About  ::  Staff and Board
Alicia Reban, Co-Chief Executive Officer

Alicia Reban, Executive Director

Since 1998, Alicia has been dedicated to preserving the State of Nevada’s open spaces. In 2002, she served on the campaign executive committee for Nevada’s State Question One for Clean Water, Parks and Wildlife, and in 2000 she successfully managed the campaign for Washoe County Question 1 for Parks, Libraries, Trails, and Open Space. Alicia graduated from the University of Texas; and has also completed additional courses in conservation and real estate law.

Tracy Visher, Deputy Executive Director

After a 6-month absence I returned to NLT in July 2015 in an expanded role as Acting Finance and Administration Director. Half of my brain is very linear and organized. I "get" the fact that numbers and business sense are just as important in a non-profit business as in for-profit one. Perhaps more so, as we have to make every penny we earn count, in order to accomplish our all-important mission. I love helping the project staff develop budgets and systems to make us all more efficient and productive. The other half of my brain is fiercely creative and artistic, an outdoor enthusiast, a gardener, book worm and blessed wife, Mom and Grandma to two wonderful boys. All of me is so happy to be a part of NLT (again) and the work we do to improve open spaces around us!

Patty McCleary, Conservation Officer

Patty McCleary, Special Projects 

With over 20 years of experience working on conservation issues for non-profit organizations, Patty’s efforts with the Nevada Land Trust include working to protect almost 30,000 acres of prime wildlife habitat in northern Washoe County’s Granite Range and Buffalo Hills, preserving more than 100 acres of floodplain along the Truckee River for the Truckee River Flood Management Project, and working with Washoe County Parks on recreational trailhead projects.

She has served as deputy director for Smith River Alliance; as project manager for the Trust for Public Land in Santa Fe, NM; as executive director for the Washington Water Trust in Seattle, WA; as regional program director for Land Trust Alliance in Sacramento, CA; and as national conservation representative for the Sierra Club in San Francisco, CA. 

Patty received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Ela Zawadzka, Outreach, Development and Communications Coordinator

Ela Zawadzka, Communications & Development Manager

Ela, the Communications and Development Manager for Nevada Land Trust, joined the organization in March of 2011. Born and raised in Poland, she received Master of Arts Degree from the University of Opole, Poland and brings with her 10 years of experience in publishing, PR and journalism.  Ela has lived in the Reno area since 2004, loves the outdoors, and enjoys the wide variety of activities Reno offers. When she's not chasing after her busy son, Ela relaxes by hiking, biking, gardening, and going to hear live music.

Sarah McNeal, Operations and Accreditation Coordinator

Sarah McNeal, Operations & Accreditation Coordinator

Sarah is Nevada Land Trust’s Accreditation and Operations Coordinator. Sarah joined the group in November 2008 after a 10-year career in Banking and Finance. She is working diligently to help the organization become accredited by the Land Trust Alliance in 2013, as well as managing the record keeping and files that the staff generates. Having had the opportunity to explore many wonderful places, Sarah finds working for NLT a refreshing change from the banking sector, if only for the amazing scenery!  When not knee deep in Land Trust files or laundry, Sarah enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two beautiful daughters, adventuring outdoors and experiencing nature.

Alex Hoeft, Initiatives Coordinator

Alex joined Nevada Land Trust as an AmeriCorps intern, managing the communication of the One Truckee River Initiative. She became an official NLT staff member in February 2016 after receiving her Master’s degree in digital new media from the University of Nevada, Reno. Much of Alex’s experience is spread across the communications world, with familiarity in journalism, marketing, design, video, audio, photography, and social media. Alex is a big sports fan (go S.F. Giants!), bigger bookworm, and biggest animal lover.

Alex is from the southern half of Nevada (Las Vegas), and received a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Lynda Nelson, Natural Resources Specialist

Lynda joined the Nevada Land Trust in January 2012 after nearly 21 years with Washoe County Regional Parks & Open Space working in natural resource management, fire restoration, weed management and open space acquisition.  Lynda has been working primarily on post-fire restoration on the Caughlin Fire and the Washoe Fire, but has also been working as a botanist/biologist on several local projects in the Truckee Meadows/Lake Tahoe area.  She was the recipient of the Golden Pine Cone Award for Conservation, served as the chairman of the Washoe County Quality of Life Task Force, has taught wildflower and plant taxonomy classes for TMCC , UNR and other agencies and loves being back in the field and accomplishing on the ground restoration work!

She received a Bachelor of Science in Plant, Soil and Water Science from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1980 and a Master of Science in Range Management/Plant Ecology from UNR in 1988.  She loves hiking, photography, botanizing, travel and spending time with friends and family.

Marsha Cardinal, GIS Specialist

Marsha joined the Nevada Land Trust as the GIS Coordinator, after retiring from 15 years in Washoe County’s GIS program. Previously, she has mapped trees for the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Truckee River water rights for the State of Nevada. As an archeologist for 10 years, she mapped cultural resources for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, as well as numerous other sites throughout the Great Basin. 

She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1988. Born in San Francisco, but transplanted as a young sprout to northern Nevada, she enjoys birding, botanizing & photographing around the Great Basin, as well as gardening in our rigorous climate.




Karen Ross, Chair
Karen Mullen-Ehly, Vice Chair
Harry Parsons, Treasurer
Brian Bonnenfant, Secretary





Devere Dressler

Candace Evart 
Tina Nappe

Holly Pecetti

Trent Schmidt

Reed Simmons

Jane Tors


 Advisory Board


Nazir Ansari
Stephen Ascuaga
Alice Baldrica
Chris Barrett
David Bobzien
Jack Byrom
Jean Carbon
Joe Crowley
Stacey Crowley

Darrel Cruz
Frankie Sue Del Papa
Craig Etem 

Ginnie Kersey

Jim Greil

John Hester

Steve James

Deborah Lassiter

Debbie Leonard

John McLain

Alan Means
Tina Miller

Willie Molini
David E. Moore
Ron Parsons

Katy Simon Holland

Caryn Swobe
William Thornton
Jack Trainor
Sue Wagner
Bill Watson

Don Wilkerson
Bradley E. Woodring
Gregg Zive