Needless to say, the Stewardship is making big things happen in the Lost Sierra, and it requires employees willing to wear multiple hats to pull off such a mission.
– Elisabeth Johnson, Merch Queen/Former Patagonia Intern
Greg leads the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. He is a descendent of a lost Miwok tribe and has spent his life living by the examples of his fore fathers–developing a passion for clean streams, big mountains and long trails.
Executive Administrator of Dirt Magic
Kyla is from Reno and has been working and playing in the Sierras all her life. After completing her Outdoor Recreation Leadership degree at Feather River College, she went on to study Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism at Colorado State University. Today she is proud to call Quincy home and enjoys exploring our local mountains by any means possible.
Pro Trail Crew
Henry was born and raised in Downieville and started riding mountain bikes at age 9. He’s done trail work in the Downieville area for over 12 years. Henry has worked outdoors all his life doing logging and trail work. Some of his favorite things to do when he’s not working are riding mountain bikes, dirt bikes and snowmobiles, hunting and fishing. Check out our feature article and video: “The Story of Henry’O“.
Trails Program Manager
Mandy first moved to the Lost Sierra in 2011, and it was love at first sight. After volunteering and working for SBTS, she left her true love shortly to run conservation crews in Durango and Yosemite. Now Mandy’s back getting youth and volunteers out on the trails. In her spare time she can be found climbing rocks, falling off her mountain bike, and skiing after her dog Scout.
Youth Trail Crew Coordinator
Alex started his trails career leading High School trail crews for SCA and Southwest Conservation Corps. Alex was the lead guide and trainer for Open Sky Wilderness Therapy in Durango for 4 years and has over 500 days working in the backcountry. In between Alex has bikepacked in Nepal, Mexico and the Colorado Trail. When not on the trail you can find Alex staring at maps dreaming up new adventures with his partner Jessie.
Pro Trail Crew
This Lost Sierra local has been part of the Pro Trail Crew for six years. Family man, world class trail builder, moto and snowmobile junkie, Andy tends to live life to it’s fullest.
Pro Trail Crew
Former Downieville Classic River Jump Champion, Downieville Classic winner and Pro trail crew member, Tyler has been building trails for five years with SBTS. Tyler has fished commercially in Alaska during the offseason for the last four years. Snowmobiling and crawling in his Toyota are also avid hobbies of Tyler’s.
Pro Trail Crew
A Portola local who loves living here with his wife and two children, Kamron’s favorite activities include mountain biking, snowboarding, camping, and fishing. A Feather River College graduate in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and former U.S Forest Service employee, he is now in his third season as a professional trail builder with the SBTS. Kamron enjoys working hard with a great crew building fun, safe, and sustainable trails for everyone to enjoy.
Pro Trail Crew
Growing up in the Sierra Foothills, Scott developed a passion for exploring the outdoors. This passion has led him and his family on a life adventure.(Abreviated for space, wow!) Masters of Business Administration, financial industry career, 10 years in Peru – opening a restaurant and running moto enduro tours. As if that is not enough, Scott released his first feature length, award winning documentary called Never Ride Alone.
Scott loves life, people, and dreaming big. He joined the Pro Trail Crew as a way to support his passions of exploring his surroundings. A bit of hard work to keep in shape, some great people with similar passions, and a desire to jump into the community…A great place to be.
Pro Trail Crew
Born and raised Sierra foothills kid, Evan has been mountain bike mechanic at age 15, he started at Yuba Expeditions at 18. All around bike shredder, raced pro DH for three years and was the 2008 Junior Downieville Downhill champ. If he’s not riding bikes, you can find him being a RC rock crawler nerd down by the river. Jack of all trades, master of nothing, mechanic.
Part Time Staff
Marketing and Outreach
Beans. The spending, shuffling and spilling of Beans is what marketing does through strategery, stories and shiny things. We are givers – to us, to you and to them – of what motivates humans to get outside. And if you trust us, there will be life experiences and fun times to be had.
Graphic Design / Marketing / Brand Czar / Digital Nerdery
Work hard. Play hard. Get good stuff done. All while having a laugh. Patrick tells the story of all the good work being done in the #LostSierra by the Stewardship through visual digital communications – photography, graphic design, social media, email broadcasting, website design/development and brand management. Motivating people to get into the mountains for an adventure and live life to its fullest. And maybe even get them help make the Lost Sierra an even better place through building trails. And he thinks bikes are neat-o! What a dork.
