LandPaths' Staff And Board

Staff | Emeritus | Board of Directors

LandPaths Staff

Craig Anderson,

Executive Director -707.544.7284 x112, Email Here
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Craig has been the Executive Director of LandPaths since 1997 and lives by the credo "can do." He is on the Steering Committee of the Bay Area Open Space Council, the speakers panel of the Center for Whole Communities in VT, and teaches workshops nationally focused on public engagement with conserved lands. He worked previously for the Nature Conservancy, the Yosemite Institute and as a guide and college instructor throughout the western US, Caribbean and in New Zealand. Craig is a dad, longboard surfer, holds an M.S. in ecology from Cal and plays music with the Healdsburg-based band Cahoots.

Lee Hackeling,

Mission and Strategic Director -707.544.7284 x102, Email Here
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Lee has been the Asst. Director of LandPaths since 1999, focusing her work on project development, grant writing and strategic planning. Her passion is the interface of people with nature, and is instrumental in LandPaths work in the more urban areas of the County. While living in NY, she worked as a joint employee of the Appalachian Mountain Club and the National Park Service's Rivers & Trails Conservation Assistance Program as lead Community Conservation Planner for the NY-NJ metropolitan area. Prior to this, she worked for NYC's Department of Environmental Protection doing community outreach and watershed planning, the Metropolitan Water District of So. Calif. & the Army Corps of Engineers.

Sheridan Rapolla,

Finance and Human Resources Director -707-544-7284 x101, Email Here
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Sheridan joined LandPaths in 2012, bringing a passion for non-profit work with over 15 years’ experience in non-profit administration.  She oversees the accounting, administrative and human resource functions.  She currently serves as the Facilitator for the Financial Managers’ Roundtable, a professional development group for non-profit finance staff.  In her free time she enjoys running, hiking, and attending the various recreational activities of her four crazy children. 

Omar Gallardo,

Outreach and Diversity Director -707-544-7284 x103, Email Here
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Omar joined LandPaths in 2012 to direct LandPaths continuing efforts to expand the diversity and relevance of its programs.  He grew up in Northern Sonoma County and received B.A. in History from Sonoma State University. While in college and upon graduation, he worked with migrant children in various schools in Sonoma County and during the summers as an outdoor educator and camp principal assistant with the California Mini-Corps Program at SSU. He has also worked as a Mental Health Client Specialist with youth and most recently, he was the Site Coordinator/ Lead Organizer for the Graton Day Labor Center. Omar is a local Aztec Dancer and teacher for Danza Azteca Xantotl in Santa Rosa.

Bree Benton Arthur,

In Our Own Backyard Manager -707.544.7284 x109, Email Here
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Bree joined LandPaths as Education Director of the award winning In Our Own Backyard education program in 2006. Previously she worked as a Summer Youth Crew Leader and Supervisor in Oregon and spent Oregon summers tracking lamprey in the Willamette River. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Bard College and an M.S. in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Environmental Ed. from Oregon State University. She loves water and can most often be found rowing on the Petaluma River, rafting on various California rivers, or soaking in hot springs with her husband and dogs.

Meg Hamill,

Field Programs Manager -707.544.7284 x110, Email Here
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Meg has been working at LandPaths since 2006 and has worn many hats within the organization over the years.  Having grown up on a rural, intentional community in Maine, Meg resonates deeply with LandPaths' work of connecting people to local landscapes and each other. Thanks to an adventuresome mother, who began annual family camping trips to Baxter State Park when Meg was not yet one year old, Meg brings to LandPaths a life-long reverence for the natural world and its abilities to transform, de-stress and inspire. Prior to LandPaths, Meg worked as a 2nd grade teacher with Teach For America, a Field Educator with Save The Bay and a Crew Leader for the Student Conservation Association.  At 19, Meg took a year off of school and hiked the Appalachian Trail.  She lives with her family at the foot of Annadel State Park and tries to spend two hours outdoors with her toddlers every day.

Erin Mullen,

Stewardship Manager -707.544.7284 x105, Email Here
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Erin joined LandPaths in 2013 as the Stewardship Coordinator.  Erin received a B.S. from UC Davis and a Masters in Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation Biology from San Francisco State University.  She has over 6 years of experience in conducting biological monitoring, habitat restoration, and environmental education both in governmental agencies and non-profits. When not working, Erin enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, backpacking, and biking.   She is excited to work in and steward open spaces in Sonoma County with LandPaths. 

