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Jack London State Historic Park

Staff

Tjiska Van WykTjiska Van Wyk
Executive Director

Tjiska has had a long standing love affair with the open spaces of Northern California and has dedicated her career to Natural Resource protection. Over the past 30 years she has organized multi-million dollar capital and endowment campaigns, led marketing and public relations efforts and established development departments for organizations such as the San Francisco Zoological Society, Sierra Club, Earthjustice and America Red Cross Bay Area. She co-founded Rachel's Network, a membership of philanthropic woman advancing environmental issues and consulted with Defenders of Wildlife, Save the San Francisco Bay and Marin County Parks on fundraising strategies to support innovative projects. She was thrilled to become the Executive Director for the first non-profit that helped save a park from closure.


Kristina EllisKristina Ellis
Tours and Education Manager

Kristina has worked in the informal education field since 2001 and has taught at exciting institutions including the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, and most recently, she helped to establish a new outdoor learning center in southern New Hampshire. Here, Kristina helped to design and build a thriving education department from the ground up. Over the years her professional duties have included the design, development, and implementation of hands-on science and inquiry-based education programs that support state learning standards, as well as leading family and community programs that connect visitors the natural world. She has taught children and adults of all ages. Kristina believes that the most powerful lessons come when children are given the tools, space and time they need to explore and investigate questions through their own natural modalities and that nature can provide endless discovery and inspiration for learning. She is thrilled to bring her experience and enthusiasm to JLSHP.


Kristi LanusseKristi Lanusse
Donor Relations Manager

Kristi has lived, worked and raised her family in Sonoma over the past 20 years. 10 years spent volunteering at her children’s schools led to her love of working with non-profit organizations and 10 years of customer relations and marketing have brought her to this beautiful environment that is Jack London Park. Free time is spent with her family, hiking, travelling and nurturing her love of good food and good wine.


Deborah LargeDeborah Large
Community Engagement and Communications Manager

Deborah enjoyed 35 years researching the history of property and land use. Now she has transferred that love of the land to inspiring folks to visit our beautiful park. As the Community Events Manager she creates events to highlight the fascinating aspects of the park from musical, literary, historical to outdoors nature hikes. She approaches all with a genuine enthusiasm and good humor that is contagious. Deborah is always eager to share her skills of graphic design, website management, her love of photography and of course her reverance for the splendors of the land.


Eric MetzEric Metz
Director of Operations

Years ago Eric lived and worked on a property adjacent to Jack London State Historic Park. It was during this time he began to explore and fall in love with the park and its surroundings. With nearly twenty years experience in maintenance, construction, manufacturing and management, he believes that he has finally found a place where his skills and his passion for the park and the outdoors have come together.


Michelle MilneMichelle Milne
Retail Manager

Michelle is first and foremost an artist which gives her a unique and creative view and adds flair to what sells in Jack's Bookshop. Her 15 years in retail, 10 years in office management and ten years as a park aide equip her to make first rate merchandise decisions while also enhancing the visitor experience with interpretive information that enlightens and inspires. She loves history and historic parks, especially in California and finds it a privilege to work at the park and help keep the London's legacy alive.


Andrea PatriAndrea Patri
Finance and Human Relations Manager

Andrea grew up in Sonoma, but couldn’t wait to leave. She received her BS Degree from San Jose State, worked for Banana Republic in Washington DC, Maryland and San Francisco. Andrea moved to New York to study Fashion Design. Eventually realizing Sonoma was the best place to raise her kids, she moved back in 2004. She now spends her time balancing her love of knitting and scrapbooking, with raising two children and keeping the books for several local companies. As a child Andrea enjoyed exploring the hills and trails around Jack London State Park and is happy she now has the opportunity to share it with her kids


Caroline QuiliciCaroline Quilici
Director of Events

A Bay Area native, Caroline spent the bulk of her career in Advertising in San Francisco. A job change brought her family to Sonoma where she took a break from her career to raise her children. During these years, Caroline was active in many fundraising efforts for the Sonoma public schools, chairing a variety of galas and other events. Her love of literature, history, and hiking combined with her many years of  volunteer fundraising for various nonprofits makes her role at Jack London Park an ideal one.


Susan St MarieSusan St Marie
Director, Volunteer and Program Management

Susan believes her dreams came true when she was not only given the opportunity to work with an outstanding group of volunteers and fellow staff members but to have her “office” in beautiful Jack London State Historic Park! With 35 years’ experience in retail management, 2 years as a State Park Volunteer and 10 years as a State Park Volunteer Program Coordinator she expertly contributes to the development of programs for volunteer recruitment, leadership and retention which  meet the emerging needs of Jack London State Historic Park and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.


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