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Stacy Bare

Great Outdoors Lab
Stacy Bare is a veteran of the Iraq war and will share his compelling story on the healing powers of the outdoors and the related importance of balancing conservation and recreation.
In addition to being a partner, father, climber, skier, and rafter, he co-founded the Great Outdoors Lab (GO Lab) in 2014 to put scientifically defensible data behind the idea of time outside as a key component of healthcare in partnership with Dr. Dacher Keltner at UC-Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.
Stacy is a 2014 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year & the 2015 SHIFT Conservation Athlete of the Year. In 2017, he and two fellow veterans completed a first ski descent of Mt. Halgurd in Iraq as part of his Adventure Not War project. He also runs Bare, LLC, a boutique consulting firm helping organizations with leadership, strategic planning, and fund development. He holds degrees from the Universities of Mississippi and Pennsylvania and makes his home in Salt Lake City with his wife and daughter.

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Carolyn Finney

Carolyn Finney, PhD is a storyteller, author and a cultural geographer. The aim of her work is to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations and institutions, challenge media outlets on their representation of difference, and increase awareness of how privilege shapes who gets to speak to environmental issues and determine policy and action. Carolyn is grounded in both artistic and intellectual ways of knowing- she pursued an acting career for eleven years, but five years of backpacking trips through Africa and Asia, and living in Nepal changed the course of her life. Motivated by these experiences, Carolyn returned to school after a 15-year absence to complete a B.A., M.A. (both of these degrees focused on gender and environmental issues in Kenya and Nepal, respectively) and Ph.D. (which focused on African Americans and environmental issues in the U.S.) She has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Canon National Parks Science Scholar and received a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Studies. Carolyn has worked with the media in various capacities including the Tavis Smiley Show, MSNBC, & Vice News Tonight; wrote Op-Eds for Outside Magazine & Newsweek; was a guest editor & contributor for a special section on Race & the National Parks in Orion Magazine; recently participated in a roundtable conversation with REI and The Atlantic; interviewed with various media outlets including NPR, Sierra Club, Boston Globe & National Geographic; and even filmed a commercial for Toyota that highlighted the importance of African Americans getting out into Nature. Along with public speaking, writing, consulting and teaching (she has held positions at Wellesley College, the University of California, Berkeley & the University of Kentucky), she served on the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board for eight years which assists the National Park Service in engaging in relations of reciprocity with diverse communities. Her first book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors was released in 2014 (UNC Press).
Carolyn is currently working on a number of projects including a new book(creative non-fiction) that explores identity, race, lived experience and the construction of a black environmental imaginary, and a performance piece about John Muir (The N Word: Nature Revisited). She has recently published a piece for a special issue of Harvard Design Magazine (themed Into the Woods) entitled “The Space Between the Words” (March 2018) and another articlefor VIEW, the magazine of the Library of American Landscape History (Summer 2018). She has also been commissioned to write ten poems for Artists Thrive, an initiative that offers practices, activities and visions for supporting artists and a thriving arts sector. In order to meet the demands of this work Dr. Finney has recently resigned from her full-time position at the University of Kentucky.

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Mahting Putelis

Hunt to Eat
Mahting Putelis is an adventurer, entrepreneur, and photographer who seeks to elevate the conservation conversation. After attending Prescott College, Mahting started off as a mountain guide and educator. He spent more time outdoors than in and developed a broad skill set for communicating with groups of people and managing the complexity of adventure travel. Drawing on his artistic side, he evolved into an adventure photographer, capturing moments of human movement in wild places. As an adult, he uncovered the hunter within and identified a need in the market for hunting apparel that speaks to the conservation ethic of many hunters. He co-founded Hunt to Eat, a lifestyle apparel brand, with the goal of each item being a conservation conversation starter.

Mahting has found himself at a crossroads, his disparate communities intersect with shared values that support wild places, animals and clean air and water. Seeing the possible political power of a united Outdoor Recreation Economy he, along with fellow leaders, has built a coalition of willing do'ers, ready to unite in protecting that which we value most. It is known as The Wild Gathering.

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Brett Ackerman

Deputy Regional Manager, SE Region
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Mr. Ackerman is a 19-year veteran of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, currently serving as Deputy Regional Manager in the Southeast Region. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife and Range Resources from Brigham Young University and an Environmental Policy and Law Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado. As a peace officer and wildlife biologist, Mr. Ackerman is dedicated to protecting public safety while also conserving the wildlife of Colorado.

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Taishya Adams

Commissioner
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Taishya Adams is an avid rock climber, skier, hiker and backpacker. Adams serves as a Senior Technical Consultant at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). In this role, Adams develops, implements, and monitors a coordinated strategy to build the capacity of state education agency staff, districts leaders and partners to increase the academic outcomes of the students in their states.
Adams also serves as the Colorado co-lead for Outdoor Afro. Outdoor Afro is a national organization that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature. Adams is the founding Board President for New Legacy Charter School – a charter high school and early learning center for teen parents and their children in Aurora, Colorado. Adams is committed to ensuring equity (e.g. access, representation, meaningful participation and quality) in all her endeavors. She holds a MA from George Washington University in International Education and a BA from Vassar College in Political Science and Film Production.

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Satya Akquia

Westwood Program Coordinator
cityWILD
  • Satya comes to cityWILD with a background in geography, conservation, and park enforcement. Born in Northern California she grew up with a love for the water and hiking in the foothills. After moving to Colorado during middle school, Satya later went on to attend the University of Colorado Boulder and obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Geography. While attending CU Boulder, Satya worked with the Institute of Artic and Alpine Research where she monitored water resources high in the Rocky Mountains. This work built off an internship that she had done earlier with the City of San Diego monitoring waterways and tracking pollution. During her senior year she organized a student volunteer trip to Oregon that helped care for rescued mustangs. After graduation Satya went on to work as a park ranger for Standley Lake Regional Park, where she was the first female to be selected for boat crew or water enforcement in close to a decade. She also continued volunteering in the form of working with rescued wolves and wolf dogs in La Porte, CO. Last winter Satya helped plan, transport, and guide group snow shoe trips to various locations in the Rockies. During all these experiences Satya was often the only female or person of color among her peers and hopes that her work with cityWILD will help open paths to diversify the outdoors.

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Susan Alden Weingardt

Partnership Liaison
USDA Forest Service
Susan Alden Weingardt currently serves as the Partnership Liaison for the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service in Golden, Colorado. Ms. Weingardt has enjoyed a 29-year career with the Forest Service. Her first assignment was on the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest as a member of the Youth Conservation Corps. In 1989, Ms. Weingardt began her formal career with the agency as a landscape architect on the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Since that time, she has accepted special assignments as a partnership specialist for the National Winter Sports Partnership Program, the Olympic Summer Games of 1996, the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games of 2002, and Joint Ventures: Partners in Stewardship. In 2003, Ms. Weingardt went to work for the National Partnership Office of the Forest Service, where she focused on the agency’s centennial activities, worked with the National Forest Foundation and handled external outreach. Since moving to the Rocky Mountain Region in 2007, she has led the region’s partnership program focusing her efforts on partnership programs for youth engagement and watershed restoration.

In recent years Ms. Weingardt led the Forest Service’s outreach and engagement efforts tied to the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships, resulting in the creation of the “It’s All Yours” Campaign. Based upon its initial success, the campaign is now being used nationally toproactively share a compelling story about the connection between people and their national forests and grasslands.

