MEET OUR BOARD
JEFF BROWN, PRESIDENT
Jeff brown is the owner and General Manager of Tahoe Mountain Realty (TMR), a company he has led since 2010, after many years in the ski and resort industry. An avid ultra-runner, Jeff has completed the Tahoe Rim Trail 100 Mile Trail Race and enjoys spending countless hours on the trails of Truckee and Lake Tahoe. Jeff, his wife Laura, and three kids are very proud of the region and hope to make a lasting imprint for those who may follow.
CHRISSY EARNHARDT, TREASURER
Chrissy and her husband Denton moved to Truckee from San Diego in 2007 to enjoy small, mountain town life and all that the greater Lake Tahoe area has to offer. She now enjoys raising her daughter in this precious environment and taking advantage of opportunities to play outdoors as much as possible – running, biking, skiing and hiking. Chrissy graduated with a degree in Accounting from San Diego State University and has worked in local government finance for over 10 years.
Levi grew up in Montana skiing and cycling all over the Big Sky State. After attending Rowmark Ski Academy and the University of Utah at Salt Lake City, he became a professional cyclist, racing around the world including the Tour de France, Giro D'Italia, Vuelta a Espana, and in two Olympic Games. As president of the King Ridge Foundation, Levi found a way to give back to the cycling community supporting at-risk youth. Levi and his partner Jill moved to the Truckee/Tahoe area in 2018 after loosing their home in the Sonoma Fires of 2017. He brings a passion for the outdoors and recreation to the Land Trust Board, and is excited to preserve what he calls one of the best places on earth.
Paco Lindsay arrived in Truckee in 1974 and immediately saw Truckee as his home. Being from Iowa, he was enamored of the beauty of the Northern Sierra, the uniqueness of Truckee, and the mountainous terrain. Holding various year-round jobs, including at the infamous Flop House and as a cook in the Passage, Paco began his own summer business, Paco’s Truckee River Bicycle, out of his garage. With his interest in Nordic skiing, the bike shop became a Truckee institution, Paco’s Truckee Bike and Ski. Paco joined the Land Trust’s Board to bring to it a wealth of experience in finance, trail building and advocacy.
Kevin Mitchell, a Northern California native and veteran of the ski industry, has worked at Lake Tahoe and international ski resorts for over 25 years. As part of his current role as General Manager at Homewood Mountain Resort, Mitchell works diligently to preserve and maintain over 1,700 acres of private and public land while operating a renowned Lake Tahoe resort. A Truckee Resident, Kevin Mitchell has lived in the north shore area for over 25 years and can often be found hiking or biking on many of the local trails during the summer, and skiing at local resorts and in the backcountry during the winter.
Ted was raised in northern California in a family of outdoor enthusiasts, enjoying skiing, backpacking, fishing and hunting. He majored in Political Science at Cal Poly SLO after which he went to work as a government affairs manager for a state-wide insurance association. Trading in the suits and ties, he moved to Truckee full time in 1989 to join his father in the family construction business. Ted is a member of the Truckee Rotary Club, a charter member and past President of the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe, and a member of the Truckee Masonic Lodge #200. He served on the Truckee Planning Commission and the Town Council and was selected in 2003 to serve as Truckee Mayor. Ted was elected to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors in 2004 and 2008 where he served as Chairman of the Board in 2005, 2008 and 2012. As Supervisor, Ted served on several state-wide boards including California’s Sierra Nevada Conservancy representing the Central Sub-region.
Having grown up in the Canadian Rockies, the mountains have always been an important part of Blair's life. Now splitting his time between the Bay Area and Truckee, with his children on the Northstar Ski Team, Blair brings a passion for the region and working with the Land Trust to preserve the area's treasures for public recreation for years to come. A founder of Sage Modern, Blair Porteous has extensive experience in sustainable building both in the Bay Area and in the Truckee/Tahoe area. He enjoys hiking and skiing, and was hooked on the Land Trust on a backcountry ski to visit Frog Lake to start visioning a backcountry hut.
