• 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.

  • Fennel Blythe Native Seed Co-op Coordinator

    Fennel came to Friends with a diverse background.  She grew up on a farm in north Alabama where she developed a deep love of nature and learned innovative farming techniques from her father. Fennel’s love of nature has permeated all aspects of her life and she is excited to be back in the desert southwest using her life experience to serve the Verde Valley as Native Seed Co-op Coordinator. 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) 300-2665. 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

  • Amanda Webster AmeriCorps VISTA, Community Engagement

    After graduating from New York University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, Amanda spent a year as an AmeriCorps member with Habitat for Humanity in Tacoma, Washington. Read more.

    (928) 274-8832

  • Anna Schrenk Program Associate, Habitat Restoration

    Anna started as the Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition (VWRC) Program Coordinator in February 2012. Read more.

    (951) 236-6652

  • Matt Wilson Program Manager, Habitat Restoration

    Matt came to Friends with a background in stream ecology and environmental education. Read more.

    (330) 719-5697

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