Our Staff

Darcie Goodman Collins, PhD

Executive Director

Darcie Goodman Collins, PhD

Executive Director

Contact Darcie Goodman Collins, PhD

As executive director, Darcie is responsible for mobilizing the League to achieve the most effective protection of Lake Tahoe. She oversees all aspects of the organization’s management, leadership, and strategy. Darcie serves as an ambassador to advocate for the Lake with state and federal leaders, and ensures the League’s advocacy is grounded in the best available science.

Darcie earned her doctorate at the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her dissertation addressed the chemical, biological and ecological character of water bodies to determine how environmental science can integrate with community engagement to inform public policy. Prior to joining the League, Darcie had served as Habitat Restoration Director for Save the Bay and had provided research support for the University of California, Davis and the University of California, Santa Barbara, monitoring lake and stream chemistry and ecology.

Born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, Dr. Goodman Collins’s first became involved with the League as a summer intern in 1996. In 1997, she was the Tahoe community’s youth representative at the first Tahoe Presidential Summit. Darcie serves on the Lake Tahoe Federal Advisory Committee, is past board president of the Tahoe-Baikal Institute, and is a former board member of the League.

Darcie joined the League staff in 2012.

Please direct all media inquiries to media@keeptahoeblue.org

Jesse Patterson

Deputy Director

Jesse Patterson

Deputy Director

Jesse supports the executive director and the director team in developing and implementing strategies to protect and restore Lake Tahoe. He designs and manages the League’s campaigns to Keep Tahoe Blue through advocacy, education, collaboration and communication. Jesse serves a primary spokesperson for the League to the media, public officials, and with our partner agencies. He is responsible for ensuring the integration of the best available science in the League’s campaigns and strategies.

Jesse joined the League in 2012 after working for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, a federally recognized Indian Tribe, where he was responsible for directing their natural resource, alternative fuels, solid waste and education/outreach programs. His prior experience includes a stint with the California Coastal Commission as a district enforcement officer and assistant biologist and six years as a marine biologist for an interdisciplinary research lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Jesse received his Master of Environmental Science and Management from the Donald Bren School at UCSB and a Bachelor of Science in aquatic biology from UCSB.

The common link for all of Jesse’s work has been the application of science in policy, decision making and community-wide change for betterment of the environment and people. When not working, Jesse enjoys surfing, SCUBA diving, hiking, mountain biking and skiing. Tahoe has been a lifelong destination of Jesse’s for summer backpacking trips in Desolation Wilderness to skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

Karen Hodges

Finance & Human Resources Director

Karen Hodges

Finance & Human Resources Director

Karen is responsible for all aspects of the League’s financial, administrative and human resource functions. She leads the League’s management team in developing annual work plan goals and priorities for Finance. Karen is responsible for all aspects of the League’s accounting and payroll, oversees our human resources, manages our investments and endowment with the League’s treasurer, and manages our budget with our executive director.

Karen brings over 28 years of fiscal and development experience to the League, where she has served in various leadership roles since 2002. She worked for the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center for 17 years as their Associate and Finance Director before joining the League and has helped many non-profits with their accounting and internal systems. After a brief hiatus to pursue other interests, Karen returned to the League in 2012.

Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Tahoe has always had a special place in Karen’s heart. As a young child her mother would take skiing, and as early as 15 she would ride the bus to Tahoe to ski with friends. She and her husband Billy moved up here permanently and raised their two boys in Tahoe. Karen enjoys boating, swimming, hiking and reading.

Erica Mirich

Development Director

Erica Mirich

Development Director

Erica drives the generation and implementation of the League’s development strategies and oversees all of the League’s fundraising activities, including strategic planning, major gifts, direct mail, corporate partnerships, and membership. She views her role as connecting people to the League’s mission, securing support for critical programs, and acting as a conduit for people who want to have a meaningful impact on something they care about — protecting Lake Tahoe now and for future generations.

