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, STEWARDSHIP 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.
Kathy Englar, Development Director
After 20 years as a second homeowner/highway 80 warrior, Kathy traded her Silicon Valley career to live the good life in Truckee, where she is now applying her tech industry account management, sales and marketing, and operations expertise at the Land Trust. An East Coast transplant before falling in love with California, Kathy earned an MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University and her undergraduate degree in applied math from Johns Hopkins University. She hikes, swims, or skis daily, and is passionate about preserving the environment.
Melissa Reilly, Development Coordinator
Native Oregonian Melissa Reilly moved to Truckee two years ago after spending nearly a decade in Alaska, where she gained valuable experience with the Forest Service. She has worked in a wide array of natural resource arenas, including fisheries, wildlife, and recreational management. Melissa has earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and more recently a graduate degree in natural resources. She is excited to apply her diverse skills and experience at the Land Trust to help ensure the conservation of this unique region. She and her husband are huge fans of anything outdoors, especially fishing, skiing, camping, and the Sierra sunshine.
Eric Isenhart, Administrative Assistant
Eric was raised in the Colorado high country, ski racing in the winters and exploring the mountains in the summers. Being raised in the high alpine taught him lessons in strategy, resourcefulness and how to improvise in dynamic environments. Upon graduating from MSU Denver with a B.S. in Finance, Eric promised himself to one day fuse his operational experience in finance with his love for the planet. This goal remained constant during his six-year tenure in banking and private equity. After attending the CU Boulder Leed’s School of Business, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, Eric decided to head west and focus the next phase of his life on contributing to the advancement of environmental conservation. Since moving to Tahoe in May of 2016, Eric remains an avid outdoor enthusiast; hiking, camping, backpacking, and skiing.