Solano RCD Staff
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Chris has eighteen 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 with a degree in political science with an emphasis in environmental studies and planning and a minor in natural resources.
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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. She has over 10 years’ experience working 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.
Deputy Executive Director
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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. 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.
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.
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
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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.
Restoration Program Manager
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Chris started at the Solano RCD in spring 2018 and manages a variety of restoration projects that aim to provide ecological services for farmers, waterways, and wildlife. Chris has worked in 8 western states: studying how fuel-reduction treatments and wildfire influence forest carbon storage; integrated weed management research in grasslands combining grazing, biocontrols and herbicides; developing monitoring strategies for restoration efforts; repeat historical photography; weed mapping and impact research; implementing citizen science projects; and working on long-term vegetation monitoring in Hawai’i and the desert Southwest. He has a B.S in Geography from the University of Oregon and an M.S. in Forestry from the University of Montana.
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Restoration Field Manager
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Water Quality Technician
Kevin graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a major in Environmental Studies and an emphasis in water pollution last year. He has interned with the RIVR Lab at riparian restoration sites, and with SCWA’s internship program. As a Water Quality Technician for Solano RCD, Kevin continues his exploration of the environmental science world and works to expand his skill base and passion for environmental stewardship. When he's not working, you can usually find him hiking, playing tennis, working on vintage cars, or building and repairing things.
Solano Resource Conservation District is a 2017 recipient of the Governors Economic and Environmental Leadership Award (GEELA) and the Soil and Water Conservation Society's Conservation Education Award (California/Nevada Chapter) for our outstanding environmental education and outdoor science programming.
The following are brief biographies for our education team.
Environmental Education Director
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Marianne has been the education director since 2016 and worked as the education manager from 2008-2016. She has more than twenty years combined experience as a watershed educator. Marianne works collaboratively with partners throughout the region to create and implement environmental education programs for students that reflect priority environmental concerns. Marianne manages the Lake Berryessa Boater Outreach Program that supports water quality education at the County's primary drinking water source as well as other Boater Outreach Programs in Suisun City, Vallejo, and Rio Vista. Marianne coordinates three county-wide cleanup events every year supporting volunteer opportunities for over 3,000 people. She has successfully developed funding partnerships with local agencies to support and grow county education programs to approximately 9,000 students in the 19-20 fiscal year. Marianne hires and manages a team of 12 full and part-time educators to implement place-based field trips for 3rd graders and 6th graders, a citizen science biomonitoring program for high school students, and a county-wide water education program for K-12 students and teachers. Marianne holds a BA in Education and an MS in Natural Resources with an emphasis in sustainability and has completed the New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Americorps Program and several environmental internships during her career.
Environmental Education Program Manager
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Allison has been an environmental educator since 2007 and a program manager since 2012. She has worked as a naturalist for the East Bay Regional Park District and Contra Costa Water District, as the education director for Micke Grove Zoo, and a guest experience supervisor with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. At Solano RCD, Allison serves as the curriculum specialist connecting all course material to Next Generation Science Standards. A certified leader by the UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science BEETLES program, she is committed to improving the quality of teaching, learning, and inclusion in our outdoor science programs. Allison provides support for all Solano RCD education programs, trains staff, and oversees marketing and outreach for countywide cleanups as well as other RCD activities. In addition to having a BS in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Geology, she is an active member of the National Association for Interpretation and has been a Certified Interpretive Manager since 2014.
Environmental Education Program Coordinator
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Laura holds a BS in Animal Biology from UC Davis where she completed research on monarch butterfly coloration and interned as an educator at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. She has been one of Solano RCD’s lead teachers since 2015 and works with thousands of students annually to implement our comprehensive, multidiscipline outdoor education strategies used in our K-12 field trips and classrooms lessons. These programs have a strong STEAM focus and promote student learning through hands-on science. Laura also coordinates the Solano County Water Education Program, providing both material and teaching resources to all Solano County teachers.
Environmental Education Program Coordinator
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Lidia received her degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz. From 2013-2018 her work in environmental education focused on the development of a community garden and the development of two science-based enrichment programs in Santa Cruz County. Her experience includes teaching Next Generation Science Standards in K-12 schools emphasizing STEM driven activities focused in natural phenomenon. At Solano RCD, Lidia is a lead teacher and works with all grades levels participating in our watershed education programming.
After studying plant ecology and aquatic invertebrates in college, Don "Mr. B" taught biology in public schools for 22 years. His high school classes participated in RCD's biomonitoring program in Vallejo. Upon retirement from the public schools, he joined RCD's staff. He continues Biomonitoring in Vallejo and works on all other RCD education programs.
Deborah studied natural history and art in college. She was a park ranger for seven years and a naturalist for 20 years for the City of Palo Alto. After retiring, Deborah happily joined the RCD staff as a program educator.
As a stay-at-home mom with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from UC Davis, Carla has volunteered in her children's classes for more than 20 years. She joined Solano Resource Conservation District staff as a Program Educator and assists with SRCD's restoration projects. Carla has a love of the great outdoors and all natural things big and small. Carla also serves as a Docent with Solano Land Trust and Putah Creek Council.
After growing up in the oak woodland 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 small presses such as 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 for six years. A natural teacher, she has moved to environmental education as a program educator for Solano RCD.
Shiree has always been a nature-lover. She grew up in a small town in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and attended college at UC Santa Cruz. There, she studied environmental studies, ecology and anthropology. At UCSC, Shiree had the opportunity to run a Life Lab program teaching 6th graders math, English and science while working in the program garden. She discovered a passion for environmental education, and is now proudly working as an Educator in Solano RCD's Watershed Education Program in addition to conducting landscaping on the side.