Christi Cakiroglu, CCEP – Executive Director, [email protected]
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!
Justine Palacios, Development Director, [email protected]
Justine is devoted to positively impacting the lives of others by bridging the interests of donors and volunteers with the mission of nonprofit organizations. For more than a decade, Justine has raised millions of dollars in funding to support various nonprofit organizations. Justine is a Northern Nevada native and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Irvine. She also completed a study abroad program in Budapest, Hungary where she studied the social-marginalization of the Roma (Gypsy) people. Justine visited gypsy segregated schools and collaborated with community leaders to draft policy change and reform. She also studied nonprofit management at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her spare time, Justine serves on the Alliance with the Washoe County Medical Society Community Action Fund Committee, which grants funds to local nonprofit organizations in our community. She is also the leader of Girl Scout Troop 517.
Lindsey Panton, Program Director (Part-Time), [email protected]
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), [email protected]
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.
Marge Millar, Operations Manager, [email protected]
As the Business Manager at KTMB, Marge manages all operational and financial functions. Marge has a passion for giving back to the community and comes to KTMB after being a volunteer for several years. Marge and her family moved to Reno in 2000 and fell in love with the area and all it has to offer. Marge spent 22 years in the banking industry and enjoys putting those skills to use to help KTMB thrive and grow. When she is not working, Marge loves to cook, read and travel with her family.
Matthew Salazar, Program Manager, [email protected]
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.
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.
Lorian McConnell, Americorps VISTA, Program Coordinator, [email protected]
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.
Kimberly Rios, AmeriCorps VISTA, Education Coordinator, [email protected]
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
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.
Kara Housby, AmeriCorps VISTA, Development Coordinator, [email protected]
As the AmeriCorps VISTA Development Coordinator, Kara is responsible for building fundraising and marketing capacity for KTMB. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013. As a Reno native, Kara is passionate about creating a healthy and beautiful community to live, work and play in. In her spare time you will find her coaching soccer, mountain biking, or hiking in our local wilderness.
Patricia Tierney, Americorps, One Truckee River Education & Outreach Coordinator
Patricia is a Florida native who moved west because of the appeal of wide open spaces, outdoor recreation, and the stark beauty of the Reno/Tahoe area. Her diverse background spans teaching all ages in a variety of settings with an emphasis on environmental protection and conservation. Patricia has a deep appreciation for nature and is excited to find herself in this part of the country. She is dedicated to serving this community and as an educator, has a desire to increase the beauty of the region and help ensure a healthy, thriving and sustainable Truckee River.
Elise Traywick, Americorps, One Truckee River Education & Outreach Coordinator
Elise is a North Carolina native who moved to Reno in 2017 for the opportunity to help TMPF in its mission to protect the environment and engage the community. She spent her childhood in rural areas but went to college at New York University in Manhattan, where she learned about the complex relationships between the city and the nature surrounding it. She recently graduated and is excited to start applying the skills and knowledge she learned in the classroom into making a difference in the lives of the people in the community, and in the natural resources that keep it thriving. In her free time, she enjoys reading fantasy novels and eating delicious vegan food.