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.
Sophia LemmoForest Program Manager
Sophia has a B.S. in Forestry and Natural Resources from UC Berkeley and has worked as a consulting Registered Professional Forester (RPF) in northern California. Through her work designing and implementing silvicultural prescriptions targeted at a variety of objectives, she became interested in the mechanisms behind sustainable forest perpetuation. Sophia returned to school to receive her Master’s in Forestry at Cal Poly Humboldt. Her thesis focused on forest health in northern California with the goal of enhancing forest management strategies. She is excited to put her prior experience and studies to work, supporting locally lead forest resilience projects. Outside of work, Sophia loves gardening, biking, and going on runs with her dogs.
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.
Taylor StubblefieldCommunications and Outreach Coordinator
Taylor joined the CARCD team in summer 2022 as the Communications and Outreach Coordinator. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a BA in Communication Studies. She primarily focused on interpersonal and small group communication. She has experience in marketing, photography, and events. In summer 2019, Taylor grew a deeper appreciation for the natural world after visiting Yosemite National Park. She has now visited several California National and State Parks where she enjoys hiking and photographing the different landscapes. Taylor hopes to inspire others to explore the great outdoors and participate in volunteer days at local parks, reserves, and recreational areas.
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 Tikalsky, MPH, MSWProgram Manager, Agriculture & Watersheds
Hannah joined CARCD as a GrizzlyCorps Fellow in 2021. She comes from over a decade in public health where she excelled in cross-discipline, locally-driven preventive health program administration. Hannah remains a believer in the power of collaboration and sound program design to deliver for our most underserved communities. This outlook informs her growing passion for conservation agriculture and multibenefit land use. Hannah is excited to contribute to locally-led conservation and climate-smart agriculture in her new Program Manager role. While she’s not working, Hannah enjoys listening to wonky climate podcasts, playing in (healthy) soil with her toddler, and hiking in our great State park system.
Nancy Wahl-ScheurichPollinator and Wildlife Habitat Program 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, carbon sequestration/wildlife habitat on working lands, and sustainable cannabis 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. She speaks Spanish, French, and German and is studying Swahili in her spare time. 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.
Qi(Chi) ZhouProgram Manager, Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Qi (pronounced as Chi) joined CARCD in August 2022 and will be collaborating with NRCS and local RCDs to incorporate and implement JEDI principles in their programs. Prior to joining CARCD, Qi has been collaborating with farmers, extension agencies, non-profit organizations and government agencies on agriculture and environmental issues for over 8 years. Qi has worked as an extension specialist at the University of California Cooperative Extension for 3 years helping socially disadvantaged farmers on many federal, state and county programs. Her goal is to ensure all climate-smart agriculture programs are easily accessible to socially disadvantaged communities, and historically underserved communities will have enough resources to utilize (and benefit from) all programs they are eligible for. Qi received her B.S. degree in Horticulture Science from Hunan Agriculture University, Changsha, China and M.S. degree in Forestry Science from Huazhong Agriculture University, China. She then received her Ph.D. degree in Plant and Environmental Sciences in Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. Qi speaks Mandarin, English, and some Cantonese, and she enjoys hiking and cooking with her kids when not working.