2018
Nikki Caravelli
Nikki Caravelli
Climate Technician & Sierra CAMP Project Manager
April 23, 2018

Reimagining Trash: Beyond the Domain of the Unwanted

I’ve been up close and personal with trash a lot lately. A few weeks ago I found myself neurotically purging my apartment of trash and unwanted items; in the process of doing so I mistakenly left my iPhone on top of one of the trash-filled boxes I would later throw away. Just a half hour later I found myself straddling a dumpster fishing for my phone, awkwardly propping myself up while trying not to touch any part of the dumpster or its contents with my bare skin.

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Clarke Stevenson
Clarke Stevenson
CivicSpark AmeriCorps Fellow
April 13, 2018

Preparing Sierra Businesses for a Natural Disaster

Growing up, my parents practiced all their presentations on my sister and me. They were just starting their dream small business and implementing an initial marketing push to get their message out to the public. Every dinner since then has been commandeered by conversations of consultants, visions for their work or other business-related updates. It was a huge effort for them as much as it is for anyone else starting their own small business.

While I was always informed on the HR side of the things, I never thought too much about the external threats a business encounters, like wildfire. 

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Chris Mertens
Chris Mertens
Government Affairs Director
April 06, 2018

I Want to Ride My Bicycle 

Do you ever feel like you’re spending the nicest parts of the day confined in your car? I live in one of the most spectacular places I can imagine yet I often only experience my surroundings from the 97 cubic foot interior of my Subaru.

It’s probably why I savor the times I’m able to ride my bike to work or run errands around town with my senses unconfined.

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Kerri Timmer
Vice President Climate and Energy

Kerri Timmer

Vice President, Climate & Energy



As Vice President of Climate & Energy, Kerri works in partnership with local, regional, state and federal agencies and officials to advance sustainable communities strategies, climate action planning, energy efficiency programs and other SBC activities.

Kerri is a communications and management specialist with more than 25 years of public- and private- sector experience in community and government relations, business communications, land and water conservation, and nonprofit management and capacity building.  Prior to joining SBC, Kerri spent six years with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, where she served most recently as that agency’s Regional Policy and Program Manager.  Before that, she was Executive Director of a non-profit conservation group, operated her own consulting practice where she cultivated relationships with watershed organizations, land trusts and other community groups within and outside the Sierra, and served as account executive and creative director for a community and government relations firm in San Francisco.  Kerri holds a B.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University and a certificate in Land Use and Natural Resources planning through UC Davis Extension.  Kerri has also authored a number of publications addressing land and water conservation and community sustainability issues in the Sierra Nevada. 

Personal Highlights

Kerri and her husband John live in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada, where they enjoy hiking, biking, boating, camping and hosting backyard barbeques for friends and family.

March 21, 2018

Stand with the Region You Love: Getting to Know Proposition 68

You’ve probably noticed a recent uptick in SBC outreach around Proposition 68 – the Clean Water and Safe Parks bond measure on the June statewide ballot – and if so, great! SBC is part of a growing number of organizations and individuals who support this measure because of the critical investment it makes in California’s water, parks, and natural resources.

Unlike many previous bond measures, this one allocates substantial funding – $142 million – specifically to the Sierra-Cascade region.

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Jessica Carr
Program Manager

Kerri Timmer

Vice President, Climate & Energy



As Vice President of Climate & Energy, Kerri works in partnership with local, regional, state and federal agencies and officials to advance sustainable communities strategies, climate action planning, energy efficiency programs and other SBC activities.

Kerri is a communications and management specialist with more than 25 years of public- and private- sector experience in community and government relations, business communications, land and water conservation, and nonprofit management and capacity building.  Prior to joining SBC, Kerri spent six years with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, where she served most recently as that agency’s Regional Policy and Program Manager.  Before that, she was Executive Director of a non-profit conservation group, operated her own consulting practice where she cultivated relationships with watershed organizations, land trusts and other community groups within and outside the Sierra, and served as account executive and creative director for a community and government relations firm in San Francisco.  Kerri holds a B.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University and a certificate in Land Use and Natural Resources planning through UC Davis Extension.  Kerri has also authored a number of publications addressing land and water conservation and community sustainability issues in the Sierra Nevada. 

Personal Highlights

Kerri and her husband John live in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada, where they enjoy hiking, biking, boating, camping and hosting backyard barbeques for friends and family.

March 20, 2018

Sierra SBDC celebrates #SBDCDAY March 21st

Tomorrow, March 21st, Small Business Development Centers all over the country will come together to celebrate #SBDCDAY, a “national proclamation of the impact of America’s SBDCs on the success of our nation’s dreamers, innovators and doers - America’s small businesses.” 

This is a day when SBDCs will be sharing their client’s successes, economic impacts, and results nationwide. To celebrate our own Sierra SBDC version of #SBDCDay, we wanted to share the national impacts of America’s SBDCs, as well as highlight some of our results from our 2017 impact report.

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