Meet Our Staff

We are the small but dedicated team working year round to restore, protect, educate. and connect volunteers to the Sausal Creek watershed.

Anna Marie Schmidt

Anna Marie Schmidt

Executive Director
(510) 501-3672
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Anna Marie provides oversight for FOSC's projects and programs and administers the organization. She manages field staff, oversees finances, writes grants and leads other fundraising efforts. Prior to joining FOSC, Anna Marie worked across the country providing technical assistance and training to nonprofits and National Service Programs in evaluation and evidence informed programming. Her eclectic background includes coordinating a women’s literacy program in the barrios of Santa Cruz, Bolivia; running a pilot goat raising project; and directing a STEM program for girls under-represented in science in Santa Clara County. She holds a B.A. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine and an M.A. in International Development Education from Stanford.

Jay Cassianni

Jay Cassianni

Restoration and Nursery Manager
(510) 325-9006
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Jay oversees the Native Plant Nursery, plant production and care as well as site restoration within the Sausal Creek Watershed. Jay is originally from Southern California and became enamored with California native and drought tolerant plants while working at a botanic garden and installing low-water landscapes. He has recently transplanted from the Sierras, having spent many years backpacking to remote locations as a wilderness restoration biological technician with the National Park Service. Jay has a B.A. in Anthropology and Botany from Humboldt State University.

Satoko Mills

Satoko Mills

Restoration and Stewardship Intern
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Satoko is originally from Japan, and moved to the U.S. in 2016 to pursue environmental research and conservation work. She is enthusiastic about the protection of California native plants, and water resources. She completed two California native plant nursery internship programs, and works with multiple local environmental stewardship groups doing restoration projects at creeks, wetlands, and open spaces. Satoko worked as a water quality analyst at an environmental consulting laboratory, and currently conducts water quality monitoring in creeks and stormwater infrastructure. She holds a B.S. in chemistry from Nihon University, and an A.S. in biology from Berkeley City College. Satoko is excited to be part of the FOSC team, and to be involved with the dedicated community of Sausal Creek stewards!

Elizabeth Boegel

Elizabeth Boegel

Communications and Community Education Intern
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Elizabeth comes to us during her final year at Cal State East Bay; she is pursuing a degree in environmental studies and will graduate at the end of 2021. Her interest initially lay in horticulture, but after developing her urban garden to grow food for her family, Elizabeth realized that she was also rebuilding habitat for the ecosystems within the garden. This ignited a passion to discover the wildlife that lived in the soil, the flowers, the trees, and the leaf litter below. Elizabeth hopes to continue to learn more about ecology in her time with FOSC. Elizabeth has a background in education, working with special-needs children in both public and private schools, and she worked for several years with the San Francisco Symphony, coordinating 1500 volunteers for large events. She has also been a volunteer in many capacities and believes that volunteers make the world work!

Nicki Alexander

Nicki Alexander

Special Projects
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Nicki holds bachelors degrees in Environmental Economics & Management and Spanish from the University of Georgia and a Master of Development Practice from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked in environmental education in the U.S., the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Paraguay and is passionate about providing students with opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning about nature. A former education and outreach coordinator with FOSC, she was recently evacuated from her Peace Corps post in Alto Paraná, Paraguay. She has rejoined the FOSC team to work on special projects remotely.