Executive Staff

Nick Goulette – Executive Director

Nick Goulette

Born and raised in Maine and trained as a forester at the University of Vermont, Nick moved to CA in 2004.  Over the past 15 years, he has worked with the Watershed Research and Training Center in Hayfork, taking over as Executive Director in 2009.  He oversees programs focused on forestry, fire and fuels, watershed and fisheries, youth development, enterprise development, and natural resources policy.  He operates at the local, regional and national levels to advance policies and practices that sustain rural communities and working landscapes.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Naomi, fishing, skiing, backpacking, and tending to their small homestead.  Nick and his wife also own and operate small business, Trinity Nursery, located in Weaverville, CA. Email Nick: nickg[at]




Cindy Blackburn – Director of Operations

Cindy Blackburn

As the Director of Operations, Cindy is part of the Executive Team that steers and supports the organization.  Her focus is on operations, compliance and the budgets of the Watershed’s programs and ensures each program’s activities work to fulfill strategic goals.  Prior to working at the Watershed, Cindy worked at Jefferson State Forest Products for 10 years where she held numerous positions including bookkeeper, salesman, accountant, executive assistant and Operations Manager. Cindy has lived in Hayfork since 1979.  She likes to stay active in her community by volunteering with the Rotary and the Trinity County Fair.  Her hobbies include gardening, camping, crocheting and quilting. Email Cindy: cindy[at]




Michelle Medley-Daniel – Deputy Director

Michelle Medley DanielsMichelle has two roles at the Watershed Center. As Deputy Director, she is part of the team that steers and supports the strategic direction and operations of the organization. A Hayfork-local, she is proud to be contributing to the vitality of her hometown through her work at the Watershed Center. Michelle has a background in studio art and English, and has over ten years of experience coordinating networks and providing communications and development services to non-profits. She enjoys backpacking, kayaking, local history and connecting with people who are passionate about place. See below for Michelle’s role as Co-Director for Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FAC Net). Email Michelle: michelle[at]


Program Managers and Directors

Josh Smith – Watershed and Fisheries Restoration Program Director

Josh Smith

Josh brings nearly two decades of hydrology and ecology experience to his position yet his extensive local knowledge of the Trinity County landscape is potentially his most valuable asset. Over the past decade, Josh has been developing plans for restoration work in the region starting with widespread monitoring and outreach to learn the problems in the watershed, developing assessments to treat the problems identified, growing support and funding for the treatments, and in recent years implementing on-the-ground restoration projects. Recent restoration projects have included the enhancement of the Hayfork Community Wetlands, road upgrade (sediment reduction) projects, riparian planting, water conservation projects and a spring chinook habitat restoration project on the South Fork Trinity. Joshua also helps manage the Watershed Center’s Youth, Botany, Geospatial Services, and Recreation programs. Josh has a degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He enjoys outdoor activities with backcountry skiing, backpacking and mountain biking being his current favorites; these activities have been extremely valuable for learning more about the ecoregion that he loves.  He also enjoys sharing his love for the outdoors with his wife and two daughters. Email Josh: josh[at]


Michelle Medley-Daniel – Fire Adapted Communities Network Co-Director

Michelle Medley DanielsOutside of her role as WRTC’s Deputy Director, she also works as the Co-Director of the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network. In this role, she works alongside partners at The Nature Conservancy to direct the operations of a national network of communities learning to live better with wildfire. In particular, Michelle’s focus is on working with State and regional efforts to launch network-based approaches to wildfire resilience. Michelle has a background in studio art and English, and has over ten years of experience coordinating networks and providing communications and development services to non-profits. She enjoys backpacking, kayaking, local history and connecting with people who are passionate about place. Email Michelle: michelle[at]




Dillon Sheedy, Fire, Forestry and Fuels Program Manager

Dillon SheedyDillon works with public and private landowners to plan and manage forestry projects and hazardous fuel reduction activities throughout Trinity County. Dillon’s focus is to implement strategic, landscape-level projects that help create healthier forest ecosystems and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire events and the threat it poses to life and property. Dillon also works closely with the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests by training and providing them with seasonal forestry and wildlife technicians that are used to complete selected portions of timber sale and fuel reduction projects. Dillon graduated from Humboldt State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Forestry. His focus at HSU was Wildland Fire Management and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He has nearly 6 years of forestry experience and is working towards obtaining his California Registered Professional Forester license. He enjoys skiing, backpacking, fishing, and spending quality time with his family and friends. Email Dillon: dillon[at]



Allison Jolley, Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program Manager

Allison JolleyAllison connects organizations within California that are conducting forest and fire restoration, with an emphasis on understanding and responding to those organization’s capacity needs and assets. Her background is in the intersection of natural resources, community organizing and facilitation. She was formerly the Communications Manager and a Liaison for the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network. Prior to that, she worked at the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment on facilitation, collaborative forestry and applied social sciences. She has also served as an interpretive park ranger for the National Park Service. Allison earned her Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School at Duke University; she also has an undergraduate degree in Ecology from The University of the South (Sewanee). Allison practices Ashtanga yoga and loves exploring the Marin Headlands both by foot and bicycle. Email Allison: allison[at]



