Serena has 20 years of leadership and development experience in the non-profit industry. She is currently serving as Executive Director of Cottonwood Canyons Foundation. Serena has spent the last few years evolving the organization from a small but mighty model toward a capacity-based operation, meeting a wide breadth of unmet environmental stewardship and education needs in the sensitive canyons of the Wasatch.
Cottonwood Canyons Foundation is a non-political non-profit that was formed in 2002, to support the US Forest Service, Salt Lake Ranger District and Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities, Watershed Division. Environmental work is carried out through stewardship and education programs. In the summer and fall, the organization deploys full-time seasonal stewardship programs by way of a trails crew (in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons) and an invasive weeds crew (in the Cottonwood and Millcreek Canyons). Environmental education is carried out year-round through K-12 and general public programs and events. More than one thousand volunteers annually give their time for single day and long-term efforts through Cottonwood Canyons Foundation.
Serena has worked for non-profits in the youth development, business development, animal welfare and environmental service sectors. She enjoys spending her priceless off-duty time with her husband and grandchildren, exploring and appreciating nature; sometimes remembering to capture inspiring images as a casual photographer. She lives happily in the Salt Lake Valley, although a California native.