CREC Staff

Cassidy Buchanan - Gauthier

Field Operations Assistant
a product of beautiful Western Massachusetts. After obtaining a hard earned Associates degree in Liberal Arts in 2007 he made the fateful and spontaneous decision to relocate to Flagstaff and join CREC. After a year of amazing experiences, hard work, and “unique” people the decision to return was an easy one. He has since led crews for NACC and YCC, as well as The Southwest Conservation Corps Tucson and Durango. He soon came to the realization that he was a “lifer” and had the privilege to join the staff in 2012. He enjoys Bikram Yoga, dogs, watching his beloved New England Patriots, reading, and the community here in Flagstaff.

Russ Dickerson

NACC Woodsboss
Russell grew up in the burgeoning metropolis of Phoenix, AZ. In search of a cozier and less sweltering place to live, he moved up to Flagstaff in 2003 to get his degree in History Education from NAU, and spent his summers as a camp counselor in nearby Prescott. After finishing up with school, he decided to put the ideas and knowledge he had gained from his education and camp experience to practice by taking a job with CREC in September of 2008. Between the stunning locations, rewarding work, appalling caloric intake, and lifelong friendships here at CREC, he would have a hard time doing anything else. When he's not out saving the world, one trail at a time, he likes to eat Mexican food, hike, canoe, play sloppy blues riffs on his guitar, root around in the garden, ride his bicycle, play astonishingly nerdy games, and most of all, sit out on the front porch with good friends and a grill full of brats.

Megan Gray

Program Coordinator: Recruitment, Corpsmember Support and Outreach
Megan was born and raised in northeast Ohio and never misses an opportunity to show her Ohio pride. Megan attended the University of Akron, and received her B.S. in e-Marketing and Advertising with a minor in Media Productions and immediately jumped into the workforce as an Account Manager at an elite Interactive Agency in Cleveland, Ohio. It didn't take her long to grow restless in the cubicle world, and she soon found herself in Flagstaff working as a corps member for CREC and later joining the staff. When not working, Megan enjoys kicking the soccer ball around, cheering on the Cleveland Browns and singing her favorite Celine Dion songs as loud as possible.

Ryan Howe

NACC Woodsboss
When he wasn’t running around climbing trees and playing with trucks in the back yard, Ryan was generally found in the kitchen “helping” to make cookies with his parents. Ryan’s connection to the land started early; his grandfather, an Iowa dairy and timber farmer is who he has to thank for his initial interest in land ethics and conservation work. He fondly remembers walking down the long gravel road with his small hand enveloped in his grandfather’s leathery warm hand listening to stories of life on the farm in the 1920s and ‘30s. Throughout his upbringing and high school experience he continued to develop his “sense of place” within the natural environment. During his college years he developed on his idea of conservation through his studies at Earlham College where he spent his time learning about International Human Rights as well as Outdoor Education. During an off campus program Ryan fell in love with the Southwest, and from that day forth knew he would end up there somehow. Ryan started with CREC in January 2009 and held various leadership positions as he worked his way up the ladder. At work Ryan enjoys numerous opportunities to think outside the box and engage with the land in a way which has lasting and tangible impacts, he hopes that his grandchildren will some day walk the trails he has worked on. When not out working with crews, he enjoys rock climbing as well as improving his horsemanship skills.

Allison Laramee

Regional Director
Allison has been part of the CREC family since 2006 and has worked with service and conservation corps programs since 2003. Ali was born and raised in the Green Mountain State of Vermont. After earning a B.A. in Human Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, Ali moved across the country to Durango, CO and became a Crew Leader with Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC). Ali has served in several capacities with conservation corps programs over the years including a Corps Member on the Leadership Development Program crew with Northwest Youth Corps (NYC), a crew leader, VISTA, and Program Coordinator with SCC, and as a supervisor with American Conservation Experience (ACE). Today Ali serves as the Sr. Projects and Partnerships Coordinator where Ali is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Northern Arizona Conservation Corps program. Outside of work, Ali enjoys spending time with her wife Jamie, gardening, playing soccer, cross country skiing, and traveling.

Judy Tincher

YCC Specialist
Judy Tincher, CREC’s Youth Conservation Coordinator, has been a CREC’r since 2008 when she joined a 900 hour crew as a corpsmember. As a mountain biker and environmental do-gooder, Judy loved the opportunity to challenge herself to improve singletrack and use a chainsaw for ecological and habitat restoration. She loved CREC’s crew camaraderie and rugged work environment. Judy thought Arizona was all desert, but she was snowed on every month of that first year! Since then, Judy has been snowed on many more times as a Crew Supervisor and Assistant Crew Leader. In the summer of 2012, Judy joined the staff to coordinate the Youth Conservation Corps. Judy’s CREC experiences helped her learn to love the snow and now she skis in addition to mountain biking.