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.
Kristen Pfeiler, Membership Coordinator
Kristen grew up in an area very similar to the Eastern Sierra, except everything was on a smaller scale – the Ruby Mountains just outside of Wells, Nevada were her playground. Her world is rooted in fun-loving people and adventure in wild places, ultimately leading her all over the western U.S. in service of connecting people with their own wild sides and spaces. She has spent many seasons with the U.S. Forest Service, various adventure recreation guiding outfits, and AmeriCorps conservation crews throughout the West. She recently received her master’s degree in Adult Organizational Learning and Leadership from the University of Idaho, and now feels honored to call Eastern Sierra Land Trust and Bishop her home. She is excited to bring her background in land management, adult education, and organizational development to ESLT. Outside of the office, she serves as a member of the Inyo County Search and Rescue team, teaches wilderness medicine and womens’ chainsaw courses, and travels the West with her husband and puppy to ski volcanoes and climb desert towers.
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.
Andrew Ehlert, Land Stewardship Associate
Andrew grew up in New Jersey and came to love nature through hiking with family and friends in and around the Delaware Water Gap. He continued to seek natural spaces when he moved to North Carolina in 2010. There, he took up trail running, volunteered at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, and worked in sustainable agriculture. Through his work, he considered the ways that agriculture, conservation, and community can combine to restore habitats and our relation to them. He’s excited to apply everything he’s learned to his work with Eastern Sierra Land Trust and to be working to help the Eastern Sierra community conserve this beautiful part of the world.
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.
Bill Dunlap, Director
Rick Kattelmann, Director
Joanne Parsons, Director
Brynn Pewtherer, Director
Tony Taylor, Board Member Emeritus
President – Sierra Business Council
Chairman and CEO – Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
Attorney at Law
Retired Special Operations Coordinator – Inyo National Forest
Dr. Rick Kattelmann
Retired Hydrologist; Lands Committee
Paul and Kate Page
Donor Special Events
Finance and Investment Committee
Finance and Investment Committee