Curtis Knight, Executive Director
Curtis has worked for CalTrout since 2000. His passion for all things water led him to pursue a masters degree in Fisheries from Utah State University. His first job out of graduate school was with the The Nature Conservancy living and working at the McCloud River Preserve where in between hatches he successfully finished his thesis. When he is not canvasing California for CalTrout, he lives in Mt. Shasta with his wife Amy and their two daughters lovely daughters Greta and Isabel.
Darren has a Masters Degree in Fisheries Biology from Humboldt State University and joined CalTrout in 2011. Before joining the organization, Mierau worked on numerous North Coast projects as a local watershed restoration scientist with McBain and Trush, Inc. Darren is currently directing, among other projects, the Eel River Recovery Keystone Initiative, the organization’s largest endeavor to date. He lives in Arcata with his wife and two sons.
Andrew oversees conservation programs focused on recovering mid-Klamath Basin salmon and steelhead, protecting volcanic aquifers and spring water sources, and restoring northern California legacy wild trout waters. He holds an M.A. degree in International Management and Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies where he focused his graduate work on building effective nonprofit organizations and designing viable conservation strategies that serve fish, water, and people. Andrew spends his free time listening to hillbilly music, daydreaming about winter steelhead, and admiring his two baby daughters.
Jacob Katz, Ph.D., Central CA Program Director
Jacob was born with gills. Fascinated with what happened below the water line he grew up chasing fish in every creek, puddle, river and pond he could find. Jacob earned his Ph.D. in ecology at the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences with Dr. Peter Moyle. He directs CalTrout’s Central California region where his work focuses on redesigning California’s antiquated water infrastructure. Jacob lives in
Dr. Mark Drew has worked for California Trout since 2007. In his capacity as Regional Director, Mark leads a portfolio of
programs and projects that center on restoring critical habitats for native trout in a manner that also addresses the
needs of domestic water supplies downstream. Mark holds a B.S. in Forestry and Natural Resources Management from CalPoly, a M.A. in International Development Policy from Stanford and a Ph.D. in Forest Resources and Conservation from the Univ. of Florida. Mark lives in Mammoth Lakes, has two kids and loves long-open water swimming!
Sandra Jacobson, Ph.D., Coalition Coordinator
Sandra has been with CalTrout since 2014 working with the South Coast Steelhead Coalition participants to recover endangered steelhead and restore their habitat in Southern California. With a doctorate in genetics and a penchant toward science-based conservation, she brings to this conservation effort a background in experimental and applied biology, strategic planning and project management in academics and industrial R&D.
Mary Burke, North Coast Project Manager
Mary is the North Coast project manager for projects on the Eel River, Mad River and Prairie Creek. In addition, Mary coordinates the CalTrout-organized Eel River Forum, a group formed to promote salmonid and ecosystem recovery of the Eel River. Ms. Burke has a M.S. degree from Humboldt State University where she gained experience and interest in freshwater and tidal wetland function for water quality and habitat benefits.
Central Office Staff
Executive Director: Curtis Knight, firstname.lastname@example.org
Finance & Administration Director: Alan Roesberry, email@example.com
Advancement Director: Julie Seelen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Institutional Giving Director: Gaby Roff, email@example.com
Grants Manager: Melissa Racklyeft, firstname.lastname@example.org
Grants Finance Coordinator: Patrick Samuel, email@example.com
Membership Manager: Tony Van Houten, firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications Manager: Tracey Diaz, email@example.com
Outreach Coordinator: Mike Wier, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fly Fishing Ambassador: Craig Ballenger, email@example.com