Ted Clement Executive Director
Ted has been studying and working in the conservation field for over 25 years. He was an environmental studies major at the University of Vermont, and later received his Juris Doctor degree from Vermont Law School where he focused on land conservation law. Early on, Ted worked for the Outward Bound School and then for the Peace Corps national park program in Thailand. Then for years he worked for the Vermont Land Trust, Aquidneck Land Trust in Rhode Island, and Hawaiian Islands Land Trust – the latter two which he served as an Executive Director for. He started work for Save Mount Diablo in November 2015. Ted is passionate about his family, time outdoors, and working with others to create lasting public good by protecting and connecting people to the land which sustains us.
Seth Adams Land Conservation Director
Seth was hired by SMD in 1988. His responsibilities include land acquisition, land use planning, land stewardship, grassroots activism and legislative and public policy. He lives in the East Bay with his spouse and dog and is an avid hiker, runner, cyclist and weight-lifter.
Jim Cartan Stewardship & Outreach Coordinator
Jim joined the staff as the new Stewardship Associate in 2013. Originally from Santa Rosa, Jim has lived in the greater Bay Area his entire life and now gets the opportunity to explore the growing protected space in Contra Costa County. His passion for ecology was sparked at U.C. Santa Cruz where he received a B.A. in environmental studies; he went on to receive an M.S. in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco. Jim comes to Save Mount Diablo having finished a student-hire position with the National Park Service in Marin County, where he was involved in restoration ecology and volunteer coordination. Jim spends his free time volunteering for Alemany Farm in San Francisco.
Caleb Castle Communications Manager
Caleb brings several years of digital marketing management experience in additon to nearly a decade of multimedia production experience as a graphic & web designer. He enjoys working with small to medium size businesses and non-profit organizations. He received a B.A. in Visual & Electronic Arts from Smith College. Caleb was raised in snowy upstate NY, just 3 hours from the Canadian border. His parents strapped skis on him at the age of 2, but he began snowboarding by age 11 and never looked back. Caleb has also logged many hours hiking and camping in the Adirondacks (NY), Berkshires (MA), and Green Mountains (VT) and loves to spend time outdoors. He couldn't be more excited to start his career in land conservation so that he can begin spreading his passion for the water, land, nature and wildlife to others.
Hidemi Crosse Bookkeeper
Hidemi was hired to assist the Finance Director with Save Mount Diablo’s accounting. She has more than 10 years of experience in the accounting field and she holds a CPB (Certified Public Bookkeeper) License from the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers. Her duties are to efficiently prepare the complete set of financial statements. She is competent in maintaining accurate company-wide financial records and producing timely financial reports. Hidemi moved to the East Bay 18 years ago from Japan. She loves to hike, camp & fish with her husband, two children and their dog Sugar. She enjoys beautiful weather and the beauty of nature.
Karen Ferriere Assistant Development Director
Karen joined the staff in 2016. After several years as a law librarian, she left the legal publishing field to pursue her passion for non-profit fundraising and the preservation of public spaces. Most recently, she worked as a fundraiser and board member at The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek. She developed her love of our spectacular western parklands as a student at the University of Montana, where she received a Bachelor of Arts. Karen maintains a diverse collection of cacti and succulents. You can often find her and her husband hiking and biking in Mount Diablo State Park.
Juan Pablo Galvan Land Use Manager
Juan Pablo joined the staff as the new Land Use Planner in 2013. He grew up in Benicia, but since high school has lived and worked in Costa Rica, Mexico, Washington D.C. and different parts of California. Juan Pablo has always loved animals and been interested in learning about and protecting them and the habitats they live in - even since kindergarten, when he brought an octopus in for show and tell. Juan Pablo graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution and a minor in Political Science. Then after working in Mexico for a year, he pursued a M.S. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Juan Pablo’s work experience ranges from bird and marine mammal researcher, environmental educator and environmental consultant on NCCP/HCP projects. He now comes to Save Mount Diablo to help protect the area that has provided him with so many great hiking and birding experiences over the years.
Shannon Grover Development Administrative Assistant
Shannon was hired in 2011. In addition to handling senior level administrative duties she assists the Development Director. Shannon holds a B.S. in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College and has several years of office manager expertise. Neighbor to the mountain with her family, she is a dedicated hiker embracing the peaceful escape of Diablo’s slopes and foothills.
