Meet the Staff

Administration

Melinda Booth, Executive Director

Melinda has been SYRCL’s Executive Director since 2017, after having served as Director of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival since 2011. Melinda brings more than 18 years of experience in environmental conservation and advocacy to her leadership.

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Melinda has been SYRCL’s Executive Director since 2017, after having served as Director of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival since 2011. Melinda brings more than 18 years of experience in environmental conservation and advocacy to her leadership. Before joining SYRCL, she focused her career on saving iconic species like bears, wolves, and salmon in the American West. At Defenders of Wildlife, she led campaigns to keep bears alive and wild in the Tahoe basin and helped reintroduce the California Condor back to the wild. As Development Manager at the California Wolf Center, Melinda led education, conservation and research on the North American gray wolf, and specifically the reintroduction of Mexican gray wolves to the Southwest. Her passion for wildlife eventually drew her to the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation where she served as Development Director, securing millions of dollars for their red panda habitat and an award-winning Native Predator exhibit featuring river otter, bald eagle, and salmon.

Melinda holds a MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, where she studied human-bear interactions in the wildland urban interface. Her publications span scientific journals, periodicals, and books. On a personal note, the Yuba River is central to Melinda’s everyday life. She and her husband live on a small slice of land overlooking the South Yuba. Not only is she professionally motivated to protect and restore the Yuba River watershed, she is also personally invested as a Yuba River homeowner.

Andrea Mason, Finance and Administration Director

Andrea, a Nevada County resident since birth, joined our team as the Finance Manager in October 2017. Having worked in accounting offices since she was 18, Andrea found that she had a natural affinity for numbers and appreciated the orderliness which only a cleanly balanced set of books can produce. 

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Andrea, a Nevada County resident since birth, joined our team as the Finance Manager in October 2017. Having worked in accounting offices since she was 18, Andrea found she had a natural affinity for numbers and appreciated the orderliness which only a cleanly balanced set of books can produce.

In 2006 she pursued her BA in Accounting from University of Phoenix, graduating in 2009. At the same time, she was working for a Nevada City firm as their Quality Control Manager, ensuring accuracy and compliance on income tax returns and accounting projects.

Andrea brings with her a broad knowledge base, a commitment to excellence, a prodigious attention to detail, and a dedication to serving the people of the community she lives in and loves. In her free time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, painting, wine-tasting, and book collecting.

Lauren Van Rheenen, Office Administrator

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Lauren spent much of her childhood visiting her grandparents in Nevada City. It was during these visits that she was first able to feed her passion for nature and wildlife. Over the years, this passion has only continued to grow.

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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Lauren spent much of her childhood visiting her grandparents in Nevada City. It was during these visits that she was first able to feed her passion for nature and wildlife. Over the years, this passion has only continued to grow.

While still in high school, Lauren spent two summers in the Tsavo area of Kenya, Africa studying and documenting the dynamics and travel patterns of local elephant herds. Her interest in the intersection between humans and nature inspired Lauren to move to Santa Cruz, where she pursued a BA in the History of Art and Visual Culture from UC Santa Cruz. After graduating from UCSC, she elected to take some time off from academia and traveled throughout Europe, putting her art history degree to use.

More recently, Lauren earned an MS in Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management from the University of Denver in Colorado, where her focus of study was directed towards the interaction between humans and keystone predators, specifically gray wolves. 

Now that she is back home in Nevada City, Lauren is looking forward to exploring the area that she fell in love with as a child. When not at work, you can find Lauren hiking the many trails in and around Nevada County, reading, or spending time with her sister and niece and their two cats.

Development & Membership

Julie Pokrandt, Development Director

After graduate school, Julie became the first executive director for a wildlife rehabilitation group in San Diego. There she saw first-hand how devastating habitat loss can be, especially for raptors and songbirds.

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After graduate school, Julie became the first executive director for a wildlife rehabilitation group in San Diego. There she saw first-hand how devastating habitat loss can be, especially for raptors and songbirds. Urban areas, where streams and wetlands are often sacrificed to development, are tough on wildlife and this inspired her to make a change. She moved to northern California to help put habitat back in the ground and joined a river habitat restoration organization. There, as the development director, she helped recruit members and educate the public on how river systems and riparian areas not only benefit birds, fish and mammals, but people and whole communities too. After working in Tucson with a national environmental organization dedicated to protecting endangered species, Julie is pleased to be back in California and be a part of SYRCL. She and her partner Matthew love rivers, and are looking for their next canoe so they can get back on the water.

