• Jill Demers

    Executive Director
    707-442-6058 x 5

    Jill is the Executive Director and has over 15 years of executive leadership experience in both the governmental and nonprofit sectors. She holds an M.S. in Natural Resources/ Wildlife from Humboldt State University and a B.A. in Biology from Colby College. Ms. Demers has extensive experience managing publicly-funded wetland restoration planning and implementation projects and building lasting collaborative relationships with partnerers, resource agencies, funders, and the community.

  • Curtis Ihle

    Assistant Executive Director

    Curtis is the Assistant Executive Director and has dedicated over thirty years of service to our community at HCRCD. He has decades of experience working with a variety of landowners and agency representatives in designing, implementing, evaluating, and reporting on a wide variety of water quality improvement, fisheries, watershed restoration, and resource conservation projects. Mr. Ihle excels at building cooperative relationships with Humboldt County landowners to identify resource problems and develop solutions.

  • Anita Hipp

    Office Manager

    Anita has been the Office Manager since 2020. She has 3 years of experience in governmental accounting related to Special Districts and currently manages the financial accounting of federal, state, and local grants and contracts. Additionally, she enjoys supporting the organization’s staff and programs.

  • Doreen Hansen

    Program Manager (Watershed Restoration)

    Doreen is the Program Manager for the Watershed Restoration program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of Science in Natural Resource Economics from UC Davis. She has dedicated herself to restoring and enhancing natural habitats across diverse landscapes, from the Sierra Mountains to the coastal regions of Humboldt. Her experience includes lecturing and conducting research as an associate researcher at Cal Poly Humboldt, focusing on the intersection of economics and natural resources. She has also dabbled in healthy soil practices and enjoys developing working partnerships within the environmental and conservation sectors.

  • Jake Taulbee

    Program Manager (Ag Enhancement)

    Jake is the Program Manager for the Agricultural Enhancement program. Jake began his career with Humboldt County RCD in February 2020 after working for Yolo County RCD and Solano County Water Agency. Jake received a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Ecological Restoration, from Humboldt State University in 2017. He is passionate about creating an ecologically and financially resilient agricultural community that can withstand unforeseen challenges in the short and long term. 

  • Katrina Henderson

    Program Manager (Forest Health)

    Katrina is the Program Manager in the Forest Health and Fire Resilience program. She holds a Bachelor of Science with a major in Environmental Science and a minor in Biology from the University of Oregon. She joined the Humboldt RCD in June 2023 after working in botany and forestry positions for the California State Parks, North Coast Redwoods District, and the Coastal San Luis RCD. She is passionate about implementing best practices for the stewardship of our resources and building local partnerships. In her free time, Katrina enjoys hiking, practicing yoga, spending time on the beach, and gardening.

  • Cessair McKinney

    Project Coordinator (Ag Enhancement)

    Cessair is a Project Coordinator for the Agricultural Enhancement program. She graduated from Cal Poly Humboldt with a major in Environmental Science and a concentration in ecological restoration. Prior to joining HCRCD, she worked for the Bureau of Land Management in Silt, Colorado. Cessair is a dedicated conservation planner, focusing on Carbon Farm and Soil Health Management Plans, and enjoys working as part of HCRCD’s collaborative team.

  • Alyssa Owen

    Project Coordinator (Watershed Restoration)

    Alyssa is a Project Coordinator in the Watershed Restoration program. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from UC Santa Cruz. She joined HCRCD in August of 2023 after spending over three years working for agencies performing wildlife surveys and local non-profit organizations conducting in-stream restoration on tributaries of the Eel River. She is passionate about helping improve habitats for wildlife while supporting the needs and livelihoods of our local communities.

  • Charlotte Favre

    Project Coordinator (Forest Health)

    Charlotte is a Project Coordinator in the Forest Health and Fire Resilience program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a minor in Forestry from the University of California Berkeley. She joined HCRCD in August 2023, and previously served as an AmeriCorps fellow in urban and rural communities of California, advancing environmental equity and community resilience to wildfire, drought, and other challenges of our changing landscapes and climate.

  • Katherine Rynearson

    Project Assistant (Forest Health)

    Katherine is a Project Assistant in the Forest Health and Fire Resilience program. She joined in June 2023 after graduating from Cal Poly Humboldt with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and a minor in Geographic Information Science. Growing up in Humboldt County, she spent much of her childhood exploring forests which led to a passion for understanding forest health and ways to develop fire-resilient forests and communities.