LandPaths' Staff And Board

Staff | Emeritus | Board of Directors

LandPaths Staff

Craig Anderson,

Executive Director -707.544.7284 x14, 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,

Assistant Director -707.544.7284 x20, 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.

Rebecca Abbruzzese,

Parks & Preserves Director -707.544.7284 x16, Email Here

Rebecca has been working with LandPaths since 2005. She currently oversees LandPaths' volunteer program including 5 Volunteer Patrols on properties owned by the District and CA State Parks. She also coordinates the Friends of the Grove chapter, a dedicated group of volunteers committed to stewarding and caring for LandPaths' Grove of Old Trees Preserve. Rebecca regularly leads outings and stewardship projects.

Bree Benton Arthur,

IOOBY Director -707.544.7284 x13, Email Here

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.

Jonathan Bravo,

Bayer Farm Garden Coordinator -707.544.7284 x25, Email Here

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. 

Heather Knoll,

Field Programs Coordinator -707.544.7284 x17, Email Here

Heather has been working with LandPaths since 2010. 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, and permit orientations at the Willow Creek Addition to Sonoma Coast State Park.  Heather’s background includes research in the field of population biology, experience in land stewardship, environmental education, and organic farming.

Jessica Holloway,

Education Assistant -707.544.7284, Email Here

Jessica Holloway joined the LandPaths IOOBY team in 2012. She also works as ropes course facilitator in Occidental and 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 StateUniversity. A Sonoma County native, Jessica returned to the area after living in Armenia as an environmental education volunteer for the  Peace Corps from 2006 to 2008. There is nothing she loves more than sharing a rainy day in the woods with friends.

Meg Hamill,

Communications & Field Programs Coordinator -707.544.7284 x15, Email Here

Meg began working at LandPaths in 2006 as an instructor with the LandPaths' In Our Own Backyard program. She currently works as the Summer Camp Director for LandPaths' Owl Camp--a nature-based day camp that piloted its first year with grand success in 2010.  Meg also works as a bilingual Field Programs Assistant, leading public outings around the county, as well as permit orientations at Taylor Mountain and the Willow Creek Addition to Sonoma Coast State Park. Prior to working at LandPaths, Meg was employed as an outdoor instructor with Save the Bay and The Student Conservation Association.

Sheridan Rapolla,

Finance and Human Resources Director -707-544-7284 x24, Email Here
Sheridan joined LandPaths in 2012 and brings over 15 years’ experience in
non-profit administration, most recently employed as the general manager of a
local non-profit. As the Finance Director she is tasked with the responsibility of
our accounting, administrative and human resource functions. In her free time
she enjoys running, spending time outdoors, and attending the various sporting
activities of her three children.

Autumn Summers,

Occasional Outings Leader, Email Here

Autumn Summers started at LandPaths in October 2005 as part of LandPaths' In Our Own Backyard education team. As a Field Programs Assistant, she has led dozens of outings and permit program orientations. She brings 15 years of outdoor education and leadership experience which includes teaching for the California School of Herbal Studies, Sonoma State University and the Santa Rosa Junior College.

Beth Sabo,

Education Coordinator -707-544-7284 x18, Email Here

Beth signed on as Assistant Education Director in 2012, lending a hand to LandPaths’ In Our Own Backyard and Owl Camp programs. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of the natural world with kids of all ages, and seeks to excite the naturalist inside us all. Beth earned a BA in Biology from Sonoma State University in 2008 and has a wealth of local experience in ecological conservation. Previous adventures include serving as Assistant Preserve Manager at Pepperwood Preserve, assisting with re-vegetation and invasive species removal efforts at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, and studying the dispersal dynamics of Sudden Oak Death throughout California’s wildlands.

Omar Gallardo,

Outreach and Diversity Director -707-544-7284 x11, 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.

Erin Mullen,

Stewardship Coordinator -707.544.7284 x23, 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. 

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

David Hansen, Director


David Hansen is the former General Manager of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. Under his watch the SCAPOSD, from its genesis in 1990, has become one of the most successful open space districts in the country. David now works as a consultant for the Marin Open Space District. He lives with his family in Windsor.

Bruce Kinnison, Director


Bruce, a longtime mountain person with many ties to the Sierra Nevada, is a retired Sonoma County Chief Deputy Public Defender. He has been an active LandPaths volunteer, especially at Willow Creek where he has an intimate knowledge of the trails and many of the culverts. He lives with his wife Connie in Santa Rosa.

Steve Meacham, Director


Steve is a former marketing consultant who is now dedicating his business skills to LandPaths in a variety of projects. He and his wife Christine have frequented LandPaths outings and workdays for the last several years.

Gordon Stewart, Director


Gordon Stewart is a software engineer who has dedicated much of his time in recent years to philanthropic pursuits through his and his wife's Acorn Fund, administered through SCCF. Gordon is a tireless volunteer at LandPaths outings, bicycling events for various organizations and at practically every known northern California acoustic music festival.

Joan Vilms, Board Chair


Joan Vilms, a resident of Santa Rosa, CA, has been a land use planner, consultant, and open space broker for 30 years. Working for land trusts, public agencies, attorneys and families, she negotiates agreements that permanently protect natural and managed resource lands. She is regarded as a national authority on conservation easements and other land-saving transactions.

Steven Woodside, Director


Bio to come soon

Melanie Gallagher, Director


Ms. Gallagher currently holds the position of Procure to Pay Compliance Manager at Intuit, Inc. where she has also worked as an Internal Audit Leader and Senior Finance Manager.  Prior to Intuit, Ms. Gallagher held a number of Senior Finance positions at Apple Computer, Visa International, and KPMG.  Ms. Gallagher is an active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in California, an ISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and an Institute of Internal Auditors Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Ms. Gallagher earned her BS with honors from the University of North Florida.

Michael Ellis, Director


As well as leading his own natural history forays, Michael also guides trips for a number of Bay Area organizations. 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. He is a regular contributor to the KQED-FM Perspective Series.