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Clean Up the Lake Team

Clean Up The Lake Staff & Key Volunteers

Colin West, Founder and Executive Director

Colin West, Founder & CEO

colin@cleanupthelake.org
(530) 562-7131

Colin West has 10 years of experience as a SCUBA diver and is a certified PADI Divemaster and Open Water SCUBA Instructor.. With a decade of experience as the Owner, Director and Executive Producer (EP) of a film & television production company, he has managed overseas operations, including project logistics, documentation, & personnel from 5 to 30 people on set at a time. His content has aired on networks such as Amazon Prime, ABC International, HULU, Virigin Media, In Flight Entertainment programs & more. Colin’s expertise in multi-faceted project management, campaign development & SCUBA help to guide our organization to success.

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Sadye Easler, Director of Programs

sadye@cleanupthelake.org
(603) 568-7039

Originally from New Hampshire, Sadye grew up with a passion for exploring natural areas and saw the importance of restoring and protecting these wild spaces. She attended Johnson State College in VT with a focus on Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management. She eventually moved to the Tahoe Basin and fell in love with Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains. After months of volunteering with CUTL in 2020, she eventually joined the team as our Programs Manager. Following the completion of the 72-mile cleanup her focus has been program growth, expanding clean up operations in the Sierra Nevada and the development of educational and community engagement programs.

Brad Flora, Director of Operations

brad@cleanupthelake.org
(530) 606-0157

Originally from the PNW, Brad moved to Lake Tahoe 10 years ago to attend Sierra Nevada University so he could play outside everyday while earning degrees in Ski Resort Management & Outdoor Leadership. Between his education, working many years in the outdoor industry, and partaking almost daily in outdoor recreation – he understands the importance of responsible & sustainable tourism in a place as sacred & pristine as Tahoe. Brad says, “It’s more than picking up trash… it’s a movement towards higher awareness & education.” While he briefly deviated to the startup world, his heart lies in giving back to this beautiful place we call home. Brad is social & active by nature which is perfect for his role in volunteer coordination, logistics, and daily operations.

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Cara Hollis, Communications and Outreach

cara@cleanupthelake.org

Cara has worked to launch the LEAP education program by developing the first six lesson plans and executing in class visits in and around the Tahoe Basin. She has a BS in Geology from the University of Kentucky and an interdisciplinary BA in Sustainability and Journalism from University of Nevada Reno at Lake Tahoe. Cara also works to write grant applications that support CUTL’s operations and supports additional communication efforts including writing press releases, newsletters, social media copy, and other work to help educate the public on the issues facing Lake Tahoe.

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Madio Wallner, Data Management Coordinator

madio@cleanupthelake.org

A long-time North Tahoe Resident, Madio Wallner, is excited to be a part of the CUTL team. Madio attended the Immersion Program at Kings Beach Elementary and, as a result, is fluent in English and Spanish. She graduated from Incline High School in 2018 and served as the Student Body President during her senior year. She then went on to earn her BA in Environmental Studies from Vassar College. Her senior thesis, which won departmental honors, was a project titled “Mapping the Distribution of Litter in the Lake Tahoe Basin” and can be viewed here.  While at Vassar, she competed on the Vassar College Women’s Soccer team all four years and served as captain during her final year. Madio is interested in continuing her studies by pursuing a Masters of Science in paleolimnology. Outside of lake science, Madio is involved in the North Tahoe community as a yoga instructor and environmental educator. She also enjoys hiking and backpacking in the Sierras. Her favorite thing to do, however, is discovering new hot springs with her partner.

Shawn Louth, Organizational Assistant and Gear Manager

Shawn has a long running passion for diving and environmentalism. Despite being from the high desert town of Bishop, California; the combination of scuba diving and making our planet a cleaner, more sustainable environment has been his dream team for over a decade. Shawn was a founding member and inaugural president of the environmental protection and social justice activist organization INYO350. He has devoted a significant amount of time and energy fighting to amplify the voices of those in need. New to the Tahoe region, Shawn is excited to grow his skills and knowledge while helping to protect freshwater ecosystems.

Key Contractors

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Zoe Harrold PhD, Consulting Environmental Scientist

Zoe Harrold PhD, met the Clean Up The Lake team back in 2019 shortly after her team at Desert Research Institute discovered microplastics in Lake Tahoe. After their initial introduction, Zoe began working for herself as a consulting environmental scientist & grant writer; where CUTL became one of her clients. Dr. Harrold received her PhD in Geomicrobiology from University of Washington, and her background, experience, interest in research science, data driven studies and the environment all contribute massively to the success of Clean Up The Lake.

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Devin Blom, GIS Analyst

Devin came on board as a volunteer with CUTL in the spring of 2021. He is an Archaeologist / GIS Analyst and founder of Battle Born GIS (est. 2015). He holds a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Archaeology from University of Nevada, Reno. Devin joined the CUTL team to assist with GIS-based mapping tasks. His map creations help bring to life areas of interest that we have identified around the lake (hotspots, heavy lift items etc.) These maps help us paint a picture of the litter problems surrounding Lake Tahoe.

