Staff
Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County Staff

 

chris-coburnChris Coburn

Executive Director

Chris is the Executive Director of the RCD. He has over fifteen years of public and private sector experience working on a variety of assignments related to water and environmental quality. Chris has a degree in Biopsychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Master's in Environmental Science and Management, from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB. Away from work, Chris enjoys a variety of outdoor sports and chasing after his twin boys.
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sharon-corkreanSharon Corkrean

Director of Finance

Sharon Corkrean joined the RCD in February, 1982 and serves as the Director of Finance. She resides in Santa Cruz County where she was born and raised. Sharon’s family has farmed in the Watsonville area for over 50 years. She loves spending time with her husband and two daughters. Sharon also enjoys spending time with friends, kayaking, walking on the beach, hiking in the mountains, baseball, and Saturday Mornings at the Farmer's Market.
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kelli-camaraKelli Camara Lasher

Program Director

Kelli Camara Lasher has been with the RCD since 2007. As the Technical Program Director, Kelli utilizes her background in Soil Science to coordinate restoration activities aimed at species recovery, riparian restoration and ecosystem health, and water conservation. In 2012, Kelli was honored by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors for her work implement hundreds of conservation projects and increase environmental awareness...
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sacha-lozanoSacha Lozano

Program Manager

Sacha Lozano leads the RCD’s work on agriculture and conservation, working with growers, landowners and private and public partners to advance sustainable management of water, nutrients and soil in the County’s farmlands. He is also involved in a regional effort to assess the economic value of ecosystem services and return on investment resulting from conservation and stewardship actions, made possible through RCD’s partnerships.
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ari-rettingerAri Rettinger

Grants Manager

Arianne Rettinger has been with the RCD since 2004 and values being able to assist in finding solutions to local conservation issues. Being a native of Monterey, CA, she has grown up understanding the importance of preserving our region’s ecosystems and resources, while recognizing the economic importance that industry plays in our region. Since 2012, in her role as Grants Manager, she has been responsible for managing grants...
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angie-gruysAngela Gruys

Communications Specialist

Angie came to the RCD with a wealth of sales, marketing, and program management experience from Silicon Valley start-ups and local environmental non-profits. She joined the RCD in 2005 as the Livestock and Land Program Specialist and has been thrilled to see program participation nearly triple.

Angie currently manages the Rural Road Erosion Control Assistance Program and the Stormwater Program...
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karl-fieberlingKarl Fieberling

Grant Administrator

As a Grant Administrator for the Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District since February 2007, Karl’s responsibilities include the administration of sub-contracts and preparation of invoices and deliverables. Previously Karl was a Financial Analyst for the Trust for Public Land in San Francisco. Before that Karl held various positions in accounting and finance. Karl graduated from the University of Colorado with an MBA in Finance in 1980...
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stacie-ruffoniStacie Ruffoni

Conservation Program Specialist

As the Pajaro Watershed Coordinator, Stacie works in partnership with multiple RCDs to bring resources to the many issues of the watershed. Prior to being with the RCD, Stacie received both her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Landscape Architecture degrees from UC Berkeley, focusing her MLA thesis on the Pajaro River. After working for multiple firms on community planning projects involving complex stakeholder facilitation, Stacie joined the RCD in 2012.
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lisa-lurieLisa Lurie

Conservation Program Specialist

Lisa Lurie is a Conservation Program Specialist with the RCD. She leads voluntary, collaborative projects to address water supply and water quality issues in the lower Pajaro River Watershed. These include developing performance-based incentives for conservation in agriculture, and supporting community-driven efforts to reduce aquifer overdraft. Prior to joining the RCD in March of 2013, Lisa worked since 2007 as the Agricultural Water Quality Coordinator...
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gerry-spinelliGerry Spinelli

Agricultural Technical Specialist

Gerry is interested in water conservation and water quality issues and works collaboratively with growers to improve the efficiency of irrigation systems and of fertilization management. Gerry grew up on an olive and vegetable farm on the hills overlooking Florence, Italy. He studied Agronomy and Tropical Agriculture at the University of Florence, supporting himself through college with work as a carpenter, hotel receptionist, landscaper, barista, truck driver, street musician and beekeeper...
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tangi-chapmanTangi Chapman

Executive Assistant – Benefits Coordinator – Office Management - Board Secretary

Tangi Chapman has worked for the District since 2002. She has lived primarily in Santa Cruz since starting at UC Santa Cruz in 1991. After graduating the UCSC’s Environmental Studies Program, Tangi moved to Montana to live and work in the Rocky Mountains. After several years with the U.S. Forest Service in Montana, Tangi returned to Santa Cruz to settle down and start a family.
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Natural Resources Conservation Service Staff

 

rich-casaleRich Casale

District Conservationist

Rich Casale is the District Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Santa Cruz County. NRCS “Helps People Help the Land.” Services are provided free of charge in collaboration with the RCD of Santa Cruz County. Rich has been with NRCS since 1975. He has a BS degree in Natural Resources Management from Humboldt State University.
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jennifer-nowarkJennifer Nowark

Program/Eligibility Assistant

Jennifer currently serves as Program Assistant for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. She provides a variety of specialized administrative support in Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, and San Mateo County. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the application/eligibility process for all participants applying for program funding. After funding is obligated, she is responsible for...
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