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Meet the Team

Staff Members


Heidi Anderson   (she/her/hers)

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.


Devin Sandoval de Genovese   (he/him/his)

VP of Education

​Devin served nearly two years as a Naturalist Educator for Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation before starting 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, with a minor in Spanish  In his free time, Devin enjoys riding mountain bikes and dirt bikes, and exploring Nevada's great outdoors. As VP of Education, Devin is excited to be a part of the continued growth of TMPF, and hopes to inspire the community through the SSP program. 


Elena Larsen   (she/her/hers)

Nature Study Area VP

Elena served as a Naturalist Educator for TMPF in the spring and summer of 2018 and is now working as the VP of Rosewood Nature Study Area.  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.


Hannah Lansverk Sonnenberg   (she/her/hers)

Youth Education Director

​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!

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David Hadel (he/him/his)

Development Director

David is our Development Director, homegrown right here in the Truckee Meadows. He has a background in media, sales, serving the public, graphic design, radio and voiceover. He enjoys hanging out with his wife and raising their daughter, backyard chickens, two chihuahuas and one cat. You'll see David on the trail, backpacking, disc golfing, skiing or boarding and at live music events. He is thrilled to be with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation to engage our community and support our open spaces.

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Jay Howard

Trails Program Manager

Jay is our new Trails Program Manager, and will be working to implement the goals of the Truckee Meadows Trails Initiative. He comes to us after a 30 year career with Nevada State Parks. His time with State Parks involved several years being a recreation specialist for the Nevada Tahoe Resource Team, and 13 years as park supervisor for Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park (Sand Harbor, Spooner Lake and Backcountry, Cave Rock, and Van Sickle). Jay loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker and mountain biker. And let's not forget, professional volunteer. Jay enjoys working with the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society and Tahoe Mountain Bike Patrol.

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Ashley Butler

Camp Manager

Ashley is local to Northern Nevada but has spent her fair share exploring other areas. Like many locals that leave the area, something about Reno drew her back and she is happy to call Northern Nevada her home base once again. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a B.A. in Speech Communications and Journalism. Ashley's career has offered opportunities in the nonprofit sector, government and education. She has always had a passion for exploring and connecting with nature. She welcomes the opportunity to help the youth of our community build a relationship and appreciation for the outdoors as well. 

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Matt DeBray   (he/him/his)

Communications Manager

Matt is the Communications Manager for Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. After serving with TMPF as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2017 he worked to promote AmeriCorps programs throughout Nevada for four years and is excited to be back at the place that started his journey in the nonprofit world. Matt studied Radio Television Production at the University of Montana and brings over a decade of experience to the TMPF communications team. When he isn't working you can find Matt watching baseball, hiking with his family, or being pulled behind a boat.

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Kevin Lynch  (he/him/his)

Americorps Compliance and Community Service Manager

Kevin is a local to the Truckee Meadows where he received his Master’s of Education from the University of Nevada-Reno with a focus on Career and Technical Education. He enjoys hiking with his wife, geocaching with his daughter, and running or reading all by his lonesome. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and a former AmeriCorps employee, he is excited to continue supporting national and community service with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.


Bradley Leavitt (they/them/theirs)

Office Administrator 

Bradley is from a small, rural town in southern Nevada where they grew up herping with their family in the Mojave Desert. They attended UNR and studied Wildlife Ecology, then later pursued a degree in Secondary Science Education. Before joining our staff, Bradley served an AmeriCorps term as a Naturalist Educator. If you ever have a question about toads or the best paddle-boarding spots in the Truckee Meadows, they are your go-to person!

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Austin Cooper  (he/him/his)

Wetland Restorations Manager

Austin Cooper is a passionate outdoorsman whose life revolves around his love for nature. Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, he developed a deep appreciation for the outdoors from a young age. Whether it's deer hunting during the crisp autumn mornings or setting traps for fur-bearing animals in the winter, Austin thrives in the wild. His passion for ecology blossomed as he witnessed the delicate balance of nature firsthand. Austin pursued work in environmental science, eager to deepen his understanding of the ecosystems he cherished. Through his research, he became an advocate for conservation, working tirelessly to protect local habitats and educate others about the importance of preserving the environment. For Austin, the outdoors isn't just a hobby; it's a way of life. His unwavering passion for fishing, hunting, trapping, ecology and conservation defines him as a dedicated steward of the environment and a true lover of the wild.

