About Tuleyome

Tuleyome was founded in 2002 as a volunteer advocacy-oriented nonprofit conservation organization. Our mission is: "Tuleyome engages in advocacy and active stewardship with diverse communities to conserve, enhance, restore, and enjoy the lands in the region."

At Tuleyome we “live” our mission every day: we preserve and restore wild habitat, we build and repair trails, we educate the public about local conservation and environmental issues, we engage young people through our youth program, we demonstrate a good “land stewardship” ethic by maintaining the easements and properties we own under the scope of our land trust component, and we run campaigns that have a long lasting positive effect on the region.

It is our hope that our work will inspire members of the public to protect, restore, and enjoy the natural landscape in the Northern Inner Coast Range.

our board members

Andrew Fulks, President

Andrew, a licensed landscape architect, is presently the assistant director of UC Davis arboretum and public garden, as well as being the president of Tuleyome’s Board of Directors. He has been a constant advocate for appreciation of the Putah and Cache Creek watersheds in the central valley of California. To draw attention to the region, he founded Yolohiker.org, a local trails advocacy, hiking, and outings webpage and co-founded the Capay Valley Hiking Club, an ad-hoc group of hikers that meet twice a month to hike in the watershed. In 2002 Andrew co-founded Tuleyome. In 2015, Andrew was honored with a national “Trails Worker Award” at the 2015 American Trails Association’s award symposium in Portland, Oregon for his work on trails in the Central Valley, especially the marathon-level Berryessa Peak Trail. Email: afulks@tuleyome.org.

Victoria Brandon, Vice-President

Victoria Brandon has lived in Lake County, exploring the local scene and hiking the local trails, since 1981. Her activist career began shortly after the 2000 election when she began writing letters to politicians and others on behalf of various environmental causes, primarily at the behest of the Sierra Club. She was elected to the Club's Redwood Chapter Lake Group executive committee in 2004, and was Group Chair for five years, mobilizing support for the Wilderness Bill, the Cache Creek Wild & Scenic campaign, Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument campaign, and numerous other local and regional conservation issues. A member of the Redwood Chapter executive committee and Chapter political chair since 2006, she has been Chapter Chair since 2013 and is now co-chair of the Sierra California political committee and a member of the Club's national political team. As well as the Tuleyome Board, she also serves on the Board of the East Lake Resource Conservation District. State Senator Pat Wiggins named her Senate District 2 Woman of the Year in 2008.

Steve Drown, Treasurer

Steve has been involved with environmental issues since his youth in Boy Scouts.  He pursued his interest in college (degree in Environmental Geography), law school (environmental law at University of Oregon), and professionally, when he served as environmental attorney for 13 years.  Although his professional focus broadened in the past 20 years, when he served as UC Davis Chief Campus Counsel and Senior Counsel for the University of California, his service to Tuleyome has offered him the opportunity to return to his initial interest in youth engagement in the natural environment.  Steve, on behalf of Tuleyome, has developed the “Boot Bank,” which offers free high quality hiking boots to area youth throughout their growing years (up to 18) to encourage them to engage in, and value, their surrounding natural environment.  Hopefully, these youth will become the next generation of conservationists.

 

Glen Holstein, Board Member

Dr. Holstein received his PhD in Botany from U.C. Davis and is retired from his position as Senior Scientist with Zentner and Zentner, a local biological consulting company. He has published peer reviewed research on California Prairie in Madroño, the journal of the California Botanical Society. Glen is Chapter Botanist for the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society , represents that Chapter at Habitat 2020 and was the California Prairie spokesman at its Wildflower Weekend in April , 2005 . He is also on the Board of Tuleyome, a non-profit organization working to protect the Cache Creek watershed and other areas in Yolo County, and on the steering committee of Yolo County’s Natural Communities Conservation Plan (NCCP). The NCCP program is an unprecedented effort by the State of California, and numerous private and public partners, that takes a broad-based ecosystem approach to planning for the protection and perpetuation of biological diversity. An NCCP identifies and provides for the regional or areawide protection of plants, animals, and their habitats, while allowing compatible and appropriate economic activity.

Bob Schneider, Sr. Policy Director

Bob is a co-founder of Tuleyome and key strategist for many or our campaigns including the Cache Creek State Wild and Scenic River, establishment of the Cedar Roughs and Cache Creek Wilderness and dedication of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.  He has worked on mercury mine remediation and key Tuleyome land acquisitions including the Ireland Ranch, Cold Canyon Headwaters and Goat Mountain parcels.

Bob began his conservation career as a volunteer working on the establishment of the Redwood National Park in 1968 and helping to stop Forest Highway 100 that would have bisected Sierra wilderness with a road from Fresno to Mammoth.  He co-founded the California Wilderness Coalition in 1976 and served as the California Wild Heritage Director.  He currently is a Board Member of the Central Valley Water Board.  Bob is married to Liz and has two sons Charlie and Logan.  He enjoys climbing, ski mountaineering, river boating, sailing, and bike riding.  Contact by email: bschneider@tuleyome.org.

