About OCH

Founded 2017

Board of Directors

 

Stacey Chartier-Grable

​Alice Carter

La Kinya Allen-Hall

​Ginny Gregurek

Adelle Bennett

Our Story

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!

OCH Monitors, Educators, and Volunteers

 

Bianca Borja

Kristi Caldwell

Tracey Clark

Tom gee

Quinten Grable

Ross Griswold

Drew Kosicki

devon Ohlwiler

Sydney Rilum

DAnny Rivas

Crystal Ryan

Sheen Sidhu

Trevor Stocking

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Diana Vu

Matt Franklin

Abby Foster

SAm Grable

REgina Thompson

Kerrie Solas

Ariel Kuo

PHong Tran

Ariste Anderson

Jessica Casser

Olivia Richardson

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Habitat protection and species conservation and well being 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. She is a mother and a strong believer in educating people at a young age so as to build positive habits that will strengthen the beauty of our world.

Alice Carter 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. 

La Kinya Allen-Hall is passionate about serving others through her church, in the classroom, in her profession as a civil engineer, and in the environment. As a member, she is excited about the opportunity to not only help preserve the natural habitat for various species through education, but to volunteer and help restore those habitats as well, which brings about a quality of life for the entire community.  La Kinya brings great organization and leadership to our team and helps guide us with new and ongoing projects. 

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. 

With a degree in Communications and Business Management, Adelle Bennett spent time as a project manager before turning her career towards animals and the environment, a personal and life-long passion. She's been a naturalist and volunteer with the Upper Newport Bay and the American Cetacean Society. Adelle brings her experience as a birder and volunteer coordinator to the OCH Board of Directors.  Adelle's experience with other environmental and nonprofit organizations brings a fresh and current perspective to our team.

Volunteer leadership

Program Coordinator and College Student Liaison 

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. 

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.

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.  

CONTACT US

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Tel: 1-949-697-8651

info@ochabitats.org

Mailing Address

15333 Culver Drive, Suite 340-763

Irvine, CA 92604

 

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15333 Culver Drive, Suite 340-763, Irvine, CA 92604

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 OC Habitats does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.  OC Habitats has no religious or political affiliations.  All photos provided with permission of photographers: ©RossGriswold.2018, ©S. Chartier-Grable.2018, @BillHalladay.2018, and @DannyRivas.2018. All Rights Reserved.