Ron Sundergill, Senior Director
Prior to beginning his work with NPCA in November, 2005, Ron served as the President of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy in Santa Rosa California, a non-profit organization that educates leaders working to create sustainable public policy.
Ron previously represented the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) before the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch on a wide range of issues, including renewable energy, federal energy budget priorities and tax policy. Prior to joining UCS, he served as the Director of Legislation in the Maryland Department of Human Resources.
In Frederick County, Maryland, Ron served as the President of the Board of County Commissioners from 1990 to 1994. This was an elected position representing 150,000 residents. Ron was also responsible for the management of the county during the time period, serving as the county chief executive and board chair.
Prior to his work as an elected official at the county level, Ron worked for the United States Catholic Conference's Campaign for Human Development (CHD) where he directed a business capitalization program targeted to support cooperative business ventures and cooperative housing in low income communities in the United States. While employed at CHD he co-founded the National Network of Grantmakers. Ron holds a BA degree in political science from Hood College located in Maryland.
Dennis Arguelles, Los Angeles, Program Manager
Dennis Arguelles comes to NPCA after over 20 years of nonprofit management and advocacy experience in Los Angeles' low income, immigrant and ethnic communities. He has worked for several neighborhood-based organizations and is the past President and Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, a coalition of over 30 community-based institutions. He also served as the Assistant Director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and as an appointee to various City and County Commissions. As a youth, Dennis grew up in the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains and Angeles National Forest, leading to a lifelong passion for backpacking, kayaking, fishing and other outdoor activities. He is particularly interested in connecting inner-city youth and urban communities to the natural environment and serves as a guide and instructor for Outward Bound Adventures, Inc. As an urban planner, he is also interested in open space access and equity issues and the preservation of cultural and historic places. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UCLA. Working for NPCA represents the coming together of many of his interests and passions, and he feels privileged to be working to expand, preserve and strengthen our National Parks.
Lynn Davis, Las Vegas, Senior Program Manager
Lynn Davis joined NPCA in April 2008 to open and manage a new, strategic field office in Nevada. The daughter of a forest ranger, Lynn grew up instilled with a sense of responsibility to protect and conserve. An award-winning writer and communications professional, Lynn has worked for years as a consultant to national parks and museums directing message strategy and designing leading-edge interpretive programs throughout the U.S. She is the former owner of a Las Vegas-based firm specializing in traditional and New Media strategies. Prior, she worked with Discovery Communications and technology partners in pioneering handheld multimedia presentations for the U.S. Centennial of Flight and the Smithsonian. With an avid interest in outdoor travel, Lynn has trekked to Mount Everest, rafted through the Grand Canyon twice, hiked throughout the West, and was a founding board member of an environmental science school.
Neal Desai, Director of Field Operations, Pacific Region
Neal joined NPCA's Pacific Regional office in 2004, and has work on and led numerous campaigns to protect, expand, and create national parks. Those campaigns include the protection of Drakes Estero within Point Reyes National Seashore as the first marine wilderness on the west coast, the creation of the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, the restoration of public access at Santa Rosa Island within the Channel Islands National Park, and the protection of the Presidio’s Main Post and Crissy Field from large-scale, inappropriate development proposals. As Director of Field Operations, Neal works closely with the excellent and talented field staff of the Pacific Region to organize and build public and political support for national parks. Prior to joining NPCA, Neal worked in Burlington, Vermont with the Community and Economic Development Office and the AmeriCorps*VISTA program. He received a degree in Management Information Systems and Marketing from the State University of New York, Albany School of Business.
Kari Kiser, Senior Program Coordinator, Pacific Regional Office
Kari Kiser started in November of 2006 as the Sr. Program Coordinator and works with the Northern California and Hawaiian Parks. She grew up hiking and camping throughout California and the Southwest. Her many long trips sparked a passion for ethnobotany, the cultural and artistic legacy of Native American tribes, and her own Hawaiian heritage. Her degree in Environmental Studies from St. Olaf College has led her around the USA and the world working with many environmental education/naturalist programs, including Los Angeles County Office of Education and Peace Corps Far East Russia. She spent 9 months in South East Asia where she developed an interpretive management plan and designed new trails and visitor center exhibits for the Mu Ko Chang National Park in Thailand. When she is not at work she is working on her Master’s in Public Administration in Sustainable Management the Presidio Graduate School.
David Lamfrom, Associate Director, California Desert Program
David Lamfrom is honored to join the NPCA Pacific Region staff after spending three years as a Regional Vice-President for an environmental consulting firm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prior to that, David was employed in diverse wildlife and agricultural research biology positions including experiences in the fields of aquaculture, agricultural biology and herpetology. David volunteered time and expertise as a naturalist for the Wildlife Research Team, a non-profit organization who has had tremendous success utilizing non-mechanized mangrove restoration in Biscayne Bay, Florida. As a graduate of New College of Florida, David has had the opportunity to conduct significant study in the fields of ecology, herpetology, foreign languages, Native American studies and art. David has been published both as an author and wildlife photographer in several issues of Wild South magazine. David is an avid naturalist, hiker, and photographer who spends his free time exploring and photographing wildlife and wilderness. He has traveled extensively throughout the national park system including photo forays throughout the South, Southwest, Rockies, Appalachians and Pacific Northwest. David plans to use his passion and knowledge of our natural, cultural and historical resources to inspire others to learn about and protect our national parklands
Seth Shteir, California Desert Field Representative, California Desert Field Office
Seth Shteir is honored to have joined the National Parks Conservation Association’s California Desert Field Office. Seth developed a love of arid lands while visiting Arizona’s national parks as a child with his father. Clambering up saguaro strewn slopes, observing iridescent hummingbirds and surprising coatamundis in a desert wash instilled a desire to protect special places. Prior to working at NPCA, Seth shared his passion for the natural world for 13 years as an outdoor educator and classroom teacher at the New Jersey School of Conservation, Fresh Air Fund, Lorado Taft Field School and Children’s Community School. He has also served eight years on the board of the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, most recently as conservation chair and vice president. Seth’s environmental writing has appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including National Parks. He is especially fond of the wildlife, starry skies and compelling geological formations of the Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park. Seth is delighted to join NPCA and looks forward to helping protect our national parks.