Staff – updates coming

Mike Riney, District Manager

Mike Riney, District Manager. Mike came to the SVRCD in December 2016, after spending six years on the Big Island of Hawaii. He has a Master of Science in Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and spent three years as a Biological Technician for the US Forest Service and two years as a biological contractor for the USGS. Mike’s passion and career goals lie in stream ecology, hydrology, and restoration. Along with water quality monitoring responsibilities, Mike assists SVRCD staff in project coordination, data analysis, and report writing.

brandy-caporaso-4-534x800 Brandy Caporaso, Project Manager

Brandy Caporaso, Project Manager. Brandy relocated to Siskiyou County in 2001 after attending university and working and living in Santa Cruz for over a decade. She comes to SVRCD with project and program management background in the food, construction and non-profit sectors. She is honored to work with amazing staff dedicated to the mission of the RCD.

Ayn Ayn Perry, Project Staff

Ayn Perry, Project Staff.  Ayn came to the SVRCD in 2010 after a 29 year career with the NRCS in Siskiyou County.  She still feels passionately about resource conservation and feels that landowner enlightened self interest is the best motivator for good land use decisions. Her work centers on ranch planning and project development.  She holds a BA in Geography from Southern Oregon University.

Ethan Brown, Monitoring Technician

Ethan Brown, Monitoring Technician.  Ethan has a BS in Geology from UC Santa Cruz and is a home grown Siskiyou County native from Mt. Shasta.   He has experience in water quality monitoring, data management and analysis, and groundwater and geology.  He is assisting with our monitoring program and spearheading our Groundwater Assistance efforts with Siskiyou County.

Dan Blessing, Forester.   Dan recently retired from a long career in the USDA Forest Service, mainly here in Siskiyou County. We are lucky to have him helping us develop and formalize work with small private lands forestry landowners.

Casey Gabriel, Finance Manager

Casey came to the SVRCD in October 2019, after spending several years in the Telephone Industry and Public Education serving in lead roles within Accounting. He has a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration – Management from the University of Redlands and an Associate in Arts in Accounting from Santa Monica Community College. In his spare time, he enjoys flying Drones as an FAA Licensed Remote Pilot and building a Web presence for small businesses.


Lyndsey Lascheck, Forestry and Fuels Project Manager

Lyndsey joined the RCD in the summer of 2020, bringing diverse experience in restoration, forestry and fire. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science with and emphasis in Ecological Restoration from Humboldt State University. Over the past seven years, she has worked as a field technician and firefighter for The National Park Service across eight different Parks, The Nature Conservancy, Lomakatsi Restoration Project, and the University of Washington on a wide range of native plant restoration and monitoring projects as well as ecological fuels reduction, prescribed fire, and fire research. Lyndsey brings both her technical knowledge for project implementation as well as experience in collaborative conservation work. She is excited to be on board with the RCD, working to restore the unique ecosystems of our region and help residents manage their lands to be more resilient to wildfires and our changing climate.