Ms. Weingardt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Design and Construction and a Master’s degree in Recreation Resource Planning and Management, both from Colorado State University. She resides in Evergreen, Colorado, where she and her husband enjoy introducing the fun of the outdoors to their fifteen-year-old daughter. Together they love to ski, hike, camp, fish, garden, paint and travel

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Kevin Alexander

Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Western Colorado University
Dr. Alexander, Professor of Biology, has served as Chair of the Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences at Western Colorado University for the past four years. He is a field biologist who has worked in aquatic ecology, monitoring, habitat assessments, conservation biology and landscape scale planning. Dr. Alexander has been serving on the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative as a Trout Unlimited represented since conception of this working group. He is also a member and current Chair of the Gunnison County Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee. Dr. Alexander has served as both an appointed and elected representative serving the Sportsmen’s Roundtable for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He has a B.A in Biology from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of North Texas. Through his time as Western, he has numerous externally funded research projects and mentored about 70 undergraduate research projects and field experiences. He has also been instrumental in helping found the upcoming M.S. in Ecology program at Western. On July 01, 2019, he will begin serving as an Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western.

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Bill Alspach

Trails Preservation Alliance & Great Outdoors Consultants
Bill Alspach, Trails Preservation Alliance & Great Outdoors Consultants - Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control, Retired Army and Municipal Government, Woodland Park, CO

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Bill Andree

Retired
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Graduated from CSU with B.S. in Fishery and Zoology
Started with Colorado Division of Wildlife in 1980,
District Wildlife Manager for the Vail District from 1981 to 2018
1989-1991 supervised study on Bighorn Sheep at Booth Creek.
Supervised the Colorado Lynx survey crew 1991-1993.
Published in Wildlife Society Bulletin 1995, one of the co-authors of: The Effects of Ski Area Expansion on Elk.
Member of the Colorado Division of Wildlife Lynx Recovery Team.
1985 Colorado Wildlife Officer of the year; by Shikar-Safari Club International
1991 Wildlife Professional of the year; by Colorado Trappers Association
1992 Professional Achievement Award in Wildlife Management; by Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society;
2007 Wildlife Lifetime Achievement Award; by Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Retired from Colorado Division of Wildlife 7/2018

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Kara Armano

Co-Founder
Artemis
Kara is a lifelong passionate outdoorswoman with most of that passion being dedicated to fly fishing. She was taught to love and respect the outdoors by her great grandmother and continues to magnify that love to other anglers and women, especially. Kara believes that we must do everything in our power to encourage women to get involved on the local, state and national level to preserve our resources for sportswomen of future generations. Kara knows we cannot make a difference if we do not have a voice, and women’s voices can be especially strong. Artemis embodies this perfectly and she’s looking forward to the swell of women speaking out for conservation and sportswoman issues across the country.

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Keith Baker

Commissioner
Chaffee County
Keith Baker began serving as District 1 Chaffee County commissioner in January 2017. Before settling in Buena Vista, Colorado, he served 23 years as a U.S. Navy officer, retiring with the rank of commander. He owned and operated The Trailhead and Trailhead Cycle & Ski in Buena Vista for over nine years, and has been a leader in numerous civic organizations in Chaffee County. Before election to county commissioner, Baker served eight years as a Buena Vista town trustee. He received his BA from Mercer University, his MA from Alliant International University, is a distinguished graduate of U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a graduate of Joint Forces Staff College and U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College.

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Luis Benitez

VP of Government Relations and Global Impact
VF Corporation

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Carrie Besnette Hauser, Ph.D

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission/ CEO of Colorado Mountain College
Carrie Besnette Hauser, Parks and Wildlife Commission and President and CEO of Colorado Mountain College Bio: Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser is president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College, a public two- and four-year degree granting institution with eleven campuses serving 20,000 students annually across 12,000 square miles of the central Rocky Mountains. Hauser has also held leadership roles at the Kauffman Foundation, Metropolitan State University of Denver, the Daniels Fund, and the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education. Hauser holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, earned her master's and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of Business. An outdoorswoman and athlete, Hauser has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, climbed to the Mt. Everest basecamp, and is nearing completion of Colorado's "14ers." She held the proud title of "Swamper" while working many summers for Hatch River Expeditions in Grand Canyon National Park. She and her husband enjoy skiing, hiking, boating, biking, and exploring the Rocky Mountain West and remote places around the world.

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Mary Ann Bonnell

Visitor Services Manager
Jefferson County Open Spaces
Mary Ann Bonnell is the Visitor Services Manager for Jefferson County Open Space, CO. Mary Ann holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Mary Ann’s work focuses on supporting the team that manages seven million annual visitors to 46,000 acres of open space immediately adjacent to the Denver Metro Area. Her interest is in minimizing negative human-wildlife interactions in parks and communities. She’s currently involved in prairie rattlesnake and urban coyote research.

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Scott Borden

Faculty - Masters in Environmental Management programs and Outdoor Industry MBA
Western Colorado University
Scott Borden is a graduate faculty in the Master in Environmental Management programs and Outdoor Industry MBA at Western Colorado University. He coordinates the Sustainable and Resilient Communities track and serves on several committees, including the Environmental Council, Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee, and Sustainable Action Committee. His research and lectures are informed by the real world experiences of: publishing a children’s book on rock climbing; being a senior contributor for a climbing magazine; working as the marketing director of an international outdoor education company; serving on the board of directors for a Benefit Corporation Certified investment bank, which has consulted on mergers and acquisitions for socially driven outdoor companies; supervising educators at the largest non-profit outdoor environmental education organization in our National Parks, which receives over 40,000 students annually; running sales for the largest whitewater festival in the U.S.; and owning his own business which has consulted with organizations such as the business certifying organization B-Lab and the conservation non-profit organization The Access Fund.

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Marcia Brownlee

Program Manager
Artemis Sportswomen
Marcia is the Program Manager for Artemis Sportswomen, an initiative of the National Wildlife Federation. She has been a naturalist, hiker, camper, stargazer, beach comber, and wildflower aficionado since her beginning. The love of hunting and fishing struck her in her 30s and changed her life in deeply meaningful ways. She has pursued in with vigor ever since. Marcia is deeply passionate providing opportunities for others to discover the bountiful gifts of our sporting heritage and to protect the lands, waters, and wildlife we rely on. She has a Masters in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She cares deeply about supporting women on their journey as hunters, anglers, and conservation advocates.

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Rob Buirgy

Coordinator for the Upper Colorado River Wild and Scenic Stakeholders
RRC Associates
Rob Buirgy provides organizational management, facilitation, and water education expertise to nonprofits, stakeholder groups and water utilities throughout Colorado. During the past ten years, he has served as program manager for the Upper Colorado River Wild & Scenic Stakeholder Group and recently signed on with Water Education Colorado to coordinate the implementation of a statewide water education plan. In addition, he recently served as lead consultant for Denver Water’s Youth Education program and as interim Coordinator for the Blue River Watershed Group in Summit County. Rob is also the founder of New Era Water Technologies (NEWT), a small company dedicated to promoting water-wise lifestyles through modern technology and effective education.

