Community

Tackling the world's toughest resource challenges is the shared purpose that connects us as an organization - and transcends the bottom-line.

  • Aaron Cole

    Outreach Specialist

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    Aaron Cole

    Outreach Specialist

  • Adriana Andrade

    Volunteer Program Specialist

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    Adriana Andrade

    Volunteer Program Specialist

    As the Volunteer Program Specialist for Ecology Action, Adriana oversees all the recruiting, training, retaining of existing volunteers and selection of individuals who demonstrate a commitment to the unique mission and values of Ecology Action.

    Adriana graduated from CSUS with a BS in Environmental Studies. Adriana enjoys spending time outdoors and being adventurous.

  • Amelia Conlen

    Transportation Planner

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    Amelia Conlen

    Transportation Planner

    As the lead for Ecology Action’s Planning team, Amelia works in partnership with public agencies to produce Active Transportation Plans and Safe Routes to Schools Plans, which include recommendations for new infrastructure and programs to make it easier and safer to walk and ride bicycles for daily trips. As of 2022 Amelia had completed five plans for jurisdictions in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. Amelia is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds a BA in Community, Environment, and Planning.

  • Anastassya 'Stassya' Zack

    Program Coordinator ll

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    Anastassya 'Stassya' Zack

    Program Coordinator ll

    As a program coordinator for youth programs, Stassya schedules, coordinates, and implements the Bike and Walk Smart programs in schools across Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Santa Clara Counties. She loves to teach youth how to navigate their communities by bike and on foot safely. Stassya is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Environmental Studies and a BA in Anthropology.

  • Angela Rocchio

    Grant Specialist

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    Angela Rocchio

    Grant Specialist

  • Annalisa Carrillo-Fulk

    Program Specialist

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    Annalisa Carrillo-Fulk

    Program Specialist

  • Callie Matthews

    Program Coordinator ll

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    Callie Matthews

    Program Coordinator ll

    As a Program Coordinator and Youth Educator for Ecology Action’s youth programs, Callie plans and implements pedestrian and bicycle safety education as well as environmental education. Callie enjoys giving presentations, running Bike Rodeos, and collaborating with other community program staff. Callie is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and holds a BA in Psychology and Education. She commutes to work on her bike and enjoys gardening, rollerblading, and making jewelry in her free time.

  • Cynthia (Cyndie) Perez Torres 

    Landscape Installation Coordinator 

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    Cynthia (Cyndie) Perez Torres 

    Landscape Installation Coordinator 

    As Landscape Installation Coordinator for Ecology Action’s Climate Victory Gardens Program, Cyndie evaluates sites for water savings and stormwater infiltration potential, designs ecological landscape projects, and converts water-thirsty lawns to beautiful, drought-tolerant gardens. Cyndie is a certified Green Gardener, Qualified Water Efficient Landscape (QWEL) professional, and Cabrillo College Horticulture alumni, with a passion for all things plants.

  • Danny Ordaz

    Transportation Justice Coordinator

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    Danny Ordaz

    Transportation Justice Coordinator

  • Emily Peck

    Grants and Development Specialist

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    Emily Peck

    Grants and Development Specialist

    As the Grants and Development Specialist, Emily supports fundraising for the Community Programs teams which advance climate solutions for individuals and communities in sustainable transportation, water conservation and climate action. Emily focuses on securing grants and expanding the individual donor base to ensure Ecology Action’s initiatives have the long-term funds to continue making a positive impact. Emily is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a BA in Global Studies with an Economic Development emphasis.

  • Gino Garcia

    Outreach Specialist

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    Gino Garcia

    Outreach Specialist

  • Jamie Alonzo

    Operations Director, Community Programs

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    Jamie Alonzo

    Operations Director, Community Programs

    As Community Programs Operations Director, Jamie supports the health and wellbeing of the Community Programs leadership and teams in our collective work to provide positive and impactful climate action pathways for our region’s communities while supporting the team’s strategic vision to expand program services and areas served. His portfolio includes planning, electric vehicles, water conservation, adult bike programming, youth programming, and the Community Action Campaign. Jamie holds a graduate degree in Marine, Estuarine & Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in ethology.

  • Jeanne LePage

    Fund Development Manager

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    Jeanne LePage

    Fund Development Manager

  • Jen Lape

    Director of Fund Development and Philanthropy

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    Jen Lape

    Director of Fund Development and Philanthropy

    Jen Lape has dedicated her professional life to furthering the missions of non-profits through sharing her fundraising expertise, board governance experience, and passion for making our shared communities and planet thrive. She has served many roles in her 16 years within the philanthropic sector from Director of Philanthropy, Director of Board Engagement, and Deputy Director for environmentally focused organizations such as Island Conservation and Ecology Action. Jen’s expertise focuses on development planning, board engagement, individual major giving, institutional giving, and government grant-making.

    Jen currently serves as Chair of the Big Sur Park School and PTO member of Pacific Valley School. She is a member of the Monterey Bay Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Jen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Arts in Biology and Marine Science for the University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Jordynn Dorado

    Transportation Justice Coordinator

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    Jordynn Dorado

    Transportation Justice Coordinator

    As a transportation justice coordinator, Jordynn works with the Ecology Action’s Electric Vehicle Equity team to promote EV education and provide 1:1 on assistance for community members in EA’s purchase guidance program. In addition to working with the EV Equity team, Jordynn has also been lucky enough to work with other departments, including Ecology Action’s Development department, the Water Division, and the Adult Bike team.

    Jordynn is a UC Santa Cruz alumni with a BA in Environmental Studies and Feminist Studies with a focus on representation and power.