Maddie Davis, Senior Membership Coordinator

Maddie grew up in Nevada County and spent her childhood exploring the Yuba, visiting the vast natural landscapes of California, and writing short stories about animals.

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Maddie grew up in Nevada County and spent her childhood exploring the Yuba, visiting the vast natural landscapes of California, and writing short stories about animals. From a young age, she was taught to respect each living creature and plant. She graduated in 2018 from Mills College with a BA in Sociology. She focused her studies on restorative justice in education and environmental racism, ever interested in how people and systems interact. Upon graduation, she joined the development department at Mills where she organized volunteers, fundraised, and managed a telephone outreach program. She is delighted to join the SYRCL team and support the protection of the Yuba watershed. In her free time, Maddie enjoys reading, cooking, going for nature walks, and spending time with her dog, cat, and parakeet.

Watershed Science

Aaron Zettler-Mann, Watershed Science Director

Aaron grew up swimming and playing in the creeks and rivers near his coastal home in a small town in Humboldt County. Predictably, he found his way to working as a raft guide. He was a raft guide on rivers throughout the Sierra Nevada for nearly ten years.

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Aaron grew up swimming and playing in the creeks and rivers near his coastal home in a small town in Humboldt County.

Predictably, he found his way to working as a raft guide. He was a raft guide on rivers throughout the Sierra Nevada for nearly ten years, and even met his wife (also a guide) while working on the South Fork of the American. In addition to guiding, Aaron worked ski patrol and construction. After many years playing and working seasonally, the future began to call.

Aaron is a Geographer at heart. He has completed three degrees in Geography; a BA at the University of Colorado at Boulder, a MA at the University of Denver, and a PhD at the University of Oregon. His academic training and research are in fluvial geomorphology and remote sensing. Aaron has taught a variety of courses including remote sensing, geomorphology, climatology, and geographic information systems. In addition, he has been involved in river research projects across the western US, and internationally. Aaron’s drive to protect and improve the health of the West’s watersheds led him to SYRCL. As Watershed Science Director, he will work closely with the community, government, and private entities to develop, implement, and monitor restoration efforts across the Yuba River watershed.

When not working, Aaron can almost certainly be found outdoors playing on the water with his wife. Whitewater kayaking and rafting, skiing, surfing, and mountain biking keep Aaron busy year-round. Aaron also enjoys cooking and baking.

Alecia Weisman, River Science Program Manager

Growing up in North Georgia and Florida, Alecia had an eventful childhood full of creek hikes and beach visits. Her love for water has been a central theme in her life.

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Growing up in North Georgia and Florida, Alecia had an eventful childhood full of creek hikes and beach visits. Her love for water has been a central theme in her life.

Alecia received her BS in Environmental Science from the University of Florida. As an Undergraduate researcher, she studied the relationship between Acacia trees and elephants in Chobe National Park, Botswana. Moving out west in 2009, Alecia worked with the Bureau of Land Management as a Conservation Land Management Intern in Pinedale, WY. While in Pinedale, she explored the Wind River Mountain Range and discovered her love of montane landscapes. Continuing further west, Alecia settled in Nevada County before attending Graduate school at The University of Nevada Reno.  During her graduate program, she managed the Castle Lake Limnological Laboratory in Mt. Shasta. Her graduate research had two facets: 1) she investigated community respiration rates in near-shore and open water habitats in lakes across a trophic gradient, and 2) she studied the response of community respiration to nutrient loading in Lake Atitlan, a deep, high elevation lake in Guatemala. Earning her MS degree in Hydrology, Alecia graduated in 2014, receiving the Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Working with SYRCL, Alecia can be found heading up meadow restoration projects, helping out with the River Education Program and diving into datasets that tell a story about the amazing Yuba River. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding, gardening and exploring with her 2 German/Belgian Shepherds.

Kat Perlman, Forest Conservation Program Manager

Kat hails from north Georgia, where she grew up exploring the lush and vibrant forests of the Piedmont with her family and friends. She attended the University of Georgia and earned her BS in Wildlife Biology in 2011, where she focused her undergraduate studies on field and tropical ornithology.

