SYRCL Staff Directory
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.
Finance & 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 she had a natural affinity for numbers and appreciated the orderliness which only a cleanly balanced set of books can produce.
Development & Membership
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.
Tony grew up Arizona. There he was immersed in the natural deserts of the Southwest. A creative, he felt at home with local artists and actors. A self-proclaimed science nerd, he was always attracted to natural sciences, eating up Earth Science and Biology courses with pleasure.
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.
Watershed 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.
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.
Anne Marie Holt
Conservation Project Manager
Anne Marie grew up in nearby Auburn and developed a love of the outdoors from a young age with the local river and mountains as her playground.
A California native, Danielle spent much of her time as she grew up exploring the Sierra Nevada foothills and mountains. The flora and fauna that inhabited these wild spaces inspired her to pursue a career in wildlife biology.
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.
AmeriCorps Monitoring Coordinator
Wrenn comes to SYRCL from Virginia, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. She enjoyed spending time in the Shenandoah National Park hiking and learning about the watershed, which inspired her to pursue a career in the water field. Her thesis focused on the effects of a small-scale dam removal project. After graduating, she worked in both Arkansas and Greece, but is now excited to explore the Sierra and spend as much time as possible in the river. In her off time, she enjoys backpacking and is looking forward to figuring out how to ski.
AmeriCorps Restoration Coordinator
Summer grew up in beautiful, wild Humboldt County swimming in the rivers or hiking in the redwood forest. Her passion for nature ignited, she went to UC Santa Cruz to study plant science.
Advocacy, Communications, Outreach & Education
Communications & Engagement Director
Daniel became our Communications and Engagement Director in 2022. He has lived in Nevada County for over two decades, spending the majority of that time in education, having been a high school English teacher and school director.
Gianna resides in Fair Oaks and spends much of her free time at the river, lake or beach capturing California’s immense beauty with her camera or paintbrush. She grew up taking summer trips to the mountains and the beach with her family, where she cultivated her love for nature and the outdoors.
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 lay outside her backdoor.
Community Engagement Manager
Maddie grew up in Nevada County and spent her formative years exploring the Yuba Watershed and visiting the vast natural landscapes of California.
Digital Media Specialist
Born in Alaska, Joe spent his early childhood camping and exploring the outdoors with his family. He attended Sacramento State University where he earned a BA in English. After graduating, he’s worked as a Reporter, Website Designer and Ecommerce Copywriter. He and his wife love the river and make sure to jump in at least three times a week.
AmeriCorps Education and Outreach Coordinator
Cynthia grew up in Los Angeles, CA. Growing up in the city did not come with too many nature opportunities. She took her first trip camping to Yosemite National Park right after graduating from High School. Spending time in nature for the first time, she was mesmerized by the beauty of what National Parks had to offer.
Science and Education Specialist
Rose grew up in the desert of southern California, mesmerized by the diversity in her backyard. She graduated from Sonoma State with degrees in Earth Science and Liberal Studies, as well as a minor in Geology. Her infectious curiosity and excitement for the natural world makes her a great educator and driven advocate for the natural wonders of the Sierra Nevada
Born and raised in a small town in northern Germany, Jessica was ingrained with strong, environmental values by her mother, a staunch Green Party member. Jessica‘s grandparents owned a the tree nursery and she grew up playing and hanging out and in her favorite beech and birch. When she wasn’t roaming around in the forests or fields with her friends, she enjoyed planting with her grandmother and mother, who knew all of the Latin names of the plants .
Her father, a Mexican American “Chicano from LA“ taught her that people are all very different and the importance of embracing those differences. At the age of 20, Jessica decided to explore the world, learn English well, and move to San Francisco. There she worked in the medical tech industry as a CEO assistant and a project manager before she relocated to Grass Valley five years ago. Helping to preserve the natural environment of the Yuba River is a privilege to Jessica. She holds a BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University.
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
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.
Film Festival Operations Director
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.
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.
Jaimie des Tombe
Sales and Operations Coordinator
Jaime is excited to have joined the Wild and Scenic Film Festival Team
Although Kira was born and raised in Northern California, she has found herself at home in many watersheds around the world. Abroad, she was inspired by the diversity of ecosystems and human cultures and documented them through the camera lens as a primary mode of study. As much as she longs to continue to travel, she has become deeply satisfied by her deepening relationship with the land she lives on now, on Wolf Creek.
WSFF Venue Logistics Manager
Lori has joined the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Team as the Logistics Manager