River Partners' mission is to create wildlife habitat for the benefit of people and the environment.

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Board and Staff

River Partners is a nonprofit conservation organization where farmers and ecologists work together. We are committed, in principle and in practice to preserving and restoring California's rivers and fragile riparian ecosystems.

Board of Directors

River Partners Board of Directors (circa 2007)

Kara Baker, KVB, Inc.
John Carlon, Sierra Cascade Blueberry Farm
Ron Ginochio, Ginochio Farms
Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Allen Hackett, Hackett Farming
Mark Kimmelshue, Legacy Associates
Tom Lando, Lando and Associates
Julie Rentner, Former River Partners Director of Special Projects
Suellen Rowlison, R.N.
Irv Schiffman, CSUC, Political Science
Monroe Sprague, M.D.

River Partners Board of Directors Biographies


River Partners staff photo by drone (2016)

Sacramento Valley Staff

John Carlon, President
Jerry Dion, CFO
Michael Cook, Northern California Regional Director
Mona Dagy, Executive Assistant
Deborah McLaughlin, Senior Accounting Manager
Dr. Tom Griggs, Senior Restoration Ecologist (Retired)
Helen Swagerty, Senior Biologist
Michael Rogner, Associate Biologist
Ruben Reynoso, Field Manager
Eligio Hernandez, Field Technician
Francisco Jaurgui, Field Technician
Alfred Sweet, Field Technician
Chuck Lundgren, IT Manager

Central Valley Staff

Cam Tredennick, VP of Legal and New Business
Stephen Sheppard
, Director of Operations
Heyo Tjarks, Ecologist
Maggie Boberg, Regional Director
Miranda Lamb, Staff Accountant
Jeff Holt, Biologist
Feliciano Degante, Field Technician

Southern San Joaquin Valley Staff

Frank Reynoso, Restoration Manager

Southern California Staff

Bill Jensen, Field Manager
Greg Arnaiz, Field Technician