Region 9 Leadership Team

Officer roles and responsibilities


Brian Cahill, Region 9 Director

Region 9 Director: Brian Cahill –

Brian Cahill retired recently after 38 years with California State Parks. During his tenure, he served as a Park Ranger, Assistant Deputy Director of Park Operations, and the Acting Chief of the Interpretation and Education Division. He’s a graduate of Humboldt State University and served as a lecturer there.

Prior to the formation of NAI (in 1988), Brian was a member of the Western Interpreters Association where he served as Regional Treasurer as well as the co-Chair of the 1981 Annual Conference. He’s also been co-chair for regional NAI workshops.

Brian has been recognized for Meritorious Service to NAI and as Master Front-Line Interpreter. He welcomes this opportunity to serve his peers in Region 9 and looks forward to serving this organization that has given him so much.


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Jason Fareira, Region 9 Deputy Director

Region 9 Deputy Director:  Jason Fareira –

Jason has been a Outdoor Educator for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the past 7 years. Prior to working with Fish and Wildlife he was a Volunteer in the Park at Yosemite National Park. His focus as your Deputy Director is to grow the membership of the Sierra Pacific Region and to increase the training opportunities available to our members.

In addition to being a cheer leader for the trees, Jason is passionate about Interpretation, and those who strive to inform and inspire the public.

Debi Espinoza-Bylin
Debi Espinoza-Bylin, Region 9 Secretary

Region 9 Secretary: Debi Espinoza-Bylin –

Debi Espinoza-Bylin has served in a number of interpretive roles including Monorail Tour Guide, Ranch Tour Guide, and Aquarium Interpretive Naturalist. For the past nine years, she’s worked at the California Academy of Sciences. Debi says that serving as Region 9 Secretary is a throw back to her high school days in FFA (Future Farmers of America), where she served on Parliamentary Procedure Team. She is looking forward to inspiring others to open their hearts to the earth’s wonders and to ensure that we have a vibrant membership into the future.

Laura Drath, Region 9 Treasurer

Region 9 Treasurer: Laura Drath –   (916) 358-2884

As an Interpreter for the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Laura oversees education, outreach and public services at Nimbus Hatchery, east of Sacramento.  Prior to this she taught public school for several years and worked in interpretation for California State Parks, the Sacramento Zoo, and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.  Laura is alumni of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation study circle program and is the Capital/Foothills Region coordinator for Project WILD. In her off time she hikes, reads, bakes, and enjoys life along the American River with her husband and son.


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