Stewardship Council Staff
Allene Zanger joined the Stewardship Council as executive director in February 2009. Allene directs staff operations, coordinates the work of the organization's board members, and oversees the organization's long-term strategy. The Stewardship Council is dedicated to ensuring that more than 140,000 acres of watershed lands located across the state of California are conserved and enhanced to provide a broad range of beneficial public values. Additionally, Ms. Zanger oversees the Stewardship Council's Youth Investment Program in its efforts to connect northern and central California's underserved youth to the outdoors.
Prior to joining the Stewardship Council, Ms. Zanger served as regional director for the Inter-America and Pacific Region of the Peace Corps, overseeing Peace Corps' operations at 23 posts to support more than 2,300 volunteers serving in the 29 countries of the Inter-America and Pacific Region. Ms. Zanger was herself a Peace Corps volunteer, serving in Panama from 1993 to 1995 in the field of environmental education.
From 1996 to July 2002, Allene served as director of School-Community Partnerships in the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office in Bakersfield, California. She also founded and served as program director for the Central Valley Communities for Children AmeriCorps Program, which has provided tutoring and mentoring services to thousands of children from low-income families.
Allene spent several years in the Office of the California Attorney General as a deputy attorney general where she represented public agencies responsible for protection of the state's natural resources. She also carried out the duties of vice president of public affairs and general counsel for the Tejon Ranch Company, a publicly held corporation headquartered in California, which owns nearly 270,000 acres of farm and ranch lands in Kern and Los Angeles counties. She has been a board member and volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club of Bakersfield and other youth-serving organizations.
Allene was awarded a juris doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Pacific in Stockton, California. She is a native Californian, who was raised on her family farm outside of Hollister, California.
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Heidi Krolick joined the Stewardship Council in 2008. As the Deputy Executive Director, Heidi is a partner in managing, directing and overseeing operations of the organization, specifically in the Roseville office. Heidi also oversees the execution of the Land Conservation Program’s Conservation Easement Program.
Prior to joining the Stewardship Council, Heidi acted as a restoration specialist and project manager for ECORP Consulting, Inc., a biological consulting firm based in Rocklin, California. Her experience includes drafting and implementing long-term management plans for open space areas, environmental permitting and compliance, and managing large-scale mitigation and restoration projects including grassland, woodland, wetland, and riparian habitats.
Heidi holds a master of arts degree in parks, recreation, and tourism management from Lincoln University in New Zealand, and bachelor of arts degrees in environmental studies and geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Heidi currently serves as a board member of the Sacramento River Watershed Program. In her free time, Heidi enjoys hiking, camping and snowshoeing in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada with her husband and their two young children.
Director of Finance
Scott Broberg joined the Stewardship Council in 2012. Prior to joining the organization, he worked for more than a decade in Silicon Valley for a variety of high tech firms. As director of finance, Scott oversees all the financial planning and management activities of the organization. He is also responsible for providing financial support and expertise to the youth investment program, land conservation program, and board of directors.
Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Santa Clara University and is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants.
Looking for a career change and way to give back to the community, Scott transitioned from corporate finance to nonprofit work. A longtime supporter of children’s athletics and outdoors enthusiast, Scott has a deep affinity for the Stewardship Council’s mission. As a Bay Area native, Scott spent many childhood summers in Yosemite and continued that tradition with his own children for many years. On any given weekend, Scott can be found biking in the Santa Cruz Mountains, coaching youth baseball, or volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. Calculator, bat, or hammer in hand, Scott gives back with enthusiasm – both at work and in his free time.
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Aaron Robertson joined the Stewardship Council in 2017. Prior to joining the organization, he started two successful businesses and served as Deputy Director of Administrative Services for two State-level Departments. He served as Chief Deputy Director for California State Parks, worked for the City of Rocklin, VSP Global and served as a federal law enforcement officer, analyst and program manager for the U.S. Intelligence Community. Aaron served 29 years as a U.S. Marine, retiring in 2015 as a Lieutenant Colonel. As Finance and Operations Manager, Aaron manages finance, accounting, human resources and information technology for the Stewardship Council and serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors.
Aaron holds a Master’s of Arts from American Military University, a Bachelor’s Degree in International Security from George Mason University and is a Graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College.
Aaron enjoys exploring California’s natural and cultural treasures, hiking the Sierra Nevada, Cascades and North Coast Range Mountains, camping, reading history and spending time with his family.
Director of Land Conservation
Jessica Daugherty, the Director of Land Conservation joined the Stewardship Council in 2016. Jessica was previously the Assistant Director at Placer Land Trust and a member of the Stewardship Council board. Prior to joining Placer Land Trust, she spent time in the field working for the El Dorado National Forest, Blodgett Experimental Forest, as well as working in the nonprofit sector on issues including food security, agriculture, youth programs, and working with refugee populations.
Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Humboldt State University and an MBA in Sustainable Business from Marylhurst University. In 2014, Jessica earned the Sacramento Business Journal’s top 40 under 40 award and is recognized as a leader in the conservation community.
Jessica is a lover of the outdoors where she spends her time climbing, fishing and skiing.
