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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.    


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.


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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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.


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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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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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. 

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Invasive Species Manager

Totes McGoats and his goat friends are in charge of eating invasive plant species on the property at Rosewood Nature Study Area. The removal of these plants helps clear areas for revegetation with native plants.


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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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Derik Knak   

Grant Coordinator

Derik is serving as a Grants Coordinator VISTA for Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. Originally from the gateway community of Redding, California, he graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with degrees in political science and journalism. Derik is excited to work for a nonprofit in the area and help support TMPF's programs in a development role. He enjoys reading, hiking, snowshoeing, and exploring public lands in his free time.


Stephanie Le

Youth Recreation Coordinator

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

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Jennie Johnson (she/her/hers)   

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.


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.

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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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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!

AmeriCorps State/National Members

AmeriCorps Wetland Restoration Technicians

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Positions Available

Wetland Restoration Lead Technician 

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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James Dickey


Jim was born and raised in Stockton, California. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He moved to Reno in 1972 with his wife Laura, to whom he has been married for 41 years. They have 1 daughter and 2 grandchildren. Jim’s passion for parks and open spaces are the results of a lifetime of backpacking and hiking in the Sierras. Jim’s hobbies include cooking, gardening, golf, genealogy, and watching his grandchildren’s sporting events. Jim is also a volunteer coach for The First Tee Program.

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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.

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Jill Richardson

Board Member

(Coming Soon)

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Nate Tippie

Board Member