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Friends of Black Rock-High Rock staff work year-round in a variety of roles including fundraising, marketing, projects, accounting, retail and administrative positions to ensure that our project grants and programs are making a difference.

Friends of Black Rock-High Rock has a satellite office in Reno and an information center and office in Gerlach, Nevada.

Office 775-557-2900

Stacey Wittek- Executive Director

Like all modern types living in a complex world, I have had a hand in a little bit of a lot of things—Educator and Writer (Journalism, Writing and Photography), Programs Manager, Workforce and Community Developer, Financial Coach and Trainer-Consultant. Through this journey, what I have found is that I have a solid skill at bringing together people for common causes and creating and implementing plans that involve collective impact. I like the kind of party where everybody pitches in.

I am at home outdoors. My personal work as an artist and writer often propels me to desert spaces, quirky towns and places, and in the company of independent thinkers and iconoclasts. As an avid mountain biker, road rider and winter sports enthusiast, if not on wheels or skis I can typically be found reading, writing or researching.  Or eating.  I love to eat.

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Karleena Hitchcock – Program & Administrative Director  

As an avid gem and mineral enthusiast, I have discovered many hidden treasures throughout Northern Nevada. After graduating from University of Nevada, Reno I spent years cultivating my passion for land preservation, conservation, and education through volunteer work and adherence to the principles of Leave No Trace. My love for the National Conservation Area is a direct result of unique experiences mushroom hunting, rock-hounding, fishing, camping, and hiking in Black Rock. 

I love our public lands because every future generation deserves the opportunity for adventure and to make their own discoveries!

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Olivia Cameron AmeriCorps Conservation Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator

I am a Pennsylvania native and a first-time Nevada visitor staying for the summer season. My goal is to gain as much knowledge about conservation and preservation as I can through education and firsthand experiences. The unique biological diversity and natural balances on Earth are fascinating to me, and I am excited to learn more about preserving nature and restoring balance through conservation. I am currently majoring in Environmental Studies and learning ways to reverse human impact on our land to create better relationships between people and the planet. What sparked my love for the environment was working on an organic vineyard and an apiary in Wisconsin. What I enjoy most is engaging myself and others with Nature by working outside. I could spend the rest of my life exploring Nevada–rugged lands, hidden beauties, and historic lands without human development.

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