Frances has been working for the Sugar Pine Foundation since October 2015. She holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Sacramento and a BS in Home Economics/Interior Design from Southwest Texas State University.
In addition to education and design work, Frances has a broad range of non-profit experience. She has worked as a campaigner and fundraiser for the United Way of San Diego, San Diego, CA, Program Director for San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club, Encinitas, CA, grant writer and grant editor for Milagro Art Center, Prescott, AR and grant researcher and grant editor for Tahoe Prosperity Center, Incline Village, NV.
As a resident of Incline Village, NV, Frances is an active volunteer in her community and loves Tahoe and all the recreation it offers. She has skied Tahoe for twelve seasons and loves to climb, hike, snowshoe and kayak. “I was given the best advice for enjoying Tahoe “Get good gear and get out there”, my life has never been the same since.”
Martin Rubio - Social Media & Outreach Guru
Martin began as a volunteer for the Foundation in 2012, where he began by involving himself and friends, with tree plantings in his community. Being raised in South Lake Tahoe, and gaining a love for the environment, Martin realized the importance of doing work to help preserve the beauty of nature. He is the coordinator/translator for our new program "No Kid left Inside." A program which targets under privileged minorities and gets them out into nature. Martin was born in Mexico and immigrated to Lake Tahoe in 1995.
" If you pay close attention, nature is your finest teacher, " says Martin.
Martin has a background in making action sports films/online media, and graphic design all mainly based in the Tahoe Basin.
Tressa Gibbard has been working for the Sugar Pine Foundation since January 2010 in the capacity of grant-writer, editor, design guru, outreach and fundraising organizer. Tressa holds a Bachelors degree from Penn State University, where she designed her own course of studies in Environmental Sustainability.
She has over six years' experience working as a field biologist throughout California and many other western states. She was introduced to the Sugar Pine Foundation as a participant in the 2006 Tahoe-Baikal Institute Summer Environmental Exchange program, and was previously a seasonal volunteer with SPF. When she's not saving the sugar pines, Tressa can generally be found climbing rocks and ice.
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