Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

Staff and Jobs

The WRV team and volunteers work on the basis of shared values: love of nature, healing, building community, education, empowerment, tangible results, and celebration.

Job Openings

There are no openings for paid positions at this time.

Internships

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers offers unpaid internships in organizing restoration projects, volunteer management, marketing, fundraising, site monitoring, and more. Get the experience you need for your environmental career. Please contact Amy Ansari at amy@wlrv.org for a Boulder-based internship and Annemarie Fussell at annemarie@wlrv.org for a Fort Collins-based internship.

Staff DIRECTORY

General Inquiries: info@wlrv.org
Driving Directions: Boulder and Fort Collins offices

Boulder Office: 303-543-1411 | Press ‘1’ for General Questions about volunteering
Katherine Thompson, Executive Director – ext. 112, katherine@wlrv.org
Kevin Shuck, Director of Programs – ext. 101, kevin@wlrv.org
Sarah Egolf-Tarr, Development Director – ext. 108, sarah@wlrv.org
Kelly McVerry, Director of Finance and Operations – kelly@wlrv.org
Melinda Courtman, Finance Assistant – ext. 105, melinda@wlrv.org
Taylor Gifford, Outreach Coordinator – ext. 100, taylor@wlrv.org
Amy Ansari, Native Seeds Program Manager – ext. 104, amy@wlrv.org
Rachel Brett, Youth and Inclusiveness Director – ext. 109, rachel@wlrv.org
Morgan Crowley, Restoration & Invasive Species Program Manager – ext. 102, morgan@wlrv.org
Geoffrey May, Stewardship Projects Coordinator – ext. 103, geoffrey@wlrv.org
David Fulton-Beale, Stewardship Projects Coordinator – ext. 106, david@wlrv.org
Erica Cooper, Native Seeds Project Coordinator – ext. 110, erica@wlrv.org

Fort Collins Office: 970-493-2075
Annemarie Fussell, Community Relations Coordinator – ext. 1#, annemarie@wlrv.org
Nate Boschmann, Trails & Stewardship Program Manager – ext. 4#, nate@wlrv.org
William Vieth, Watershed & Forestry Program Manager – ext. 3#, william@wlrv.org
Julie Finley, Assistant Restoration Projects Coordinator – ext. 2#, julie@wlrv.org

Ed Self, Founder / Senior Advisor


About Staff

KATHERINE THOMPSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

303-543-1411 ext. 112, katherine@wlrv.org

The Board of Directors of Wildlands Restoration Volunteers is pleased to introduce Katherine Thompson as the new Executive Director, effective August 1, 2018. This selection is the culmination of a process which began last May, when WRV’s founder Ed Self shared his intention to transition out of his role as Executive Director. Since then, the Board of Directors and WRV staff have gone through a thoughtful and thorough process to ensure that our next leader is the right person to lead WRV forward. We are very excited to have found just the right fit with Katherine.

Since 2006, Katherine has led The Nature Conservancy’s community-based conservation work, first on Hawaii Island and, more recently, in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Her work has involved bringing diverse partners together to implement shared solutions to conserve big game migration corridors, improve water quality, and enhance habitat for native birds, among other things. She holds a master’s degree in Botany from the University of Hawaii and previously worked with the U.S. Geological Survey in science communications. Katherine and her husband are raising two daughters, ages 6 and 11, and enjoy river sports, skiing, playing music, riding bikes, and reading.

“I am incredibly honored to have the opportunity to advance WRV’s mission to care for the land while strengthening our communities. I am deeply passionate about the mission and thrilled by WRV’s potential to achieve it. I look forward to engaging the community in WRV’s next chapter,” says Katherine.

WRV’s outgoing Executive Director, Ed, adds: “This whole process has been very inspiring and has brought out the best in our entire team. Katherine brings a wealth of very impressive and relevant experience from her prior role as Regional Program Director for The Nature Conservancy in Northwest Wyoming.  I will continue to be fully engaged as Executive Director until Katherine arrives, pursuing a variety of important initiatives. Once Katherine officially becomes our Executive Director in late July, I will continue to transfer knowledge and support her as she comes up to speed, to ensure a smooth culmination of the transition process. I have no doubt that WRV has a bright and strong future, with our best years to come.”

