• Nancy Steele Executive Director

    Nancy is an executive manager with over twenty-five years of environmental management and research experience, using the tools of science and policy to catalyze change towards a more sustainable future. Read more.

  • Isaac Dudley Business Development Coordinator

    A Verde Valley local, with a degree in Spanish and Journalism from Northern Arizona University, Isaac is an avid lover of the outdoors. (928)821-2002. Read more

  • Emily Garding GIS Specialist

    Over the last decade, Emily has been involved in various conservation GIS projects across the western US. Read more.

    (928) 274-2532

  • Matt Gilbert Financial Services Administrator

    Matt came to Friends from the private sector, where he supported administrative operations in a variety of capacities. Read more.

    (928) 641-6013

  • Laura Jones Coordinator, Community Engagement

    Laura Jones joined us with 20+ years of experience in the fields of non-profit, human resources and volunteer management. Read more.

    (928) 451-6860

  • Ben Kowalewski Program Coordinator, Habitat Restoration

    Ben is a recent graduate of Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA and earned a degree in Political Science with a concentration in Environmental Studies. Read more.

    (724) 953-6922

  • Karon Leigh Marketing and Communications Manager

    Karon came to Friends with a background in marketing and website design with years of experience with nonprofit organizations.  Read more.

    (206) 200-8258

  • Tracy Stephens Habitat Restoration Manager

    Tracy brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from her years with Wyoming Game and Fish and Arizona Game and Fish. She holds an M.S. in Natural Resources, with a Fisheries emphasis and a B.S. with a double major in Biology. (307)-690-8084  read more.

  • Elaine Nichols VWRC Field Supervisor

    Elaine coordinates 5 restoration crews that are working in the Verde Valley this season.
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  • Maxwell C. Wilson Sustaining Flows Manager

    Max grew up loving the Verde River. He and his wife have two young sons, Jack and Henry, who spend every waking moment outside exploring with their Mom and Dad. Max is an avid fly fisher and hiker. (602) 620-1117. Read more

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