• 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.

  • Allen Smith Program Manager, Verde River Exchange

    Originally from Dallas, TX, Allen moved to the Verde Valley and joined Friends in an effort to support innovative solutions to water challenges.  Read more.

    (214) 384-8803

  • Anna Schrenk Program Director, 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

  • Karon Leigh Manager, Marketing and Communications

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

    (206) 200-8258

  • 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

  • Melissa Robinson Program Coordinator, One for the Verde

    Melissa is passionate about our environment and preserving the Verde River Watershed and also brings sales and marketing experience to this position. Read more.

    (928) 242-7463

  • 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

  • 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

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