Sequoia ForestKeeper® Board of Directors

Danielle Fugere

Danielle Fugere, Esq. – Chairperson of the Board and Founding Board Member

Ms. Fugere is the President and Chief Counsel for "As You Sow," whose mission is to promote environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies. Prior to her current position, her has served as Executive Director of the Environmental Law Foundation, and she was Legal Director and Regional Program Director at Friends of the Earth.

Through her litigation work, Ms. Fugere has helped secure broad compliance with environmental laws, penalties for non-compliance, industry conversions to cleaner and more environmentally sound technologies, and several million dollars to non-profit environmental groups to redress harms caused by violators.

Ms. Fugere was awarded the 2000 WaterKeeper's Environmental Achievement Award for her outstanding achievements in protecting California waters. She holds a JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a BA in Political Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Learn more about her at

Natalie Stauffer-Olsen

Natalie Stauffer-Olsen – Vice Chairperson

Ms. Stauffer-Olsen, PhD in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from UC Berkeley. Her dissertation, which was in part inspired by her work as an intern at Sequoia ForestKeeper, looks at aquatic insects and their relationships to aquatic ecosystems, with the goal of using them as tools to understand and better manage freshwater habitats. Understanding small parts of the environment and using this information to help protect it is what she is most passionate about.

She has been a part of SFK since 2008, when she served as an intern after graduating from UCLA with a degree in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution and a minor in Geography/Environmental Studies. Her experience with SFK was outstanding, and pushed her to pursue a career working on behalf of the environment.

Upon completion of her internship at SFK, she started working with the environmental consulting company Hanson Environmental, Inc. where she worked on water issues, specifically issues surrounding endangered species in aquatic environments in the Sacramento Bay-Delta region.

Ms. Stauffer-Olsen took a year off of her studies to teach in Thailand then continued working as an aquatic ecologist at several consulting companies until she started her PhD program in 2012.

She currently lives with her husband Bo and son, and is most humbled and honored to be a part of the SFK board, and deeply appreciates the chance to be in this community.

Kris Haddad

Kristina Haddad - Founding Board Member

Ms. Haddad works as a Senior Program Advisor at Seventh Generation Advisors. Previously she was Forestry Project Director for the Environment Now Foundation in Los Angeles and before that was the Programs Director at the Santa Monica BayKeeper in Southern CA where she ran their successful BeachKeeper Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program, as well as many other projects and programs.

Ms. Haddad served as an environmental representative on the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Safety Committee. She is the author of Crude Awakenings: Could an Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Happen in Southern California?

She is also a board member for the Fund for Wild Nature, whose mission is to invest in cutting-edge grassroots organizations and innovative conservation efforts to protect biodiversity and wilderness.

Ms. Haddad holds a B.S. in social science from the University of California, Berkeley.  Learn more about her at

Charlene Little

Charlene Little – Treasurer and Founding Board Member

Ms. Little is the recipient of the "Sierra Cup" award for conservation work and the "Outstanding Wildlife Conservationist Award For Dedication to the Protection of our Forest Ecosystems" presented by the Kern Valley Wildlife Association.

Ms. Little discovered the destruction of the Sequoias in Sequoia National Forest and fought to save these precious national treasures.

Without Charlene, the sequoia groves would have had many more clear-cuts and the forests of the southern Sierra Nevada would have turned into chaparral.

Valerie Costa

Valerie Costa - Secretary

A true nature lover, Ms. Costa left Los Angeles in 2001 to move to where she could be closer to the forest. She worked as the Programs Director at SFK for eleven years. She devoted much of her time on community outreach by creating and administering these programs: Adopt a Sequoia, Youth Outreach, Summer Intern, GIS Forest Health Analysis Program, and event planning.

Prior to her work with SFK, Ms. Costa was a quiet activist who participated in beach clean-ups and initiated recycling projects in four of her previous workplaces. Her passion and dedication to saving the forest, as well as her ability to motivate people to action, are valuable assets of this organization.

Sequoia ForestKeeper is so happy to have her continue to be affiliated with this organization after her move to Northern California. Ms. Costa owns Costa Creative Services and is Special Sections Manager at The Union (newspaper) in Grass Valley, California. She lives in Alta Sierra with her husband Scott and her two children.

Ed Begley, Jr.

Ed Begley Jr. - Board Member at-large

After serving for years on our advisory board, Mr. Begley, became an executive Board Member in 2014. He is one of America's most vocal advocates for self-sustained Carbon neutral living. We are so pleased to have him join our executive board after serving on SFK's Advisory Board for 6 years.

Mr. Begley says; "We are taking down our ancient forests and replacing them with tree farms. A move akin to taking down the Louvre and putting up Paint-By-Numbers art. We must stop now!"

Ed Begley Jr. has been a television actor for over 40 years and a documentarian on how to be a good environmental steward. He is a natural teacher on how to be gentle to the earth. He lives what he preaches and his lifestyle is one of the most Carbon friendly in the world. Ed serves on the boards of Green Wish, the Coalition For Clean Air, The Thoreau Institute and the advisory board of the Union Of Concerned Scientists, and is active with many other organizations.

Mr. Begley's work has earned him a number of awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Baykeeper, and the Cesar Chavez Foundation.

In 2013, he filmed a web series, "On Begley Street", which explored the building of North America's greenest, most sustainable home. He is finishing up the final stages of his LEED Platinum Certified home. Mr. Begley continues his busy acting career. His latest projects are a continuing role on Blunt Talk on STARZ and he is shooting a new comedy film called "Mascots" for Netflix that will be released in mid-2016.

Learn more about Ed Begley Jr. at

Ara Marderosian

Ara Marderosian - Executive Director and Founding Member

Mr. Marderosian is the founding Executive Director of Sequoia ForestKeeper. With great passion he took up the cause to protect the Sequoia National Forest from overzealous mangers who operate the forest as a farm with the marketable trees as a crop and a place for consumptive recreation.

In 1998, as Conservation Chair of Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club, he began writing letters to the Forest Service to help protect the natural legacy they have been charged with since 1895.

It is a privilege to watch Mr. Marderosian hike up a hill knowing that he is not just appreciating the natural world, but actively striving to protect it for future generations.

See Mr. Marderosian's biography here.