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 Manager
As KTMB’s Development Manager, 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.
Sophie Butler
Sophie ButlerCommunity Programs Manager
A product of Scotland and then Northern California, Sophie came to Reno in 2018 to join KTMB as a One Truckee River AmeriCorps volunteer and is ecstatic to be able to continue her work with the organization as Community Programs Manager. Her enthusiasm for protecting the environment was spurred by her love of skiing, another important factor in her move to the region, and only grew while completing her degree in Environmental Science at UCLA. Sophie can’t wait to use her passion and drive to protect this region for the years to come!
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 Coordinator, 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

Carly Henry
Carly HenryAmeriCorps Youth Educator
Carly is an Arkansas native and just spent the last three years at the University of Oregon getting a degree in Environmental Science as well as a minor in Food Studies. Through the university’s Environmental Leadership Program, Carly discovered her passion for environmental education and is thrilled to pursue the AmeriCorps Youth Educator position for Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful. Growing up in the Ozark Mountains meant that Carly was able to develop a passion for the outdoors from a young age and always knew that she wanted to pursue that passion. Being new to Nevada, she is excited to explore new landscapes and discover the wonders of the Truckee Meadows. In her spare time, she loves to read, snowboard, hike, drink coffee, and knit new and exciting pieces to wear during the colder months.
Jessica Riggleman
Jessica RigglemanAmeriCorps Community Educator
Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Jessica has always had a passion for the Truckee Meadows community. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science along with a minor in Spanish from the University of Nevada, Jessica longed for a career path in which she could both educate and engage her fellow Nevadans regarding the sciences and the state’s ecosystems. Jessica’s interest in science education grew immensely after serving as an AmeriCorps Naturalist Educator for another local non-profit; thus, she hopes to reach even more community members throughout her time at Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys playing board and card games, reading, snuggling with her cat, Brad, and taking walks along the Truckee River.
Liz Wilson
Liz WilsonAmeriCorps Volunteer Outreach Coordinator
Liz grew up in Virginia, hiking and camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She studied math and English in college and worked as a classroom teacher for several years before turning her passion for the outdoors into a career. Since then, she’s been a tall ship sailor, wildland firefighter, and trail builder. She’s lived in five different states, but after two years in Reno, she can proudly say Nevada is her favorite. Now she’s excited to be protecting the natural areas she loves for future generations, and working with volunteers in this amazing community!