Prior to his current work, Rob taught Chemistry and Environmental Education during his 25 years with the Thompson School District in Loveland, CO. During that time, he established and directed the nonprofit Big Thompson Watershed Forum and the Thompson River Project, a watershed stewardship course for High School students. In 2008, he coordinated Colorado’s Water Education Task Force, sponsored by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

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Jo Burns

Jo Burns Consulting LLC
Jo Burns, Colorado Public Health/Parks & Recreation Collaborative and Jo Burns Consulting LLC Jo Burns is widely known for her work in bringing together professionals from parks, recreation and public health She is the co-founder of the Public Health/Parks & Recreation Collaborative of Colorado. Over the past several years the collaborative has focused on common interests and mutual impact areas, such as reducing obesity and chronic illness, increasing opportunities for physical activity, improving access to healthy food and beverage choices, and developing walk-able communities. Jo is a Parks & Recreation professional with over 20 years’ experience in community, camp and association settings, and continues to be a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. With numerous public speaking engagements, and critically acclaimed workshops, Jo is a recognized expert in parks and public health arenas.

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Angie Busby

Cal-Wood Education Center
Angie is originally from the great state of Minnesota. Since her youth, she has been seeking new adventures in hunting, fishing and outdoor sports. Angie has been the land manager/volunteer coordinator for Cal-Wood Education Center in Jamestown for over 11 years. She is piloting Cal-Wood’s Natural Resources Careers Initiative for their educational clientele and has worked with many organizations in the Front Range teaching that curriculum.

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Tony Cady

Region 5 Planning and Environmental Manager
CDOT
Mr. Cady has been designing and implementing Wildlife Vehicle Collision reduction projects throughout Colorado for over 15 years. These products have been designed to address driver safety issues while maintaining or enhancing habitat connectivity. In addition to being a member of the Wildlife and Transportation Alliance, Mr. Cady manages the West Slope Wildlife Prioritization Project to identify priority areas for Wildlife mitigation on Colorado’s West Slope.

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Tom Cardamone

Executive Director
Watershed Biodiversity Initiative
Tom Cardamone came to the Roaring Fork Watershed in western Colorado in 1972 to work on a wilderness proposal for what is now the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness.
In 1975 Tom became co-Director of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies with ACES first Director, his wife Jody.Tom became ACES Executive Director in the mid-80s. He was also chairman of the Pitkin County Wildlife Task Force, a precursor of the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Program of which he was a founder and 14-year board member. Tom currently serves as a consultant to ACES and as the Executive Director of the Watershed Biodiversity Initiative.

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Chris Castilian

Great Outdoors Colorado
Executive Director
A fourth-generation Colorado native, Castilian joined the GOCO staff in March 2017. He has a lengthy history of both private and public service, including serving as deputy chief of staff for Gov. Bill Owens, as well as director of the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners. Prior to GOCO, Castilian was director of strategy and engagement for Anadarko Petroleum Corp., where he led government affairs, social investment, employee engagement, and stakeholder outreach for the Rockies region. He is on several boards of nonprofit organizations throughout the Denver area and is the immediate past, chair of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission.

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Tracy Coppola

Colorado Program Manager
National Parks Conservation Association
Tracy Coppola is the Colorado Program Manager for the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)’s Southwest Regional Office. Prior to NPCA, Tracy served as Senior Legislative Counsel on public lands policy for Earthjustice, where she worked on campaigns to defend bedrock environmental laws and protect national forests, parks, and monuments primarily in the Southwest and Northern Rockies. She also previously campaigned to protect endangered species like the Greater Yellowstone grizzly, lobbied Congress on captive wildlife and roadless areas, and passed statewide domestic violence survivor protection bills. Tracy grew up with family roots in various states and Puerto Rico. She earned a JD and Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School and an undergraduate degree from Yale University. Tracy lives with her family in Denver.

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Nadia Cordoba

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Travis Custer

Executive Director, Cortez
Montezuma Land Conservancy
Travis is the Executive Director of the Montezuma Land Conservancy in Southwest Colorado. Travis has helped to lead MLC’s transition into Community Conservation and drive programs beyond the organization’s traditional conservation model. He serves on the Colorado statewide land trust coalition board, “Keep It Colorado”, where he hopes to help bring new perspective and innovation to the land trust community. Travis enjoys growing food, exploring nature with his son, and working for his community.

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Jim Daus

Eagle Valley Land Trust

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Lincoln Davie

Assistant Professor of Health Professions
MSU-Denver
Dr. Lincoln Davie is an Assistant Professor of Recreation Professions in MSU-Denver’s Department of Health Professions. His teaching and research interests are in the area of outdoor recreation. Davie brings over 12 years of experience as an outdoor professional, and emphasizes a personalized, experiential approach to teaching and learning. Dr. Davie’s current research agenda focuses on adventure sports coaching and outdoor adventure education.

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Nicholas DiMascio

Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell
Nick DiMascio is an attorney in private practice with special expertise in the laws governing access to, conservation of, and management of public lands. Nick began his career as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment & Natural Resources Division, where he represented the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish & Wildlife Service, and Park Service in dozens of cases concerning federal environmental and natural resources laws. After seven years in that position, he entered private practice to help clients implement or oppose projects, interface with federal agencies, and resolve conflicts regarding access to and use of public lands. Nick also is an avid outdoorsman who spends any free time he can find introducing his two young kids to the joys of recreating in Colorado’s great outdoors.

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Teresa DiTore

Youth Programs Manager
Conservation Legacy, Southwest Conservation Corps
Teresa is the Youth Programs Manager for the Southwest Conservation Corps’ Four Corners office. During her time with SCC, Teresa has helped the youth programs quadruple the number of paid opportunities available for High School students. She feels very fortunate to be able to create experiences for local youth to explore their own backyards and have an impact in their communities. Teresa enjoys exploring the backcountry by foot and bike, and finding the quiet places to sit and soak up everything nature has to offer.

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Heather Dugan

Assistant Director
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Heather Dugan is an Assistant Director for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, overseeing the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Branch of the agency. She leads commissioned and non-commissioned staff in law enforcement and public safety-related operations including the recreational boating safety program, law enforcement records, and training and investigations associated with protecting Colorado’s wildlife and parks. A Colorado native who grew up as a free-range outdoor-kid, Heather earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology in 1992, and has worked for the agency for 27 years as a ranger, training officer, park manager, assistant region manager, region manager and assistant director. Heather and her husband Sean have 13-year old twins Tessa and Rafe, and 10 year old son Jackson. Heather and her family enjoy the diverse outdoor experiences Colorado has to offer, including hiking, backpacking, camping, hunting, fishing and skiing.

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Crystal Egli

Media Specialist
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Crystal Egli is a videographer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, fishing, and hunting, all of which she looks forward to experiencing with her baby daughter. In addition to being an active outdoors-woman both on and off the job, Egli is also serving as a board member for Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK).

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Carlos Fernandez

Director
The Nature Conservancy
Carlos is currently the Colorado State Director for the Nature Conservancy, where he leads a staff of 60 and a Board of Trustees of 23. Working together with partner organizations, government agencies, elected officials and other key decision-makers, Carlos and his team strive to build alliances and shared agendas that advance conservation outcomes both in Colorado and around the world.

Carlos previously served the Conservancy as the Southern Andes Conservation Strategies Manager and the Patagonia Program Manager. He joined the Conservancy in January 2003, working as the Foreign Legal Advisor for the South American Conservation Region of The Nature Conservancy, based at the Worldwide Office, in Arlington, VA. Earlier in his career, Carlos worked for big international law firms in both Washington, DC and Buenos Aires, Argentina with an expertise in corporate finance and energy issues. He holds an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center (1998) and a J.D. from the University of Mendoza, School of Law from Mendoza, Argentina (1996).

