Staff

_DSC0509Christi Cakiroglu, Executive Director, christi@ktmb.org
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!
Celeste Tinajero, AmeriCorps VISTA, Program Coordinator, celeste@ktmb.org
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 They won first place ($12,000) to renovate their outdated and wasteful bathrooms then won second place the next year ($3,500) to purchase a Brita Hydration Station and reduce plastic water bottle waste.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.
Deidre Kennelly, Development Director, deidre@ktmb.org
As the Development Director, Deidre works to grow new and existing relationships with businesses, organizations and individuals to increase awareness of and support for KTMB. Deidre has experience in managing federal grants and nonprofit communications. Previously the Program Director at KTMB, Deidre is excited to be back at her favorite nonprofit to work on keeping our area beautiful and growing the culture of stewardship in the community.
Elise Esquenazi, AmeriCorps VISTA Development Coordinator, elise@ktmb.org
Elise, a San Jose native, moved to Reno in 2014 with her husband and their dog after falling in love with the Truckee River.  As Development Coordinator, she works to build community around advocacy and stewardship for local ecosystems.  She has passion for marketing and grassroots organizing which she got from being a rabble rouser in college and then developing a sustainability-focused family business.
Jaime Souza, Program Manager, jaime@ktmb.org
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.
Lauren McCullough, Americorps VISTA, Education Coordinator, Lauren@ktmb.org
Lauren is an Iowa native who grew up traveling to the mountains. She studied History at the University of Iowa where she also began leading trips and classes for the Outdoor Recreation Program. Lauren developed a love of rock climbing, backpacking, and whitewater and stayed on at the University of Iowa to complete her M.A. in Education. She believes that education is the most effective way to connect people of all ages to the outdoors in a meaningful way. Most recently Lauren has worked as an Environmental Education teacher in Rhode Island and as a Whitewater Rafting guide in Colorado. She is excited to discover all the beauty that the Truckee Meadows area has to offer and to encourage a new generation of environmental stewards.
Lindsey Panton, Program Coordinator, lindsey@ktmb.org
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.
Matthew Salazar, AmeriCorps VISTA, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, matthew@ktmb.org
Matthew is a native of Ohio who recently finished an internship in New Hampshire with The Student Conservation Association, where he worked on trail building and environmental conservation community events with high school students. Matthew graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Outdoor Recreation & Education, spending much of his class time outside learning to identify plants and teach others to work together in a wilderness setting. This is his first experience living out West and he’s looking forward to the heat, the mountains, and the opportunity to get people involved in keeping the Truckee Meadows beautiful and accessible to everyone.
Sylvia Gibson, Executive Assistant, sylvia@ktmb.org
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.