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Paula Birdsong

Executive Director

Paula joined the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps in December 2019. She has over 18 years of executive management and development experience with non-profit agencies and has headed local and state level organizations as well as grassroots agencies. Prior to this Paula was Center Director at the Elk Grove Huntington Learning Center.


Paula has excellent legislative experience and she excels at networking with constituents to advocate for the underserved, particularly youth and young adults. She has lived, attended schools and worked in the northern California area for most of her life and knows the region very well.  

Kala Dean

Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Director

Kala joined the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps (SRCC) in April 1992 as the organizations Controller and Director of Administration.  Kala earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Colorado State University and obtained her Certified Public Accounting License in both Colorado and California (currently inactive status) while working for KPMG Peat Marwick prior to joining SRCC.

In August of 2014 Kala was promoted to Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Director.  In this new role Kala is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the SRCC Program including Administration, Financial, Grant Compliance, Human Resources and Program leading a team of dedicated professionals including the Financial Officer, Director of Corpsmember Development and Education and Director of Work Training Programs and Operations.

Norma Naylor

Director of Corpsmember Development

In September 2005, Norma joined the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps as the remedial reading teacher. Early in 2006 she partnered with another teacher to lead SRCC’s outreach program, SATRAP, in

which Corpsmembers brought conservation and recycling information to schools and students in the Sacramento area.


After SATRAP, Norma became SRCC’s Recruiter and Intake Coordinator while continuing her role as remedial reading teacher. Her next position at the SRCC was Corpsmember Services Manager, which entailed monitoring the staff and program requirements of SRCC’s Youth Build and Cal GRIP programs.  As Corpsmember Services Manager, Norma also monitored  John Muir Charter School student intake and records, coordinated and provided corpsmember services and taught general education and life skill classes, orientation courses and remedial reading.

Norma began with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a Clinical Rehab Credential at California State University, San Jose. In 1999, she added a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential through the University of California, Davis. Teaching experiences include teaching a self-contained 4th grade class, supervising and coordinating an elementary school reading lab and working as Co-Director of Education for Sylvan Learning Center. She is in the process of obtaining her Administrative Services Credential through California State University, Sacramento.

Baldeo Singh

Director of Work Training Programs and Operations


Baldeo joined the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps in February 2007 and is currently Director of Work Training Programs and Operations. Prior to this Baldeo worked as a Program Director for Sacramento Shade Program at the Sacramento Tree Foundation.

Baldeo has diverse hands on and senior level operations and management experiences working in Government as well as nonprofit sector for last 30 years. Baldeo received his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the University of the South Pacific and in 2003 he completed Leadership for the millennium training at California State University, Sacramento.