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Shereen Fink

Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Council of Brighton
Shereen Fink is a Colorado native living in the Brighton area since 2004. She is an author, business owner, public speaker and founder of the community Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Council.
Shereen combines her education in positive psychology and Gallup strengths, with over 20 years of cross-cultural experience in corporate, to pursue her desire to work intentionally in communities to ensure all members feel included regardless of race, class, gender, sexuality, abilities or age.
As a volunteer in the community, Shereen created an English as a Second Language adult learning program. She taught classes for 10 years in Brighton, duplicated the program in Broomfield and recruited over 10 teachers and volunteers to help – and eventually take over – the program when she retired from this work to take care of ailing parents.
Shereen loves spending time with her best friend/husband and her family: Son and daughter-in-law; daughter, son-in-law and her grandson; and their “daughter from Haiti,” Jennie – who is living with them while attending college in the United States.

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Katalina Garcia

Natural Leaders Network

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Dan Gates

Chairman
Colorado for Responsible Wildlife Management

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Dan Gibbs

Executive Director
Colorado Department of Natural Resources
As Executive Director, Dan Gibbs leads the development and execution of the Department’s initiatives for the balanced management of the state’s natural resources. Dan works on an array of issues pertaining to all of Colorado’s natural resources, including water, wildlife, state lands, oil and gas and mining.
Dan is a respected collaborator and a strong proponent of building partnerships across agencies, nonprofits and private-sector organizations to improve the productivity and success of government operations and services.
Prior to joining the Department of Natural Resources, Dan served as a Summit County Commissioner from 2010-2018. As county commissioner, Dan successfully pushed for wildfire preparedness, affordable workforce housing, lower health insurance costs and protection and improvements to transportation infrastructure.

Prior to his tenure as a Commissioner, Dan served in the Colorado House of Representatives and in the Colorado State Senate where he served on the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. His legislative accomplishments include securing funding for wildfire mitigation and forest health, creating the Colorado Kids Outdoors grant program, supporting watershed health initiatives, and increasing environmental protections for wildlife from oil and gas development.
Dan is a certified wildland firefighter and is affiliated with the ROSS system, through which he is on call to fight wildfires throughout the United States. He chaired the statewide Wildland Fire and Prescribed Fire Matters Advisory Council, and represented county governments on the Forest Health Advisory Committee. Dan has served on a variety of civic boards including: Search and Rescue Advisory, Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, Tourism Office, Youth Corps Association, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and the Keystone Science School.
Dan is a graduate of Western State Colorado University and completed the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. He is also a Marshall Memorial Fellow.
Dan enjoys all that living in the high country has to offer, including skiing, running, mountain biking, hunting and fishing. He is a resident of Breckenridge, Colorado, where he lives with his wife, Johanna; daughter, Grace; and son, Tate.

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Erik Glenn

Colorado Cattleman's Agricultural Land Trust
Erik is the Executive Director of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT). As Executive Director, Erik oversees the operations of the land trust and works closely with the Board of Directors and staff to ensure that there is consistent alignment with the mission and strategic plan.

Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director, Erik served CCALT in the capacity of Deputy Director. Erik has facilitated more than sixty conservation easement transactions since 2008 and secured more
than $10M in grants for the purchase of conservation easements throughout the state. Erik holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University, a Master of
Resource Law Studies from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and an Executive MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Erik also serves as the President of the
Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts and the Partnership of Rangeland Trusts and is a Trustee of the Western Stock Show Association.

In his free time, Erik enjoys reading, fishing, hunting, and exploring new places with his wife Shelby and his two boys – Theodore and Henry.

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Mara Gonzales

The Creative Umbrella

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CJ Goulding

Children and Nature Network

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Matt Gray

Friends of Colorado State Parks
Matt Gray serves as the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Innovation Lab, which helps build successful organizations and businesses where people thrive. He facilitates and implements strategic plans, coaches executive leaders and new professionals, and helps design visions and messaging through storytelling. Matt believes in the power of truly listening to others and being aware of the world around him, as well collaborating and empowering the strengths that each individual brings to community.

Prior to starting his own consulting firm, Matt managed living and learning communities, taught service-learning courses, and lead service trips in the University setting for nearly a decade. During that time, he served as the Civic Engagement Programs Manager in the Community Leadership Institute at Johnson & Wales University, and in multiple administrative and teaching roles at the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands.

As an enthusiastic student of community, leadership, and their convergence, Matt has published articles and presented workshops on innovative teaching, civic engagement, strategic planning, service, and critical reflection. He also regularly publishes thought pieces through his blog, “The Breakthrough.” But most importantly, Matt can usually be found outside, running, taking a hike with his family, gazing at birds and panoramas, and often even dancing with the Dharma Bums, since though this serious professional biography might make it appear otherwise, life is best lived with a smile and a good sense of humor about one’s self.

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Alex Handloff

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John P Hayes

Warner College of Natural Resources
Colorado State University
John Hayes has served as Dean of Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources since 2014. Prior to his arrival at CSU, John spent 8 years at the University of Florida where he served as Head of the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Director of the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station, and as Dean for Research in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science. He began his academic career at Oregon State University where he served as a faculty member and Associate Dean for International Programs in the College of Forestry. Hayes’ scholarly background has focused on applied ecology, primarily related to wildlife ecology and forest science. He has co-edited two books and authored or co-authored numerous technical, semi-technical and popular articles and reports in the field.

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Krista Heiner

Policy and Planning Analyst
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Bio: Krista Heiner is the Policy and Planning Analyst for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Krista previously worked as a project manager at EcoAgriculture Partners (a non-profit based in Washington, DC). She has also worked with the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Agency for International Development on environmental programs in Central and West Africa, conducted research on collaborative natural resource management as a Fulbright Fellow, and worked to build the capacity of ecotourism initiatives in Senegal with the U.S. Peace Corps. In her spare time, she loves to spend time outside trail running, skiing, hiking, and enjoying the mountains. Krista holds an M.P.P in Environmental Policy and an M.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland, as well as a B.S. in Biology from Davidson College.

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Ernest House

Senior Policy Director
Keystone Policy Center
As former Executive Director for the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs (CCIA) for over 11 years, Ernest maintained the communication between the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe, and other American Indian organizations, state agencies and affiliated groups. In that position, Ernest worked closely with Governor Hickenlooper, Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne, and the CCIA members to maintain a government-to-government relationship between the State of Colorado and tribal governments. The CCIA is a twenty-six member commission, chaired by the Lt. Governor Lynne and comprised of both Ute Tribes, their appointees and several state and federal department representatives and ex-officio members. Ernest represented the State of Colorado and the CCIA at various federal and state public policy meetings and provided legislative and government-related information to community stakeholders. Currently, as Senior Policy Director for the Keystone Policy Center, Ernest is working with various stakeholders in the areas of tribal consultation, energy, healthcare, and education.
Ernest is an enrolled member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Towaoc, Colorado. He previously held the position of Executive Director under Governor Bill Owens and Governor Bill Ritter from 2005-2010.Ernest is a 2012 American Marshall Memorial Fellow, 2013 Denver Business Journal Forty under 40 awardee, 2015 President’s Award recipient from History Colorado, and 2018 Gates Family Foundation Public Leadership Fellow. Ernest currently serves on the Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees and advisor to the Mesa Verde Foundation and Global Livingston Institute. He holds a rich tradition in his position as son of the late Ernest House, Sr., a long time tribal leader for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and great-grandson of Chief Jack House, the last hereditary chief of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.

