Our Team

Board of Directors

The following serve as Board members:

Executive Board

  • Presidents  – Ron and Janice Swaisgood
  • Secretary –  Jonathan Appelbaum
  • Treasurer – Karin Robertson

Boardmembers

  • Communications Chair  – Diane Castañeda
  • Health Chair  – Cynde Lane
  • Crystal Howe
  • Su Scott
  • Judie Lincer
  • Linda Rasmussen
  • Mary Zanotelli

Executive Board

 

  • Presidents  – Ron and Janice Swaisgood
  • Secretary –  Jonathan Appelbaum
  • Treasurer – Karin Robertson

 

Voting Board

  • Communications Chair  – Diane Castañeda
  • Health Chair  – Cynde Lane
  • Crystal Howe
  • Su Scott
  • Judie Lincer
  • Linda Rasmussen
  • Mary Zanotelli

 

Board Committees

The Education Committee is chaired by Board member Su Scott. Other active members are Leta Bender, Jonathan Appelbaum, Judie Lincer, Anne Fege, Meredith Vaughn (San Diego State University),  Sandra LaBron (San Diego Coastkeeper), Ann Baldridge (Resource Conservation District), and Jess Norton (San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy).

Bio-Sketches of Board Members

Janice Swaisgood.   gro.erutanniserutnevdaylimafnull@ecinaj.   Janice is a teacher and the founder of Family Adventures in Nature.  She provides leadership and support to establish and maintain San Diego County families’ engagement in nature, and is working to recruit and foster the development of community-based groups, organize and publicize regular outings in nearby nature, maintain a calendar of events, and recruit families for outings through both casual contact and formal presentations about families and nature.

Ron Swaisgood, Ph.D. serves San Diego Zoo Global as the Brown Endowed Director of Recovery Ecology, where his interests lie primarily in the pragmatic application of ecological and behavioral knowledge to solving conservation problems with endangered species (http://institute.sandiegozoo.org/ronald-swaisgood-phd). As an advocate for reconnecting society to nature, he has served on committees for the Children & Nature Network and co-founded Family Adventures in Nature in 2009, and was a founding member of the San Diego Children and Nature organizing committee. As a conservation biologist, Ron believes we must get today’s children out in nature to grow the next generation of conservation professionals and environmental stewards.

Jonathan Appelbaum, M.E.S.M. moc.liamgnull@mbleppaj. Jonathan has worked with a number of environmentally-focused non-profit organizations throughout California including San Diego Canyonlands (SDCL), the Endangered Habitats Conservancy (EHC), the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN), and Channel Islands Restoration (CIR).  During his tenure, Jonathan coordinated the field-based environmental education programs for CIR and SPAWN involving experiential learning through hands on habitat restoration on the Channel Islands and Pt. Reyes National Seashore. Jonathan has also served as a UCCE-certified California Naturalist Training Instructor.  When not working with SDCL Jonathan serves on the San Diego Audubon Society’s (SDAS) Conservation Committee and I Love a Clean San Diego’s (ILACSD) Clean Committee and is an active volunteer with SDAS, ILACSD, and many other local organizations.

Judie Lincer. gro.erutandnanerdlihcdsnull@recnileiduj.  has taught preschool-high school for 20 years and is now a Naturalist Educator and very active member of  SDCaN. She works as a Program Manager on various projects around the county that are designed to bring Schoolyard Science Lessons into schools. One main emphasis of the programs she leads is to empower teachers to use the outdoors to engage children in science, enhance their scientific- inquiry skills and to inspire and develop an appreciation of the environment and ecosystems in San Diego County.

Judie works for SD Audubon and leads 4th grade curriculum-based hikes at the Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary, Anstine Preserve and at the South Bay Wildlife Preserve as well as hikes for Outdoor Explore!-an after school program that takes children on hikes in nearby nature. She also coordinate Native Plant Workshops and the annual Native Plant Tour for the California Native Plants Society-San Diego (CNSP-SD) and is an active member of the CNPS-SD Garden Committee.

Diane Castañeda. moc.liamgnull@01adenatsacd Diane is a Communications and PR consultant. She formerly was the Program and Communications Coordinator at WILDCOAST where the best (and most fun) part of her job was to engage at-risk students in exploring and learning about San Diego County’s Marine Protected Areas through stewardship activities and recreational activities like kayaking, tide pooling and surfing. She believes the more you learn, enjoy and appreciate your environment, the more you will want to protect it. Diane received a Bachelors Degree in Communications from San Diego State University and she is a Certified Interpretive Guide by the National Association for Interpretation. Diane is a mom to a very active and fearless five-year-old that loves to rock climb. Diane loves to travel the world with her husband and daughter any chance they get. Their favorite outdoor activities include hiking, kayaking, climbing, and swimming.

Karin Robertson. gro.erutandnanerdlihcdsnull@nostrebork   Karin is retired after a career in applied physics as a scientist and program manager. She was fortunate to be born into a camping family, and has hiked and traveled throughout the western United States her whole life. Everyday nature was just that in Karin’s childhood, and she is committed to helping to provide that experience to all of San Diego’s children. Karin received a Fundraising and Development Certificate through UC San Diego Extension.

Su Scott, M.A. moc.liamgnull@6ttocsus.  Su has taught Science for over 20 years and is currently a UCCE certified Calif Naturalist.  She is writes inquiry curriculum for the Field based Ecology Programs, school nature programs, and Middles school nature experiences.  She is the Program Coordinator for the Watershed Explorer Program, provides professional development for teachers in nature, and sits on the board of SDCaN and Friends of Daley Ranch.  She was recognized as 2012 San Diego Science Teacher of the Year and received the 2014 Partnership Award from San Diego Science Alliance. She has presented at National, State, and Local Science and Nature conferences and was chair of the 2016 San Diego Science Education Conference.

Mary Zanotelli. Mary has been connecting children with nature as an environmental educator for more than 25 years.  It’s more than a career; it’s her passion. As NatureStudies Instructor at Innovations Academy, Mary uses inquiry-based learning techniques to introduce children to the natural world and to excite them about the wonders of nature. She has created and implemented curricula for a myriad of diverse audiences as an educator at the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Earth Discovery Institute, EarthLab, Friends of Rose Canyon, Tecolote Nature Center, and other nonprofit organizations and nature centers throughout SanDiego and Wisconsin.  Mary is a Certified Interpretive Guide with the National Association for Interpretation.  Her Bachelor of Arts degree is in Journalism from Marquette University, and she is a published writer who is currently working on a series of children’s books.  Mary is also an amateur photographer whose work has been displayed at several juried art shows.

Ilisa Goldman, RLA, MLA, ASLA, Board Liaison and Past SDCaN President moc.ecalpnidetoornull@namdlogi Ilisa has spent over 18 years working in the field of Landscape Architecture and currently has her own practice in San Diego, Rooted In Place Landscape Architecture and Consulting. Embracing her passions for design and the environment, Ilisa’s works focuses on the needs of children, which includes education, mental and physical health, and age appropriate design. Ilisa is a local leader in the ‘Children and Nature’ movement, helping to educate the design community and raise awareness of the benefits of designing and developing outdoor spaces to enhance children’s nature experiences. Much of her practice is dedicated to helping communities improve and transform their neighborhood spaces by leading efforts to activate vacant lots into public spaces that reflected the community’s own vision.

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