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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 Director

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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Ashley Butler

Camp Manager

Ashley is local to Northern Nevada but has spent her fair share exploring other areas. Like many locals that leave the area, something about Reno drew her back and she is happy to call Northern Nevada her home base once again. 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. She has always had a passion for exploring and connecting with nature. She welcomes the opportunity to help the youth of our community build a relationship and appreciation for the outdoors as well. 


Devin Sandoval de Genovese   (he/him/his)

VP of Education

​Devin served nearly two years as a Naturalist Educator for Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation before starting 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, with a minor in Spanish  In his free time, Devin enjoys riding mountain bikes and dirt bikes, and exploring Nevada's great outdoors. As VP of Education, Devin is excited to be a part of the continued growth of TMPF, and hopes to inspire the community through the SSP program. 


Elena Larsen   (she/her/hers)

Nature Study Area VP

Elena served as a Naturalist Educator for TMPF in the spring and summer of 2018 and is now working as the VP of Rosewood Nature Study Area.  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.


Hannah Lansverk Sonnenberg   (she/her/hers)

Youth Education Director

​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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Jay Howard

Trails Program Manager

Jay is our new Trails Program Manager, and will be working to implement the goals of the Truckee Meadows Trails Initiative. He comes to us after a 30 year career with Nevada State Parks. His time with State Parks involved several years being a recreation specialist for the Nevada Tahoe Resource Team, and 13 years as park supervisor for Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park (Sand Harbor, Spooner Lake and Backcountry, Cave Rock, and Van Sickle). Jay loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker and mountain biker. And let's not forget, professional volunteer. Jay enjoys working with the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society and Tahoe Mountain Bike Patrol.

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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.


Sara Monks (she/her/hers)

Office Associate

Sara was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in English Studies from Illinois State University, Sara used her love for travel to give back to communities across the country through AmeriCorps service. She served as a Corps Member with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) in Iowa, then as Construction Crew Leader with New Orleans Habitat for Humanity and closed her service chapter as VISTA Leader with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. After working for other Reno based non-profits, Envirolution and the Great Basin Institute, Sara is beyond excited to return to the Parks Foundation as our Office Associate! In her spare time, Sara enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, podcasts, and spoiling her cats rotten.

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David Hadel (he/him/his)

Development Director

David is our Development Director, homegrown right here in the Truckee Meadows. He has a background in media, sales, serving the public, graphic design, radio and voiceover. He enjoys hanging out with his wife and raising their daughter, backyard chickens, two chihuahuas and one cat. You'll see David on the trail, backpacking, disc golfing, skiing or boarding and at live music events. He is thrilled to be with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation to engage our community and support our open spaces.


Miembros de AmeriCorps VISTA 


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Shaye Rogers

VISTA Leader

Shaye recently completed an AmeriCorps term in Avon, Colorado with Youthpower 365. She has a trade school diploma in Culinary Arts, and plans to pursue a degree in Nonprofit leadership. When she is not serving with the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, she can be found watching her favorite Netflix series or cooking a delicious meal!

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Ann McLaughlin

Membership Development Coordinator

Born and raised in the West, Ann has a life-long love of the Sierras. Recently completing her master’s at UNR in communication studies, she is looking forward to joining the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation team as their Membership Coordinator and making new friends in the community. Eager to share her enthusiasm for the outdoors she looks forward to inviting locals to come outside and reap the benefits of our lovely open spaces. In her spare time, she can be found in the garden with her cat or on an “explore” in one of the nearly 200 wonderful parks in our area!

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Caroline Grossman

Student Stewards Program Outreach Coordinator

Caroline earned a BA from the American University School of International Service in Washington, DC where she studied Environmental Sustainability and Global Health; she also minored in French and Art History. She grew up recreating outdoors in upstate NY and western MA, but is passionate about preserving access to the outdoors everywhere. She relocated to the Reno-Tahoe area after leaving DC in May 2022 to complete a State-National Americorps position where she worked on preserving access to the near 200-mile Tahoe Rim Trail system. In her free time, she enjoys trail running, camping, second-hand apparel, and artwork. She is excited to apply her previous experiences to TMPF as an AmeriCorps VISTA to inspire young environmentalists, create healthier ecosystems, and even healthier lives!


Erin Larsen (she/her/hers)

Communications Coordinator

Erin graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Communications in 2020. She is excited to work with the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation as the Communications Coordinator, because it allows her to combine her love of the outdoors and volunteering as an active member in her community. Outside of work Erin loves hiking, swimming, rock climbing, and drinking lots of coffee. 