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Lynne Howarth

Executive Director
Medicine Horse Center
Lynne is the Executive Director of Medicine Horse Center, an Equine Assisted Therapy Center in Mancos, Colorado. She has guided the organization for 18 years, from a fledgling organization to today where Medicine Horse offers a full family of social-emotional learning and leadership programs to our Four Corners youth. Lynne loves ‘all things horses’, as well as enjoying the outdoors mountain biking and hiking with her dogs.

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Laura Hughes Brown

SOLL Hub Coordinator
Montezuma School to Farm Project
Laura Brown works with the Montezuma School to Farm Project as the Education Manager and Program Coordinator. Working closely with the Montezuma Inspire Coalition and local school districts, she manages programming with community experts in the outdoor classroom spaces as well as enhancement projects of the garden locations. A lifetime local of Montezuma County, she enjoys bringing the importance of connection to the outdoors into a classroom setting while continuing to exercise her own passion for our local land in her free time through outdoor recreation and gardening.

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Jake Jorgenson

Senior Research Analyst
RRC Associates
Jake has over a decade of experience in visitor research specifically revolving around parks and public land, outdoor recreation, and tourism. Since joining RRC, he has served as the project manager for multiple projects such as the 2018-2021 Yellowstone National Park Visitor Use Study and has been the lead analyst on tourism, park and recreation needs assessments/master plan surveys, and community surveys for locations throughout Colorado and beyond. Jake worked for the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana where he led research projects for destinations and public lands across the state. Past project examples in Montana include visitor use research for Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, Missoula CVB, and many more throughout Montana. Jake earned a Ph.D. in Forestry and Conservation Sciences from the University of Montana, M.S. in Recreation Management from the University of Montana, and a B.S. in Recreation and Tourism Studies from the University of North Dakota.

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Jody Kennedy

Public Involvement Planing Specialist
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Jody Kennedy is the Public Involvement Planning Specialist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). She engages people who live and recreate in Colorado in order to inform policy, planning and management decisions that impact Colorado’s parks, wildlife and outdoor recreation resources. Previously, Jody worked as the Washington State Policy Manager for the nonprofit organization, Surfrider Foundation, where she led projects to conserve the Washington coast for both human enjoyment and ecosystem
health. With over 15 years’ experience, Jody has worked in several places across the western U.S. including Washington's San Juan Islands, Alaska, and Oregon advancing strategies to conserve public
lands and other natural resources. Jody has a Master's degree from the University of Washington's Daniel J Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.

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Allison Kincaid

Executive Director
Colorado Parks and Recreation Association
Allison Kincaid, MBA, is the Executive Director for the Colorado Parks & Recreation Association (CPRA), a professional organization for approximately 1,400 Parks & Recreation Professionals representing 200 municipal and special district agencies across Colorado. She has led CPRA for almost five years and, during this time, has contributed to strategic partnerships with the Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Public Health & Parks and Recreation Collaborative, the Colorado Outdoor Partnership, Keep it Colorado, Metropolitan State University, National Recreation & Park Association's Council for State Executive Directors, and many others.

Prior to her time at CPRA, Allison worked for Colorado Parks and Wildlife for nine years in roles including Regional Hunting and Angling Outreach as well as the Statewide Partnerships Coordinator. Allison is passionate about collaboration and enhancing relationships at the community level to create a sustainable Colorado through access to recreation opportunities, committing to wildlife conservation, and contributing to the collective impact that partnerships have in creating a healthy and vibrant Colorado for future generations.

A Colorado native, Allison is an avid outdoors woman who spends as much time as possible with her husband and two sons exploring the Colorado outdoors, hiking, fishing, big game hunting and wildlife watching.

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Ben Lara

Recreation Manager
USFS Salida Ranger District

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Nick Lux

Associate Professor of Education
Montana State University
Dr. Nicholas Lux is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in MSU’s Department of Education. His teaching and research interests are in the area of educational technology. He has worked in the fields of K-12 and higher education for 18 years, and currently teaches in the Montana State University Teacher Education Program. He has experience in educational technology theory and practice in K-12 contexts and teacher education, with a focus on STEM teaching and learning, technology integration, online course design and delivery, program evaluation, and assessment.
Dr. Lux’s current research agenda is STEM teaching and learning in K-12 contexts, technology integration in teacher preparation, technology in outdoor and adventure education, educational gaming design and integration, and new technologies for teaching and learning.

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Julie Mach

Colorado Mountain Club
Julie joined CMC in 2013 to manage the Conservation Department’s stewardship programs and outdoor recreation advocacy initiatives. With over 10 years of experience working on public lands projects in Colorado, Julie strives to bridge the gap between conservation groups, recreational users and land managers formulate smart solutions that protect both recreational and natural resources. Previous positions with a conservation corps, an economic development group, an IT company and a small business start-up have given her a variety of skills in project management, fund development, innovative technology use, partnership-building and more. Julie grew up in California and received her Bachelors of Science from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania before relocating to Colorado and landing in Salida where she currently lives and works. Julie is excited to represent CMC in the Heart of the Rockies and embraces the incredible recreational resources throughout the state by foot, mountain bike, skis, kayak and horseback, usually with her dog Slider in tow!
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Amy McAlpin

Ami is the Montezuma Inspire Coalition Coordinator working with eighteen organizations to create programs, jobs, and improving places for Montezuma County youth and their families to get outdoors. An admitted "data geek," Ami is creative, community-minded, and collaborative. She has spent over twenty years cultivating relationships that acknowledge and utilize the unique strengths of all team members. When she isn't power networking for the greater good, she enjoys spending time with her family.
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Matt McCombs

Gunnison District Ranger
US Forest Service
Matt McCombs serves as the District Ranger for the Gunnison Ranger District part of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. Prior to this role Matt served 2013 – 2017 as the District Ranger for the Appalachian Ranger District - home to Mt. Mitchell the tallest peak in the east - on the Pisgah National Forest near Asheville, NC. Prior to coming to the Appalachian District, Matt held the Deputy District Ranger position for the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District of the White River National Forest from 2011 – 2013. Matt joined the White River National Forest after completing a two-year Presidential Management Fellowship working in Washington State on the Olympic National Forest. Matt began his career in government in 2004 working for 5 years as an aide to Senators Ken Salazar of Colorado and Jon Tester of Montana handling a variety of issues with specialties in public lands, defense and veterans affairs.

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Parker McMullen Bushman

Vice President of Programs and Interpretation
Butterfly Pavilion
Parker McMullen Bushman is the Vice President of Programs and Interpretation for Butterfly Pavilion. Parker’s background in the education, outdoor recreation and interpretive fields spans over 20 years. Parker’s interest in diversity, equity and inclusion issues developed from her personal experiences facing the drastic lack of diversity in environmental organizations and green spaces. Parker tackles these complex issues by addressing them through head on activism and education. She is a member of several committees that focus on diversity in environmental fields as well as a presenter and trainer on diversity issues.

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John Messner

Commissioner
Gunnison County
John Messner has spent a lifetime involved in Outdoor Recreation in one fashion or another. Before becoming a Gunnison County Commissioner in 2017 he worked as a grant writer and project manager for Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure projects, was a municipal recreation facility manager, owned and operated an equestrian equipment manufacturing company and spent many days living in a tent as an Outward Bound Course Director and Instructor in Colorado, Utah and South Africa. He was a leader in developing the Gunnison County Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee in Gunnison County.

