Dwain Wilson Founder and Executive Director Read Bio Ashley Lopez Urban Ecologist / Jardinera Read Bio Carol Peralta Program Director Read Bio Azucena Gutierrez Program Coordinator Read Bio Courtney Frystak Social Media Coordinator Read Bio Dwain’s passion for the outdoors began in the rolling hills of North Carolina where he grew up. That deep appreciation for nature evolved into decades of advocacy and work in outdoor and environmental education and led him to found Wildwoods in 2000.Dwain holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Antioch University and has studied Field Biology, Environmental Education and Systems Theory, Environmental Ethics, and Child Development. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the California Environmental Education Foundation and is a past member of the Environmental Literacy Committee for the California Association of Science Educators. As a native Angeleno, Ashley grew up in an urban landscape but with a deep appreciation for the environment. She earned her Bachelors in Environmental Science and Anthropology, focusing on food systems in upstate New York.She returned to Los Angeles and began working with Wildwoods where she runs two garden programs. These programs focus on building community and fostering resilience through urban gardening. As an avid gardener, Ashley enjoys spending time in her own garden and growing native California wildflowers. Carol is passionate about building community and contributing to the health of the planet. She brings a unique perspective to her role, having held the distinction of running every Wildwoods program during her tenure with the organization.Carol holds a Bachelors in Environmental Science, with a concentration in Human Rights and Cultural Memory, from UC Santa Barbara, and is pursuing a Masters in Hydrology from Cal State LA. An LA native, she has many hobbies in the categories of physical activity, art, service, and down time with family and friends. Azucena holds her B.A. in Chicano Studies and Theater with an emphasis in Community Studies from UC Santa Barbara. Azucena is currently working towards her Masters in Library and Information Science through the San Jose State University and is involved with the LA REFORMA chapter. Azucena Gutierrez is eager to apply her experience acquired working in the Non-profit sector. She is relentless in finding innovative ways to engage the community especially through nature. She grew up in Farmersville California at the foot of the Sequoia Mountains and hopes to create pockets of nature in Los Angeles to promote a happy and healthy community. Courtney is a California native with a BA in English Literature and a background in Marketing and event planning. Growing up in beautiful Ojai, Courtney spent countless hours exploring the outdoors and communing with nature.