Our Team

 

Our Team

Carol Johnson, Executive Director

It's hard to believe I've been with the EBRPD for 15 years! Having grown up in San Leandro, I've been an EBRPD fan my entire life! Having a chance to represent an agency whose mission I strongly believe in makes me feel great and eager to get to work. Knowing that our programs and projects meaningfully enhance the quality of someone's life is humbling. Engaging with our park users is what I like best about my job!

My favorite park is Lake Temescal in Oakland because of its tranquil beauty set between two very busy freeways. When I'm at Temescal to swim, fish or hike, I don't hear noise of traffic. I just hear birds and smell the freshness of nature. I love all the programs supported by the Foundation but the Kids Healthy Outdoors Challenge, getting children into nature and out of their classrooms to learn the basics is a gift. In my spare time, I play with my puppy Rudolph and teach him to respect the animals in nature. I am a convenience camper … meaning my kids and I prefer to sleep in a cabin with a bathroom!

Contact: (510) 544-2003, cjohnson@ebparks.org

Juliana Schirmer, Development Director

I landed my dream job working for the Regional Parks Foundation in 2015. I was raised in the East Bay and one of my fondest childhood memories was camping in the Sunol Regional Wilderness. I've dedicated my life to working with wonderful nonprofit organizations as an administrator and fundraiser and when the opportunity came to help raise funds to support the parks, wildlife preservation and programs for youth I knew it was the perfect fit! The best part of my job is connecting people and their passion for giving with the wonderful programs at the Regional Parks Foundation.

Whether people support open space, the environment, or opportunities for under-resourced youth – we have many award winning programs to offer! My dream is to hike every park and trail in EBRPD and in my spare time I enjoy time with my family, hiking in remote parks, backpacking, and long road trips.

Contact: (510) 544-2212, jschirmer@ebparks.org

Raj Hajela, Foundation Administrator

Even in my wildest dreams I would never have dreamt that someday I would be working to raise money to support the East Bay Regional Park District and to help underserved kids and adults enjoy this beautiful treasure in our back yard! I have been a Regional Park user ever since I moved to California in 2000 and enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking and riding my bike along the various hills, dales, creeks and trails. While Morgan Territory is one of my favorite parks, I love them all as each park offers a different reward.

My work is challenging and fun and there is always something exciting going on at the Foundation. My favorite programs are those that connect people to the outdoors and promote stewardship, such as the East Bay Mountain Lion Project. In my spare time, apart from enjoying the outdoors, I play the electric bass and guitars.

Contact: (510) 544-2218, rhajela@ebparks.org

Michele Kageura, Membership Officer

I believe in the mission of the Regional Parks Foundation and I joined the team in 2014 to help grow the Membership Program. I like knowing that I am a part of something larger than myself and that my contributions are helping further the mission of the Foundation. I live in the South Bay, but I often spend time with my family in Coyote Hills Regional Park where I take long leisurely walks with friends and family. I love all the programs the Foundation supports but I have a soft spot for the Campership programs. In my spare time I enjoy interior decorating, crafts, shopping and leisurely walks and I like to help a variety of causes from health care to cultural institutions.

Contact: (510) 544-2201, mkageura@ebparks.org

May Bautista, Membership/Development Associate

I began at the Foundation in 2017 and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue working in the non-profit field. My favorite part of my job is listening to our member's stories of how they love our parks. It's their happy place! Some rehabilitate from an injury there, some meet friends weekly and hike together, others are creating healthy lifestyles for their families!

I enjoy the variety of my role, supporting all of our awesome programs, working at our different events, being surrounded by our beautiful parks, and seeing the growth and potential of the Foundation! I work with an amazing, talented, hardworking team that make the job fun!

In my spare time, I love supporting my kids, nephews, and nieces in their sports and activities. I'm their biggest cheerleader! You can also find me at the beach, camping, catching up on a good book, at the drive-ins, taking mini-vacations with my family and friends, and when the Warriors are playing...glued to the TV!

Contact: (510) 544-2219, mbautista@ebparks.org

  • Our active and fearless group loves going outdoors and the East Bay Regional Park District creates very user friendly experiences for us. – Gina Lombardi Gravert, Supervisor Martinez Senior Center

  • I just enjoy being out with my family and dog; it's so peaceful and beautiful. You're having fun even if it’s wet and muddy. I’m like a little kid out there. – Gary Savell, Army Veteran Member

  • I donate to the East Bay Mountain Lion Project because these majestic creatures live and roam free in our parks! – Raj Hajela, Foundation Administrator and RPF Donor