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Jackie Miller

Director of Programs
Great Outdoors Colorado
Over the course of nearly two decades in the grant-making industry, including 13 years at Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Jackie has created, managed, and directed initiatives to impact others’ lives. In 2015 she spearheaded the launch of Generation Wild, an unprecedented movement in Colorado to connect youth and families with the outdoors. Collaborating with the GOCO Board, stakeholders, partners, and constituents across the state has provided Jackie with a ground-up perspective of program development and grant management as well as in-depth strategic planning and direction experience.

As Director of Programs, Jackie currently directs GOCO’s competitive grant programs and program staff. She is a convener who is passionate about facilitating partnerships across organizations, developing strong and supportive teams, and connecting people with opportunities that will help them grow personally and professionally.

Jackie received her bachelor’s from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, was a 2016 fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education, and was selected by the Denver Business Journal as a 2019 40 under 40 award winner. When not at work, Jackie likes to spend time outside with her family, host dinner parties, go to concerts, and find her zen on a yoga mat.

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Gary Moore

Wildlife Biologist
COMBA
Gary Moore is the Executive Director for the Colorado Mountain Bike Association, based in Morrison. Starting in the trails world as a volunteer for an IMBA chapter in Woodstock, Georgia, he brought his family to Colorado in 2016 to make mountain biking advocacy his career. Gary has a decade of trail building and trail advocacy experience and is passionate about balancing recreation and conservation.

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Megan Mueller

Senior Conservation Biologist
Rocky Mountain Wild
Megan Mueller is a Senior Conservation Biologist with Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW), and the co-director of the Front Range Pika Project, a citizen science initiative that engages the public in field research on the effects of climate change on American pika. She has an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and more than ten years of experience leading Rocky Mountain Wild’s wildlife conservation programs. Megan focuses on finding science-based solutions to the conservation challenges that face wildlife in the region. She enjoys working collaboratively to tackle tough problems and giving people an opportunity to contribute to wildlife research and conservation efforts through RMW’s citizen science programs.

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Kristi Murphy

Kristi Murphy has been the Lead Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Bureau of Land Management Gunnison Field Office for the past 9 years. She participates in Gunnison County's Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee and has insight on how to work with partners to develop conceptual plans and implement projects on the ground. Kristi has a degree in Recreation Program Leadership from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse and brings 27 years of experience in public land management. Kristi is an active outdoors-woman who enjoys camping, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, skiing, hiking and traveling with her husband and three grown children.

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Dominique Naccarato

Executive Director
Greater Arkansas River Nature Association
Masters in Environmental Management: Executive Director, Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) since January, 2018. A previous biology and geology teacher, Dominique began her non-profit career at GARNA as an Americorps VISTA in 2013. She earned enough funding to become the second employee at this organization that now manages 165 volunteers per year as a friend to CPW, the USFS and the BLM. Dominique is an adaptable and creative community engagement leader with experience in economic development, stakeholder outreach, public lands policy and community natural resource education.

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Katie Navin

Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education
Katie has been active in the field of environmental education for over 10 years. She studied Natural Resource Interpretation at Colorado State University and went on to receive a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Environmental Education from Florida Atlantic University. Katie has served as an educator and developed curriculum at organizations ranging from museums to residential outdoor facilities in seven different states. She has served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education since 2009.

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Ashley Nettles

US Forest Service

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Joe Neuhof

Executive Director
Colorado Canyons Association
Colorado Canyons Association Executive Director since 2011, Joe has led CCA to become a nationally recognized and highly effective organization. CCA is the largest outdoor education provider for students on the western slope of Colorado and has a robust restoration and citizen science program on both the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers. Joe has an M.A. in Conservation Leadership and brings over 16 years of director-level nonprofit experience to his work. In addition, he volunteers on several boards in the region, and is a lifelong explorer of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands across the west.

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Greg Newman

Research Scientist- Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory
Colorado State University
Dr. Newman is a research scientist, ecologist, and informatics specialist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) at Colorado State University (CSU). He is director of CitSci.org. He received his PhD from CSU in citizen science, community-based monitoring, and ecological informatics. His current research focuses on designing and evaluating the effectiveness of cyber-infrastructure support systems for citizen science programs. Greg strives to create innovative ecological data management and visualization solutions to help communities solve place-based environmental challenges. His research team at NREL manages the International Biological Information System (IBIS) cyber-infrastructure at NREL, a system that supports the CitSci.org platform and 20+ other ecological data management and web applications. He served as the inaugural board chair of the Citizen Science Association board of directors.

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Amanda Nims

Land Protection Specialist
Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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Emily Olsen

Colorado Program Manager
National Forest Foundation
As the Colorado Program Manager for the National Forest Foundation (NFF), Emily Olsen works to plan, fund and coordinate projects focused on forest health and outdoor experiences, and manages larger initiatives such as the Gunnison County Stewardship Fund and a statewidecampaign focused on Colorado’s 14,000-foot-peaks. Her work is possible because of community, nonprofit and corporate partnerships around Colorado. Emily has worked for the NFF since 2013, where she previously facilitated multi-stakeholder groups in the Northern Rockies. She holds a M.S. from the University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation and a holds B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Studies.

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Natalie Ooi

Assistant Professor Program Director
Colorado State University
Dr. Natalie Ooi is an Assistant Professor, and Program Director of the Ski Area Management program with the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. She teaches within the Master of Tourism Management and Graduate Certificate in Ski Area Management programs. Her areas of research include sustainable tourism and resilience, and mountain resort development and impacts.

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Kristina Opre Gray

Director of Corporate Relations & Marketing
Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK)
Kristina Opre Gray is the Director of Corporate Relations & Marketing for Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK). After spending a year at the University of Norther Colorado, Kristina received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Metropolitan State University in 2011. Before joining ELK in 2013, and after realizing that systemic change will never come from the top down, she completed a year-long assignment with the Corporation for National and Community Service's AmeriCorps VISTA program to do her part in fighting poverty and advocating for equality for all. Kristina is also a certified Strengthening Families Facilitator. The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a nationally and internationally recognized research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. It is based on engaging families, programs, and communities in building five key Protective Factors.

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Emily Orbanek

Great Outdoors Colorado

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Noe Orgaz

Protégete Community Organizer
Conservation Colorado
  • From Los Angeles, California, Noe joined the Conservation Colorado Team in 2018. Previously, he worked at YouthBuild Charter School of California and YouthBuild USA. His goal is to empower others to stand up against injustice and be leaders for poor communities. Favorite spot in Colorado: Red Rocks.

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Janelle Paciencia

Outings Leader
Latino Outdoors
Janelle is a first generation Guatemalan-American from San Fernando Valley, CA. She earned her BS in Psychology from the University of Houston and will begin working towards her Masters in Social Work at Metropolitan State University of Denver in the fall of 2019. Janelle has a background in Psychology and Public Health research, and currently works as a social caseworker for Denver’s Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program. As a child, Janelle was always curious about the natural world preferring to watch National Geographic and the Discovery Channel over cartoons, but did not have the opportunity to explore and engage in the outdoors until a few years ago. Since then, she has discovered
her love of rock climbing and hiking. Janelle has continued her exploration of nature by moving to colorful Colorado and seeking out other POC who also find solace in nature. As a Latino Outdoors Outings Leader for Denver, Janelle will encourage other Latinx community members to access nature in order to obtain better mental health and physical wellbeing. It is Janelle’s belief that a healthy Latinx community is a community that can better prepare for the future and lead the way for all.

