Staff & Board

Joshua Tree Headquarters & Native Plant Restoration Nursery

Center for Conservation Initiatives

60124 29 Palms Hwy
PO Box 1544
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Phone: (760) 366-5440
Fax: (888) 869-4981

Map & Directions

MDLT Staff

Executive Team

Rich Weideman
Interim Executive Director

Frazier Haney
Director of Land Conservation

Jacqueline Guevara
Director of Public Engagement

Madena Asbell
Director of Plant Conservation Programs

Kayla Lawrence
Director of Operations

Jessica Dacey
Director of Communications

Acquisition Team

Allyson Lavender
Acquisitions Manager

Chatel McKettrick
Acquisitions Coordinator

Lidia Campa
Lands Operations Assistant

Stewardship Team

Peter Satin
Land Stewardship Supervisor

Patrick Wiener
Land Stewardship Coordinator

Emmalyn Snead
Land Steward

Tommy Heider
Land Steward

Nursery Team

Dan Burns
Nursery & Seed Bank Supervisor

Marinna Wagner
Nursery & Seed Bank Technician

Ashley Coon
Nursery & Seed Bank Technician

Outreach Team

Adam Henne
Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

Usha Little
Public Engagement Admin. Assistant

Communications Team

Stephanie Shepard
Public Policy Coordinator

Operations & Development Team

Lesley Nuno Hughes
Development Supervisor

Brandy Dyess
Development Coordinator

Mariah Simpson
Operations Assistant

Finance Team

Ernesto Frias
Business Manager

If you would like to be a part of our team, please see below for our open positions:

We do not have any job openings at the moment. Please come back again later.

Board of Directors

John Simpson
Founding member of MDLT, real estate executive

Michael Avila
Vice President of Development for the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center

Geary Hund
National Resources Manager and Biological Scientist of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Buford Crites
Former Mayor of Palm Desert, Professor Emeritus in Communications at College of the Desert

Robyn Helmlinger
Attorney with Squire Patton Boggs

Kelly Herbinson
Desert tortoise conservation researcher and author

Bonnie Kopp
Former Deputy Director of Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

Jane Smith
Founding MDLT Board member, Owner of the 29 Palms Inn