Patrick Koepele has been with the Trust since July of 2000. Prior to joining the Trust, Patrick worked as a Water Resources and Restoration Planner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, acquiring deep knowledge of restoration issues and activities throughout the Central Valley. Patrick’s experience includes surveying, groundwater, river and bank erosion studies.
Patrick KoepeleExecutive Director
Marisol began with the Trust in early 2016. She brings to the Trust over 10 years of financial and administrative management for various non-profits in California. Marisol has received a bachelor’s from UCLA and her accounting certificate from UC Berkeley Extension.
Marisol O’ConnorFinance Director
Peter Drekmeier, Policy Director, joined the Trust in August 2007. Raised in Palo Alto on Hetch Hetchy water, Peter knows the Bay Area well. In 1990 he founded Bay Area Action (now Acterra), and has coordinated two international Earth Day campaigns. He has extensive experience working on land use initiatives. Peter is a whitewater rafting guide and a former mayor of Palo Alto.
Peter DrekmeierPolicy Director
Before joining the Trust in January 2007, Meg was with the Great Valley Museum, in Modesto, where she managed the Traveling Teacher staff and worked on program development. Before moving to California, Meg worked for the Tierrenuestra Foundation in Paraguay. She has worked as an educator and field biologist in Paraguay and Vermont.
Meg GonzalezCentral Valley Director of Education Outreach
Lauren began her career in development at UC Santa Barbara. She comes to TRT from the Bay Area nonprofit sector with intricate knowledge of the complex challenges California faces at the nexus of healthy ecosystems, communities, and economies. She enjoys wearing many hats within her role and is particularly fond of grant writing, building partnerships, and creating original content that keeps the community engaged in TRT’s work.
Lauren BarnumDirector of Partnerships
A native of Boston, Seth comes to the Trust after a decade in Southern California. Since graduating with a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Irvine in 2007, he has been active in land-use planning in both the public and nonprofit sectors in the San Diego region. He currently lives in Sonora with his wife and children.
Seth ConnollyRestoration Manager
Edgar Garibay grew up in Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico, and came to Modesto at the age of 8. As a first generation college student, he graduated from California State University, Stanislaus, with a B.S. in Psychological Sciences and a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. Edgar has served in the community through volunteer work at various community-based organizations for over 10 years.
Edgar GaribayCommunity Relations Manager
Juan Telles is a native of Modesto, California. He has served the Modesto community alongside the Trust since 2011 as a community mentor, advocate, and community organizer. He has also worked on environmental policy campaigns, during which he was able to be an environmental advocate at the California state capitol and even speak at the White House regarding culture and access to nature.
Juan TellesTuolumne Adventure Club (TRAC) Coordinator
Ana C. Talavera
Ana was born and raised in rural Modesto, California. She has served as a volunteer for the Tuolumne River Trust since 2011. She has collaborated with Latino Outdoors as a translator for their Estamos Aqui project, as well as other environmental non-profit organizations. In addition, she has volunteered for several local political and grassroots environmental campaigns. After graduating from UCSC in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in dance, she returned to Modesto to reconnect with her community. Currently, she serves as the Support Coordinator of the TRAC and Activ8 programs to foster connections between youth, their community, and the outdoors. She is also a mentor for high school seniors under the 6 Cups to College Program and a counselor at a residential facility for youth. Ultimately, she hopes to foster positive mental health with the youth that she works with.
Ana C. TalaveraSupport Coordinator
Born and raised in Colorado, Ellyse spent her childhood as a full-time adventurer, feeding her sense of wonder throughout the Rocky Mountains. She loves camping, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, and snowboarding but truly discovered her passion when she took a geology class at Colorado State University which led her to discover the science and study of the natural world she so adored. With a bachelors degree in Natural Resources Management and a double minor in Global Environmental Sustainability and Restoration Ecology she is now finding her niche in the real world. Since traveling the west coast and working in urban forestry and gardening she is looking forward to getting more rural and back into the mountains and forests that so inspired her once before. She is extremely excited to embark on a new adventure in the Sierra Nevada to fulfill her dreams of science and pursue new explorations and experiences.