We are grateful for Ed’s longtime leadership, which has positioned us for such success, and we are excited for what comes next for WRV. We feel fully confident that WRV is entering an exciting and promising new moment, and we appreciate the continued support and investment from our community.

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KEVIN SHUCK, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

303-543-1411 x 101, kevin@wlrv.org

Combining a background as a research biologist with extensive experience in non-profit senior management, Kevin works to ensure the programmatic and operational success of Wildlands Restoration Volunteers as Director of Programs. He holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences from Northwestern University and has led several non-profits in achieving nationally significant results. For seven years he served as Executive Director of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, where he developed an indoor/outdoor “Nature & Music” series with several land management agencies that was featured as a national model for community engagement by the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He’s never met an Excel formula he doesn’t like, and he knows his way around a French horn. In his spare time, he loves backpacking, traveling, and dabbling in foreign languages.
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SARAH EGOLF-TARR, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

303-543-1411 x 108, sarah@wlrv.org

Sarah Egolf-Tarr is WRV’s Development Director who energizes members and foundations to support WRV’s work by writing annual appeals and grants and coordinating fund-raising events. Sarah is passionate about preserving and restoring wildlife and wildlands in the Rockies. Her fascination with the natural world dates back to her childhood in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, and was further developed through a college field studies program in the southwest, followed by her work at the Rocky Mountain Herbarium and Biodiversity Conservation Alliance in the state of Wyoming. Sarah graduated with Honors from Earlham College with a Bachelor’s degree, and brings her extensive experience with non-profit leadership and volunteering to WRV. When not at work, Sarah enjoys West African dance, board games, and hiking.
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KELLY MCVERRY, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS

kelly@wlrv.org

Kelly’s work history has always been deeply rooted in nonprofits. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Finance, she headed west as an Americorp VISTA on the White Mesa Ute Reservation. Prior to joining WRV, Kelly was the Senior Accountant for the National Sports Center for the Disabled as well as Highland Apartment Homes, a low-income senior apartment building. Kelly has been managing WRV’s finances since 2010 as the Controller. She has watched it grow from a small nonprofit with a half a million in assets to a million in assets at the end of 2017.  Kelly is passionate about WRV’s mission of engaging volunteers to heal the earth and enjoys working with the team behind the scenes to ensure that WRV can fulfill its mission. When not at work, she enjoys camping, yoga, and riding her mountain bike.
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MELINDA COURTMAN, FINANCE ASSISTANT

303-543-1411 x 105, melinda@wlrv.org

Melinda first came to WRV as a volunteer seed collector and just can’t seem to get enough. She proceeded to volunteer on many trail restoration projects and weed removals and felt that she had more to contribute. After being a full-time mother for 16 years and knowing that the home-front is under control, she is finally putting her Economics degree to work and is now working for WRV as a part-time Accounting Assistant. In her spare time Melinda loves hiking, biking, skiing, snow showing, kayaking, and volunteering on WRV projects.
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ANNEMARIE FUSSELL, COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR (FORT COLLINS OFFICE)

970-493-2075 x 1#, annemarie@wlrv.org

Annemarie (Am) is excited to join WRV’s  team to serve as the Community Relations  Coordinator in the Ft Collins  office. Growing up in New Jersey camping in the Eastern woods with her parents, she truly fell in love with the outdoors and found her calling in life. After attaining a BS in Wildlife Biology from CSU and with a background in volunteer coordination, trail restoration and science/public policy education, Am is delighted to support our volunteers and restoration efforts. Before moving back to Fort Collins from Summit County, Colorado, she traveled through Patagonia, Western Europe and the Southern Rockies living on her bike for months at a time. Now she spends her time focusing on a sustainable lifestyle commuting by bike, volunteering and vegetable gardening.
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RACHEL BRETT, YOUTH AND INCLUSIVENESS DIRECTOR