Leland Peterman

Nature Study Area Development Coordinator

Originally from New York, and most recently living in California, Leland moved to Reno with his fiancé and two dogs for exciting new opportunities and mountain access! With a huge passion for the outdoors, he is thrilled to be contributing to the development of the Rosewood Lakes restoration efforts. In his free time he loves to be camping, climbing, playing music, or working on his home.


Stephanie Le

Youth Recreation Coordinator

Stephanie Le is the Youth Recreation Coordinator for Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.

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Jennie Johnson

Wetland Restoration Outreach Coordinator

Jennie is serving her second Americorps VISTA term as the Wetland Restoration Outreach Coordinator. She is from right here in Reno and went to the University of Nevada, Reno for a degree in Cultural Anthropology. She’s excited to use her marketing background to teach people about the parks and opportunities in their community. She enjoys running, hiking, sunshine and events such as Moms on the Run and the American River Half Marathon.

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Brittany Leavitt

Naturalist Educator

Brittany is originally from a small, rural town in southern Nevada. She grew up herping with her family in the mojave desert. She attended UNR and studied MANY things before settling on Wildlife Ecology. Her summers in college were spent teaching STEM camps and she was a substitute teacher during the school year, which made her fall in love with education. Currently, she is finishing up a degree in both elementary and secondary science education. Seeing a kid get excited about science is unlike any other feeling. If you ever have a question about reptiles or toads, she is your go-to gal!


Sara Rutherford

Rosewood Nature Study Area Education Coordinator

Sara is the Rosewood Nature Study Area Education Coordinator.


Suzanne Bernard

Lead Rosewood Nature Study Area Education Coordinator

Suzanne is the Lead Rosewood Nature Study Area Education Coordinator.

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Tara Tran

Community Programs Educator

A proud Nevadan, Tara grew up in Las Vegas, but moved to Reno in 2015 to attend UNR. They graduated with a BA in Anthropology and Art and later spent 2 years working as archeological field technician. Inspired by their time spent in nature as a field tech, they’re now enthusiastic to share the beauty of the outdoors with their community through the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. You can often find them enjoying open spaces and making food, art and music with their friends.

Wetland Restoration Technicians


Irene Dickison

Lead Wetland Restoration Technician 

Irene was born and raised in Reno and graduated from Cal Poly Humboldt in 2020 with a degree in Zoology and a minor in Studio Art. She has spent the last few years working in different places across the country such as upstate New York surveying insects for a farmscape ecology program, working with the Entomology Department at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans and most recently an Invertebrate Zookeeper for the Toledo Zoo in Ohio.  She has a strong passion for lesser loved creatures like invertebrates and reptiles. In her spare time Irene enjoys exploring the local landscape, keeping pet reptiles and invertebrates and making a variety of art. She hopes to teach people to love the unloved and understand their important roles in our ecosystems.


Hayden Wright

Wetland Restoration Technician 

Hayden is from Shingle Springs, CA, and I am currently enrolled at UNR. He grew up on a nature preserve, and my ultimate career goal is to be a watershed management/restoration ecologist. The mission of TMPF really resonated with him since it fits perfectly into the fields he is interested in.  He is looking forward to learning about Nevada plants. In his free time, he likes to go trail running, fishing, and hiking. He really enjoys traveling and exploring new places with friends. This is Hayden's second term as a Wetland Restoration Technician!


Courtnay Lewis

Wetland Restoration Technician 

Courtnay earned a Bachelor's in Environmental Biology from Colorado State University, Pueblo in 2017 after having worked in hospitality for many years. Courtnay is originally from Texas, but has lived and worked all over the West as a biological science field technician. She joined Americorps in October as a wetland restoration technician because Nevada was calling to me. She's really excited about working on this project and with this group of people!

Board of Directors

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Katie Palani


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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Jill Richardson

Board Member

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Sarah Chvilicek, Presidenta

Board Member

Como ex-comisionada de Parques Regionales y Espacios Abiertos, Sarah siempre ha abogado por los parques y espacios abiertos en el área metropolitana de los Prados Truckee. Actualmente se desempeña tanto en la Comisión de Planificación del Condado de Washoe como en la Comisión de Planificación Regional, donde todavía aboga por los parques y los espacios abiertos como elementos importantes que se relacionan con los problemas de planificación regional.

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Sophia Kirschenman

Board Member

Sophia es una nativa de Nevada que creció explorando las muchas maravillas al aire libre de los Prados Truckee y Sierra Nevada. Ella se dedica a proteger nuestras tierras silvestres y conectar comunidades mediante la creación de espacios al aire libre compartidos. Después de obtener su maestría en política ambiental internacional y vivir durante unos años en Colorado y California, está emocionada de estar de regreso en su ciudad natal, trabajando como planificadora de parques para el condado de Washoe y formando parte de la Junta Directiva de la Fundación de Parques.