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Solano RCD Staff

Chris Rose

Chris Rose

Executive Director
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Chris has twenty-five 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 California Association of Resource Conservation Districts and is a former president of the California Native Grasslands Association. Chris graduated from UC Davis with a degree in political science with an emphasis in environmental studies and planning and a minor in natural resources.


Katherine Holmes

Katherine Holmes

Deputy Executive Director
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Katherine oversees Solano RCD’s habitat restoration team and heads up the organizations’ annual budget process on the administrative side of things. Katherine also enjoys working outdoors and manages a couple of the RCD’s restoration projects at Lake Solano Park and the City of Dixon’s Pond C. Her past projects have included riparian and wetland restoration, on-farm conservation (hedgerows and wildlife ponds), and rangeland weed control. 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 Biology/Botany from CSU Stanislaus and a PhD in Ecology from UC Davis.


Caitlyn Morrissey

Caitlyn Morrissey

Office Manager
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Caitlyn has worked for Solano RCD since 2016. She wears many hats for the RCD including office manager, bookkeeper and Board Clerk for the Solano RCD Board of Directors. Her responsibilities also include coordinating payroll with Solano County, maintaining personnel records and general office management. Caitlyn joined the RCD team with over 10 years of experience in various office settings. Born and raised in Solano County, she loves that the RCD gives so much back to the community she calls home. Caitlyn earned a BA in History from UC Santa Barbara in 2011.


Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis

Restoration Project Manager 
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Elizabeth graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2018 with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. In 2016 she started assisting with ecological restoration along the California Central Coast at Younger Lagoon Reserve of the UC Natural Reserve system. While beginning her work ecological restoration, she has worked for two different plant ecology labs at UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis where she assisted in research on an invasive legume of the Pacific Northwest, plant fungal interactions, and species coexistence patterns along the California Coast. As one of the newer members of the Solano RCD team she is eager to learn more about ecological restoration practices, Solano county flora and fauna, and forming successful partnerships with local land owners and public entities.


Amy King

Amy King

Watershed Project Manager
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Amy has worked for Solano RCD since July 2008 and manages a variety of projects that aim to involve landowners, farmers and ranchers in creating wildlife habitat, controlling erosion, improving water quality and sequestering carbon on their land. She also monitors urban water quality for the cities of Fairfield, Suisun City and Vallejo in partnership with other Bay Area groups, and works with the Solano County Water Agency to manage a County-wide Small Grant program for flood control. Her previous work experience includes running a small landscaping business, conducting research on nutrient cycling and greenhouse gas emissions in agricultural systems, 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.


Sarah McKibbin

Sarah McKibbin

Restoration Project Manager
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Sarah began working for Solano RCD in January 2016 as Restoration Project Manager, and since then has managed a variety of habitat restoration, enhancement, and invasive species management projects. Prior to joining the RCD, Sarah came with over 10 years of experience working with natural resource conservation organizations, including the California Department of Boating and Waterways, Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, Sacramento Area Creeks Council, The Nature Conservancy at Cosumnes River Preserve, and the Sacramento Tree Foundation. Her work and volunteer experiences have centered on native plant establishment, habitat restoration, invasive plant management, and vegetation monitoring throughout Sacramento Valley. Sarah earned a B.S. in Ecological Management and Restoration from U.C. Davis.


Andrea Mummert Puccini

Andrea Mummert Puccini

Conservation Project Manager
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Since coming to Solano RCD in 2006, Andrea has managed projects focused on enhancing native plant communities and wildlife habitat on private and public lands. Andrea coordinates with the RCD’s federal partner—the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service—to provide technical and planning assistance to county residents and producers in order to achieve conservation goals on private lands. She also works with the Dixon-Solano RCD Water Quality Coalition, assisting agricultural producers to comply with state water quality regulations. Before coming to Solano RCD, Andrea held positions with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, 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.


John Woodruff

John Woodruff

Restoration Project Manager
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John studied Ecology and Evolution at CSU San Bernardino. He got started working in conservation and horticulture at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and the Bureau of Land Management. While living and working on a farm in the central Sierras, he learned about conservation practices in agriculture and began growing native plants for the farm. Following that experience, he has worked with many farmers on similar projects, and continues to do so now as a Restoration Technician with Solano RCD.


Karin Young

Karin Young

Conservation Project Manager
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Karin completed her Wildlife and Education studies at UC Davis in 2013. She has been working in environmental fields for 8 years and has experience in education, habitat restoration, and fisheries biology. She enjoys combining her educational and professional backgrounds with an array of outdoor activities and finding new ways to explore the world around her. Her enthusiasm for the outdoors and ecology complement her engaging teaching style and help her excite students about natural resource conservation.


Kevin Young-Lai

Kevin Young-Lai

Watershed and Operations Manager
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Kevin graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a major in Environmental Science with an emphasis in water pollution. He has worked for Solano RCD since December 2016, and currently manages a variety of projects dealing with various water issues across Solano County. These projects aim to assist landowners, growers and ranchers, and agencies in creating wildlife habitat, controlling erosion, improving water quality and efficiency on their land. He also monitors urban water quality for the Solano Stormwater Alliance and works with the Solano County Water agency to manage a County-wide small grant program for flood control and the Ag Water Efficiency program for water conservation. He also runs the Solano RCD’s drone program and a variety of tasks dealing with Solano RCD’s operations.


