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Early Career Conservationists: Mentors Panel Discussion

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Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation

900 Sanford Road

Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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Our Early Career Conservationist series concludes with sharing perspectives from conservation and education mentors.

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Finish the Early Career Conservationist series by hearing from conservation and education professionals in Sonoma County who support early career environmental leaders. The Laguna Foundation is proud to bring together Sasha Berleman, Ph.D. (Audubon Canyon Ranch), Kathleen Marsh (Ag + Open Space), Jamie Nakama (LandPaths) and Neal Ramus (Sonoma Land Trust) for a discussion moderated by Margaret Boeger (Pepperwood Preserve) on tips for building a green career and the role of mentorship in environmental work. From young staff members, to teen program participants, to community volunteers - these panelists improve our planet for future generations by empowering people to take action and progress in their work, communities and world.

There is no charge for this event, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of Ag + Open Space with a quarter-cent sales tax.

GET TO KNOW THE PANELISTS:

Sasha Berleman, Ph.D., Director of ACR's Fire Forward program, is working to lead a change in the way we live with fire in the Bay Area by building capacity and working to organize cooperative community around application of ecological prescribed fire. Sasha is a Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) coach and leader and a wildland firefighter sponsored through the National Park Service with Fire Effects Monitoring, Squad Boss, Crew Boss, Firing Boss, and Incident Commander qualifications. Sasha is a board member of American Wildfire Experience and Bay Area Prescribed Fire Council, is a lead steering committee member for the Good Fire Alliance, and is an ambassador for the widely-loved fireline pack company Mystery Ranch.

Kathleen Marsh is the Stewardship Supervisor with the Ag + Open Space District. She has worked there for over 20 years, and oversees the monitoring of 250+ conservation easements, as well as managing land management projects on lands owned by the District. She has a Master’s degree in Geography from San Francisco State University.

Jamie Nakama joined LandPaths first as a board member in 2017 and then as staff in 2018. Her dedication to the field of environmental education began at the Hawaii Nature Center in 2001 where she held many positions over a span of 18 years from Environmental Educator to Education Program Manager and Curriculum Specialist. In 2018, Jamie received the Outstanding Service to Environmental Education award from the North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE) for her two decades of mentoring, teaching, and training of environmental educators in Hawaii. Jamie is dedicated to connecting youth from underserved communities to the healing power of nature.

Neal Ramus leads organizational strategies to broaden audiences, serve community needs, and include a multitude of voices and interests in the work of Sonoma Land Trust. Neal previously led community program development at the California Academy of Sciences, Petaluma Wildlife Museum, and Sonoma State University. A nationally recognized youth development and program evaluation expert, Neal has been asked to present at over 17 national and international conferences, from Washington DC to Chongqing China. As a born and raised Petaluman, Neal has a deep connection with the lands, people, and diversity of Sonoma County which informs his approach and work engaging the community.

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Margaret Boeger has spent her career inspiring youth and community members to enjoy the natural world and become stewards of our environment. She began her work as a field biologist, studying endangered birds, bears, and other wildlife in Oregon, California, Alaska, New Zealand, and Midway Island. Her passions shifted to environmental education, and she worked as a curriculum specialist and educator at the San Diego Zoo and the California Academy of Sciences among others. Margaret also holds a B.S. in wildlife biology, a B.S. in psychology, an M.S. in science education and is a certified instructor for the California Naturalist and Climate Stewards programs at the University of California.


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