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Chantel Dominguez   (ella)

Gerente de Programas y Eventos

Chantel es nuestra Gerente de Programas y Eventos. Recibió su Licenciados en Artes en Antropología de la Universidad de Nevada, Reno y, después de pasar 4 años en Chicago, está encantada de estar de regreso en Nevada promoviendo la sostenibilidad ambiental y estilos de vida saludables a través de su trabajo con la Fundación de Parques. En su tiempo libre, a Chantel le gusta comer y cocinar con amigos, las noches de juegos, el café y explorar los increíbles lugares al aire libre de Nevada.

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Allie Baracani   (she/her/hers)

Operations Manager

Allie received her B.S. in Public Health from the University of Nevada, Reno. After working various jobs in the healthcare system she followed her passion for business administration and enrolled in the University of Nevada, Reno MBA graduate program. Working with the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation allows her to combine her love of the outdoors with her education background. When not in the office she can be found rock climbing in the Truckee/Tahoe region, camping, or rollerblading through Idlewild Park.    

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Chantel Dominguez   (she/her/hers)

Programs and Events Director

Chantel is our Programs and Events Director. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Nevada, Reno and, after spending 4 years in Chicago, is thrilled to be back in Nevada promoting environmental sustainability and healthy lifestyles through her work with the Parks Foundation. In her free time, Chantel enjoys eating and cooking with friends, game nights, coffee, and exploring Nevada’s great outdoors.

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Daniel Dunn   (he/him/his)

Truckee Meadows Trails Coordinator

Daniel is the Trails Coordinator for TMPF. His work revolves around creating and connecting trail systems, advocating for trail-based outdoor recreation, and fostering stewardship in the Truckee Meadows area. He has a degree in Environmental Science from the University of South Carolina and was most recently working in outdoor recreation stewardship and advocacy around the Front Range of Colorado. In his free time, Daniel can be found scrambling, rambling, and ambling in the Sierras and beyond.

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Devin Sandoval de Genovese   (he/him/his)

Student Stewards Program Director

​Devin served nearly two years as a Naturalist Educator for Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation before starting his position as Student Stewards Program Director. He is originally from Grass Valley, California. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.  In his free time, Devin enjoys riding mountain bikes and enjoying Nevada's great outdoors. Devin is excited to be a part of the TMPF team and hopes to inspire youth in the community through the SSP program. 

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Elena Larsen   (she/her/hers)

Wetland Restoration Program Director

Elena served as a Naturalist Educator for TMPF in the spring and summer of 2018 and is now working as the Wetland Restoration Program Director.  She's a local and is extremely excited and proud to be working to restore an abandoned open space back to a functional ecosystem in her hometown.  In her free time, Elena can be found obsessing over dogs or participating in trivia nights.

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Hannah Lansverk Sonnenberg   (she/her/hers)

Student Stewards Program Manager

​Hannah is the Parks Foundation's Student Stewards Program Manager. She began her time here as an AmeriCorps Naturalist Educator in 2018. Originally from Bozeman, MT, she received her B.S. in Biology from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA and has spent the last several years working for non-profits in Montana and Connecticut. Hannah is an avid birder and is looking forward to sharing her love of science and the natural world with her new community!

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Matt DeBray   (he/him/his)

Communications Manager

Matt is the Communications Manager for Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. After serving with TMPF as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2017 he worked to promote AmeriCorps programs throughout Nevada for four years and is excited to be back at the place that started his journey in the nonprofit world. Matt studied Radio Television Production at the University of Montana and brings over a decade of experience to the TMPF communications team. When he isn't working you can find Matt watching baseball, hiking with his family, or being pulled behind a boat.

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Sarah Holcombe   (she/her/hers)

Development Director

Most recently living in Montana and originally from Oregon, Sarah is now planting her roots in Nevada. After receiving her degree in Public Relations and Business Administration from the University of Oregon, Sarah quickly found her passion leaned towards the nonprofit and development world working within animal welfare and sustainability - leading to a perfect fit here at Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. Sarah is excited to explore her new home with her hobbies of snowboarding, backpacking, gardening, and hanging with shelter dogs.  

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Miembros de AmeriCorps VISTA 

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Sara Monks   (ella)

Líder de VISTA

Sara se desempeña como líder de AmeriCorps VISTA en la Fundación de Parques de los Prados Truckee. Después de obtener su licenciatura en Estudios Ingleses de la Universidad Estatal de Illinois, se apasionó por retribuir a las comunidades de todo el país. En 2019, Sara se desempeñó como miembro de AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) en Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin e incluso en su ciudad natal de Chicago, Illinois. También se desempeñó como líder de equipo de construcción de AmeriCorps con Habitat para la Humanidad del área de Nueva Orleans en 2020. ¡Está absolutamente encantada de servir a la comunidad de Reno y expandir sus exploraciones a la región occidental de los EE. UU.!

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Caroline Stillitano   (she/her/hers)

Community Engagement Coordinator

Caroline received her BA in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan in 2021. Working with the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation as the Community Engagement Coordinator allows her to follow her passion for environmental justice through expanding access to the outdoors for low income individuals. She enjoys spending time outdoors and is excited to apply her previous volunteer engagement experience to TMPF! 