David Vigil

David Vigil

Restoration Field Manager
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David joined Solano RCD in 2020. Originally from Contra Costa County, David spent the last 16 years working in community organizing, urban agriculture and environmental just in New York City. As Director of the East New York Farms! Project, he helped establish 5 new urban farms and developed collaborative research projects on specialty crops, native pollinators, composting, urban soil quality, and youth development. He first got involved in restoration as a crew leader in Northwest Youth Corps, and has been helping his family with a prairie and oak savannah restoration in Iowa for over a decade. He studied at Deep Springs College and received his BA at Columbia University.


Sammy Flohr

Sammy Flohr

Restoration Project Coordinator
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Sammy first fell in love with restoration, volunteering in high school, hand weeding California Least Tern nesting sites for the San Diego Audubon Society. He then went onto UC Davis where he worked as a Seasonal Restoration Technician for Cache Creek Conservancy and a Co-Coordinator for the Learning by Leading Ecological Land Management Team at UC Davis while attending college. After graduating from UC Davis, with a B.S. in Ecological Management and Restoration, he worked as a Seasonal Restoration Technician for Yolo Resource Conservation District and an On-Call Biologist for Transcon Environmental. As a new member of Solano RCD this year he is excited to be part of the stewardship of land in Solano County and getting to work with the people who live and work in the county.


Beck Vanderstoel

Beck Vanderstoel

Restoration Project Coordinator
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Beck helps implement and plan on-the-ground fieldwork to install, maintain, and monitor the SRCD's restoration sites. After studying Ecological Restoration and Geospatial Analysis at Cal Poly Humboldt, they had great experiences working as part of the Forest Service Hiawatha National Forest recreation team and the Bureau of Land Management Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring team in Western Colorado. She hopes to apply her skills at the Solano RCD while learning how to navigate partnerships, apply restoration practices, and contribute to new ones in an ecologically complex and increasingly urbanized landscape.


Marianne Butler

Marianne Butler

Environmental Education Director
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Marianne has been managing Solano RCD's education program since 2008 and she has more than twenty years combined experience as a watershed educator. Marianne works collaboratively with partners and funders throughout the region to create and implement K-12 environmental education programs that reach over 10,000 students annually. Programs focus on water education and best reflect Solano County's priority environmental concerns. Marianne coordinates three large scale annual County cleanup events and acts as a liaison between Solano County, its cities and the California Coastal Commission. Marianne manages the Lake Berryessa Boater Outreach Program promoting water quality at the County's primary drinking water source, as well as other boater outreach programs throughout the County. In addition to managing programs, Marianne hires and manages a team of ten full and part-time educators. She holds a BA in Education and an MS in Natural Resources with an emphasis on sustainability. She has completed the New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Americorps Program and several environmental internships in New Jersey, Maryland and Arizona during her career.


Lee Ascencio

Lee Ascencio

Environmental Education Program Manager
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Originally from Duluth, Minnesota, Lee is an enthusiastic educator, public speaker, and education program developer. Lee’s experience includes leading and developing tours, summer camps, K-12 curriculum, and hands-on programming at a variety of museums, including the UW-Madison Geology Museum, California Academy of Sciences, and the Aerospace Museum of California. Lee taught English as a Second Language in San Francisco and Ecuador and is interested in how Next Generation Science Standards can also support English Language Learners. Lee graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double-major in Anthropology and Zoology and a certificate in Archaeology. In her free time, Lee enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling to new places. Lee oversees Solano RCD's Watershed Explorers Program, the School Water Education Program, the Benicia Water Education Program, and the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District Education Program.


Shea Kinser

Shea Kinser

Environmental Education Program Manager
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Shea manages Solano RCD's Suisun Marsh Watershed Education Program and the Solano County Biomonitoring Program, as well as professional development programs for teachers. Prior to joining Solano RCD, Shea was an organizer with a non-profit that worked with scientists and activists to advocate for science-based federal policymaking. She also previously taught high school English and was the faculty sponsor for her students’ environmental clubs. Shea enjoys combining her lifelong passion for environmental issues and education in her work in Solano County. She earned her BA and MA in English from Georgetown University. 


Sierra Cecchini

Sierra Cecchini

Assistant Education Program Manager
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A Solano County native, Sierra earned her degree in Environmental Education and Interpretation from Humboldt State University in 2018. Sierra went on to work as an educator for several non-profit organizations such as Friends of the Dunes and Sequoia Park Zoo. After spending several years in the Pacific Northwest, she returned to Solano in 2021. Sierra enjoys bird watching and going on nature adventures with her young daughter. Helping students explore the world around them is by far her favorite part of environmental education. She believes that there is nothing more rewarding than working with the future generation of stewards that will protect this place she calls home.


