Financial Manager, P-CREW Assistant Coordinator, Youth Recreation Coordinator
For the past 30 years, Amy has led outdoor education and leadership training trips throughout the U.S., including the Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska. At the Sierra Institute, she co-coordinates the summer P-CREW internship program and was instrumental in the development of the Greenville Outdoor Adventure Learning and Friday Night for Teens programs. In addition to the diverse experience in outdoor leadership programming Amy brings to our youth programs, she has also served as the financial manager for the organization since 1998. In her spare time, you can find Amy hiking with her dogs, working diligently in her garden, and serving as the community mom to the youth of Indian Valley. Email Amy
Ashley Graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Agronomy (Soil Science and Environmental Quality) and minored in Geology. She came to California in 2011 where she participated in a conservation corps for over a year and a half and fell in love with the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the corps life. Since, she has been a youth crew leader for two different organizations and is incredibly excited to help others have a positive experience living and working in the mountains while connecting with nature. Email Ashley.
Biomass Program Associate
Camille leads the Sierra Institute’s biomass program—an effort to improve forest health and spur economic development in Plumas County through creation of outlets for woody biomass. She works with contractors and community stakeholders to advance project planning and development. She received her BS in Environmental Science and Resource Management from the University of Washington, where she was fortunate enough to study and work among the vast old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. A native of Fairfax, California, Camille enjoys exploring the outdoors and is delighted to be a resident of the beautiful Indian Valley. Email Camille
Natural Resources and Sierra Fellows Programs
Courtney is an East Coast native who fell in love with California in 2009. She has a Master’s Degree in Ecology from Colorado State University, and has spent a number of field seasons in Northern CA doing plant ecology. She loves hiking, biking, and enjoying the outdoors, particularly with her dog, Ipa. Courtney is excited to help launch Sierra Institute’s new Sierra Fellows Program, and enjoys connecting with the communities and watersheds of Plumas County in her project work. Courtney also works to advance the Natural Resource Program at Greenville High School, and is developing natural resource-based education modules for use in local classrooms and field settings. Email Courtney
Natural Resources Social Science Assistant
John grew up in Milwaukee, WI and received a B.S. in Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. While living in Minnesota, John cultivated a love for all-weather biking, camping, and travel. John has spent time researching the impacts of forest management on vulnerable bat species in Minnesota, as well as the role of forest certification programs in protecting habitat. John is excited about all the new people and experiences he will encounter throughout his time in Taylorsville. Email John
Jonathan is the founder and Executive Director of Sierra Institute for Community and Environment. He received a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Sociology and Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a visiting scholar and instructor before launching the Sierra Institute. He received his Masters Degree in Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Jonathan and the Sierra Institute focuses work at the intersection of community health and well-being and environmental health and sustainability. For the past five years, Jonathan and Sierra Institute have been exploring and advancing ways to utilize biomass (woody renewables). Jonathan’s research focuses on social indicator use and evaluation, community well-being and assessment, and community-based group processes. Email Jonathan
Natural Resource Social Science Assistant
Kaily assists various research initiatives with Sierra Institute’s social science team. Working primarily on the Department of Conservation Watershed Program Assessment, she helps conduct case study research that will lead to a better understanding of collaborative watershed management and watershed coordination efforts throughout the state. As she continues to develop great passion for water-related issues in the state of California, Kaily is excited to see how Sierra Institute’s research will inform future initiatives. A native of South Louisiana and with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Kaily has previously spent time researching community impacts from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and helped map various state and federal coastal restoration sites with the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center. In her free time, Kaily enjoys cooking, fly-fishing, and exploring the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains. Email Kaily.
Social Science Research Associate
At Sierra Institute, Kyle manages our work with a growing network of collaborative groups working on forest management issues across California, and rural development efforts focused on rebuilding capacity in forest communities across California. Kyle brings a diverse background to this work that includes surveying hemlock trees and monitoring bog turtles on the Blue Ridge Parkway, studying human dimensions of endangered species conservation planning across the Southeast, and prior work at the Sierra Institute on a range of projects from watershed coordination to youth programming. When he isn’t at the office, you might find him coaching youth soccer or hiking with his wife and dog. Kyle holds a BS in Conservation Biology from Clemson University and a MS in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Tennessee. Email Kyle.
Natural Resource Social Science Assistant
Lauren is from Fort Collins, Colorado and received her MS in Conservation Leadership from Colorado State University. Her thesis research focused on Traditional Ecological Knowledge and local forest product use among farmers in Western Uganda. She also served as an agroforestry volunteer in the Peace Corps in Senegal and has a background in environmental education. At the Sierra Institute, Lauren works with Sierra to California All Lands Enhancement (SCALE), Disadvantaged Community Involvement, and the Rural and Community Development Initiative. In her free time, she volunteers with the local high school and is trying to find the best backcountry campsite in the Northern Sierras. Lauren always has a book and never turns down a trip to the coast. Email Lauren.
Social Science Research Associate
Lauren manages the Department of Conservation Watershed Program Assessment, a retroactive study examining the effectiveness of watershed grants across California, as well as the Department of Water Resources Disadvantaged Communities Involvement Program, a program that assesses water-related needs in underserved and underrepresented communities across the eastern Sierra. Most of her free time is spent outdoors – climbing, hiking, biking, and exploring new regions. Lauren has earned undergraduate degrees in International Studies and Environmental Studies, with a minor in Spanish, at the University of North Carolina. She moved to Bellingham, Washington in 2009 to attend the Huxley College of the Environment, receiving an MS in Geography, Natural Resource Management, and Conservation. For her thesis research, she studied rural community involvement in the management of the bi-national La Amistad International Park in Costa Rica and Panama. Currently, Lauren is a PhD candidate at the University of New Brunswick studying the social dimensions of public land management in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Email Lauren.
Ramsey is an outdoor educator and pragmatic mystic. As the office administrator, she supports all operations including staff, programs, communications and development. Ramsey is excited to help share Sierra Institute’s stories of success and lessons learned while increasing interest of locals and tourists alike in SI’s current projects. After receiving a BA in Holistic and Ecological Wellness through Recreation from San Francisco State University and traveling the Pacific, Ramsey came home to the Lost Sierra. She enjoys using her hands, working with earth, using experiential education to develop courage and plans on continuing a career in wellness, community accountability and ecological stewardship.When she is not behind screens, she is tending young ones named Calliope and Guy with her partner Brad. Email Ramsey.
Natural Resource Education and Recreation Intern
Kira graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington with degrees in biology and chemistry. She fell in love with the outdoors during her first backpacking trip on the Olympic Peninsula. For the past two years, Kira has been working to support outdoor education courses with Outward Bound California near Yosemite and Joshua Tree. Her captivation with the Sierra Nevada landscape and interest in conservation bring her to Sierra Institute, where she is excited to support the environment and community.
Natural Resource Social Science Intern
Leana grew up in southern California and has had the pleasure of exploring much of the state, be it the coast, the Mojave and Sonoran deserts, or every end of the Sierra Nevada. She recently graduated from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies with a Master’s of Environmental Science, focusing on physical watershed processes and field forestry. Leana is eager to apply her experience to pressing issues in her home state by assisting the Sierra Institute with both the Sierra to California All-Lands Enhancement (SCALE) Program and the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI).
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