LandPaths' Staff And Board

Staff | Emeritus | Board of Directors

LandPaths Staff

Craig Anderson,

Executive Director -707.544.7284 x14, 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,

Assistant Director -707.544.7284 x20, 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.

Bree Benton Arthur,

In Our Own Backyard Education Director -707.544.7284 x13, 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.

Sheridan Rapolla,

Finance and Human Resources Director -707-544-7284 x24, Email Here
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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.

Omar Gallardo,

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

Heather Knoll,

Field Programs Coordinator -707.544.7284 x17, Email Here
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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.

Mary Miyano,

Database and Administrative Assistant -707-544-7284 x10, 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.  

Erin Mullen,

Stewardship Coordinator -707.544.7284 x23, 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. 

Jonathan Bravo,

Bayer Farm Garden Coordinator -707.544.7284 x25, 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. 

Jessica Jones,

IT and Database Coordinator -707-544-7284 x19, 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.

Jessica Holloway,

Education Assistant -707.544.7284, Email Here
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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
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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.

Beth Sabo,

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

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

David Hansen, Director

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Bio to come soon

Melanie Gallagher, Director

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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

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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.

Beth Wyatt, Director

Beth Wyatt is a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley 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.  Prior to joining the LandPaths Board of Directors, Beth nominated LandPaths to attend as one of 7 conservation organizations in July, 2013 Morgan Stanley's 'national land trust college' seminar in Princeton, NJ.  

Tim Choate, Director

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.