Kurt is a multi-faceted former professional cyclist, business owner, promotion/marketing manager, product developer, team owner/manager/director and race/event organizer with over 38 years of cycling experience. In recent years, Kurts passion for gravel riding saw the launch of his brand Gourmet Gravel and has led him to SBTS to run the best gravel events in the Lost Sierra.
Sponsorship Coordinator & “The Voice” of the Classic
Marty has been getting dirty in Downieville since hard-tails still ruled the trails. He was an early Lifetime Member of the SBTS and with his gift of gab, has been “The Voice” of the Downieville Classic and the SBTS since 2003. From emceeing world class SBTS events to getting dirty on sa-weet Lost Sierra single-track, Marty’s enthusiasm and positive energy helps achieve the SBTS goal of creating Dirt Magic. Lastly, “please move all unattended bikes to our secure bike check area!”
Kalah is a Plumas County native, born and raised in Lake Almanor. She recently completed her Environmental Studies degree at Feather River College, and also works as an intern for the Plumas National Forest. Regardless of season, Kalah loves getting outside with her family whether it be hiking, biking, or snowboarding. She is passionate about the outdoors and our human interaction and experience with the environment. She also enjoys painting, playing music, and yoga. You can find her at our new office in Quincy!
Writer / Trail Whisperer
Known by some as the ASS (Angry Singlespeeder), these past few years, “Trail Whisperer” became a better nickname for Kurt’s rediscovering of long-forgotten prospecting trails. Kurt blends backcountry scouting and storytelling about the history of the Lost Sierra, inspiring folks to get outside and explore their public lands. His latest adventure is co-managing The Lure Resort in Downieville and Lost Sierra Development, LLC, a new venture that benefits SBTS, addressing the shortage of available long-term housing in Downieville.
Jeff has been coming from the Bay Area to enjoy the Lost Sierra for well over a decade with family and friends. He volunteered at events several times and was finally hired on to SBTS once we realized we couldn’t get rid of him – he’s too nice! He now works as an events Co-Volunteer Coordinator alongside Debbie.
Mountains to Meadows Festival Manager
Melanie first teamed up with SBTS while working at Giro and managing Grinduro. For years Greg Williams kept asking, ” When are you going to move to the Lost Sierra?”. After leaving Giro and a year of camping around the country in her truck camper, Melanie finally moved to the Lost Sierra in August 2019. She is currently the General Manager of The Lure Resort in Downieville. When she heard that Mountains to Meadows would become a reality, she could not resist wanting to help.
Administrator Assistant / Project Coordinator
Born and raised in the Lost Sierra, Esa keeps finding herself back in it. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Cal. State Monterey Bay in Environmental Science, Technology,
and Policy. Throughout and after her college years she maintained a seasonal position in fisheries with the Plumas National Forest. She then went on to explore the intermountain west in Idaho and Montana as a river guide on the Middle Fork Salmon and as a ski instructor at the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky Montana. She is back in Quincy and thrilled to be working with The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, the small mountain communities that shaped her, and the forests that inspired all of her favorite activities.
Yuba Expeditions Crew
Born and raised in West Salem, Wisconsin as a true Cheesehead, he graduated from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and headed west to Quincy. He began working on his local trails then discovered SBTS, Lakes Basin, and Downieville and fell in love with the world class riding. Most days, you’ll find Mason somewhere in the Lost Sierra working on trails, riding, backcountry snowboarding or rock climbing with his beautiful wife Samantha.
Assistant Head Lady
Born and raised in Downieville, daughter of legendary shuttle driver Billy Epps and wife of Turbo, JoJo played high school volleyball and basketball and spent her other time running and hiking through the woods. She was into motos, horses, and four wheeling before she began working at Yuba in 2015. Working there broadened her knowledge of bikes, parts and where to roam in the Lost Sierras. Now she’s our Assistant Manager, rides bikes often and is taking on new hobbies like snowboarding.
The Jon Palmer
Summertime biker and wintertime ripper, The Jon Palmer is a guy just livin’ the dream. He’ll help you out when your bike is feeling down and tell you jokes that you won’t see coming with a chuckle. An all around solid Crud player, yet lost to a Pink Gorilla named Spot.
