Stewardship Council Staff
Executive Director [
Heidi Krolick joined the Stewardship Council in 2008, and assumed the role of Executive Director in 2017. Heidi is responsible for staff operations, coordinating the work of the organization's board members, and overseeing 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. Krolick oversees the Stewardship Council's Youth Investment Program in its efforts to connect northern and central California's underserved youth to the outdoors.
Heidi has held several positions during her tenure at the Stewardship Council including Deputy Executive Director as well as several roles within the Stewardship Council’s Land Conservation Program. Prior to joining the Stewardship Council, Heidi worked in private environmental consulting for several different firms acting as a restoration specialist and project manager. Her experience includes drafting and implementing long-term management plans for open space areas, environmental permitting and compliance, negotiating conservation easements, 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 children.
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 where she served for 11 years taking the organization from a startup nonprofit to one of the premier conservation groups in the Sacramento region. She served as a member of the Stewardship Council board of directors from 2010-2016. Prior to joining Placer Land Trust, she spent time in the field working for the United States Forest Service at the El Dorado National Forest, University of California Center for Forestry at Blodgett Experimental Forest, as well as working in the private timber industry. She also worked in the nonprofit sector on issues including food security, agriculture, youth programs, and working with refugee populations in the US and abroad. She also serves on several boards and steering committees on innovative conservation work around the state including the Working Landscapes Action Team through the California Economic Summit.
Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Humboldt State University and a Master’s in Business Administration in Sustainable Business from Marylhurst University. In 2014, Jessica earned the Sacramento Business Journal’s top 40 under 40 award and was selected as Auburn Journals People to Watch in 2016. Jessica is recognized as an innovative leader in the conservation community.
Jessica is a lover of the outdoors. She lives in rural Georgetown with her family. You can always find Jessica and her family on the slopes during the winter months and adventuring through activities like rock climbing, mountain biking and fly-fishing the rest of the year.
Director of Finance and Operations [contact ]
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.
Deputy Director of Land Conservation [ contact ]
Erin Healy joined the Stewardship Council in 2017 and brings over 33 years of experience in conservation, youth programs and project management. Erin recently retired from the California Conservation Corps, after 32 years. In her many roles with the CCC, she oversaw programmatic and administrative programs. Erin worked for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy prior to joining the Watershed Lands Team.
Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from Saint Mary’s College. In her free time, she enjoys camping, biking and paddle boarding.
Senior Project Manager [
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.
Senior Project Manager [contact ]
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.
Finance and Compliance Administrator [ contact ]
Debbie Daugherty joined the Stewardship Council in May 2017 and brings more than 15 years of grant, accounting and administrative non-profit experience to the organization. She most recently worked for College Success Foundation based in Bellevue, WA as Quality Improvement Manager, Grants and Contracts. Before that she was Accounting Grants Manager for Hopelink in Redmond, Washington.
As Finance and Compliance Administrator, Debbie will support both programs, the director of finance and track various grants ensuring compliance. Her goal is to add value and accountability to the Finance department.
Project Manager [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 also worked as a fellow at the Piedmont Environmental Council where she helped to develop community outreach programs and gained experience in urban and rural sustainable development.
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 became familiar with conservation easements and developed an interest in land conservation and stewardship.
Lauren was promoted to Project Manager in 2017. Lauren is involved with every step along the way to creating a final Land Conservation and Conveyance plan, from transaction negotiations, reviewing conservation easements and baseline data reports, answering public comments, and preparing and reviewing documents for regulatory filing. She is in charge of escrow closings for both fee title and conservation easement transactions. She is also in charge of a number of special projects including the Stewardship Council’s Tax Neutrality obligation and preparing data to support the Director of Land Conservation and Executive Director.
Lauren loves to hike, ski, rock climb, and spend time at the beach with her friends and family in Marin County and the Tahoe Basin. One of her favorite parts of her job is tapping in to her co-worker’s rich knowledge of California’s best camping and backpacking sites.
Accounting Assistant [
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.