Meet Our Team!

Christi Cakiroglu
Christi CakirogluCCEP – 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. Christi is a Certified Community Environmental Professional (CCEP) through Keep America Beautiful. Her 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!
Marge Millar
Marge MillarBusiness Manager
As the Business Manager at KTMB, Marge manages all operational and financial functions. Marge has a passion for giving back to the community and comes to KTMB after being a volunteer for several years. Marge and her family moved to Reno in 2000 and fell in love with the area and all it has to offer. Marge spent 22 years in the banking industry and enjoys putting those skills to use to help KTMB thrive and grow. When she is not working, Marge loves to cook, read and travel with her family.
Lindsey Panton
Lindsey PantonProgram Director
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.
Kara Housby
Kara HousbyDevelopment Coordinator
As the Development Coordinator, Kara is responsible for building fundraising and marketing capacity for KTMB. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013. As a Reno native, Kara is passionate about creating a healthy and beautiful community to live, work and play in. In her spare time you will find her coaching soccer, mountain biking, or hiking in our local wilderness.
Lorian McConnell
Lorian McConnellProgram Manager
Lorian is a Northern California native who came to Reno to go to the University of Nevada and to be closer to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She recently graduated from UNR with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Geography with an emphasis in water science. Her passion is all things water. Her past experience includes working for a long-term limnological station near Mt. Shasta, CA. This is where she expanded her knowledge of small watersheds and the impact of water quality. She pursued the Americorps VISTA position for Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful so that she could influence our lovely watershed in a positive way. In her free time, she likes to snowboard, garden, visit different lakes and streams, and read up on fun facts.
Kim Rios
Kim RiosCommunity Educator
Kim comes to KTMB with a strong passion for environmental activism and education. She obtained her degree in Environmental Policy but discovered a predilection for education after spending four years teaching overseas. Kim has experience in the nonprofit sector educating communities about urban environmental issues. As a Reno native, Kim is excited to be back home and is looking forward to giving back to her own community. In her free time she enjoys traveling, exploring the great outdoors, and yoga.
Elise Traywick
Elise TraywickYouth Educator
Originally from North Carolina, Elise moved to Nevada in 2017 in order to join KTMB as an AmeriCorps Volunteer for the One Truckee River initiative. As a lifelong nature fanatic and animal lover, Elise knew early in life that she would dedicate her time, energy, and passion to restoring the natural areas that fill our world with beauty and wonder. She took that passion from North Carolina to New York City, where she graduated from New York University with a degree in Environmental Science. During her year of AmeriCorps service with KTMB, Elise was thrilled to discover her passion for youth education, and now could not be more excited to be KTMB’s new Youth Education Manager, and inspire the students of the Truckee Meadows to love and care for the natural world that surrounds them.
Chris Ewing
Chris EwingCommunications Content Manager (part time)
Matt Webber
Matt WebberAdopt-a-Spot Coordinator (part time)
Born and raised in Reno, Matt was taught early on that you should always leave any place better than you found it! Therefore, he feels honored to help achieve KTMB’s mission. Previously, he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader for another local non-profit, where he learned the importance of preserving the beauty and natural resources of the Truckee Meadows for future generations. He loves the diverse landscapes Northern Nevada has to offer and you can usually find him hiking during his leisure time. Matt is looking forward to meeting and collaborating with local partners for the Adopt-A-Spot program.

KTMB’s AmeriCorps Service Members

AmeriCorps  commit to a full-time year of service. Their goal is to build capacity for the community group they serve so their impact lives on after the year of service had ended. The needs of the Truckee Meadows community are growing, and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is trying to keep up! These service members have been a huge help in growing our education and beautification programs. For more information about AmeriCorps service, check out nationalservice.gov.

Carrie Jensen
Carrie JensenAmeriCorps Volunteer, One Truckee River Education and Outreach Coordinator
Carrie grew up in the Reno area and just moved back after a hiatus in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in education and worked for several years with environmental non-profits teaching general water science and watershed pollution awareness. From there, she went on to pursue a career in landscape architecture and worked at an environmental consulting firm on habitat restoration projects – helping to design wetlands, restore riparian vegetation, and control invasive weeds. She is very excited to be back in the Truckee Meadows and will be working on education and outreach for the One Truckee River Project. In her spare time, Carrie loves gardening (emphasis on native plants and edibles), reading, and riding her bike.
Sophie Butler
Sophie ButlerAmeriCorps Volunteer, One Truckee River Education and Outreach Coordinator
Having just completed her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Environmental Systems and Society at UCLA, Sophie is excited to share her enthusiasm for environmental preservation and sustainability with her new community. Sophie’s move to Reno was driven by her fondness of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where her family would spend their weekends skiing throughout her adolescence in Sacramento, California. It was these passions, along with her desire to be involved with non-profit organizations, that brought her to KTMB. When the weather doesn’t accommodate skiing, Sophie can be found reading, exploring, and listening to podcasts.