Team Members

Heidi Anderson, Executive Director

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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 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. 

Devin Genovese, Student Stewards Program Director

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​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, Student Stewards Program Manager

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​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!

Karly Bristol, Operations and Communications Director

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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. 

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Chantel Dominguez, Programs and Events Manager

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.

Jade Bourdeau, Community Programs Educator

Jade is currently serving with AmeriCorps as a Community Programs Educator with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. Originally from Walnut Creek, CA, Jade graduated with a B.S. in Geology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is excited to help raise awareness and appreciation for parks and open spaces in the community. In her free time, Jade enjoys backpacking, hiking, and exploring Nevada with her two dogs. 

Anna Oetting, Naturalist Educator

Currently, Anna is serving with AmeriCorps as one of the Student Stewards’ Naturalist Educators. She attended the University of Idaho where she earned BS degrees in Fish Resources and in Wildlife Resources. Anna enjoys reading, cooking, being outdoors, birding, and hanging out with her pet snails. She is looking forward to getting to know the Washoe community, forming new relationships, and increasing her knowledge in the S.T.E.A.M. field while teaching kiddos.

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.

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.

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.

Marie Perez Navarro, Naturalist Educator

Nevada-raised, Marie graduated with her B.S. in Communication Studies from University of Nevada Reno in 2018. She is passionate about all the ways that people communicate messages and ideas, and is looking forward to teaching outdoor science to Reno’s student population. In her downtime, Marie enjoys being crafty, chilling and reading, and exploring the world with her dog.  

Sierra Kirby, Naturalist Educator

Sierra hails from Minnesota and is currently serving as a Naturalist Educator for Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. She is excited to share her passion for environmental stewardship and sustainable, healthy lifestyles with Nevada’s youth. Sierra received her MPH from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and her B.S. in Dietetics and Global Health from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. In her free time you can find Sierra exploring parks and trails, cooking, or gardening.

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.

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.

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!

Emily Eiswert, Wetland Restoration Technician

Emily is currently serving as an AmeriCorps Wetland Restoration Technician with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. She has previously been an Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Inspector with the Nevada Department of Wildlife and graduated UNR with a Bachelor’s in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in 2018. Emily was born in Oceanside, California and moved to Nevada in 2001. She is excited to finally be working directly with diverse wildlife species and learning more about how to improve her hometown. In her free time, Emily loves watching UFC fights, obsessing over the San Diego Zoo, and playing Pokémon GO!

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.

Heather Metcalfe, Wetland Restoration Technician

Heather is currently serving with AmeriCorps as a Wetland Restoration Technician at Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, she recently graduated with a B.S in Ecology, Evolution and Behavioral Biology as well as Environmental Studies from Beloit College in Wisconsin. She is excited to be apart of the restoration team and learn more about the local wildlife while restoring the Rosewood Lakes golf course back into a wetland. When she is not serving, Heather is an avid soccer player who also enjoys, snowboarding, playing with her puppies, quoting F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or hanging out at Lake Tahoe!

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.

Jill Katz, Wetland Restoration Technician

Jill is serving as a Wetland Restoration Technician.  After teaching environmental science education in California, Colorado, and Washington State, she is enjoying working as a scientific technician at this new (to her) beautiful place.  In her free time she likes to learn about soil, wildlife, chemistry, theoretical math, entomology, and etymology.  And she loves to hike, bike, and do all things outdoors.

Kailey Bass, Wetland Restoration Technician

Currently working on her B.S. in Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, Reno, Kailey is enthusiastic about serving her community through AmeriCorps and restoring a local wetland habitat. By spending much of her free time in an outdoor setting, a deeper appreciation for wildlife and ecosystem services was inevitable. If she’s not in the field or studying for her courses, she can be found hiking local trails, enjoying Truckee Meadows parks, or visiting gorgeous Lake Tahoe.

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!

Macklin McSorley, Wetland Restoration Technician

Macklin graduated from the University of Nevada in 2016 with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Rangeland Ecology & Management. After graduating he worked as a Noxious Weed Technician with Great Basin Institute partnered with the US Forest Service where he worked throughout the State of Nevada. For the past four years, Macklin has worked as a Vineyard Manager and Assistant Winemaker in his hometown Somerset, California. Currently working as a Wetland Restoration Technician, he is looking forward to new projects and being part of TMPF.

Marisa Hurtado, Wetland Restoration Technician

Marisa is a Native Nevadan with a passion of keeping her hometown beautiful. She recently earned her B.S. in Biology from the University of Nevada Reno and is thrilled to be serving with AmeriCorps as a Wetland Restoration Technician at Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. Beyond her love of nature and life sciences, she can be found spending time with her family, curled up with a good book, or binge-watching her favorite shows. 

Max Whealon, Wetland Restoration Technician

Max is currently serving as a wetland restoration technician for the Parks Foundation. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Psychology at St. Norbert College in De Pere, 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.

Sam Heki Hickok, Wetland Restoration Technician

A native Nevada resident, Sam has spent all his life in Reno and the Great Basin Area. He has gained his parent's love of the parks and natural areas in Nevada. So, he decided to serve as a Wetland Restoration Technician with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, restoring the wetlands in an old golf course after having volunteered to work on various projects for Nevada Fish and Wildlife. When not serving, he spends his time reading and playing video games with friends.

Alayna Wood, Communications Coordinator VISTA

Alayna is currently serving as the Communications Coordinator. She 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 Sheehan, Wetland Restoration Outreach Coordinator VISTA

Alexandra is currently serving as our Wetland Restoration Outreach Coordinator.  She 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.

Bridget Mulkerin, Program and Events Coordinator VISTA

Bridget is the Program and Events Coordinator VISTA here at Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. Prior to joining the team she 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.

Haley Grable, 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.

Hannah King, Nature Study Area Development Coordinator VISTA

Hannah is currently serving as the Nature Study Area Development Coordinator VISTA for Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. Originally from Northern California, she attended San Diego State University and earned her B.S. in Business Administration. She hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2019 and hopes to bike across the U.S. in 2021 after her year of service.

Micah Beck, VISTA Leader

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 Lee, Wellness Education Coordinator VISTA

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.

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Board of Directors

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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 
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