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 has been working for the Sugar Pine Foundation since January 2010 in the capacity of grant-writer, editor, design guru, outreach and fundraising 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.
Keith is an Oakland, CA native who attended Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC). Keith began working for the Sugar Pine Foundation as an LTCC intern in September 2017 and has remained on board since. He helps publish the newsletter, mails orders from the website store, leads plantings, helps with cone collections and tables at events. Keith also guides for the Gateway Mountain Center because he loves to get urban youth excited about nature by leading them on educational excursions throughout the Tahoe area.
Edric joined the Sugar Pine Foundation in April, 2018 out of his pure love of nature. He has a background in tree trimming and is excellent at caring for plants and trees. Edric helps conduct plantings, cone collections and events. Outside of work, he is a master snowboarder, wake boarder and fly fisherman.