Staff and Board of Directors

Kathy Davidson
Executive Director                                                                                               
            Kathy has spent 30 years in Education and Family Development services as a Director, Trainer and Consultant helping nonprofits, County, State and Federal agencies to develop quality programs for children and families. In my personal life I ran an animal rescue on our 13 acre farm and am an environmental activist. Now, semi retired I want to support children and families in being environmental activists.

Kira Greene                                                                                                                            Program Coordinator / Staff Naturalist                                                              Kira is inspired by the symbiosis of the natural world; she is working on being in a mutualistic relationship with nature (or at least a commensalistic one). Her world travels and background in documentary film add a rich layer of experience to Placer Nature Center. As a lover of the plant kingdom, she might be found in the woods, the garden, or the kitchen. She strives to learn as much as she can from nature, and to share it enthusiastically with her community.     A love of gardening and knowledge of video allows us to  add depth to our gardens and our virtual activities.

Barbara Leak
Bookkeeper                                                                                                                     
Barbara is an experienced and outstanding bookkeeper who works with the Foothills Farmers Market and other clients. She brings her positive attitude and team spirit as well as her efficiency and attention to detail to her role as bookkeeper for Placer Nature Center.

                   2020 Placer Nature Center                 Board of Directors

 Mary Weeks, Chair,  Board Member since Nov. 2017                                     Mary has worked in education for the past 35 years beginning at the pre-school level to high school. She retired in 2014 after working for 15 years as a high school secretary for Placer Union High School District. Mary began volunteering at the Placer Nature Center in September 2014.  Mary enjoys learning from the students encountered while visiting the PNC. Beside the PNC Mary volunteers for various organizations including Project Linus. Mary enjoys sewing, work on crafts and gardening.                                                   .

Liz Pessaran, Secretary, Board Member since September 2018                    Liz is a school counselor in the community and is passionate about child development. Liz is an active gardener and explorer. She loves hiking and camping and spending time in nature every chance she gets. Liz is especially passionate about the Placer Nature Center since she was born and raised right here in Auburn. She enjoys watching children and families connect and learn while having fun at the nature center.

Erin Riswold: Co-Treasurer, Board member since December 2018            Erin was born and raised in Meadow Vista and frequently visited the Placer Nature Center as a kid. After leaving the area for school, she has returned to her home town and is now a lawyer in Auburn. Erin loves the outdoors and wants to be part of connecting the community to nature. She hopes she can contribute to growing the Placer Nature Center so that it can have the same positive impact on others that it had on her.

Tim Riswold: Co-Treasurer, Board member since December 2018             Tim grew up in Newcastle, spending most of his time playing outdoors (or wanting to if he was in school). He left town for college and law school, then came back. Tim is proud to be a board member of the Placer Nature Center, an organization that values education and the great outdoors. When he is not outside, he works in Auburn as an attorney.

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Our Board Chair Mary Weeks gives us some insight into what it’s like as a volunteer and board member of Placer Nature Center. Sound exciting to you? Contact us to come check out PNC and learn more about being a board member or volunteer!

Posted by Placer Nature Center on Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Board Chair Mary Weeks takes us on a tour of PNC
Board Member Erin shares about why she loves PNC

Erin, one of our PNC Board Members and co-Treasurer, talks about how PNC has impacted her life, her love of nature, and the joys of being a Board Member. At the end of the video she invites you to reach out and chat with her – write to us and we'll put you in contact with her! Thanks Erin!

Posted by Placer Nature Center on Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Erin Riswold, Co-Treasurer, shares her love for PNC

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