Carol Kunze, Board Member

Formerly a practicing attorney, Carol became the director of Tuleyome’s Napa branch in 2012. She began her legal career in Washington, DC, moving to Brussels for eight years before returning to the U.S. as in-house council in San Francisco. While taking a sabbatical she discovered another calling and has since worked on conservation issues, incorporating Berryessa Trails and Conservation in 2003 and becoming its executive director. Under her guidance, BT&C designed 114 miles of trail around Lake Berryessa. Carol has been a member of Tuleyome’s Board of Directors for several years. Email: carol@tuleyome.org.

John Schwedler, Board Member

Jon Schwedler came on to the board in 2018.  Email: jonschwedler@gmail.com

 

Jeff Falyn & Lynsday Dawkins, Board Members

Jeff and Lyndsay are the founders of Nature’s Theater, a program which provides nature-based programming and opportunities for school-aged children. Lyndsay’s passion for the outdoors developed from a childhood of camping trips and world travel. She earned a BFA from U.C. Santa Barbara in Theater Arts with an acting emphasis. Lyndsay spends most of her time writing, expanding the scope of Nature’s Theater, playing with kids and enacting characters like Mother Nature, Star Walker or the Jester. Jeff infuses a depth and subtlety to the Nature’s Theater stories. With 14 years of outdoor programming for UCLA and UC Davis, and a Masters degree in Psychology, he finds harmony in writing, performing, training Nature’s Theater leaders, and inspiring the next generation to care for the natural world. Nature’s Theater’s most recent production included the movie and website phenomenon, “The Kids form Planet Earth”.

Steve Greco, Board Member

Dr. Steven (Steve) Greco is currently a professor and vice chair of the Department of Human Ecology at UC Davis, where he also serves as chair of the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design Program.   Steve received his graduate degrees (MS 1993 and Ph.D. 1999) in ecology from UC Davis and received a professionally accredited undergraduate degree in landscape architecture (BS 1987). As a resident of Davis for over 30 years, Steve has a great interest in conservation, restoration, and recreation planning in the greater Putah-Cache bioregion. Steve is particularly interested in greenway design and developing parkways along Putah and Cache Creeks.  Since 2010 he has served as an Advisory Committee member of the Yolo Habitat Conservancy. He is looking forward to working with the Tuleyome Board in the coming years.

Sandra Schubert, Board Secretary

Sandra Schubert came to our board in 2017, and currently serves as the Board Secretary.

Our Staff Members

Bret Hewitt, Executive Director, Development Director

Bret is our Executive Director.  He received an MBA from Stanford University, and a BA (honors) and MA from University of California, Davis (UCD). He has remained a dedicated volunteer for UCD, including board leadership on its alumni association and foundation, and on advisory councils for both the campus’ largest college and its public arboretum. His volunteer service was recognized  in 2011 with the Jerry W. Fielder Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed by the alumni association, in recognition of his service to the association, the UC Davis Foundation and the university. He has also provided leadership for the Studio Theatre Board for 22 years, strengthening its capacity to become one of Washington’s most influential theatre companies. Additionally, he has served on the City of Davis (CA) Planning Commission, guiding that city’s innovative land-use and energy conservation policies.

Bret lives in Davis with his daughter Clare.  Email: bhewitt@tuleyome.org

Mary K. Hanson, Director of Special Projects, Certified California Naturalist

Mary K. Hanson is a Certified California Naturalist who spearheaded our “Nature and You” lecture series and our Certified California Naturalist course, and writes the majority of our “Tuleyome Tales” (nature-based feature articles published in regional newspapers). She also wrote and compiled most of Tuleyome’s books.  She comes to us with over 30 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, and has degrees in journalism and law. At Tuleyome, Mary is the Director of Special Projects, the Executive Assistant, our membership coordinator and our social media coordinator.  She is a member of the Xerces Society and other conservation organizations, and is an Associate Member of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ).  For our Certified California Naturalist program, Mary wrote the curriculum, created all of the PowerPoint slideshows (including over a dozen Species Identification modules), and coordinates all of the speakers and donations.  She is also the driving force behind our Big Day of Giving fundraising campaigns and in 2018 brought in a little over $20,000 in just 24 hours. When she’s not working, Mary spends most of her time with her dog Sergeant Margie going on nature walks through the region. Email: mhanson@tuleyome.org.