Jessica Jones,

Database and IT Manager -707-544-7284 x108, Email Here
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Jessica joined LandPaths in 2013 as the IT and Database Coordinator and comes with experience in the non-profit sector working for Peninsula Community Foundation later to become Silicon Valley Community Foundation.  Jessica grew up hiking and horseback riding in the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park, Paramount Ranch and the surrounding areas in the northern tip of Los Angeles County but now lives in Santa Rosa and explores the beauty of Sonoma County.

Heather Knoll,

Field Programs Coordinator -707.544.7284 x107, Email Here
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Heather joined the LandPaths team in 2010.  Heather is passionate about empowering others to form deep and lasting connections with the world around them, to find comfort and ease in nature, and to find wholeness and healing from nature connection.  She currently coordinates LandPaths’ Public Outings Program and has led many outings around the county. She also coordinates LandPaths’ Volunteer Docent Program, a group of volunteers committed to engaging the public and caring for LandPaths’ Bohemia Ecological Preserve.  Before joining LandPaths team Heather worked as a Land Steward at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve, on the California coast studying population biology, and as an organic farmer.  When not exploring the hills and valleys of Sonoma County Heather spends her time tending her apple farm and feeding snails to her ducks.

Jessica Holloway,

Education Coordinator -707.544.7284 ext. 104, Email Here
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Jessica Holloway joined the LandPaths IOOBY team in 2012. A Sonoma County resident since she was one, Jessica counts herself lucky to live on and care take a beautiful Sonoma County Land Trust preserve. She has been working in the field of environmental education since she obtained her B.S. in Environmental Science in 2005 from Humboldt State University. After living abroad for three years, working as an environmental education volunteer for the Peace Corps Armenia, Jessica returned to the area. There is nothing she loves more than sharing a rainy day in the woods with friends and family.

Jonathan Bravo,

Bayer Farm Garden Coordinator -707.544.7284 x300, Email Here
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Jonathan Bravo has been dedicated to the field of education and involved in community action for many years.  He worked as a math teacher for 17 years in Mexico. Here in Santa Rosa, he has taught GED classes at the JC, worked in construction and served as a Spanish-speaking counselor with the Salvation Army. Currently, he works at Bayer Farm, where he can express part of his life philosophy, "what you seed you will harvest." In his free time, he directs the community group, Hispanic Christian Center. He is the father of three girls, and is married to Angeles Bravo. 

Nicolas Whitaker,

Bilingual Education Coordinator -707-544-7284 ext 301, Email Here
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Nicolas Whitaker was born and raised in coastal hills of Western Sonoma County, an environment which strongly shaped his connection with the natural world. Since completing his BA in environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2010, Nicolas has dedicated his time to working towards a more socially and environmentally equitable society. This quest has led him from working in the highlands of Southern Mexico, to the redwood forests of the north coast, to teaching and living aboard a tall-ship on the Hudson River in New York. When not at landpaths, Nicolas spends his time exploring wild places,  playing music , listening to records with friends, and growing food.

Mary Miyano,

Database and Administrative Assistant -707-544-7284 x100, Email Here
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Mary started at LP in August 2013, providing support for the day to day operations of the office.   She is a Sonoma County native.  She is a mother of two grown sons and recently became a grandmother.  Mary enjoys spending time outdoors and you will find her most mornings, walking her dog at Spring Lake Park.  

Guadalupe Casco,

Bilingual Field Programs Coordinator -707-544-7284 x111, Email Here
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Guadalupe Casco was born and raised in downtown Los Angeles where her interactions with nature and open spaces were limited. Throughout her childhood and her adolescence she seldom left the inner city due to financial limitations, until she left for college. She received her BA in Anthropology and Social and Behavioral Science from Cal State Monterey Bay. It wasn’t until then that she realized what she had been missing while growing up. Thus, one of her life’s passions is to create outing opportunities for children, much like herself—who otherwise would not have the chance to interact with nature in the early stages of life—while at the same time teaching academic skills to help them be lifelong learners. Before joining the Landpaths’s team, Guadalupe worked as an ethnographic researcher with different organizational entities in order to compile oral histories of people to better understand their communities and the community’s current social needs. 

LandPaths Staff Emeritus

Jonathan Glass, Operations & Field Programs Director

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With 10 years of service to LandPaths as both volunteer and staff member, Jonathan was dearly loved and an integral part of our team and family.  He oversaw the robust & diverse outings program and the public access and stewardship activities at the 3,373-acre Willow Creek unit of Sonoma Coast State Park, in addition to his boundless energy for social networking on behalf of LandPaths.  Jonathan’s strong conviction that all people should have the chance to connect to land where they live regardless of social station, culture and background meant a seamless fit with LandPaths mission and values.

