Board of Directors/Advisory Board

 Ron Hemig, Board Chair

RHemig 9566 Print Resized WebAfter a lengthy career in newspaper publishing throughout the western states, Ron and his wife Pat came to Truckee in 1992. Within a year, Ron decided that he needed new business challenges, so he started his real estate career and became involved with community organizations including Rotary and the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce. Ron ultimately served two terms as Chamber President and then moved on to start his lengthy tenure with the Truckee Donner Public Utility District (TDPUD). Ron expanded his real estate efforts to become co-owner of Hemig & Erle Real Estate Firm in 2003. In 2011, Ron and Paula became co- owners of another local firm with an increased emphasis on commercial as well as residential real estate. In 2017, Ron’s real estate career expanded exponentially and he now offers a unique and very personal brand of real estate services in a much larger market area including Truckee, Tahoe, Reno and adjoining counties.

As the Chair for The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, Ron’s primary focus is to ensure that the organization stays on mission, meets its financial objectives and continues to enjoy steady and stable growth in its three key programming areas – research, education and outreach. If there is any time left over, Ron can be found participating in his favorite pastime - birding - and enjoying the natural beauty of our region.

 Kristine Mitchell, Vice Chair

As a 3rd generation Tahoe resident, Kristine is passionate about her community and sharing all things Lake Tahoe with others. Most recently, she served as VP Trail Use for the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and a volunteer guide on the 165-mile trail. She earned her degree in Mass Communications: Business and Marketing from the University of California, Berkeley. Previusly, she served as a youth program leader in local schools, and with Marin Community Food Bank and United way of the Bay Area. Currently, Kristine specializes in Lake Tahoe-Sierra real estate, as a Nevada and California Realtor.

She enthusiastically supports the work of TINS to help connect our children and communities to nature, through field research and hands-on science education, so we can better understand the importance of preserving Lake Tahoe wildlife and natural resources for generations to come.

Tisha Carper Long, Secretary

TCL at LeavittLake 2Tisha and her family moved to Tahoe in 2013 as an experiment in improving the quality of their lives. It’s working!

She holds an MA in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University and has worked as an exhibit developer and evaluator for the Oakland Museum of California’s Natural Science Division, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the California Academy of Sciences. She has produced publications, websites, and videos for a number of museums and educational organizations in California and beyond, and is currently designing and developing a series of electronic exhibits based on real-time scientific data for the Tahoe Science Center in Incline Village.

Tisha is a singer and a textile artist who is currently obsessed with knitting. She enjoys camping, hiking, and exploring the Sierra with her family, and is delighted to join the work of TINS in promoting a deeper understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of Tahoe’s natural resources.

Markham Gross, Treasurer  

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Markham is excited to be part of TINS because of the research, education, and outreach efforts which help advance knowledge and conservation of the Tahoe region.Markham originally arrived in Tahoe by luck in the spring of 2000 from Central Florida when an action sports equipment business he had founded was acquired by a company then located in Truckee, CA. After responsibilities with the merger were complete, Markham decided to call Tahoe his home. He has lived in on the North Shore areas of Tahoe between 2000–2006, and was grateful to return in 2013 as a full time resident, making Incline Village his home. Markham is a Futures Trader, and is Founder and Principle of an emerging Commodity Trading Advisory firm. Markham is passionate about the Tahoe region, and all it has to offer. He enjoys skiing, hiking, cycling, running, and swimming around the area.

Kirk Brennan

Kirk is an avid outdoorsman and lover of nature. A former arborist, he has studied and spent time with many different types of trees. When work allows, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking and camping in the Sierra Nevada. He is a SCUBA instructor with experience diving the clear waters of Lake Tahoe. He believes that educating children about nature ensures that future generations will respect and enjoy the outdoors. He believes that TINS plays an important educational role in the Tahoe region.

Kirk is a practicing attorney licensed in California, Nevada and Virginia. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, an MBA from George Mason University, and a JD from George Mason University.

 Rich Chambers

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In pursuit of beautiful beaches, Rich and his wife Bonnie moved to Lake Tahoe in 2012. Rich, being an avid birder, was attracted to the mountains, forest, beaches, and extraordinary lake. The 2015 TINS Big Year captivated Rich’s attention. With active participation throughout the year, by December 30th, he saw his 200th bird species via a chartered boat, a thrilling conclusion! Rich is a partner in Sirius Wealth Management Strategies, LLC, where he advises personal, financial, and investment issues. Rich and Bonnie have a home on Kingsbury Grade where they enjoy spending time with each other and their three dogs. 

Rich is excited to be part of the TINS team by serving on the board and he enthusiastically supports the mission of promoting greater appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of the natural resources of the Tahoe region.

 Will Richardson, Ph.D. (see Staff page for bio)

Keith Thomas

Information coming soon.

Rachel Wise

Rachel grew up around the world as a quintessential "military brat." After her travels throughout Europe, Korea, and North America, picshe was introduced to the Tahoe area in 2002 while attending the University of Nevada at Reno. While in college, Rachel began her exploration of the Tahoe region, and although she had been a lifetime-skier, Rachel took up snowboarding in the infamous Tahoe Mountains.

It was a deep love of the mountains and the Tahoe area that moved Rachel back to the region after she obtained her Juris Doctor in 2010 from Michigan State University College of Law.  Rachel is now a practicing attorney in a prominent law firm that emphasizes its practice in water law and water right management in the state of Nevada.  She believes through TINS education, awareness and outreach, the natural beauty that anchored her to this region can be preserved for generations to come.


Advisory Board

Matt Forister, Ph.D.- Entomologist, University of Nevada, Reno Professor

Elizabeth Getman, Esq.- Nonprofit and Cyber Law

Pamela Hurt-Hobday - Strategic Planner and Philanthropist

Vicki Isacowitz - Educator and Small Business Owner

Pat Manly, Ph.D.- Ecologist

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