APARNA REDDY, VICE PRESIDENT
The Land Trust is excited to welcome Aparna Reddy to our Board. She joined the Porter Simon law firm in Truckee as an associate attorney concentrating on general business, business formation, employment, and real estate matters. After graduating from Wooster High School in Reno, Aparna completed her B.S. in plant biology at UC Davis and, while working in the lab one summer, learned of opportunities to work in science and law. She then decided to go to law school and chose Santa Clara University School of Law where she received a J.D. and her M.B.A. from Santa Clara University. Aparna is an avid mountain biker, skier, and paddle boarder who loves being in the mountains.
Mike has been coming to Truckee since 1975 and moved here in 2001. He has been a financial executive and CPA for more than 40 years as well as president of several small businesses in the Bay Area. As a partner, he was involved with the growth of the Yakima Roof Rack Company as well as the shipping and real estate industries. He enjoys working with nonprofits in the Sierras and loves to preserve the environment here.
Sidney Scott graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine, where she was active in the Outing Club, and went on to earn a PhD in Biochemistry from UC Davis, where she continued her research in cell biology. After years of escaping to the mountains on weekends to enjoy the outdoors, Sidney, her husband and two young children made the move to Truckee in 2004, and then to Donner Summit in 2012. Sidney and her family grew immersed in the mountain lifestyle, sharing adventures together - climbing and skiing peaks in the Sierra backcountry. She enjoys skate skiing at Royal Gorge, rock climbing and backpacking.
The Land Trust is delighted to welcome Daniel Simmons to our Board of Directors. A retired faculty member and professor emeritus at UC Davis School of Law, Dan is a sought after tax specialist who brings critical domain expertise to the Land Trust. In his words, “There’s very little we can do in today’s society that doesn’t have tax implications,” and that includes land preservation. And he also brings the passion: Simmons is president of Far West Masters Ski Racing Association and competitive alpine racer affiliated with Squaw Valley Masters ski team.
Jean moved to Sacramento from Chicago in the mid-70’s. For over 40 years, her family has owned a Serene Lakes cabin, which has served as their base for cross country skiing, backpacking, hiking, and cycling. Jean’s introduction to TDLT was the Royal Gorge acquisition. She has served as a community member on the TDLT stewardship committee. Jean is known for her optimism, for loving to be outside, for respecting the environment, for staying active (and fit), for being passionate about education, and for enjoying the processes and challenges of organizational work. She retired from a 40-year Physical Education and Athletics career; Jean was a coach, teacher, and then Athletic Director/Instructional Dean in the CA community colleges. She was active with the USA Track & Field NGB and the Sacramento Sports Commission. She is a volunteer guide for local and international Ski for Light events.
BRITA TRYGGVI, SECRETARY
Brita is an experienced land use planner and small business owner. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Urban Planning from California State University, San Jose. Brita and her husband, Art, moved to the Tahoe-Truckee area after completing college and graduate school. For the past 30-plus years, Brita has been employed in either the private or public sector in northern Nevada. Brita served on the Truckee Planning Commission for 10 years, and she is a member of other organizations such as the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation. She and her husband recently retired and now have time to pursue more of their interests, including downhill skiing, kayaking, hiking, gardening, birding, and traveling.
After graduating from the University of Vermont, Jim was lured to Tahoe by snow covered mountains and pristine alpine lakes. As such, Jim joins the board with great enthusiasm and passion for protecting beautiful open spaces with high recreational value and high environmental significance. Jim is the Founder and President of Tahoe Getaways, a property management firm in Truckee, CA. He also serves as the chairman of the Truckee Business Improvement District, is a member of the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association, and North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. When not working, Jim can be found suffering up single track, coaching skiing, and exploring the backcountry with his wife and three young kids.
Ann Taylor Schwing