  • Juan Castillo

    Program Specialist

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    Juan Castillo

    Program Specialist

    As a Program Specialist for Ecology Action’s Safe Routes to School team, Juan leads program coordinators, oversees the implementation of youth programming for Santa Cruz County, and is the lead organizer for the county’s Bike and Walk to School Days. Juan graduated from UC Davis, majoring in Neurobiology with an Education minor. After graduating, he moved back to his hometown Santa Cruz and loves that he can make a difference in his community through education and encouragement programs.

  • Karina Javier

    Safe Routes to School Educator & Program Coordinator II

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    Karina Javier

    Safe Routes to School Educator & Program Coordinator II

    Karina Javier was born in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico, and raised in Salinas, CA.  Karina is one of our Safe Routes to School Educators & Program Coordinators II in the Monterey County Team for our Community Programs. Additionally, Karina is an educator for both the Bike and Walk Smart programs where she teaches,  5th graders bike safety rules and skills, and 2nd graders learn how to walk safely on our streets. These programs focus on reducing emissions by preparing our youth to find transportation alternatives for a healthier future.

    Karina enjoys dancing Mexican Folklorico Dances and learning about her Mexican Culture. She is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in Chicano Studies with a minor in Applied Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Kira Ticus

    Program Manager

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    Kira Ticus

    Program Manager

    As a Program Manager for Ecology Action’s Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) Program, Kira works closely with EA’s Development staff on strategic development and planning, ensures successful implementation of grant program deliverables, partners with the SRTS Program Staff Manager, prepares financial analysis and quarterly reports, and maintains relationships with key community partners. Kira graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Environmental Studies.

  • Leann Leon

    Program Specialist

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    Leann Leon

    Program Specialist

    As Program Specialist for Ecology Action’s Safe Routes to School Program in Monterey County, Leann supervises the Monterey County team’s Walk Smart and Bike Smart Program. Leann also leads all encouragement work for grants in Monterey County. Leann is an alumni of CSU Monterey Bay and Middlebury Institute of International Studies and holds a BA in Environmental Studies and an MA in International Environmental Policy. 

  • Mariana Ivancko

    Senior Program Specialist

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    Mariana Ivancko

    Senior Program Specialist

  • Matt Miller

    Program Specialist

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    Matt Miller

    Program Specialist

    As Sr. Program Specialist for Ecology Action’s adult bike team, Matt manages, plans and implements a suite of programs designed to promote and support biking for everyday trips in Santa Cruz County. These programs include Bike Month, UCSC – Slugbikelife, EA Sustainable Transportation Membership, Go Santa Cruz E-Bike Rebate Program, and bike commuter workshops with the City of Santa Cruz and the Regional Transportation Commission.
    Matt is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and holds a BA in Environmental Studies, with an emphasis in natural history and environmental education.
  • McKenna Maness

    Program Coordinator

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    McKenna Maness

    Program Coordinator

    As a Program Coordinator for Ecology Action’s youth programs team, McKenna conducts school outreach to bring pedestrian and bike safety education to schools throughout Santa Cruz, Monterey, and the Bay Area. She loves teaching kids how to ride a bike and explore their communities through active transportation. McKenna holds a BA in Urban and Environmental Policy with a minor in Public Health. 

  • Piet Canin

    Strategic Development and Program Director

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    Piet Canin

    Strategic Development and Program Director

    Piet Canin oversees Ecology Action’s sustainable transportation programs, which emphasize healthy, money saving, and environmentally friendly means of travel. Piet has helped implement several innovative programs at Ecology Action, including Bike to Work Day, the Electric Bike, and Folding Bike Incentive programs. Piet has been active in advancing sustainable transportation programs over the past 30 years. He has extensive experience working with a diversity of partners including schools, businesses, public health, safety, and transportation agencies, community groups and individuals.

    Piet has actively advocated for the Coastal Rail Trail since 1998 and leveraged diverse partners to move forward such projects as the Beach Street Bikeway, Arana Gulch and increased funding for the Rail Trail. Piet is a long-time member of the Regional Transportation Commission’s Bike Advisory Committee, FORT Board Member and a Bike Santa Cruz County Lifetime Achievement award recipient.

  • Sabrina Delk

    Events Specialist

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    Sabrina Delk

    Events Specialist

  • Sebastien Garbe

    Transportation Justice Coordinator

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    Sebastien Garbe

    Transportation Justice Coordinator

    As a Transportation Justice Coordinator, Sebastien provides 1:1 EV purchase guidance to Central Coast residents, tables community events, and supports the EVs For Everyone Program through various capacity building projects. Sebastien is a graduate of Boston University and holds a BA in Political Science and a BFA in Acting. He is both trilingual and a triple threat, since he can speak English, French, and Chinese as well as act, sing, and dance!
  • Sherry Bryan

    Program Manager

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    Sherry Bryan

    Program Manager

    Sherry is the Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging and Demand Generation Program Manager at Ecology Action. She leads Ecology Action’s EV team to implement equitable EV charging solutions in multi-family housing communities, and increase EV ownership in low and moderate income households through the EVs for Everyone/EVs Para Todos purchase guidance program. Her project management expertise in the built-environment spans the fields of solid waste and recycling, urban and agricultural water management, and low impact development. Her reputation for developing and maintaining innovative programs and cultivating strong stakeholder partnerships that meet community needs is unparalleled. Sherry is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and holds a BA in Environmental Studies, with an Agroecology emphasis.

  • Tawn Kennedy

    Program Coordinator

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    Tawn Kennedy

    Program Coordinator