Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

Meet Our Team

Lisa Cannon-Rodman, Chief Executive Officer

Lisa has been a part of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation team for over 6 years with 30 years of business development experience, raising funds, building relationships, and developing markets in various settings. She holds a BA in Communication from California State University San Marcos. A Carlsbad resident since 1983, Lisa is passionate about building awareness of Carlsbad's most unique lagoon, "The People's Lagoon". Lisa, is a member of Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary, Development Chair of Hospice of the North Coast Board of Directors, Co-Chair for the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Committee and served 12 years as Carlsbad Unified School District School Board Trustee.

Samantha Richter, Director of Education

Samantha has been with the AHLF team for just over three years, graduating from the University of Alabama in 2013 with a bachelor's of science degree in biology and marine science. Samantha has previous experience in research, operations, and tutoring, and currently directs the educational programs at the Lagoon Foundation. Growing up in Vista, she developed a passion for the ocean and the natural environment and hopes to continue to advocate and educate people about this natural resource in her home town. Samantha is currently completing her certificate degree in non-profit management through the University of San Diego, and is the Secretary for the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee.

Cierra Russo, Administrative Manager

Cierra graduated from California State University San Marcos with a BA in Human Development with a concentration in Health Services. She also studied at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa where she gained knowledge and experience working hands on with children of diverse cultural backgrounds. Developing a love of the great outdoors from her travels, she was drawn the AHLF Discovery Center for their commitment to their lagoon and local watershed. Furthering her interest in working with people and communities, Cierra began interning at the DC in August 2015 and started as the Administrative Manager in November of the same year. Cierra serves on the Mira Costa Service Learning Advisory Board.

Kyle Lunneberg, Trail Development Manager

Kyle is a current student at California State University San Marcos, where he studies ecology and other environmental sciences. Prior to joining the team, he maintained trails for the City of Carlsbad's Parks Department. He has also worked with the Spring Rivers Foundation in Northern California, to complete population-based marine studies, and conduct educational outreaches. A North County local and a lover of exploration, Kyle advocates for public trails. He constantly works to expand public access throughout the lagoon, and to involve the community in our goal of a healthy, accessible watershed.

Genesis Gilroy, Lead Naturalist

Genesis Gilroy is a recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she received her Bachelor's of Arts in Communication. Prior to graduation, Genesis worked in the Geography Department as a research assistant and UC Global Food Initiative Fellow to implement sustainable food policy at UCSB. During the summer of 2015 Genesis interned and lived on Green String Farm in Petaluma, CA where she was trained in natural process agriculture, apiculture, soil biology and ecosystem restoration. In 2014 Genesis sat on the Palomar Community College District Governing Board as Student Trustee, representing over 30,000 students and advocating on behalf of their interests in state and federal offices. Genesis hopes to apply the communication skills she has gained from her major to spread awareness of environmental issues and to and teach others how to eat to their advantage and grow their own food sustainably. She started as a trail volunteer this past September and in her free time Genesis enjoys gardening, backpacking, and camping.

Randy Dean, Director of First Impression

Randy was born and raised in Encinitas and loves the outdoors. He has traveled many places but says none compare to sunny San Diego. He is currently enrolled at MiraCosta College and studying early childhood education as an apprentice. Randy has been teaching art and technology classes to children ranging from four to sixteen for the last six years. He taught Photoshop, painting, and robotics at The Cove: A Place For Imaginative Learning in Encinitas for 2 years before teaching similar classes at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center in Rancho Santa Fe. Presently, Randy is a Director of First Impression at the Discovery Center. He also assists in teaching the 3rd grade and scout education programs at the center during the school year. Randy is excited to continue his stewardship of the lagoon and looks forward to contributing to its future preservation.