15700 Old Oak Ranch Road Sonora, CA 95370  |  (209) 532–3691

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Rees Warne

Rees Warne

Rees is the Director for Sierra Outdoor School.  He grew up in Sonora and attended Curtis Creek Elementary and Sonora High School before moving to Fresno to attend college at California State University, Fresno.  While attending CSUF he earned his B.S. degree and M.A. in Educational Leadership.  After college he worked as a 5/6 grade teacher in Fresno Unified before moving into administration in the Clovis Unified School District.  As an administrator, Rees spent time as a GIS at Nelson Elementary School, Learning Director and Deputy Principal at Buchanan High School, and most recently the Principal at Gateway High School.  Away from SOS on his free time, Rees likes to fish his favorite lake or stream in the Sierras or do projects around the house. He is thrilled to be back home in Tuolumne County to be a part of the SOS team!

 

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Janelle McDonald (Bluegill)

Janelle McDonald (Bluegill)
Janelle is the daytime Program Coordinator for the Sierra Outdoor School. She earned her B.S. in Outdoor Education and M.S. in Recreation Administration.  Before working at SOS, she worked as a ranger and educator for the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and non-profit outdoor education centers.  She lives just a few miles from SOS with her spouse, daughter and 3 rescue pets. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and volunteering with the local fire department as an EMT and firefighter.  
   

 

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Brandy Lively (Acorn)

Brandy Lively (Acorn)
Brandy is a Program Coordinator II for Sierra Outdoor School. She grew up in Nebraska playing outside, exploring, and getting dirty. As an adult things have not really changed. She loves to backpack, kayak, and travel. She earned her B.S. in Environmental Science in Nebraska and afterwards went on to work as a naturalist, natural resource assistant coordinator, and as a program director with a youth organization. She then earned her M.A. in Recreation Administration and came out west to work as an outdoor science school instructor. In 2016 she made the move to the Sierras and is very happy to be able to share this amazing place with students, parents, and teachers.

 

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Sonna Swiderski

Sonna Swiderski
Sonna is the Office Manager and was the SOS Food Service Director for seven years. During the summer months she can be found back in the SOS kitchen enjoying the heck out of herself cooking and working with our summer groups.  She says that she truly feels that SOS is the "best place on earth," and she loves coming to work every day.  She says her co-workers are wonderful and they have a lot of fun with the ever changing groups of children and adults they see each week.  

Sonna has lived in Tuolumne County most of her life, attending Curtis Creek Elementary and graduating from Sonora High. She loves spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and gardening.  She lives in the Phoenix Lake Area of Sonora with her husband, son, niece, her dog Rocky and three adopted cats.

 

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Shawna Cook

Shawna Cook
Shawna is the Food Service Supervisor at SOS and grew up in Tuolumne County. She attended Curtis Creek Elementary and graduated from Sonora High School in 1991. She has worked in food service for 19 years managing bakeries and cake decorating. She began at Sierra Outdoor School in 2002 and happily takes care of the student store, vending machines, and all areas in the dining hall and kitchen. She loves everything about her job here at SOS.


15700 Old Oak Ranch Road
Sonora, CA 95370
(209) 532–3691


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