The District is pleased to welcome Kelsey Setliff, Catherine Iantosca, Melina Hammar, and Seamus Rafferty as its newest team members. The new Stewardship technicians will primarily be monitoring conservation easement properties and assisting with fee lands management under the supervision of Stewardship Coordinator Kathleen Marsh and Stewardship Program Manager Sheri Emerson.
Prior to joining the District, Kelsey worked for The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship as a field project leader monitoring, planning and implementing riparian habitat restoration projects. She also served as a seasonal worker for Marin County Parks and Open Space supporting the natural resources program and ranger staff with park preservation and vegetation management projects, and updating the natural resources database.
Catherine is a Sonoma County native and an alumna of Sonoma State University’s Environmental Studies and Planning Program. In June of 2016, Catherine completed a Master’s of Environmental Science and Management with a specialization in Water Resources Management at UC Santa Barbara. She joins the District with past experience working with City of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County Water Agency, Sonoma Resource Conservation District, and City of Palo Alto.
While earning a B.A. in SSU’s Environmental Studies and Planning Program, Melina was an intern for the Sonoma County Water Agency where she developed and facilitated environmental education presentations on natural resource management. As a student she also interned for Sonoma Land Trust, working on the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor Project and the Coastal Rangeland Monitoring Program. After graduating she joined the California Land Stewardship Institute in Napa where she assisted landowners in developing more sustainable land management practices.
A resident of Sonoma County for the past 11 years, Seamus spent seven years with Regional Parks as a Park Aide and Ranger Assistant in the River and Mountain Valley Operations Divisions. During his tenure, he was also active in the department’s robust volunteer program where he organized and led volunteer projects throughout the county. Before joining Regional Parks he spent several years performing volunteer work around the county.
Contact: Kathleen Marsh, (707) 565-7262, Kathleen.Marsh@sonoma-county.org