Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP) is a small, community-oriented non-profit organization based within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. We started out in 1994 as a small group of parents and teachers interested in providing comprehensive science education to the students in our local classrooms. In 1995, SWEP received a grant from AmeriCorps and Adopt-A-Watershed and began to incorporate science programs, outdoor field studies, and ecological restoration projects into the curriculum of our local school district. SWEP officially incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1996. We currently have two staff members, a committed volunteer core, and an active Board of Directors that collectively help us achieve our mission.


Executive Director

Melissa “Missy” Mohler
phone: 530-583-1430

Project Director

Ashley Phillips
phone: 530-208-6154

Environmental Field Instructor

Shannon Keener

SNAP Americorps member

Addie Drinkwater

Book Keeper 

Deena Karuna
(530) 320-8366

Board of Directors

Michele Prestowitz – Board President    
Involved with SWEP Since 2013
NPO Project Manager

Sally Lyons –Board Vice Presidents & Treasurer
Board Member Since 2015
Director of Finance

Kelsey Porter – Board Secretary
Involved with SWEP Since 2017
NPO Project Manager

John Eaton 
Involved with SWEP Since 2013
Professor Emeritus

Tamara Anderson
Board Member Since 2006
TTUSD Educator

Tauni Berger 
Board Member Since 2015
Waste Management

Kirsten Pekarek
Involved with SWEP Since 2015

Andi Batie 
Board Member Since 2016
TTUSD Educator

Maggie Bockius 
Board Member Since 2016
TTUSD Educator

Andy Rost 
Board Member Since 2017
Professor, Sierra Nevada College


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