FRLT Welcomes New Development Director
At the end of January 2019, we celebrated the retirement of Karen Kleven, who had served as our Development Director since 2008. In her 10 years of service, Karen led us through a period of significant change and growth, and built the fundraising and membership programs that sustain the organization today. We are grateful for Karen’s dedication over the years and are thankful that she will be continuing on as an advisor to FRLT’s Planned Giving program. She also continues to be an active member and advocate for FRLT, and we look forward to her joining us at our community events.
Meet new Development Director, Corey Pargee
In preparation for Karen’s retirement, we began searching for a new Development Director last year and were pleased to welcome Corey Pargee to FRLT in February 2019.
Corey was born and raised in the Lake Almanor Basin and attended Chester Elementary and Chester Jr/Sr High Schools. Her family has called the Feather River watershed home for five generations. Corey grew up flying kites at Olsen Barn and Meadow, fishing with her grandpa in Goodrich creek, and hiking and camping throughout the watershed.
“I had always thought about moving home to the mountains to work on local environmental issues, and spend more time with my family,” Corey commented, “but I was waiting for the right opportunity to present itself, and this role was just the perfect fit. I’m honored to be back in Plumas County and working to preserve these places that are so close to my heart.”
Corey received her BA in Social Sciences from CSU, Chico, and dedicated several years of her career to international development, focusing on sustainable business development in Africa. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar, where she partnered with local organizations and community members to help create small businesses as alternative income sources to illegal timber harvesting. She also led an environmental education program at village schools and coordinated efforts between a US company and a local farmers cooperative to produce and export the first-ever shipment of specialty organic rice from Madagascar to the US.
After a few years in Madagascar, Corey moved to New York City, where she completed a Masters degree in public administration at Columbia University, with a focus on development practice. She spent the next several years working in the private, academic, and non-profit sectors, leading programs & operations focused on sustainable economic development. She recently served as Director of Operations for First Access, a technology start-up with a mission to make financial services more accessible and affordable to underserved communities in emerging markets.
A bright future together
Corey is eager to build on the strong foundation Karen and the team have created: "I'm excited to help grow FRLT's membership and build new opportunities with our community to preserve and experience these spectacular natural resources we all have the privilege of sharing."
Welcome, Corey! We are excited you're here.