Prior to joining the League’s staff in 2016, Erica most recently served as senior advancement officer for Stevenson School in Pebble Beach and Carmel, California. She had previously served as director of development for the Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village. Erica holds a master’s degree in science education from Harvard and brings classroom experience as a science educator.

Though Erica has always been drawn to living in beautiful places – such as Pebble Beach, Wyoming, Colorado and Boston – Lake Tahoe remains her favorite. She can often be found with friends and family on the trails or on the water enjoying all Lake Tahoe has to offer including hiking, mountain biking and paddleboarding.

Shannon Eckmeyer, Esq.

Policy Analyst

Shannon Eckmeyer, Esq.

Policy Analyst

Shannon helps implement the League’s campaigns and programs to protect and restore the health of the Lake Tahoe Basin, particularly the protection of Lake Tahoe’s clarity and water quality. She conducts environmental analysis and research, assists with federal, state and local advocacy, and serves as the League’s expert on Lake Tahoe’s Bi-State Compact, Tahoe’s regional plan and area plans and leads the League’s advocacy for adequate implementation of the regional plan.

An environmental attorney specializing in natural resource protection and land use, Shannon earned two bachelor's degrees in environmental studies and law and society at the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Juris Doctor and a Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. Shannon is a member of the California State Bar, and teaches Environmental Law and Policy as an adjunct professor for Sierra Nevada College. In 2013, the Nevada Chapter of the American Planning Association recognized Shannon with a Citizen Planner Award for her work on Tahoe’s regional plan update and area plans.

Shannon was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, where she knew she wanted to be involved with environmental law after growing up around Lake Tahoe. She enjoys camping, hiking, and outdoor activities around the Lake.

Zack Bradford

Natural Resources Manager

Zack Bradford

Natural Resources Manager

Zack manages the League’s two natural resource programs: Pipe Keepers, our rainy season program where volunteers collect stormwater samples from pipes around Lake Tahoe; and Eyes on the Lake, our summer program where volunteers are trained to identify and conduct surveys for aquatic invasive plants. Zack also leads the League’s science-based advocacy on stormwater and aquatic invasive species and represents the League in stormwater and AIS working groups.

Zack has worked in the environmental non-profit field for the past 12 years, working on a variety of environmental issues, including nonpoint source pollution, forest management, endangered species conservation, and invasive species management. Before joining the League, he worked as a policy analyst for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where he helped end the shark fin trade in California. Zack holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management degree and has extensive experience in the field, as well as in policy and advocacy.

When not in the office, Zack is outside as much as possible and is thoroughly enjoying living here in South Lake Tahoe. He joined the League’s staff in 2015.

Chris Carney

Communications Manager

Chris Carney

Communications Manager

Chris manages all of the League’s external communications, including the League’s media relations, all print materials, the League’s website, our social media, videos and email communications.In collaboration with the League’s leadership, Chris develops the organization’s communications strategy, contributes to the League’s campaign and advocacy strategy, and supports our outreach, natural resources, and development teams. He also is responsible for the League’s photography and shares graphic design with the community engagement manager.

Chris has more than a decade of experience crafting communications, outreach, and advocacy strategies for nonprofit and government organizations. He has served in outreach and communications roles for the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, the Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and a private communications firm, among others. He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Since moving to California in 2008, Chris has spent as much time as he can hiking and backcountry skiing the Sierra Nevada. He has lived in South Lake Tahoe since early 2014, and is president of the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition. He joined the League’s staff in 2015.

Marilee Movius

Community Engagement Manager

Marilee Movius

Community Engagement Manager

Marilee helps foster a more informed and engaged community to support efforts to protect Lake Tahoe. She oversees the League’s volunteer program, cultivates local partnerships, organizes the League’s community events and designs our educational materials. Marilee manages the League’s community cleanup efforts, which have removed thousands of pounds of trash from Tahoe’s beaches and neighborhoods, while raising awareness and providing hundreds of volunteers a direct way to protect Tahoe’s shoreline.

