Our Staff

Sierra Streams Institute’s strength lies in its ability to attract and retain highly skilled staff members, led by Executive Director Joanne Hild. Joanne came to the organization in 2000 as staff biologist with 20 years of college teaching experience and extensive experience working on local environmental issues. Since 2007, Sierra Streams Institute has also employed AmeriCorps service members through the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP), a highly competitive program that places AmeriCorps members at different conservation agencies and organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada to conduct watershed restoration and monitoring, watershed education, and volunteer recruitment and support.

Current staff members are listed to the right and below. Click a name below to see a biographical sketch of that person.

  • Amber web

    Amber Aldrich

    Amber was born and raised in the Arizona desert. Deciding the grass was greener where it rains more often, she moved to Seattle in her…...

  • Devin web

    Devin Cormia

    Devin was born and raised on the San Francisco Bay Peninsula, attending De Anza College in San Jose where he studied Environmental Studies and U.C.…...

  • Denise web

    Denise Della Santina

    Denise was born and raised in the S.F. Bay Area where most of her childhood was spent creek walking and exploring the kinds of habitats…...

  • Karin web

    Karin Emanuelson

    With her eagerness to always be gaining a deeper understanding of her surrounding environment, Karin Emanuelson is a passionate engineer on a mission to restore…...

  • Emily400x450

    Emily Feng

    Emily received her B.S. in Wildlife Biology and Natural Resource Ecology from the University of Vermont. Backed with internship experience working with U.S. Fish and…...

  • Allison200x200

    Allison Hacker

    Allison grew up in the Bay Area where she discovered a passion for the natural world while roaming around the Santa Cruz mountains and the…...

  • Sol web

    Sol Henson

    Sol Henson works as a coordinator for the education program. He has several years of experience monitoring water quality and stream health in addition to…...

  • Joanne web

    Joanne Hild

    Joanne has her MS in Zoology from University of Massachusetts in Amherst and her BS in Biology from Tufts University. She worked as a research…...

  • Katy web

    Katy Janes

    Katy received her BS in Geology from California State University Sacramento, and loved it so much she stayed on to get her MS in Geology,…...

  • Kyle web

    Kyle Leach

    Kyle Leach is a California Professional Geologist with 25 years of experience in the environmental sciences and geology fields. For the past 17 years, he…...

  • Mo200x200

    Mo Loden

    Mo Loden is the Water Quality Lab Manager for Sierra Streams Institute. Seeking a career in watershed stewardship, she moved to Nevada County last year…...

  • Justin web

    Justin Wood

    Justin was born and raised in South Bend Indiana, and graduated from Indiana University in 2007 with a BA in Geography with a concentration in…...