Board of Directors
Position Description & Inquiry
Elisa Davis - President
Elisa Davis is an avid outdoor adventurer who is fiercely passionate about protecting wild places and open spaces. She is delighted to have the opportunity to help strengthen this amazing community both through her work at the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and through her service on the Parks Foundation board. Her environmental conservation background includes work with both the Oregon Natural Desert Association and New England's Appalachian Mountain Club.
Sarah Chvilicek - Vice 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 - Treasurer
Dawn recently 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 participant 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 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.
Colleen is a District Park Manager with Washoe County's Regional Parks and Open Spaces. Colleen has seen first hand how important parks are to the community and believes sharing this appreciation through interpretive programs and well-maintained spaces will foster stewardship for our future generations. She spends most of her free time with her family enjoying the places she is fortunate enough to take care of.
Lori is a transplant from Southern California who came to Reno in 1992. She has been a member of the Ward 1 Neighborhood Advisory Board and the Reno Parks and Recreation Commission. Lori is a past president of Scenic Nevada, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of scenic beauty, and she currently serves as its Secretary/Treasurer. She worked on the 2007 Reno Open Space Greenways Plan and helped provide open space and a trail in Rosewood Wash near her home in southwest Reno.
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