Pauline has served as Executive Director of I Love A Clean San Diego since 2006. In that time, Pauline has over doubled its staff and budget size to expand the organization’s reach further than ever before. In 2007, she led the creation of WasteFreeSD.org, an innovative recycling resource for community members. Through her leadership, now 60,000 San Diegans each year are engaged through countywide cleanups, and environmental education to preserve and enhance San Diego’s natural environment. Pauline’s combined business experience and environmental background complement her organizational work and additional community roles where she serves on several citizen and community groups related to water, energy, and sustainability issues. In 2014, she joined the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) board, and represented the Waste Management sector on the City of Chula Vista’s Climate Change Working Group. Because of her leadership, she was recently chosen as one of San Diego’s top “40 under 40,” by San Diego Metro magazine, SDBJ’s “Women Who Mean Business”, and the Union Tribune’s Top 6 Environmental Leaders. In her free time, she enjoys connecting with the environment she works so diligently to protect through running, yoga, shopping at farmers’ markets, and traveling.
Natalie Roberts-DeCarli oversees all ILACSD program implementation, giving input and strategy for program and organizational goals, partnerships, and fundraising. Ms. Roberts-DeCarli works with the development team on efforts to fund ILACSD events and programs, working with businesses, community groups, schools, and government agencies. Ms. Roberts-DeCarli serves on the Keep America Beautiful National Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Advisory Committee as well as their National Great American Cleanup Advisory Committee, where she lends her expertise about pollution prevention infrastructure and volunteerism to a network of non-profits across the country. Natalie received her degree from UC Irvine, majoring in Environmental Health Science and Policy with a minor in Education. Her longstanding tenure on the ILACSD team, professionalism, and her dedication to cooperation, teamwork, and partnerships made her a perfect fit for her new role as Senior Director of Operations.
Ann Hirsch leads ILACSD’s finance department. She prepares financial and managerial accounting reports for ILACSD, including accounts payable and receivable, serves as our human resource representative and completes important administrative and bookkeeping-related services. Ann has been at ILACSD for more than 10 years. Her extensive background includes nearly 20 years of bookkeeping and administrative experience.
Originally from a small town in southern Louisiana, Janelle Hickey has loved every moment of living in San Diego since she moved here in 2011. Having spent much of her youth just outside Sequoia National Park in California, Janelle developed a deep love for nature and understanding of the importance of protecting our precious resources. A graduate of Portland State University, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health. With the City of Portland’s dedication to innovative conservation and sustainability, she was inspired to do her part to make the world a better place for all. Before starting at ILACSD, Janelle spent significant time working and volunteering for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), women’s rights organizations, and serving in the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities of San Diego. She’s currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the University of San Diego School on Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES). In her free time, she loves exploring our National Parks, taking in the beauty of San Diego’s many museums, and spending time at the beach.
Emily Nelson, a graduate of Brigham Young University, first joined ILACSD as a Program Assistant for our Education Department and now oversees the department as the Education Manager. Emily has a diverse background with experience teaching youth of all ages through outdoor and informal education with such organizations as Girls Scouts San Diego, the YMCA, and National Archives and Records Administration of Washington, D.C.. As the Education Manager, she spends her time collaborating with schools across San Diego County to ignite a spark in the next generation of environmental stewards. Under Emily’s leadership, the education department engages elementary through high school age students in hands-on activities that connect them to nature and inspire them to protect our environment.
Moriah Saldaña first joined ILACSD as a Program Assistant in the community events department in 2013 and brings with her a diverse background in community engagement and city planning. Moriah has a Bachelor’s degree in History from California State Polytechnic University Pomona as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University. In this position, she is excited to work with the thousands of participants that volunteer for ILACSD’s events every year and she is particularly interested in encouraging more people to switch out their single-use plastic items for more sustainable alternatives.
Lauren Short is a recent Boston transplant who became interested in ILACSD after seeing our logo on a Clean Beach Coalition poster in Mission Beach. Lauren has a degree in environmental studies, and she’s most looking forward to connecting with San Diegans about recycling—at her last job, she successfully initiated a recycling incentive program for her coworkers.