Nate Lillge, HPA Coordinator and Activities Leader, Certified California Naturalist

Nate grew up outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and spent 12 summers as a camper and counselor at a summer camp surrounded by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan.  He received his Bachelors of Science in natural science from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, where he studied everything from the Point Reyes conglomerate to chemistry to glacial geomorphology.  Nate’s entire professional career has been spent working with kids and young adults in various aspects of outdoor education and conservation. In addition to his work as a camp counselor and outdoor educator, he was the recycling program manager for the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps.  At the Corps, he worked with young adults on conservation efforts throughout the region. At Tuleyome, Nate is our Home Place Adventures Program Coordinator and Activities Leader, and he also coordinates our volunteer recruitment and service opportunities.  When he is not working, Nate enjoys photography, playing soccer, and spending his time with his wife and their two young children. Email: nlillge@tuleyome.org

Bill Grabert, HPA Coordinator, Certified California Naturalist

Bill Grabert comes to Tuleyome with a double major BA in Environmental Biology and Geology (the majors with the best field trips).  He worked as a well-site Geologist in geothermal exploration primarily in the Geysers area of Lake, and adjacent counties, but also in several other areas in the world with dormant volcanoes and nice hot hot springs. Eventually going back to school for an MBA,  Bill went into the Information Technology business and ended up working in middle management at UC Davis.  With marriage and 2 sons came the realization that he really enjoyed hanging out with the kids at the same time his wife’s career as a Groundwater Hydrologist was taking off.  He switched careers again to Domestic Engineer (i.e. stay-home dad) and kid’s activities volunteer.  In particular, Bill has been an active Boy Scout leader in Davis for more than a decade.  With two Eagle Scouts now starting college, Bill is excited to be working again at Tuleyome doing what he loves… FIELD TRIPS!  In his spare time, he still likes to hike, camp, perform music, and rarely surf.  In addition, he likes to garden, run while listening to audio books, put anything in a spreadsheet, and work on numerous extended home improvement projects.  Email: bgrabert@tuleyome.org.

Jenifer Segar, Project Director

Jenifer is currently overseeing the coordination of of the creation of the new nature and science in the City of Woodland, CA. Coordinating efforts with the City of Woodland, Explorit and other stakeholders, the new center is slated to include a multi-use nature center, wetlands areas, and walking trails. (Read more HERE.)

Jenifer’s favorite pastime is a weekend hike on one of northern California’s trails. Her diverse experience includes environmental planning and engagement at the state, regional and local levels, including the California Coastal Conservancy and Valley Vision. Jenifer was a member of the city of Davis Climate Action Team and has participated in many aspects of local climate action planning. She is enjoying being a part of Tuleyome’s action-oriented approach to conservation and outdoor experience. Email:jsegar@tuleyome.org.

Kristie Ehrhardt, TLCSP Director

Kristie is Tuleyome's Land Conservation and Stewardship Program Director. Kristie grew up on the prairies of North Dakota and prefers to stay as far away from snow as possible. She received her BS in Biology from California State University, Bakersfield.  Shortly after graduating Kristie began her biology career in the oil fields of Kern County. After relocating to Sacramento, Kristie continued working up and down the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys for consulting firms and later in the land conservation and mitigation banking industry.  The majority of her career has been spent outdoors conducting surveys for special-status species, habitat assessments, or collecting data for naturally existing and constructed habitats. Kristie and her husband spend the majority of their spare time outdoors as well, watching their daughter play competitive soccer. Email: kehrhardt@tuleyome.org

Eric Barnett, Trail Building Coordinator

Eric "Bam Bam" Barnett certainly is a trail building enthusiast. He has been working with volunteer trailsters since 2008 building and maintaining trail with hundreds of people over the years.   He has crew lead with the Volunteers for Outdoor California all over the greater Bay Area.  With 49 projects under his belt for the Napa County regional Parks and Open Space District at Moore Creek Park he played a huge part of creating the complex system of trail there.  BamBam also works with the Forest Trails Alliance from time to time as well as with many other organizations.

With Tuleyome, BamBam and his crew has so far built the 5 mile Pope to Putah Creek trail near Lake Berryessa, the Walters Hill trail, and also the Berryessa Peak trail.  He has also worked on the Cedar Roughs trail and is helping restore Stebbins Cold Canyon.  
BamBam’s motto is “we build, camp, explore, create, and maintain trails all over this area and have some fun while we are at it.” 

Erika Trujillo, Bookkeeper

Erika’s experience includes over 17 years of accounting and 14 years of non-profit accounting. She works directly with Executive Director’s and Board of Directors to provide recommendations related to finance, human resources and non-profit organizations strategies and compliance. She also has experience working with auditors from the Office of Inspector General to external auditors. Recently she has been selected to be the chair person for non-profits under the CalCPA’s Sacramento chapter. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration. Email: etrujillo@tuleyome.org.

Become A Board Member

We are always looking for potential board members who share Tuleyome’s vision!

Joining our board brings you a unique opportunity to help shape our policies and programs, and make them more successful, inspiring and dynamic.

As a board member you will make an annual contribution to Tuleyome (preferably on the Big Day of Giving each May), attend board meetings, assist in different ways with fundraising, volunteer at events or outings, and work together with us to build a strong, resilient, and sustainable organization that will last well into the future.

Inquiries can be directed to our Board President, Andrew Fulks, at afulks@tuleyome.org