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Staff & Volunteers


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Richard David Tejeda
Founder & Executive Director

Richard Tejeda is the Founder and Executive Director of Saved By Nature. Growing up in a drug and gang infested neighborhood in South San Jose, Richard is very familiar with the revolving door system many youth and adults can suffer due to social injustice.


When asked what nature means to him, Richard says, “Nature literally saved my life. I was supposed to be a statistic, but I couldn’t let that happen. I had to reinvent myself, and nature was a positive escape from the everyday negativity of my neighborhood. I made it out, and believe me, there were a lot of people that didn’t - all odds were against us. I think of that every day. Now I’m determined to change lives, and I plan to do that by using the same passions that transformed my life - that’s what this is all about. My name is Richard David Tejeda, and I have been.... Saved By Nature.

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Sean Reedy
Community Outreach Specialist

An accomplished hiker and backpacker, Sean Reedy has a passion to share nature with others that inspired him to become a University of California Naturalist, wilderness first responder, and certified interpretive guide. He brings two decades of teaching, coaching, and advocacy experience in East Gilroy along with a Masters of Science in Applied School Leadership. Sean is dedicated to leading interpretive hikes, bringing nature based programming to youth, and supporting the growth of Saved By Nature. He is experienced in supporting social and emotional health through resilience strategies, mindfulness, restorative justice, trauma informed care, and practices that foster connection with empathy and insight. 

"Now more than ever we need to embrace the connection that nature fosters with self, others, and the environment. I appreciate the opportunity to feel present in the incredible biodiversity of a region that we all have a role in conserving. I’m happiest when I’m following puma tracks, blazing rugged routes, listening to creaking redwood trees, breathing in aromatic sagebrush, noting new blossoms, scrambling a craggy mountain, or leaping into an invigorating stream. Learn along with me as we explore the rich environment that surrounds us while nourishing self-empowerment, compassion, and a sense of belonging that helps us thrive. See you outside!"

Community Nature Guides 2022


Dawn Theirl
Community Nature Guide


Carlos Marquez
Community Nature Guide

Bio coming soon. 

Bio coming soon. 

Denise Smith
Community Nature Guide

Bio coming soon. 


Leslie Anido
Community Nature Guide

Bio coming soon. 


Pamela Campos
Community Nature Guide

Bio coming soon. 


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Marcos Ortiz
Graphic Designer

The man behind the designs. Volunteer Marcos Ortiz has used his profound skills as a graphic designer to better the community around him. A skilled muralist (once frowned upon for his accidental run-ins with walls with a spray can in his younger years) he is a role model to our youth. Today, he is hired by business owners and advocates to create and paint beautiful murals on their walls of business; helping to attract customers, spread words of inspiration, as well as providing a visual eye treat to locals and tourists as they walkabout San Jose. 

Thank you for adding colour to our community Marcos!