Foundation Staff

The California Fire Foundation has a committed staff team that establishes and executes the strategic plan, policies and initiatives of the California Fire Foundation.

STAFF

Rick Martinez
Executive Director

Rick Martinez has over forty years in public safety service.  Rising through the ranks he served in nearly every fire operational and administrative position to include twelve years as fire chief.  During his tenure as fire chief he guided the consolidation of multiple fire departments forming the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, the seventh largest local fire department in the State of California and established the first local government wildland helicopter program in northern California.  CLICK HERE to continue reading.

 

Kara Haynes
Program Manager

Kara Haynes is currently a Project Manager with the California Fire Foundation. Before joining the California Fire Foundation, Kara started out in Labor as an organizer with the Service Employees International Union- Local 1000 in Sacramento. As an organizer she implemented worksite campaigns and aimed at internal organizing, specifically in Education based state agencies.  After organizing, Kara was promoted to Senior for Education and Development where she designed and implemented educational trainings for job stewards and rank and file statewide.

Kara holds her bachelor’s degree in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations from California State University, Sacramento. She began working with California Fire Foundation in April 2020. She was born and raised in Sacramento.

 

Joslyn Beile
Program Manager

Joslyn Beile is currently a Program Manager for the California Fire Foundation. Prior to joining the California Fire Foundation, Joslyn was the Operations Director for Shareable, a nonprofit journalism organization based in Mountain View, California. She also worked as the Program Director and then Executive Director of Sacramento-based nonprofit, Camellia Network, that provided material and social support to youth aging out of the foster care system in the U.S.

Joslyn has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Strategic Management from San Francisco State University. She began working at the California Fire Foundation in September 2021.

 

Amy Howard

Amy Howard is a part of the California Fire Foundation’s Philanthropic Services & Community Engagement Team. Prior to joining the California Fire Foundation, Amy served as Legislative Director for our founding organization, California Professional Firefighters, where she promoted an array of state legislative, budget, and regulatory initiatives. A certified grant writer who also assists in managing the Foundation’s various grant programs, Amy brings nearly three decades of experience working in and around California’s State Capitol, as well as a developed skill set that includes fund procurement, grant management, community outreach, advocacy, and strategic planning.

Amy is a California native who holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento. She began working with the California Fire Foundation in January 2020.

 

Sarah Howard

With a background in nonprofit administration and operations, Sarah is a member of the Foundation’s Philanthropic and Community Giving Team, where she developed and currently manages various grantmaking initiatives.  Sarah has contributed to the ongoing success of local, state, and national mission-focused nonprofits for over a decade, most recently for Asset Funders Network, a national Grantmaker membership organization focused on advancing equitable wealth building and economic mobility. And, for MomsRising, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to tackling the most critical issues facing women, mothers, and families.

Sarah served as a Medic in the United States Army and, in 2015, was awarded the JPMorgan Chase Veterans Onward to Opportunity Scholarship. Her undergraduate studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies focused on gender justice, nonprofit management, and organizational policy development. Sarah began working with California Fire Foundation in 2018. She was born and raised in Sacramento.

Dale Turner
Project Manager

Dale joined the California Fire Foundation as a project manager in June of 2022. Dale is honored to oversee the expansion of the California Firefighters Memorial located on the State Capital grounds. Dale started his career following his older brother into the fire service by joining the Bennett Valley Fire Department in 1976. He also worked for the Santa Rosa Fire Department, Browns Ambulance service and two seasons with the Bear Divide Hotshots before joining the American River Fire District. Dale was a Reserve Firefighter, Firefighter, Engineer, and Captain at American River Fire. In 2000 the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District was formed and a year later Dale was promoted to Battalion Chief. Dale directed the establishment of the Special Operations Division and worked on the transition of McClellan AFB to McClellan field. Dale oversaw the creation of the aviation program, the HazMat program, Metro Fires participation in the JTTF, and the formation of the JCAT for Northern California. Dale also responded to wildfires throughout the state of CA as a DIV, STL and SFL. Dale continued his career as a field BC and was promoted to Assistant Chief/Shift Commander. After 35 years in the Fire Service, Dale retired in 2012. As a third generation Californian, Dale has been proud to serve the people of California.

Nicole Paskey 
SAVE Program Coordinator

Nicole Paskey is currently managing the California Fire Foundation’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program. Prior to joining the California Fire Foundation, Nicole worked for the California Fire & Rescue Training Authority as an Administrative Officer and served as a Training Coordinator for our Nationwide FEMA US&R Task Forces and State Regional US&R Task Forces. She collaborated closely with Cal OES Fire and Rescue Division, to support the State and its emergency response personnel in operational readiness. In this role, she also assisted with the planning and execution of full-scale mobilization and disaster scenario exercises. She began working with the California Fire Foundation in September 2022.

Karina Arroyo
Administrative Assistant

Karina Arroyo joined the California Fire Foundation in September 2022. As the Administrative Assistant, Karina supports the Foundation’s special programs, grants, and contract management. Prior to joining the Foundation, Karina worked at the California Housing Partnership, as an Equity Policy Research Fellow. She also supported advocacy through legislative work at Sacramento State and worked as a Graduate Student Assistant at the City Mangers’ Office in Elk Grove. Karina is currently in her last year in the Public Policy and Administration graduate program at Sacramento State and earned a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Spanish at the University of California, Riverside in 2019.