Marilee joined the League staff in 2014 after having worked for the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce for four years as their marketing and communications director. She played an integral part in developing the Chamber’s programs such as the Sustainable Surf City Committee. Her passion for the environment also led her to chair the Surfrider Foundation’s Rise Above Plastics program for the Huntington Beach/Seal Beach Chapter as a volunteer. Marilee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism: Public Relations from California State University, Long Beach, and a certificate in graphic design from Golden West College.

Marilee grew up camping and hiking the Sierras. She enjoys backpacking, bike riding, yoga, snowboarding, paddleboarding, and crafting.

Jennifer Marshall

Operations Manager

Jennifer Marshall

Operations Manager

Jennifer is responsible for overall operations and management of the League’s facilities, information technology, grounds, building maintenance and the Education Center & Store. She also provides logistical support to the League’s board and executive director and plays an integral behind-the-scenes role to keep the League’s staff functioning well together as a team. She joined the League’s staff in 2012.

Jennifer has worked in the nonprofit world since 2001 in various capacities including program staff, advocate, service director, grant writing and management, administrative work and now operations manager. She has always been drawn to organizations with a cause, organizations that help those without a voice from the homeless, substance users, abused women and children and now Lake Tahoe. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from Ithaca College.

Jennifer comes from a small town within New York’s Adirondack Park, the largest publicly protected area in the lower 48 states. There were 12 students in her graduating class.

Leila Maloney

Executive Assistant

Leila Maloney

Executive Assistant

Leila supports the League’s executive director and coordinates all communications related to the League’s board of directors, prepares the League’s executive director for all meetings and activities and serves as the primary liaison between the League’s staff and our board members. She also assists in educating visitors about the League's efforts to Keep Tahoe Blue in the Education Center.

Prior to joining the League's staff in 2017, Leila was the director of marketing and communications at Buckingham Luxury Vacation Rentals. She brings with her extensive experience in managing a wide range of administrative tasks, working with a diverse set of stakeholders and supporting teams, customer service skills and a background in education. She has experience working in the nonprofit sector, where she has previously held both leading and coordination roles within sailing programs in Massachusetts, Maine and here in Tahoe. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geoscience and Environmental Science from Hamilton College.

Leila was born and raised in the Boston area, and moved to Lake Tahoe in 2010. She spends her free time enjoying the serene beauty of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, hiking, running, sailing skiing or doing yoga. Leila is excited to make her contribution to Keep Tahoe Blue.

Marissa Fox, Esq.

Policy Associate

Marissa Fox, Esq.

Policy Associate

Marissa supports the League’s implementation of targeted campaigns and programs to protect, restore and advocate for the health of the Lake Tahoe Basin. She assists the League’s advocacy team in developing strategies for the protection of Lake Tahoe’s clarity and water quality. Marissa conducts environmental analysis and research on threats to the Lake, and assists with federal, state and local advocacy.

As the League’s policy associate, Marissa brings extensive legal and nonprofit expertise. Most recently having served as executive director for Oceans Forward, she has provided policy analysis and legal counsel in both private practice and for conservation nonprofits such as the Surfrider Foundation. Marissa holds a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law.

Marissa is passionate about conservation and protecting the world’s most special places. She enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, yoga and all things spicy. She joined the League staff in 2016.

Amanda Rothstein

Membership Manager

Amanda Rothstein

Membership Manager

Amanda is responsible for achieving the League’s membership and donation goals by implementing our annual development plan. She manages our constituent and donor database.

Prior to joining the League in 2015, Amanda worked as a chiropractic assistant where she had joy in helping patients achieve their health goals and played a role in helping to educate the local Tahoe community on how to stay healthy and active in order to continue to enjoy this unique place we love.

She is excited for her involvement with the League and the efforts to protect the Lake Tahoe area where she finds her serenity.

