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

Madena Asbell
Director of Plant Conservation Programs

Kayla Lawrence
Director of Operations

Jessica Dacey
Director of Communications

Michael Mora
Director of Outreach & Volunteer Services

Acquisition Team

Allyson Lavender
Acquisitions Manager

Chatel McKettrick
Acquisitions Coordinator

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

Communications Team

Stephanie Shepard
Public Policy Coordinator

Operations & Development Team

Lesley Nuno Hughes
Development Supervisor

Brandy Dyess
Development Coordinator

Mariah Simpson
Operations Assistant

Lidia Campa
Lands Operations Assistant

Outreach & Volunteer Team

Adam Henne
Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

Cindy Holland
Public Engagement Coordinator

Finance Team

Ernesto Frias
Business Manager

Dayanna Watts
Accounts Payable Clerk

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

Career Page

Board of Directors

John Simpson
Founding member of MDLT, real estate executive

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

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

Gwen Barker
Rimrock Ranch Owner and marketing extraordinaire

Peter Brooks
Former marine, water industry executive, and defense writer

Jon Christensen
Professor of history and digital humanities at UCLA, journalist, and communications expert

Robyn Helmlinger
Attorney with Squire Patton Boggs

Kelly Herbinson
Desert tortoise conservation researcher and author

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