Board & Staff

Trees Foundation Staff

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Kerry Reynolds

Organizational Development & Partner Support
Kerry arrived in Northern California from the East Coast in 2006. She holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Education from the Audubon Expedition Institute and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University. Since 2011, Kerry has written and produced stories for KMUD News, Emerald Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle’s Green State section. In 2019 she started Southern Humboldt Organic & Regenerative Education (SHORE) with the goal of creating effective events and educational programs that support, nurture, and provide practical tools for projects that work to protect and restore the land and watersheds of Humboldt County.

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As a lifetime Humboldt resident, Mona is delighted to have Trees Foundation as her first environmental non-profit job. Growing up in the hills of Southern Humboldt, her mom instilled in her the importance of community and our natural environment. Today, the natural beauty of the local forests, rolling hills, creeks, and rivers are a large part of why she will continue to call this community her home. In her free time she enjoys gardening, knitting, hiking, and rescuing recycling from garbage cans and the sides of roadways.

Barbara Ristow

Cereus Fund Director
A long time Trees Foundation employee, Barbara manages the Cereus Fund.

Jeri Fergus

Graphic Design & Administrative Director
Jeri has extensive experience working with nonprofits, including The Trust For Public Land and the Golden Gate National Park Association. Her diverse nonprofit background makes her an exceptional resource for traversing the unique challenges, needs, and administration of nonprofits. Jeri produces Trees Foundation’s quarterly magazine, Forest & River News, as well as many of our Partner’s projects, such as newsletters, business cards, posters, and brochures. In addition to Graphic Design duties, Jeri also manages Trees Foundation’s Administrative Department. At Trees she balances her ability to design graphics, supervise, develop programs, teach skills, and organize with her love of nature in all its forms. Jeri is also a Board Member and manager for Salmon Creek Legacy Farms Cooperative. Jeri left San Francisco in 1996 for the beauty and calmness of Humboldt County and joined Trees in 2002.
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Cullen Cramer

GIS Coordinator
Cullen does GIS for Trees, creating and updating regional conservation status maps for periodical publications, public presentations, and grant reports for partner groups. He draws on a BA in Geography with a natural resource and GIS emphasis. Other experience includes: data collection and analysis on biological survey and wildlife studies, private land-use management, and regulatory compliance cartography.

Mitchell Danforth

Community Fire Resources Coordinator
A future long-term resident of Southern Humboldt, Mitchell planted his roots outside of Garberville in 2015 after graduating from HSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest and Rangeland Soils. Since then, he has worked in construction, brewing, lumber milling, and bookkeeping with local businesses, all while homesteading on undeveloped land. Mitchell brings his wide range of experiences to the table in the struggle to bring the landscape and its communities back into a healthy balance with wildfire.

Board of Directors

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Susan Barsotti

Promoter and Environmental Advocate at Black Oak Ranch Susy has been an active member of the Hog Farm communal family for 40+ years, and has served on the Trees board for 20+ years. Her work history includes organic grape farming, office management, landscaping, and performance art. She and her husband Bob have regularly helped organize and produce music events to benefit social and environmental organizations. Susy lives in Mendocino County, where one can still see a redwood tree occasionally.

Leib Ostrow

Founder of Trees Foundation, Music for Little People, and Earth Beat! Records. A North Coast resident since the mid-1970s, Leib was one of the founders of Trees Foundation and of Music For Little People records, one of the largest independent children’s record labels in the world. He has produced over 100 recordings and has been awarded two Grammy nominations. An environmental activist for most of his life, he is a landowner in southern Humboldt practicing sustainable forest management and regenerative farming. He is also a performing musician. He considers getting arrested with his son at Headwaters Forest one of the best civic lessons he could teach.
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Lenya Quinn-Davidson

Secretary, Fire Advisor at University of California Cooperative Extension, Director of Northern California Prescribed Fire Council
Lenya Quinn-Davidson is University of California Cooperative Extension’s only Fire Advisor. She is based in Humboldt County, California, but works at local, regional, and national scales, leading efforts with a variety of groups, including the Humboldt County Prescribed Burn Association, Northern California Prescribed Fire Council, California Fire Science Consortium, Fire Learning Network, TREX Coaches Network, and the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils. Lenya is passionate about empowering people to work toward solutions, as exemplified by her work on prescribed fire training exchanges (TREX) and private landowner-led prescribed burn associations, both of which use prescribed fire as a centerpiece for diversity and collaboration.
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Bill Eastwood

Member, Eel River Salmon Restoration Project; The Humboldt County and Southern Humboldt Fire Safe Councils
Bill has a master’s degree in geology from U.C. Berkeley. He is the co-director of the Eel River Salmon Restoration Project and has over 30 years experience in fisheries and watershed restoration work. He was on the staff of the Institute for Sustainable Forestry for 10 years, where he helped develop a forest products certification program, and was in charge of the education and publications program. Recently he has been working on fire hazard reduction and prescribed burning issues.

Ali Freedlund

Member, Mattole Restoration Council
Ali has worked for the Mattole Restoration Council since 1996. At first, she concentrated her efforts on lessening the impacts from industrial timber harvest plans and the protection of Old-Growth forest stands. However, her job soon grew to incorporate different kinds of restoration projects from upgrading roads to reducing fuels, in her desire to protect and nourish watershed processes. Because Trees Foundation had long been a tireless supporter of MRC’s efforts, she did not hesitate when asked to become a member of their Board of Directors. She is pleased to be working alongside the dedicated and inspiring team of both the board and staff of Trees Foundation.

Elizabeth RedFeather

Member, Round Valley Tribal Social Worker
Elizabeth is an enrolled Tribal Member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes. She is ConCow, Wailaki, and Nomlaki. Elizabeth is active in her traditional dances and ceremonies, and is proud of her rich culture. Born in Healdsburg, California, she moved home to her Reservation around 2007. A graduate from Mendocino College in 2015 with a certificate in Human Services, Elizabeth is now a Tribal Social Worker. Her interests are learning all she can, cultural burning to prevent devastating wildfires, standing up for Mother Earth, and saving sacred cultural sites. Elizabeth feels humbled to be a Board Member with Trees Foundation.

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