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Chris Garrity   (el)

Coordinador de Desarrollo del Área de Estudio de la Naturaleza

Originario del área de Washington D.C., Chris es el Coordinador de Desarrollo del Área de Estudio de la Naturaleza VISTA. Chris recibió su licenciattura de Colorado College in Ecology, donde también fue miembro activo del equipo de natación. La oportunidad de apoyar los esfuerzos de desarrollo del Área de Estudio de la Naturaleza encaja perfectamente con sus fuertes intereses en la intersección del uso de la tierra, la equidad ambiental y el cambio climático. En su tiempo libre, Chris es un ávido excursionista y espera explorar los espacios abiertos del área metropolitana de Reno-Tahoe.

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Derik Knak   

Grant Coordinator

(Bio coming soon)

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Jacqui Keating   (ella)

Coordinadora de Programas y Eventos

Jacqui obtuvo su licenciatura en Ciencias Ambientales de la Universidad de Nevada, Reno y actualmente está cursando una Maestría en Política Ambiental. Está encantada de unirse al equipo de TMPF y prioriza el servicio a su comunidad. Jacqui siempre se ha sentido cómoda al aire libre y espera poder conectar a otros con el aire libre a través de los programas Parques Saludables, Gente Saludable. Le apasiona proteger nuestros espacios abiertos y cerrar la brecha entre las personas y su entorno natural.

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Jennie Johnson   

Wetland Restoration Outreach Coordinator

Jennie is a lifelong Reno resident and graduated locally from Hug High School and the University of Nevada, Reno. She holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and has a passion for supporting local businesses and events.  After working in Gaming and Marketing for the last 10 years, she is excited to have the opportunity to apply her skills and experience to public service.  In her free time, Jennie enjoys hiking, traveling and restaurants.  She is an enthusiastic reader and runner that loves hot, sunny days.  She is looking forward to supporting Northern Nevada programs and parks and to promoting the Rosewoods Nature Study Area to the community.

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Julie Johnson 

Student Stewards Program Outreach Coordinator

Julie is a Nevada local and earned her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is passionate about community outreach, stewardship, marketing, and is thrilled to be a part of the TMPF team. As the Student Stewards Program Outreach Coordinator, Julie is looking forward to engaging with the Reno community about the incredible parks and open spaces in the area, as well as the many amazing programs TMPF has to offer! In her free time, Julie loves to be in the mountains. You can usually find her backpacking, skiing, and exploring hot springs.

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Rachel Carroll   (ella)

Coordinadora de Comunicaciones

Rachel, una residente de Reno/Sparks de toda la vida, creció con un amor por las piedras, la naturaleza y el espacio exterior. Inspirada por el trabajo de la NASA en exogeología, fue al Colegio Comunitario de los Prados Truckee para obtener un título de Asociado en Ciencias, con  Énfasis en los Geociencias. Aunque tiene interés en otros mundos, se ha dedicado a mejorar este trabajando con organizaciones locales sin fines de lucro en proyectos de divulgación en las redes sociales para ayudar a correr la voz sobre las grandes cosas que logran estos grupos. Rachel también tiene su propia pequeña empresa y en su tiempo libre disfruta recolectando minerales, videojuegos y mimando a su corgi.

AmeriCorps State/National Members

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Ashley Butler   (she/her/hers)

Community Programs Educator

Ashley is local to Northern Nevada. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a B.A. in Speech Communications and Journalism. Ashley's career has offered opportunities in the nonprofit sector, government and education. Although she has always felt a connection with the outdoors, that connection grew even stronger during the strenuous times of the pandemic. Ashley relied on her daily walks or hikes to help keep a sense of balance. It is important to her that our local parks and trails are shared, explored responsibly and accessible to all. She is excited to serve her first AmeriCorps term with TMPF, an organization that has positively impacted her family in many ways. When she is not exploring one of our local trails, Ashley devouring ice cream, checking out local community events or cheering on her son.

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Isabella Buffalini   (she/her/hers)

Lead Naturalist Educator

Isabella comes from Western Pennsylvania to join us as the Lead Naturalist Educator for the Student Stewards Program. Isabella earned her B.S. in Environmental and Conservation Biology from Kent State University where she loved to play and coach women's lacrosse. She is thrilled to work at a non-profit for the first time, making outdoor education more accessible to students in Washoe County. Her passion for ecology and conservation drive most of her hobbies including hiking, camping, and road tripping! Isabella has been to 14 national parks, hoping to check a few more off while she's out west during her year with Americorps.

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Kristina Lee   (she/her/hers)

Naturalist Educator

Kristina has been a Naturalist Educator for TMPF since September of 2020 and she's on her second term of AmeriCorps service here at our organization. When she's not teaching and backing supplies for classes, Kristina likes to spend her time making arts and crafts as well as exploring all that Reno has to offer. 

