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.
Sara LettonProject Coordinator
Sara joined the CARCD team in summer 2019. She brings her on-the-ground experience as a Project Coordinator from the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District where she worked in the agriculture, outreach, and conservation easements programs. At the CARCD, 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.
Kristen MurphyAgriculture Program Manager
Kristen Murphy joined CARCD in 2016 and has since been enthralled in facilitating and advocating for RCDs’ work. Kristen manages CARCD’s climate beneficial programs, explores conservation for newly legalized cannabis operations, manages outreach for historically underserved producers, and leads conference event planning. Kristen has worked throughout the food system for over ten years, including organic farming, agricultural and environmental education, food justice, and food service. Kristen is honored to serve her community by sitting on the Steering Committee of the Sacramento Food Policy Council. Regardless of sector, she strives to create a more equitable and ecological paradigm. Kristen holds a B.S. from the University of California, Davis, in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems with an emphasis in Food and Society. Kristen has lived and traveled extensively around the world but feels most at home in Northern California.
Max OdlandForest Health Program Manger
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.
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.
Nancy Wahl-ScheurichProject Coordinator
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 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.
Saige WhiteCommunications and Outreach Coordinator
Saige joined the CARCD team in early 2021, bringing a passion for community, land-based learning, and celebration of the diverse landscape that makes up California. For the past 5 years she has managed volunteer programs, communications, recreation, and outreach for California Native Plant Society, Sacramento Valley Conservancy, and Cosumnes River Preserve. With roots in Bakersfield, CA, she grew up with access to some of the most intriguing landscapes – Southern Sierra, Carrizo Plain, Mojave Desert. She also grew up surrounded by agriculture and farming, developing a deep understanding and appreciation for local farmers and their importance in the community. She is thrilled to work in communications and outreach for CARCD, where she can share the amazing mission and work that is done by RCDs in California. When not working, she enjoys putting her Bachelors in Studio Art to good use by painting and drawing native flora and fauna.