Beautiful Landscape


Heidi is a seasoned environmental education and interpretation professional with extensive experience in volunteer management. She is currently a professor for the prestigious West Valley College Park Management Program, and previously worked 3 years at the Santa Clara Valley Water District as the Education Outreach Coordinator and served a short time as a Water Conservation Specialist. Prior to that, Heidi spent over 16 years with Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation.

Vacant Seat

Board President

Election Coming Soon!


Teri Rogoway

Board Vice-President

Teri is the Educational Programs Coordinator for the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority where she manages seasonal educational aides, a corps of 80 docents, and create an ongoing, engaging educational experience where the public can come and learn about the benefits of Open Spaces.


Aniko Milan

Board Treasurer

I, Ranger Kiko, as my fave Jr. Rangers call me, am thrilled to be a transplant from the streets of southwest Los Angeles to the environmentally rich habitats of the Santa Cruz Mountains.  I can’t say I’ve had it rough, but I’ve had it different. Guided by my parents, who did in fact have it rough, to always go for extraordinary and live by the Golden Rule, I consider myself one lucky ugly duckling to have realized the good fortune and blessings that came my way.

Carlos Escobar

Board Secretary

Photo & Bio coming February 2021!

Arturo "Velaz" Munoz

Director of Communications

Arturo “Velaz” Munoz is a community organizer, poet, and founder of Varrio Voices. Within his digital platforms and poetry, he highlights the wisdom and values within the Chicanx community, empowering other promising leaders to create change.

Heidi McFarland

Board of Directors

Joseph Villareal

Board of Directors

My name is Joseph Villareal. Serving and helping others change their lives through education is my life's passion. As a youth I was involved with gangs. A life changing experience brought me to San Jose. Today I am an accomplished Supply Chain Professional with a strong background in production, inventory and operation management. What called me to Saved By Nature? I believe in our mission. Educating and changing lives through nature. Join with me and my team and let’s become stewards of the environment together.

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José G. Gonzalez

Advisory Committee
Partner - Avarna Group

José G. González is the Founder of Latino Outdoors. He is an experienced educator as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. He is also an illustrator and science communicator.

Elizabeth Hammack

Honorary Director 
Park Interpreter III - California State Parks

Elizabeth has worked for the California Department of Parks and Recreation for over 30 years.  Elizabeth has been a leader in the California State Parks Interpretation and Education Division, and is this year’s recipient of the department’s Olmsted Award for Leadership and Vision. .


Sam Ham

Advisory Committee
Professor Emeritus - University of Idaho

Sam H. Ham is Professor Emeritus of communication psychology, sustainable development and international conservation in the University of Idaho's College of Natural Resources, as well as former Director of the Center for International Training and Outreach. In addition, he has served as Deputy Director of the Tourism Research Unit at Monash University, Australia.

Join the Board

We're looking for a few passionate individuals to help take Saved By Nature to the next level! 

Join a team that works to provide nature opportunity for Black, Indigenous, & People of Color (BIPOC). We're a miraculous nonprofit with so much potential and solutions. We need leaders and advocates for Saved By Nature that truly want to share our message and vision with their family, friends, and beyond! 

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