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Kat hails from north Georgia, where she grew up exploring the lush and vibrant forests of the Piedmont with her family and friends. She attended the University of Georgia and earned her BS in Wildlife Biology in 2011, where she focused her undergraduate studies on field and tropical ornithology. She fell in love with natural resources and wildlife field work, and spent several years working as a tree surveyor and stream technician with the USGS.

Kat moved west in 2015 to attend graduate school at Oregon State University, where she earned her MS in Geography researching wildlife resource competition with a focus on northern spotted and barred owls. She then spent several years as a wildlife field technician, working throughout the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and Argentina. Kat worked as a wildlife tech with the Forest Service on the Eldorado National Forest in 2020 and fell in love with the magical Sierra Nevada landscape. She then served as the lead wildlife technician on the Tahoe National Forest before joining the SYRCL team as the Forest Conservation Program Manager. Kat is thrilled to contribute her knowledge and experience to developing innovative means of managing our forestlands for health and resilience in a changing world.

Beyond her role with SYRCL, Kat enjoys hiking and backpacking all over the west coast, working in her garden, and cooking and eating local fresh foods every chance she gets.

Karl Ronning, Hydrologist

Karl grew up in St. Louis, MO, but preferred spending his time on the lakes and rivers of Minnesota and Missouri. In 2012, he earned his BS in Soil, Environmental, and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

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Karl grew up in St. Louis, MO, but preferred spending his time on lakes and rivers of Minnesota and Missouri.  In 2012, he earned his BS in Soil, Environmental, and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  After college, Karl worked alongside the National Weather Service studying fire weather in Missouri, volunteering at La Grande Weather Service forecasting for ski resorts in Oregon, and finally serving two years in AmeriCorps throughout California and Hawaii. In 2015, Karl finished his last term of service as SYRCL’s River Monitoring Coordinator and managed over 70 river monitors collecting data to protect the Yuba watershed. His current job as SYRCL’s Hydrologist entails spending his days examining the impacts from legacy mining and conducting the hydrological monitoring for SYRCL’s meadow restoration projects in the Yuba headwaters. He is very interested in water conservation and managing fresh water as a sustainable resource to protect the environment to meet current and future human demand. When he isn’t working, you will find him whitewater kayaking, hiking, disc golfing, skiing, running, or cooking. 

Kyle McNeil, Ecohydrology Technician

Kyle grew up in the suburbs of Ventura County, CA. He moved to Davis for his undergraduate studies at UC Davis where he studies Environmental Science & Management.

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Kyle grew up in the suburbs of Ventura County, CA. He moved to Davis for his undergraduate studies at UC Davis where he studied Environmental Science & Management and had a plethora of experiences in different research labs ranging from soil science, gut microbiota, environmental toxicity, to white abalone. During his time there, he also volunteered to reduce campus food waste and in his final year served as a coordinator for the 50th Annual Whole Earth Festival in 2019.

After graduating, Kyle moved to Sacramento, CA to work in stormwater permitting at the State Water Resources Control Board and volunteered at Effie Yeaw Nature Center helping to take care of the resident raptors and herps.

Kyle is excited to join our community organization focused on protection of the Yuba River watershed. In his free time, Kyle enjoys cooking, hiking, skiing, and playing board games with friends.

Mary McDonnell, Forest Conservation Coordinator

Mary grew up near Sacramento, where she spent her summers fostering a love for the diverse landscapes of California. In college, she studied land management techniques, completing a BS in Conservation and Resource Studies and a minor in Forestry from UC Berkeley. 

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Mary grew up near Sacramento, where she spent her summers fostering a love for the diverse landscapes of California. In college, she studied land management techniques, completing a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a minor in Forestry from UC Berkeley. Mary has worked as a research assistant in range ecology and forest ecology, and most recently, as a land steward for a land trust organization. Mary is eager to learn more about community-based management practices, and feels she found the right place at SYRCL, an organization that is community founded and focused. In her free time, you can catch Mary dancing, reading, baking, and doing puzzles.

Tyler Goodearly, Fisheries and Restoration Manager

Tyler grew up in Livermore, California where his passion for fish conservation started with his first fish tank. In 2015, he earned his BS in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology from UC Davis. 

