Our Staff

Meet the staff of the Conservancy, working out of Shoshone, California

Tanya Hard at WorkTanya Henderson – Executive Director

Tanya Henderson brings commitment and community to the Amargosa Conservancy. Her experience in the field on conservation projects from invasive species removal to trailwork to organic gardening fit well in realizing stewardship projects throughout the Amargosa. Her MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Northern Arizona University helps provide context for the science and advocacy work of the organization. Her interest and background in education aids in sharing the uniqueness and invaluable role the Amargosa Basin plays in the Mojave ecosystem.

She came in with the floods in fall of 2015 and has served the Conservancy and community since. She volunteers as she can as a firefighter and EMT for the Southern Inyo Fire Protection District and serves on the citizen’s advisory board for the Nevada Security Site.

10628872_10104104526403118_322404507264507468_oJulie Vargo – Director of Finance and Operations

With a background in ecology, habitat restoration, trail work, leadership, and bookkeeping, Julie brings a broad skill set to our organization. Julie earned her B.S. in Ecology from Purdue University, then set out to explore the country and gain experience in the field. Her varied work experiences include the National Park Service, environmental non-profits, and private industry where she helped to open a brewery. Julie is very excited to be working in the desert again, with a great set of programs and learning opportunities.

When Julie isn’t keeping us in line at the Amargosa Conservancy, she is saving people with the Inyo County Search and Rescue Team, baking pies, and playing in the mountains, deserts, and ocean as time allows.