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Staff Directory

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3585 Greenville Road, Suite 2 (
Livermore, CA 94550-6710

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Alameda County Resource Conservation District - ACRCD

Name and Title


Katherine Boxer, Executive Officer
Ext. 3861
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Katherine Boxer joined the District in January, 2013 as Executive Officer.  Katherine holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Ms. Boxer possesses an extensive background in parks, recreation, natural resources management and emergency planning.  Katherine's management experience encompasses the public, private, and non-profit sectors.  Katherine has a menagerie of animals and enjoys gardening, volunteering with animal rescue organizations, and antique treasure hunts.

Susan Ellsworth, Food Systems Specialist
Ext. 3857
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Susan works to support a more vibrant local food economy in the East Bay, including direct educational and technical support for beginning farmers and ranchers. This includes hosting workshops and field days, as well as collaborating with partners throughout the region to identify and help address some of the challenges faced by local producers.  Susan comes to the Partnership from UC Davis where she worked for the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, and the City of Davis to help develop a plan for Community Farms. She received her Master’s Degree in Community Development from UC Davis in 2011 and is happy to be working in beautiful Alameda County.

Drew Engstrom, Stream Restoration Specialist
Ext. 3856
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Drew joined the RCD in Spring 2018, bringing over 8 years experience in wildlife biology, habitat restoration, and water resource management to the team. He utilizes this experience to fulfill his primary responsibility of managing the Stream Maintenance Program for the City of Livermore. Drew has a Degree in Natural Resources Management and Environmental Policy from SDSU and is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control as well as a Qualified Storm-water Prevention Plan Developer. He has extensive experience working on large-scale utility, renewable energy, and private sector projects throughout California. Drew is enthusiastic to work with local communities to enhance, restore, and protect Alameda County streams and watersheds.

Amy Evans, Resource Conservationist
Ext. 3862
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Amy has been a Resource Conservationist at the RCD since 1988.  Amy's primary projects include developing educational materials and water quality improvement demonstrations sites for the Equestrian Facilities Assistance Program, coordinating the “Watershed Adventures” program  that serves nearly 5,000 4th graders annually, developing stewardship projects for the Hands-on-Conservation program and working with the Alameda  Creek Watershed Council.  Amy received a  B.A. in Environmental Planning from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and an M.A. in Physical Geography/Environmental Studies from California State University East Bay. Amy is also involved in the Master Gardener program in Alameda County and gardens like crazy on the weekends at her home in Fremont.

Marilyn Harvey, Accountant
Ext. 3863
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Marilyn is the accountant, who has been with the Conservation Partnership since July 2007.  Previous to this position she as employed for the Farm Credit System doing accounting work for over 25 years.


Rachelle Hedges, Communications & Education Specialist
Ext. 3872

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Rachelle joined the RCD staff in late 2016, bringing with her a wide variety of education and experience.  Rachelle holds a BA in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Marketing and Management.  She also has an AAS in Forest Resources Technology, and is currently finishing her Master's thesis on forest management and restoration at U.C. Berkeley.  Rachelle has worked for a wide variety of land management agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, California State Parks, and San Mateo County Parks.  She also spent a number of years working for the Student Conservation Association as a crew leader, conducting youth education and work programs throughout the Bay Area.  

Ian Howell, Resource Conservationist
Ext. 3858
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Ian joined the District in December 2013, bringing a strong interest in supporting working lands to his work in the Alameda Creek watershed.  Ian comes to the Conservation Partnership from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.  His past volunteer work includes conservation research on industrial timerlands, as well as assignments with the U.S. EPA and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Ian received a Master of Enviornmental Studies degree in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he concurrenly earned a certificate in land preservation.

Hillary Sardinas, Biologist
Ext. 3865
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Hillary joined the District in Fall 2017. She has a diverse background, with conservation experience in natural and agricultural landscapes. She has worked throughout the Bay Area on restoration projects and in native plant nurseries. She also developed pollinator conservation plans for large and small farms throughout the US. Hillary was the lead developer of Bee Better Certified, a food and farming certification administered by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and Oregon Tilth. Hillary earned her PhD from UC Berkeley, where she studied the ability of on-farm conservation to promote pollinator conservation and crop production. She also holds a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz. Hillary brings an enthusiasm for natural history, bees and butterflies to the RCD.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - NRCS

Alyson Aquino, District Conservationist
Ext. 3866


Alyson has been the District Conservationist in Alameda County since 2011.  Before coming to Livermore, she held the same position in Contra Costa County for 3 years.  Alyson began her NRCS career in 2005 working as a Soil Conservationist for the Nevada County office.  She attended Humboldt State University with a major in Environmental Biology and pursued her Master’s Degree in Natural Resource Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Katie Bergmann, Engineer
Ext. 3867

Katie is an engineer with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). She came to the Partnership as an Earth Team volunteer before being hired as the NRCS engineer for both Alameda and Contra Costa counties in 2006. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2001 and worked as an environmental engineer in the private sector for several years. She is a registered Professional Engineer in California.

Jackie Charbonneau, Ecologist
Ext. 3864


Jackie is an ecologist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Jackie graduated from California State University Monterery Bay with a BS in Earth Systems Science and Policy and a concentration in Watershed Systems. She has worked for the Conservation Partnership office since 2001. Jackie is the lead for multiple projects in the office, including the Wildlife-friendly Pond Program and the Alameda County Permit Coordination Program.

Ling He, Range Conservationist
Ext. 3860


Ling is a range conservationist with NRCS. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a M.S in Range Management in 2007 and worked as a biologist in the private sector for a year. Prior to her graduate study, Ling worked as a biological science technician at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Kyle Marsh, NRCS / Point Blue Partner Biologist
Ext. 3860

In 2013, Kyle earned a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies at University of California, Berkeley. After graduating, he traveled around North America studying field biology through internships, seasonal jobs and volunteer positions. Many of those positions were with Point Blue Conservation Science, including internships at the Palomarin Field Station  and on the Farallon Islands, and as a seasonal field biologist for the Rangeland Monitoring Network. In 2016, Kyle brought his impressive skill set and experience to Alameda County, joining as the NRCS / Point Blue Partner Biologist. Kyle is excited to work as a Partner Biologist in the county that inspired him to pursue a career in biology seven years ago.