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.

Board Members

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 foundedYolohiker.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.

Andrew Fulks - Board 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.

Victoria Brandon - Board Vice President

While Jim was a geology student at UC Davis in the late 1960s, he spent most of his time working on wilderness preservation with the campus group Active Conservation Tactics. He left graduate school to work for the local chapter of the Sierra Club and later co-founded the California Wilderness Coalition (CWC). After spending four years as the California-Hawaii representative of The Wilderness Society, he served as CWC’s executive director for 17 years. He also is a co-founder of The Wildlands Project, an organization dedicated to restoring the native biodiversity of North America. He also serves as a Conservation Fellow for The Rewilding Institute. Returning to his roots as a volunteer activist, he currently is concentrating on protecting wilderness in the Cache Creek and Putah Creek watersheds when he is not out hiking with his canine companion Yuki.

Jim Eaton - Board Secretary

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.

Bob Schneider - Board Treasurer

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.

Carol Kunze - Board Member

Chad Roberts is a conservation ecologist. He earned a Ph.D. in ecology from UC Davis in 1976 studying oak woodland birds, and has studied oak woodland ecology for 45 years. He has worked in wetland ecology and management for more than 30 years, and in the ecology of forested environments for a similar period. Dr. Roberts is certified as a Senior Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America and as a Professional Wetland Scientist by the Society of Wetland Scientists' Professional Certification Program. Now retired, he worked as an environmental scientist, consultant, and planner, primarily for public agencies. He was the Conservation Chair of the Redwood Region Audubon Society (northwestern California) for 10 years and the Conservation Chair for the Yolo Audubon Society for 16 years.

Chad Roberts

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.

Glen Holstein

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”.

Jeff Falyn and Lyndsay Dawkins

John and Judy Ahmann met at a California Tip Toppers Dance in Los Angeles, and moved away from there as soon as they were married. They bought 12 acres in San Juan Bautista before moving back to IBM’s R&D facility in Dayton, NJ in 1967. Upon returning to CA, they bought more land and added cattle to graze. The cattle helped them pay property taxes in the country and were fairly self-sufficient, while the Ahmanns were manufacturing voting equipment for the US (they started their own company in 1978). They sold their business in 1986, and retired from the conglomerate that bought it in 1993. Then they became more deeply involved in ranching, and purchased ranches in eastern Oregon. The Ahmanns split their time between California and Oregon, and are very concerned about the loss of open space and privately owned rangeland. That is why they donated a trail to connect two areas of public land on their Berryessa ranch, as well as setting up a conservation easement on the same property (to ensure that the land can only be used for agriculture). They are attempting to lead a more quiet life, but the word “retirement” doesn’t seem to be in their dictionary.

John and Judy Ahmann

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.  Since 2000, Steve founded and serves as the director of the Landscape Analysis and Systems Research (LASR) Laboratory at UC Davis.  His research program focuses on conservation and ecological design topics at a variety of spatial and temporal scales and has organized several speaker series with these themes.  His research work is primarily aimed at developing tools and analyzing landscape ecological systems for sustainable management solutions. He has studied a variety of organisms and landscapes, including yellow-billed cuckoos, tule elk, California riparian systems, and valley oaks. Steve has taught a variety of classes in the subject areas of general ecology, landscape ecology, planning and design, and computer geographic information systems (GIS). 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.

Steve Greco

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.

Steve Drown

Staff Members

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 with the Fielder Award (1991), the highest alumnus award from an UCD’s alumni association. 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
Bret Hewitt and Clare
Mary K. Hanson is a Certified California Naturalist who spearheaded our “Nature and You” lecture series (see our Events Page) and our new 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. An amateur nature photographer, Mary was delighted to see one of her photographs (of mother and daughter mule deer) featured in the White House blog for Earth Day 2015, and several of her photographs have been featured in calendars, newspapers, books.  She is also the author of the blog, The Chubby Woman’s Walkabout and the series of “Cool Stuff Along the American River”  species guide books.  ((100% of the proceeds from the sale of her books is donated anonymously to local nonprofit conservation organizations.)) 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). 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.
Mary K. Hanson
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.  His adventuring has taken him to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, rafting down the Yukon River, mountain biking in Denali National Park and exploring the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite. 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. With Tuleyome, Nate is returning to his first passion: getting people out in nature, where they can explore, learn and grow. 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
Nate Lillge

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 ofDavis 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.

Jenifer Segar
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.
Bill Grabert
Kristie recently joined Tuleyome as 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
Kristie Ehrhardt

BamBam 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.” 

Eric (BamBam) Barnett

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.

Erika Trujillo

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