David Bannister 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.
Director of Education Programs
Christine Fontaine 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.
Director of Restoration and Conservation Science Programs
John Guardino 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.
Maggie Hart joined the Foundation staff in July 2005. Her background in nonprofit administration includes working for the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, San Francisco's Friends of the Urban Forest and Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center. Maggie holds an undergraduate degree in Ecology from Evergreen State University.
Nancy Hauptmann 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.
Conservation Science Program Manager
Meghan Parish joined the Foundation staff in May 2012. Meghan earned her Bachelors of Science at Sonoma State University with an emphasis in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation. Currently, she is also working to complete her Masters degree in Biology at SSU. For her research, she is interested in finding the most practical and efficient ways of meeting land management goals, such as controlling exotic plant species, while also supporting and promoting native plant communities. Meghan’s appreciation for the Laguna stems back to her time as a student and as a life-long resident of the North Bay. She is thrilled to be working for an organization that shares her dedication to preserving, restoring, and enhancing the area’s natural resources.
Restoration Project Supervisor
Brent Reed'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.