Anais Rodriguez first joined ILACSD as a Program Assistant, primarily working on the Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste hotline and database, WasteFreeSD.org. Now, as the Recycling Programs Manager, she leads all Waste Free SD activities and other county-wide recycling programs. Anais is a graduate from Humboldt State University where she received a degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Environmental Policy. Her prior experience includes working for the Alliance to Save Energy’s PowerSave Campus program as a Project Coordinator at Humboldt State University. She hopes that her enthusiastic energy will help promote responsible recycling practices to hotline callers and the community. In her spare time, Anais enjoys going to Zumba and roller skating.
Becca Kuntz joined ILACSD as Marketing Coordinator in 2017. She graduated from Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a degree in Communication in 2012. Since relocating from Indianapolis to San Diego, she has worked with various nonprofits in the area in community engagement, outreach, and advocacy roles. Becca loves to spend her time playing beach volleyball, cycling, and hiking.
Erika Van Sickel is a San Diego native and ILACSD’s Administrative Assistant. She is excited to provide support to the ILACSD team and volunteers while promoting environmental stewardship. Erika received her degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara where she cultivated her passion for the ocean and environmental awareness. Erika is also fluent in Spanish and is eager to connect more of San Diego’s Spanish-speaking community to the environment through ILACSD. In her spare time, Erika enjoys going to the beach, traveling, hiking and running.
Leila DeSilva is the Recycling Call Center Assistant for ILACSD and one of the newest members of the team! In her role, Leila assists San Diego County residents with questions about recycling and Household Hazardous Waste through our call center and recycling database, WasteFreeSD.org. She recently graduated from San Diego State University where she received a degree in Sustainability and studied Recreation Administration. Her experience with the Community Engagement for Sustainable Cities allowed her the opportunity to work on San Diego River water quality enhancement for the City of Santee and a land use analysis proposal for the City of National City. She also teaches after-school science programs to youth throughout the county with Mad Science. Leila became inspired by the unique landscape of San Diego; from the desert to the ocean, she strives to protect the very environment that she loves to explore! Rain or shine, she loves backpacking, reading, gardening, and practicing yoga.
Katie graduated from the University of San Diego in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a minor in Environmental Studies. With a background in humanities and prior experience teaching environmental science and naturalist courses in the San Diego area, Katie possesses a strong background in environmental awareness, knowledge, and dedication. Her passion is to protect the environment through education and to help connect people to the outdoors by creating active positive experiences and community involvement. When Katie isn’t in the office or out teaching she is riding horses, attending live music, cooking in her tiny kitchen, and adding houseplants to her ever growing collection.
Alaine Ibarreche is a San Diego native and one of ILACSD’s Education Specialists. As one of the newest members on the team, she assists with the development, planning, and delivery of multiple environmentally focused programs and events. She also builds relationships with teachers and schools around the county to grow ILACSD’s presence. Alaine received her degree in Marine Science from the University of San Diego and comes to ILACSD with a background in marine research and education through work with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Disney Animal Programs, and the San Diego Zoo. She hopes to encourage San Diegans, particularly Spanish speakers, to make mindful choices and understand the impact they have on our environment and oceans. In her spare time, Alaine enjoys traveling (with 20 countries under her belt), hiking, and scuba diving.
Halle Plante is a Program Assistant with I Love A Clean San Diego. She recently graduated from Chico State where she studied Sociology with an emphasis in environmental studies. She believes our culture and daily habits have a serious effect on how we treat the environment and believes more personal awareness can bring about very big change. She has a passion for our oceans and works alongside the Education Department to educate and ignite that passion in San Diego youth. She believes kids are the key to a new future and hopes they will continue making conscious efforts to love and respect our shared environment.
Brenna McCarty is an Outreach Assistant with I Love A Clean San Diego. She is a UCLA graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology. Her experience as Women’s Leadership Director for a student-run philanthropic organization has led her to pursue non-profit work with ILACSD. Brenna is a strong believer in community engagement, and is thrilled to share her love of nature and passion for conservation with others. She also works for Junior Achievement of San Diego County, bringing financial literacy programs to high school students.
Peter Weafer is a New England transplant with a background in non-profit event management. Before becoming an Outreach Assistant with I Love A Clean San Diego, he coordinated large scale volunteer events for a non-profit in Boston. Working towards his Master’s in Sustainability Science, he’s hoping to combine his love for the environment with his passion for community engagement.