Lisa began her role as Executive Director in 2018 after five years with the RCD during which time she played a key leadership role in developing many of the RCD’s core programs and innovative projects related to stewardship in agriculture. Lisa believes passionately in the mission of the RCD and working collaboratively to find common ground solutions to difficult challenges.
She is motivated by the spirit of community and the strength of relationships that are built through the act of caring for natural resources. Prior to joining the RCD, Lisa managed agricultural water quality partnerships and programs for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Lisa has degrees in biology and environmental studies from the University of Washington and a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University. Having worked on watershed management projects with communities in the Pacific Northwest, the Ecuadorian Andes, and coastal North Carolina, Lisa feels fortunate to have set down roots in her adopted home of Santa Cruz.
Arianne Rettinger has been with the RCD since 2004 and has served as the Director of Finance since 2022. Ari 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.
Growing up in the Santa Cruz Mountains instilled a passion for the environment that lead Matt to study Watershed Science at Colorado State University. While in Colorado he gained specific experience from monitoring forest fires and implementing forest restoration treatments both on private and public land.
Tangi has been with the District since 2002. Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, she spent summers traveling the hill to get to Santa Cruz and Monterey beaches. She graduated with a BA from the Environmental Studies program at UC Santa Cruz with interests in Natural History and Agroecology.
Looking for wide-open spaces she lived in northwestern Montana for several years working for the Forest Service and hiking the national forests on the Forest Inventory and Assessment crews in Montana, parts of Idaho, Wyoming, and South Dakota. Her interdisciplinary background helped foster a love for plants, animals, and natural ecosystems. After returning to California, she settled in the San Lorenzo Valley to raise her two children, both now grown. Hobbies include hiking, backpacking, yoga, and gardening.
Tangi is dedicated to supporting the District and staff to make Santa Cruz a more resilient and sustainable community for all. Her interdisciplinary background helped foster a love for plants, animals, and natural ecosystems. It is this devotion that inspires her to work for an organization that seeks to find voluntarily win-win solutions that help people help the land.
Sharon Corkrean joined the RCD in February, 1982 and served as the Director of Finance until January, 2022. 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.
Alfredo joined the RCD in February of 2022 after spending over a year in the private agriculture industry. Living his whole life in the agriculture-filled south county, initiated interests to study sustainable water resources at San Jose State University.
He now aims to connect with local growers to improve irrigation efficiency in the face of California’s drought events.
Alfred has prior experience working for a large local nursery to improve water management practices in various growing locations. He enjoyed taking on production responsibilities while collaborating with the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (RCD) and UC Coopertive Extension (UCCE) to complete irrigation efficiency projects that best fit the nursery setting. With a degree in Environmental Studies, he now understands the connection between agriculture and maintaining groundwater resources.
Angie came to the RCD in 2005 with over 12 years of sales, marketing, and program management experience from Silicon Valley start-ups and local environmental non-profits. She currently manages RCD programs focused on reducing sediment in local waterways to improve stream habitat and other beneficial uses. She also plays double duty as the RCD’s Communications Specialist where she puts her event management, graphics and outreach skills to work.
Angie loves working with the community and supporting landowners and is forever inspired by their enthusiasm and openness for completing conservation projects on their own properties. In Santa Cruz since the age of three, Angie attended Cabrillo College and San Jose State University, and proudly served in the United States Air Force Reserves and currently lives in Soquel.
Outside of the RCD Angie is infatuated with exploring local creeks and streams and is always up for rock climbing or hitting the trails with her dogs.
Ag Technical Program Specialist
Dan started with the RCD in April of 2021 after a variety of roles in the agriculture and mapping worlds. Dan believes that everything can be learned and solutions can be created. He is thrilled to serve in a role that allows him to work directly with many different growers to assist them with the conservation and stewardship components of their businesses.
Dan’s prior experience includes work with agricultural communities throughout Mexico and Central America, a four year sojourn at Apple Maps and, most recently, leading a team of specialists in organic certification. Dan has a degree in Environmental Studies from UCSC and a Masters in Geography from San Francisco State.