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Adam Palmer

Eagle County

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Robyn Paulekas

Meridian Institute

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Kriste Peoples

  • Kriste Peoples is a Denver-based writer, speaker, trail running coach, and outdoorist. Her work in the field of equity and inclusion in nature combines speaking and facilitating instructional workshops that connect underrepresented communities to new, empowering narratives of engagement.

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Juan Perez Saez

Energy & Climate Campaign Manager
The Wilderness Society
Juan Pérez Sáez is The Wilderness Society's Energy & Climate Campaign Manager. He plays a leading role in designing and implementing advocacy campaigns that drive federal policy change to protect our public lands, climate, and western communities from reckless energy development. Juan possess more than ten years of experience in the environmental/conservation field, most recently as the Organizing Manager for Protégete at Conservation Colorado. His main work was to elevate Latino voices at the local, state and federal levels, and engage in progressive issues advocating for environmental justice, bold climate policy and protecting Colorado’s lands, water, air and people. Juan is passionate about ecological restoration, water conservation, environmental stewardship, and social justice issues. His academic background includes a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Environmental Management from the University of Panama and a Master’s of Science in Environment and Natural Resources from The Ohio State University.

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Chris Pipkin

Bureau of Land Management
Chris Pipkin has been planning, building and maintaining trails since 1989 when he first volunteered for a VOC trail construction project while studying at Colorado State University. After that first project, he was hooked, and has pursued his passion for trails throughout his career managing public lands for the Bureau of Land Management in Grand Junction. After graduating from CSU with a degree in wildlife biology in 1992, he got his start at the BLM by volunteering for the recreation program. Along with other duties, he led volunteer trail construction crews, and helped design new trails in the Kokopelli Loops area. Since then, he’s had a hand in most of the new trails, both motorized and non-motorized, in the BLM’s Grand Junction Field Office. Working on trails with volunteers and community partners has been an integral part of Chris’ jobs as a Park Ranger and Outdoor Recreation Planner for the BLM. Chris sees trails as a tool to connect people to their public lands, and to foster stewardship of Colorado’s diverse natural and cultural resources, along with other uses of public lands. He helps implement the BLM’s national recreation strategy, Connecting with Communities, by engaging community partners in trail planning, design, construction and maintenance. That entails on-the-ground trail design and layout with volunteers and staff, writing planning documents, organizing construction and maintenance projects, and leading trail crews. He also teaches trail design and crew leadership courses. Chris lives in Grand Junction, where he and his wife have raised three children. When he’s not working on trails, he enjoys mountain biking and hiking on the many amazing trails in western Colorado and eastern Utah. He also enjoys backpacking, fly fishing, road biking, and backcountry telemark skiing.

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Tegan Plock

Youth & Volunteer Program Coordinator
National Park Service
Tegan Plock is the Youth, Young Adult, and Volunteer Programs Coordinator for the Intermountain Region of the National Park Service, where she has spent the past four years helping parks across eight states better engage and employ youth and volunteers. She is passionate about finding ways to engage new populations with land management agencies at all levels in an effort to ensure that both the visitors and staff of outdoor spaces more accurately reflect our country, and that everyone feels safe and welcome in the outdoors. Prior to joining the NPS, she served as an Urban Agriculture Extension Agent for the U.S. Peace Corps in Senegal, where she drank excessive amounts of tea and worked with the local school district to develop school gardens, internship programs, and scholarships for middle-school girls. In her free time you can usually find her trail running with her rescue mutt, JoJo, or cooking up something delicious in the kitchen.

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Rachel Pokrandt

Vice President and Campus Dean
Colorado Mountain College
Rachel Pokrandt is the Vice President and Campus Dean at the Leadville and Chaffee County Campuses of Colorado Mountain College (CMC). Rachel holds a B.A. in Theatre and British Literature, from Manchester City University in the United Kingdom, an MBA from Western Governor’s University, a graduate certificate in Sustainability from Harvard University and a Doctorate in Management from the Swiss Management Center, Zurich. Rachel has been at CMC for 6 years providing campus leadership, mentoring educators, developing new programs and leveraging partnerships in the community. Prior to securing a position at CMC Rachel served as Dean of Instruction at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, CO with oversight over technical trades, concurrent enrollment and health sciences.

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Dan Prenzlow

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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Jim Ramey

Colorado State Director
The Wilderness Society
Jim serves as Colorado State Director for The Wilderness Society. Prior to becoming Colorado State Director, Jim was an Outreach Manager for the Energy & Climate Campaign, where he worked to advance policies to reduce air pollution from the oil and gas industry and protect spectacular public lands that are Too Wild To Drill. Prior to joining TWS in 2015, Jim was Executive Director of Citizens for a Healthy Community, a grassroots group in Western Colorado that works on oil and gas issues on public lands. Before coming to conservation advocacy, Jim worked for the Ohio legislature, providing fiscal and policy analysis to decision-makers on health and human services issues. Jim received his Master’s in Public Administration from The Ohio State University and his BA in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati. Jim has developed a deep love for Colorado’s public lands and wilderness areas after growing up in Ohio and first visiting Colorado in 2005.

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Bob Randall

Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell
Bob Randall has more than 20 years of experience representing and counseling citizens, communities, and advocacy groups on land-management, recreation, and energy-development issues in state and federal court litigation, before administrative agencies, and with elected officials. Bob has negotiated interagency agreements with federal agencies; managed communications and policy responses to crisis situations; and shepherded the adoption of a federal rule protecting 4.2 million acres of roadless forest lands in Colorado. Bob served as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources from 2016 to 2019, and as Deputy Director of CDNR from 2010 to 2016. Prior to his public service, Bob was a staff attorney for Western Resource Advocates, a Colorado-based law and policy organization, and at Trustees for Alaska, a public interest environmental law firm in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Norm Reitter

CANA Advisors
Norman Reitter is the Chief Analytics Officer and Senior Vice President of Analytics Operations for CANA Advisors. Mr. Reitter is responsible for CANA’s analytic capability development and business operations, company-wide information technology governance and independent research and development. Mr. Reitter has a long history of providing operations research based analysis to a variety of problems and helping different types of organizations improve the quality of their decision support. Mr. Reitter has 25 years of analytics and logistics subject matter experience in delivering analytics and information-based solutions to support complex problems. Mr. Reitter is a MORS Past President and Chair of the INFORMS Analytics Capability Evaluation (ACE) Committee. He is Executive in the CANA Foundation – a philanthropic arm of CANA Advisors focused on creating positive change and providing creative solutions to enhance the lives of people, organizations and the environment. Mr. Reitter’s primary career focus has been on delivering solutions that use a combination of analytics - data, math, visualization - for organizational improvements to support decisions with an information and analytics focus. He has been specifically focused on using operations research methods to support decisions. Through his combined career in the U.S. Marine Corps and in Industry, Mr. Reitter has provided analytics-based solutions and analysis to Marine Corps decision makers and a variety of clients with the most appropriate analytic methods including quantitative risk management for deployed NATO logistics support contracts in Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, for all branches of the U.S. Military, and including the Defense Logistics Agency and U.S. Transportation Command. Mr. Reitter has also worked with commercial and academic partners to transfer their technologies and methods to support logistics modernization programs. Mr. Reitter has been applying mathematical modeling methods and decision support techniques for the majority of his career and briefing results to a variety of audiences including unit level leaders to senior officers in higher headquarter organizations.

