Steve Morgan, CEO, President
The founder and current chairman of Wildlands, Mr. Morgan is responsible for executive oversight of all corporate activities to ensure they continually measure up to the original mission of the company — to provide free market solutions that enable lasting environmental impacts. Steve’s prior business experience includes real estate acquisition, finance, and entrepreneurial investing, but the inspiration for California’s first for-profit mitigation bank came in 1989 as he searched for a way to prevent a major freeway from decimating his favorite hunting spot. In just five years, Mr. Morgan and his partner had formed the business plan and also laid the regulatory groundwork for what would ultimately standardize the industry.
Mark Heintz, COO, General Counsel
Mr. Heintz is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Wildlands and is responsible for the company's operations and legal matters. He practices law in California and has a multitude of experience in environmental and land use issues; with a particular proficiency for ESA, CWA, CEQA, NEPA, and CERCLA projects. Mark holds law degrees and diplomas from the Inns of Court School of Law, the City University London, and the University of Liverpool. He is a Barrister-at-Law and a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn in London, England. Mr. Heintz's undergraduate studies were focused on Zoology and the Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary.
Dan Kominek, Vice President of Land Management
Mr. Kominek oversees habitat stewardship, agricultural production and tenant relations for over 25,000 acres of protected open space. Dan came to Wildlands in 2004 from his position as Animal Resource Manager for the University of California at Davis where he was responsible for all aspects of the school’s comprehensive animal care program.
Sherrie R. Aland, Corporate Counsel
Ms. Aland brings more than 20 years of experience in real estate, land use and natural resource law to the Wildlands team. Sherrie manages the company's day-to-day transactional and operational legal matters. Prior to joining Wildlands, she acted as an outside counsel for the company, providing advice on complex land use and real estate transactions. Ms. Aland is a member of the Environmental and Real Estate Sections of the Sacramento County Bar Association and the Real Property Section of the State Bar of California; as well as a member of the Building Industry Association of Superior California, the Urban Land Institute and the American Planning Association. Sherrie is a graduate of McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific and received a B.A. in Government from California State University Sacramento.
Kathy Daniel, Executive Vice President
With 24 years of experience in the legal industry, Ms. Daniel has spent the last nine years in the legal department at Wildlands where she’s worked side by side with the chief executive managers. As Executive Vice President, Kathy continues to oversee all corporate matters as well as working with the management team to help focus the executives, and ensure the talented team of employees receive the support and direction they need to reach their shared company goals. Prior to joining Wildlands in 2004, Ms. Daniel expanded her experience to include managing the operations department of one of the fastest growing, top rated publishing companies on the West Coast.
Brian Monaghan, Senior Vice President
Mr. Monaghan's duties include mitigation credit sales, new market analysis and project development. Brian joined the Wildlands team in 2006, bringing over 12 years of experience working for other mitigation banking firms, as well as investment groups focused on environmentally-sensitive properties. He is a licensed California Real Estate Broker.
Larry Pieper, Vice President of Operations
Mr. Pieper has over 30 years of senior management experience overseeing company sales and operations. Larry has been directing operations at Wildlands for the past twelve years. As Vice President of Operations, he is responsible for coordinating all aspects of Wildlands’ projects. Prior to joining the Wildlands team in 2004, Larry spent over 20 years in the electronic manufacturing industry where he co-founded several companies; the largest growing from one facility with 30 employees, to over 4,500 employees in multiple manufacturing facilities located in five countries worldwide.
Karen Mayfield, Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Mayfield oversees all aspects of financial control for Wildlands. She provides financial and strategic support, monthly account management, budget forecasts, and internal financial statements and income tax accounting. Karen joined the Wildlands team in 2012, bringing more than nine years of CPA experience with an emphasis on complex tax planning and compliance of partnerships, single member LLCs, and corporations.
Bill Roper, Director of Biological Services
As Director of Biological Services, Mr. Roper oversees the Wildlands Biology Department and is responsible for all of the biological evaluations of potential properties. Bill has more than 20 years of personal and professional experience and garnered his expertise from working with various mitigation and conservation banks in California, Oregon, and Washington.
Jacob Robinson, Senior Biologist
Mr. Robinson oversees Wildlands biological monitoring and reporting requirements to maintain compliance with approved management and monitoring plans. He has 13 years of experience in the biological management field.
Greg Lohse, Associate Biologist/Compliance Manager
Mr. Lohse helps to manage and monitor all mitigation projects for Wildlands. Greg brings nine years of experience in biological monitoring and habitat management to the biology team.
Kevin Nay, Associate Biologist
Mr. Nay is a monitoring master for the Wildlands team, with a primary focus on endangered species. In addition to bringing four years of expertise in biological survey, Kevin also enjoys planting trees and collecting insects.
Jeff Novak, Director of Design Build
Mr. Novak leads the design and construction of habitat restoration projects. He guides the design-build team through each phase of project implementation, including site assessments, conceptual planning, the creation of construction drawings, bidding, and construction management. Jeff is a licensed, professional engineer and a licensed landscape architect with 16 years of experience in developing and implementing habitat restoration plans.
Neil Dhawan, GIS Manager
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
With 13 years of experience in GIS, Mr. Dhawan now oversees the Wildlands GIS department. Neil assists in the acquisition, management and analyzation of spatial data for the identification and assessment of potential restoration and conservation sites.
