The Foundation

Staff

David Bannister, Executive Director
xt. 103, david@lagunafoundation.org
David joined the Board of Directors of the Foundation in 2004 and by August of 2009 had served as Board President, Vice President and Secretary.  At that time the Board requested that David take the open position of Executive Director and he joined the Foundation staff in August 2009. David has a long history of business management and consulting as well as a long history of serving as a volunteer on environmental organizations.  As Chair of the Sonoma Group of the Sierra Club he led the successful collaborative campaign with the grape growing industry and environmental community that resulted in the Vineyard Erosion Control Ordinance. David has an MBA from the University of Kansas. 

Christine Fontaine, Director of Education Programs
xt. 102, christine@lagunafoundation.org
Chris has been striving to connect people to nature since 1995. She has a BA in Sociology with a minor in Physical Science from Sonoma State University and a Multiple-Subject elementary school teaching credential from Dominican University. In addition to working in the formal education field, she has a background in business administration, management, and environmental education, serving as a naturalist docent at Bouverie Preserve since 1996. Her work and volunteer experience naturally led to the non-profit field, serving as the Education Programs Coordinator for Point Reyes National Seashore Association, then as Point Reyes Field Seminars Director from 2001-07. In 2006 she began volunteering for the Laguna Foundation on the Education Program Committee and joined the staff in 2007.

Adrienne Gause, Office Manager
xt. 107, adrienne@lagunafoundation.org
Adrienne Gause joined the Foundation staff in July of 2013.  From 2001-2005 Adrienne worked for the international 501(c)(3) charity Children’s Hunger Relief Fund and their sister organization African American Self-Help Foundation as the manager for the annual fundraising campaign, the Combined Federal Campaign. She was also the advertising assistant for the two organizations, producing annual reports, brochures and print ads. Adrienne has been the bookkeeper and manager of the Russian River Pub in Forestville since 2005. She joined the Foundation as an intern from Sonoma State University in the spring of 2013 and helped shape the first administrative internship at LF. She also completed our Laguna Guides training in 2013. Adrienne holds a Bachelors of Arts from Sonoma State University in Environmental Studies: Restoration and Conservation with an emphasis in Social Sciences, with a minor in Geography.

John Guardino, Director of Restoration and Conservation Science Programs
xt. 108, john@lagunafoundation.org
John joined the Foundation staff in June 2011. He has a broad range of experience and expertise in the areas of resource management planning, restoration ecology, regulatory policy analysis & development, land conservation, biological research and agricultural production. John holds a Master of Science degree in Plant Pathology from Penn State University and has worked throughout Sonoma County on a wide variety of natural resource management projects.

Hattie Brown, Conservation Science Program Assistant
xt. 105, hattie@lagunafoundation.org

Nancy Hauptmann, Administrative Assistant
xt. 109, nancy@lagunafoundation.org
Nancy joined the Foundation staff in September 2009. She holds a bachelors degree in secondary education mathematics and is retired from a 25 year career in Information Systems management and as a project leader.

Aaron Nuñez, Restoration Technician II
aaron@lagunafoundation.org
Aaron discovered the Laguna Foundation through the restoration internship program while attending Sonoma State University. Subsequently following the end of his internship in spring 2012 he was offered a position as an Environmental Restoration Technician. Attaining a bachelors degree in Environmental Studies focusing on Conservation and Restoration as well as minor in Biology, combined with experience as a maintenance worker for agricultural research stations established by the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources program, Aaron has been able to apply his education as well as work experience to help further the Laguna Foundation’s goals in establishing successful riparian restoration habitat throughout the Laguna de Santa Rosa.

Brent Reed, Restoration Projects Supervisor
xt. 101, brent@lagunafoundation.org
Brent's first professional experience with ecological restoration in the Laguna watershed was working on the Kelly Farm Demonstration Wetlands in 1989, while on summer break from studies for a B.S. degree in Natural Resources Management at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  After getting his degree, Brent moved back home to Sonoma County in 1995 and has been supervising, designing, and working in all facets of ecological restoration on projects throughout northern California as a former Restoration Specialist with Circuit Rider Productions and  independent contractor.  Before joining the Foundation in November of 2011, Brent was involved in multiple restoration projects and on-going vernal pool monitoring in the Laguna watershed, often in partnership with the Laguna Foundation.

Joey Robertson, Restoration Technician
joey@lagunafoundation.org

Anita Smith, Public Education Coordinator and Heron Hall Manager
xt. 110, anita@lagunafoundation.org
Anita joined the staff in spring 2012. Born and raised in the Laguna watershed, Anita’s lifelong love of nature and passion for environmental education first connected her with the Laguna Foundation as a docent and volunteer. She was a naturalist for the Kern Environmental Education Program, studied wildlife in Alaska with the Fish and Wildlife Service, and developed many successful public education programs as Executive Director of the Environmental Resource Center in Ketchum, Idaho. With a Master’s in Ecological Design for Sustainable Communities, a Bachelor’s in International Environmental Studies, and years as an evaluator for science education programs, Anita brings a depth and breadth of cross-cultural experience working with non-profits, schools, foundations, businesses, and agencies at local, national, and international levels.