Joshua Tree Headquarters & Native Plant Nursery

Center for Conservation Initiatives

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

Map & Directions

MDLT Staff

Executive Team

Danielle Segura
Executive Director

Frazier Haney
Conservation Director

Jacqueline Guevara
Director of Education & Public Engagement

Madena Asbell
Nursery & Seed Bank Manager

Acquisition Team

Allyson Lavender
Acquisitions Manager

Chatel McKettrick
Acquisitions Coordinator

Savannah Anthony
Lands Administrative Assistant

Stewardship Team

Peter Satin
Lands Stewardship Supervisor

Patrick Wiener
Lands Stewardship Assistant

Yanina Aldao
Lands Stewardship Assistant

Nursery Team

Dan Burns
Nursery Assistant

Marinna Wagner
Nursery Assistant

Outreach Team

Lesley Nuno Hughes
Outreach Supervisor

Adam Henne
Volunteer Coordinator

Brandy Dyess
Fundraising and Donor Relations

Communications Team

Jessica Dacey
Communications Supervisor

Samantha Schipani
Media Coordinator

Mariah Simpson
Events and Communications Administrative Assistant

Operations Team

Kayla Lawrence
Operations Manager

Finance & Grants Team

Ernesto Frias
Finance Manager

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

Business and Grant Associate
Joshua Tree, CA 92252  |  Full-time  |  Salary: $17.00 /hour

Board of Directors

Bob Zimmerman
Desert advocate, former attorney

Kelly Herbinson
Vice President
Desert tortoise conservation researcher and author

John Simpson
Treasurer and founding member of MDLT
Real estate executive

Bonnie Kopp
Former Deputy Director of Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

David Carpenter
Senior Director of Development at Scripps College

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

Owen Gillick
USMC, Retired

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

Robyn Helmlinger
Attorney with Squire Patton Boggs

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