Staff

 

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.

 

 

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.​

 

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.

 

Sheri HarrisonDevelopment 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 reading.