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Conservation Colorado Team

Executive Leadership Team

Maria Handley

Interim Executive Director

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Maria, from Eldorado Springs, CO was most recently the Executive Director of Generation Latino and has spent the past 15 years working with candidates across the country; most notably, former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Governor Howard Dean. She holds a BA in Political Science, minor in History from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Maria loves traveling around the world. Favorite spot in Colorado: Her garden.

Jessica Goad

Deputy Director

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Jessica joined our team in 2016 and is a Colorado native from Golden. She received her masters in Environmental Law & Policy from the Vermont Law School and her BA from Carleton College. Before coming here, Jessica worked at the Center for Western Priorities, Center for American Progress, and The Wilderness Society. Favorite spot in Colorado: The deserts of Western Colorado.

Email: jessica@conservationco.org
Denver
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Advocacy Team

Theresa Conley

Advocacy Director

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Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Theresa began her work here in 2013. She received her BA from University of Massachusetts – Amherst and her JD from the California Western School of Law. Prior to joining our team, Theresa was a litigator in private firms in California and Massachusetts. She also worked for Obama for America in Colorado. Favorite spot in Colorado: Roaring Fork Valley.

Luke Schafer

West Slope Director

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Hailing from Michigan, Luke started working with us in 2004. He studied Political Science at Central Michigan University and previously worked for Colorado Environmental Coalition. Favorite spot in Colorado: Anywhere on the Best Slope.

Email: luke@conservationco.org 
Phone: 970-824-5241
Craig

Amelia Myers

Energy Advocate

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From Denver, Colorado, Amelia joined our team in 2017. She received her Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law, and her undergraduate degree in Integrative Biology from the University of Illinois. Before coming here, she worked for Representative Faith Winters as a Legislative Aide and Campaign Manager. Favorite spot in Colorado: Telluride and the San Juan Mountains.

Kristin Green

Water Advocate

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Kristin joined us in 2014 and is originally from Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She attended the University of Boulder and received degrees in English and Philosophy. Kristin is her happiest when on/in/by a river and previously worked as a raft guide, a consultant for the National Wildlife Federation, and as a fellow for the Wilderness Society. Favorite spot in Colorado: Upper Fryingpan Valley.

Scott Braden

Wilderness & Public Lands Advocate

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Hailing from Georgia, Scott started with us in 2013. He attended the University of Georgia and previously worked for Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Favorite spot in Colorado: 40.527490, -108.984923.

Email: scott@conservationco.org 
Phone: 720-530-7473
Grand Junction

Sophia Guerrero-Murphy

Energy & Transportation Advocate

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Sophia joined our team in 2015 and is from Alamosa, Colorado. She studied theater and Political Science at Colorado State University. Before starting here she worked at The Chautauqua and The Boys and Girls Club of the SLV. Favorite spot in Colorado: The Huerfano Valley.

Email: sophia@conservationco.org
Phone: 303-405-6706
Denver
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Communications Team

Jace Woodrum

Communications Director

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Originally from South Carolina, Jace moved to Colorado in 2010 and started his work here in 2018. He received his BA in English from the University of South Carolina and spent the past seven years working in the LGBTQ movement with the Gill Foundation, Equality Federation, and One Colorado. Favorite spot in Colorado: Rocky Mountain National Park.

Email: jace@conservationco.org
Phone: 303-605-3483
Denver

Audrey Wheeler

Strategic Communications Coordinator

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Audrey hails from Seattle, Washington and joined us in 2015. She previously worked as a writing tutor for the Ruth Barton Writing Center, and received her degree in Environmental Science from Colorado College. Favorite spot in Colorado: Uncompahgre Wilderness.

Email: audrey@conservationco.org
Phone: 303-405-6713
Denver
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Tyler Nuckols

Digital Communications Coordinator

 

Originally from South Padre Island, Texas, Tyler joined our team in 2018. He received his degree from Texas A&M University in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences and previously worked as Communications Manager for a conservation-based NGO and elephant sanctuary in Cambodia. Favorite spot in Colorado: Cherry Creek State Park Dog Off-Leash Area.

Email: tyler@conservationco.org
Phone: 303-405-6718
Denver

Camila Navarrette

Marketing Communications Coordinator

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Camila started working with us in 2018. She received her degree in Journalism and International Studies from the University of Denver and previously worked for the National Wildlife Federation and Denver Art Museum. Favorite spot in Colorado: Red Rocks. 

