive Committee of the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club, is a frequent hike leader in the Truckee Meadows area, and loves to explore Nevada’s remotest places.
David Jickling is a lifelong birder and passionate advocate for the outdoors. He has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and moved to Nevada with his wife Debbie in 1990. In 1994 David was appointed to the Wildlife Commission by Governor Miller, and served on the commission as the conservation representative until 2000. He has also served as president of the Lahontan Audubon Society and leads field trips and teaches the introductory class of the very popular birds of the Truckee Meadows series.
Sophia is a native Nevadan who grew up exploring the many outdoor wonders of the Truckee Meadows and the Sierra Nevada. She is dedicated to protecting our wildlands and connecting communities by creating shared outdoor spaces. After getting her master’s degree in international environmental policy and living for a handful of years in Colorado and California, she is excited to be back in her hometown, working as a park planner for Washoe County and serving on the Parks Foundation's Board of Directors.
Tina is a long time supporter of parks in Washoe County and Reno. She has served on multiple nonprofit boards within our community and is happy to lend her expertise to furthering the mission of Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.
Born and raised in Reno, Katie graduated twice from UNR, and has worked with or for many community enterprises, including Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, the Reno News and Review, the UNR special collections library, and local tutoring centers. Katie went to her first Discover Your Parks walk in 2017 to check out the Sierra Vista Future Park Site in her neighborhood and find out if the development would include a bike park. In addition to a yes on the bike park, she was surprised to find a non-profit that matched her enthusiasm in shared open spaces, community relevance and stewardship. Coming from a large Reno family, Katie has always felt a deep connection to place, story and building community here in the Truckee Meadows. Now a single mom with two kids, Katie is happy to be back in Reno, delving into our open spaces, exploring playgrounds, interpretive centers and hiking trails. And, she’s passionate about helping other young families do the same. As one of the younger, more active members of TMPF, Katie wants to share her love of experiencing the outdoors with children to the group, helping to inform decisions about family programming and using her extensive social network in the area to form lasting relationships with members of our
Nate Tippie is an entrepreneur, product designer, and longtime Parks Foundation supporter. After selling his accounting backup software to Intuit, he joined them as a Product Manager for QuickBooks Online. He studied Finance and Film at the University of Georgia, where he also served as a judge for the Peabody Awards. Nate has been a volunteer, member, sustaining member, and Doggie Ambassador before becoming a board member. He enjoys yoga, camping, and aviation, and lives in Midtown with his dogs, Bennie and Luna.