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Meredith Hendricks

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Executive Director

Meredith’s family history in ranching dates to the late 1800s in Goleta and informed much of her work in conservation nonprofit leadership for the last 20 years in northern California. Her career has focused on permanently conserving land for future generations and developing public open space in the San Francisco Bay Area, including 7 years as the Director of Land Programs at the nationally accredited land trust, Save Mount Diablo. Meredith holds a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology from UC Davis and a master’s degree in Environmental Business Relations from San Francisco State University.

Among Meredith’s most important career accomplishments is the creation of the Dr. Mary Bowerman Science and Research Program, providing small grants, especially to students, for research projects on Save Mount Diablo’s properties and protected land network in the Bay Area. She also successfully worked on the expansion of the regional Marsh Creek Trail network and was instrumental in protecting the last 95 acres of historic Anderson Ranch.

Vanessa Brooks

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Membership and Database Coordinator

Vanessa received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Service from Azusa Pacific University and has worked in the non-profit world for over ten years. Although new to the environmental field, her passion in non-profit work has remained the same: partnering with local communities to make a sustainable and positive impact. Vanessa’s love of nature and the outdoors inspires her work in preserving the beauty of Santa Barbara County. In her spare time, you can find her roller skating, cooking, or trolling local nurseries for new houseplants.

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Leslie Chan

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Land Programs Manager

Leslie is the Land Programs Manager, a brand-new role at the Land Trust focusing on community outreach, program development, and project planning. Recently, Leslie was the visitation manager for the Dangermond Preserve at The Nature Conservancy. As the Land Programs Manager, Leslie will help the Land Trust engage more folks with our important work through community outreach programs including Land Trust Treks.

Her background in community engagement and conservation planning will be instrumental in the establishment of a north county preserve and further implementing the Land Trust’s strategic plan and the Conservation Blueprint.

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Hilary Doubleday

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Donor Engagement Manager

Hilary Doubleday is a 5th generation Santa Barbara resident with extensive experience in nonprofit fundraising and development. Before her experience in development and education, Hilary decided to make use of her college degree in English and Film by working in publishing and design. She spent several years at Time-Warner’s Sunset Magazine, wrote a regular parenting column for the online magazine ParentClick, and published two children’s books.

Hilary has been an active member of the Santa Barbara community and was a trustee at Marymount of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. She was also a founding member of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s SMart Families. In her spare time, Hilary loves reading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family over delicious meals.

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Sally Isaacson

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Education Coordinator

Sally works closely with the docents who lead programs for school children and adults at the Arroyo Hondo Preserve. She also coordinates volunteers for habitat restoration and trail maintenance work days.

Sally worked at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden for 20 years and is a former Director of Education. She has an M.A. in botany and several teaching credentials. She has taught for Allan Hancock College and in the public schools.

Sally enjoys writing and nature photography and occasionally writes articles for local publications. For many years, she and her husband ran a herd of beef cattle on the family ranch located near Lompoc. Currently, she has a small cow herd, a horse, and other animals on her own little ranch.

Lisa Macker

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Operations Manager

Lisa returned to the Land Trust in 2019, having worked here for seven years through early 2013.  She brings a wealth of non-profit financial and administrative experience to the Land Trust with over forty years of working with local non-profits including the Alpha Resource Center, Fielding Graduate University, VNA Health the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.  From 2010-2014 she served as a Trustee for Santa Barbara City College and currently is an active volunteer for other local organizations. She earned a degree in Business Economics from UCSB and has a CPA license (inactive).

Lisa is a long-time resident of Santa Barbara, moving to Goleta with her family in 1969.  She raised her three children here, enjoying the beautiful outdoors and all those special hiking spots unique to Santa Barbara. In her free time, Lisa is an active performing musician and also enjoys hiking as well as body surfing and swimming in the ocean.

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Kim Morucci

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Land Transaction Manager

As the land transaction manager, Kim plays an essential role in planning and managing various aspects of land acquisition efforts, landowner engagement, and grants. Kim brings nearly 20 years of experience in the real estate industry with an emphasis on land acquisition and conservation easement transactions. She worked closely with Save Mount Diablo, an accredited land trust and conservation organization in Northern California.

Recently relocated from the Bay Area, Kim is getting acquainted with her new hometown by exploring Santa Barbara County trails and beaches.

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Carrie Mullen

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Development & Communications Director

A wannabe farmer, Carrie has a passion for plants and gardening and fond memories of the beautiful lemon groves and rows of celery, cilantro, lettuce, and strawberries growing up in Ventura County. She has been a California Certified Nursery Professional since her college years, active in community gardening projects, and is a Master Gardener in Minnesota, Maryland, and West Virginia. When not working, Carrie likes to hike and bake for her friends and coworkers and aspires to be a member of the California Channel Islands All 8 Club.

