At Eastern Sierra Land Trust, we often talk about our accomplishments in terms of lands, water, and wildlife. And yet, at our core, we’re an organization OF the community, FOR the community.
Each member of our Staff and Board of Directors brings unique insights and expertise to the table, and we work collaboratively to ensure that we take into account the many opinions that make our region so wonderfully diverse. By working together, we believe that we can find common ground and develop long-term land use solutions that will benefit all: residents and visitors, ranchers and environmentalists, families and wildlife alike. Together with supporters like you, we’re creating a better future for the Eastern Sierra we love.
Are you interested in joining our team at Eastern Sierra Land Trust? Visit our Employment Page to see current staff openings, and contact us today to share your skills and passions with us. We’re always looking for energized and committed community members who want to have a hand in advancing local conservation.
Eastern Sierra Land Trust Staff
Kay Ogden, Executive Director
Susanna Danner, Land Conservation Program Director
Heather Freeman, Philanthropy Manager
Marie Ring, Education Coordinator & AmeriCorps Member
Marie joined the ESLT team in October 2018 and is excited for all of the new opportunities to come. Although she was born and raised in Maine, the Eastern Sierra has always been a place she’s wanted to explore. She recently graduated from the University of Maine in May 2018 with a degree in Biology and a minor in Ecology and Environmental Sciences. While serving with ESLT, Marie is looking forward to working with children to get them excited about the environment at a young age and connecting the community to the Eastern Sierra. When not working, you can often find Marie spending time outside exploring new hiking trails, reading in her hammock or trying to become friends with any dogs she comes across.
Sara Kokkelenberg, Land Stewardship Manager
Kristen Stipanov, Communications Coordinator
Back in Kristen’s childhood home, there lies a book full of bad poetry about the Eastern Sierra that she authored as a ten-year-old. Today, she claims that her experiences in these same mountains drove her to pursue her degree in art history and English literature from Stanford University. She focused her studies there on photography and literature from the American West. Kristen is grateful to now work for this land she has returned to all her life. She brings a background in community journalism, photography, and nonprofit work to the Eastern Sierra Land Trust. Outside of the office, Kristen enjoys cycling, hot-springs-soaking, and heading off deep into the wilderness with a backpack full of novels.
Carissa Gospodinoff, Administrative Manager
Carissa grew up 30 miles outside New York City in Greenwich, Connecticut, where her family had operated a tree nursery for four generations. As a kid growing up on this 10-acre property surrounded by nature, the only rule during summer was to come home and eat when the dinner bell was rung. After attending college in New York City, Carissa worked in the U.S. Virgin Islands educating school groups about local ecology and various methods to increase local conservation efforts. Once she returned stateside, Carissa realized she wanted to explore more of the country and accepted a position in South Lake Tahoe as Operations Manager with the Sierra Nevada Alliance. She quickly fell in love with the Sierra Nevada region. Carissa is excited to continue working hard to protect and preserve such a valuable part of the country with ESLT. In her free time you can find Carissa frolicking through streams and rivers with her pup, Samson.
Amanda Jaramillo, Development Coordinator
Amanda first discovered the beauty of the Eastern Sierra in 2013 while pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Geology. After experiencing her first Eastern Sierra sunset, she knew this place was home. Eastern Sierra Land Trust gives her the opportunity to give back to the land and the community that means so much to her. Amanda’s professional background ranges from environmental consulting to project management and local government planning. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys rock climbing and exploring the backcountry with her two pups.
Bob Gardner, President
Marie Patrick, Vice President
Randy Keller, Secretary
Robert Sharp, Treasurer
Tim Bartley, Director
Tim and his wife Pam moved to Mammoth Lakes in 2010. Tim has been an active volunteer in local conservation, stewardship, and water quality projects. He spent his professional career in biotech research at Amgen, and holds a PhD. Tim is an avid fisherman, and he frequently works with ESLT’s volunteer team to advance important habitat restoration projects in the Eastern Sierra.
Rick Kattelmann, Director
Joanne Parsons, Director
Brynn Pewtherer, Director
Cyd Jenefsky, Director
Cyd moves between Stockton, Sacramento, and the Bay Area in her position as Interim Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Strategy and Educational Effectiveness at University of the Pacific. The Eastern High Sierra is her temple, and she has been hiking and cycling on the Eastside for many decades. As a dedicated member of our conservation community for many years, she is honored to do what she can to conserve this treasured land.
Tony Taylor, Board Member Emeritus
Paul and Kate Page