Meet our Staff

Perry Norris, Executive Director
Prior to joining the Land Trust, Perry was chief operating officer at the North Carolina Outward Bound School. His other previous posts include deputy director at the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School and headmaster at Cedar Smoke School. The Sierra Business Council awarded Perry its Vision 20/20 Award "for his achievement in building one of the most effective land trusts in California." A graduate of Bennington College, Perry is married to Seana Doherty and has two children, Louis and Lacey. He enjoys backcountry skiing, mountaineering and cooking.
John Svahn, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
John is an active member of the trails community in Truckee and North Tahoe, and is involved in local trail planning commissions. John holds a BS in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management from the University of Maryland. He and his wife Heather have made Truckee their home since 1998 and are usually found running, skiing, or mountain biking on our local trails.
Kevin Starr, Stewardship coordinator
Kevin is working to complete the Land Trust’s flagship trail project, the Donner Lake Rim Trail. He also leads trailbuilding crews and tackles the Land Trust's numerous stewardship duties year-round. A member of the Truckee community since 1991 and when not working on the trails for the Land Trust and Truckee Trails Foundation, you can find Kevin outside skiing, climbing, and biking on some of those same trails.
Kate Frankfurt, Development Director
Kate joins the Land Trust having recently moved from the Bay Area, where she served as the Chief Development Officer for Safe&Sound. She has served as a philanthropic consultant for Tahoe-based organizations such as Gateway Mountain Center and the League to Save Lake Tahoe, and has managed capital campaigns for Safe&Sound as well as the San Francisco Zen Center. A graduate of Kenyon College, she lives in Olympic Valley with her two boys Aidan and Julian, and her lab-mix Juno. Kate enjoys snowshoeing, biking, hiking, sweep rowing and learning to bake bread.
Linda Slattery, Administrator
Linda pulled the trigger and moved to Truckee in August 2016. After being a second homeowner for over a decade and after a long career in high tech, she sold her home in the Bay Area to retire to her dream home in the mountains. High on her list of the things she is most proud of are: her two children and their lovely families, surviving the winter of 2016-2017, jumping into the Truckee community with both feet and landing a job with the Land Trust! She is delighted to be helping the Land Trust to make a difference in this little slice of heaven on earth.
Ward W. Fansler, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Ward Fansler returns to the Land Trust after a year and half hiatus. Graduated with BS in Accounting from Fresno State and MA in Educational Leadership from The University of San Francisco, Ward’s post public accounting career has been exclusively with non profit organizations as CFO or CEO with missions dedicated to education, community health and conservation. Favorite activities include hiking with his adult kids and enjoying the great outdoors.
Greyson Howard, Communications Director
Greyson has lived and worked in Truckee since 2006, starting off as a reporter at the local newspaper and working in a variety of communications roles in the region. A National Outdoor Leadership School graduate, Greyson has a BA in English from UC Davis. He skis, hikes, climbs and mountain bikes with his wife, Lynn Baumgartner, and enjoys photography and videography.