303-543-1411 x 109, rachel@wlrv.org

As a kid growing up in Columbia, South Carolina, Rachel found her happiest days and closest friends away from the city, wandering around in the Blue Ridge Mountains at summer camp. Twenty years later, she comes to WRV with a wide range of experiences working with young people in the outdoors. She has an M.S. in Environmental Education from Antioch University New England, and she has led backpacking and sea kayaking expeditions, directed a sustainability service-learning program, run an after-school program, and taught high school science and social studies classes. Rachel is especially passionate about engaging youth who haven’t had the chance to experience the self-confidence and wonder that experiences in nature can engender. When she’s not working, Rachel spends her time backpacking, running, gardening, and playing with her two young children.  
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NATE BOSCHMANN, TRAILS PROGRAM & STEWARDSHIP MANAGER (FORT COLLINS OFFICE)

970-493-2075 x 4#, nate@wlrv.org

Nate oversees WRV’s Trails Program as well as a portfolio of ongoing ecological restoration projects throughout the Northern Colorado and Wyoming region. He spends his days recruiting and training volunteers, coordinating restoration projects, and trying to convince people that stacking large rocks is as much fun as he thinks it is. Nate’s first foray into the restoration world was his participation in a tall grass prairie restoration in his hometown in Kansas when he was 14. After completing a number of undergraduate degrees, some time overseas, and a few misguided attempts at profitable careers, he returned to his true place in the world of experiential education, ecology, and restoration. Since moving to Colorado, Nate’s been a ski bum, worked with at-risk youth, facilitated wilderness therapy, lead Youth Conservation Corps, and taken up studies at CSU in Rangeland Ecology and Restoration.  He’s currently also serving on the Pawnee Byways Committee and on the board of the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed. A young family occupies much of Nate’s free time, but he still finds time to indulge his other interests including sustainable local food production, wilderness medicine, and zombie movies.
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AMY ANSARI, NATIVE SEEDS PROGRAM MANAGER

303-543-1411 x 104, amy@wlrv.org

Amy wears many different hats at WRV. As a Program Manager, she organizes all of the local seed collection projects on the Boulder County and City of Boulder properties. Amy has many years of experience working in the natural resource field and as volunteer coordinator for various non-profit organizations and government agencies. While finishing her M.S. in Environmental Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Amy worked as a volunteer coordinator for the Get Outdoors Nevada program. It was there she decided to devote her career to working for organizations dedicated to empowering volunteers to help restore public lands. Outside of work, Amy spends her time rock climbing, mountain biking, and attempting to teach her dog Shadow not to hide bones in the cushions of the couch.
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MORGAN CROWLEY, RESTORATION & INVASIVE SPECIES PROGRAM MANAGER

303-543-1411 x 102, morgan@wlrv.org

Morgan joined WRV as a Restoration Projects Coordinator in 2014 following eight years as a volunteer. She has now stepped up to fill the position of Program Manager for both the Invasive Species Program and the southern unit of our Restoration Program. Combining on-the-ground leadership experience with WRV, several seasons with the City of Boulder in habitat restoration, a Master’s in Landscape Architecture, and a fiery passion for the mission and work of WRV, Morgan’s primary focus is on facilitating the growing Myrtle Spurge Coalition and coordinating with the agency partners. Morgan has been wandering the local hills for 18 years getting to know the plants, animals, and minerals therein and can often be found doing that or moongazing, baking, fortune telling, writing, crafting, or drinking coffee in a local cafe.
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WILL VIETH, WATERSHED & FORESTRY PROGRAM MANAGER (FORT COLLINS OFFICE)

970-493-2075 x 3#, william@wlrv.org

William began working for WRV in June 2017, coming with over 10 years of experience in the environmental sector. After getting his degree in Ecology at CSU, he got lost in Southeast Asia for a couple years, getting paid to SCUBA dive and hike through the Himalayas. After finally finding his way home, William began working as an environmental contractor and consultant, taking on a wide range of projects including forest restoration, mine reclamation, river/stream stabilization, disaster response, and wetland banking. He has participated in ecological projects located in over 10 U.S. states and 5 countries. Colorado remains his favorite place in the world.
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DAVID FULTON-BEALE, STEWARDSHIP PROJECTS COORDINATOR

303-543-1411 x 106, david@wlrv.org

A Boulder native, David started volunteering with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers when he was 12, and became a crew leader and a member of the Youth Steering Committee when he was 16. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Ecological Restoration from the University of Montana. After graduation, he returned to Boulder, and came back to WRV to continue pursuing his passion for restoration. In his spare time, you can find David hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, or in the kitchen trying a new recipe. 
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GEOFFREY MAY, STEWARDSHIP PROJECTS COORDINATOR