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Katie Smith    (she/her/hers)

Naturalist Educator

Katie comes from Utah as a long-time resident and fan of the desert southwest. She is new to the Reno area, and can't wait to explore the wetlands and mountains found here. Katie earned her B.S. in Biology at Southern Utah University, but has always been invested in becoming an educator - preferably one without a traditional classroom. She has worked as a Park Ranger with the National Park Service and is excited to join the non-profit world now. You can often find Katie hiking, baking, or sitting outdoors by any nearby water source pondering her favorite animals.

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Kylie Robinson

Community Programs Educator

Kylie is a local Nevadan from Las Vegas and is currently working on her BA in Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is thrilled to join the TMPF team where she has the opportunity to share her appreciation of the outdoors with others. In her free time, she loves to enjoy the outdoors hiking in Lake Tahoe, taking care of her plants, yoga, and road tripping to national parks.

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Kylie Wallace   (she/her/hers)

Visitor Center Host/Coordinator 

Kylie moved to Reno from the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina to join TMPF after graduating from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Public Health and minor in Spanish, though her passion is conservation. In her free time she enjoys mountain drives, waterfall chasing, and hiking and road tripping with friends. Kylie is excited to explore new mountains and welcome visitors to the Nature Center.

AmeriCorps Wetland Restoration Technicians

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Peter Jordan   (he/him/his)

Wetland Restoration Lead Technician 

Peter is a Lead Wetland Restoration Technician for TMPF. He began serving with TMPF as a Wetland Restoration Technician in February 2021 and has since become a Lead Technician for our organization. When he's not in the wetland, Peter likes to spend his free time going on hikes, socializing with his friends, and worrying about climate change. 

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Sadie Smith   (she/her/hers)

Wetland Restoration Lead Technician 

A born and bred East Coaster, Sadie is excited to be returning to the Truckee Meadows as a Lead Restoration Technician with the Parks Foundation. Although she hails from Vermont, Sadie has had the pleasure of calling many places home; from the Eastern Townships of Quebec where she went to boarding school to the sunny coast of St. Petersburg, Florida where she graduated from Eckerd College with a B.S. in Biology. Her favorite pastimes include playing rugby, creating artwork, or spending any kind of quality time outside enjoying nature. Sadie is looking forward to using her role as a Lead Technician to have a demonstrably positive impact on her new home and help make positive changes to the Reno-Sparks community.

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Kayla Beck   (she/her/hers)

Wetland Restoration Technician 

Originally from Pennsylvania, Kayla moved to Reno after graduating from St. Lawrence University with a B.S. in conservation biology and a minor in African studies. Kayla was previously a Nature Center Host at TMPF and is excited to now be part of the wetland restoration team! Kayla is passionate about reptiles, amphibians, and insects, and she likes to run, hike, and craft in her free time!

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Megan Yount   (she/her/hers)

Wetland Restoration Technician 

Megan grew up in Texas and currently lives up in Beautiful Lake Tahoe. She started school at University of California-Santa Cruz and finished with a B.S. in environmental science at Sierra Nevada University in Incline Village, NV. She enjoys spending her free time climbing, camping or spending time with her 5 fur babies. Megan has a huge passion for plants and animals, especially birds, and looks forward to watching her hard work make a difference on the wetland!

Board of Directors

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Katie Palani

President

Nacida y criada en Reno, Katie se graduó dos veces de UNR y ha trabajado con o para muchas empresas comunitarias, como Mantenga los Prados de Truckee Meadows Hermosos, Noticias y Revisión de Reno, la biblioteca de colecciones especiales de UNR y centros de tutoría locales. Katie asistió a su primera caminata Descubre sus Parques en 2017 para ver el sitio Sierra Vista Future Park en su vecindario y averiguar si el desarrollo incluiría un parque para bicicletas. Además de un sí en el parque de bicicletas, se sorprendió al encontrar una organización sin fines de lucro que coincidía con su entusiasmo en espacios abiertos compartidos, relevancia comunitaria y administración. Viniendo de una gran familia de Reno, Katie siempre ha sentido una profunda conexión con el lugar, la historia y la construcción de la comunidad aquí en lose Prados Truckee. Ahora, una madre soltera con dos hijos, Katie está feliz de estar de regreso en Reno, profundizando en nuestros espacios abiertos, explorando áreas de juegos, centros de interpretación y senderos para caminatas. Y le apasiona ayudar a otras familias jóvenes a hacer lo mismo. Como uno de los miembros más jóvenes y activos de TMPF, Katie quiere compartir su amor por experimentar el aire libre con los niños al grupo, ayudando a informar las decisiones sobre la programación familiar y utilizando su extensa red social en el área para formar relaciones duraderas con los miembros. de nuestro
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Dawn Smith, Vicepresidenta

Vice President

Dawn se mudó a Reno desde el estado de Washington para trabajar con Renown. Le gusta caminar y explorar nuevas áreas. Dawn agradece la oportunidad de conocer y participar en la educación y la administración de los espacios abiertos locales. Ella es un miembro anterior de AmeriCorps VISTA a través de la Asistencia de Recursos para Ambientes Rurales (R.A.R.E) en Oregon. Dawn trabajó anteriormente con agencias de recursos naturales para ayudar a documentar y preservar el hábitat en su papel de G.I.S. Coordinador del condado de Wallowa.

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