Nancy is a 30-year Woodland resident who joined the Cache Creek Conservancy in June 2015. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Nancy spent 30 years working in statewide water and ecosystem restoration policy and program development with the Department of Water Resources, Ecosystem Restoration Program of CALFED Bay-Delta Agency, and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy. She has a B.A. in Journalism and an MPS in small group dynamics. Nancy has volunteered with other community groups, has served on the Yolo County Grand Jury, and currently is serving a term on the Yolo County Parks, Recreation, and Wildlife Advisory Committee.
Sheila has been the Administrative Assistant for the Yolo County Resource Conservation District before joining the Cache Creek Conservancy in 2018, providing critical support to all areas of District's functions and operations. Sheila works with the Executive Director to provide support for all activities with the Cache Creek Conservancy Board of Directors: prepares and distributes board materials. She supports the financial manager in numerous clerical and accounting tasks, personnel and operations needs, and helps coordinate events and workshops.
Sue has more than 30 years of accounting management experience, having worked for the County of Yolo and the Yolo County Resource Conservation District before joining the Cache Creek Conservancy in 2017. Sue is responsible for preparation, maintenance, verification and reconciliation of accounting and financial records, the audit of financial transactions, and the production of fiscal reports. She analyzes, develops and implements accounting and financial procedures and systems as well as assists with operational management of the Conservancy. She also works with staff in developing project budgets and cost allocation information.
Mikayla graduated UC Davis with a degree in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology and a minor in Education. While at UC Davis, she interned with the Arboretum, planning and coordinating outreach events, and volunteered with Putah Creek Council, leading school groups around Lake Solano and teaching students about water quality, erosion, and the watershed. Mikayla enjoys combining her love for nature and wildlife with her love to teach. She believes a very important part of conservation is education because this will lead to a better understanding of the earth we live on and how to care for it. Mikayla loves inspiring students and the public to learn and explore in, what she calls “the best classroom there is,” the outdoors.
Elise is an experienced educator. She began serving the Cache Creek Conservancy as an Education Assistant while also teaching at a local outdoor preschool. Previously, she worked to develop an innovative public school program where students with and without disabilities learned together. She is a life-long Yolo County resident and actively involved with community improvement projects. Elise holds a B.S. degree in Education and certificates in Environmental Planning and River Restoration. The most rewarding part of her work is helping visitors to the Cache Creek Nature Preserve cultivate understanding of conservation and the environment to make informed decisions in their daily life.
Zack joined the Conservancy in 2018 and holds a B.S. in Ecological Management and Restoration from UC Davis. Born and raised in California, Zack’s relationship with native plants started early in the foothills and mountains surrounding Los Angeles, where the chaparral provided a welcome respite from the stifling urban landscape. During these formative years, he developed a deep passion for native California flora, ethnobotany, and a strong commitment to environmental stewardship and restoration. Zack completed a number of native plant garden design projects in LA before transferring to UC Davis and honing his skills in the UCD Arboretum. During his time with the CCC, he has felt honored to work with the elders of the TGG Steering Committee to ensure the availability of culturally significant plant materials and to promote Native land management practices as important alternatives to Western methodologies, such as cultural fire. As Habitat Restoration Manager, he is deeply grateful to be able to work towards the improvement of wildlife habitat on the Nature Preserve and lower Cache Creek watershed.
Nicole is an undergraduate student at UC Davis, currently working towards a B.S. in Ecological Management & Restoration. Prior to joining Cache Creek Conservancy as a staff member, Nicole completed an internship at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve in which she monitored wildlife populations and enhanced the Nature Preserve’s native pollinator habitat. She has performed restoration work in Orange County, focusing on recovery of coastal sage scrub, riparian, and salt marsh habitats disturbed by land use through Project Grow. There, she also collaborated with other students to coordinate and lead volunteer-based restoration events as part of an experiential education program focusing on the complex environmental disturbances along urban coastlines.
Nicole’s passion for preserving indigenous flora and fauna is the driving force behind her restoration work. Working outdoors has taught her to appreciate the beauty of native California, and she is grateful to be able to give back to it.