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  • Geoff McQuilkin, Executive Director
    1. Geoff McQuilkin Geoff's goals for the Committee are: assuring Mono Lake's continuing protection, restoring Mono Lake's tributary streams, developing a permanent education program, and ensuring that the strong tradition of scientific research at Mono Lake continues. Geoff has worked for the Committee since 1992, and he's happy to live close to the lake with his wife Sarah and their daughters Caelen, Ellery, and Cassia.
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  • Lisa Cutting, Eastern Sierra Policy Director
    1. Lisa CuttingLisa concentrates on the Mono Basin's policy issues such as protecting the integrity of the Scenic Area, coordinating with regional agency staff, and working with the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power and scientists on the ongoing restoration of Mono Lake and its tributary streams. Contact Lisa if you have questions about Mono Basin policy issues, stream restoration, or the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua.
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  • Bartshe Miller, Education Director
    1. Bartshe MillerBartshe coordinates the Committee's Outdoor Experiences Program, Canoe Program, Interpretive Programs, and the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua. He also oversees the Mono Basin Field Station and Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center. Contact Bartshe if you have questions about the Committee's education programs, the Mono Basin Outdoor Education Center, the Mono Basin Field Station, of if you would like to schedule an education program or reserve space at the Field Station.
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  • Arya Harp, Communications Director
    1. Arya DegenhardtArya oversees the Committee's communications program and loves sharing the inspiring work of the Mono Lake Committee staff with members as well as the general public. If you have questions about the Mono Lake Newsletter, the Mono Lake Calendar, the annual Mono Lake Committee Scholarship, or if you are a member of the press seeking an interview or information, contact Arya.
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  • Jessica Horn, Office Director
    1. Terry McLaughlinJess began working at the Mono Lake Committee in 2010, oversaw the bookstore for several years, and returned to the Mono Lake Committee in late 2014 as Office Director after working at a local resort and starting her own business. Jess creates the complicated office and bookstore schedule, oversees the intern and volunteer programs, and keeps the office functioning smoothly. If you have questions about job opportunities at the Mono Lake Committee, would like to volunteer at Mono Lake, or need any general information about the Mono Lake Committee, contact Jess.
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  • Ellen King, Membership Coordinator
    1. Ellen KingEllen is responsible for updating and maintaining the Committee's 16,000-person membership database--a task this former librarian relishes! Before coming to work for the Committee, Ellen was a member herself, so she's well-suited to answering members' questions about their accounts. Contact Ellen if you have questions about your membership, would like to join the Mono Lake Committee as a member, would like to become a Guardian of the Lake through our monthly giving program, or if you are interested in incorporating the Mono Lake Committee into your will.
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  • Greg Reis, Information & Restoration Specialist
    1. Greg ReisSince his internship in 1995, Greg has focused on Mono Basin stream restoration, maintaining the computers, websites, and research library, and researching and compiling information for the Committee's programs. Contact Greg if you have questions about the Mono Lake Committee's websites, would like access to the research library, have questions about the Los Angeles Aqueduct operations in the Mono Basin, or if you are interested in obtaining any kind of data about the Mono Basin.
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  • Robbie Di Paolo, Restoration Field Technician
    1. Robbie Di Paolo A 2012 graduate from Humboldt State University with a degree in Environmental Science, Robbie loves hiking, camping, and bike touring, all of which are great Eastern Sierra activities. He also likes to play music, primarily guitar and singing, but also flute and alto saxophone. If you're interested in volunteering with the Committee's restoration program or have questions about the annual Eared Grebe survey, contact Robbie.
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  • Betsy Reifsnider, Sacramento Policy Associate
    1. Betsy ReifsniderBetsy represents the Mono Lake Committee in Sacramento where statewide water policy is often in the spotlight. She keeps in touch with key legislators, and in 2009 hand-delivered literally hundreds of pounds of letters from concerned citizens speaking up on behalf of the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and Bodie State Historic Park.
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  • Santiago Escruceria, Outdoor Experiences Program Manager
    1. Santiago EscruceriaSince Santiago runs the Outdoor Experiences Program, you can usually find him out exploring the Mono Basin with groups of inner city youth from Los Angeles, showing them where their water comes from and the importance of water conservation. If you would like to bring a group of students to the Mono Basin for a week-long Outdoor Experiences trip, contact Santiago.
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  • Nora Livingston, Lead Naturalist Guide
    1. Nora Livingston Nora is a passionate naturalist who got her interpretive start as a Mono Lake Intern in 2008 and went on to seven years of seasonal ornithologist work in the most beautiful corners of California and beyond. She has since led many popular birding field trips for the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua. It is her utmost joy to share her love of birds and nature with anyone and everyone to help foster a deeper respect for this unique planet. Contact Nora if you would like to set up a custom guided trip, or if you have questions about the Chautauqua.
