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Over the past few months, the RCD has said goodbye to some key staff and welcomed new employees.

After seven years of service, Lyn Rauls has left the RCD to be closer to family in the United Kingdom. In her place we welcomed Kristen Lorenzen, who was born and raised in southern California and brings with her not only local knowledge but also a love of the outdoors. We’re excited to welcome her to the RCD family!

After five years of outstanding leadership in our Education Department, Kelly Kazmirchuk left the RCD this summer to get back into the classroom as a teacher. Under Kelly the RCD’s education department grew, expanding both the geographical reach of our environmental programs as well as the number of students we were able to interact with. Through Kelly’s excellent relationship building skills, the RCD also able to create and launch our Place Based Journal program, despite a pandemic shutting down most outdoor programming. While we are saddened to see Kelly go, we are overjoyed to welcome Marilyn Brody French, formerly a part of our Research and Restoration Stream Team, as the new Education Coordinator. Marilyn comes to us with a Masters in Conservation and Community Development, experience in sustainable landscaping and an extensive background in creating and leading youth-based environmental education programs. We look forward to the new perspectives Marilyn is sure to bring to our education department. 

Finally, we said goodbye to another exceptional Watershed Stewards Member. Claire Sanders, whose nine and half month term ended is mid-August. Throughout her term, Claire brought light and endless laughter to the RCD while accomplishing vital restoration work like bat surveys, small mammal trapping, oak woodland/lagoon/endangered species monitoring and delivering high quality environmental education programs.

We know the new additions to the RCD family will continue to provide quality service and community education as they begin to write the next chapter in the RCD story.