Kimra McAfee, Executive Director
Prior to joining AWG in June 2018, Kimra served as the Executive Director for Oakland's Friends of Sausal Creek since 2009, providing oversight for the organization's restoration, education, and monitoring programs. She managed field staff, oversaw finances, wrote and administered grants, led other fundraising efforts, and provided leadership in community outreach. She holds a B.A. in English from University of California, Berkeley, and a M.A. in Geography and Human Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University, where her thesis was a post-audit of New Melones Dam on the Stanislaus River. Kimra treasures every moment she has with her two daughters and husband, and she enjoys hiking, baking bread, tap dancing, and playing banjo and mandolin.
For general inquiries about Alpine Watershed Group, please contact Kimra here.
Mo Loden, Watershed Program Manager
Mo grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, adventuring throughout the Cumberland Plateau and Appalachian Mountains. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and GIS. There she spent two years with the Cumberland Trail Conference as an intern developing and maintaining trails. After college, Mo moved to California to serve as the River Monitoring Coordinator with the South Yuba River Citizens League as an AmeriCorps member where she managed 70+ river monitors collecting data to protect the Yuba River watershed. Most recently, she worked at Sierra Streams Institute as the Water Quality Lab Manager primarily collecting and analyzing baseline data in Deer Creek and Bear River watersheds of Nevada County. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast who has been employed in fields of white water, snow skiing, and rock climbing from coast to coast in the United States, including Asheville, NC, Missoula, MT, and Truckee, CA.
For information on restoration, and monitoring, please contact Mo here.
Helen Fillmore, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator
Helen Fillmore is a member of the Washoe Tribe and grew up nearby on the Dresslerville reservation located next to the Carson River in Nevada. After graduating from Douglas High School, she went to the University of Washington in Seattle where she received a B.S. in Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management. There she worked with researchers in the UW Wildland Fire Sciences Lab, and spent her summers as a wildland firefighter. Helen went back to school in 2015 and earned a M.S. in Hydrology at the University of Nevada, Reno. As part of the Native Waters on Arid Lands, she worked under Dr. Loretta Singletary for several years conducting community climate resilience research and outreach. Helen spends much of her free time with her nieces and nephews, and visiting with family and friends at community events. Above all, she has a great passion for the health and wellbeing of her traditional homelands, and the people who depend on them.
For inquiries about outreach, education, and volunteer activities, please contact Helen here.
Cami Chavez, Bookkeeper
Cami was raised in Lake Tahoe from birth until 8 years old then moved to Alpine County (Woodfords), where she stayed until college. She returned after college, with her husband, and raised four wonderful children in Alpine County, three daughters and one son. Cami has a true love for the Sierra Nevada and the Tahoe region. Cami has been exploring the back country on horseback/hiking/kayaking for her entire life, including completing the entire Tahoe Rim trail.
For more information, please contact Cami here.