The Laguna Foundation Board and Staff will welcome Kevin Munroe to the team this August.
The Laguna Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Kevin Munroe, a conservation leader from Fairfax County, Virginia, will assume the position of Executive Director at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation on August 3rd, 2015.
Kevin developed his passion as a naturalist in early childhood and subsequently transformed this interest into a rich career that includes conservation resource management, restoration, and environmental education.
Among his recent accomplishments has been leading a 50-acre wetland restoration project within Huntley Meadows Park, a well-known park in Fairfax County's Potomac River Watershed, roughly 12 miles NE of Washington, D.C. In his diverse career, Kevin has excelled in building community partnerships, diversifying fundraising activities, and working with a variety of public and private agencies that include the Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Services, the Audubon Society, and more.
"His passion for the natural world and his proven record of bringing various stakeholders together with positive results is impressive," says Raini Sugg, Board President.Opportunities for the public to meet and get to know Kevin Munroe are currently being planned. Click here to watch a recent interview with Kevin where he gives a brief introduction and example of a project he supervised.
Adrienne Gause, Office Manager
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Adrienne Gause joined the Foundation staff in July of 2013. She has a long background working with local and international non-profits annual fundraising campaigns, advertising, and project management working with Children's Hunger Relief Fund, African American Self-Help Foundation, and Giving Hands. Adrienne joined the Foundation as an intern from Sonoma State University in the spring of 2013 and helped shape the first administrative internship. She 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.
Nancy Hauptmann, Administrative Assistant
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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.
Maggie Hart, Programs Assistant
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Maggie 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.
Bev Scottland, Director of Development
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Bev joined the Laguna Foundation in July 2014. She comes to us with 30 years of fundraising experience. She is highly skilled in directing and executing capital and annual giving campaigns, as well as membership, and planned giving programs. Her most recent position was as Development Director for the Sonoma Land Trust where she raised over $26 million for land conservation. Prior to that, she designed and completed an $8 million capital campaign to build the Sonoma Humane Society’s Adoption Center. Bev has lived in Sebastopol for 16 years and is thrilled to be part of enhancing the Laguna Foundation’s ability to secure a sustainable funding source of private capital. The part of fundraising she enjoys most is major gifts because it is where you provide people with the opportunity to make high-impact contributions that can transform local communities.
Christine Fontaine, Director of Education Programs
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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.
Anita Smith, Public Education Coordinator and Heron Hall Manager
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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.
Wendy Trowbridge, Director of Restoration and Conservation Science Programs
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Wendy became our new Director of Restoration and Conservation Programs in January 2015. She is a wetland plant ecologist who has worked in a variety of systems from the Sacramento River to Ruby Lakes in Northern Nevada to rangelands in Western China . She got her PhD at UC Davis as part of a multidisciplinary study of riparian restoration on The Nature Conservancy’s Cosumnes River Preserve. For the last 10 years she has been research faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno where her research focused on invasive species, wetland communities and aquatic food webs. In addition to her academic experience she has taught environmental education, run a native plant nursery, and volunteered counting hawks for the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. She is excited to work with Brent and Hattie to tackle such difficult challenges as invasive species, water quality impairment, and endangered species while looking for opportunities for restoration and conservation of our existing resources.
Brent Reed, Restoration Projects Supervisor
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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.
Hattie Brown, Conservation Science Program Manager
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Aaron Nuñez, Restoration Technician II
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.
Paul Weber, Restoration Technician
Paul’s first experience with the Laguna Foundation was through the restoration internship program where he quickly learned that the Laguna de Santa Rosa Watershed and its unique ecology was something that he wanted to be a part of. His internship lasted from the winter of 2013 until the summer of 2014. Subsequently Paul was offered a seasonal position as a restoration technician which he gladly accepted. Paul is now a recent graduate from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and Planning with a concentration in Conservation and Restoration and a minor in Geography. Now that he works full-time for the Laguna Foundation, Paul is eager to dedicate his new career to the betterment of the Laguna Watershed and maintain the connections he has made within it.