Email: camila@conservationco.org
Phone: 303-454-3320
Denver

Emelie Frojen

Communications Fellow

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Originally from Corona Del Mar, California, Emelie started working with us in 2017. She received her degree in Environmental Policy from Colorado College, and previously worked for the State of the Rockies Project and Backpacker Magazine. Favorite spot in Colorado: Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.

Email: emelie@conservationco.org
Phone: 303-405-6707
Denver

Development Team

Beka Wilson

Development Director

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Beka joined us in 2010, and is from Decorah, Iowa, where she grew up off the grid. She has a B.A. in International Studies and French from Humboldt State University and previously worked with the Colorado Environmental Coalition, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, and EnviroCitizen. Beka is a Master Composter and piemaker. She loves trail running, backpacking, and extreme sledding. Favorite spot in Colorado: Crested Butte and the Crystal River.

Moe Leneweaver

Development Manager

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Moe started working here in 2016, and comes from Chandler, Arizona. She previously worked as a Lead Organizer/ Executive Director for IMPACT in Charlottesville, VA and received her degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Favorite spot in Colorado: Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area.

Email: moe@conservationco.org 
Phone: 303-405-6711
Denver

Grace Randazzo

Fundraising and Events Coordinator

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From Brea, CA, Grace joined us in 2015. She received her B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology with minors in Chemistry and Leadership and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. Grace previously worked as a Professional Research Assistant at the at the University of Colorado Anschutz. She is a published scientific author and the co-president of the Denver Vanderbilt Chapter. Favorite spot in Colorado: Grand Lake.

Membership Team

Lilly Zoller

Membership and Online Engagement Manager

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Lilly hails from Michigan and joined our team in 2013. She received her masters in Environmental Management from Duke University and her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan. Previously, Lilly worked as a Development Fellow for GRID Alternatives. Favorite spot in Colorado: Crested Butte.

Katie Kirdahy

Membership and Online Engagement Coordinator

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Katie joined our team in 2017, and is originally from Seattle, Washington. She received her degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Gonzaga University. Before starting with us, Katie worked with City of Spokane’s Environmental Programs Department, served two AmeriCorps terms, and most recently worked as Volunteer Coordinator at the Nisqually Land Trust in Washington. Favorite spot in Colorado: Garden of the Gods.

Operations and Finance Team

Nikki Riedt

Operations and Finance Director

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Originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Nikki started working at Conservation Colorado in 2013. Before starting here she received her B.A. in Zoology from Texas A&M and previously worked as the Director of State Administration for the Public Interest Network. Favorite place in Colorado: Red Rocks.

Hannah Fuhlendorf

Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Hannah is from Denver, Colorado and started working with us in 2015. She received her B.A. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications from Azusa Pacific University. Before joining us, Hannah worked as Assistant House Director at Still Waters Housing in Denver. Favorite spot in Colorado: Cheesman Park, Denver.

Renee Larrarte

Accounts Payable Clerk

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Renee is a Colorado native from Fort Collins and started here in 2014. She received her BA in Political Science with concentration in Environmental Politics, as well as a certificate in Women’s Studies, from CSU. Renee previously worked for Obama Presidential Reelection Campaign as a Campaign Field Organizer for Larimer County. She is also a Tour Guide at Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary in Erie, CO. Favorite spot in Colorado: Pingree Park.

Organizing Team

Patrick Massaro

Organizing and Political Director

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Originally from Denver, Colorado, Patrick joined our team in 2011. He studied Political Science at the University of Colorado and previously worked at Colorado Environmental Coalition, Colorado Conservation Voters, and the League of Conservation Voters. Favorite spot in Colorado: Mile High Stadium.

Hilda Nucete

Protégete Program Director

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Hilda started her work with us in 2014 and is from Maracaibo, Venezuela. She received B.A., International Studies with emphasis Latin America and Europe, from Colorado State University, and her PL. International Business and French from Université Blaise Pascal. Before joining us, Hilda was a Lead Canvasser with Democracia USA. Favorite spot in Colorado: Garden of the Gods.