LandPaths Board of Directors

Steven Woodside, Director

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Steven has over 40 years of public law experience, representing counties, cities and special districts. He was an attorney in the Santa Clara County Counsel's office from 1974-1998, the last ten years serving as the County Counsel. He moved to Sonoma County in 1999, where he served as County Counsel until his retirement in 2011.  He has successfully argued before the United States and California Supreme Courts and numerous appellate courts.  Steven is a 1973 graduate of the law school at the University of California at Berkeley. Steven joined the board of LandPaths in 2011, having been impressed by the work this organization does to expose people of all ages to the land, provide land stewardship services to public and private partners, and operate nature-based education programs to school children. He also served on the Board of the Golden Gate Tall Ship Society, which recently merged with Educational Tall Ship to provide shipbuilding and seafaring education programs on San Francisco Bay and beyond.  Steven came out of retirement in 2013 to serve as County Counsel for Marin County, where he currently spends the majority of his time.

Michael Ellis, Director

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Michael Ellis' goal in life is to excite and educate people about the rhythms of the natural world and biological processes, thereby stimulating an active participation in the protection of the valuable resources of the planet. By acting as a communication bridge between academicians and interested but untrained individuals, he hopes to make the world of science less threatening but still wondrous. His B.S. in Botany and Masters in Marine Biology are the foundation for his lifelong process of gathering information from travels throughout the natural world. From 1977 to 1981 Michael Ellis served as Executive Director of the Frontier Arts Institute at Slide Ranch. Ellis has been a regular KQED Perspectives commentator since 1987, Bay Nature Magazine columnist since the magazine's inception, and TV personality for Bay Nature on the Air. Michael Ellis leads trips around the world with Footloose Forays, a company he founded in 1983.

 

Beth Wyatt, Board President

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Beth Wyatt is a Financial Advisor with a love of the land and the food that grows on it. Beth has a deep commitment to creating opportunities for all people to connect with the land with the understanding that the connection is crucial to a healthy society.  It was through her leadership with Slow Food Russian River that she was introduced to LandPaths and its education preserve, historic Rancho Mark West.  

Tim Choate, Board Treasurer

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Tim is an outdoor enthusiast and active supporter of land conservation and educational programs.  In the for profit world, Tim has founded three successful companies in the Internet space and served on multiple boards.  In the non-profit world, Tim worked with his wife to start the Berkeley Playhouse, an acclaimed music theatre performance and educational organization, and save the historic Julia Morgan Center for the Arts in Berkeley, CA.  He and his wife founded the Imagination Foundation, which supports arts, education and environmental programs. He also served on the Board for Park Day School in Oakland and was on the marketing advisory committee for Sonoma Land Trust.  Mr. Choate holds a B.S.E degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Susan Shaw, Director

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Susan directed the development and organizing of the Graton Day Labor Center (Centro Laboral de Graton) from 2003 - 2008, and has served on the board since 2002. She has been a family therapist in community-based practice, teaching and training therapists in family therapy and Narrative Practice. Her focus on working with people who experience hardship, suffering and trauma. In 1995 she co-founded Narrative Training Associates, a non-profit group dedicated to organizing in the professional community for social justice.She was the recipient of the Activist of the Year Award from Community Action Partnership in 2007. Susan founded Sonoma County Single Payer Health Care Now, and led the Sonoma County campaign for Yes On 186, the Single Payer Health Care Initiative that was on the California Ballot in 2004. She also co-founded Sonoma County People for Democracy in Mexico. Susan took part in human rights investigations while living in Chiapas, Mexico during 1993 and 1994 in the wake of the Zapatista uprising. She campaigned for the defeat of the anti-immigrant Proposition 187, which led to the formation of Pueblos Unidos, an immigrants rights group that formed in the wake of 187's passage. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Peace and Justice Center where she worked on globalization issues. She was a member of the Alternatives to Violence Project, and for over two years she led workshops in San Quentin State Prison.

Naomi Ramsden, Board Secretary

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A lawyer with a passion for fly fishing, Naomi Ramsden joined the LandPaths board in 2015. In her legal career she has worked in legal aid, as a family lawyer, as a housing and property lawyer, as a general practice lawyer, and as general counsel and chief compliance officer for several investment advisory firms. Naomi recently moved from the Bay Area to Healdsburg and at that time sought to make a connection with an organization she thought could make a positive difference in Sonoma County.  LandPaths matched her goal perfectly.  Naomi is delighted to be a member of the Board of Directors, despite the fact that she really doesn’t like to hike all that much.