The Foundation

Staff

Administration | Education | Restoration & Conservation Science


Administration Staff

Kevin Munroe, Executive Director
xt. 103, kevin@lagunafoundation.org
Kevin Munroe joined the Foundation staff in August of 2015. Kevin developed his passion as a naturalist in early childhood and subsequently transformed this interest into a rich career that includes conservation resource management, restoration, and environmental education. Among his recent accomplishments has been leading a 50-acre wetland restoration project within Huntley Meadows Park, a well-known park in Fairfax County's Potomac River Watershed, roughly 12 miles NE of Washington, D.C. In his diverse career, Kevin has excelled in building community partnerships, diversifying fundraising activities, and working with a variety of public and private agencies that include the Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Services, the Audubon Society, and more.


Bev Scottland, Director of Development
xt. 106, bev@lagunafoundation.org
Bev joined the Laguna Foundation in July 2014. She comes to us with 30 years of fundraising experience. She is highly skilled in directing and executing capital and annual giving campaigns, as well as membership, and planned giving programs. Her most recent position was as Development Director for the Sonoma Land Trust where she raised over $26 million for land conservation. Prior to that, she designed and completed an $8 million capital campaign to build the Sonoma Humane Society's Adoption Center. Bev has lived in Sebastopol for 16 years and is thrilled to be a part of enhancing the Laguna Foundation's ability to secure a sustainable funding source of private capital. The part of fundraising she enjoys most is "major gifts," because it is where she can provide people with the opportunity to make high-impact contributions that can transform local communities.

Adrienne Gause, Administrative Manager
xt. 107, adrienne@lagunafoundation.org
Adrienne Gause joined the Foundation staff in July of 2013. She has a background working with local and international non-profits' annual fundraising campaigns, advertising, and project management. Adrienne joined the Foundation as an intern from Sonoma State University in the spring of 2013 and helped shape the first Public Education Internship with the organization. She also completed our Laguna Guides training in 2013. Adrienne holds a Bachelors degree from Sonoma State University in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geography.




Maryanne Romanowski, Financial Administrator
xt. 104, maryanne@lagunafoundation.org
Maryanne became a member of the Laguna Foundation team in June 2016. Her background includes a BS in Accounting and 25 years of accounting experience in a variety of organizations including public accounting, consulting, internet startups and the wine industry. Her 10 years at Care2.com, an online social network striving to create positive change in the world, introduced her to the greater nonprofit community and the causes they advocate for. Her relocation to Sonoma County inspired her to explore the many regional and state parks in the area, reaffirming her love of nature and to seek opportunities for involvement in the local nonprofit community as a way to make her own contribution toward a better world. In her free time, Maryanne can be found hiking the nearby trails and volunteering at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Maggie Hart, Outreach Coordinator
xt. 100, maggiehart@lagunafoundation.org
Maggie joined the Foundation staff in July 2005. Her background in nonprofit administration includes working for the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, San Francisco's Friends of the Urban Forest and Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center. Maggie holds an undergraduate degree in Ecology from Evergreen State University.






Sierra Castillo, Donor Services and Communications Assistant
xt. 109, sierra@lagunafoundation.org
Sierra is a Sebastopol native whose close proximity to the Laguna instilled a great appreciation for wildlife and open space. Her work life has taken her from project management to to marketing and event planning, and for a short time in 2009, volunteering at the Laguna Foundation. Sierra spent over a decade learning various methods of beekeeping and has enjoyed the many perspectives and opportunities offered along the way. She is happy to return to the Laguna Foundation, to serve a mission that resonates with her heart.




Kristen Emerick, Administrative Assistant
xt. 112, kristen@lagunafoundation.org
Kristen joined the foundation staff in July of 2017. Raised in a small town near Yosemite National Park, Kristen grew up with a love for nature and the environment. Over the years, she has been a part of mulitple volunteer groups, each having a strong focus on connecting with nature. Kristen holds a BA in Sociology from Sonoma State University and is planning on continuing her education with a Multiple-Subject teaching credential, and eventually a Masters in Education. Kristen is excited to educate and inspire children to care for the world around them.



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Education Programs Staff

Christine Fontaine, Director of Education Programs
xt. 102, christine@lagunafoundation.org
Chris has been striving to connect people to nature since 1995. She has a BA in Sociology with a minor in Physical Science from Sonoma State University and a Multiple-Subject elementary school teaching credential from Dominican University. In addition to working in the formal education field, she has a background in business administration, management, and environmental education, serving as a naturalist docent at Bouverie Preserve since 1996. Her work and volunteer experience naturally led to the non-profit field, serving as the Education Programs Coordinator for Point Reyes National Seashore Association, then as Point Reyes Field Seminars Director from 2001-07. In 2006 she began volunteering for the Laguna Foundation on the Education Program Committee and joined the staff in 2007.


