Derek joined the C.R.E.W. team in 2021 after 11 years at Ventura Land Trust, 5 years at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) and five prior years of environmental consulting and field biology work. Along with volunteering for various non-profit environmental groups, Derek earned a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from CSU-Fullerton and a B.A. in Music Composition (with significant environmental coursework) from UCSB. At OVLC, he managed a variety of wetland restoration projects in the upper Ventura River watershed and at the Ventura Land Trust’s he assisted in efforts to preserve and improve wildlife habitat and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Ventura. Along with spending time with his wife and kids, Derek enjoys music, wildlife and hiking.
Todd grew up in the Ojai Valley and is a former Transportation Manager with over 25 years of logistics experience managing fleet trucking and distribution operations. Todd’s office experience involves project management, personnel, coaching, operations, budgeting, and regulatory compliance. Todd joined the C.R.E.W Team in June of 2015 and holds a BS in Business Management from Cal-Poly Pomona.
Brian joined The C.R.E.W. in 2017 and has been an excellent leader for the field teams in every type of project. Brian holds degrees in developmental psychology, natural science, and holistic health. As a veteran of the US Marine Corps, Brian has received extensive leadership training and experience, and has avidly pursued advanced skills in trail building and native habitat restoration.
Victor joined The C.R.E.W. in 2019 and has been a valuable resource on fire prevention, trail building, and habitat restoration projects. Victor holds a degree in theology and has previously worked with National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and the CA Conservation Corps. He has received extensive operational leadership training and holds a key role in training the next generation of outdoor leaders.
Community Development Director
Caryn is a long-time nonprofit leader and former Executive Director of The C.R.E.W. (2018-2019). In 1997, Caryn founded the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation, which she led for a decade. For another decade, Caryn was a staff leader at TreePeople, a Los Angeles-based community forestry organization. Currently a consultant and Senior Facilitator with the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, Caryn has a MS in Organizational Leadership from Manhattan College and a BA in Literature from UCSB’s College of Creative Studies.
Tara graduated from CSU Channel Islands with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and Resource Management. She is passionate about environmental restoration and education. She has experience working directly to develop programs for teens and young adults as a Program Assistant at the Boys and Girls Club and later as a Residential Advisor at CSU Channel Islands. She is very excited to be a part of the Green Valley Project and is ready to help develop the future leaders of the Ojai community!
Grant & Project Coordinator
Kat is a recent graduate of CSU Channel Islands with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Resource Management. She joins The C.R.E.W. with a background in Landscape Architecture/Restoration and Avian Biology, working on projects such as the LA River Revitalization, Baldwin Hills Restoration, Inland Empire Landscape Beautification, LA Rain Gardens, the Youth Development Program “Generation Water.” More recently she has been a biologist with the Shorebird Recovery Program at Ventura Audubon working with threatened and endangered shorebirds. She is passionate about habitat restoration and wildlife conservation. Kat is excited to join The C.R.E.W. and help expand a diverse and prosperous program where young adults gain career experience in the fast-growing green collar job industry.
The C.R.E.W. provides employment and leadership training to teens and young adults through hands-on environmental work. Since 1991, C.R.E.W. members work year-round to maintain trails, restore habitats, and reduce the risk of wildfire, while building skills and developing relationships that last a lifetime.