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Tyler grew up in Livermore, California where his passion for fish conservation started with his first fish tank. In 2015, he earned his BS in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology from the UC Davis. He has worked with UC Davis to conduct research on how the mid-2010s drought affected inland fish assemblages throughout California. With the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Tyler participated in a Chinook salmon carcass survey on the American River. Tyler worked with Cramer Fish Sciences on a number of projects including conducting baseline monitoring on SYRCL’s Hallwood restoration site. In 2017, Tyler moved to Dublin, Ireland to pursue a Master of Science degree in Biodiversity and Conservation at Trinity College Dublin.

As SYRCL’s Fish Biologist, Tyler is interested in California’s native freshwater fishes and restoring habitat for their long-term stability. Tyler is passionate about fish of all sizes and hopes to put that passion to action by being their biggest advocate. In his free time, Tyler enjoys reading sci-fi, camping, and spending time with his three sisters.

Caitlin Edelmuth, AmeriCorps Restoration Coordinator

Caitlin has spent her life all over the globe but is proud to have returned to her birth state of California and her generational home of the Sierras.

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Caitlin has spent her life all over the globe but is proud to have returned to her birth state of California and her generational home of the Sierras. While at Knox College pursuing a degree in Biology, she fully realized the importance of activism and restoration on behalf of the environment and is excited to be working with SYRCL and SNAP to protect and restore our world.

In her free time, she is on the Board of Directors of her community center, hikes, knits, and researches fire ecology and indigenous foraging practices.

Eloise Bellingham, AmeriCorps Monitoring Coordinator

Eloise grew up in the beautiful foothills of Colorado Springs, Colorado. She moved to Upstate New York for her undergraduate studies where she earned a BS in Geology and Global Studies.

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Eloise grew up in the beautiful foothills of Colorado Springs, Colorado. She moved to Upstate New York for her undergraduate studies where she earned a BS in Geology and Global Studies.

River People - Advocacy, Communications, Outreach and Education

Betsy Brunner, Communications & Engagement Director

Betsy is happy to call the Sierra Nevada her new home and to get back to playing (when she isn’t working, of course) in the mountains and rivers with her husband and her dog.

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Betsy grew up playing in the hills and creeks outside Cincinnati, Ohio with her brothers. Her time in the outdoors helped her cultivate a close relationship with and appreciation of all of our non-human neighbors. It also led her to pursue a BA in English literature at Ohio University. After graduating, Betsy pursued her MFA in Painting and Art History, also at Ohio University, with a focus on gender.

Her love of nature and education led her to work at the Franklin Park Conservatory as an Education Specialist. While there, she helped with the Growing to Green program, which sought to bring community gardening and education to underserved populations in Columbus, Ohio. Life then took Betsy to Chicago and a new career as a project manager and event planner at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After several years in the Windy City, Betsy decided to return to school to pursue another master’s degree—this time in Communication–at the University of Colorado Denver. 

In 2011, after graduating, Betsy moved from the Front Range to the Wasatch to pursue a PhD in Communication at the University of Utah. There she studied the use of social media in environmental activism in China. She has published numerous articles on media and activism as well as a book, Environmental Activism, Social Media, and Protest in China: Becoming Activists. After 10 years of research, Betsy decided to leave academia to help in the efforts she studied.

She is happy to call the Sierra Nevada her new home and get back to playing (when she isn’t working, of course)—this time in the mountains and rivers—with her husband and her dog.

Daniel Belshe, Community Engagement Manager

Spending much of his child-hood picking up crinoid fossils in the creek near his family farm in central Missouri, Daniel developed a life-long curiosity of the ecology and history of our earth’s lands.

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Spending much of his child-hood picking up crinoid fossils in the creek near his family farm in central Missouri, Daniel developed a life-long curiosity of the ecology and history of our earth’s lands. He received a BS in Geography from the University of Missouri-Columbia, while working on humanitarian-aid in the Middle East and mapping archeology site in the caves of Belize.

Daniel’s passion for protecting the health of our waterways grew after a summer internship with an environmental non-profit Missouri River Relief, mapping and analyzing garbage deposits on the banks of the Missouri River. Through his twenties, he volunteered hundreds of hours, connecting people to the Missouri River through clean-ups, river education, eco-excursions and outreach across four states.

For nearly 15 years, he has lived abroad in dozens of countries working on projects mapping the ocean floor in Brazil, studying overfishing in communities in Baja, mapping Olive Riley nesting sites on the beaches of Costa Rica, working with big cats in India, and teaching children English in remote villages of Nepal.  Most recently, he worked at a children’s charity, organizing and guiding volunteer surgical teams to hospitals in developing countries to provide complex surgeries for kids.

