SHASTA LAND TRUST STAFF
Paul Vienneau, Executive Director
Paul started with the Shasta Land Trust in December 2015. Born and raised in Shasta County, he returned with his wife after being away for nearly 14 years. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Politics in 2005 and after enjoying the beautiful landscape of the Santa Cruz Mountains he moved to Southern California to pursue his law degree at the University of La Verne, College of Law. After graduating in 2013 with his Juris Doctor he pursued a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Rather than pursue a career as a practicing attorney he focused a great deal of his time during his master’s program on water conservation, technology/innovation and water ownership rights. Additionally, while in Southern California he worked at the City of Upland as a Water Conservation Intern and conducted a large amount of research concerning water regulation/ownership as a graduate assistant at the University of La Verne.
When not working, Paul enjoys spending quality time with his wife and parents who still reside in Shasta County. After being out of the area for over 14 years he is once again enjoying the beautiful landscape that is northern California by hiking and traveling to the hidden gems that surround the area. As a way to burn off stress he enjoys working out at Northstate Crossfit where he has found personal growth, new friends, and wellness.
Tessa Blevins, Stewardship Director
Tessa Blevins serves as the Shasta Land Trust Stewardship Director and is responsible for overseeing all land protection projects as well as monitoring protected properties, grant writing, and coordinating activities that educate community members about important local conservation work. Prior to joining the Shasta Land Trust in September 2018, Tessa was a Project Manager for the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District, where she implemented grant funded projects such as off-highway recreation area restoration and management, as well as managed aspects of the District’s conservation easement program.
She is a Northern California local who has lived in Shasta County, the central valley, and on the beautiful redwood coast. She holds a B.S. in Ecology with an emphasis in Biodiversity from Humboldt State University and has obtained Geographic Information System (GIS) and botanical knowledge of California’s native flora over the years. She enjoys spending her free time going on outdoor adventures with her husband and 2 year old son.
Kayla Finck, Stakeholder Relations Coordinator
Kayla serves as the Stakeholder Relations Coordinator and is responsible for fundraising, communications and donor relations, the Wildways Kickoff and series of fundraising events, social media, and all office related activities. Prior to joining the Shasta Land Trust in June 2019, Kayla along with her fiancee opened The Brasserie in Downtown Redding, which her family still owns and runs today.
She is born and raised in Redding and has a passion for all things Shasta County, including assisting in showcasing local artists and art culture at her business. When not working, Kayla adores spending quality time with her fiancee and 4-year old son.