Solano RCD Staff
Chris Rose, Executive Director
Chris has fifteen years of experience implementing and managing restoration projects in the Sacramento Valley. Chris gained his first habitat restoration experience while working with Hedgerow Farms in the mid-nineties. Since then, Chris has managed and implemented habitat restoration projects for the Yolo County Resource Conservation District, Colusa County Resource Conservation District and was the Habitat Restoration Program Manager for Audubon California’s Landowner Stewardship Program for seven years. He now serves as the Executive Director for Solano RCD. Chris is a current board member of the Putah Creek Council and is a former president of the California Native Grasslands Association. Chris graduated from UC Davis in 1995 with a degree in political science with an emphasis in environmental studies and planning and a minor in natural resources.
Judy Powell, Office Manager
Judy serves as the bookkeeper for Solano RCD. Her responsibilities also include coordinating payroll with Solano County, maintaining personnel records, and taking minutes for the Solano RCD Board of Directors’ meetings. She maintains Solano RCD’s website and helps coordinate the biannual Native Plant Sale. Prior to joining Solano RCD in 2006, Judy worked for Farm Service Agency and has extensive contacts with the local agricultural community.
Katherine Holmes, Restoration Program Manager
Katherine manages and implements a wide diversity of restoration programs for Solano RCD. She works with a variety of public and private partners to eradicate invasive weeds, propagate and install native plants, design and install irrigation systems, and monitor program success. Her projects have included riparian corridor enhancement, on-farm conservation (hedgerows and wildlife ponds), and rangeland weed control. She chairs the Solano County Weed Management Area and the Putah Creek Discovery Corridor. As the Lower Sacramento River Watershed Coordinator, Katherine provides conservation planning services and weed control advice to interested landowners in the eastern half of the county. Katherine has worked for Solano RCD since 2007; prior to that she worked for six years in resource management for California State Parks and eight years in recycling coordination for the city of Manteca. Katherine holds a BS in Botany from CSU Stanislaus and a PhD in Ecology from UC Davis.
Amy King, Watershed Project Manager
Amy has worked for Solano RCD since July 2008 and manages a variety of projects that aim to involve landowners in creating wildlife habitat, controlling erosion and improving water quality on their land. She is a Watershed Coordinator and conservation planner for the western half of the County, and manages a Small Grant program for flood control, a mitigation site on Rindler Creek, and a community-based restoration program for high school students and adult volunteers. Her previous work experience includes running a small landscaping business, conducting research on nutrient cycling in cover cropped vineyards, conducting research on the interactions of climate change, water quality and agricultural practices, and environmental outreach on climate change and sustainable agriculture at UC Davis. She earned a BA in Biology from UC Santa Cruz in 1997 and an MS in Ecology from UC Davis in 2003.
Marianne Butler, Environmental Education Program Manager
Marianne has thirteen years of experience as a watershed educator with a focus on multi-cultural and disadvantaged students. For Solano RCD she works in collaboration with myriad partners to plan, implement, administer, and coordinate environmental education programs for adults and students while monitoring performance measures. She also convenes and chairs quarterly meetings for the Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership and manages a summer intern program. Furthermore, she has been successful at developing funding partnerships with local agencies in order to sustain and expand her education programs and soliciting and fostering committed program volunteers. Marianne holds a BA in Education and an MS in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Sustainability.
Andrea Mummert Puccini, Conservation Project Manager
Andrea has twelve years of experience in conservation and natural resources management. Since coming to Solano RCD in 2006, she has managed a variety of projects focused on restoring and enhancing native plant communities and wildlife habitat on private and public lands. She also manages the RCD’s water quality improvement programs, including efforts to implement Best Management Practices on agricultural lands and coordinating the Dixon-Solano RCD Water Quality Coalition, which assists irrigated agricultural producers in complying with regional and state water quality regulations. Before coming to Solano RCD, Andrea held positions with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, the California Resources Agency, and the California Department of Fish and Game. She was awarded a BA in English and Biology from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland in 1996 and a MS in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech in 2001.
Miles Daprato - Restoration Project Manager
Michael Gordon - Restoration Project Manager
Kathleen Robins, Watershed Project Manager and Consultant
Kathleen Robins has been a consultant to Solano RCD since 2001, specializing in watershed coordination, funding development, and project evaluation. She currently works as a watershed coordinator for the Suisun North Watershed. In that capacity she provides outreach, grant writing, and evaluation support for our K-12 outdoor watershed education program, coordinates the Welcome to the Watershed program, and manages the Laurel–Ledgewood Creek Watershed Assessment and Management Plan program. She is the editor of the Lay of the Land, Solano RCD’s quarterly newsletter, and has written numerous documents and outreach materials for Solano RCD and its partners. She holds a BA from UC Davis in English and Art.
Duc Jones, Restoration TechnicianDuc joined Solano RCD in July 2008 and is responsible for installing native plants and irrigation systems, stabilizing stream banks, and controlling invasive species. Duc is a certified heavy equipment operator, and has experience in erosion control, farm and ranch cleanup, and large scale native grass seeding. He also has experience with fixing and maintaining equipment. Prior to joining Solano RCD, Duc owned his own business specializing in custom home remodels. Duc is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, where he was an Aviation Structural Mechanic specializing in troubleshooting and fixing diesel engines. Duc has AS degrees from Butte College in Ag/Natural Resources and Parks and Recreation.
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