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Administration Staff

Anne Morkill, Executive Director
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Anne has worked in wildlife conservation for more than three decades, including 24 years as a wildlife biologist and refuge manager with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serviceís National Wildlife Refuge System in Colorado, Alaska, Florida, and California, and six years as a wildlife biologist with the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska. She was most recently the manager of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex which includes seven National Wildlife Refuges in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas and the Farallon Islands. Originally from Miami, Florida, Anne received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University and a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Wyoming. Anne is passionate about restoring native habitats and conserving imperiled wildlife through promoting science-based climate adaption, fostering collaborative partnerships, and connecting people to nature. Anne lives in Sebastopol with her partner Harry and canine-friend Daisy, and they enjoy sailing, bicycling, traveling, and exploring the diverse natural, historical, and culinary venues that abound in northern California.
Adrienne Gause, Administrative Director
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Adrienne’s journey with the Laguna Foundation began as an intern in the Education Department and became a staff member in July of 2013. Adrienne graduated from Sonoma State University with a BS in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geography. Adrienne was awarded the SHRM-CP designation from the Society of Human Resource Management in 2020. Her career background includes working with local businesses and non-profit organizations in fundraising, advertising, graphic design, project management, accounting, and HR functions. When not in the office, she enjoys camping with her family, tending to her ever-growing succulent garden, and performing with the local dance troupe, Latin Elements.
Sierra Castillo, Development and Communications Assistant
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Sierra is a Sebastopol native whose close proximity to the Laguna instilled a great appreciation for wildlife and open space. Her background includes fund development, marketing and event planning, beekeeping and farming. Sierra also owns and operates Pollen & Fox Flower Farm, a small-scale flower farm dedicated to supporting pollinator health. Sierra is pleased to join Laguna Foundation to serve a mission that resonates with her heart.
Christine Kline, Financial Administrator
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Christine Kline joined the staff January of 2020. She comes with 30 years of accounting experience in small to medium size private for-profit business and a few small non-profits. She has extensive public works non-union payroll contract management. Her interests have always been associated with natural resources. She spends much of her free time outside. She’s served on the Board of Directors for Friends of San Pablo Bay Natl Wildlife Refuge and Eldridge Mounted Patrol. She spent 15 years competing in equestrian endurance rides and experienced nature and wildlife over thousands of trail miles. She feels at home here.
Heather Baggett, Administrative Assistant
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Heather graduated from Sonoma State University with a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Conservation and Restoration and a minor in Biology. She has a background in international and wine country tourism as well as working as a safari tour guide for a local wildlife preserve. She loves to travel, garden, preserve food, and take her dog on hikes. She is very excited to join a team of like-minded individuals where she can pursue her passion of working with a local conservation organization.
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Education Programs Staff

Christine Fontaine, Director of Education
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Christine has been striving to connect people to nature since 1995. She has a BA in Sociology from Sonoma State University and a Multiple-Subject elementary school teaching credential from Dominican University. In addition to working in the formal education field, she has a background in business administration, volunteer management, and focused experience in environmental education and interpretation. Her work and volunteer experience naturally led to the non-profit field, serving as the Education Programs Coordinator for Point Reyes National Seashore Association, then as Point Reyes Field Seminars Director from 2001-07. In 2006 she began volunteering for the Laguna Foundation on the Education Program Committee and joined the staff in 2007.
Maggie Hart, Outreach Manager
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Maggie joined the Foundation staff in July 2005. Her background in nonprofit administration includes working for the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, San Francisco's Friends of the Urban Forest and Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center. Maggie holds an undergraduate degree in Ecology from Evergreen State University.

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Restoration & Conservation Science Programs Staff

Dr. Wendy Trowbridge, Director of Restoration and Conservation Science Programs
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Wendy became our Director of Restoration and Conservation Programs in January 2015. She is a wetland plant ecologist who has worked in a variety of systems from the Sacramento River to Ruby Lakes in Northern Nevada to rangelands in Western China. She received a PhD from UC Davis as part of a multidisciplinary study of riparian restoration on The Nature Conservancy's Cosumnes River Preserve. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a research faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno where her research focused on invasive species, wetland communities and aquatic food webs. In addition to her academic experience, she has taught environmental education, managed a native plant nursery, and volunteered counting hawks for the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory.
Brent Reed, Ecological Program Manager
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Brent's first professional experience with ecological restoration in the Laguna watershed was working on the Kelly Farm Demonstration Wetlands in 1989, while on summer break from studies for a B.S. degree in Natural Resources Management at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After getting his degree, Brent moved back home to Sonoma County in 1995 and has been supervising, designing, and working in all facets of ecological restoration on projects throughout northern California as a former Restoration Specialist with Circuit Rider Productions and as an independent contractor. Before joining the Foundation in November of 2011, Brent was involved in multiple restoration projects and on-going vernal pool monitoring in the Laguna watershed, often in partnership with the Laguna Foundation.
Sarah Gordon, Conservation Science Program Manager
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Sarah joined the Laguna Foundation staff in February of 2017 and has been volunteering with the Foundation for over ten years, beginning with the docent training program (where she visited a vernal pool for the first time). More recently, she has provided volunteer support to the Vernal Pool Citizen Science Program. Sarah is a plant ecologist with experience in seasonal wetland plant ecology and rare plant conservation and mitigation. She completed her M.S. degree at Sonoma State University in 2006 and subsequently worked as a lecturer, research technician and ecological consultant, specializing in botany, rare plants and vernal pool ecosystems, primarily in Sonoma County.
Asa Voight, Restoration Field Supervisor
Asa Voight, a Certified Master Naturalist, has been restoring and maintaining native habitats with the Laguna Foundation seasonally since 2015. Asaís strong background of working closely with native flora and fauna began with 7 years as a sustainable farmer along the Russian River riparian zone. His past work in natural resource management as a Crew Supervisor with Conservation Corps North Bay has given him experience leading numerous resource conservation projects in a variety of local ecosystems. Asa is thrilled to be continuing his work in ecological restoration as a full time Restoration Technician with the Laguna Foundation, restoring and maintaining this Wetland of International Importance.
Annie Madden, Restoration Field Supervisor
Annie joined the Laguna Foundation in August 2019 while studying Natural Resources at the Santa Rosa Junior College. Her interest in ecological restoration and commitment to protecting the environment was ignited when she moved from Savannah, Mo., to Sonoma County in 2012. She has substantial experience in animal care. In her work with Sonoma County Regional Parks and at Bodega Bay Kayak, she expanded her understanding of coastal ecosystems and environmental education. Annie earned Associate Degrees in Forest and Watershed Management, Natural Sciences, and Parks and Recreation management at the SRJC. She considers working with the Laguna Foundation a dream job and looks forward to continuing her education in the field.
Ayla Mills, Native Plant Nursery Supervisor
Ayla joined the staff in August of 2021. She graduated from Chico State University with an M.S. in biology focused on botany and has over ten years of experience in the habitat restoration field. Before joining the Foundation, Ayla worked at Floral Native Nursery and managed the nursery operations at Central Coast Wilds and the Sonoma Ecology Centerís native plant nursery. She has also worked as a botanical consultant, restoration technician, and teacher. Ayla has participated in California Native Plant Society conferences and Jepson Herbarium workshops and is passionate about conserving Californiaís native plant diversity.
Ben Holman, Restoration Technician
Ben is a Natural Resource Management student at the Santa Rosa Junior College. He decided to change his career path from working in the beer industry for nine years after a life-changing backpacking experience. He went back to school and figured out what direction he would like to go in his passion for the outdoors. He knew that he wanted to assist in making Earth a better place for the plants, animals, and humans that live here. Ben's passion for the wilderness has led him to grow very fondly of restoration, forest, and fire management. He hopes to expand his knowledge throughout his work here at the Laguna Foundation.
Elif Myers, Restoration Technician
Elif sparked her interest in restoration work at 11 years old, interning in the woods of Mendocino County. After earning a B.A. in Geography, Environment, and Planning and working for various agencies such as Sonoma County Regional Parks and The Center For Environmental Inquiry, she is overjoyed to return to the restoration world with the Laguna Foundation. With a passion for environmental conservation and accessibility, Elif envisions a future where all people feel empowered to explore outdoor spaces and advocate for native biodiversity. You can find Elif at local parks and preserves on the hunt for salamanders, neat rocks, and wildflowers in her free time.
Kira Rowan, Restoration Technician
Born and raised on the Garden Isle, Hawaii, Kira started her career in conservation after completing Kupuís Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps Summer Program. She spent a year as an intern for a local nonprofit, Kokee Resource Conservation Program, and a summer in the native plant nursery of the National Tropical Botanical Garden-McBryde. Kira continued to learn more and more about restoration work and native ecosystems while volunteering and working with other organizations, and her passion for preserving biodiversity escalated. In 2018, she moved to Sonoma County to pursue a better education and begin her adult life away from home. Kira is ecstatic to be a part of a great restoration team and a wonderful organization that aligns with her environmental values. Currently, she is taking classes at Santa Rosa Junior College. She enjoys learning and exploring the little gems of the new ecosystems she is now introduced to in her free time.

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