About Tuleyome

Tuleyome was founded in 2002 as a volunteer advocacy-oriented nonprofit conservation organization. Our mission is: "Tuleyome engages in advocacy and active stewardship with diverse communities to conserve, enhance, restore, and enjoy the lands in the region."

At Tuleyome we “live” our mission every day: we preserve and restore wild habitat, we build and repair trails, we educate the public about local conservation and environmental issues, we engage young people through our youth program, we demonstrate a good “land stewardship” ethic by maintaining the easements and properties we own under the scope of our land trust component, and we run campaigns that have a long lasting positive effect on the region.

It is our hope that our work will inspire members of the public to protect, restore, and enjoy the natural landscape in the Northern Inner Coast Range.

our board members

Victoria Brandon, President

Victoria Brandon has lived in Lake County, exploring the local scene and hiking the local trails, since 1981. Her activist career began shortly after the 2000 election when she began writing letters to politicians and others on behalf of various environmental causes, primarily at the behest of the Sierra Club. She was elected to the Club's Redwood Chapter Lake Group executive committee in 2004, and was Group Chair for five years, mobilizing support for the Wilderness Bill, the Cache Creek Wild & Scenic campaign, Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument campaign, and numerous other local and regional conservation issues. A member of the Redwood Chapter executive committee and Chapter political chair since 2006, she has been Chapter Chair since 2013 and is now co-chair of the Sierra California political committee and chair of the Club's national political team. As well as the Tuleyome Board, she also serves on the Board of the Lake County Resource Conservation District and Lake County LAFCo. State Senator Pat Wiggins named her Senate District 2 Woman of the Year in 2008.

Andrew Fulks, Secretary

Andrew, a licensed landscape architect, is presently the assistant director of UC Davis arboretum and public garden, and is a former president of Tuleyome’s Board of Directors. He has been a constant advocate for appreciation of the Putah and Cache Creek watersheds in the central valley of California. To draw attention to the region, he founded Yolohiker.org, a local trails advocacy, hiking, and outings webpage and co-founded the Capay Valley Hiking Club, an ad-hoc group of hikers that meet twice a month to hike in the watershed. In 2002 Andrew co-founded Tuleyome. In 2015, Andrew was honored with a national “Trails Worker Award” at the 2015 American Trails Association’s award symposium in Portland, Oregon for his work on trails in the Central Valley, especially the marathon-level Berryessa Peak Trail. Email: afulks@tuleyome.org.

Steve Drown, Treasurer

Steve has been involved with environmental issues since his youth in Boy Scouts.  He pursued his interest in college (degree in Environmental Geography), law school (environmental law at University of Oregon), and professionally, when he served as an environmental attorney for 13 years.  Although his professional focus broadened in the past 20 years, when he served as UC Davis Chief Campus Counsel and Senior Counsel for the University of California, his service to Tuleyome has offered him the opportunity to return to his initial interest in youth engagement in the natural environment.  Steve, on behalf of Tuleyome, has developed the “Boot Bank,” which offers free high quality hiking boots to area youth throughout their growing years (up to 18) to encourage them to engage in, and value, their surrounding natural environment.  Hopefully, these youth will become the next generation of conservationists.

Lynsday Dawkins, Board Member

Lyndsay is one of the founders of Nature’s Theater, a program which provides nature-based programming and opportunities for school-aged children. Lyndsay’s passion for the outdoors developed from a childhood of camping trips and world travel. She earned a BFA from U.C. Santa Barbara in Theater Arts with an acting emphasis. Lyndsay spends most of her time writing, expanding the scope of Nature’s Theater, playing with kids and enacting characters like Mother Nature, Star Walker or the Jester. Nature’s Theater will help shape the junior guide program for the new Woodland Regional Park with walking stories featuring teens as costumed characters guiding young kids through nature themes with story driven adventures that teach appreciation of nature.

Glen Holstein, Board Member

Dr. Holstein received his PhD in Botany from U.C. Davis and is retired from his position as Senior Scientist with Zentner and Zentner, a local biological consulting company. He has published peer reviewed research on California Prairie in Madroño, the journal of the California Botanical Society. Glen is Chapter Botanist for the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society , represents that Chapter at Habitat 2020 and was the California Prairie spokesman at its Wildflower Weekend in April , 2005 . He is also on the Board of Tuleyome, a non-profit organization working to protect the Cache Creek watershed and other areas in Yolo County, and on the steering committee of Yolo County’s Natural Communities Conservation Plan (NCCP). The NCCP program is an unprecedented effort by the State of California, and numerous private and public partners, that takes a broad-based ecosystem approach to planning for the protection and perpetuation of biological diversity. An NCCP identifies and provides for the regional or areawide protection of plants, animals, and their habitats, while allowing compatible and appropriate economic activity.

Lars Anderson, Board Member

Dr. Anderson retired in 2013 after a 35-year career conducting and managing research on aquatic invasive plant biology and management at the USDA/ Agricultural Research Service laboratory at UC Davis.  His projects have included integrated aquatic weed management and  environmental restoration in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Lake Tahoe, and at lake, river and riparian sites in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and throughout the US.  His environmental stewardship and education activities outside USDA have included over 20 years serving as a docent at the Jepson Prairie Reserve, 35-year years on the Explorit Science Center Board Directors, and two years as volunteer Executive Director at Explorit.  He has served on and has chaired the Davis Natural Resource Commission and served on the Davis Climate Change Committee.  He recently joined the Tuleyome Board in 2019 and continues his initial work on developing the Woodland Regional Park including docent training and restoration of the re-constructed wetlands and riparian areas there.  In retirement, Lars continues his professional interest through consulting in the US and internationally.  He is an avid photography and enjoys hiking kayaking and sailing in the Bay area-anything they gets him outdoors!

