Karen BuhrExecutive Director
Karen Buhr has been leading CARCD since 2010 and has an excellent knowledge base of California, California’s RCDs, and what it takes to get work done. She has facilitated countless projects throughout the state including leading a grassroots capacity building movement that facilitated over 100 RCD participants to create a vision and a set of standards for California RCDs. In the last few years, Ms. Buhr has specifically targeted coordinating RCDs and public and private partners around climate change adaptation and mitigation as well as sustainable agriculture and ranching. Ms. Buhr holds an M.S. in Natural Resource Science and Management from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.
Sarah HostoCommunications and Outreach Coordinator
Sarah (They/He/She) joined the CARCD team in summer 2021 as the Communications and Outreach Coordinator. They earned their BA in Cinema and Television Arts with an emphasis in Radio Production from Cal State Northridge (CSUN). Having a passion for the environment, sustainability, and the pursuit of knowledge they are currently working towards an AS degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability from Sierra College with the goal of completing a Master’s program in the future. Sarah has a passion for the community and has been part of planning committee’s for Placerville’s First Pride event in 2019, as well as, Take Back the Night and other events through CSUN’s Women’s Center. Their goal is to use their communications and environmental science degrees to help further a healthy, resilient, and sustainable environment for everyone. In their spare time they enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping, climbing, and growing food in their garden. Sarah has a particular interest in dragging friends and family on outdoor adventures, frequently turning them into outdoor enthusiasts.
Sara LettonAgriculture Program Manager
Sara joined the CARCD team in summer 2019. She brings her on-the-ground experience from the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District where she worked in the agriculture, outreach, and conservation easements programs. At the CARCD, she is managing the Agriculture program. She keeps her thumb on the pulse of carbon farming efforts across the state and works to get RCDS training and funding to scale this important work. She coordinates the California Farm Demonstration Network, engages on water use efficiency programs, and explores conservation issues in the new landscape of legalized cannabis operations. Sara started off in forestry with the U.S. Peace Corps, stationed in the West African nation of Benin. She brings an extensive background in informal environmental education and public school science teaching. She earned a B.S. in Environmental Biology and Management from UC Davis and a Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Science, with a focus on climate change, at Oregon State University.
Max OdlandForest Health Program Manager
Max joined the CARCD team in 2020, bringing a passion for resilient forests and collaborative landscape-scale restoration. He will be managing CARCD’s efforts to support resource conservation districts’ forestry and fire management programs across the state. He has hands-on experience managing partner-driven watershed restoration projects with state, federal, and NGO partners in Northern California as Associate Director of Headwaters Conservation at American Rivers, and working with private landowners to conserve working ranches and wildlife habitat as a Conservation Associate at Shasta Land Trust. Max holds a B.A. in conservation biology from Middlebury College, and an M.S. in restoration ecology from University of California, Davis, where he researched forest plant community responses to common forest management practices such as mechanical thinning and prescribed fire. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, hiking, playing music, and growing vegetables and native flowers in the garden.
Ryan RegerForest Project Coordinator
Ryan joined the CARCD team in the spring of 2021 as the new Forest Project Coordinator. Growing up in South Lake Tahoe among beautiful conifers and granite peaks, he developed a deep respect for the natural world and the role that communities play in it. He has a Bachelors in Geography from Humboldt State University, and he is passionate about creating a more inclusive dialogue around conservation. Prior to joining CARCD, Ryan worked as both an Environmental Services Assistant and an Interpretive Specialist for California State Parks, giving him hands-on experience in watershed and trail restoration as well as public outreach and environmental education. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, climbing, backpacking, and practicing yoga.
