Fostering Forest Stewardship's Triple Bottom Line

Restoring Local Communities, Healthy Forest and Forest Stewardship Economy


Kettja Bennet

Field Operations Manager

Kettja has lived in Alpine County for fourteen years and is finishing her AA degree at South Lake Tahoe Community College. Kettja began her forestry journey with CHIPS in 2018, first as a Swamper then as a Sawyer for two years. In October 2021, she was hired through the Sierra Nevada Alliance as a Forestry Fellow to act as the Field Operations Manager for CHIPS. Currently, Kettja helps manage CHIPS’ crews in Chico, Yosemite, and Woodfords (Alpine County) areas. She brings a strong understanding of safe felling techniques, organizational and planning skills, and years of working within a dynamic team setting to CHIPS. She enjoys auto mechanics, swimming, math, and spending time with her younger relatives. She will continue her education under an engineering program.

Jill Micheau

Grants and Agreements Manager

Jill began working for CHIPS in July of 2021, administering contracts and grants, interacting with grantors and contractors, and providing general administrative services to the CHIPS office. Prior to signing on with CHIPS, Jill served as the Administrator for the ACCG and wrote applications for and administered grants for other local organizations. Her career prior to moving to Arnold was with Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, where she licensed technologies, facilitated laboratory-industry research partnerships, and provided strategic planning and facilitation services. She has lived in Arnold for 8 years and enjoys all that the area has to offer: hiking, biking, camping, kayaking. She has built two beautiful wooden kayaks – and they both float!

Thurman Roberts

Training and Outreach Manager

Thurman is of the Washoe people living in Alpine County and has been with CHIPS since 2018. Thurman attended Lake Tahoe Community College and transferred to Humboldt State to earn a Social Science Secondary Education degree. He moved back to Alpine County in early 2018, when he began working with CHIPS as a field crew member. He gained experience with field restoration efforts in the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit project areas. Thurman was a part of the inaugural 2020-2021 year of the Forestry Fellowship program with the Sierra Nevada Alliance. He gained higher technical skills in mapping, reporting, and public outreach. Since his Fellowship, Thurman has applied his newly acquired skills to reporting, mapping, and tracking CHIPS’ projects. Thurman also helps to coordinate field operation planning and implementation efforts.