Chester Anderson, District Manager
Chester grew up in Southern Colorado skiing, kayaking, hiking, hunting and fishing. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Ecology and went on to receive a MS in aquatic ecology from Cornell University. He then started and managed an aquatic consulting company for 15 years that worked with landowners, states and tribes on water related conservation issues. He also developed and managed a non-profit educational farm based on the principles of integrated agriculture. From there he worked in the San Joaquin Valley as a Watershed Coordinator, primarily focusing his efforts on fisheries, water quality issues and irrigated lands. As District Manager of the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District he strives to develop and manage locally-led resource conservation issues that are priorities to the Shasta County residents.
Maureen Teubert, Project Manager
Maureen has a B.S. in Forestry with an Environmental Ethics Minor from Humboldt State University. Maureen has extensive experience in water resource management including performing groundwater, surface and waste water monitoring, field collection and lab processing of water quality samples; stream velocity measurements and other aquatic monitoring applications. Since joining the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District, Maureen has been instrumental in planning, coordinating, evaluating and implementing programs and projects in all areas of the District. During her tenure at the WSRCD, Maureen has been an education and outreach specialist; coordinated the development of the WSRCD Citizen Monitoring Program; managed the Interlakes Stewardship Agreement; organized and facilitated numerous public workshops and events including three Watershed University Workshops; developed the FEMA Mitigation Cookbook; and has written numerous grants and proposals that have been selected for funding. Currently her area of responsibility is managing multiple projects including the Clover Creek Fish Passage Improvement Project and the Lower Clear Creek Aquatic Habitat and Mercury Abatement Project.
Maureen is assisted by Project Coordinators Ross Perry and Tessa Blevins.
Harmony Gugino, Project Manager
Harmony's interest in enviornmental stewardship began at a young age with a failed brine shrimp experiment and an allergic reaction to math that initially discouraged her from pursuing the hard sciences. But, she found other ways of contributing. Harmony has a B.S. in Urban/Regional Planning and Analysis from the State University of New York-Buffalo State College, where she was bitten by the field work bug participating in a water quality study in Southeast Asia. After college, Harmony spent 2 terms of national service with the Americorps Watershed Stewards Project, one season as a field crew leader with the Student Conservation Association, one season as a docent with Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeepers, 2.5 years as a Naturalist at Whiskeytown Environmental School, and 2.5 years as an environmental planner with a private consulting firm. Since joining WSRCD in 2014, Harmony has participated in multiple facets of the organization and is now very honored to be working on salmonid restoration projects along the Sacramento River as well as habitat mitigation projects throughout Shasta County. In her free time, Harmony enjoys road trips to the ocean, hiking, watching an unhealthy number of movies, setting up small-scale aquaponics experiments in her fish tanks, and trying to convince her family to move to California.
Harmony is assisted by Project Coordinators Veronica Orosz and Jan Raether.
Gary Lauben, Project Manager
Gary has been with the RCD since 2014. He previously worked as a Hydrologic Technician with the Buereau of Reclamation for 3 years with an emphasis on water temperature in the Sacramento, Clear Creek, and the Trinity River watersheds. He worked as a Hydrologic Technician with the U.S. Geological Survey for 2 years with an emphasis on nutrient loading in the Potomac watershed. Previous to that, Gary worked with the Friends of the Shenandoah River sampling water quality, coordinating volunteers, and creating an interactive map to access their large internal database. He loves spending time outdoors and exploring the Northstate. Some of his favorite activities are mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, skiing, and travel. Gary is a long time member of the Nature Conservancy and has been a member of the Shasta Land Trust for several years. He holds a degree in Geophysics from Virginia Tech.
The dedicated staff of the WSRCD, January 2017. From left to right, back to front: Gary Lauben, Project Manager; Sean Arnold, Administrative Assistant; Sara Letton, Project Coordinator; Chester Anderson, District Manager; Ali Warren, HR and Accounting Manager; Ross Perry, Project Coordinator; Brian Braden, Field Crew; Veronica Orosz, Project Coordinator; Terry Plunk, Field Crew; David Boyd, Field Crew; Kelli England, Forewoman; Tessa Blevins, Project Coordinator; Jan Raether, Project Coordinator; Analia Bertucci, Project Coordinator; Harmony Gugino, Project Manager; Jacob Moore, Field Crew; and Maureen Teubert, Project Manager.
Scott Small, Engineering Technician
Scott is a local boy who grew up here in Redding, CA. Without a clear goal on which direction to take out of high school, Scott went to work in the retail industry. After many years of his sister’s persistence to find something more in life, he went back to school with the intention of pursuing a degree in Oceanography. However, after a year in school he shifted his focus towards Civil Engineering. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Chico. Upon graduating he obtained his Engineer-In-Training certificate, and worked for several companies before he was brought on to join the team here at the WSRCD. Scott is an avid outdoorsman who loves hiking, biking, motorcycling, diving (scuba and snorkel), skiing (water and snow), fishing, rock climbing, shooting, and enjoys being out in the elements watching nature.
Ali Warren, HR Manager
Ali is from Redding, CA. Her family has been involved in the timber industry in California for five generations. She graduated from Shasta College with two Associate of Arts degrees, one in accounting and the other in general business. She has been with the RCD since February of 2011 when she started as the Administrative Assistant. Since that time she has moved up into the Fiscal Officer/HR position here at the RCD. She enjoys backpacking, hunting, camping, and fishing with her husband Dustin and their two children.