Email: hilda@conservationco.org
Phone: 303-454-3319
Denver

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Juan Pérez Sáez

Protégete Organizing Manager

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Juan started in 2017, and is from Los Santos, Panama. He received a MS in Environment and Natural Resources from The Ohio State University and a B.E. Environmental Management from Universidad de Panamá. He was then the National Coordinator for the Million Hectares Alliance in Panama. Juan is passionate about ecological restoration, water conservation, environmental stewardship, and social justice issues. Favorite spot in Colorado: Guanella Pass.

Email: juan@conservationco.org 
Denver
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Aly Ferrufino-Coqueugniot

Protégete Community Organizer

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Aly started her work with us in 2017 and is a Denver native. She attended Metropolitan State University Denver and received her degree in Sociology with a minor in Environmental Studies. Before joining us, she worked for Workplace Resource as a Project Coordinator. Favorite spot in Colorado: The Great Sand Dunes.

Email: alicia@conservationco.org 
Denver
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Sarah McCarthy

West Slope Field Manager

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Sarah is a Colorado native from Grand Junction, and she joined our team in 2016. She received her masters in Conservation Leadership from Colorado State University and her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Western Washington University. Favorite spot in Colorado: The nooks and crannies of any sandstone canyon.

Email: sarah@conservationco.org
Phone: 970-243-0002
Grand Junction

Jonathan Garcia

Voter Registration Director

Originally from Grand Junction, CO, Jonathan joined us in 2018. He received his degree in Music Education from Arizona State University and previously worked at DialogueDirect Fundraising and Protegete. He loves making music and is currently creating and building on a new music project entitled Mothr. Favorite spot in Colorado: Anywhere with a view of the Denver skyline.

Beau Kiklis

COBA Organizer

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Originally from Westerly, Rhode Island, Beau joined our team in 2017. He received his degree from Fort Lewis College in Environmental Policy and previously worked at the Wyss Foundation as a Program Assistant. Favorite spot in Colorado: Tim’s Lane, San Juan Mountains.

Patricia Ferrero

Protégete Community Organizer

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Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Patricia joined us in 2015. She previously worked as a Family Aid Coordinator for Mayan Families after receiving her BA in Psychology from Boston University. Favorite spot in Colorado: Mesa Verde.

Email: patricia@conservationco.org 
Denver
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Erin Riccio

Field Organizer

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Erin hails from Morrison, Colorado, and started working with us in 2017. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Gonzaga University, and previously worked for Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos as a Grant Writer. Favorite spot in Colorado: Lizard Head Wilderness.

Email: erin@conservationco.org 
Grand Junction
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Finangi Manganez

Protégete Community Organizer

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Hailing from Caracas,Venezuela, Finangi started with us in 2016. She studied Business Administration at Universidad Nueva Esparta,Venezuela. Previously, Finangi was owner of Kaimira Catering and the Co-Founder SOS Venezuela Denver. Favorite spot in Colorado: Garden of the Gods.

Email: finangi@conservationco.org 
Denver
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Josh Kuhn

Field Organizer

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Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Josh started his work with us in 2015. He received his masters in Environmental Studies from Antioch University. Josh worked as a consultant for The Wilderness Society and as Conservation Fellow at the Colorado Mountain Club before joining our team. Favorite spot in Colorado: A tent under the stars, near a river, and far away from any roads.

Email: josh@conservationco.org 
Phone: 303-405-6708
Denver

Lisa Pool

Southwest Field Organizer

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Lisa is originally from Lodi, Wisconsin and started her work with us in 2016. She received her degree in Mathematics from Lawrence University. She previously worked as a Field Director for Colorado Public Interest Research Group. Favorite spot in Colorado: Dinosaur National Monument.

Email: lisa@conservationco.org
Phone: 970-335-8191
Durango

Noe Orgaz

Protégete Community Organizer

 From Los Angeles, California, Noe joined our team in 2018 and is working on completing his degree from Denver Community College. 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

Email: noe@conservationco.org
Denver
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Jenny Gaeng

Field Organizer
Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Jenny joined our team in 2018. Jenny has a degree in Theater Directing from Oberlin College and previously worked with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. Jenny is an avid writer and long distance hiker. Favorite spot in Colorado: Sangre De Cristo Mountains.

Email: noe@conservationco.org
Denver
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