 

Martha Lopez

Database Associate

Martha Lopez

Database Associate

Martha provides administrative support to the League’s development team, assisting with efforts to achieve our revenue goals and supporting the membership manager with all aspects of donor retention, cultivation, and reporting. Martha maintains accurate and updated records of all donors and members in the League’s database. Additionally, Martha has given Spanish-language presentations about the League’s programs and has translated many of our materials for our Spanish speaking community.

Martha earned a degree in criminal justice from Lake Tahoe Community College with a concentration in community supervision, and has always been very involved with the community. Prior to joining the League, Martha worked as a bookkeeper in South Lake Tahoe and for Microsoft in Reno.

Martha has lived in Stateline, Nevada for 25 years, and she enjoys kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking and camping with her family. She joined the League’s staff in 2014.

Gina Craig

Education Center Assistant

Gina Craig

Education Center Assistant

Gina is usually the first person to greet guests as they enter the League’s Education Center and Store. She educates our visitors about Lake Tahoe and the League’s efforts to Keep Tahoe Blue, handles our online and in-person merchandise sales, serves as our primary phone operator and provides general support to all of the League’s departments.

Prior to joining to League’s staff, Gina gained experience supporting visitors and developed her expertise in retail sales through her work in the resort industry and event planning.

Gina was born and raised in the Bay Area and moved to South Lake Tahoe in 2008. She lives with her husband and dog and is passionate about Tahoe’s environment and wildlife. When she is not working she enjoys visiting family in the Bay Area and adventuring all around the Tahoe Basin. Gina joined the League’s staff in 2015.

Savannah Rudroff

Natural Resources Associate

Savannah Rudroff

Natural Resources Associate

Savannah assists the Natural Resources Manager in coordinating the Pipe Keepers and Eyes on the Lake programs. She supports the volunteers within these programs through trainings and communication and manages the data for each program. In collaboration with other League staff, she also plans Snapshot Day and the League’s volunteer appreciation events.

Before joining the League in 2014, Savannah graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology. Throughout her undergraduate career Savannah worked as an event planner and volunteered in the education departments at two aquariums. She is happy to be combining her passion for the outdoors and event planning to help Keep Tahoe Blue.

 

Kelsey Miklavcic

Development Associate

Kelsey Miklavcic

Development Associate

Kelsey assists the development director in driving the generation and implementation of the League’s development strategies and fundraising activities, including strategic planning, major gifts, direct mail, corporate partnerships, foundation grants, and membership. She is responsible for managing our Associate Board in San Francisco and engaging young professionals in the Reno/Tahoe area.

Prior to joining the League’s staff in 2016, Kelsey most recently served as the marketing director for Anne Grice Interiors in Aspen, Colorado. She had previously served as the associate publisher of Home & Design Magazine in Naples, Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Florida Gulf Coast University and brings experience in advertising, sales, networking, event planning and graphic design.

Born and raised in Florida, Kelsey was accustomed to flat land and warm waters. While living in Colorado, Kelsey explored the Rocky Mountains, where she formed a love for the west. Ultimately, she was attracted to the unique climate and pristine beauty of Lake Tahoe, where she enjoys her favorite recreational activities year round.

Jess Siegel

Community Engagement Associate

Jess Siegel

Community Engagement Associate

Jess contributes to the League’s efforts to foster an informed and engaged community to protect Lake Tahoe. Jess manages the League’s well-known Keep Tahoe Blue Sticker Program, implements the Keep Tahoe Blue Schools program, helps coordinate League-hosted events and presentations, engages Tahoe’s diverse community and represents the League in key community events and regional education working groups.

Prior to joining the League in May 2016, Jess graduated from the University of California, Davis with Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Management. In college, Jess educated the Davis community about food waste and waste reduction as the director of a student-run composting organization. She also guided fellow college students on backpacking and camping trips throughout California including in Desolation Wilderness and Carson Pass.

Jess is passionate about cultivating a culture of environmental sustainability in her communities, and she is excited to do so in the beautiful Lake Tahoe Basin.

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