Team Members

Heidi Anderson, Executive Director

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.

Haley Kirby, Operations Director

Haley has served as an AmeriCorps member at the Greenhouse Project in Carson City, VISTA Leader at TMPF, and currently works as the Operations Director for the Parks Foundation. She is dedicated to community service and loves gardening, hiking, and learning all about the many uses of plants.

Elena Larsen, Wetland Restoration 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.

Miranda Sanford, Development Director

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. 

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Devin Genovese, Student Stewards Program Director

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 Lansverk Sonnenberg

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 nonprofits 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!

Bradlyn Wissert, Naturalist Educator

Bradlyn has lived in Nevada for most of her life. She is very passionate about the outdoors and conservation of our natural resources. She earned her B.S. in biology from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is very excited to be serving as an AmeriCorps Naturalist Educator. She hopes to inspire a love of science in the next generation. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, butterfly catching, traveling, and seeing as much live music as possible.

Matt Herring, Wetland Restoration Outreach Coordinator

Matt is a Florida transplant, having studied Environmental Policy at the University of South Florida.  He is serving as the AmeriCorps Wetland Restoration Outreach Coordinator VISTA with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. He enjoys traveling and being out in nature.

Eliza Jones, Wetland Restoration Technician

Eliza is currently serving with AmeriCorps as a Wetland Restoration Technician at Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. Originally from North Carolina, she graduated from NC State University with a degree in Environmental Technology and Management.  Growing up near the coast sparked her interest in the protection of fragile ecosystems and she is thrilled to help restore the Rosewood Lakes Golf Course to its natural state. In her free time, Eliza can be found exploring the outdoors, seeing live music with friends and spending as much time SCUBA diving as possible!

Kevin Schroeder, Lead Wetland Restoration Technician

Kevin is currently serving as an AmeriCorps Lead Wetland Restoration Technician with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. He grew up in Wisconsin where he received a BBA in Integrated Science and Business from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His past experience includes trail and restoration projects with various state and non-profit organizations.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing with his puppy and exploring the surrounding nature and community.

Jacob Cronin, Wetland Restoration Technician

Jacob has lived in Reno his whole life and has grown to be passionate about the area where he grew up. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Nevada, Reno. Now serving as one of the AmeriCorps Wetland Restoration Technicians, he is looking forward to making a difference in the local environment and community.

Daniel Correa, Lead Wetland Restoration Technician

Daniel was born in Colombia but he has lived in New Jersey for most of his life. He has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Stockton University. While living in New Jersey, Daniel served as an AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassador with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Daniel is very interested in water quality, water monitoring and working with local communities. He also loves freshwater macroinvertebrates. Daniel enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping and watching the night sky.

Kara Hettinger, Wetland Restoration Technician

Kara is currently serving as an AmeriCorps Wetland Restoration Technician with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she recently graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Political Science from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. She is excited to begin the process of bringing nature back to the former Rosewood Lakes Golf Course. When she is not serving, Kara can be found exploring new hiking and running trails, whipping up fun recipes, or lounging around with a good book!

Emma Steer, Wetland Restoration Technician

Emma graduated from UC Davis in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry. She completed an AmeriCorps term with The Greenhouse Project in Carson City, NV before serving with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation as a Wetland Restoration Technician. Beyond her passion for native flora and ecological restoration, she enjoys painting, wildcrafting, hiking, and gardening. She is originally from Boulder, Colorado and is excited to explore more of northern Nevada.

Kayla Sherman, Naturalist Educator

Raised in Virginia, Kayla received her B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Richmond. She is thrilled to be settled in Reno serving as a Naturalist Educator for Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. Kayla is passionate about sharing her love for the outdoors and teaching people about the environment. She hopes to foster an appreciation for our parks in the community and inspire youth to be inquisitive and adventurous. In her downtime, Kayla enjoys practicing yoga, camping/hiking, and playing with her pup.

Jaime Gonzalez Canon, Naturalist Educator

Jaime is a Cultural Anthropologist who has a passion for coffee and languages. Jaime researched coffee's historical connections in the Reno area and how coffee brings people together. Jaime's family has a coffee farm in Colombia and he travels between Reno and Colombia often. He is very excited to serve as a Naturalist Educator for Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, so he can continue learning and teaching more about the environment and the importance of conservation with sustainability. In his free time, he likes to hike, read, and travel with family and friends.

Tyler Morris, Resource Development Coordinator VISTA

Originally from St. Louis, MO, Tyler recently graduated with a B.A. in Visual Journalism from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Tyler is very excited to help build a healthier community and is looking forward to learning more about Northern Nevada. In his free time, he is usually hiking in the mountains, practicing photography, or planning his next road trip.

Karly Bristol, Membership Coordinator VISTA

Karly is serving as an AmeriCorps Membership Coordinator at Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. Hailing from the small town of Ransomville, NY, she graduated from Saint Bonaventure University with a B.A. in Mass Communications and English. Karly loves laughing, exploring, working with animals, cooking, and yoga! After recently locating to Nevada, she is excited to learn and grow alongside the parks community in Reno!

Adrienne Juby, Truckee Meadows Nature Study Area Development Coordinator VISTA

Adrienne is currently serving as the Truckee Meadows Nature Study Area Development Coordinator VISTA. She received her M.S. from the University of Nevada, Reno in Natural Resources and Environmental Science. She is very excited to be part of the TMPF team and join in the restoration effort and development of a new nature study area in an important wetland habitat. In her spare time, she enjoys botanizing and exploring the beautiful outdoors with her two dogs.

Chantel Dominguez, Community Engagement Coordinator VISTA

Chantel is our AmeriCorps Community Engagement Coordinator. 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 cooking with friends, game nights, coffee, and exploring Nevada’s great outdoors.

Dominique Dixon, Communications Coordinator VISTA

Dominique earned her bachelor’s degree in Global Communications from Kent State University (KSU) in Ohio. She is passionate about traveling and learning about other cultures. Through KSU she completed study abroad programs in Italy and China. Dominique is excited to work with the parks to promote healthy lifestyles.

Jennifer Rust, Wellness Education Coordinator VISTA

Jennifer grew up in the Truckee area and feels a deep connection to the protection of the river and meadows watershed. She's excited to put her background in education to use creating student citizen scientists in our local, underserved schools.

Max Whealon, Programs and Events Coordinator VISTA

Max is currently serving as Programs and Events Coordinator VISTA for the Parks Foundation. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Psychology at St. Norbert College is Green Bay, Wisconsin. During his tenure there, he was part of a psychology lab where an EEG was utilized to track decision making and risk taking behaviors. He was also vice president of the environmental club at St. Norbert and helped maintain an aquaponics system for the city of Green Bay. He's excited to learn about northern Nevada and serve the community!

Christian Villagomez, VISTA Leader

Christian is the serving as the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation's VISTA Leader. He previously served in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) with hurricane relief. Christian is originally from Southern California, but prefers cold weather. You can find him hiking or reading on his free time. 

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Board of Directors

Board Director

Position Description & Inquiry

Sarah Chvilicek - President

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 

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 Kirschenman

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 Nappe

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.

Katie Palani

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 
community.

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