Staff

SharonDSharon Duggan, Staff Attorney  EPIC’s long-time staff attorney, Sharon Duggan provides overall direction for EPIC’s judicial actions and takes the lead on most of the organization’s cases. She has practiced environmental law since 1982, with an emphasis on forestry regulation.

Natalynne Staff Photo 2014Natalynne DeLapp, Executive Director Natalynne received her B.S in Environmental Science: Public Policy from HSU and began her work with EPIC as an advocate engaging in Sacramento forest policy in 2008. She managed Humboldt County District Attorney’s successful re-election campaign and returned to EPIC in 2011 as Development Director.

Kimberly Smiling ProfileflippedKimberly Baker, Public Land Advocate  Kimberly has worked to defend Northern California’s national forests for over a decade, starting as Forest and Wildlife Protection Coordinator for the Klamath Forest Alliance. She has advocated protection of public lands for EPIC since 2007. Her efforts include tracking, commenting, ground-truthing and litigating projects.

Amber SheltonAmber Shelton, Conservation Advocate Amber attended Humboldt State University where she earned a degree in Natural Resources Policy Economics.  She has experience working for public agencies and private planning firms applying many of the environmental policies throughout the region and has been working for EPIC since 2009.

Rob DiPerna croppedRob Diperna, Forest and Wildlife Advocate  Rob  is on his second tour of duty with EPIC.  He also worked for EPIC reviewing private industrial logging plans from 2000-2003.  Rob has reviewed literally hundreds of THPs for EPIC, focusing on protection of public trust resources including threatened and endangered species, water quality and forests.

Tom Wheeler 2Tom Wheeler, Program Director Tom graduated from the University of Washington School of Law with a concentration in Environmental Law. Tom was President of the Environmental Law Society, served as Articles Editor of the WA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, and defended old-growth and endangered species at the WA Forest Law Center.

briana-vilalobosBriana Villalobos, Director of Communications and Development Briana attended Humboldt State University where she earned her degree in sociology with an emphasis on human ecology. Her passion for environmental and social justice is exemplified by her time and research dedicated throughout her undergrad career, and as an intern for EPIC.