Staff 3

Leadership

Julie Rentner

Julie Rentner

President

Julie Rentner has successfully secured over $27 million in state and federal grant funding to acquire conservation properties and implement riparian and floodplain habitat restoration. In total, Ms. Rentner has worked to conserve over 2,000 acres and has secured funds to restore over 3,000 acres of floodplains. Additionally, Ms. Rentner has developed and led stakeholder processes supporting the integration of flood control and ecosystem enhancement at the regional level, resulting in the development of several on-the-ground multi-benefit projects as well as the development of the Mid San Joaquin River Regional Flood Management Plan. Ms. Rentner has led science, planning and project development at River Partners, and in January 2020 became River Partners president.

John Cain

Director of Conservation

John Cain brings three decades experience at the nexus of ecosystem restoration, flood management, and water policy in California. He has played an active role in projects and processes that build healthier, safer communities and ecosystems, including the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, the Dutch Slough tidal marsh restoration project, fish habitat enhancement on the Yolo Bypass, re-watering of the San Joaquin River, and restoration of Mono Lake and its tributaries. At River Partners, he builds partnerships to accelerate the pace and scale of riparian and floodplain restoration. In 2017, he was honored as “Floodplain Manager of the Year” by the Floodplain Management Association.

Terrel Hutton

Terrel Hutton

Director of Advancement

Terrel Hutton has 20 years of experience in organizational development, fundraising, communications, impact evaluation and philanthropic partnerships. For a decade, she raised the philanthropic profile of public media organizations, as Chief Development Officer at The Center for Investigative Reporting, and Director of Individual Major Gifts at KQED Public Media in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Hutton has advised veteran and start- up environmental, educational and arts organizations on organizational and development strategy, communications and public outreach. She directs communications and philanthropic investment activities at River Partners.

Stephen Sheppard

Stephen Sheppard

Director of Field Operations

Stephen Sheppard has 12+ years of experience restoring and managing riparian habitat in the San Joaquin Valley and Delta region. This work includes restoration of over 3,000 acres on the USFWS San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge and Dos Rios Ranch. Mr. Sheppard brings to River Partners an in-depth knowledge of the local agriculture and environmental situation in the area in and around the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge.

Rhett Anderson

San Joaquin Assistant Field Manager

Kim Armstrong

Northern California Biologist

Maggie Boberg

Maggie Blankinship

San Joaquin Valley Regional Director

Jessica Bourne

CFO

Christopher Carrizales

Northern California Field Technician

Martin Castellanos

Northern California Field Technician

Mike Cook

Mike Cook

Northern California Regional Director

Stephon Curry

San Joaquin Field Technician

Mona Dagy

Mona Dagy

Executive Assistant

Feliciano Degante

San Joaquin Field Foreman

Holly Ferrara

Holly Ferrara

Northern California Biologist

Jackie Filter

Northern California Asst. Field Manager

Estevan Frias

San Joaquin Field Technician

Raymond Frias

San Joaquin Field Technician

Jaime Garcia

San Joaquin Field Technician

Mike Garcia

Environmental Monitor

Benjamin Gil

Northern California Field Technician

Sergio Gonzalez

San Joaquin Field Technician

Armando Gutierez Uribe

San Joaquin Field Technician

Juan Gutierrez Uribe

San Joaquin Field Technician

Luis Gutierrez Uribe

San Joaquin Field Technician

Emma Havstad

Southern California Ecologist

Kevin Hansen

Accountant

Eligio Hernandez

Northern California Field Technician

Katie Jacobs

Northern California Field Admin. Asst.

Francisco Jauregui

Northern California Field Foreman

Humberto Jauregui

San Joaquin Field Technician

Juan Jauregui

San Joaquin Field Technician

Asia Jones

Sacramento Biologist

Miranda Lamb

Staff Accountant

Isabel Lawrence

San Joaquin Biologist

Chuck Lundgren

IT Manager

Teresa Magana

San Diego Field Technician

Adam McKasson

San Joaquin Field Technician

Deborah McLaughlin

Deborah McLaughlin

Senior Accounting Manager

Daniel Nylen

San Joaquin Senior Restoration Ecologist

Arnulfo Mendez

San Joaquin Field Technician

Jesus Padilla

Northern California Field Technician

Frank Reynoso

South San Joaquin Field Manager

Nick Reynoso

Field Foreman

Ruben Reynoso

Ruben Reynoso

Northern California Senior Field Manager

Becki Robins

Content Editor/Grant Writer

Jorge Robles-Romo

Jorge Robles-Romo

Southern California Field Manager

Michael Rogner

Senior Restoration Ecologist

Helen Swagerty

Project Director

Francis Ulep

San Joaquin Biologist

Luis Velasquez

Northern California Field Foreman

Adam Yorba

San Diego Field Technician

Henry Yorba

San Diego Field Technician