Staff

Maria Mircheva

Executive Director

Maria Mircheva has been the Executive Director of the Sugar Pine Foundation since July 2007. She first volunteered for the Sugar Pine Foundation during the 2006 field season, and took over the day to day operations of the organization after the Angora Fire in 2007.
Maria holds a Masters in Environmental Science and Management, with a focus on Conservation Policy, from UC Santa Barbara. Her undergraduate degree is in Business Economics, and she worked as a business consultant in the Silicon Valley before discovering her passion for environmental work. Maria currently juggles the demands of being a mom with those of the organization and her need to play outside as much as possible!

Tressa Gibbard

Program Manager

Tressa Gibbard has been working for the Sugar Pine Foundation since January 2010 in the capacity of grant-writer, editor, design guru, events and planting organizer. Tressa holds a Bachelors degree from Penn State University, where she majored in Environmental Studies.
She has over a decade of experience working as a field biologist throughout California and many other western states. She was introduced to the Sugar Pine Foundation as a participant in the 2006 Tahoe-Baikal Institute Summer Environmental Exchange program, and was previously a seasonal volunteer with SPF. When she’s not saving the sugar pines, Tressa can generally be found playing in the mountains.

Tim Briggs

Web Designer

Tim started working with Sugar Pine Foundation through Catchafire in 2019 to redesign our website. Tim’s production company Arctos Productions specializes in creating compelling websites and visuals for research and non-profit organizations. Based on the East Coast, Tim works with Sugar Pine Foundation remotely and constantly wishes he was in Tahoe. Tim holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from Northeastern University.

Hugh Denno

Communications & Field Specialist

Hugh has worked seasonally with the Sugar Pine Foundation since 2009 as a social media guru, naturalist, filmmaker, and outdoor educator. He produced “The Seedling” and other short videos about our work. He fascinates adults and children alike when he talks about the natural world. Hugh holds B.A. degrees in Conservation Biology and Adventure Education from Prescott College.

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