Staff

Beth Bray, Outreach and Development Director, hails from the Midwest but has lived in Humboldt County for 20 years. Over the past fifteen years Beth has held management level positions in a variety of organizations from health care, to conservation, to higher education. Much of her work has focused on fundraising, outreach, and board development, but her responsibilities have expanded in recent years to include financial management. In addition to her work in non-profit management, Beth co-owns an auto repair shop with her husband and is part of the faculty for New Designs for Fundraising, an online course in nonprofit management offered through Cal Poly Humboldt Extended Education. Beth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Whitman College and a multiple subjects teaching credential from Cal Poly Humboldt. She is proud to be a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), a distinction she earned in 2014. She has served on the Board of Directors of CASA of Humboldt, the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County, and Wild Souls Ranch. She enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling. 

Dan Ehresman, Executive Director, first moved to the forested coast of Humboldt County in 1998. Dan has over 15 years of experience working in the non-profit sector with numerous conservation-based organizations in Northern California – most recently serving as Executive Director of the Northcoast Environmental Center. He is a board member of the Rose Foundation’s Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund and currently serves on the McKay Community Forest Advisory Group. He is committed to creating more sustainable communities, protecting and celebrating the ecological systems that sustain us, and supporting one another to create a more resilient future for life in all its forms – human and wild. Dan lives just above the shore of Humboldt Bay in Eureka and enjoys canoeing, hiking, birding, biking, gardening and building.

Matthew Morassutti, Community Engagement Manager, spent his childhood between the coastal rainforests and mountains of the Puget Sound in Washington State and the lakes, marshes, and game trails of the Canadian Shield in Northewestern Ontario. He landed in the Humboldt Bay area in 2017 to work among the superlative redwood forests unique to the place he now calls home. Between growing up, recreating, and making a living in wild and working landscapes, Matthew holds a deep appreciation for the world around us and the connection it fosters to oneself and one's community. Matthew looks forward to sharing his appreciation of Northern California with you - be it through a screen or in person! You can find Matthew hiking a trail, enjoying the beach, cooking up something in his home kitchen, or studying and writing as he pursues a master's degree at Cal Poly Humboldt. 

Douglas Page, Project Manager, spent his early years among the lakes, forests, and croplands across his home state of Minnesota. His early career was focused on wildlife biology, affording him the opportunity to work on research projects across the Gulf Coast, Western states, and the Mariana Islands. He moved to Humboldt in 2017 and graduated from Cal Poly Humboldt in 2020 with a M.S. in Natural Resources. Douglas immediately felt at home in the coastal redwoods and oak woodlands of Humboldt, which have a similar aesthetic to the red pines and oak savannahs where he grew up. He joined the team at NRLT to have a broader impact on wildlife conservation while also promoting sustainable land use practices. In his free time, Douglas keeps busy with gardening, raising ducks and goats, home improvement projects, or backpacking with his partner and their two dogs.

Nadia Van Lynn, Education Manager, feels tailor-made for her role at NRLT. There are few things she is more passionate about than exploring the connection between people and place and educating the next generation in ecologically sustainable practices—other than sharing the views and food of our beautiful, bountiful Northcoast with friends and family. Her most recent experiences as a teacher and after school program coordinator in McKinleyville, backed by several years as an outdoor educator and a degree in Environmental Education from Warren Wilson College, form a deliciously integrated base to build upon as the Education Manager at NRLT. Born and raised in Southern California, with intermittent pasturing in North Carolina and the Sierra Nevada Foothills, she’s grateful to have found her grass-finishing home here on the Northcoast. 

 

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.