303-543-1411 x 103, geoffrey@wlrv.org

Rejoining the WRV Staff this year is Geoffrey May. Volunteer since 2013, Crew Leader, Project Leader, Sawyer and veteran of the Brainard Lake Saga, Geoffrey is a versatile fellow. Originally Fort Collins staff, [Maverick] Geoffrey will be working mainly out of the Boulder Office this year to help with a large scale flood restoration effort on Left Hand Creek. Previously, Geoffrey coordinated projects throughout the U.S. for a power grid inspection firm. Fun facts about Geoffrey include: he’s a not quite subtle Star Wars nerd; he helps to organize events at Denver Comic Con; and he practices hard to be a more educated beer connoisseur. Geoffrey studied Political Science at Rutgers but enigmatically holds a degree in Developmental Biology from MSU, has tattoos from 12 different artists, and makes a damn fine pie.
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JULIE FINLEY, ASSISTANT RESTORATION PROJECTS COORDINATOR (FORT COLLINS OFFICE)

970-493-2075 x 2#, julie@wlrv.org

Julie was born and raised in Central Florida spending most of her time scuba diving in the numerous natural springs and hiking/ hammocking in the oak hummocks that make that area so beautiful. With an ardent soul filled with the gypsy spirit, she has visited 46 of the 50 states by age 23 and put 162,000 miles on her 2011 Outback. As the daughter of a passionate arborist, Julie has felt most at home amongst the trees since a young age, never passing up an opportunity to climb a tree and be surrounded by branches and leaves. Since 2011 she has spent most of her time traveling and working around the country, and is very excited to be involved with the community-building mission that WRV holds and the family she now feels a part of here in Boulder. When she isn’t excitedly talking about plants, wildflowers, and power tools, you can find her climbing trees (and hugging them) and working on her car. She hopes to visit 2 more new states this summer.
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ERICA COOPER, NATIVE SEEDS PROJECT COORDINATOR

303-543-1411 x 110, erica@wlrv.org

Erica Cooper is the Native Seeds Project Coordinator for the Boulder office. She joined in 2018 after many years as a Staff Liason with partner organizations Boulder County Parks and Open Space and Synergy Ecological Restoration. Her seed collection experience spans all plant life forms and elevations, working with volunteer, staff, corporate groups, and youth crews as the collectors. Erica currently serves as the Boulder Chapter President of the Colorado Native Plant Society, and sits on their state Board. Erica holds a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame, and has worked in central Indiana, coastal Georgia, and Colorado. In her free time, Erica loves to knit, garden, hike, and chase after her two small children!
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TAYLOR GIFFORD, OUTREACH COORDINATOR

303-543-1411 x 100, taylor@wlrv.org

TaylorAfter five years, Taylor is finally coming to terms with the fact that she can’t stay away from WRV. She began volunteering with the organization as a Natural Resource Management student at CU-Boulder in 2013. Since then, she’s spent two years on staff as the Volunteer Manager at WRV, and two years as a wildland firefighter for the US Forest Service on the Inyo National Forest and the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest. Now, she’s back as the Outreach Coordinator in the Boulder office working to connect and grow the WRV community. When not at work, you’re likely to find Taylor on a trail, at the climbing gym, or kicking back on the patio of the nearest brewery.

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ED SELF, FOUNDER / SENIOR ADVISOR

edself@wlrv.org

Ed Self is the Founder of Wildlands Restoration Volunteers and served as Executive Director for 19 years. He has a Master’s Degree in Volunteer Program Management with an emphasis on ecological restoration and environmental education. Ed’s Master’s thesis looked closely at the wide range of benefits that communities and individuals derive from involvement in habitat restoration work, and included a nation-wide survey of over 300 Forest Service employees involved in community-based restoration projects. Ed has been a community organizer for over 20 years. He started a community garden in Boulder, which continues to thrive after 15 years. He’s been a volunteer naturalist, outdoor educator and avid volunteer. His former career was as electrical engineer and software developer. 
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