John Rowden


John became active in environmental education not long after moving to Chico in 2000.  While attending Chico State from 2001 to 2004 he worked as an instructor and program coordinator for Kids and Creeks and a tutor at Chico State in Statistics, Biology, English and Spanish.  After recieving his B.S. in Biological Science with a minor in Spanish he worked part time for the C.S.U. Chico Reserves and the Oakland Raiders football team.  During this time he was invited onto the Kids and Creeks Board of Directors and immediately took an active role in administering the organization.  He is currently self employed and enjoys spending time with his family and spending time in our local hills.


Leta Burke

Vice President

Registered Nurse and Outdoor Enthusiast

Leta is honored and excited to serve as an active member on the board of Kids and Creeks! Being raised in Hawaii she has an ongoing passion for outdoor education and adventures. She graduated from Chico State Nursing Program in 2003 and has been working as an RN serving Butte community since then. Leta is Invested in living a healthy lifestyle and and supporting others. She looks forward to incorporating more local environmental awareness into her life and others. As this program educates the younger generations the importance of taking pride and ownership by being stewards of our local environment, she takes pride in providing her time and energy for the children of Butte county. You can find her swimming at one mile after work, playing in upper Bidwell park, growing her own food, enjoying the local farmers market, exploring our beautiful back country backpacking, and being on the river for adventures.


Lilita Wood

Treasurer, Outdoor Field Instructor

Lilita is honored and excited to serve on the Board of Directors for Kids and Creeks! Her dream job as a field instructor allows Lilita to teach in the out-of-doors through whitewater canoeing, backpacking, canyoneering and climbing. She loves going to Chico's Saturday morning market, listening to local music and swimming in Big Chico Creek. Lilita holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education and a Masters of Arts in Outdoor Education at CSU Chico.


Jessica Vandehoven

Secretary, High School Teacher

Jessica Vandehoven was born in Harvey, North Dakota and moved to Chico at age 12. In 1992, she graduated from Pleasant Valley High School. Travel to the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America transformed a small-town farm girl into a globally conscious adult. Ms. Vandehoven graduated Summa Cum Laude from Chico State with a BA in History and a minor in Spanish. In 2005 she completed her teaching credential and began working at a new high school in Yuba City in the Fall of 2006. She has experience teaching all levels of the California social science curriculum, including specialized training to teach AP World and AP US History. She also teaches Spanish and has coordinated AVID, a college preparatory program for potential first generation college students, at three schools. Ms. Vandehoven has also advised several student groups, including Key Club, the Speech and Debate team, and National Honor Society. Ms. Vandehoven has started school recycling programs at two Yuba City High Schools. In May 2010, her peers recognized her as Educator of the Year by the Feather River Service Center, which represents K-12 educators from the tri-county region. Ms. Vandehoven enjoys gardening, traveling and virtually all types of outdoor recreation.


Teacher Liaison