Sacha Lozano joined the Santa Cruz RCD in 2011. Since then, he has been actively engaged in hands-on collaborative work with local communities, ag industry leaders, individual producers, non-profits, academic researchers, and public agencies to advance environmental stewardship in agriculture on the CA central coast.
During the past 10+ years managing multiple ag-related projects, he has cultivated partnerships and addressed barriers to provide technical assistance, education and outreach to growers (in English and Spanish), focusing on soil erosion control, irrigation and nutrient management, soil health, water quality protection, climate change mitigation, and carbon farming planning. At the RCD Sacha has found fertile ground to promote inclusion of historically disadvantaged demographic groups and balance multiple perspectives when addressing complex natural resource conservation issues. Prior to joining the RCD, Sacha coordinated a multicultural education program (4 years) focusing on ocean and watershed literacy, with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Watershed Restoration Program Manager
Daniel Nylen leads the Watershed Restoration Program at the RCD, working with public and private landowners to plan and implement effective watershed health programs to promote healthy ecosystems that are adaptable to climate change.
Angie joined the RCD in January of 2022 after working in a wide variety of land stewardship and roles from the Sierra Nevada to the Santa Cruz Mountains. She has a BS in Animal Ecology with a focus in Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University. She is also an ISA Certified Arborist and recently received a graduate certificate in Urban Forestry from Oregon State University.
Angie is looking forward to using her knowledge and experience in land management to benefit the forests, wildlife and people in Santa Cruz County.
Originally from Iowa, Angie came out to California in 2013 to join a Santa Cruz based conservation corps. After working on the Pacific Crest Trail for a season, she decided to stay. In her free time she enjoys fishing, trail running a reading a good book.
Laurel started with the RCD in September 2022. Their ecological education began as a child while exploring the redwood forests and coastal prairies of Santa Cruz. They value an interdisciplinary approach to land stewardship that recognizes humans as an integral part of ecosystem processes. They are interested in prescribed fire, intentional ecosystem management, and maintaining biodiversity.
Laurel graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in Society and Environment and a BA in Sociology. Since college, they have worked in Idaho, on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, in Lake County CA, and in the Bay Area. Their experience includes project management and implementation, botanical surveying, and stakeholder engagement. Outside of work, Laurel can be found hiking some of the same trails that the RCD helps steward – unless they’re too busy rock climbing or swimming in the ocean.
Cameron joined the RCD in July 2022 as part of the agriculture stewardship team. He is originally from Washington State where he obtained a degree from Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. Studying agroecology is where he first witnessed the great potential to link agriculture management with sustainability.
Cameron has worked with a mobile irrigation lab, as student farmer running an organic farm, and spent time on farms in Argentina. He also has a background commercial fishing in Alaska and working in the service industry where he gained invaluable skills.
Currently he is finishing up a horticulture degree at Cabrillo College. He plans to continue his passion for lifelong learning with a special focus on irrigation and conservation. He lives with his fiancé, two dogs, and two cats and enjoys soaking in all the beauty this area has to offer.
Kelli is the Consulting Technical Director for the RCD. Kelli utilizes her education in Soil Science and 20 years of planning, permitting, biological monitoring and construction oversite experience to assist the RCD in restoration activities aimed at species recovery, riparian restoration and ecosystem health, and managed aquifer recharge.
NRCS Agricultural Engineer
As the Agricultural Engineer for NRCS in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties, Dillon’s work focuses on the technical aspects of planning and designing conservation systems to conserve our soil, water, energy, plant, and wildlife resources.
NRCS Soil Conservationist
Alanna Burhans is a Soil Conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service. She has been with NRCS since 2021 and was originally stationed in The Merced Field Office.
NRCS District Conservationist
Drew Mather is a Soil Conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service. He’s been with NRCS since 2006 working as both a soil scientist and a soil conservationist. He’s been on soil survey crews in Wyoming, Nevada, and California, and since 2011 has been working with farmers and ranchers in the Pajaro and other watersheds throughout the Central Coast to conserve natural resources on public, private, and...
NRCS Program/Eligibility Assistant
Jennifer has served as Program Assistant for the USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service since July 2010. She provides a variety of specialized administrative support for these counties along the Central Coast; San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara.