Shasta Land Trust is a 100% Board giving organization governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.
DEBRA TOWNSEND, CHAIR
I was born in Minnesota and spent some of my youth in Wisconsin. Sacramento, California was my home until 2012 when I relocated to Palo Cedro. I worked for the State of California for 34 years, with approximately 22 years with the Wildlife Conservation Board. I enjoyed a career as a Land Agent and retired as the Asst. Executive Director of the Land Acquisition Program. It is a privilege to use my prior experience with the Wildlife Conservation Board to promote conservation efforts by the Shasta Land Trust. I like to fish and have had success at Hat Creek. I also enjoy walking the scenic trails of Shasta County.
AARON HATCH, VICE-CHAIR
Aaron is a home grown Shasta County kid who returned to the Redding-area in 2011 with his wife Rachel, after a decade-long hiatus living around the country and abroad. Aaron attended college in Minnesota at St. Olaf College and graduated with a degree in Biology. Upon returning to Redding, Aaron joined Catalyst Redding Young Professionals and served a two-year term as Co-Facilitator. In January 2015, Aaron, a Certified Financial Planner, launched Woven Capital, an independent, fee-only financial planning and investment management firm dedicated to helping individuals and families make smart decisions with their money.
Having lived in places where conservation was not a priority, Aaron values the mission of the Shasta Land Trust to preserve the beauty and character of our region. Aaron and his wife have a one-year old son and enjoy exploring the area, gardening, traveling, and spending time on the water. As a new board member, Aaron is looking forward to spending more time on the Shasta Land Trust properties and getting to know the many people who help make this a great organization.
GREGG WERNER, Treasurer
I am originally from Wichita, Kansas with stops in Arizona and southern and central California. Redding has been home for the last 12 years. I spent my first career as a city planner and I am enjoying my second career managing conservation projects for The Nature Conservancy. I devote my time to Shasta Land Trust because it is composed of great people, doing great work of lasting value. I am very proud of our ability to work with willing landowners to preserve open space, wildlife habitat and the natural wonders that surround Redding. I feel really good about Shasta Land Trust’srole in our region and I believe that our opportunities and successes will continue to grow in the coming years. I enjoy fishing, biking, hiking and generally exploring Northern California.
BRANDI GREENE, Secretary
Brandi Greene is a born and raised Shasta County resident who spent a decade exploring the beauty, ruggedness and wonder of Oregon before returning to Redding. Brandi attended Oregon State University in Corvallis, earning a degree in Food & Fermentation Science. She worked as a winemaker and enologist for wineries in Oregon's Willamette Valley and California's Sonoma, Amador, and Stanislaus Counties. A change of career led Brandi to work as an Environmental Chemist primarily focused on remediation projects, coupled with a childhood spent camping throughout the western states, her desire to see land preserved for future generations grew from there. She enjoys camping, hiking, and stand up paddleboarding with her furry sidekick Hattie. As a new board member Brandi looks forward to getting to know the members and creating new outreach opportunities for the land trust to engage a new audience.
I was born here in Redding. I devote my time to Shasta Land Trust because I believe in the Shasta Land Trust's mission of conserving significant land here in Shasta County. We help maintain open space, habitat and working ranches. These are all important features of this place where I choose to live. I enjoy camping, hiking, snowshoeing, and kayaking. I enjoy camping at Lassen Park in the summer or backpacking in the Trinity Alps.
I was born in Michigan but my family moved to Southern California where I spent most of my youth. I formed an environmental consulting company and had the good fortune to work on a major project in the North State where I fell in love with the Redding area. After a 2-1/2 year sabbatical with the Peace Corps, my wife, Marilyn, and I decided to move to Redding where I recently retired from my environmental consulting company. I share the vision of the Shasta Land Trust for the conservation of lands and retaining open space; and I find it gratifying to meet so many like-minded people through the Land Trust events. I especially enjoy the unique fly fishing, hiking and kayaking opportunities the North State in our own backyard.
ROBERT "BOB" NASH
Bob has 36 years of experience in agricultural and business finance and has operated an independent family farming operation since 1971. He is currently the Executive Director (1990 to Present) of Superior California Economic Development, Inc., a not for profit economic and business development corporation based in Redding, California. Bob is also President of the California Finance Consortium, Inc., a new affiliate financing organization formed in 2014 and has served on the Executive Committee for the Shasta College Ag and Natural Resrouces Department for several years.
Bob earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Management at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) in 1980. He is a long time supporter of agricultural education and training at the local high schools and has supported and advised Future Farmers and 4H for many years.
Bob has been married for 29 years and has three grown children, all of whom participate in the family farm operation.
Gail was raised in Redding and educated in local schools. After graduating from Shasta High School, she attended the University of Oregon, graduating with an English major and a history minor. She taught English and worked for the Social Science Department at Shasta College for 8 years, before becoming a stay-at-home mother. Along with her husband, Lee, they raised their 3 children on a small farm, and spent years volunteering with local schools and 4-H projects. Preserving open space and protecting wildlife habitat has been a prominent focus for her family, and after years of planning was extremely proud to join with the Shasta Land Trust in placing a Conservation Easement on 30 acres of her family's land. This effort created the Lillian Nelson Nature Preserve, a mixed oak woodland on Boulder Creek in Redding, permanently preserving natural treasures and providing a location for outdoor education opportunities for school field trips and planned nature walks promoting local conservation.