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 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 oversees project timelines, budgets, and contractors, facilitates project planning, and performs public outreach. 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, CA, 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.
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 was born and raised in South Louisiana. She received a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Anthropology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. During her time in college, she researched community impacts from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill in small communities along the Louisiana coastline. She also interned with the U.S. Geological Survey at Wetland and Aquatic Research Center where she helped map project sites for several state and federal coastal restoration projects. She loves hiking, camping, fly-fishing, and is very excited to experience the environment and people of the beautiful Plumas County. Email Kaily.
Social Science Research Associate
Kyle is responsible for managing the Sierra Institute’s work facilitating the Sierra to California All-Lands Enhancement, a network of collaborative groups working on forest management issues, and the organization’s Rural Community Development Initiative focusing on rebuilding capacity in forest communities across California. Previously, Kyle worked with the Sierra Institute on a range of projects from watershed coordination to youth programming. He is excited to return to Indian Valley after a break to pursue a graduate degree in Tennessee, where he studied collaborative approaches to community development and conservation under the Endangered Species Act. Kyle’s background also includes working with the US National Park Service in North Carolina and a non-profit in the Upstate region of South Carolina. 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 the Sierra to California All Lands Enhancement (SCALE) Program and the Rural and Community Development Initiative. Email Lauren.
Social Science Research Associate
Although born and raised in Washington DC, Lauren has always been drawn to the mountains and rural life. Most of her free time has been spent outdoors – climbing, hiking, biking, and exploring new regions. Lauren 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. She is excited to be part of such a wonderful organization and to continue pursuing her research interests as a Social Science Research Associate at the Sierra Institute. Email Lauren.
Ramsey looks forward to supporting the communities of Plumas County. Originally from Southern California, she came to love the Sierra Nevada throughout her childhood and no matter how far she travels she is always drawn back to the Sierra for its ecology and culture. While attending San Francisco State University, she received a B.A. in Holistic and Ecological Wellness through Recreation. Learning and working with diverse communities there gave her the foundation for continuing a career in wellness, community accountability and ecological stewardship. You can find her foraging for edibles and medicinals in the forest with her family. Email Ramsey.
Summer Natural Resource Restoration Intern
Taylor, Quincy California native, recently graduated from Feather River college where she received her AS in Biology. In the fall she plans on transferring to Humboldt State University where she will join the rowing team and pursue a degree in wildlife biology. After completing her schooling, Taylor hopes to join the Peace Corps and share her love and passion for science and the outdoors with others. In her spare time Taylor enjoys fishing, backpacking, and hiking with her dog Abby. Aside from a love for being in the outdoors, she also enjoys painting and photography.
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.
High School Summer Garden Intern
Lillian Henderson is a current senior at Greenville High School and also takes classes at Feather River College. She is very excited about being a summer intern, especially for Sierra Institute and the High School because not only is it an amazing opportunity for work experience and referencing in a resume, but she also loves being with nature and caring for plants. Lily has her own “wee garden” at home; in her free time she tends and cares for her garden and also bakes, experimentally, and meditates through yoga. She is very excited about this opportunity and chance to work and help Sierra Institute care for the environment and the High School care and maintain a productive garden.
High School Summer Garden Intern
Emma Sordi will be entering 11th grade at Greenville High School. She is excited about being a summer intern because she recently planted her own garden and wants to learn more about them. Emma’s favorite thing about being in the garden/outside is being able to see all the things you can grow in one space. In her free time, Emma likes to tend to her own garden and read by the lake.
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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