Staff
Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County Staff

 

lisa-lurieLisa Lurie

Executive Director

(831) 464-2950 Ext. 27 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lisa began her role as Executive director in 2018 after five years with the RCD. During that time she played a key leadership role in developing many of the RCD’s core programs and innovative projects related to stewardship in agriculture. Prior to joining the RCD, Lisa managed agricultural water quality partnerships and programs...

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sharon-corkreanSharon Corkrean

Director of Finance

(831) 464-2950 Ext. 16 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sharon Corkrean joined the RCD in February, 1982 and serves as the Director of Finance. Sharon’s family has farmed in the Watsonville area for over 50 years. She loves spending time with her husband and two daughters. Sharon also enjoys spending time with friends, kayaking, walking on the beach, hiking in the mountains, baseball, and Saturday Mornings at the Farmer's Market.
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kelli-camaraKelli Camara Lasher

Program Director

(831) 464-2950 Ext. 15 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kelli Camara Lasher has been with the RCD since 2007. As the Technical Program Director, Kelli utilizes her background in Soil Science to coordinate restoration activities aimed at species recovery riparian restoration and ecosystem health, and water conservation. In 2012, Kelli was honored by the Santa Cruz County Board...
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sacha-lozanoSacha Lozano

Program Manager

(831) 464-2950 Ext. 11 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sacha Lozano leads the RCD’s work on agriculture and conservation, working with growers, landowners and private and public partners to advance sustainable management of water, nutrients and soil in the County’s farmlands...
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ari-rettingerAri Rettinger

Grants Manager

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Arianne Rettinger has been with the RCD since 2004 and values being able to assist in finding solutions to local conservation issues. Since 2012, in her role as Grants Manager, she has been responsible for managing grants...
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angie-gruysAngela Gruys

Communications and Programs Specialist

(831) 464-2950 Ext. 22 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Angie came to the RCD with a wealth of sales, marketing, and program management experience from Silicon Valley start-ups and local environmental non-profits. Angie currently manages the Rural Road Erosion Control Assistance Program and the Stormwater Program...
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gerry-spinelliGerry Spinelli

Agricutural Technical Specialist

(831) 464-2950 Ext. 14 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gerry is interested in water conservation and water quality issues and works collaboratively with growers to improve the efficiency of irrigation systems and of fertilization management. Gerry grew up on an olive and vegetable farm on the hills overlooking Florence, Italy. He studied Agronomy and Tropical Agriculture at the University of Florence, supporting himself through college...
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erin mccarthy2Erin McCarthy

Agricutural Program Specialist

(831) 464-2950 Ext. 10 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Erin manages agricultural water resources stewardship programs with the RCD of Santa Cruz County. She works with growers, public and private partners to reduce sediment and pesticide loading from farms, implement stormwater collection and infiltration projects, and improve irrigation efficiency. Erin has been working at the nexus between  agriculture and water resources since 2012...
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matt-abernathyMatt Abernathy

Forest Health Program Specialist

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Growing up in the Santa Cruz Mountains instilled a passion for the environment that lead Matt to study Watershed Science at Colorado State University. While in Colorado he gained specific experience from monitoring forest fires and implementing forest restoration treatments both on private and public land. While working as the Conservation Forester...
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tangi-chapmanTangi Chapman

Executive Assistant – Benefits Coordinator – Office Management - Board Secretary

(831) 464-2950 Ext. 15 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tangi Chapman has worked for the District since 2002. After graduating the UCSC’s Environmental Studies Program, Tangi moved to Montana to live and work in the Rocky Mountains. After several years with the U.S. Forest Service in Montana, Tangi returned to Santa Cruz to settle down and start a family.
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Natural Resources Conservation Service Staff

 

whit-haraguchiWhit Haraguchi

District Conservationist

(831) 227-2901 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whit is the District Conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service. He’s been with the NRCS since 2005 and became fulltime in 2009. He’s worked in the Bakersfield, Oxnard and Escondido offices as a soil conservationist. He has a bachelor’s degree in Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is responsible for providing...
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Drew MatherDrew Mather

Soil Conservationist

(831) 227-2902 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Drew Mather is a Soil Conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service.  He’s been with NRCS since 2006 working as both a soil scientist and a soil conservationist.  He’s been on soil survey crews in Wyoming, Nevada, and California, and since 2011 has been working with farmers and ranchers in the Pajaro and other watersheds throughout the Central Coast to conserve natural resources on public, private, and...
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jennifer-nowarkJennifer Nowark

Program/Eligibility Assistant

Jennifer currently serves as Program Assistant for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. She provides a variety of specialized administrative support in Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, and San Mateo County. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the application/eligibility process for all participants applying for program funding. After funding is obligated, she is responsible for...
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