KTMB Staff

Christi Cakiroglu, CCEP –  Executive Director, christi@ktmb.org
Hired as Executive Director in December 2002, Christi grew up in Washoe Valley and has over 20 years of management experience ranging from business to nonprofit. After graduating from the University of Oregon and teaching overseas, Christi returned home to northern Nevada and was happy to combine her passion for community involvement with employment. Christi is a Certified Community Environmental Professional (CCEP) through Keep America Beautiful. Her ultimate goal for KTMB is to achieve a society free of cigarette litter and shot-up televisions. Working with you, we will become America’s cleanest community!

Deidre Kennelly, Development Director, deidre@ktmb.org
As the Development Director, Deidre works to grow new and existing relationships with businesses, organizations, and individuals to increase awareness of and support for KTMB. Deidre has experience in managing federal grants and nonprofit communications. Previously the Program Director at KTMB, Deidre is excited to be back at her favorite nonprofit to work on keeping our area beautiful and growing the culture of stewardship in the community.

Lindsey Panton,  Program Director (Part-Time), lindsey@ktmb.org
Lindsey learned to love nature in her father’s garden and the gentle green hills of Scotland. She studied biology at the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh and has experience in academic research and college teaching. Lindsey has lived in Reno for 11 years and comes to KTMB via Scotland, The Gambia, Massachusetts, and Maryland. As a lifelong volunteer, most of her contributions have involved nature, science, and education, helping to foster curiosity in students of all ages. She is a runner, a Master Gardener, and a novice bodhran player, and is happier outside than in. She is committed to keeping the Truckee Meadows a beautiful and healthy place to live and learn.

Celeste Tinajero, Education Program Manager (Part-Time), celeste@ktmb.org
Celeste was born in California and moved to Reno in 2001. She first became keyed into environmental action when she joined the Reed High School Eco Warriors club in 2011. With a desire to make a lasting impact on the school, the club competed to win grant money to make their high school “greener”. They won first place ($12,000) to renovate their outdated and wasteful bathrooms then won second place the next year ($3,500) to purchase a Brita Hydration Station and reduce plastic water bottle waste. Celeste believes education is the most powerful guidance toward solutions.  She is excited and passionate about educating youth to help create a clean, sustainable and beautiful community to live in.

Sylvia Gibson, Operations Manager, sylvia@ktmb.org
Sylvia is a Nevada native, who grew up camping, hiking and exploring the Northern Nevada wilderness. Sylvia attended TMCC and UNR, and has a background in software support, program management, and human resources. She is very passionate about sustainability and clean food, which comes only from a clean environment, and teaching children about how their food is grown and sourced. When she’s not helping with financial and administrative tasks at KTMB, she is working in her garden, composting, cooking or canning what she grew, and taking care of her dogs, cat, and chickens.

Matthew Salazar, Program Manager, matthew@ktmb.org
Matthew came to KTMB through the AmeriCorps program after living in Ohio and New Hampshire for school and other service opportunities. After his year as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Matthew moved into the Program Manager position to further his passion of working with people and motivating them to be more involved in their community. When he’s not managing programs for KTMB, Matthew can be found lording over his slow cooker or be coming up with witty one-liners that no one will ever actually hear.


ac_0KTMB’s AmeriCorps and VISTA Volunteers:

AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTAs are volunteers who commit to a full-time year of service. Their goal is to build capacity for the community group they serve so their impact lives on after the year of service had ended. The needs of the Truckee Meadows community are growing, and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is trying to keep up! These VISTAs have been a huge help in growing our education and beautification programs. For more information about AmeriCorps service, check out nationalservice.gov.

Nicholas J Mazzoni, AmeriCorps Warriors Program Educator, Nick@ktmb.org
Nick is a native of North Carolina but has lived in over 10 states throughout his life and moved permanently to Reno, NV in 2016.  He graduated in 2011 from High Point University where he studied psychology and writing.  Through his travels, adventures, and after exploring many career paths, he decided that serving Mother Earth through research and education was the wisest option.  He believes the only way to a clean and sustainable future is to bring awareness to citizens about the importance of being conscious stewards of the planet. By becoming mindful of our effect on the environment and aware of our responsibilities to it, we allow space for our personal growth and the overall well-being of our community.

Lorian McConnell, Americorps VISTA, Program Coordinator, programvista@ktmb.org
Lorian is a Northern California native who came to Reno to go to the University of Nevada and to be closer to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She recently graduated from UNR with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Geography with an emphasis in water science. Her passion is all things water. Her past experience includes working for a long-term limnological station near Mt. Shasta, CA. This is where she expanded her knowledge of small watersheds and the impact of water quality. She pursued the Americorps VISTA position for Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful so that she could influence our lovely watershed in a positive way. In her free time, she likes to snowboard, garden, visit different lakes and streams, and read up on fun facts.

Cessie Pulleyn, AmeriCorps Warrior Program Educator, Cessie@ktmb.org
Cessie luckily stumbled onto this amazing job with incredible people.  She has traveled and lived a lot.  Cessie loves art, the outdoors, and her two amazing daughters and incredible grandson.  She is hoping to make a difference in her community.

Kimberly Rios, AmeriCorps VISTA, Education Coordinator, educationvista@ktmb.org
Kim comes to KTMB with a strong passion for environmental activism and education. She obtained her degree in Environmental Policy but discovered a predilection for education after spending four years abroad teaching English in Spain. Kim has also worked for a non-profit abroad, where she helped mobilize the small basque community of San Sebastian to maintain its coastal beaches, organize clean-ups, and raise awareness about environmental issues. As a Reno native, Kim is excited to be back home and is looking forward to giving back to her own community. In her free time she enjoys traveling, photography, and filming.

Kylie Stevens, AmeriCorps VISTA, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, outreachvista@ktmb.org
Kylie is a Northern Nevada native and is incredibly proud of her Reno/Sparks roots. A gap year between undergraduate and graduate school led to her a State/National program in Georgia which reinforced her love for serving her community. Kylie graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Master’s in History and decided it was time for her to go back to the mountains. Serving as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator VISTA for KTMB will be her second service term with AmeriCorps. In her spare time Kylie likes to run ultra marathons, read obscure World War I history books while drinking tea, and do crafty things.

Zachary Hartzell, AmeriCorps VISTA, Development Coordinator, developmentvista@ktmb.org
Zachary was born in Riverside, CA and came to Reno permanently in 2014.  Growing up he has spent much of his life in the Sierra Nevada Mountains where his passion grew to not only support our environment but to become a part of the solution preserving it. With an avid love of the Truckee Meadows area, he pursued the AmeriCorps Development VISTA position for KTMB to give back to his community in what he loves most.  Once completing his Marketing degree he seeks to continue his work in the nonprofit sector specializing in the field of development.