Christi Cakiroglu, Executive Director,
KTMB has made great strides programmatically and administratively during Christi’s tenure as Executive Director. Hired as Executive Director in December 2002, Christi grew up in Washoe Valley and has over 20 years of management experience ranging from business to nonprofit. After graduating from the University of Oregon and teaching overseas, Christi returned home to northern Nevada and was happy to combine her passion for community involvement with employment. Recognized as one of the Reno Gazette-Journal’s “Ten in 2010″, Christi’s ultimate goal for KTMB is to achieve a society free of cigarette litter and shot-up televisions. Working with you, we will become America’s cleanest community!

J Merriman, Communications Manager,
J returned to the Truckee Meadows after doing non-profit work in the South and Midwest, and was glad to see Reno/Tahoe’s revitalization efforts, just in their infancy when she left, successful and growing (when just the lack of humidity would have been enough cause for joy). Now J is excited to help contribute to that revitalization and vision of the Truckee Meadows as a beautiful community to live, work and play. If you call, email, or get handed a portable ashtray by someone on a bike, you likely just talked (virtually or otherwise) to J.

Jaime Souza, Program Manager,
Jaime moved to Reno from the beautiful, but bitterly cold, state of Minnesota. She grew up with a canoe paddle in her hands and cross-country skis on her feet. Her love of the Minnesota North Woods inspired her to pursue a career in Outdoor Environmental Education, and she has worn a number of hats at various camps and residential environmental education centers around the country. Jaime has a M.S. in Education and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education and Natural Science. She served as the Director of Trail Use for the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for almost three years. As KTMB’s Program Manager, she strives to inspire community members to preserve and protect the beautiful place we live, work and play in the Truckee Meadows. Jaime is a proud alumnus of the National Outdoor Leadership School with completion of Trip Leader, Leave No Trace Master Educator and Wilderness Medicine courses.

Mia Alonzo, Program Assistant,
Mia is a Reno native who loves the unpredictable weather in our area. She recently graduated from Truckee Meadows Community College and is currently working on her bachelor’s in neuroscience at UNR. She is dedicated to creating a healthy and clean environment, and believes this vision is possible with the community’s involvement. Mia is bilingual, which will help reach more of our diverse Northern Nevada population, and help us work together to create a healthy recreational economy and environment.

Sylvia Gibson, Executive Assistant,
Sylvia is a Nevada native, who grew up camping, hiking and exploring the Northern Nevada wilderness. Sylvia attended TMCC and UNR, and has a background in software support, program management, and human resources. She is very passionate about sustainability and clean food, which comes only from a clean environment, and teaching children about how their food is grown and sourced. When she’s not helping with financial and administrative tasks at KTMB, she is working in her garden, composting, cooking or canning what she grew, and taking care of her dogs, cat, and chickens.

Lindsey Panton, AmeriCorps VISTA, Volunteer Coordinator,
Lindsey learned to love nature in her father’s garden and the gentle green hills of Scotland. She studied biology at the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh and has experience in academic research and college teaching. Lindsey has lived in Reno for 11 years and comes to KTMB via Scotland, The Gambia, Massachusetts and Maryland. As a lifelong volunteer, most of her contributions have involved nature, science and education, helping to foster curiosity in students of all ages. She is a runner, a Master Gardener and a novice bodhran player, and is happier outside than in. She is committed to keeping the Truckee Meadows a beautiful and healthy place to live and learn.

Celeste Tinajero, AmeriCorps VISTA, Program Coordinator,
Celeste was born in California and moved to Reno in 2001. She first became keyed into environmental action when she joined the Reed High School Eco Warriors club in 2011. With a desire to make a lasting impact on the school, the club competed to win grant money to make their high school “greener”. They won first place ($12,000) to renovate their outdated and wasteful bathrooms then won second place the next year ($3,500) to purchase a Brita Hydration Station and reduce plastic water bottle waste. Celeste believes education is the most powerful guidance toward solutions.  She is excited and passionate about educating youth to help create a clean, sustainable and beautiful community to live in.