Cody Hanford - Executive Director
Cody has been working in arid lands conservation since 2003. In that time he has led Desert Restoration Crews for SCA, traveled the West as a Leave No Trace Master Educator, and worked as an environmental consultant for federal and state agencies, non-profits, and local municipalities. These days, he is most content spending time with his young family.
Wendy Walker - Program and Office Administration Manager
Wendy Walker worked for the Riverside Corona Resource Conservation District doing habitat restoration for four years before coming to Transition Habitat Conservancy. Wendy has studied California native plants and natural history all her adult life. She now works with Transition Habitat Conservancy as the Program and Office Administrator where her field skills and experience come in handy when providing office support to field staff and volunteers. She enjoys photography in her spare time.
Vern Biehl - Preserve Manager
Vern and his wife Marge have lived in the west Antelope Valley since the 1950's. Since 1982, they have lived on the north slope of Portal Ridge, where they manage the Portal Ridge Wildlife Preserve for THC. Their property was the first conservation easement for Transition Habitat, and hope someday that it will be used as the home for future Preserve managers and an education center for equine communication and Leave No Trace horse packing. They are proud of their association with THC and their relationships with the people that make it such a great organization.
Jane Rowan - Bookkeeper
Jane Rowan started her career in the newspaper business over 30 years ago working in Palmdale, California at the Antelope Valley Press. She started in retail advertising paginating the paper and quickly moved into retail and national sales. In 1984 she accepted a job with Freedom Communications at the Victorville Daily press where she worked for 20 years. She was involved in retail advertising, classified advertising, and managed the digital media department. She was responsible for bringing digital to the newspaper via the web, and for implementing new technology to reach a growing audience.
In 2014 she accepted a position with SOS Business Services in Pinon Hills. Her job duties as a licensed and bonded tax preparer, include bookkeeping, accounting and other office tasks. In June of 2016, she began her current position at Transition Habitat Conservancy as its bookkeeper.
Ryan Hughes - Land Steward
After graduating from Oklahoma State University, Ryan put down the books and hit the trail. First heading to Eastern Washington, Ryan began his time on public lands working on a trail crew in the Umatilla National Forest. As winter came, he moved back down south and first became acquainted with the Mojave Desert while on a Student Conservation Association contract crew working with the BLM out of Ridgecrest, CA. When that position dried up with the heat of summer, he continued traveling around the U.S. working on its public lands. Ryan has worked in California, Alaska, Wyoming, Colorado, Washington, and Tennessee while working with almost all of our country's land management agencies. He was drawn back to the vast openness of the Mojave Desert and is now THC's Land Steward for the Fremont-Kramer Desert Wildlife Management Area.
Sue Harris - Land Stewardship and Volunteer Coordinator
Sue worked in the vineyards from age 6 to 15. She grew up in Clovis, California and spent most of her time outdoors working with horses and farm animals. Animals are a passion for her. She came to Southern California in 1977 and worked for 35 years in the corrugated sheets and boxes industry. She performed various duties from machine operator, shipping, receiving, dispatching, maintenance and waste and roll stock coordinator. She oversaw the inventories throughout the plant, and did the purchasing of all materials needed in the offices. She developed a waste scrap tracking system that was used to track recycled waste for the plant.
In 2014, Sue was a volunteer for the Transition Habitat Conservancy and worked in the field monitoring the lands by foot and horse. She also helped with AmeriCorps crew support. In August of 2016, Sue came to work for the Transition Habitat Conservancy as a Land Stewardship and Volunteer Coordinator.