Stewards Staff

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods is able to do good work thanks to the following dedicated individuals:

Executive Director 

Michele Luna

Michele Luna has worked for Stewards since 1994, raising $3,000,000 in grant and contract funds to support education, stewardship and resource management projects in Russian River District State Parks. She has been working in the field of nonprofit administration with an emphasis on volunteer programs since 1991. Michele has demonstrated skills in the areas of board development, financial management, fund development, graphic design and web management, advocacy and marketing, and is known for her excellent accountability for grant funding and program deliverables. She is the overall administrator of the programs that Stewards manages. Michele coordinated the efforts to fund and manage a successful fish habitat restoration project in the Willow Creek watershed, completed in 2014, and was responsible for entering Stewards into a contract with the California Department of Parks and Recreation to manage Austin Creek State Recreation Area in the face of possible park closure. Michele grew up in the San Fernando Valley and moved to Sonoma County in 1979 to raise her family.

Contact Michele about:

  • Board-related Issues
  • Sponsorships
  • Legacy and Major Gifts
  • Advocacy

Annie CresswellAdministrative Director

Annie Cresswell has been with Stewards since February of 2002 after graduating from Empire College with a certificate in business administration. She has a background in environmental advocacy and provides valuable administrative as well as program assistance. Annie also oversees all human resource issues and the management of retail sales. Annie grew up and lives in the hills of Cazadero.

Contact Annie about:

  • Nature Stores Sales and Inventory
  • Accounts Receivable and Payable
  • Human Resource Issues
  • Office Management


Programs Manager

  • Currently vacant

Volunteer Coordinator

  • Currently vacant

Field Operations Manager

Scotty Lawyer was hired as our new Field Operations Manager in September of 2014. Scott has a B.S. degree in Geology with an emphasis in structural processes. He has experience doing trail maintenance and restoration work, including supervising groups on various restoration projects. He also has various mechanical/repair skills including facility maintenance and basic automotive skills. He also has experience as a shop foreman with tool and tool safety experience, maintenance, forklift and custom iron fabrication. Scotty is also First Aid/ CPR certified. 

Contact Scotty about:

  • Volunteering with our Public Assistance Program
  • Becoming a campground host
  • Volunteering for stewardship projects

Tracie RiedelMarketing Communications Specialist

Tracie Riedel climbed aboard in June 2014. From frequent camping trips in her youth to doing fieldwork for her Geology studies, Tracie has an intimate knowledge of California State Parks. Her experience in the nonprofit sector began with volunteering at The Legacy, a resale craft shop that benefits the Sebastopol Area Senior Center, and grew from there to become an account representative for the American Red Cross. Now Tracie works for Stewards, where she enjoys promoting our State Parks and giving back to the community. Her favorite activity is traveling to Seoul, South Korea to see her “K-Pop boys” perform.

Contact Tracie about:

  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Social Media
  • Website Maintenance
  • Special Events/Weddings

Bilingual Administrative Assistant

Yasmin (Mina) Sanabria is our newest team member as of February 2017! She is originally from Washington, DC and has been a California transplant since 2006. She lived and studied in Southern California at UC Santa Barbara until she graduated in 2015 with a BS in Mathematical Sciences. After graduation, she moved to Guerneville to be closer with family. Mina has 10 years of experience working in and volunteering with educational programs for youth. She is passionate about mathematics, and enjoys camping and hiking in our local parks during her free time.

Contact Mina about:

  • Membership
  • Donations
  • Account management
  • Camping inquiries

Nik SzecseyRetail & Project Coordinator

Nik Szecsey has worked with Stewards on and off through special youth employment programs. In 2012 he was hired part-time to provide valuable clerical, inventory management and office support in the Stewards office.

Contact Nik about:

  • Inventory
  • Office projects/volunteering





Service Aides

Service Aides staff the entrance station to Armstrong Redwoods and Austin Creek. They also assist with campground maintenance.






When funding is available Stewards hires PT on call Naturalists to provide curriculum-based interpretive environmental education programs.


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