Group: Executive Team


Sharon Buczaczer

Sharon Buczaczer (shey/they/ella/ellos) Program Director and Lead Program Staff / Director del programa y Personal líder del programa How do we live in a place of constant connection and bring a genuine culture to our future generations? This is a daily question that inspires Sharon to follow children in the natural world, work with …

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Michelle Howard

Michelle Howard (she/her/ella) Grants Management Director / Directora de Gestión de Subvenciones A sailor and backpacker, Michelle is thankful to bring her love of the outdoors to work. Michelle’s commitment to social and environmental justice brought her to WYP in 2005. She previously spent seven years as an executive in the software industry and …

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Erika Lindemann

Erika Lindemann (she/her/hers/ella) Associate Director / Directora Asistente Erika was born and raised in Santa Barbara. In 2001 she returned home after graduating from UC Santa Cruz and worked for over 5 years promoting sustainable transportation, especially bikes. Erika’s connection to nature comes from growing up in the foothills of Mission Canyon, exploring the …

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Dan Fontaine

Dan Fontaine (he/him/él) Executive Director / Director ejecutivo Dan came to Santa Barbara while pursuing his PhD in Engineering from UC Santa Barbara. A naturalist and birder, Dan transitioned from the private sector in 2003, starting as a volunteer. He has worked in every capacity at Wilderness Youth Project: helping in the camp kitchen, …

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