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 her personal life she ran an animal rescue on her 13 acre farm and is an environmental activist. Now, semi-retired she wants to support children and families in being environmental activists.
Kira Greene Program Director / 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. Kira graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Media Studies, and is a certified California Naturalist. She works seasonally for the South Yuba River Citizen’s League and co-founded Quercus Collective, a small business focused on foraged and homegrown products.
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.
2023 Placer Nature Center Board of Directors
Mary Weeks, Chair: Board Member since November 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, working on crafts and gardening.
Chelsea Brumfield: Board member since December 2022 Chelsea Brumfield is a nature lover who is happiest outside in the sunshine. She is an avid hiker, camper, and trail runner. She has been actively involved in the environmental community in recent years and has participated in Placer Nature Center events with her children, such as Summer Camp and Green Birthday parties.
Donna Vetromile: Board member since July 2023 Donna Vetromile grew up in San Francisco, (and Kern County a bit), she graduated from Chico State University, where she earned a degree in English and a teaching credential. She taught elementary school in Tehachapi, CA for 8 years, and Nevada County for 26 years, before retiring in 2006. She married and was blessed with two wonderful sons and one adorable granddaughter. Donna participates in a tai chi group and a yoga group. She is a chaplain for Unity of Auburn, and a substitute worker for Unity Thrift and Gift.
Donna trained as a PNC docent in the fall of 2007, and she still does a few days a year at the Nature Center. She is happy to lend her support for the center as a new board member.
Leslie Warren: Ex Officio Board member since January 2023 Leslie Warren conceived of and founded Placer Nature Center with Linda Desai in 1991. She is also a founding director of Placer Land Trust. A 37 year-long resident of Placer County, Leslie has an unwavering commitment to citizen participation in local government; as a means to preserve and protect the rich and unique environment here. Leslie served on the Placer County Planning Commission and Charter Review Commission and founded the Alliance for Environmental Leadership to build community organizations’ effectiveness in achieving their environmental goals. Leslie is a working artist and international adventurer. She manages her permanently-conserved land for natural habitat. She serves on the Board of the California Native Plant Society’s Redbud Chapter and founded International PEACE Projects, an organization that funds and drills bore-hole wells in Zambia and Morocco.