Shane Stanzel

Shane joined the Sonoran Institute in 2020 and serves as our marketing intern. His responsibilities include delivering and managing online content for the organization’s various communications channels as well as assisting the marketing… MORE ›

Michael Zellner

Michael Zellner joined the Sonoran Institute as chief executive officer in October 2020. Mike has 30 years of experience building award-winning collaborations for global organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, Dow Jones & Co.,… MORE ›

Darcy Hill

Darcy joined the Sonoran Institute as the senior director of development and marketing in 2020.  She is responsible for creating and implanting a full-scale strategy for fundraising and donor relations at the organization, including our Hummingbird Circle and… MORE ›

Rocío Torres Moguel

Rocío became the director for Sonoran Institute México in 2019. She oversees operations of the Colorado River Delta programs in our Mexicali office. With 15+ years in project management experience, Rocío has planned… MORE ›

Edlin Nuñez

Edlin joined the Sonoran Institute in 2019 and is our associate director of administration. A native Tucsonan, she is a graduate of Grand Canyon University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has… MORE ›

Waverly Klaw

Waverly joined the Sonoran Institute in 2019 and is director of Resilient Communities and Watersheds. She leads the Institute’s Colorado-based initiatives, including its Growing Water Smart program, climate resilience work, and water conservation… MORE ›

Kim Egita

Kim joined the Sonoran Institute in 2019 and serves as the chief finance & administration officer. Her primary responsibilities include all aspects of financial operations, financial reporting and forecasting, budgeting, and leadership among… MORE ›

Rosa Elizabeth Díaz

Elizabeth Díaz is the estuarine ecological monitoring coordinator. She collects information on ecological environmental parameters to understand and establish the health of the monitoring sites, as well as to determine scientific processes and methodologies that can be implemented through public policies. She studied biology at the… MORE ›

Luke Cole

Luke became the associate director for Resilient Communities and Watersheds upon joining the Sonoran Institute in 2018. Luke manages the ongoing projects on the Santa Cruz River, working with staff and collaborators to… MORE ›

Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith is the program manager of Resilient Communities and Watersheds working on our Growing Water Smart program, as well as the Santa Cruz River and assorted open space planning projects. She joined… MORE ›

Angela Melendez

Angela is the Geographic Information Systems coordinator. She joined the Sonoran Institute in 2016, as a program associate in Phoenix, and moved to Mexicali in 2018 to continue her work with a GIS… MORE ›

Corinne Matesich

Corinne came to the Sonoran Institute in 2017. She works to highlight the mission and vision of the Sonoran Institute, and raise awareness of the projects and programs that improve Western lands, rivers… MORE ›

Rabí E. Hernández Perez

Rabí supports the development, design and implementation of communication and promotion strategies of Sonoran Institute. He previously worked as a freelancer in the promotion, marketing and corporate design of small businesses, event photography, community management, generation of… MORE ›

Toni Garcia-Bullington

Toni joined the Sonoran Institute staff in 2016 and serves as the executive assistant to the chief executive officer. Her responsibilities include being the primary point of contact for all matters pertaining to… MORE ›

Gabriela González Olimón

Gabriela is the environmental education coordinator. Since 2015, Gaby has been promoting ecological restoration in the communities surrounding the Delta, coordinating workshops and talks with schools and communities, guiding interpretive walks on our restoration sites, and developing the… MORE ›

Tomás Rivas Salcedo

Tomás Rivas is a restoration specialist for the Colorado River Delta and since 2012 has collaborated with Sonoran Institute. Tomás oversees the restoration activities of the riparian corridor and in the estuary of the Colorado River Delta. He graduated… MORE ›

Guadalupe Fonseca Molina

Guadalupe Fonseca serves as field manager and has worked at Sonoran Institute since 2004. He is responsible for supervising all field staff, monitoring the implementation of restoration activities and acting as a liaison between the field and office personnel. He is a member and… MORE ›

Celedonia Alvarado Camacho

Celia has been part of the Sonoran Institute since 2009 and serves as supervisor of tree planting and production in the Colorado River Delta program. Her main responsibilities are the collection and production of native riverside species, as well as… MORE ›

Edith Santiago Serrano

Edith Santiago is an associate director for our Colorado River Delta work and has been working in the program since 2005. Edith is responsible for overseeing the operation of the field office in… MORE ›