New faces around the ESLT office

As many of you may have learned in the March e-newsletter, we have made a couple of recent additions to the ESLT staff that we are excited to share with the Eastern Sierra community.


Our new Executive Director, Kay Ogden

The ESLT Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the appointment of Kay Ogden as our new Executive Director. After an intensive search to replace outgoing ESLT director and co-founder, Karen Ferrell-Ingram, we feel very fortunate to have Kay join our team. Kay is leaving her position as Associate Director of the Sierra Nevada Alliance to come aboard at ESLT, and will be with us starting May 1. She is returning to the Eastern Sierra after living in South Lake Tahoe for a number of years.

Kay brings with her a great passion for the Eastern Sierra landscape, and plenty of experience in project management, building connections, and planning events and programs. Her enthusiasm for outdoor spaces and activities is admirable; most notably, she is an avid long-distance cyclist, and is particularly fond of randonneuring: a grueling pastime popularized by the 750 mile / 1400 km Paris – Brest – Paris (PBP) race, which she successfully completed in under 90 hours. Other biking experiences under her belt are the year-long world ride called Odyssey 2000 and a month spent traversing the Himalayan Plateau.

Kay enjoys spending time with her long-time partner, Jeff, and their four once-feral cats and one rescued German Shepherd. Other passions of hers include gardening, cooking for family and friends, canning, and restoring their 1985 Westfalia for camping trips this summer. After a long-time love affair with the region, Kay is thrilled to be returning to her, “beloved east side,” and looks forward to reconnecting with old friends and acquaintances in the area.

Our new Membership and Communications Coordinator, Marguerite Burkham

Membership and Communications Coordinator, Marguerite Burkham

Also new to ESLT is Marguerite Burkham, our new Membership & Communications Coordinator. She has been working closely with outgoing Outreach Coordinator Serena Dennis these last few weeks to learn the ropes, and we are thrilled to welcome Marguerite to the office. Along with a strong set of computer skills and an eye for design, Marguerite brings to her new position with us a great enthusiasm for environmental volunteerism. She recently moved to the Eastern Sierra from Missouri, where she worked as a certified sommelier, restaurant manager, and office/marketing administrator for several notable fine-dining establishments. She is very excited to apply her talents to her new post, and to devote her energy to something about which she cares deeply: the preservation of the natural, agricultural, and historical value of her new home.

Pictured on a hike above June Lake, near the summit of Mt. Downs

On a hike above June Lake, near the summit of Mt. Downs

Marguerite enjoys photography, hiking, writing, and working in the kitchen or backyard when she is not behind a desk. She lives with her fiancé, Bishop native Josh Merritt, as well as a very sociable cat. They divide their time between a cabin in Aspendell that they are working to remodel and a family property in Chalfant Valley where they have started a pepper garden and are raising heritage-breed chickens.

As a side note, ESLT will be at the Banff Mountain Film Festival at the Charles Brown Auditorium in Bishop this weekend. If you’re planning to attend, please stop by our table and say hello! We look forward to visiting with you all. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, visit Wilson’s Eastside Sports (760-873-7520) to reserve your spot.