Stephanie Stock

Stephanie Stock

Assistant Education Program Manager
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Stephanie was lucky to grow up with lots of access to and time in the outdoors and followed her love of nature and learning into a career in science education. She draws on years of both classroom teaching and informal education experience in her work with many of our school education programs as well as outreach through county cleanups and our boater education program. Stephanie has an enthusiastic interest in the interconnectedness of our ecosystems and a focus on facilitating experiences of wonder for students and explorers of all ages. Outside of work you can find her volunteering at The Marine Mammal Center, scouring tidepools for nudibranchs, or at home crafting, cooking, or reading.


Program Educators

Wendy Low

Wendy Low

After growing up in the oak woodlands of western Solano County, Wendy studied literature in the redwoods, earning a BA in American Literature at UC Santa Cruz. She went on to work in publishing at Heyday Books and volunteered for urban creek restoration groups and Citizens for the Eastshore State Park. She then worked on agricultural conservation easement policies, transactions and stewardship, as well as open space land acquisition at Solano Land Trust. A natural teacher, she became a program educator for Solano RCD in 2011. Wendy loves being outside with students as well as her own two boys. Her favorite part about environmental education is teaching children how to find joy in nature, especially if it involves nature journaling or photography.

Paula Marckesano-Jones

Paula Marckesano-Jones

Paula recently arrived in Solano County as a retired public school educator who specialized in alternative programs for middle and high school students. She is strongly committed to community service and mentoring youth in community action. Engaged in water conservation at an early age due to her experiences with severe drought in the San Joaquin Valley, she finds teaching others about protecting watersheds is particularly important. Paula loves getting her trash picker and bucket out to help make waterways and communities litter free. Sustainable gardening, art from recycled materials, and rescuing rabbits have also kept her engaged in learning and joy.

 

Carla Murphy

Carla Murphy

Carla joined Solano Resource Conservation District staff as a Program Educator in 2009 and also assists with SRCD's restoration projects.  Carla has a love of the great outdoors and all natural things, big and small. Seeing students react to the natural world is a highlight of every workday.  Working with SRCD inspired Carla to create a Food Forest in her front and back yards. Carla earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from UC Davis and also serves as a Docent with Solano Land Trust and Putah Creek Council.

Meagan Van Schmidt

Meagan Van Schmidt

Meagan was born and raised in Wisconsin, where she learned to climb trees and catch frogs and snakes in her backyard. Her love for nature and wildlife drove her to earn a Bachelor's degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While in Madison, Meagan spent time volunteering at the Henry Vilas Zoo and she quickly fell in love with environmental education. She has worked as a naturalist and educator at Aullwood Audubon Center and the International Crane Foundation. She is excited to join the education team of SRCD!

Kristin Powell

Kristin Powell

Kristin received her BA at Sonoma State where she was first introduced to environmental education and had the opportunity to intern with Sonoma County Regional Parks as an Educator. When her internship ended, she went on to serve with the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership at the American River Conservancy as the Stewardship and Outreach Coordinator. After gaining valuable skills in health care as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Case Manager, she followed the call to walk the path of environmental stewardship, conservation, and education once again. She is thrilled to be working alongside the passionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated staff of the Solano RCD.

Megan Brozek

Megan Brozek

Megan grew up in Vallejo and still fondly remembers her own 3rd grade field trip to Rush Ranch. She spent the last 7 years as a middle school English Language Arts teacher and is excited to shift her focus to nature-based curriculum. Her time in the classroom taught her that every interaction with a student is an opportunity to grow as an educator, because she learned something new from her students every day. Megan loves the wide variety of natural experiences available in Solano County and is eager to share that appreciation with students. In her spare time, Megan loves to read novels, tend to her backyard vegetable garden, and bake sourdough goodies.

Dilwara Fletcher

Dilwara Fletcher

Being close to nature— whether in the forest, at the ocean, or the countryside of Solano county, is where Dilwara feels most content and fulfilled. She spent much of her childhood in the Great Smoky mountains of North Carolina and on the river, wetlands, and wildlife areas along Florida's Homassasa River. Experiencing firsthand the impact spending time outdoors can have on a child, being a part of Solano RCD's education programs where our county's youth gets to explore our watersheds and wetlands, is extremely meaningful and exciting for Dilwara. Dilwara received her Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at UC Berkeley focusing on Child Development and Education. She received her multi-subject teaching credential at Cal State East Bay. Dilwara has over 15 years experience teaching in public, private, and homeschool classrooms.

Alexander Bush-Chavey

Alexander Bush-Chavey is an educator and outdoor enthusiast. He has worked with a variety of age groups and strongly believes in the power of becoming a lifelong learner. He enjoys hikes, swimming, and getting lost. 

Robyn Slater

In college Robyn had a dilemma of choosing between studying conservation biology or education, and is thrilled to be working at the Solano RCD where she gets to work with both! Robyn is from Utah and spent summers camping and hiking through both the Wasatch and Rocky Mountains in both Utah and Wyoming. This garnered a deep love of the outdoors and a desire to care for it for the future. She is a recent California transplant and has been in awe of the beauty of the wild spaces in Solano County and is so excited to be part of team that is committed to its protection and conservation.


 

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