Meet Our Team

Executive Staff

Angela Avery

Executive Officer

Phone: (530) 823-4681

Angela leads the Sierra Nevada Conservancy by providing strategic direction and oversight to the Agency’s Region-wide staff. As Executive Officer, she is committed to restoring the health and resilience of the Sierra Nevada Region. She believes that by working with SNC’s partners to implement the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Plan, we can ensure that the Region thrives for future generations and continues to provide California clean air, clean water, recreational opportunities, and spiritual respite.

Angela joined the Sierra Nevada Conservancy in 2007 and became the Policy and Outreach Division Chief in 2015 where she focused on the development of sound, science-based policy and the necessary outreach programs and strategic partnerships that support the Sierra Nevada Region. Previously, Angela worked as a parks, recreation, and conservation planning consultant and managed forested land on the north coast of California.

Julie Alvis

Deputy Executive Officer

Phone: (530) 823-4667

Julie provides Agency-wide organizational policy direction and oversees the Policy and Outreach and Field Operations and Grants and Reimbursements Branches at the SNC. Julie grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and has enjoyed camping, hiking, fishing, and swimming in the Region’s rivers her whole life. She loves that her job combines her commitment to public service with her passion for the Sierra Nevada Region.

Prior to joining the SNC, Julie was a Deputy Assistant Secretary for the California Natural Resources Agency for 11 years where she provided fiscal and administrative oversight for Resources programs. She also served on behalf of the Secretary for Natural Resources on various councils and state conservancy boards. In earlier work, she managed communications and board logistics for the CALFED Bay-Delta Authority, worked as an analyst on watershed issues, and was an editor for state government and private publishing firms.

Amy Lussier

Chief, Administrative Services Division

Phone: (530) 823-4707

Amy is responsible for the day-to-day management of the SNC’s budgeting, accounting, human resources, business services, and information technology functions. Amy loves living and working in Placer County with her husband Brian Lussier, son Blake, and daughter Ella. Amy caught the conservation bug while working for the California Conservation Corps (CCC) and she is fulfilled working for an organization that is protecting the environment.

Before Amy joined the SNC in 2008, she worked for the CCC making sure that the CCC Centers had the resources necessary to promote youth development and land conservation projects. She began her state career at the Department of Transportation in 2005. Amy holds a BA Degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations from Sacramento State University.

Field Operations and Grants

The Field Operations and Grants Branch turns good ideas into projects and partnerships that benefit the Region. Staff in this Branch fund and manage projects that align with the SNC’s strategic goals, bring local stakeholders together, and provide technical assistance to in-Region partners.


Andy Fristensky

Branch Manager
Field Operations and Grants

Phone: (530) 823-4691

Luke Hunt

Field Operations

Phone: (530) 823-4678

Shannon Ciotti

Grants & Reimbursements

Phone: (530) 823-4689


Andrea Williams

Reimbursements Program Coordinator

Chris Dallas

Central Area Representative: El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Yuba counties

Kristy Hoffman

North Area Representative: Lassen, Modoc, Shasta counties

Lindsay Raber

Grants Coordinator

Lynn Campbell

North Central Area Representative: Butte, Plumas, Sierra, Tehama counties

Matt Driscoll

East Area Representative: Alpine, Inyo, Mono counties

Michael Pickard

South Central Area Representative: Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Tuolumne counties

Sarah Campe

South Area Representative: Fresno, Kern, Madera, Tulare counties

Policy and Outreach

The Policy and Outreach Branch connects the Region to state and national efforts to address important issues in the Sierra Nevada. Staff in this Branch ensure that the SNC’s decision-making is based on the best and latest science, facilitate effective communication between our Region, other state and federal decision makers, and the public, and helps our local partners to secure additional resources.


Brittany Covich

Branch Manager
Policy & Outreach

Phone: (530) 823-4686

Alex Vance

Partnerships and Community Support

Phone: (209) 742-0482

Isaac Silverman


Phone: (530) 823-4711


Ali Sambucetti

Graphic Design Analyst

Autumn Hutchings

Partnerships & Community Support Technician

Brian Bose

Policy & Outreach Writer

Elissa Brown

Partnerships & Community Support Coordinator

Elliott Vander Kolk

Program Coordinator

John Tangenberg

GIS Analyst

Julia Hart

Policy Analyst

Nic Enstice

Regional Scientist

Zephyr Neumann

Digital Media Analyst

Administrative Services

The Administrative Services Division keeps the lights on. It makes sure that day-to-day operations, from accounting and facilities to human resources and information technology, run smoothly so that SNC staff can serve the Region and the state.


Amy Lussier

Administrative Services

Phone: (530) 823-4707

Amanda Grant

Business Services

Phone: (530) 823-4708

Tristyn Armstrong

Administrative Officer


Amy Nelson

Administrative Analyst

Barbara Harriman

Bond Fund Analyst

David Madrigal

System Administrator

Denice Maberry

Administrative Technician

Jennifer Barnes

Personnel Analyst

Lisa Hightower


Lisa Primeaux

Budget Analyst

Lynda Young

Personnel & Business Services Officer

Matthew Daley

Information Technology Analyst

Michele Bonk

Administrative Analyst