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Peavine Pete  (he/him/his)

Habitat Conservation Ambassador

Hello! My name is Peavine Pete and I’m the newest addition to Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation! I am a Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) and usually live in the deserts of Southern Nevada, but TMPF adopted me from the Northern Nevada Tortoise Group. Now I get to live in Northern Nevada! I’m between 10 and 15 years old, I can’t exactly remember, but I live to be about 80 in captivity, so 5 years doesn’t seem like much to forget. Sadly, my species is listed as THREATENED under the Endangered Species Act. Much of our tortoise habitat in the desert is being lost due to development, degraded from invasive species, or fragmented by roads or other impassable barriers. 


I enjoy long walks outside, cozy burrows and marigolds! I am passionate about the preservation of our beautiful local, desert outdoors spaces. I’m very excited to join the TMPF Team and to become an ambassador to the community for habitat conservation. Stop by Rosewood Nature Study Area and say hello!


AmeriCorps VISTA Members



Caroline Grossman

Student Stewards Program Outreach Coordinator

Caroline earned a Bachelor's degree from the American University School of International Service in Washington, DC where she studied Environmental Sustainability and Global Health with minors in French and Art History. She grew up recreating outdoors in the northeast, but is passionate about preserving access to the outdoors everywhere. She relocated to the Reno-Tahoe area after leaving DC in May 2022 where she worked on preserving access to the near 200-mile Tahoe Rim Trail system for 6 months. In her free time, she enjoys art, running, and the sunshine!


Jennie Johnson 

Wetland Restoration Outreach Coordinator

Jennie is serving her second Americorps VISTA term as the Wetland Restoration Outreach Coordinator. She is from right here in Reno and went to the University of Nevada, Reno for a degree in Cultural Anthropology. She’s excited to use her marketing background to teach people about the parks and opportunities in their community. She enjoys running, hiking, sunshine and events such as Moms on the Run and the American River Half Marathon.


Dayna Genio  (she/her/hers)

Communications Coordinator

Born and raised in the Truckee Meadows, Dayna studied International Business Marketing at the University of Nevada, Reno. After graduating in 2021, she spent 2 months in India pursuing her passion by studying yoga and becoming a certified instructor. Now, Dayna is excited to join the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation promoting one of her favorite things, the outdoors! In her free time, Dayna can be found practicing yoga, exploring the world around her, or cozying up in her hammock with a good book.


Kate Sarachaga

Grants Coordinator

Kate graduated from Appalachian State University with a BA in Sustainable Development. After graduating, she completed a year of AmeriCorps service with Partnership to End Homelessness in North Carolina. Kate then attended NC State University to study Horticultural Science and worked for many years in the landscaping industry. She is excited to return to AmeriCorps as the VISTA Grants Coordinator for Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. Outside of work, Kate enjoys painting, reading and is an avid runner.


Amiyah Tanner

Community Engagement Coordinator

Amiyah is originally from Kansas City, Missouri. She received her B.S. in Parks, Recreation and Sport with an emphasis in Sport Management and a minor in Business at the University of Missouri. Her goal is to administer diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) throughout her time of service. She looks forward to gaining new professional skills and meeting new people. She has a passion for physical health and wellness and enjoys the happiness of other people engaging in outdoor recreation and sports. In her free time she enjoys watching football, (especially her home team, the Kansas City Chiefs), traveling and taking in the sun.


Julia Krier

Programs and Events Coordinator

Julia graduated from Western Connecticut State University earning a BS in Health Promotion Studies, with a concentration in community health and a minor in holistic health. Julia is passionate about helping people lead healthier and more active lifestyles. After graduating college she spent 2 months in Costa Rica studying yoga and meditation where she received her 200 hour YTT certification. She is excited to join the Truckee Meadows Parks foundation as the Programs and Events Coordinator where she gets to work on projects that combine her love for health education and promoting the benefits of spending time outdoors. Outside of work she loves practicing yoga, and spending her free time exploring the outdoors. 


Trisha Beaupre

Youth Recreation Coordinator

Born in Southern California, Trisha attended high school and college in Northern Nevada. Receiving her Masters Degree in Social Work from UNR she has worked locally as a social worker. She loves the outdoors and is excited to be joining TMPF as the VISTA Youth Recreation Coordinator. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, and traveling with her husband and 3 daughters. 


Linsey Mecham

Donor Relations Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

AmeriCorps State/National Members

Tara Tran

Tara Tran

Community Programs Educator

A proud Nevadan, Tara grew up in Las Vegas, but moved to Reno in 2015 to attend UNR. They graduated with a BA in Anthropology and Art and later spent 2 years working as archeological field technician. Inspired by their time spent in nature as a field tech, they’re now enthusiastic to share the beauty of the outdoors with their community through the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. You can often find them enjoying open spaces and making food, art and music with their friends.