After nearly 20 years of working abroad, Daniel is ready to put away his suitcase, plant some roots and start a garden. He is enthusiastic to be living in a community passionate about their environment and thrilled to explore the Sierra, meet the people, the wildlife and enjoy the beauty of a river again. In his free time, he can always be found outdoors, creating eco-art, splashing in the Bear River, hiking, paddling, camping, mountain biking, or planning his next adventure.

Keiko Mertz, Policy Manager

Keiko grew up in the Sacramento area and has always been captivated by the Sierra Nevada mountains. She earned an M.S. in Environmental Policy and Management from UC Davis in 2020 and brings a strong science background to her work as Policy Manager.

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Keiko grew up in the Sacramento area and has always been captivated by the Sierra Nevada mountains. She earned an M.S. in Environmental Policy and Management from UC Davis in 2020 and brings a strong science background to her work as Policy Manager.

Her affinity for wildlife and the outdoors began as early as her memories. At a young age she was inspired by Steve Irwin and Jeff Corwin, and spent much of her time capturing any living thing that traipsed through her backyard.

Her passion for wildlife led Keiko to pursue her B.Sc. at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), studying Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology. After she graduated, she started her career in fisheries conducting field biology for the Department of Water Resources. She then transitioned to a research lab at UC Davis studying the migration of Central Valley Chinook salmon. This work experience fostered Keiko’s passion for conservation of California’s native fishes, and especially built her excitement for fish passage.

Keiko is interested in decision-based science and has carefully cultivated her skills to prepare her to work at the interface of science and policy. Because SYRCL is a science-based advocacy organization, it is the perfect avenue for Keiko to channel her passions. 

Monique Streit,
River Education Manager

Growing up in Grand Canyon National Park, Monique’s connection to nature was cultivated at a young age by exploring the forest and canyon that lied outside her backdoor.

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Growing up in Grand Canyon National Park, Monique’s connection to nature was cultivated at a young age by exploring the forest and canyon that lied outside her backdoor. Early on, she was inspired to learn about the rivers, trees, rocks, flowers, and animals in her surroundings, which taught her the importance of protecting our natural resources. Monique found that through education she can share her love of the outdoors but can also teach others how they can be active environmental stewards.

Monique earned her BS in Elementary Education and went on to teach 4th grade in Flagstaff, AZ. Through incorporating environmental education into her classroom as much as possible, she decided to change career paths. Monique earned her MS in Environmental Education and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Southern Oregon University. She is particularly interested in providing students the skills, knowledge, and tools they need to make informed and sustainable decisions that will positively impact their community. She believes this can be achieved through hands-on, experiential outdoor learning opportunities. She is thrilled to join the SYRCL team and continue to give students meaningful environmental education experiences throughout the Yuba watershed.

In her free time, Monique enjoys exploring her natural surroundings, whether that means hiking, camping, backpacking, or floating down a river. She is excited to explore the Sierra Nevada and find the best places to sit back, relax, and soak up the breathtaking views.

Jamie Fong, AmeriCorps Education and Outreach Coordinator

Jamie’s reverence for the natural world is foundational to her passion for fostering others’ connection to and care for their local environments.

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Jamie’s reverence for the natural world is foundational to her passion for fostering others’ connection to and care for their local environments. While earning her B.S. in Park and Natural Resource Management, Jamie became inspired by nonprofit organizations that utilize civic engagement and education as a vehicle for promoting ecological sustainability and resiliency.

This has influenced the trajectory of Jamie’s objectives as an AmeriCorps member, such as having spearheaded community-supported stewardship projects as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Sierra State Parks Foundation.

Jamie is elated to serve a second AmeriCorps term as SYRCL’s Outreach and Education Coordinator and anticipates a year of growth that will deepen her adoration for the Sierra foothills’ wild and scenic landscapes.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Eric Dunn, Film Festival Producer

Growing up in the Midwest, Eric’s love of nature and waterways was established early at a summer camp with a focus on extended wilderness tripping in the north woods.

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Growing up in the Midwest, Eric’s love of nature and waterways was established early at a summer camp with a focus on extended wilderness tripping in the north woods. After crafting his own unique degree at The Ohio State University, Eric began his professional career with over a decade of experiences managing and booking musicians at high profile events around the globe. Following years of life in the Midwest he relocated to the Nevada City region in 2012. Over the past 7 years Eric was the owner & manager of an award-winning essential oils and aromatherapy products company with his partner of 16 years. Eric brings with him to Wild & Scenic a deep well of experience in logistics, marketing, & sales.  

