Samantha Cano, President, enjoys managing events; in particular, her favorite event to manage is Big Sunday weekend. This is because Sam volunteered for the first time at the Big Sunday event in 2007. Four years later Sam not only leads the event, but encourages other youth to stand up and be counted in the fight against global warming. Sam’s advice to kids (and adults) is “you’re never too old to get involved helping the environment.” As a senior at Warren High School, Sam is involved in cross-country and other environmentally focused organizations in Los Angeles.
Talia Gerard, Youth Director, has been managing events and day-to-day operations as a member of the Youth Management Team for six years. Talia is in the 11th grade at Mira Costa High School and is an active participant in the Girl Scouts and her school newspaper. When she is not in the office, at school, or scouting, Talia likes to play soccer and the bass. She enjoys being a leader of the environmental movement and likes seeing the community get involved and embrace youth leadership.
Lina McDermott, Youth Manager, got involved with TREE MUSKETEERS after hearing about it through a friend. After participating in the LEADership classes, Lina decided to take on a leadership role as part of the Youth Management Team. Lina continues to volunteer and take management roles within the organization. As an 10th grader at Crossroads High School, Lina is also involved in softball and soccer.
Raquel Gerard, Youth Manager, is an 11th grader at Mira Costa High School and joined us three years ago. As a member of the Youth Management Team, her greatest accomplishment is teaching other kids how to care for the environment. “If I could tell young people one thing about saving the environment, I would tell them even recycling just one time makes a positive impact on the environment.” In addition to her responsibilities as a Youth Manager, Raquel participates in Girl Scouts, Yearbook, tennis and her local synagogue.
Hannah Poyourow, Youth Manager, has been volunteering at TREE MUSKETEERS for the past 6 years, after her brother got her involved. Hannah is a freshman in high school and home-schooled. She is an active part of her Girl Scout troop and is in karate. Her favorite part is tree planting and tree care because it makes her feel like she is really doing something worth while. If she could tell young people one thing about the importance of saving the environment it would be that in saving the environment we are saving our planet, our kids planet and the planet of all of the generations after that.
Meera Nagpal, Youth Manager, Meera Nagpal has been volunteering with Tree Musketeers since March of 2013 and has recently become a Youth Manager. She enjoys taking on leadership roles both in and out of school. Outside of Tree Musketeers, Meera plays the cello for her school’s orchestra, participates in Girl Scouts and Science Olympiad.
Utsa Parikh, Youth Manager, is in ninth grade at El Segundo High School. She found Tree Musketeers’ website when looking for opportunities to volunteer in El Segundo in the summer of 2013. In her free time, she enjoys running. She thinks that being environmentally friendly is a fun and educational way of saving the world!