Martha Cerda, Board Member

Martha currently works as a Naturalist and Recreation Coordinator at the Alviso Adobe Community Park in Pleasanton, CA connecting the community with local and natural history. Growing up in southern California she was fortunate to explore beautiful beaches and luscious neighborhood community parks. Her passion for stewardship, the outdoors, and science led her to the Bay Area where she earned a Biology and an Anthropology bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. She is a certified California Naturalist, Professional Environmental Educator (AEOE), and Interpretive Guide (NIA). She uses her knowledge and skills to create safe spaces to help people build their own unique connection with the natural world. In her free time she enjoys bird watching, nature journaling and exploring trails. Martha es originaria de San Diego y ¡habla español!

Our Staff Members

Sandra Schubert, Executive Director

Sandra brings decades of experience as a strategist, counsel, and governmental affairs and program director at the state, local and federal government levels on a variety of environmental, natural resource and agricultural issues. She began her work in Washington, DC after receiving her Masters in Philosophy and Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado Boulder and moved on to work for nonprofits and government. Ms. Schubert was Counsel for Senator Harry Reid, Majority Leader of the United States Senate, advisor to United States Senator Barbara Boxer, Environmental and Public Works Committee member, Director of Government Affairs for Environmental Working Group, taught at Georgetown University Law School, and returned to California to become Undersecretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, open her firm Schubert Legal Strategies and teach at California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo. After serving on Tuleyome’s volunteer Board of Directors for two years, Ms. Schubert has joined staff as our Executive Director. Email: sschubert@tuleyome.org.

Nate Lillge, Adventures and Engagement Director, Certified California Naturalist

Nate grew up outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and spent 12 summers as a camper and counselor at a summer camp surrounded by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan.  He received his Bachelors of Science in natural science from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, where he studied everything from the Point Reyes conglomerate to chemistry to glacial geomorphology.  Nate’s entire professional career has been spent working with kids and young adults in various aspects of outdoor education and conservation. In addition to his work as a camp counselor and outdoor educator, he was the recycling program manager for the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps.  At the Corps, he worked with young adults on conservation efforts throughout the region.Email: nlillge@tuleyome.org

Kristie Ehrhardt, Land Conservation and Stewardship Program Director

Kristie grew up on the prairies of North Dakota and prefers to stay as far away from snow as possible. She received her BS in Biology from California State University, Bakersfield.  Shortly after graduating Kristie began her biology career in the oil fields of Kern County. After relocating to Sacramento, Kristie continued working up and down the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys for consulting firms and later in the land conservation and mitigation banking industry.  The majority of her career has been spent outdoors conducting surveys for special-status species, habitat assessments, or collecting data for naturally existing and constructed habitats. Kristie and her husband spend the majority of their spare time outdoors as well, watching their daughter play competitive soccer. Email: kehrhardt@tuleyome.org

Erin Reddy, Executive Assistant

Erin Reddy joins Tuleyome as its new Executive Assistant, a role in which her experience in environmental education, restoration, and wildlife research will be critical. Erin holds a Master of Science in Ecology from U.C. Davis with an emphasis in habitat conservation. As she finished her thesis, Erin began work as a data analyst with the California Natural Resources Agency. In 2014 she worked with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Lands program, enhancing their web presence. Erin was an environmental consultant until she joined Cool Davis in 2019, working towards carbon neutrality in Davis. As Executive Assistant at Tuleyome, Erin is using her experience to refine systems and strategies to raise funds, engage the public and focus on special projects. Erin is also a musician and has sung with Davis’ Vocal Art Ensemble for over 10 years. Email: ereddy@tuleyome.org

Michae Fennell, Engagement and Advocacy Intern

Michae joins Tuleyome during her secondary education at Purdue University. Originally hailing from the Pacific Northwest, she values hiking and the great outdoors, with a personal goal of visiting all National Parks at some point in her life. In the past, Michae founded a prosthetic design team for Purdue, and has done internationally award-winning research on sustainable energy. She has served multiple non-profits including FIRST Robotics and the Seattle Aquarium, and hopes to use what she has gained from those to be an effective member of the staff. In her time with Tuleyome, Michae hopes to help the organization by furthering public knowledge and education on what the Northern Inner Costal Range has to offer. She is excited to learn from other staff and community members. Email: mfennell@tuleyome.org

Lee Bongey, Education Associate

Lee is joining Tuleyome as the new Education Associate. Originally from Duluth, Minnesota, Lee received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Anthropology and Zoology, with a certificate in Archaeology. Upon graduating, Lee moved to San Francisco where she continued pursuing her love for science education and program development. Lee’s experience includes working as a Naturalist for the outdoor education company Tree Frog Treks, being a Specialty Tour Guide at the California Academy of Sciences, teaching English in Ecuador, and serving as the Education Specialist at the Aerospace Museum of California. In her free time, Lee loves hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her many pets. Lee is also an avid traveler and has been to every continent except Australia and Antarctica. Email: lbongey@tuleyome.org

Become A Board Member

We are always looking for potential board members who share Tuleyome’s vision!

Joining our board brings you a unique opportunity to help shape our policies and programs, and make them more successful, inspiring and dynamic.

As a board member you will make an annual contribution to Tuleyome (preferably on the Big Day of Giving each May), attend board meetings, assist in different ways with fundraising, volunteer at events or outings, and work together with us to build a strong, resilient, and sustainable organization that will last well into the future.

Inquiries can be directed Executive Director Sandra Schubert (sschubert@tuleyome.org.)