Meet the Team
Stacy Springer has worked for philanthropic, non-profit agencies since 1993. A graduate from UC Davis with a major in English and an emphasis in Japanese, Stacy has worked as a teacher abroad, the Admissions Director for an international private school in Florida, and has organized fundraisers for the American River Parkway Foundation. Native to Sacramento, Stacy grew up enjoying the parkway and was thrilled to now have the opportunity to manage programs dedicated to preserving ‘Sacramento’s Jewel’. As many of her volunteers were parkway users, enjoying the outdoors for health reasons, Stacy developed an interest in the marriage between health and the environment. As a senior manager now at Breathe, and the coordinator for their largest annual fundraiser, the Breathe Bike Trek, Stacy continues to use her fundraising and program management skills to forward BREATHE’s philanthropic goal of clean air, healthy lungs, and tobacco free living.
Chief Finance Officer
Gi-Diep Nguyen has over 26 years’ experience in the accounting field, in both private and non-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in Applied Mathematics and Operation Research and received her MBA from Golden Gate University. In the 14 years with Breathe, she has been in charge of accounting and personnel functions. In addition, she assists the CEO in the process of budgeting and forecasting yearly income and expenses, internal grant auditing, and preparation for the yearly audit. Breathe has received excellent audit results every year since she has been with the agency.
After graduating from Sonoma State with a degree in English Literature, Katie Cox realized her true passion was for public lands preservation, natural resource advocacy, and youth-based environmental education. Katie spent 2013-15 completing coursework in the Environment & Community graduate studies program at Humboldt State University. Her thesis research investigated barriers to increased participation in backcountry recreation and the environmental movement among communities of color. It was through this research project that she realized the extent that social and environmental justice issues are related to issues of public health. Secondarily, her work offers suggestions to increase the efficacy youth programming and curricula. If not in the office, you might find Katie with her German Shepard ‘Scout Finch’, hunting for agates, trekking through the wilderness, peak bagging or fly-fishing for steelhead on a remote river.
Clean Air Policy Manager
After a 10-year hiatus, Jennifer has returned to Breathe California to advocate for improved air quality through better land use planning, guided by the organization’s Clean Air Agenda. She has over 12 years’ experience with Sacramento-based non-profits, wearing many different hats. She has a Master’s in Business Administration from UC Davis and a Bachelor’s in Botany from UC Riverside. In her spare time, Jennifer is a Girl Scout leader, serves on the PTO at her daughters’ school and enjoys walking and bicycling.
Claire Garcia is the Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down! (TUTD) Program Manager and has been with Breathe since 2015. As TUTD Program Manager, her responsibilities include event and training organization, data collection and entry, and supervising over 30 TUTD student volunteers. Claire was born and raised in Sacramento and wouldn’t work or live anywhere else. When she was in high school, she joined Breathe’s Youth Advisory Board and enjoyed the opportunity to become acquainted with Breathe’s programs and mission during that time. Claire went to college at UCLA and majored in Political Science and graduated in 2015, joining Breathe shortly thereafter. She loves her position here at Breathe and now is the foremost authority on whether or not you should spend money on that movie you were thinking about seeing.
Cerena is our Administrative Assistant and a loyal Sacramento native. She came to Breathe in 2017 ready to combine her love of organization and administrative duties with her passion for health and the environment. She works closely with the COO and CFO to ensure an organized and efficient, yet comfortable and relaxing office atmosphere. Cerena graduated California State University Sacramento in 2016 with her BA, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Business, focusing on management of organizational behavior and human resources; she plans to return to obtain her master’s degree in the near future.