Anita Smith, Public Education Manager

xt. 110, anita@lagunafoundation.org
Anita joined the staff in spring 2012. Born and raised in the Laguna watershed, Anita's lifelong love of nature and passion for environmental education first connected her with the Laguna Foundation as a docent and volunteer. She was a naturalist for the Kern Environmental Education Program, studied wildlife in Alaska with the Fish and Wildlife Service, and developed many successful public education programs as Executive Director of the Environmental Resource Center in Ketchum, Idaho. With a Masters in Ecological Design for Sustainable Communities, a Bachelor's in International Environmental Studies, and years as an evaluator for science education programs, Anita brings a depth and breadth of cross-cultural experience working with non-profits, schools, foundations, businesses, and agencies at local, national, and international levels.


Moira Hill, Heron Hall Coordinator

xt. 122, moira@lagunafoundation.org
Moira first connected with the Laguna Foundation as a volunteer Guide in 2014 and joined the Foundation staff in August of 2016. Moira has 2 BA degrees from the University of California Santa Barbara (Geography, Environmental Studies), and certificates in Graphic Design and Fine Art (coursework equivalent to BFA in Graphic Design.) She taught graphic design and design applications at the Santa Rosa Junior College for 7 years. Since 1997, she has been self-employed creating successful promotional and advertising campaigns for clients in the health, humanitarian, cultural, manufacturing, and service industries.


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Restoration & Conservation Science Programs Staff

Dr. Wendy Trowbridge, Director of Restoration and Conservation Science Programs
xt. 108, wendy@lagunafoundation.org
Wendy became our new Director of Restoration and Conservation Programs in January 2015. She is a wetland plant ecologist who has worked in a variety of systems from the Sacramento River to Ruby Lakes in Northern Nevada to rangelands in Western China . She got her PhD at UC Davis as part of a multidisciplinary study of riparian restoration on The Nature Conservancy's Cosumnes River Preserve. For the last 10 years she has been research faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno where her research focused on invasive species, wetland communities and aquatic food webs. In addition to her academic experience she has taught environmental education, run a native plant nursery, and volunteered counting hawks for the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory.


Brent Reed, Ecological Program Manager

xt. 101, brent@lagunafoundation.org
Brent's first professional experience with ecological restoration in the Laguna watershed was working on the Kelly Farm Demonstration Wetlands in 1989, while on summer break from studies for a B.S. degree in Natural Resources Management at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After getting his degree, Brent moved back home to Sonoma County in 1995 and has been supervising, designing, and working in all facets of ecological restoration on projects throughout northern California as a former Restoration Specialist with Circuit Rider Productions and independent contractor. Before joining the Foundation in November of 2011, Brent was involved in multiple restoration projects and on-going vernal pool monitoring in the Laguna watershed, often in partnership with the Laguna Foundation.


Sarah Gordon, Conservation Science Program Manager

xt. 105, sarah@lagunafoundation.org
Sarah joined the Laguna Foundation staff in February of 2017, and has been volunteering with the Foundation for over ten years, beginning with the docent training program (where she visited a vernal pool for the first time). More recently, she has provided volunteer support to the Vernal Pool Citizen Science Program. Sarah is a plant ecologist with experience in seasonal wetland plant ecology and rare plant conservation and mitigation. She completed her M.S. degree at Sonoma State University in 2006 and subsequently worked as a lecturer, research technician and ecological consultant, specializing in botany, rare plants and vernal pool ecosystems, primarily in Sonoma County.

 


Walter Earle, Nursery Manager
walter@lagunafoundation.org
Bio coming soon!

 

 

 



Paul Weber, Restoration Field Supervisor
paul@lagunafoundation.org
Paul's first experience with the Laguna Foundation was through the restoration internship program where he quickly learned that the Laguna de Santa Rosa Watershed and its unique ecology was something that he wanted to be a part of. His internship lasted from the winter of 2013 until the summer of 2014. Subsequently, Paul was offered a seasonal position as a restoration technician which he gladly accepted. Paul is now a recent graduate from Sonoma State University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Conservation and Restoration and a minor in Geography. Now that he works full-time for the Laguna Foundation, Paul is eager to dedicate his new career to the betterment of the Laguna Watershed and maintain the connections he has made within it.


Asa Voight, Restoration Technician II
asa@lagunafoundation.org
Asa Voight, a Certified Master Naturalist, has been restoring and maintaining native habitats with the Laguna Foundation seasonally since 2015. Asa’s strong background of working closely with native flora and fauna began with 7 years as a sustainable farmer along the Russian River riparian zone. His past work in natural resource management as a Crew Supervisor with Conservation Corps North Bay has given him experience leading numerous resource conservation projects in a variety of local ecosystems. Asa is thrilled to be continuing his work in ecological restoration as a full time Restoration Technician with the Laguna Foundation, restoring and maintaining this wetland of international importance.



Hannah Werdmuller, Restoration Technician
hannah@lagunafoundation.org
Bio coming soon!

 

 

 

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