Jennifer joined The CREW in 2019 after serving over ten years as director of wilderness-based residential camps for children, teens, and young adults. Her lifelong commitment to experiential education and environmental stewardship has found a home among the staff and community of The CREW. Jennifer earned an MA in Global Studies & Nonprofit Leadership at UC Santa Barbara, and a BA in Global Studies from Long Island University.
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.
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.
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.
BILLI RAY ORTEGA
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.