Beth Bray, Outreach and Development Director, hails from the Midwest but has lived in Humboldt County for over 15 years. After graduating from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, Beth moved to Humboldt and worked in the local schools, eventually earning a teaching credential from Humboldt State. In 2007, Beth began her career in non-profits. Beth now has nearly ten years of experience as a professional fundraiser and is the Lead Instructor for New Designs for Fundraising, a fundraising certificate program offered through Humboldt State University. She is excited to bring her fundraising experience to the Northcoast Regional Land Trust to help preserve and protect the unique and awe inspiring landscapes of Humboldt County. In her free time, Beth enjoys reading, cooking, biking, and traveling throughout the west.
Dan Ehresman, Executive Director, joined the Northcoast Regional Land Trust in January 2016, bringing over 15 years of experience working with conservation-based organizations in Northern California. With family roots deeply connected to the land, its waters and its habitats – human and wild – he was drawn to NRLT for being an organization that understands that the health of the land and the health of its people are directly related. When he isn’t in front of the computer screen or navigating the complexities of an exciting conservation project, you might find him practicing lazy gardening, exploring solitary streams or walking hilltops where cows and elk may roam. Dan lives with his partner Emily above the shores of Humboldt Bay.
Sheri Harrison, Outreach and Development Assistant, grew up in the small town of Hayfork, located in the heart of Trinity County. She moved to Humboldt County in 2015 to attend the Environment and Community Master’s program at Humboldt State University where she graduated in 2017. Sheri’s family roots and experiences growing up in the Hayfork community have led to a deep understanding of the importance of protecting historical working landscapes for both people and the natural environment. Her interest in the connection of people and place led her to focus her graduate studies on logger identity and communities’ dependent on natural resources. Sheri’s interests and values align closely with the mission of NRLT. She is excited to be part of a team and organization dedicated to protecting working landscapes for the health of the environment and quality of life in our area. Sheri enjoys archery, hunting, gardening, canning and preserving foods, and spending time with her goats and chickens, and her dogs, Zoey and Mace.
Karlee Jewell, Project Manager, spent her childhood beneath the Oak trees of California’s Central Coast, making her northward migration to Humboldt County in 2011 to study at Humboldt State University, where she graduated in 2015. With each day her respect and love for Northern California deepens. She recognizes the inherent connection that exists here between people and place, and is excited to bring experience in conservation and restoration projects, multiple-use land management strategies, community outreach and environmental education to NRLT in hopes of supporting and strengthening this connection. Rain or shine you can usually catch Karlee running, biking (mountain or paved), making jewelry, or spending time with her chickens, Clementine and Frita.
Lance Spece, Project Manager, graduated from Humboldt State with a BS in Environmental Science and Management. His education introduced him to land trusts and their unique ability to conserve land and water resources from a grassroots level. His interest and understanding of their vital role in communities only grew through his time with the Mendocino Land Trust. Born and raised in Sacramento County, Lance gained a strong connection to the natural world early in life while fishing, camping and exploring nearby Tahoe and Grass Valley. He has made it his career goal to protect, maintain, and enhance watersheds and landscapes for the benefit of all species. These are values and goals which he feels coincide with the mission of NRLT. Lance enjoys cooking, fishing, camping, and birding.
Zoey, Happiness Coordinator, was born and raised in Westhaven, CA. She joined the NRLT team in June 2019. Zoey enjoys running around the forest, playing with her goats and other dog friends, and of course coming to work with Sheri everyday!