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B.S., Oceanography, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland – 1993

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Lisa Reynolds

First Assistant Attorney General
Colorado Department of Law
Lisa Reynolds is First Assistant Attorney General for the Parks, Wildlife, and Trust Lands Unit in Colorado’s Department of Law. She represents Colorado’s Department of Natural Resources and the Division of Parks and Wildlife and the Parks and Wildlife Commission on issues ranging from implementation of the federal Endangered Species Act to the promulgation of Parks and Wildlife regulations and policies. Prior to joining the AG’s office, Lisa worked in private practice, where she represented clients on public lands, transportation and environmental issues. Before attending law school, Lisa was an assistant professor of political science at Arizona State University. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College (A.B.), the University of California at San Diego (Ph.D), and the University of Colorado Law School (J.D.).

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Dean Riggs

Deputy Regional Manager, NW Region
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Deputy Regional Manager, NW Region, CPW. Mr. Riggs is the Deputy Regional Manager of Colorado Parks & Wildlife and has extensive experience working throughout Colorado. He received a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from CSU, that he has applied to 28 years of state service with Colorado Department of Corrections, and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Below outlines his prolific credentials as a wildlife savant. 10 years private sector employment out of college in the Agriculture Industry. 3 years working for Corrections as the Wild Horse Program Manager and 6 other Agribusiness Operations that employed inmates. 3 years in Pueblo as a Wildlife Technician 4 years in Pueblo as a District Wildlife Manager (DWM) 5 years in Canon City as DWM 5 years in Grand Junction as the Area Wildlife Manager 10 years in Grand Junction as the Assistant/Deputy Regional Manager

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Taylor Ruffin

Education Coordinator
Environmental Learning for Kids
Taylor Ruffin is an Education Coordinator with Environmental Learning for Kids and manages the Youth in Natural Resources (YNR) Program. YNR consists of two programs: Leadership Corps and Urban Rangers. Leadership Corps provided high school students with postsecondary and leadership development opportunities through monthly meetings and service learning projects with an environmental focus. The Urban Ranger program is ELK’s summer employment opportunity that hires and trains 10 high school and college students to become environmental educators and provided lessons to youth through out the Denver Metro Area. We partner with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Denver Parks and Rec and the National Parks Service to make this program a success. YNR provides young adults the opportunity to connect with nature, as well as gain exposure the variety of Natural Resource Careers.

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Ashlee Sack

Coordinator
Fremont Adventure Recreation
Ashlee Sack, Fremont Adventure Recreation (FAR), Coordinator Ashlee began her outdoor recreation work as a raft guide for Echo Canyon River Expeditions in Cañon City, CO in 2004. She is currently the event and program coordinator for Fremont Adventure Recreation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and wellness of Fremont County residents.

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Rafael Salgado

Executive Director
Cal-Wood Education Center

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Rob Schoeber

Director
Grand Junction Parks & Recreation
Director of Grand Junction Parks & Recreation – 2008 to present. Oversight of 51 full time and 300 part time staff, with an annual budget of $9.6 million. Department includes 36 developed parks, two cemeteries, three swimming pools, 21 miles of developed trails and senior center.

Prior education and experience includes a Bachelors degree in Parks & Recreation Administration (University of Wyoming), and 17 years as Director of Parks & Recreation Department in Cody, Wyoming.
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Robert Schorr

Senior Research Associate
Colorado Natural Heritage Program
Robert Schorr, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Climbers for Bat Conservation Robert Schorr is a Senior Research Associate at the Colorado Natural Heritage Program at Colorado State University, where he conducts research to assess population dynamics, ecology, and natural history of various rare and under-studied species in Colorado. Rob has an M.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Georgia. He is also the director of Climbers for Bat Conservation, a citizen science collaboration among rock climbers, bat biologists, and land managers to learn more about where bats roost in cracks and crevices.

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Tom Seaver

Director
Colorado Lottery

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Scott Segerstorm

Colorado Youth Corps Association
Scott Segerstrom is the director of the Colorado Youth Corps Association, representing the 8 accredited conservation corps in our state. He led youth corps crews that built sections of the Continental Divide Trail and led fire crews in partnership with Navajo Nation. Scott’s field experience with the corps sector led to serving with the US Forest Service on Bridger-Teton National Forest as a wilderness ranger and wildland firefighter.

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Michelle Seubert

Barr Lake State Park

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Bob Shettel

West Slop CPW Liaison
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
I’m a retired public school teacher. I’ve been an avid hunter and angler since childhood, sixty years ago. I’ve lived in Colorado since 1975 and have been in the Roaring Fork Valley for the last 35 years. I’ve been a Backcountry Hunters and Anglers member for the last seven years, and I’m a passionate defender of traditional hunting and fishing and a strong advocate for public lands. For the last five or so years, I’ve witnessed our local elk herd decline at a steady rate, the inverse of the increase in visitation of our GMU by more and more motorized users, mountain bike users, and hikers. I’m delighted to be on this panel to work to educate all to the severity of the problem, and, most importantly, to brainstorm solutions to the ever rising pressure on big game habitat loss.

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Brittany Smith

Marketing Director
Colorado School of Mines
Brittany grew up in Colorado. Her family vacations were spent backpacking, skiing and rafting around the state. Brittany received here BA from the University of Colorado and has an MA/MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Through her studies, she has spent over two years in China and has traveled to five continents. Brittany has always been passionate about sharing the outdoors with people, be it through raft guiding, teaching kayaking or leading outdoor trips for new students. She has spent the last five years working to increase diversity and inclusion in the ski industry at Stevens Pass, Washington, and is looking forward to welcoming people from all backgrounds to join the Colorado Mountain Club. Brittany also loves hiking, skiing, Nordic skiing, rafting and biking. Her happy place is generally drinking coffee over a morning campfire by a river.

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Robyn Smith

Robyn Smith is an adventurer, entrepreneur, skier, angler, wild feminist, avid outdoorsman, and (very recently) a hunter! In her professional life Robyn is the Vice President of CanvasCamp – a global powerhouse in canvas tents - as well the founder and CEO of Embuzi, a boutique sales and marketing consulting firm specializing in the outdoor industry. Robyn leverages her platform and lends her voice to advocate for ethical eating, sustainable land and water use, and protecting our wild resources.

25 April

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Megan Snow

Environmental Epidemiology Coordinator
Colorado Department oPublic Health and Environment
Megan is an Environmental Epidemiology Coordinator for the Colorado Environmental Public Health Tracking Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She has her Master’s degree from the University of New Mexico in Community Health Education and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Megan has worked in health education and outreach for the past eight years and uses her passion and experience connecting with people to drive her work forward. She enjoys spending time in the outdoors, mountain biking, hiking, paddling and fishing with her wife and two dogs.

25 April

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Alexis Sohlden

Jeffco Open Space
Alexis Sohlden is the Visitor Information Coordinator for Jefferson County Open Space, CO. Alexis holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources with a concentration in Interpretation/Environmental Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Alexis oversees and leads people as well as processes to create products that aim to enhance the visitor experience within Jefferson County Open Space’s 45,000+ acres and 28 parks.

25 April