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Alicia Reban, Co-Chief Executive Officer

Alicia Reban, Executive Director

Alicia Reban has served as Nevada Land Trust’s executive director since helping a group of committed volunteers create the organization in 1998. Alicia is passionate about NLT’s mission to protect the special places and open spaces for future generations and enjoys helping find common ground among stakeholders to advance shared goals. Alicia’s favorite color is either the cerulean blue of a clear Nevada sky or that amazing orange/purple that sometimes paints the clouds at sunset; her favorite smell is that of sagebrush after the rain. She is equally at home casting a fly into the Truckee River as she is working with landowners and NLT’s many partners to advance complex conservation projects. Alicia and her husband live with their two teens in the Reno area, and head outdoors any chance they get.

John Houk, Program & Logistics Manager

John started with NLT in 2019, after more than a decade of supporting NLT as a contributor and attending events such the Banff Film Festival and the beer hikes. He retired from Nevada Division of Forestry in 2007, where his last position was Program Coordinator for the Forest Stewardship and Forest Legacy programs. As part of his retirement, he continues to work in logistical support in the management of emergency incidents such as wild land fires and floods. His most interesting assignment was as Logistics Section Chief on the Kilauea Volcano eruption in Hawaii in 2018. John has his BS in Forest Management and his Masters in Business Administration, both from Oregon State University. You can frequently find him on the golf course, but he’s always ready to go on a hike.

Kim Pezonella, Finance Manager

Kim came to NLT with nearly 20 years of experience working in the non-profit world. She last served as Associate Director of Trinity Services, Inc. A self-proclaimed Excel nerd, Kim loves the logic of numbers and math and then making those numbers make sense to other people. Kim was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Reno with her husband in 1998 to start a family. Most of the time when not at work Kim can be found watching her 2 sons play baseball, a lot of it. When not at the field Kim enjoys camping, hiking, running, snowboarding, and chilling by the backyard firepit listening to country music. Kim Graduated with a BA in Sociology from California Lutheran University and a MA in Social Science from Pacific Lutheran University.

Melissa Reed, Communications & Development Manager

Melissa, a native Nevadan who considers herself lucky to call the Truckee Meadows home, joined NLT in 2019. She has a BA in Political Science from UNLV and has worked in the corporate and nonprofit sectors in various marketing and communications roles. Melissa loves spending time with her friends and family as well as yoga, running, and reading. She enjoys all that northern Nevada has to offer, from the great outdoors and restaurants to concerts and farmers markets.

Renee Aldrich, Conservation & Stewardship Manager

Renee joined the Nevada Land Trust team in the summer of 2018 as the Conservation and Stewardship Coordinator. Over the years, she has worked in and for Nevada's public lands in a variety of capacities. Having grown up exploring and enjoying the wild places and open spaces Nevada provides, she's excited to bring her experience to NLT. In her spare time, Renee loves working on the family ranch and spending time outdoors with her husband and dogs. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in Conservation Biology.

Sarah McNeal, Operations and Accreditation Coordinator

Sarah McNeal, Accreditation & Compliance Manager

Sarah is Nevada Land Trust’s Accreditation & Compliance Manager. She joined the group in November 2008 after a 10-year career in Banking and Finance. She works diligently to help the organization maintain its accreditation status with the National Land Trust Alliance. 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.




Brian Bonnenfant, Chair
Devere Dressler, Vice Chair
Harry Parsons, Treasurer
Holly Pecetti, Secretary





Candace Evart 

Jane Tors

Karen Mullen-Ehly

Karen Ross

Kathy Carter

Kevin Pick

Reed Simmons

Tina Nappe



 Advisory Board


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

Trent Schmidt

Katy Simon Holland

Caryn Swobe
William Thornton
Jack Trainor
Sue Wagner
Bill Watson

Don Wilkerson
Bradley E. Woodring
Gregg Zive