Robin Flynn, executive assistant, joined the Stewardship Council in 2008, bringing more than 20 years of experience in office administration to the organization. Before joining the Stewardship Council, she worked in the City Manager’s Office for the City of Half Moon Bay and for Essex Environmental, as a client services coordinator and human resources coordinator. Robin studied humanities and sciences at Skyline College.
As an executive assistant, Robin supports both the executive director and director of land conservation. Robin is passionate about the outdoors and spent many years camping with her family in or near California’s beautiful watershed lands. Now that her children are grown, she enjoys exploring tide pools on the San Mateo coast with her husband and dog.
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Chantz Joyce is based in the regional office in Shingletown, California. Chantz is responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of land conservation plans for the McArthur Swamp pilot project and the other planning units within the Stewardship Councils northern most watersheds.
Chantz is licensed with the State of California as a registered professional forester and holds a bachelor of science degree in Forestry from Humboldt State University. Before joining the Stewardship Council, Chantz was a staff forester with W.M. Beaty & Associates and was responsible for managing timber harvest plan preparation and implementation on certified forests, including fuels reduction projects, sustained yield plans, road management plans, and water quality monitoring projects.
Chantz is committed to professional involvement and continuing education. He has been actively involved with the Cow Creek Watershed Management Group, Bear Creek Watershed Management Group, the Western Shasta RCD, and in April 2008 completed a term as president of the California Licensed Foresters Association.
Born in the Central Valley town of Newman, Chantz grew up camping, hiking, and fishing on many of the lands the Stewardship Council is currently charged with conserving.
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Steve Schweigerdt joined the Stewardship Council in 2016 as a Senior Project Manager to work on the land transactions. He has a diverse background in non profit conservation that includes urban parks for San Francisco Parks Alliance, trails and greenways with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, restoration with Sacramento Tree Foundation, and acquisition and development work with private infill developer LJ Urban. Steve likes juggling many projects and shepherding them along to completion, so he will be working on the conservation easements and enhancements to the Watershed lands.
Steve grew up camping and hiking in the Sierra Nevada and loves to explore off the beaten path in the less popular wilderness areas. He earned a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is certified as a Project Management Professional.
Outside of work Steve loves to mountain bike, ski, kayak, play soccer, and build furniture. He is very excited to return to the Sacramento area with his wife, daughter, dog, and cat.
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Pamela Mayers joined the Stewardship Council in 2011 and brings more than 15 years of administrative experience to the organization. She most recently worked for eco6design, a Half Moon Bay interior design firm specializing in eco friendly materials.
As office administrator, Pam supports both the director of finance and director of operations. Her duties range from assisting with board meeting and governance management to processing accounts payable.
An avid learner, Pam holds a degree from Canada College in interior design; a degree from Mission College in management, marketing and merchandise; and certificates in both early childhood education and green design.
In her free time, Pam loves to garden in and around the redwood forest, where she shares a log cabin with her partner, dog, and three cats. She also enjoys using her interior design skills to plan the future remodel of the cabin.
Land Conservation Program Associate [contact ]
Lauren Faccinto joined the Stewardship Council in 2015 as the Land Conservation Program Associate. Prior to joining the Stewardship Council, Lauren worked as a program assistant to a food policy firm in Washington, DC. She is thrilled to be able to return to her home state and be a part of the protection and enhancement of California’s forest and watershed land.
Lauren grew up in Marin County and attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio where she received her BA in Environmental Studies and Sociology. During her four years in Gambier she helped to develop community gardens, farmer’s markets, and farm-to-school programs. She also worked part time for the college’s land trust, where she began her interest in starting a career in land conservation and stewardship.
Lauren loves to hike and kayak with her friends and family in Marin County and the Tahoe Basin. She is looking forward to tapping in to her co-worker’s rich knowledge of California’s best camping and backpacking sites. She also enjoys trying new forms of dance in her free time, having danced classical and modern ballet for the past 16 years.
Robyn White joined the Stewardship Council in 2016 and is the administrative assistant in the Roseville office. Robyn’s duties include support of both the Deputy Executive Director and the Director of Land Management as well as assisting with committee meetings and day to day office operations.
Prior to joining the Stewardship Council, Robyn spent 11 years as the Executive Assistant to the Chair of Crime Victims United, California’s leading victims’ rights advocate.
Robyn has a passion for the outdoors where she spends most of her free time kayaking, camping and hiking with her husband and their dog.
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Carol Schwab joined the Stewardship Council as a part-time accounting assistant in May 2011. Carol assists the director of finance in performing accounting duties and financial statement preparation.
Prior to joining the Stewardship Council, Carol worked as the senior accountant for Jefferson County Department of Human Services in Colorado. She has extensive accounting experience spanning over 25 years, which includes serving as a controller for a non-profit education organization and an accountant in hospital settings.
After retiring from her full-time job in accounting, Carol worked part time in the emergency room of a level-one trauma center and taught accounting and medical classes for the Colorado Community College System. Passionate about the outdoors, Carol also volunteered as a Jefferson County open space park patroller. As a patroller, Carol hiked the upper elevations of mountain parks to protect the parks and educate visitors. Now living in Florida, Carol currently volunteers at the Naval Hospital Pensacola.
Carol earned a bachelor’s degree in managerial accounting and sociology in Potsdam, New York. She also completed her nursing pre-requisites and emergency medical and phlebotomy technician certificates while living in Colorado..