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Alison Petro

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Land Stewardship Manager

Alison holds a dual Masters of Environmental Management and Masters of Forestry from the Nicholas School at Duke University. She previously worked at the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, where she developed a passion for working with landowners and using conservation easements as a tool to protect land. She’s worked in a variety of landscapes over the past ten years-from analyzing salamander habitat in the Southern Appalachians to studying birds in Belize to leading environmental education trips in Marin County, California.

Alison was born in San Francisco and grew up hiking throughout the Coast Range and Sierra Nevada mountains. These trips fueled her love of the outdoors and led her to pursue a career in conservation. She’s excited to be back in California, working to preserve and protect the beautiful landscapes and unique ecosystems of Santa Barbara County.

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Bruce Reitherman

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Conservation Director

Bruce discovered his passion for wildlife, wilderness travel and reliance on the bare necessities early in life and pursued his interest in the natural world making television nature documentaries for more than two decades. A growing family eventually compelled a desire to refocus closer to home and a return to his biologist roots. As the Conservation Director of the Land Trust, Bruce works with local landowners, government agencies, and community partners to conserve critical wildlife habitat, open space, and the agricultural livelihoods of Santa Barbara County families.

Bruce is an avid birder and naturalist, as well as an art and film enthusiast. He serves on the Santa Barbara Channelkeeper Board, working to protect and restore the Santa Barbara Channel and local watersheds.

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Zulima Rojas

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Bookkeeping Assistant

Originally from Venezuela, Zulima has a degree in engineering. In 2017, she moved to Santa Barbara and decided to pursue her interest in finance and accounting in lieu of engineering. She has a certificate in accounting from Santa Barbara City College and experience managing small businesses.

Recently, Zulima volunteered for the United Way preparing tax returns for those needing assistance and greatly enjoys community service and working with numbers. Zulima likes to read, write, and find peaceful places to explore outdoors in her free time.

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Devin Rothman

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Land Acquisition Manager

Devin’s lifelong passion for natural spaces has guided his work in land stewardship, ecological research, and environmental education from the midwestern US to New Zealand. He holds a Masters of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at University of California, Santa Barbara where he specialized in conservation planning. He comes to the Land Trust after spending the last three years working on community resilience and conservation in the Santa Barbara region at LegacyWorks Group. He is an avid hiker and naturalist, spending much of his time exploring trails across the County and getting acquainted with the unique landscape. Devin is thrilled to be joining the Land Trust where he can put his passion to work for the landscapes and community of Santa Barbra County.

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Gavin Spencer

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Arroyo Hondo Preserve Assistant Manager

From growing up in Ventura County and making Santa Barbara home, Gavin has cherished the vast beauty of grasslands, craggy sandstone peaks, and briny ocean air their whole life. His love of the region’s natural ecology has led him to work previously for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden as well as Grounded Land Works, a local landscaping firm specializing in native plant installation. In his downtime, he loves surfing, cooking for friends, and hosting creative writing groups. Gavin is thrilled to work at Arroyo Hondo where he can continue the work of land stewardship while working for better recreational land access for all of Santa Barbara County.

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Katie Szabo

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Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Katie brings several years of storytelling experience as a writer and marketer to the Land Trust along with the skills needed to raise community awareness and engagement. Her background in fundraising, real estate, nonprofit, and natural foods make her particularly adept at reaching a wide range of audiences through compelling communications.

Jennifer Dunn & John Warner

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Arroyo Hondo Preserve co-Managers

John has a great deal of experience when it comes to managing visitor activities and being responsible for overseeing business planning. John has a degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, California and experience as a Production manager which comes in handy for scheduling and managing large groups of people. In addition to working at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, John has three associate degrees from Santa Barbara City College in Nursery Production and Operations, Landscape Contracting, and Landscape Irrigation and owns his own California native plant nursery, Santa Barbara Natives, since 2003. John and his wife Jenn have been managing the Arroyo Hondo Preserve since 2005.

Jennifer is a very social person who has had experience as an event coordinator for Hind, an athletic apparel company in San Luis Obispo, California where she managed and scheduled public events and trade shows. Jennifer is a Registered Nurse who has been working at Cottage Hospital since 2003.

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Cindy Wright

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Office Coordinator

A seasoned administrator, Cindy spent 13 years at University of Southern California as an executive assistant to the vice president of capital construction development and real estate & asset management. Her career has spanned administration, sales, and human resources. While Cindy keeps everything on track at the Land Trust office, she likes to hike, ride horses, and practice photography in her free time. Cindy has also run two half marathons in the last 10 years and she is unquestionably a dog person.

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