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Ludovic Fukete, Cinematographer and Photographer

Ludo has been a huge support to our organization both on and off the water. His dedication, strength and skills have greatly contributed to the success of our scuba clean up programs. Whether it is freediving for litter or capturing picturesque shots, we can always count on him to show up with a smile!

Current Board Members

Meghan Burk, Chairman of the Board

Meghan Burk, Board Chair

meghanburkmedia@gmail.com
(802) 373-2235

As a west coast transplant from Vermont, Meghan finds herself drawn to new experiences, travel and environmental stewardship projects. As the Owner of MDOT Connective, Meghan Burk directs and manages a vast array of projects from coast to coast, related to production and small business development. She is an environmental advocate and community connector, helping to find solutions to any challenge at hand. Her love for Lake Tahoe and background in sustainable development inspired her involvement with Clean Up The Lake. Meghan helps lead the board of directors as the Board Chair. To top it off she is an avid clean-up diver who is ready to bring awareness about plastic pollution from one lake to the next.

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Jeff Cowen, Board Member

Jeff currently serves as Public Information Officer for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), where he has worked on the communications team from 2006 to 2014 and to which he returned in 2020. As a Tahoe sportfishing captain of eight years, Jeff marveled at the crystal‐clear waters and took in a daily panorama of Lake Tahoe’s breathtaking environs. When the chance to work with Colin West and the team at Clean up the Lake emerged, Jeff saw a natural confluence of his skills and knowledge with a mission that was close to his heart. He came onboard with CUTL as an assistant to the fundraising team and has since been transitioned to the non‐profit’s board of directors. Jeff understands complex policy, large‐ and small‐scale budgets, public and private finance, and collaborative frameworks; and has proven experience in project management, organizational leadership, conflict resolution, public speaking, and strategic communications.

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Mike Peron, Board Member

Aside from his jobs that pay the bills, Mike serves the community in a multitude of ways. He’s an active board member at Tahoe Chamber, Boys & Girls Club, and T.R.Y.P. He’s an associate board member for the League to Save Lake Tahoe and Tahoe South, as well as Emcee of non-profit events such as: Live Violence Free Gala, Soroptimist Fundraisers, Blue Ribbon Awards, etc. Mike is proud to call Lake Tahoe home for over 10 years and it holds a very special place in his heart that delivers world class recreation mixed with world class entertainment! His passion for people, music, sports, dancing, and the great outdoors can be felt by all in the community. #LivinItAndLovinIt

Stuart Maas

Stuart Maas, Board Member

After being raised in Scotland and completing his university degree, Stuart Maas flew to Lake Tahoe to experience ‘one’ ski season in the basin and never turned back. As the Director of Marketing & Conference Sales for the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, Stuart helps market the South Shore of Lake Tahoe as a unique, year-round destination. In addition, he leads the charge in attracting meetings and events to the new Tahoe South Events Center. Having learned to Scuba Dive in Lake Tahoe back in 2003, he is now a PADI rescue diver. Other passions include educating communities through the Lake Tahoe Master Gardener program, skiing, golf, hiking, fishing, and exploring the world.

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Herman Fillmore, Board Member

Herman Fillmore is an enrolled member of the Washoe Tribe of NV and CA. Herman is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and has spent the past 10 years working on language reclamation and revitalization for the Washoe Tribe. This work has included raising awareness about the Washoe Tribe, the history, connection to the Tahoe Basin and advocating for the protection of this place. In July 2023 Herman received his diving certification as part of the inaugural first class at the Environmental Dive Center through Clean up the Lake.

Marie-Murphy

Marie Murphy, Board Member

Marie Murphy is the Founder and CEO of MJD Development where she oversees Investment Management and overall Operations. MJD’s focus is Value Add Commercial Real Estate Repositionings in California and Nevada. MJD owns and operates Boatworks at Tahoe, a mixed-use retail, office, and hospitality assemblage and is entitling the site as a catalyst redevelopment project in Tahoe City, CA. Marie approaches running an investment platform and vertically integrated operating company with a unique mindset and perspective. As a woman, a mother, and a self-made entrepreneur, there is no one more passionate about sourcing and executing deals. This passion for the deal is felt deeply by all those involved and differentiates not only Marie but the entire team at MJD. Marie has built an impressive and successful track record in Commercial Real Estate. With over 35 full-cycle deals in Work Force Multi-Family Housing, she has MJD poised to grow into a national institutional platform. Marie is a frequent speaker at real estate conferences throughout the United States. Marie holds a B.A. from Santa Clara University and a Master’s from St. Mary’s College. Marie has two daughters and lives in the Bay Area. Marie is an avid outdoors woman who loves to scuba, ski, fly fish, and is currently working on her boating captain’s license.