Legendary Shuttle Driver
Born and raised in a Downieville, Billy has been driving shuttles for Yuba since 2012. He’s a third generation shuttle driver, and purveyor of local history and antidotes! Billy also fundraised over $5000 for the local Sierra Frontier Medical Resources (SFMR) Paramedic Fund, by running a record number nine shuttles on one day!
Yuba Sales/Service & Liver of Dreams
Born and raised on the SF peninsula, Chris found his love for two wheels and the outdoors when he started working at REI in 2003. His growing addiction to two wheels led him to manage Palo Alto Bicycles for six years. When the congestion and crowds of the Bay Area became too great a burden, he and his wife moved to Quincy. When he is not outside enjoying the Lost Sierra, find him at the Yuba Expeditions Adventure Center helping others maximize their time enjoying Dirt Magic.
Board of Directors
Leading a high school mountain biking trip to Downieville, I met the SBTS founders and was so impressed by the commitment to get young people into learning about and enjoying the Lost Sierra forests. That was over ten years ago, and now I’m spreading the good word to bring more out-of-towners to our area. I especially love the days we’re building new trail.
Rob Bixler MD FAWM
Vice President and Medical Director
Bike, skis, raft, this Urgent Care MD will use any excuse to let gravity pull him down a mountain. Our wilderness medicine expert.
Jesse has been riding the trails in Downieville since 1994 and joined the SBTS Board in 2010. He is a former bicycle shop owner and loves to spend time in the mountains. As a former Senior Executive in the financial services industry, he enjoys the business side of enhancing, restoring and building trails in Sierra and Plumas county. His greatest hope is that everyone will take the time to experience the joy of digging in the dirt in the mountains with fellow trail lovers.
Debbie has been going to Downieville to play in the dirt with her husband Chuck since 1992. She is the volunteer coordinator for our events and serves as the Board Treasurer.
Rick is the Program Coordinator for the Outdoor Recreation Leadership program at Feather River College in Quincy. As an avid mountain biker and dirt bike rider, Rick has been enjoying trails and helping to build them since he moved to California in 1989.
Rick is married to Inge and has one daughter, Leta.
Race Registration Coordinator
Heather is the wife of Greg, loving mom of Kenzy and Myles, and caretaker of the William’s household. A nutrition expert and PhD educator, she makes sure we eat healthy choices at our events, that your race entry is squared-away, and that Greg and Phil the Dog don’t get out of line. When you see her, treat her with the utmost respect, and be sure to say thank you for putting up with all of our crap.
Ron has been exploring the Sierra Buttes region since his dad first took him fishing on Gold Lake when he was 10 years old. His annual visits from Marin continued and he married Melinda while pursuing a long-term corporate career in the publishing business.
In 2005, he made the permanent move Plumas County, built a house in Clio, joined the local Volunteer Fire Department as an EMT/Firefighter and began devoting more time to his favorite local trails. Mountain biking, climbing, hiking, a few ski trips and occasional moto adventure keep him busy.
As an Advisory Board Member, he is involved in mapping, trail building, advocacy, working with trail volunteers, writing the occasional grant and generally loving the fabulous trails in the Plumas and Tahoe National Forest.
Erik grew up in the great outdoors and can usually be found out on a trail somewhere either building, riding, hiking or skiing. He’s been involved in trail advocacy since 1997 and been an SBTS board member and crew leader since it’s inception in 2003.
A retired Civil Engineer (transportation planner) with the Plumas National Forest, Pete has supported the SBTS mission for years. His projects have included extensive trail location, construction planning and grant writing. His retirement projects include trail work on the Cascade and Hough trail systems out of Quincy. His goal is to help gain support for trail projects on the Plumas National Forest and build trails that bring people to Plumas and Sierra Counties. With wife Julie, they love to travel, hike, backpack, ski, mountain bike, road bike, run and spend time with their daughters.
Chris has a BS Degree in Commercial Recreation Management from the University of Utah. He has traveled the world as a professional cyclist and coach and now has a nasty running and hiking habit.
Instigator of the Lost and Found and dedicated servant to the out of doors. On Foot, on bike, whatever, lets go!
Life long Nevada County Resident, Chris is Married to Hollie and they have 3 dogs and too many bikes.