David P. De Mers
Executive Director

David De Mers joined the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps in January of 2015. Before coming to the SRCC, Mr. De Mers built a resume combining knowledge of the business world with experience in education and service. For over 22 years, he managed and directed merchandizing for a number of retail stores. David specialized in day-to-day operations and serving the public. For over six years, he worked as a Deputy Director – first for the San Gabriel Conservation Corps and then for Operation New Hope. For over two years, he worked as an Instructor for John Muir Charter School. For more than a year, he did double duty, serving as both a Deputy Director and an Instructor.

During his time working as a Deputy Director and Instructor, Mr. De Mers has worked steadily with an at-risk youth population ages 18 to 25. He has worked with youth in Conservation Corps, WIA, and YouthBuild programs. For over 20 months, he worked as a Life Skills Instructor within the Los Angeles County Jails.

As Executive Director of the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps, David De Mers brings a hands-on experience vital to the mission of the SRCC. He provides the leadership needed to develop and implement an educational program which combines classroom academics with paid work experience. He has had direct contact with youth struggling to turn their lives around. He knows what changes they need to make in their lives so that they can be productive members of society. And he is committed to helping them make those changes.

In the words of David De Mers: “There is no greater inspiration for me than to assist in opening the door to a new and fruitful life for another person.”

 

Kala Dean
Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Director

Kala joined the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps (SRCC) in April 1992 as the organizations Controller and Director of Administration.  Kala earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Colorado State University and obtained her Certified Public Accounting License in both Colorado and California (currently inactive status) while working for KPMG Peat Marwick prior to joining SRCC.

In August of 2014 Kala was promoted to Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Director.  In this new role Kala is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the SRCC Program including Administration, Financial, Grant Compliance, Human Resources and Program leading a team of dedicated professionals including the Financial Officer, Director of Corpsmember Development and Education and Director of Work Training Programs and Operations.

 

Norma Naylor
Director of Corpsmember Development and Education

In September of 2005, Norma joined the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps as the remedial reading teacher. Early in 2006 she partnered with another teacher to lead SRCC’s outreach program, SATRAP, in which Corpsmembers brought conservation and recycling information to schools and students in the Sacramento area. After SATRAP, Norma became SRCC’s Recruiter and Intake Coordinator while continuing her role as remedial reading teacher. Her next position at the SRCC was Corpsmember Services Manager, which entailed monitoring the staff and program requirements of SRCC’s Youth Build and Cal GRIP programs.  As Corpsmember Services Manager, Norma also monitored  John Muir Charter School student intake and records, coordinated and provided corpsmember services and taught general education and life skill classes, orientation courses and remedial reading.

Norma began with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a Clinical Rehab Credential at California State University, San Jose. In 1999, she added a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential through the University of California, Davis. Teaching experiences include teaching a self-contained 4th grade class, supervising and coordinating an elementary school reading lab and working as Co-Director of Education for Sylvan Learning Center. She is in the process of obtaining her Administrative Services Credential through California State University, Sacramento.

 

Baldeo Singh
Director of Work Training Programs and Operations

Baldeo joined the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps in February 2007 and is currentlyDirector of Work Training Programs and Operations. Prior to this Baldeo worked as a Program Director for Sacramento Shade Program at the Sacramento Tree Foundation.

Baldeo has diverse hands on and senior level operations and management experiences working in Government as well as nonprofit sector for last 30 years. Baldeo received his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the University of the South Pacific and in 2003 he completed Leadership for the millennium training at California State University, Sacramento.

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