Dana Halpin General Office Manager
Dana was hired in 2011. She works at the front desk handling emails, phones, and processing donations while also assisting staff with various projects and events. Dana holds a B.A. in Exercise Science from U.C. Davis and has 5 years of administrative assistant experience, having worked at both Stanford University and U.C. Berkeley. Dana grew up in the East Bay enjoying Mount Diablo. She continues to enjoy being outdoors with her husband and two children and treasures her beautiful view of Mount Diablo from her home.
Meredith Hendricks Land Programs Director
Meredith leads our department and loves SMD’s unique mix of resource conservation, advocacy, stewardship, land use planning and community engagement. Her passion for preserving our wild places comes from a childhood spent exploring California stuffed in the backseat of the family Volvo station wagon with her brother and sister. As the Director of Policy and Stewardship for the San Francisco Parks Alliance and the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Parks Council, she spearheaded improvements to city park systems with the belief that everyone deserves access to clean, safe and exciting parks within walking distance of home. Meredith holds a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation Biology from UC Davis and a M.A. in Environmental Business Relations from S.F. State.
Joanne McCluhan Executive Assistant
Joanne joined the staff in 2017. She is a lifetime Bay Area resident and earned her Bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State. For several years, she organized the activities for Walnut Creek Warrior Lacrosse Club and most recently provided administrative support to the East Bay Regional Park District. Joanne takes pride in serving her local community and supporting families in their efforts to be active. She considers Mount Diablo her home. You will often find her out in her wild ‘backyard’, running and hiking the hills with her family. She is excited to support the mission of SMD to preserve our beautiful open space for future generations.
Kristen Noe Development Associate
After volunteering much needed data entry assistance beginning in March 2012, Kristen joined us as a part time Administrative Assistant in April the following year. Growing up in Pleasant Hill, she has enjoyed living in view of Mount Diablo all her life with the exception of studying English at the University of Oregon. Loving to add to her skills, Kristen has also taken classes at Diablo Valley College, shared her technical expertise at Radio Shack, interned with the Kensington Police Department and is certified as an Administrative Assistant. In 2015, she became a Development Associate to better focus her skills to assist Save Mount Diablo's amazing mission.
Monica Oei Finance & Administration Director
Monica was hired in 2006. She currently provides leadership to the organization’s finance and administrative functions. She and her husband enjoy sharing their appreciation of nature and open space with their daughter through camping, fishing and kayaking.
George Phillips Land Conservation Manager
George was hired in 2009. He currently coordinates Save Mount Diablo's Stewardship, Landowner Outreach and Hike programs. In addition, he manages volunteer groups such as the East Bay Trail Dogs and the Diablo Restoration Team (DiRT) to restore habitats and trails on properties under Save Mount Diablo's management prior to being turned over to a park agency. He attained a BA in Biology from Lewis & Clark College where he developed a passion for herpetology and botany. He loves hiking with his parents and sharing his enthusiasm for the Diablo Wilderness with friends and family.
Deborah Toll White Development Director
Deborah has over 15 years of experience fundraising to protect special places in the San Francisco Bay Area forever. Prior to joining Save Mount Diablo in 2016, she directed the Institutional Giving program at Save the Redwoods League, raising significant private and public capital for land acquisition, environmental education, scientific research, and California State Park enhancement projects. Before that, she was fortunate to live and work in beautiful West Marin, holding positions as Annual Fund Director and Communications Director at Marin Agricultural Land Trust and serving as the lead fundraiser at the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. A New England native with a degree in Art History from Boston University, Deborah credits her lifelong love of nature to her coastal Rhode Island childhood spent exploring tidepools, beaches, and nature preserves with her family. She is excited to be working to create lasting support and connections for the irreplaceable Diablo Wilderness in her own back yard.
Interns: Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
Alan Cai Land Use Intern
Alan graduated from UC Berkeley in December 2014 with a BS in Environmental Sciences and a BA in Atmospheric Science. He has been gaining experience in several internship positions ever since, including in Congressman Scott Peters’ office in Washington DC, conducting outreach on Measure AA and other projects for Save The Bay and monitoring wetland plant species in Washington state. Alan helps with a variety of land use projects, including recording SMD’s history of land use achievements, East county advocacy and internal document organization.
Roxana Lucero Stewardship & Outreach Intern
Roxana is a recent graduate of San Francisco State with an Environmental Sciences degree. She also currently works part time at Trader Joe’s. As a student, Roxana gained valuable experience with the National Park Service, and the San Francisco based non-profit Nature In the City. Roxana offers property/biological monitoring and volunteer engagement skills and we are thrilled to have her aboard. Roxana supports programmatic elements within Stewardship as well as helping lead fieldwork.