Alicia Reban, Executive Director
Since 1998, Alicia has been dedicated to preserving the State of Nevada’s open spaces. In 2002, she served on the campaign executive committee for Nevada’s State Question One for Clean Water, Parks and Wildlife, and in 2000 she successfully managed the campaign for Washoe County Question 1 for Parks, Libraries, Trails, and Open Space. Alicia graduated from the University of Texas; and has also completed additional courses in conservation and real estate law.
Kim Pezonella, Finance Manager
I come to NLT with nearly 20 years of experience working in the non-profit world. I last served as Associate Director of Trinity Services, Inc. A self-proclaimed Excel nerd, I love the logic of numbers and math. Then making those numbers make sense to other people. I was born and raised in Southern California but moved to Reno with my husband in 1998 to start a family. Most of the time when not at work I can be found watching my 2 sons play baseball, a lot of it. When not at the field I enjoy camping, hiking, running, snowboarding, and chilling by our backyard firepit listening to country music.
Graduated with a BA in Sociology from California Lutheran University and a MA in Social Science from Pacific Lutheran University.
Ela Zawadzka, Communications & Development Manager
Ela, the Communications and Development Manager for Nevada Land Trust, joined the organization in March of 2011. Born and raised in Poland, she received Master of Arts Degree from the University of Opole, Poland and brings with her 10 years of experience in publishing, PR and journalism. Ela has lived in the Reno area since 2004, loves the outdoors, and enjoys the wide variety of activities Reno offers. When she's not chasing after her busy son, Ela relaxes by hiking, biking, gardening, and going to hear live music.
Sarah McNeal, Operations & Accreditation Coordinator
Sarah is Nevada Land Trust’s Accreditation and Operations Coordinator. Sarah joined the group in November 2008 after a 10-year career in Banking and Finance. She is working diligently to help the organization become accredited by the Land Trust Alliance in 2013, as well as managing the record keeping and files that the staff generates. Having had the opportunity to explore many wonderful places, Sarah finds working for NLT a refreshing change from the banking sector, if only for the amazing scenery! When not knee deep in Land Trust files or laundry, Sarah enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two beautiful daughters, adventuring outdoors and experiencing nature.
Alex Hoeft, Initiatives Coordinator
Alex joined Nevada Land Trust as an AmeriCorps intern, managing the communication of the One Truckee River Initiative. She became an official NLT staff member in February 2016 after receiving her Master’s degree in digital new media from the University of Nevada, Reno. Much of Alex’s experience is spread across the communications world, with familiarity in journalism, marketing, design, video, audio, photography, and social media. Alex is a big sports fan (go S.F. Giants!), bigger bookworm, and biggest animal lover.
Alex is from the southern half of Nevada (Las Vegas), and received a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Lynda Nelson, Natural Resources Specialist
Lynda joined the Nevada Land Trust in January 2012 after nearly 21 years with Washoe County Regional Parks & Open Space working in natural resource management, fire restoration, weed management and open space acquisition. Lynda has been working primarily on post-fire restoration on the Caughlin Fire and the Washoe Fire, but has also been working as a botanist/biologist on several local projects in the Truckee Meadows/Lake Tahoe area. She was the recipient of the Golden Pine Cone Award for Conservation, served as the chairman of the Washoe County Quality of Life Task Force, has taught wildflower and plant taxonomy classes for TMCC , UNR and other agencies and loves being back in the field and accomplishing on the ground restoration work!
She received a Bachelor of Science in Plant, Soil and Water Science from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1980 and a Master of Science in Range Management/Plant Ecology from UNR in 1988. She loves hiking, photography, botanizing, travel and spending time with friends and family.
Marsha Cardinal, GIS Specialist
Marsha joined the Nevada Land Trust as the GIS Coordinator, after retiring from 15 years in Washoe County’s GIS program. Previously, she has mapped trees for the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Truckee River water rights for the State of Nevada. As an archeologist for 10 years, she mapped cultural resources for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, as well as numerous other sites throughout the Great Basin.
She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1988. Born in San Francisco, but transplanted as a young sprout to northern Nevada, she enjoys birding, botanizing & photographing around the Great Basin, as well as gardening in our rigorous climate.
Karen Ross, Chair
Karen Mullen-Ehly, Vice Chair
Harry Parsons, Treasurer
Brian Bonnenfant, Secretary
Frankie Sue Del Papa
David E. Moore
Katy Simon Holland
Bradley E. Woodring