Board of Directors
OC Habitats (OCH) was founded in July 2017 and is based on the clear need for more habitat protection throughout the county.
First, our founders felt that areas in Orange County needed more monitoring and data to support the protection of both the habitats and the species therein that already exist or need restoration. OCH has partnered with various nonprofit and government agencies, such as Sea and Sage Audubon, Bolsa Chica Conservancy, USFWS, and California State Parks, to support the furtherance of these protections. We monitor habitats, collect data, and share this data with key players in habitat protection to ensure healthy and viable habitat and species populations for years to come.
An equally important goal of OCH is education and outreach. We at och believe that knowledge is power and the more individuals we can empower the better off our environment will be. we educate directly on site during field monitoring, during scheduled habitat tour events, and through our habitat education programs that we provide to public, private, and home schools in and around orange county. Our goal is to eventually be active in most of the habitat types in orange county and to provide a vital service the public in this area.
Restoration of degraded habitats is the third arm of our organization. in 2019, we began to make an impact in earnest here in Orange County. We have helped restore wetlands in Huntington and Newport Beaches and coastal sage scrub and chaparral in tustin and orange.
All three of the goals come together to make OC Habitats. We strive to make world better one person and event at a time. If our mission speaks to your heart, join us!
Habitat protection and species conservation is a passion of Stacey Chartier-Grable. She comes to OCH with a business and environmental background and is using this experience and tools to build a strong and enduring grassroots organization that will last beyond her own tenure. Stacey has worked in the environmental field in both private and government agencies in Orange County. Her life goal is to preserve and protect our natural resources and species for the sake of future generations but also for their intrinsic value. Stacey has been married for over 20 years and is the mother of two children. She is a strong believer in education and is confident that the youth of the world have a heavy task ahead to heal our planet and to help them grow in knowledge and understaning and build positive habits will ensure a long and biologically diverse world that will continue to sustain all species of life.
Virginia “Ginny” Gregurek is a natural resource interpreter with over ten years of experience leading interpretive tidepool education in Orange County. Ginny is an avid hiker and has walked the California Coastal Trail from Oregon to Mexico. Recognizing the need to promote environmental literacy and the value of “nature learning”, Ginny continued her education by becoming a California Master Naturalist and a Certified Interpretive Guide. Ginny’s formal education is in Art History and uses this knowledge of interpreting the artwork of mankind into interpreting the masterwork of Mother Nature. Ginny's enthusiasm for life and for the environment is contagious to all those she encounters. She is an excellent educator and children and adults alike find her lessons interesting and informative.
Ross Griswold has never been a scientist and has never taken a biology class, it just wasn't his thing! Ross earned his Geography/History degree from USC, worked in retail sales and service, married, and had three boys, who are all now grown men. Ross retired early (in 2006) and wanted something to keep him out of trouble so he took up birding. He had never birded in his life and was so impressed by what great people birder's are! They are excited to teach you and welcome you to the birding club. He has always been a photographer and started photographing birds early on. He them considers easier to photograph than humans since birds don't have a bad side, don't blink or get red eyes! His post-graduate and career work has been and still is attending "Bolsa Chica University" (Bolsa Chica Conservancy and CDFW) under his mentor, Peter Knapp. Western Snowy Plovers are about the only topic that will get Ross in the mood to talk as he isn't a huge fan of public speaking. He loves to share his knowledge and is willing to train others during his monitoring shifts, which he likes to call Gilligan's Island Beach 3-hour Tour!
Kimi Garcia first got involved with OCH through the MBA program at CSULB where she and a team of three others created a business plan for the organization. She also serves as a board member on the greeNG club at Northrop Grumman and is passionate about educating others on environmental protection and holding large corporations accountable for their environmental impacts. With Kimi’s background in business and her determination to create positive change in the world, she is an excellent addition to the team.
Bianca Borja - Student Liaison and Educator
Bianca Borja has a strong passion for keeping the environment clean and intact. While working towards her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, she focused her research on recycling and environmental education. She has years of experience in the educational field, and has worked with children at various schools and clubs where she taught about the environment and the importance of recycling. Bianca works with OCH as a Habitat Monitor, Habitat Educator, and Student Liaison.
OCH Monitors, Educators, and Volunteers
Crystal Ryan - Monitor Trainer and Grant Researcher
Crystal is a Habitat Monitor Trainer and Grant Writer for OCH. She is a passionate environmentalist who has always been drawn to the natural sciences. Her interest in animals and nature drove her towards pursuing a degree in Environmental Science. She joined OCH with a desire to help protect and restore the local habitats surrounding her hometown. Crystal has been involved in several environmental protection efforts in the Orange County area including habitat monitoring for endangered and threatened species, restoration projects, and work in sustainable waste and recycling technology.
Sydney Rilum - Monitor Trainer and Beach Clean-up Coordinator
Sydney has been volunteering with OC Habitats since October of 2018. An Orange County native, she has always been driven to protect the environment. Sydney serves as a field monitor, tidepool program educator, and beach-clean up coordinator for OC Habitats. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental & Ocean Sciences with a focus in Marine Ecology from the University of San Diego and will continue her education in fall 2020 at UC Santa Barbara, pursuing a Masters in Environmental Science and Management. Sydney has also worked as a Scientific Aid for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve and has been working as a Tidepool Educator with the Laguna Ocean Foundation for the past year.
Danny Rivas - Monitor Trainer
Danny Rivas graduated from UC Merced with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences with an emphasis in ecology and evolutionary biology. He joined OCH to develop his skills monitoring at-risk coastal wildlife and aid in restoration efforts. His passion for conservation arose early, being in awe of the vast amounts of biodiversity present and learning of the current issues that threaten the health of biological communities. He is committed to serve his community and work towards preserving our habitats for future generations
Trevor Stocking - Monitor Trainer and Grant Researcher
Trevor is a Habitat Monitor Trainer, and Grant Writer for OCH. He graduated Hawai’i Pacific University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Trevor grew up with an interest and passion for nature and always knew he wanted to work towards the study and protection of wildlife. He has been highly involved in the conservation and care of the environment in the coastal areas of Orange County. His involvement has ranged from the monitoring of endangered or threatened species, direct care of ill and injured wildlife, the restoration and preservation of local habitats and the implementation of new technologies for improving or managing environmental issues.
Alice Carter - Advisor
Alic has worked in the finance industry for over 20 years and brings her experience to her role as OCH Treasurer. She is committed to being a good steward to the earth and is excited to learn all she can about habitats through OCH. Alice is an animal lover and enjoys traveling. With Alice's financial background, strong writing skills, and love for the environment she is an integral part to the development and maintenance of our organization.
Haley Taylor- Event Planning Manager
Growing up in Orange County, I was always so appreciative of the pristine coastline. After studying hospitality at Cal Poly Pomona, I knew I wanted to give back and help continue the upkeep and education of Orange County's coastlines. OC Habitats has combined my love for event planning with my passion for the environment, and I am excited to work with the OC community through local stores and vendors to help spread the word of conservation
Allie Wright- Social Media Manager
Since I was little, I always loved the beach! I have been spending time at our Orange County beaches my whole life. As I got older, I wanted to spend more time learning about the habitats and species that live there and how we as humans can help versus harm them.
After graduating from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Hospitality Management, I wanted to volunteer my time in a cause that I am passionate about. Working for OC Habitats was the perfect fit! I am looking forward to continuing to raise awareness through our social media platforms to fellow beach lovers, to ensure we are all being mindful of our beautiful habitats in Orange County.
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