California Central Coast Chapter: Officers
|Professional Development Committee Chair: OPEN POSITION
If you are interested in chairing this position please contact Tiffany Whitsitt-Odell at President.CCCCTWS@gmail.com.
The Professional Development Committee is responsible for identifying professional development needs of our members and overseeing development of workshops and training sessions to meet those needs or advising members on other chapters, sections, or groups that are offering applicable trainings. The Chair of this committee will work with committee members and the CCCC Executive Board to make these events happen.
|Conservation Affairs Committee Chair: Tara Schoenwetter
|Media Manager: Katelyn Nyberg
I am a recent graduate from the University of California Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolution. I am currently working full time as a Junior Environmental Planner and am a graduate student at Colorado State University’s online program getting a Masters in Natural Resource Stewardship with an emphasis in Ecological Restoration. I am pretty new to The Wildlife Society and am so excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Chapter!
|Membership Manager: Natalie Rathjen-Gonzales
Natalie studied Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at UC Davis. In the years since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2010, she has observed fish-eating birds on the Columbia River, tracked desert tortoises in the Mojave Desert, hiked after spotted owls in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, and scoped snowy plovers and least terns at the Oceano Dunes. Currently, Natalie can be found following power lines and listing trees for trimming as a consulting utility forester for Davey Resource Group. On occasion, she gets to perform nest surveys in dead and dying trees and hopes to be part of the growth of the ecological services division of the company. In her spare time, she trains and frolics with her ponies, discovers the world of board games, and takes in the views of our beautiful state. Perhaps she will paint that blank canvas that has been nagging her too. Feel free to add to the nagging so it doesn’t stay blank forever. 😉
|Newsletter Manager: Andrea Dransfield
Andrea is a wildlife biologist with a background in marine mammal research. Her Master’s thesis focused on humpback whale habitat modeling and reducing ship strike risk in the Bay Area and her undergraduate thesis focused on harbor porpoise habitat use in British Columbia. She has contributed to a variety of other projects researching harbor seals in Point Reyes National Seashore, monitoring gray whales along the coast of California, studying Irrawaddy dolphins in Thailand, and aerial and boat-based monitoring of large whales species such as blue whales at risk of ship strike in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Andrea enjoys biking, SUPing, horseback riding and scuba diving. She is a new member of The Wildlife Society and is thrilled to be a part of the team.