Martin Twer, Biomass Program Director

Martin TwerAs Biomass Program Director, Martin’s focus is on working with State and local efforts that encourage forest biomass development, related policy, and economic opportunities. His first exposure to biomass utilization for energy came during a study-abroad year in Finland, and he has made a career out of bringing public awareness to biomass technologies and forest biomass projects. These include sustainable bioenergy, low-value wood products markets, as well as biochar production and utilization. Martin was born and raised in Germany and graduated with a degree in Landscape Ecology before moving to Montana in 2002. He holds an MS degree in Resource Conservation and Forestry from the University of Montana and has completed course work for an MA in Economics. After 10 years as Bioenergy Associate Specialist with the Cooperative Extension Service in Montana, he now lives, works, and plays in the Sierra Nevada. He enjoys home remodeling, gardening, and explorations in nature. Email Martin: martin[at]



Teckla Johnson, Trinity Together Cradle to Career Partnership Program Manager

Teckla JohnsonTrinity Together has a mission to create career pathways for youth in Trinity County. Teckla supports the goals and coordinates the work of this collaborative through her work with various community partners such as business leaders and educators. Specifically, Teckla works with schools to promote career education through work-based learning, industry experts, speakers, soft skill lessons, and more. She also works with other collaborative groups that strengthen the foundation blocks for successful adults in areas such as health and community education. Teckla has a Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Community Organizing. She has worked in employment settings for nearly 10 years and has experience working among diverse populations such as with seniors, those who have developmental disabilities and the LGBT community. She enjoys being with her family and pets, frequenting local swimming holes and spending time in her garden. Email Teckla: teckla[at]



Heather Jones, Financial Manager

Heather JonesAs Financial Manager, Heather is responsible for budget and financial oversight, grant management and budgeting, human resources, support to program managers, and generally making everything go. She is a born and raised Hayforker who returned home after a 20 year hiatus. She is proud to be part of the Watershed Center team, and looks forward to supporting the organization in its effort to invest in the land and community. Heather earned her associates degrees in liberal arts and business administration. She joined the Watershed Center in 2015 bringing over 15 years of administrative experience with her, including work as a senior benefits analyst. She enjoys jogging, working in her yard, and raising her kids. Email Heather: heather[at]




Emily Troisi, Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FAC Net) Associate Director

Emily TroisiAs associate director, Emily is acts as a liaison with several core FAC Net members around the country, serves as state network advisor and runs the affiliate member network, and serves as logistics lead for in-person FAC Net workshops and trainings. Emily also helps with special projects such as the FAC graphic and network evaluation. On a typical Wednesday you can find Emily in virtual meetings with members across the country, strategizing network functions, or thinking up creative facilitation and agenda design ideas. Her favorite thing about working for a network of community wildfire practitioners is the creativity and connections that the people in the network bring to community wildfire resilience. Emily lives in Boulder, Colorado and has worked remotely for The Watershed Center as FAC Net staff since October 2014. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with her B.S. in Environmental Conservation Studies and M.S. in Human Dimensions in Natural Resources Management. In her spare time, Emily has developed a passion for emergency management and volunteers at the Boulder County Office of Emergency Management. She also loves to rock climb, cook, garden and spend quality time with her dog and partner. Email Emily: emily[at]


Cindy Buxton, Watershed and Fisheries Restoration Program Associate

Cindy’s affection and devotion for the natural world is undeniable. She is the primary manager of water and fisheries monitoring work at the Watershed Center. Cindy is also a veritable Swiss army knife who helps manage the GIS program, lead education activities, writes grants, organizes reclamation efforts and mentors AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Program members. She greatly enjoys sharing her passion of nature with children often offering up her time to teach and lead various environmental education activities including Indian Valley Summer Camp, Bar 717 Environmental Camp, and other local events. Cindy has over 15 years of experience working in the aquatic sciences for federal, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations. She earned a M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho. Cindy enjoys spending her time rafting rivers, hiking mountains, gardening, camping, and enjoying the company of her husband, fur-kids, and friends.



Chance Callahan, Forestry Watershed Assistant 

Chance CallahanAs forestry watershed assistant, Chance provides support to various projects ranging from timber harvest unit layouts to river surveys. New to Trinity County, he is excited to be gaining experience in diverse fields and helping improve the health of our community, forests, and rivers through his work at the Watershed Center. In particular, Chance’s main duties include assisting program managers with landowner outreach and completing forest enhancement projects. Chance has worked seasonally for the Forest Service on silviculture and hydrology related projects primarily in the Sierra Nevada and has earned a B.S. and M.S. in Forestry from Humboldt State University. Chance enjoys skiing, surfing, and fishing which further intensifies his passion to protect and manage the local ecosystems.




Anna Carson, Trinity Together Cradle to Career Partnership Associate

Working to create, support, and bolster career pathways for Trinity county youth, Anna spends her time in various endeavors around the county. Her current focus includes supporting early childhood education programs, assessing school readiness levels, increasing parent & community engagement, connecting natural resource and environmental science professionals to students, and delivering life skill lessons and career exploration to middle school students. Anna has worked, traveled, and studied in 30 different countries around the globe. With a degree from Humboldt State University in Geography, Anna is passionate about exploring the unique interface between people and place. Since returning to Trinity county in 2011, Anna has been working with various non-profits, natural resource agencies, school districts, and community entities to increase community engagement, promote land conservation stewardship projects, and improve economic stability and opportunities for residents. She is passionate about Trinity county community, history, and culture. She lives in Weaverville with her husband and two vibrant daughters and enjoys practicing regenerative gardening techniques, spending time outside with family and friends, and spreading joy in the world.


Ashley Grannell, Administrative Assistant

Field Crew Leads

Chester Brown, Field Crew Manager

Burt Clark, Crew Lead

Colby Brown, Crew Lead

Tim Shanahan, Tech Crew Lead

Jason Stanley, Youth Crew Lead