Archives for “People & Places”

  • Protected: Staff spotlight: Monica Delmartini, Stewardship Specialist

    June 24, 2024

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  • Staff spotlight: Mary Thayer, Executive Secretary

    May 23, 2024

    Mary isĀ  a California native who graduated from Madison High School in San Diego and attended college in San Bernardino and Sacramento before graduating with an AA degree from Santa Rosa Junior College. Mary now lives in Rohnert Park, and …

  • Lorri Duckworth remembered

    May 23, 2024

    We at Ag + Open Space are profoundly saddened by the recent passing of long-time farmer and community advocate, Lorri Duckworth. As some of our most well-known easement landowners, Lorri, her husband Oscar, and their children have been inspirational in …

  • Staff spotlight: Catherine Iantosca, Senior Stewardship Specialist

    April 23, 2024

    Catherine grew up in Santa Rosa and studied environmental science at Sonoma State and UC Santa Barbara. She has worked with Ag + Open Space for 6 years, originally as a Stewardship Technician and currently as a Senior Stewardship Specialist. …

  • Staff spotlight: Olivia Fiori (she/her), Acquisition Specialist

    March 27, 2024

    Prior to working at Ag + Open Space, Olivia worked at The Conservation Fund for nearly 9 years, where she focused on sustainable timber harvesting, forest monitoring, wildlife management (including working with northern spotted owls), archaeological surveys, erosion control and …

  • Staff Spotlight: Jake Newell, Stewardship Supervisor

    February 28, 2024

    Jake grew up on the urban edge of Red Bluff, CA on a small suburban street constructed in the dwindling expanse of valley oak savannah. He spent his playtime wandering the savannah, listening to birdsong, watching out for rattlesnakes and …

  • Staff spotlight: Steph Tavares (she/her), Sr. Acquisition Specialist

    January 24, 2024

    Steph grew up in an agricultural demonstration park in the Salinas Valley, where her dad was a ranger. She has a BA in Global Studies and History from UCSB and a JD and Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from …

  • Staff spotlight: Leslie Lew (she/her), Natural Resources Specialist

    December 28, 2023

    Prior to joining Ag + Open Space, Leslie was the Chief of the US Fish and Wildlife Service – California\Nevada Wildlife Refuge Planning Office. Leslie has worked in habitat restoration, flood control, trail building, preserve management, and prescribed fire work. …

  • Staff Spotlight: Carrie Johnson, Secretary

    November 29, 2023

    Meet our secretary Carrie Johnson, who has been with Ag + Open Space for two remarkable decades! With a rich background deeply rooted in agriculture, Carrie spent her early childhood years living with her mom and her maternal grandparents on …

  • Staff Spotlight: Taylor Acosta (she/her), Stewardship Assistant

    October 24, 2023

    Say hello to our Stewardship Assistant, Taylor Acosta. Taylor was born and raised in Humboldt County and attended Sonoma State University earning a degree in Geology while playing Division II basketball. Following graduation, she moved to Portland where she worked …