Deborah Lindsay (she/her/s)
Deborah grew up in Canada and spent hours making terrariums with found mosses and newts in creeks around her childhood home developing a deep curiosity and love for the natural world. She moved to California after high school where tide pools and estuaries became her new love with their hidden mysteries and unique tidal zone relationships. Always the agent of positive change, Deborah became a champion for multiple causes; from sea life conservation to worker rights. Her undergrad from New College of California was in Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Community led her to co-found a nonprofit called Communities for a Sustainable Monterey County, designed to function as a unit throughout the County of Monterey to move environmental and social causes forward via collective citizen action and government partnership. She also hosted a daily talk radio program, Tomorrow Matters, teaching “solutions for today for a better world tomorrow”, and ran a green and carbon-neutral election campaign for her successful bid for a city council position in Pacific Grove, CA. Later, while working on her MBA in Sustainable Management she became the Administrative Director of the Santa Cruz Waldorf School, she found a place for creating positive environments for young people to develop themselves and care for the Earth. Most recently, Deborah has been working with mission-driven startups, nonprofits, and small businesses to ensure operational success for organizations with ideas worth advancing such as Clean Oceans International and TerraNova Ecological Landscape. Deborah is delighted to bring all of her keen business acumen and devotedness to a world worth growing up in, to Environmental Volunteers. She has an open-door policy and invites the community to drop in, get involved, and spread the joy of the natural world to others.
Toby Goldberg (she/her/s)
Director of Programs and Partnerships
Toby has been working in the field of Environmental Education for almost 20 years, but her pathway to that career field has been circuitous and varied. Originally planning a career in either Veterinary Medicine or Conservation Ecology Research, Toby quickly discovered that she is a nature-nerd people-person who can’t stomach blood. Hailing from the Boston area, Toby came out to California to attend Stanford University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Spending a couple of years doing research overseas in Chile and Israel helped her connect with many different cultures and languages, but she returned to California to get her Master’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from UC Santa Barbara. Returning to the Bay Area in 2006, Toby worked for the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society in their Education Department for about 10 years before joining the EV team in 2016. Interspersing her love of nature with her love of music, Toby spends her free time hiking, kayaking, and singing with a local choir.
Francine Davis (she/her/s)
Director of Education and Volunteer Experience
Francine Davis is the Volunteer Experience Manager at Environmental Volunteers. In this role, Francine oversees the volunteer program including volunteer training and outreach, facilitating volunteer enrichments, and supporting new education initiatives. Previously, Francine was an Environmental Education Specialist at Walden West Outdoor School where she focused on nature-based social and emotional learning and innovative ways to make outdoor learning accessible, inclusive, and safe for all. Through her multiple leadership roles, Francine brings a diverse array of skills to the position including project management, process excellence, and monitoring. Francine is passionate about racial justice and equity in the outdoors, fostered by her work with environmental and education-based non-profits, The Student Conservation Association, Lawrence Hall of Science and Justice Outside, with whom she serves as a board member.
Francine was born and raised in Cleveland, OH, homeland of the Erie people. She received a BS from John Carroll University in Biology, and a MS from the University of South Carolina in Environmental Health Studies. She currently lives in Santa Clara, homeland of the Muwekma Ohlone people, where she enjoys hiking, local gastronomy, and performing arts.
Kendall Post (she/her/s)
National Director of Sprout Up
Kendall is passionate about inspiring and igniting the next generation of environmental problem solvers and nature lovers. Her first formal introduction to being an environmental educator was through the Sprout Up chapter at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she volunteered as a classroom lead instructor and worked on the education team to refresh the chapter’s curriculum. Since graduating from UCSB in 2019 with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Elementary Math and Science Education, Kendall has spent the last several years mentoring college students and developing environmental education programs for the non-profit organizations Acterra and Gravity Water. She loves exploring new trails and outdoor spaces around the Bay Area, finding secondhand treasures at thrift stores, and tending to her houseplant and succulent collection.
Christine Zack (she/her/s)
Education Operations Manager
Christine joined the Environmental Volunteers team in 2017. She has a degree in biological anthropology from UC San Diego and masters in Biology where she studied communication among polar bears. Christine, worked in research for nine years at the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research specializing in the reintroduction and translocation of endangered species such as the San Clemente loggerhead shrike, burrowing owl, Stephens’ kangaroo rat, and the Los Angeles pocket mouse. She flirted with a career in environmental education since the start, working for the San Diego Natural History Museum and teaching ecology at the Elementary Institute of Science but it wasn’t until she relocated to the bay area that it took hold. Since then she has worked for the education departments of Santa Clara County Open Space Authority and Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. Christine, is passionate about working with volunteers and is an active volunteer herself for SFBBO and several community science projects. In 2016, she became a California naturalist which was an excellent way to combine her interests in ecology, birding, reading, gardening, volunteering, and community science.
Sierra Helmann (she/her/s)
Science Communication and Grants Coordinator
Ella Wong (she/her/s)
Ella graduated in 2022 with a bachelors in Astrophysics from UCLA. During her time in college, she was part of Liberty in North Korea, a nonprofit helping refugees settle in new countries after their escape, as the Operations Director. She made her way to us through her interest in sustainability and environmental science; she was a part of the Green Energy program in high school. She wants to inspire young women like her to continue pursuing their dreams in STEM no matter how difficult the field becomes. During her free time, she likes to dance, swim, and read.
Molly Curtis (she/her/s)
Education Program Coordinator
Molly grew up in Oregon playing in the fields and forest behind her house. Always an idealist, Molly decided she would “save the world” through policy and earned her J.D. and M.P.A. at Syracuse University. Molly has worked in environmental policy positions for several government entities, but has found the most fulfillment working as a volunteer in the classroom. She is excited to be able to merge her passion for the environment with her desire to provide impactful learning experiences. You will often find Molly cheering at a sports event, playing in her garden or watching for whales.
Katarina Pittis (they/she)
Sprout Up Director of Chapter Operations and Community
Katarina’s passion for environmental education started when she was a 1st grader and a youth organization visited her classroom to talk about water conservation. She grew up in the countryside of Santa Fe, New Mexico and this piqued her interest in how droughts impacted her local environment. This classroom experience stuck with her, so she joined Sprout Up in 2015 as a lead instructor, with the hope that she could also inspire children. She graduated from NYU with a degree in Film and Television and continues to use her passion for storytelling to highlight environmental issues. In addition to her work with Sprout Up, she is a photographer and filmmaker and has worked on a variety of short documentaries about water pollution, wildlife conservation, and environmental justice. In her spare time, Katarina likes to hike and spend time with her cats.
Jahmal White (he/him/his)
Foothills Outreach Associate
Jahmal White was born and raised in the Bay Area. He earned his Bachelor Degree of Science in Human Services at Notre Dame University in Belmont CA. And later earned his NOAA certification as a Farallone Naturalist at the Greater Farallone Association in San Francisco CA. Jahmal became connected with the EV center in the spring of 2019, as an EV volunteer to learn more about nature and the environmental field and was later hired as part-time staff in the fall of 2020. He became the EV Foothills Outreach Associate in 2021. Jahmal currently works for the San Bruno Park School District as a school district behaviorist with children with autism and special needs and also speaks ASL. His hobbies are spending most of his time outdoors, watching old movies, spending time on the coast to go bird watching, the beach, drawing art sketches, reading, and listening to classical, folk, country, jazz, and R&B.