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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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