Emily SutherlandOffice Manager
Emily wears many hats at the CARCD office. Human Resources, Accounting and Bookkeeping, Meeting and Event Planning along with assisting RCDs with getting the resources they need. She is a born and raised California girl. She has lived all over the state from NorCal, the Bay Area and down to SoCal and loves the diversity and beauty across the state. Emily is a graduate of California State University, Chico with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Science. When she is not working with the RCDs, she is busy at home with her husband, three children and one loveable 80-lbs rescue dog. You can also find her on the soccer field coaching her son’s soccer team or in the school office serving as the Treasurer for the Parent Teacher Organization.
Hannah TikalskyGrizzlyCorps Fellow
Hannah is a GrizzlyCorps Climate Action Fellow who is spending her service year with CARCD, Gold Ridge RCD and Zero Foodprint. Specifically, Hannah will be activating the Restore CA project, a partnership across the three organizations that seeks to accelerate the speed and spread of carbon farm plan funding. Hannah comes to the ag world following a successful career in public health program administration and organizational development work spanning Washington DC, New York City, and California health systems. She holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of Social Work from Columbia University. Hannah is a lifelong learner & doer who can be found binging on climate-related podcasts while exercising copiously outdoors all over the greater Bay Area.
Nancy Wahl-ScheurichProject Manager
Nancy joined the team in early 2020. She leverages her passion for sustainability and social justice and private sector project management/coordination experience – along with 10 years as an eco-entrepreneur – to get the job done. At CARCD she is focusing on supporting Monarch, Pollinator, and Working Lands projects. Earlier in her career, Nancy held management and executive positions in the software industry, with a focus on international business. While her children were young, she consulted and taught business courses at CSU Monterey Bay. Prior to joining CARCD, Nancy founded a company that manufactured energy efficient lighting products made in the USA from recycled e-waste plastic, and co-founded another dedicated to bringing clean, affordable electricity to un-electrified communities in Africa. She has a BS in Business Administration, a BA in French and Inter-American studies, and an MS in Marketing. Nancy is a native Californian, currently living in Santa Cruz.
Jennifer WoodSoil Health Specialist
Jennifer is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist and worked for USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service for 22 years digging and describing soil pits, mapping soil across the landscape, and working with her colleagues to provide soil information to NRCS staff and to the public via Web Soil Survey. In 2020 she took a break from federal service to pursue some personal interests, including delving deeper into the world of soil health that asks, how can we cultivate the soil biology to help us grow and sustain life with less waste and pollution? In 2021 she became certified as an NRCS Technical Service Provider to write Soil Health Management Plans for producers. Along the way she became more aware of the challenges facing CA agricultural systems that are slowing the wide scale adoption of practices that harness the power of the soil food web. Jennifer joined the CARCD team in 2022 and is fired up to help get more soil health technical assistance and practices on the ground in CA. One of her duties will be working with the CA Farm Demonstration Network project to connect growers to each other and to services, to visualize what is possible, and to clarify opportunities and barriers involved in getting there. She has a B.S. in Botany from Humboldt State University and an M.S. in Soil Science from UC Davis. She enjoys native plant and urban gardening and creative kitchen projects at her home in Sacramento. Please connect with her to share your ideas.
Marianna ZavalaAgriculture Project Coordinator
Marianna (She/Her) became a member of the CARCD in late spring 2021, as an Agriculture Project Coordinator. Marianna was raised in the Napa Valley, where she spent much of her time following her Papá in the vineyards, or exploring her Grandparents’ ranch. Growing older she began to recognize the disparities that exist between these two worlds, many of them reflected in her own experience as a mixed race Chicanx. With a desire to learn more about her own heritage, and the intersection of agriculture and racial justice, Marianna has since earned a B.S. in agricultural communications from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, dabbled as a writer and educator for farmer’s markets in the Bay Area, and worked on several ranches in California and Colorado. She is passionate about uplifting BIPOC voices in agriculture and conservation, and is committed to holding herself and others accountable in dismantling the culture of white supremacy that still serves as the backbone for much of agriculture and conservation work. At the CARCD, Marianna assists with the coordination of the California Farm Demonstration Network, as well as other working lands and soil health programs.