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  • Herley Jim Bowling, Los Angeles Education Coordinator
    1. Herley Jim BowlingHerley Jim does outreach to youth groups, community organizations, and students in Los Angeles to connect them to Mono Lake for week-long Outdoor Experiences trips. He represents Mono Lake at festivals, fairs, and other functions in Southern California. Contact Herley Jim if you would like to bring a group of students to the Mono Basin for an Outdoor Experiences trip.
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  • Elin Ljung, Communications Coordinator
    1. Elin LjungElin's job consists of some of her favorite things: finding typos, experimenting with layouts, and figuring out how best to communicate the Committee's work to the world. She also oversees the Field Seminar program. Contact Elin if you would like to use a Mono Lake Committee photograph in a publication, if you have photos you would like to donate to the Mono Lake Committee, or if you have questions about the Field Seminars or the Committee's social media.
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  • Andrew Youssef, Digital Engagement Coordinator
    1. Andrew Youssef Andrew works to connect to Mono Lake Committee supporters and members digitally through video content and social media. Some know him as "the voice of Mono Lake" from his narration of the South Tufa self-guided tour on the Mono Lake mobile website. He also helps organize the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua, the Committee's Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Los Angeles, and the Field Seminar program. Andrew first visited Mono Lake at the height of the California drought and now is thrilled to see the lake on the rise. On his days off, you'll find him outside relaxing by Lee Vining Creek, hiking in the High Sierra, or skiing wherever there is snow.
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  • Lily Pastel, Information Center & Bookstore Manager
    1. Lily Pastel Lily stocks the store with educational, handmade, local, and ecologically friendly merchandise and keeps operations functioning efficiently. She graduated from Humboldt State University in 2014, where she majored in Environmental Science. Contact Lily with questions or feedback about the items we carry, if you would like to place an order for Mono Lake Committee merchandise, if you have questions about an existing order, if you have questions about or need assistance with our online store, or if you are a vendor or artisan who would like us to carry your work.
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  • Bill Lundeen, Facilities Superintendent
    1. Bill Lundeen Bill first came to the Eastern Sierra in 1995 by way of Yosemite National Park as a rock climber. One day after climbing in Tuolumne Meadows he happened to keep going out the Tioga Pass gate and stumbled upon the most amazing view he had ever seen: Mono Lake spread out to the east from Lee Vining Canyon. Starting in 2004 Bill worked at Tioga Pass Resort maintaining the 100 year-old historic site—never-ending job security and an excuse to be outdoors full-time. Bill and his partner Charlotte moved to Lee Vining in May 2017 to continue the fine tradition of fixing broken stuff and caretaking the beautiful, old buildings of the Mono Lake Committee.
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  • Maureen McGlinchy, Membership Assistant
    1. Maureen McGlinchy Maureen works part-time helping Membership Coordinator Ellen receive and process mail, record donations, and keep the 16,000-strong membership database current. She lives in Mono City with her family, keeping up with her two busy daughters, Sadie and Nora. If you have a question about your membership status or would like to make a donation to the Mono Lake Committee, contact Maureen.
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  • Gabrielle Renteria, Project Specialist
    1. Gabby Renteria Gabby's love for nature started early when she began visiting the Sierra with her family. After a summer in the bookstore and another as a Mono Lake Intern, Gabby has stayed on as a Project Specialist. She is excited to keep sharing her passion for Mono Lake with visitors. When she's not working you can find her drinking yerba, hiking, fishing, or rolling around in the grass.
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  • Donnette Huselton, Bookkeeper
    1. Donnette HuseltonDonnette keeps our books in order, pays the bills, and oversees our annual audit. Contact Donnette if we have an account with your business, if you have not received a payment that is due from us, or if you have questions about a bill.
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  • 2017 Seasonal Staff
    1. Information Center & Bookstore Assistant: Alex Beeken
      Outdoor Education Instructor: Antonia Chihuahua, Rose Nelson
      Canoe Coordinator: Julissa Rosales
      Birding Intern: Jennifer Rieke
      Mono Lake Interns: Molly Casey, Charlotte Johnson-Carter, Michael Morris, Aviva North, Ava Stavros


2017 Mono Lake Committee staff


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Mono Lake Committee staff

Executive Director
Geoff McQuilkin (ext. 110)

Eastern Sierra Policy Director
Lisa Cutting (ext. 142)

Education Director
Bartshe Miller (ext.121)

Communications Director
Arya Harp (ext. 111)

Office Director
Jessica Horn (ext. 120)

Membership Coordinator
Ellen King (ext. 123)

Information &
Restoration Specialist
Greg Reis (ext. 141)

Sacramento Policy Associate
Betsy Reifsnider

Outdoor Education Center Manager
Santiago Escruceria (ext. 136)

Lead Naturalist Guide
Nora Livingston (ext. 135)

Los Angeles Education Coordinator
Herley Jim Bowling

Communications Coordinator
Elin Ljung (ext. 134)

Information Center & Bookstore Manager
Lily Pastel (ext. 130)

Donnette Huselton (ext. 144)

Membership Assistant
Maureen McGlinchy (ext. 127)

Restoration Field Technician
Robbie Di Paolo (ext. 122)

Project Specialist
Gabrielle Renteria (ext. 103)

Digital Engagement Coordinator
Andrew Youssef (ext. 150)


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