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Heather Nichols, Executive DirectorHeather


Heather Nichols is the Executive Director of the Yolo County Resource Conservation District. She graduated from CSU Humboldt with a B.S. in Sustainable Systems and a minor in Soil Science. She gained experience in small scale agriculture and habitat restoration as an AmeriCorps volunteer and went on to complete her Master’s degree in ecological design and planning from the Conway School of Landscape Design. Heather joined the YCRCD in 2008 and worked as a watershed coordinator and project manager before becoming the Executive Director in 2014. She works with the YCRCD Board of Directors and staff, NRCS and other conservation leaders in the community and region to develop and carry out relevant and effective conservation projects and programs. Heather is also a Certified Conservation Planner.


Jeanette Wrysinski, Senior Program Manager

Wrysinski@yolorcd.org Jeanette

Jeanette Wrysinski is our Senior Program Manager and joined the YCRCD in 1995. During her time at the District she has also been a Wildlife Monitoring Specialist and Project Manager and twice served as Interim Executive Director. She has overseen field research trials, written publications, trained and mentored staff and written many grant proposals. She has worked with a broad range of local and state agencies and organizations and has managed numerous successful conservation projects in the county. She works closely with the Executive Director on program development and grant acquisition, and coordinates and supports the activities of the Westside Sac Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP) Coordinating Committee. Additional activities include representing the District on the Water Resources Association of Yolo County (WRA) Technical Committee and the Yolo Habitat Conservancy (HCP/NCCP) Advisory Committee. Outside of work hours she serves as the Chair of the Board of the Cache Creek Conservancy and is a Director on the Sacramento River Forum Board.


Joanne Heraty, Project ManagerJoanne


Before joining the YCRCD, Joanne worked as an Assistant Specialist in a restoration Ecology lab at UC Davis researching invasion and nutrient dynamics in California’s rangelands. In 2010 she received her M.S. in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis where she studied the conservation of maize genetic diversity in Southern California’s urban gardens. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz and has worked in the past as a researcher studying gene flow in maize.  Her work at the YCRCD focuses on design, implementation and management of a multitude of restoration projects on both public and private lands throughout Yolo County.


Tanya Meyer, Project Manager


Tanya Meyer, Project Manager, has been working on restoring native plant communities and protecting them from invasive weeds since 2000. She has a BS and an MS in Community and Regional Development from the University of California, Davis. Tanya has worked at Hedgerow Farms (California native plant seed producers), managed the Center for Land-Based Learning’s SLEWS Program in the Northstate (Chico area), and worked at the YCRCD as a vegetation management specialist/Weed Warrior controlling tamarisk and other noxious weeds along Cache Creek in the Capay Valley. She just spent six years in Northern Central Pennsylvania working on invasive plant control, and is happy to be back at the YCRCD. Her current projects are focused on restoring sections of land along Cache Creek, as well as several urban restoration sites in Woodland and Davis.

Alexander Tremblay, Project Manager

tremblay@yolorcd.org Alex

Alex has a background in environmental science, native habitat restoration and classical French cuisine. He has a B.S in Environmental Studies and a Master of Environmental Science and Management degree from UC Santa Barbara, where he studied terrestrial ecology, sustainability, and pollution prevention and remediation. He has worked with private companies, non-profit organizations and state government on mitigation projects and sustainability issues. Projects he has worked on include: wetland habitat restoration along California’s Central Coast; soil and groundwater cleanup and remediation; and consultation on sustainable solutions for marine resource issues. Alex solves environmental problems through data analysis, visualizations and concise communication of findings. When he is not in the field or in the office, Alex enjoys cooking (he is a former chef) and outdoor adventures with his family.


Brandon Baker, Field Technician Brandon


Brandon started working as a field technician for the YCRCD in 2013 and is responsible for managing all implementation activities for the YCRCD’s restoration projects in Yolo County. Before joining the YCRCD team, he worked for Public Works at the City of Woodland managing and mainting open space property. Brandon has extensive experience in implementing and maintaining conservation projects on working lands, having worked for Audubon California Landowner Stewardship Program for over 12 years. He also leads stewardship field days with our environmental education partners including the Center for Land-Based Learning and Putah Creek Council.



Sue McCloud, Financial Manager Sue


Sue, the YCRCD's Financial Manager, has over 30 years of accounting management experience, having worked for the County of Yolo before joining the YCRCD in 2002. Sue is responsible for preparation, maintenance, verification and reconciliation of accounting and financial records, the audit of financial transactions, and the production of fiscal reports. She analyzes, develops and implements accounting and financial procedures and systems as well as assists with operational management of the YCRCD. She also works with YCRCD staff in developing project budgets and cost allocation information. In coordination with the County, Sue has managed YCRCD annual budgets ranging from $500,000-$2.5 million.


Sheila Pratt, Administrative Assistant Sheila


Sheila has been the Administrative Assistant for the YCRCD since 2005 providing critical support to all areas of District's functions and operations. Sheila works with the Executive Director to provide support for all activities with the YCRCD Board of Directors: prepares and distributes board materials and attends board meetings. She supports the financial manager in numerous clerical and accounting tasks, YCRCD personnel and operations needs, and coordinates all YCRCD events and workshops.