Meet Our Team
Executive Director and President
Deb is the Executive Director and has been involved with Coyote Creek since 2014. As a community organizer, she has drawn thousands of people to the Coyote Creek cleanup events, worked closely with many community organizations and agencies, such as Audubon, Open Space Authority, City of San Jose, and Save Our Trails. Professionally, she was project manager in environmentally-related fields, from water, energy, and waste to now watersheds. Deb is a former board member of Save the Bay, and an alumnus of Cal Berkeley with a degree in Environmental Science. Her favorite past times are hiking, backpacking and gardening.
Colter is the event coordinator for Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful. Also, he works for the Youth Science Institute as an instructor at regional parks. He grew up in Redding, CA, surrounded by forests, lakes and wildlife, which led to his passion for nature. At Cal State Chico, he studied Environmental Science and Geology. After graduating, Colter moved to the Bay Area where he worked at the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge and the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society. There, he pursued his dream to share nature using his interpretive skills and scientific knowledge to raise awareness of the issues facing wildlife. In his free time he enjoys hiking, backpacking, and exploring local parks.
I have been with Johanson & Yau since 2003, focusing on our accounting and audit practice. My specialization is in financial statements, primarily audits and reviews for closely held businesses. As a trusted advisor, I help clients make informed decisions that benefit both the financial and operational sides of their business. I am also fluent in Mandarin and lead our expanding cross border and Chinese services. I live in Sunnyvale and enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter and our dog, Sparkle. I am a proud supporter of the 49ers and take an analytical approach to winning in fantasy football.
Tim McRae is the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Vice President, Energy, where he helps members and partners define and carry out energy-related policy, programs and events. Prior to joining the Leadership Group, Tim developed commercial wind projects, worked on sustainability and energy efficiency, advised on climate change policy, and worked on a variety of legislative lobbying efforts in Sacramento. Tim is a graduate of Georgetown University and UC Davis law school. He serves on the Acterra Business Environmental Awards Advisory Committee. Also, he volunteers in the “Reading Partners” program at Cesar Chavez elementary school in San Jose
Shelley Pneh is an ecologist with Grassroots Ecology and spends her days leading volunteers of all age groups outdoors to restore wildlife habitat through native plant installation and invasive weed removal. She also works at UC Berkeley as a field biologist collecting and identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates from rivers for researchers studying freshwater food webs. She is motivated not only to inspire the next generation to appreciate nature’s beauty, but also to grow their awareness of environmental issues.