LandPaths' Staff And Board

Staff | Emeritus | Board of Directors

LandPaths Staff

Craig Anderson,

Executive Director -707.544.7284 x112, Email Here

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

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

Sheridan joined LandPaths in 2012, bringing a passion for nonprofit 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 nonprofit finance staff.  In her free time she enjoys running, hiking, and attending the various recreational activities of her four crazy children. 

Omar Gallardo,

New Audiences Manager -707-544-7284 x103, Email Here

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.

Jesica Rodriguez ,

Bilingual Field Specialist -707.544.7284 x107 , Email Here

Jesica joined LandPaths in the summer of 2018. She was raised in Shasta County, and grew up with love for rural and wild spaces. She received her B.A from Sonoma State Univeristy in Environmental Studies in Planning with an emphasis in biological conservation and restoration. As a student and naturalist for SSU's Center for Environmental inquiry, she was able to encourage environmental exploration within her peers and school children through educational outings. She is committed to creating opportunities for local communities to connect to land and natural resources. She enjoys gardening and exploring native plants in her spare time.

Erin Mullen,

Stewardship Lead -707.544.7284 x105, Email Here

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 Lead -707-544-7284 x108, Email Here

Jessica learned to love the outdoors growing up in the Santa Monica mountains hiking, camping and horseback riding. When not working as the IT and Database manager for LandPaths she explores the beauty of Sonoma county and enhances her millinery techniques.

Jessica Holloway,

Inspired Forward and Camps Lead -707.544.7284 ext. 104, Email Here

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,

Community Garden Specialist -707.544.7284 x300

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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 Stewardship Specialist -707-544-7284 ext 301, Email Here

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.

Guadalupe Casco,

Bilingual Field Specialist -707-544-7284 x111

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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. 

Emmett Hopkins,

Community Care Manager -7075447284 ext 114, Email Here

Emmett Hopkins is a lifelong resident of Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, and delighted to join the LandPaths team. Emmett is dedicated to leaving a healthier earth to future generations. After completing a master’s degree from Stanford’s Earth Systems program, he held various sustainability-oriented jobs before returning to his family’s farm to start a diversified, organic vegetable program.

Emmett has spent the last ten years managing the community-supported-agriculture program at Foggy River Farm - coordinating volunteers, and generally connecting people from all walks of life with the land. He now lives in Forestville with his family, including two daughters who are fourth-generation farm girls.  Love and reverence for nature have been deeply ingrained in him from a young age, and he feels privileged to work with LandPaths to help bring this same love and reverence to countless people in Sonoma County.

Leilani Clark ,

Communications Lead -707.544.7284, ext. 119 , Email Here

Leilani joined LandPaths in August 2018. Before becoming a full-time writer and editor, she worked as a public school teacher on the Navajo Nation and later in East Oakland. A former staff writer at the North Bay Bohemian, Leilani's food and culture writing has been published at Mother Jones, The Guardian, Civil Eats, The Press Democrat, Eater, and many other publications. She grew up in Hawaii and Los Angeles, and lived in San Diego for over a decade. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from University of California San Diego and a Master of Arts in Writing and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She lives in downtown Santa Rosa with her husband and daughter and loves to garden, play ukulele with friends, do yoga, read, and walk as much as possible. 

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Jamie Nakama,

Youth Program Manager -707.544.7284, ext. 115, Email Here

Jamie’s deep passion for re-connecting children to nature was cultivated at the Hawaii Nature Center where she spent the past 18 years teaching, developing, and managing experiential, place-based, environmental education programs for children and families. Since 2001, she held various positions from Environmental Educator to Education Program Manager and Curriculum Specialist. Jamie is the proud recipient of the 2018 Award for “Outstanding Service to Environmental Education” from the North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE) for her nearly 2 decades of dedicated service in mentorship, leadership and training of environmental educators in Hawaii. She also has extensive experience working with children and adults with specials needs as well as with at-risk youth.

Jamie moved to the North Bay in 2016 and served on the LandPaths Board of Directors before coming on as staff in August 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Individualized Studies (pre-med/life sciences focus) from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in Ecological Anthropology from the University of Hawaii.  Her passion for teaching spans all age levels and includes over 10 years of experience teaching biological and cultural anthropology at the college level. Her classes always include a focus on critical blend of indigenous knowledge and modern science in the context of climate change and sustainability. Jamie is also a professional dancer and yoga instructor in her spare time.

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LandPaths Staff Emeritus

Jonathan Glass, Operations & Field Programs Director


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

Beth Wyatt, Board President


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


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.

Naomi Ramsden, Board Secretary


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.   

Steven Woodside, Director


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


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.


Susan Shaw, Director


Susan Shaw, is the co-director of the North Bay Organizing Project. Founded in 2010, NBOP unites people to build leadership and grassroots power for social, economic, racial and environmental justice. Susan directed the Graton Day Labor Center (Centro Laboral de Graton) from 2003 - 2008, and served on the board from 2002 - 2016. She was the state director of Gamaliel of California from 2012-2018 with four affiliate member organizations across the state and is founding Executive Director of the North Bay Organizing Project. Susan is currently Board Chair of Meridian University. Raised in Singapore and Ohio, the mother of a son and daughter, Susan lives outside Graton, CA.

Richard Power, Director


Richard Power is at tax attorney and a founding member of Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross LLP, where his practice focuses on financing of affordable housing.  A graduate of LSR 16, he has served on numerous nonprofit boards in Sonoma County as well serving as president of the Rotary Club of Sebastopol. An outdoor enthusiast, biker, river runner and traveler by rail, Richard has lived for the past 25 years in Sebastopol with his wife, Trish whom he met on a river trip through the Grand Canyon.  His children and grandchildren also live in West County where both children are organic farmers. 

Craig Hazel, Director


Craig Hazel is a Partner with B2B CFO®. Originally from Denver, Craig was drawn to LandPaths given its focus on both land and people.  He was a founding member of Christmas in April - Atlanta, a non-profit which rebuilds homes for elderly, disabled and disadvantaged homeowners.  Craig is a pilot and resides in Petaluma with his wife and two daughters.