Galib Ahmad, GIS Analyst
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Mr. Ahmad joined the Wildlands team in 2010 and provides GIS support for various departments. Galib helps the team determine the quality of potential sites by creating maps, performing site analysis, and assessing and evaluating suitability for all clients.
Becky Amos, Land Acquisition Manager
Ms. Amos brought her background in animal science to the Wildlands team in 2002. Shortly after, her role expanded into the land acquisition department. Today, Becky manages and coordinates the majority of the land escrows from contracts to closing. She also works to identify new and suitable land opportunities, assists to negotiate new leads, and performs due diligence in support of acquisition efforts.
Julie Maddox, Inside Sales Manager
Sales & Marketing
With 20 years of experience in customer service and inside sales, Ms. Maddox is responsible for providing the highest quality of customer service to clients, assisting with company marketing efforts, coordinating mitigation credit sales, and reporting all sales transactions. Julie brings an unparalleled knowledge of bank inventory tracking to meet regulatory agency requirements and is an essential asset to the Wildlands team.
Cindy Tambini, Director of Planning
Ms. Tambini oversees the Wildlands planning team in guiding mitigation projects through the required entitlement and permitting processes. Cindy works hard to help these teams place an emphasis on ensuring high-quality ecological mitigation and regulatory compliance. Ms. Tambini has 18 years of experience in ecological permitting and compliance.
Mahala Guggino, Senior Restoration Planner/Botanist
Ms. Guggino manages mitigation and conservation projects in the Pacific Northwest and throughout California. She has 16 years of experience in ecological restoration, regulatory permitting, and botanical surveys. Mahala is the Education Chair of the El Dorado Chapter California Native Plant Society and a member of the California Society for Ecological Restoration.
Kim Fettke, Associate Conservation Planner/Biologist
Ms. Fettke oversees restoration and conservation projects through the design, approval, and permitting processes. Kim is able to effectively manage Wildlands’ projects by using the best available science, progressive goals and standards, and an efficient, common sense approach. She has 16 years of experience in restoration ecology and natural resource planning.
Laurie Coghe, Senior Staff Accountant
Accounting & Office Staff
Ms. Coghe brings more than 28 years of accounting experience in residential and commercial construction to the Wildlands team. Laurie lends her expertise in accounting to facilitate learning opportunities for the accounting team, while simultaneously providing full-cycle project accounting, and project cost and variance analysis. Laurie is an integral part of payroll procedures, including working cooperatively with all employees and upper management.
Jennifer Christian, Staff Accountant
Accounting & Office Staff
With her 13 years of experience, Ms. Christian provides support to the full accounting department, including maintaining cash requirements on multiple accounts, maintaining vendor accounts, monthly financial reporting, as well as maintaining communication with the Wildlands team to create an optimal environment for successful project management.
Julia Hubbs, Administrative Assistant
Accounting & Office Staff
Ms. Hubbs joined Wildlands in 2016 to provide administrative support to their California, Oregon, and Washington offices. Along with being the face and voice of the company, Julia works with each department in order to assist with tasks ranging from the formatting and printing of project submittals to managing outside consultant contracts.
Ray Zucker, Director of Land Management
As Director of Land Management, Mr. Zucker oversees the Land Management department and is responsible for all maintenance and construction of properties. As a veteran with 8 years of service in the U.S. Army and almost 20 years in the construction industry, Mr. Zucker specializes in project planning, logistics and construction management.
Bart Cremers, Livestock and Certified Rangeland Manager
With more than 16 years of experience in range management and the livestock industry, Mr. Cremers oversees the day-to-day management of the cattle herd. As a California Certified Rangeland Manager, Bart is responsible for the rangeland management and monitoring, as well as outside consulting, to ensure livestock grazing is meeting the habitat goals.
Patrick Stephens, Habitat Supervisor
Keith Brown, Restoration Specialist
Rogelio Alcaraz-Chavez, Field Steward
Felix Rodriguez, Field Steward
Fidel Rodriguez, Field Steward
Jonathan Seefeldt, Field Steward
Julie Mentzer, Director of Environmental Operations
In her seven years with Wildlands, Ms. Mentzer has managed numerous large-scale restoration projects in California, Washington and Oregon. Her most notable projects include Blue Heron Slough Conservation Bank, the first conservation bank in Washington; and Hylebos Creek Estuarine Restoration Project, the first private-public project developed to offset Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) settlements. During her three years managing Wildlands' Portland office, Julie’s duties include obtaining the necessary federal, state, and local permits for projects in the Pacific Northwest and working cooperatively with the Portland Harbor Trustee Council on restoration projects to offset Natural Resource Damages within the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.
Natasha Henderson, Senior Conservation Planner
Ms. Henderson joined the Wildlands team in 2005 and has led the permitting and entitlements of numerous restoration projects in California, Oregon, and Washington. Natasha earned her degree in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and brings more than 10 years of experience in ecological permitting, restoration planning, and project management.
Claire Sharif, Sales & Marketing Associate
Sales & Marketing
As a recent graduate from the University of California, Davis with a background in Graphic, Web and Product development, Ms. Sharif has 2+ years' experience in both Real Estate Marketing and Technical Sales. Joining the Wildlands team, she will be maintaining marketing material design, social media management, assisting with the sales support on client inquiries and working on monthly inventory ledgers. Claire also enjoys hiking and photography.