Alexis Ollar, Executive Director
Alexis Ollar has lived and worked in the Truckee-Tahoe area since 2005. She brings 16 years of experience working in the environmental and non-profit sector to Mountain Area Preservation. Alexis completed her Masters of Science from Humboldt State University focusing in Geospatial Science and the Environment & Community Masters program. While in school, Alexis worked for the University as a Graduate Research Assistant conducting community GIS applications for local conservation initiatives. She also worked for the California Center For Rural Policy, as a research assistant focusing on agriculture mapping for the Humboldt County Community Food Assessment and Food Policy Council. Before graduate school, Alexis worked as Traveling Trainer for Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, where she taught educational programs focusing on environmental stewardship all around the lower 48 states for two years with her husband Topher.
Prior to leaving the region, she was the Director of Trail Use at the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for 4 years where she managed environmental education programs, restoration, recreation, trail-building programs, wrote and administered grants, and led volunteer/community trainings on the trail. Her passion for natural resource conservation and environmental education began in Hawaii, where she finished her B.S. in Environmental Science from Hawaii Pacific University. Alexis worked in Hawaii State Parks after college focusing on local watershed restoration projects and water quality monitoring. In her spare time, she enjoys making jewelry, rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, and gardening with her husband, daughter Finley and dog Kai.
Lynn Baumgartner, Development Associate
Lynn moved to the Truckee-Tahoe area in 2010 to work in the environmental non-profit field. She earned her Master’s of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara, studying environmental health and safety practices in the nanomaterials industry. Before attending graduate school, she completed a BA in environmental geology at Western Washington University and served as an AmeriCorps member. She has previously worked in outreach, fundraising, communication, research, and as the director for the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership, the region’s only environment-focused AmeriCorps program.
Lynn is passionate about environmental stewardship, national service, science literacy, and the Truckee-Tahoe region. When she’s not working, Lynn is likely mountain biking, snowboarding, swimming, or reading.
Sierra Buettner, Patagonia Intern
Sierra grew up in Santa Cruz, California, and knew as a childhood she felt alive in the outdoors. She climbed at Pacific Edge Gym weekly with her dad and sister, spent countless nights camping beneath the giant redwoods, and took frequent road trips to the Sierra mountain range, which is fondly her namesake. The Lake Tahoe Basin became a beloved a second home to Sierra and her family and is something she feels is imperative to protect for future generations.
Now located in Santa Barbara, California, Sierra works for the Ventura based company, Patagonia, Inc., as an Illustration Production Artist. She has been there for the past two and a half years working closely with the Graphics & Textile Teams. Prior to her position with Patagonia, she earned her degree from California State University Channel Islands in Graphic Design.
In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, gardening, climbing, and yoga, but really, anything that gets her outside! On occasion, you can find Sierra beer-tending at the local Ventura brewery, Topa Topa Brewing Co. (the local Cheers for Patagoniacs), and staying involved in many community outreach events around Ventura/Santa Barbara Counties.