DEREK POULTNEY, Executive Director, joined the Land Trust in February 2010 after 5 years at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) and five prior years of environmental consulting and field biology work. Along with volunteering for various non-profit environmental groups, Derek earned a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from CSU-Fullerton and a B.A. in Music Composition (with significant environmental coursework) from UCSB. At OVLC, he managed a variety of wetland restoration projects in the upper Ventura River watershed and now leads the Ventura Land Trust's efforts to preserve and improve wildlife habitat and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Ventura. Along with spending time with his wife and kids, Derek enjoys music, wildlife and hiking. Get in touch with him at: email@example.com
ANNETTE BALDWIN, Deputy Director, joined the Land Trust in July, 2017. Annette grew up in Ventura and can’t imagine a better place to call home. Her love of the outdoors arose out of a childhood spent exploring California’s many campgrounds, lakes, and National Forests from her family’s station wagon, winding through the state’s most scenic areas and pitching a tent wherever the road took them. Her favorite local adventures include trail running and backpacking; she even became engaged while exploring the Ojai back-country. After graduating from Cal State Northridge with a BS in Family and Consumer Sciences, Annette’s passion for visual arts led to a career that merged her design background with event production. Annette comes to the Land Trust with eight years of graphic design and marketing experience. Having commuted to work out of town for over a decade, Annette is thrilled to now both live and work in Ventura, share her environmental passion with others and be a responsible steward of Ventura’s natural resources. In her free time, you can find Annette taking photographs, spending time with family, or gardening with her husband, Ron. firstname.lastname@example.org
KATE FURLONG, Stewardship Director, joined the Land Trust in August, 2017 as Stewardship Manager and has worked her way up to Stewardship Director. Kate graduated with Honors from CSU-Channel Islands, earning her Bachelors in Science in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology. Kate stewards the preserves owned and managed by VLT, plans, and oversees all of VLT's restoration projects, and conducts contract restoration projects throughout Ventura County. She also writes grants, helps steward donors, coordinate volunteer projects, and leads the education program. A Ventura native with experience in fundraising and habitat restoration and a passion for non-profit work, conservation biology, and restoration ecology, Kate is excited to contribute her expertise to VLT’s mission. Kate pulls from her formal education and past working with Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurses Association and volunteering with various organizations including the Canine Adoption and Rescue League, Channel Islands Restoration, and the St. Baldrick's Foundation to contribute to the mission of VLT. When not working in the office or out in the field, Kate enjoys spending her free time playing guitar, cooking for friends, and exploring the great outdoors with her dog Brando. You can reach Kate at: email@example.com
DAN HULST, Preserve Director, joined the VLT team in August, 2018. In addition to managing public access across VLT preserves, Dan works to develop trails, manage fuel loads, and carry out restoration projects across VLT properties. The youngest of 9 siblings, Dan grew up in Northern California, in the small town of Waterford. (pop. 8,000), attended Central Catholic High School in Modesto and went on to graduate from San Diego State University in 2014 with a B.S. in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. In 2016, Dan moved to Ventura and began volunteering with Ventura Land Trust. Dan is passionate about land conservation and the preservation of land for public use. He enjoys spending time in the ocean, the mountains, and just generally being outside. He hiked the 210-mile John Muir trail in 2016 & 2017. Dan is thrilled to finally align his job with his passion for the outdoors. Say hello to Dan at: firstname.lastname@example.org.