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Staff

Administration | Education | Restoration & Conservation Science

Administration Staff

Anne Morkill, Executive Director
xt. 103, anne.morkill@lagunafoundation.org
Anne has worked in wildlife conservation for more than three decades, including 24 years as a wildlife biologist and refuge manager with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System in Colorado, Alaska, Florida, and California, and six years as a wildlife biologist with the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska. She was most recently the manager of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex which includes seven National Wildlife Refuges in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas and the Farallon Islands. Originally from Miami, Florida, Anne received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University and a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Wyoming. Anne is passionate about restoring native habitats and conserving imperiled wildlife through promoting science-based climate adaption, fostering collaborative partnerships, and connecting people to nature. Anne lives in Sebastopol with her partner Harry and canine-friend Daisy, and they enjoy sailing, bicycling, traveling, and exploring the diverse natural, historical, and culinary venues that abound in northern California.

Adrienne Gause, Administrative Manager
xt. 107, adrienne@lagunafoundation.org
Adrienne joined the Foundation staff in July of 2013 after graduating from SSU with a BS in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geography. Adrienne holds the SHRM-CP designation from the Society of Human Resource Management. Her career background includes working with local businesses and non-profit organizations in fundraising, advertising, graphic design, project management, accounting and HR functions. When not in the office, she enjoys camping, tending to her ever-growing succulent garden, and performing with the local dance troupe, Latin Elements.

Sierra Castillo, Development 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 background includes fund development, marketing and event planning, beekeeping and farming. Sierra also owns and operates Pollen & Fox Flower Farm, a small-scale flower farm dedicated to supporting pollinator health. Sierra is pleased to join Laguna Foundation to serve a mission that resonates with her heart.
Christine Kline, Financial Administrator
xt. 104, christine.kline@lagunafoundation.org
Christine Kline joined the staff January of 2020. She comes with 30 years of accounting experience in small to medium size private for-profit business and a few small non-profits. She has extensive public works non-union payroll contract management. Her interests have always been associated with natural resources. She spends much of her free time outside. She’s served on the Board of Directors for Friends of San Pablo Bay Natl Wildlife Refuge and Eldridge Mounted Patrol. She spent 15 years competing in equestrian endurance rides and experienced nature and wildlife over thousands of trail miles. She feels at home here.
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Education Programs Staff

Christine Fontaine, Director of Education
xt. 102, christine@lagunafoundation.org
Christine has been striving to connect people to nature since 1995. She has a BA in Sociology 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, volunteer management, and focused experience in environmental education and interpretation. 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.
Allison Titus, Community Education Manager
xt. 110, allison@lagunafoundation.org
Allison bridges conservation and education as the Community Education Manager at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. She plans, manages, and leads outings and online programs for a robust public education program that serves over 1,300 people across the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed every year. She collaborates closely with partner environmental organizations, educators, biologists, land managers, and our community to achieve the common goal of increasing appreciation for the Laguna de Santa Rosa and engagement with our natural world. Prior to working at the Laguna Foundation, she worked in conservation management on Mount Tamalpais, surveying the vast coastal flora, and as a lead instructor for Wilderness Orientation at UC Santa Cruz. A California native plant enthusiast, Allison is an active volunteer with CNPS Milo Baker Chapter and manages their social media platforms.
Maggie Hart, Outreach Manager
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.


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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 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 received a PhD from UC Davis as part of a multidisciplinary study of riparian restoration on The Nature Conservancy's Cosumnes River Preserve. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a research faculty member 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, managed 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 as an 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.
Shelly Spriggs, Wildlife Program Manager
shelly.spriggs@lagunafoundation.org
Shelly Spriggs is an avid wildlife tracker and landscape storyteller. Motivated by her passion for discovering and sharing nature’s stories, Shelly has spent the last 3 years leading wildlife monitoring studies along the lower Russian River and within the Laguna de Santa Rosa, as well as offering wildlife camera workshops for the public. An eternal student of nature, California Master Naturalist and Sonoma County native, Shelly is thrilled to bring her curiosity, enthusiasm and extensive ecological knowledge to her new position as Wildlife Program Manager.
Anne Wick, Nursery Manager
anne.wick@lagunafoundation.org
Anne has been planting ornamental and edible gardens for most of her adult life, but it was the internship at the Laguna Foundation that gave her a powerful sense of purpose in her work. The internship was a part of her studies at Santa Rosa Junior College where she is pursuing certificates in Landscape Design and Nursery Management. Anne has volunteered with Marin Master Gardeners to educate new gardeners and Marin County Parks to remove invasive plant species with her teenage daughters. Anne draws on her learning about protecting restoration nurseries from Phytophthora ramorum, working with Laguna field workers on our beautiful project sites, and collecting acorns from the mighty California oaks in her work growing plants for the Laguna’s restoration projects. She lives in Fairfax where she likes to jog on open space trails and watch zombie movies.
Asa Voight, Restoration Field Supervisor
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.
Annie Madden, Restoration Field Supervisor
annie.madden@lagunafoundation.org
Annie joined the Laguna Foundation in August 2019 while studying Natural Resources at the Santa Rosa Junior College. Her interest in ecological restoration and commitment to protecting the environment was ignited when she moved from Savannah, Mo., to Sonoma County in 2012. She has substantial experience in animal care; and in her work with Sonoma County Regional Parks and at Bodega Bay Kayak she expanded her understanding of coastal ecosystems and environmental education. Annie earned Associate Degrees in Forest and Watershed Management, Natural Sciences, and Parks and Recreation management at the SRJC. She considers working with the Laguna Foundation a dream job and looks forward to continuing her education in the field.
Michael Garrett, Restoration Field Technician
michael.garrett@lagunafoundation.org
Michael joined the Laguna Foundation in 2020. Michael is balancing his time between pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Composition and taking a hands-on approach towards an education and career in managing California’s beautiful ecosystems. Michael has spent time volunteering with the Bodega Land Trust restoring coastal prairie, and spent 2 years working for the US Forest Service on a wildfire handcrew. Witnessing California's recent wildfires, Michael came to believe that restoring the ecology to its natural state - a fire friendly environment - is part of the long term solution to the balancing of California's ecosystems. Michael is excited to continue his work and education with the Laguna Foundation and glad to be working in beautiful Sonoma County.

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