Deanna Miller

Lead Naturalist Educator

Born and raised in Prescott, Arizona, Deanna joins us as our Lead Naturalist Educator. After graduating from Northern Arizona University with a BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and a minor in Biology, she made the move to Reno to share her passion for environmental education and community service. She is excited to work in her field of study and most of all, help spread her passion for our environment to our next generations of leaders and community members.


Eden Loos

GIS Analyst

Eden graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelors in Environmental Science. After college she explored many career options including post fire restoration and sustainable agriculture. Her love for conservation and outdoor activities led her to GIS and its many uses in the outdoor space. She is very excited to be starting a second term with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation to continue making a difference in the community. In her free time she loves to hike, practice yoga, and go camping! 

Wetland Restoration Technicians


Courtnay Lewis

Wetland Restoration Technician 

Courtnay earned a Bachelor's in Environmental Biology from Colorado State University, Pueblo in 2017 after having worked in hospitality for many years. Courtnay is originally from Texas, but has lived and worked all over the West as a biological science field technician. She joined Americorps in October as a wetland restoration technician because Nevada was calling to her. She's really excited about working on this project and with this group of people!


Chloe Kinerson

Wetland Restoration Technician 

Bio coming soon!

Board of Directors

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Jill Richardson

Board President

Bio coming soon!


Laura Fillmore

Board Vice President

Laura Fillmore is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. In 1997, she helped to found an immersion language school focused on indigenous language renewal; Wà:šiw ‘itlu Gawgayay,  ‘Speak Washoe’. She fundraised for the Wilderness and Arts Literacy Collaborative--and for UNR Women’s Studies. She served as a board member at the Great Basin Community Food Co-op, and was on the inaugural board of the Holland Project. In 2020 she retired from teaching fine art/digital media to focus on the nexus between the arts, the ecologies of water and fire, and telling the stories of regenerative best practices on the landscape.  She currently serves on the board of The Center for the Study of the Force Majeure, and recently, the work re-wilding the Rosewood Nature Study area wetlands drew her to serve on the board of TMPF.

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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. 

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Kris Lavoy-Perry

Board Member

Bio coming soon!


Stephanie Mazza

Board Member

Stephanie is excited to bring her creative and marketing experience to the TMPF board. Originally from Sonoma County, California, she has happily called Reno her home since 2016. Stephanie has worked as a graphic designer for over a decade and currently serves as Senior Art Director for Estipona Group, a full-service marketing agency in Reno. There, she leads accessible and inclusive creative solutions for public health campaigns, government agencies, and educational institutions. In her free time, she can be found snowboarding and exploring hiking trails and parks with her husband, daughter, and four-legged running buddy, Galena. 

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Catherine McFeely

Board Member

Catherine Mcfeely grew up in a small town surrounded by the stunning Lassen National Forest, where her father worked as a US Forest Service ranger. From an early age, Catherine learned the importance of preserving parks, trails, and open spaces; instilling in her a deep respect and appreciation for nature's beauty and natural resources. After moving to Reno twenty years ago to pursue a career in Recreation and Parks Administration, Catherine's passion for promoting the health and wellness benefits of outdoor activities grew stronger. With over 24 years of experience as a certified therapeutic recreation therapist, she has helped integrate the areas geriatric population into the community through outdoor adventures utilizing many of our parks. As a 7 year volunteer and now serving board member of TMPF, Catherine is dedicated to finding innovative ways to promote growth, cultivate awareness, and instill appreciation of Northern Nevada's open spaces.


Sarali Diaz

Board Member

Sarali is a long time Reno resident who loves hiking and exploring our many parks and trails.  She has a master’s degree in Computer Science and has worked in the information technology field at the University of Nevada, Reno and, most recently, at Coupa Software.  Her scientific curiosity and data management background led her to volunteer as a phenology observer and help in the regular cleanup and restoration efforts at the Rosewood Nature Center.  As a member of the TMPF board, she wants to help protect our spectacular open spaces and help our community discover opportunities to enjoy and learn about them.

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Sean McLaughlin

Board Member

Sean is a new board member of the TMPF and a geologist with a passion for promoting outdoor recreation and conservation. Originally from south Louisiana, Sean moved to the Reno area in 2007 and has been an avid explorer of the area's natural beauty ever since. Sean's experience in mapping and geology provide him with an understanding of the importance of preserving and protecting natural resources, and he is excited to bring this knowledge to the TMPF. Sean is committed to advancing the foundation's mission of supporting local parks and promoting the benefits of the outdoors, particularly in urban areas where access to green spaces can be limited. Sean will help the foundation build strong partnerships with the community and help inspire more people to explore and connect with nature.

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