Jeff Bryant has been the Executive Director since January 2017. Jeff’s upbringing in Hawthorne, Nev. fostered a deep-rooted passion for the Walker Basin. Prior to his role at WBC, Jeff worked with the Great Basin Institute and lead conservation crews throughout the Great Basin, Mojave Desert, and the central Pacific coast of Mexico. After his time with the Great Basin Institute, Jeff worked to develop several nonprofits including Urban Roots, the Polygrarian Institute, and Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. Working at the WBC combines Jeff’s nonprofit experience, knowledge of conservation and sustainable agriculture, and passion for the Walker Basin.
Joy Morris is the Water Conservation Director. Joy has a M.S. in Hydrology from University of Nevada, Reno and a B.S. in Geology from New Mexico Tech. Joy has worked in the Walker Basin for nearly a decade, with most of that time spent on various aspects of the Walker Basin Restoration Program. She enjoys working with the diverse stakeholders in the Walker Basin and identifying opportunities to work together to meet the various needs of people in the Walker Basin. Joy is constantly amazed that she gets to work in such a beautiful place to create a long-lasting impact through her work.
Mike O’Carroll joined Walker Basin Conservancy in 2018 as the Director of Finance and Operations. Mike has 13 years of experience in non-profit financial management at the highest level, and over 25 years of financial management experience in the for-profit sector. Mike is a certified public accountant and received a B.S. in accounting from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Steve Tomac has been with Walker Basin Conservancy since 2014. Steve grew up on his family’s ranch in Fallon, Nev. After high school, he attended UNR where he received a B.S. in Agriculture with major emphasis in Wildlife and Range Management. Steve spent 28 years working for the Nevada Department of Wildlife primarily as a game warden in Lyon and Mineral counties. In 2011, he began working in the Walker Basin Restoration Program on stewardship activities and helping to establish the Walker Basin Conservancy.
Caroline Ackerman started her position in Communications and Outreach in May 2017. Caroline is currently a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she studies strategic communications in the Reynolds School of Journalism. Caroline’s interest in non-profit communications and lifelong respect for the Nevadan desert drew her to WBC’s work.