Today Eric continues to be an avid outdoorsman. He is an enthusiastic photographer, especially long exposure and astrophotography. He enjoys sharing his vision and the natural beauty of our earth to help connect others in appreciation and gratitude for the natural world. In his spare time Eric enjoys getting outside and exploring the region with his wife & dog in a variety of ways including hiking, camping, canoeing, skiing, & soaking in hot springs. 

Lívia Campos de Menezes, Film Festival Director

Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Lívia is passionate about films and their power to raise awareness for issues that matter. Having a bachelor’s in International Relations and a master’s in History, she spent 6 years working in operations and market research before pivoting her career to work in the film industry.

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Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Lívia is passionate about films and their power to raise awareness for issues that matter. Having a bachelor’s in International Relations and a master’s in History, she spent 6 years working in operations and market research before pivoting her career to work in the film industry.

In 2014, Lívia returned to school to study Screenwriting and realized that, besides writing her stories, she liked helping others implement their creative visions. With that in mind, she moved to the United States, where she got an MFA in Creative Producing at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

After graduating in 2018, Lívia moved to San Francisco and often traveled to assume her seasonal film festival positions. Now, she is excited about settling down in Nevada City and joining the WSFF team to bring the festival back to the theaters in 2022!

Maria Elting, Film Festival Coordinator

Originally from Windward Oahu, Maria grew up in the ocean, but has come to love water in the form of rivers after moving to the mainland in 2017 and will be joining SYRCL’s 2022 Wild & Scenic Film Festival as the Film Festival Coordinator.

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Originally from Windward Oahu, Maria grew up in the ocean, but has come to love water in the the form of rivers after moving to the mainland in 2017 and will be joining SYRCL’s 2022 Wild & Scenic Film Festival as the Film Festival Coordinator. She has a BA in Art History from Hawaii Pacific University and is currently studying Graphic and Digital Design at Parsons School of Design. She has worked at a variety of arts organizations in Hawaii and on the West Coast, primarily in public programming. She also holds a certificate in Community Herbalism from the Scarlet Sage School of Traditional Healing Arts in San Francisco, and has worked on sustainable lavender and cut flower farms in Southern Oregon. In her free time she loves impromptu roadtrips, visiting local bookstores, and watching Anthony Bourdain reruns. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival represents a meaningful combination of her love of the arts and the outdoors, and she is excited to be supporting the 2022 filmmakers, SYRCL’s year round staff, and the Yuba County community.

Lucy Logsdon, On Tour Coordinator

A Colorado native, Lucy moved to California and has spent most of her life exploring wild spaces. With a degree in Environmental Studies, her passion for environmental protection and nature photography both inform her advocacy work.

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A Colorado native, Lucy moved to California and has spent most of her life exploring wild spaces. With a degree in Environmental Studies, her passion for environmental protection and nature photography both inform her advocacy work.

Lucy has centered conservation and the environment throughout her career. She has extensive experience in the documentary film industry, from production to distribution, as well as in the nonprofit sector. For the last 3 years Lucy has been an On Tour Host for Wild & Scenic and she is excited to bring an insider’s view to the position. Lucy loves the way that film can be used to bring people together, giving them a view into new aspects of life and the amazing world we are all a part of.

When not in the office, Lucy can usually be found in the garden, floating in a river, or on top of a mountain with a camera in hand.

Theresa Huck, On Tour Sales Manager

Theresa attended her first Wild and Scenic Film Festival in 2008 and it changed her entire life. Growing up in California and traveling all over has given her an immense love of nature and the environment.

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Theresa attended her first Wild and Scenic Film Festival in 2008 and it changed her entire life. An avid camper and a fish in a previous life, she fell in love with the Yuba River and describes it as a spiritual experience. Growing up in California and traveling all over has given her an immense love of nature and the environment.

Theresa brings a lifetime of sales experience to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival team. As a social entrepreneur, her goal is to use Wild and Scenic On Tour as her voice for change. She considers her position as Sales Associate to be a dream come true. Her intention is to use her extensive experience in sales, business management and public relations combined with her passion for the environment, to grow SYRCL’S Wild and Scenic On Tour Program.