Beth Bray, Outreach and Development Director, hails from the Midwest but has lived in Humboldt County for nearly 20 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, she began her career in non-profits. Beth has over 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 joined the Northcoast Regional Land Trust in 2017 and has loved getting to know the volunteers, supporters, and staff who make it a really special place to work. 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.
Anna Gaines, Finance and Administration Manager, has fifteen years experience in event and project management and thrives in the high-pressure activity before a big event. Her passion for leading teams to achieve their highest potential led her to earn her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She hopes to use her enhanced leadership skills to lead teams to success through strategic and authentic leadership. Additionally, Anna is an accomplished classical musician with extensive experience in the choral arts. When not singing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children on their property where they play with the dogs, collect eggs from the ducks and chickens, and grow their own fruits and vegetables. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening, camping and hiking.
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.
Andria Townsend, Project Manager, received her B.S. in Wildlife from Humboldt State University in 2013. She has worked for the University of Wyoming counting songbirds, the U.S. Forest Service searching for Northern spotted owls, and for the Wildlife Conservation Society as a technician on a fisher reintroduction project outside of Chico, CA. She went on to pursue research of fishers for her Master’s thesis as a graduate student in the Wildlife department at HSU. Her work there focused on forest stand use by fishers relative to squirrel occupancy and potential acorn availability. After graduating in 2019, Andria completed a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, walking 2650 miles from the Canadian border to the Mexican border in under 5 months. Andria is excited to get to work at NRLT, bringing experience in grant/report writing and project management, as well as a long-time passion for land conservation.
Zach Wenderott, Project Manager, spent his early years wandering the open prairies of Kansas where he cultivated a passion for an outdoor lifestyle, an enthusiasm for exploring, and a desire for a landscape not described as “flatter than a pancake." By 2013, westward drift and itchy feet had pushed him as close to the Pacific as possible, and there he settled in Arcata where he cast a wide net gathering experience in fisheries ecology, forestry, and forest conservation. In 2021, he graduated from Humboldt State University with an MS in Forestry, Watershed, & Wildland Sciences. He looks forward to bringing his experiences in land management, restoration, and conservation to NRLT. With a keen eye, you might find him deep in the Humboldt forests lugging a backpack full of fresh chanterelles or perhaps see him navigating the endless alpine lakes of the Klamath mountain ranges in an endless search for adventure.