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Wildlands Restoration Volunteers' professional staff leads project management and program development efforts, and provides a central clearinghouse of information on restoration and volunteer work. Dedicated volunteer leaders manage most WRV restoration projects and are an invaluable force in driving the organization forward. Click here to learn about ways to contribute your skills to WRV's success!

Mary Eldred, Volunteer Manager
Amy Gage, Northern Colorado Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
Jason Chambers, Post-Fire Restoration Coordinator
Luke McNally, Watershed Restoration Coordinator
Sarah Egolf, Development Coordinator
Patrick Marti, Youth and Inclusiveness Coordinator
Brian Rasmussen, Restoration Project Coordinator
Nate Boschmann, Stewardship Coordinator
Amy Ansari, Native Seed Collection Program Manager and Finance Associate
Jarret Roberts, Community Programs Director
Kelly Mcverry, Accountant
Ed Self, Executive Director
Lauren Poulos, Weed Project and Campaign Coordinator
Morgan Crowley, Restoration Project Coordinator

Mary Eldred, Volunteer Manager

Mary EldredMary has her finger on the pulse of WRV. Her responsibilities include a little bit of everything – organizing project materials, correspondence, management support, and, keeping up with volunteer requests to make sure your experiences are as good as they can be!  Most recently Mary returned from Peace Corps service in Madagascar as an Environment Volunteer.  Even there she did a little bit of everything – built a school and a drinking well, started a women’s association, developed sustainable ecotourism in a national park and taught English, among other things!  Previously, she was a trilingual video editor and producer for Reuters Television in Washington, DC, where she managed a very busy international satellite tape room and traveled with a crew to cover domestic and  international news events. Her love of the Colorado mountains stems from childhood family vacations in very remote places along the Rockies from Glacier down to New Mexico.  Finally living here is a dream come true for Mary.  Her interests include biking, hiking, handmade arts, reading, cooking, having friends over, seeing movies (just about anything), and spending time with her dogs, Annie and Phoebe. Return to Top

Amy Gage, Northern Colorado Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator (Ft. Collins office)

Amy GageAmy Gage first fell in love with WRV before it even had a name. Fifteen years after helping restore Fairday Meadow outside of Jamestown, she has found her calling as the Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator for the Fort Collins Office. She brings with her a background in environmental consulting, a love for field work, and a strong passion for volunteerism. In addition, Amy has 15 years of professional GIS experience. With a B.S. in Resource Ecology from the University of Michigan to boot, she is excited to put her skills to good use with WRV in the Fort Collins Office. To prevent herself from being bored, she has a tendency to volunteer for various boards. Her side interests include aquaponics and entomology. When she’s not volunteering, Amy loves hitting up all of the amazing local events and festivals with her family.  Return to Top

Jason Chambers, Post-Fire Restoration Coordinator (Ft. Collins office)

Amy GageJason joined the WRV staff in early 2014 after serving as a volunteer post-fire restoration crew leader on High Park Fire projects since September 2012.  Originally from Virginia, Jason got to Colorado “as quick as he could”, and has since fallen in love with the Colorado Front Range community. Jason earned a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Stewardship with a specialization in Ecological Restoration from the Warner College at Colorado State University in 2013.  Jason also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology/Archaeology, a post-graduate certificate in G.I.S.  The High Park Fire was a watershed (ahem) event in Jason’s life, which inspired him to start volunteering with WRV in 2012 and to learn more about fire ecology and management via a Wildland Firefighting certificate in 2013.  It is humbling, as well as exciting, to get the opportunity to further explore these interests as WRV’s Post-Fire Restoration Coordinator. In his free time Jason enjoys Colorado’s great outdoors as best he can; attending concerts and music festivals, hiking, camping, SCUBA diving and picking guitar and mandolin around a campfire; mostly in the good company of his dog Peanut.  He looks forward to engaging volunteers, spreading his excitement for restoration work and contributing positively to the Front Range community. Return to Top

Luke McNally, Watershed Restoration Coordinator (Ft. Collins office)

Luke McNallyLuke McNally Studied watershed science and natural resource management at Colorado State. He started his career at the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins and took time off from school to work for a watershed enhancement program, part of the Yakama Nation tribal fisheries agency in rural Washington. The progressive river restoration approach in the pacific northwest had a resounding impact on Luke, and he is excited to address the challenges facing the Colorado front range.  Luke is also a wildland firefighter. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, archery, winter sports, cooking, primitive skills, and working in his garden.  Return to Top

Sarah Egolf, Development coordinator

Sarah EgolfSarah Egolf is WRV's Development Coordinator, energizing 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 her Bachelor's degree, and is excited to bring her extensive experience with non-profit leadership and volunteering to WRV. When not at work, Sarah enjoys West African dance, board games, and hiking. Return to Top

Patrick Marti, Youth and inclusiveness Coordinator

Nate PicturePatrick’s mission is to ensure that WRV reaches its goal of inspiring and empowering the next generation of environmental stewards.  His passion for community development includes diverse experience working with youth as a teacher, trainer, and mentor.  Before joining WRV, Patrick earned a PhD in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and completed three years of Peace Corps service in Jamaica and Zambia where he developed and implemented programs in environmental education, sustainable agriculture, marine conservation, and invasive species management. His love for the outdoors stems from his childhood in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest.  Having finally quenched his need to live and travel all over the world, Patrick stays busy trying to find the best food, live music, hiking trails, and bike rides that Boulder has to offer. Return to Top

Nate Boschmann, Stewardship Coordinator (fort Collins Office)

Nate PictureNate is the Stewardship coordinator in WRV's Fort Collins office.  He spends his days recruiting and training volunteers, coordinating restoration projects, and trying to convince people that stacking large rocks is just 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 for 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 Ault Town Board of Trustees.  A growing 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. Return to Top

BRIAN Rasmussen, Restoration Project Coordinator

Brian PictureBrian Rasmussen is a Field Project Coordinator for WRV’s Boulder office.  He came to WRV with a diverse background and a love of working with others in the outdoors.  His interest in nature came early while growing up in the Sonora Desert.  Later, Brian spent 16 years as a professional river guide, taking people on trips down some of America's greatest wilderness rivers.  After earning a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture, he moved to Boulder County near Nederland where he spent eight years working for the U.S. Forest service helping to manage recreation on the Boulder Ranger District.  With the Forest Service, he helped coordinate environmental restoration projects with WRV.  Now on the WRV staff, he helps coordinate projects with the Forest Service as well as many of the other land management agencies in the region.  While not on the job, Brian still loves to spend his time running rivers and exploring the natural beauty of the West.. Return to Top

AMY ANSARI, Native seed Collection Program manager and Finance Associate

Katie PictureAmy wears many different hats at WRV, but her two main roles are Program Associate and Finance Associate. As the Program Associate, she organizes all of the local seed collection projects on the Boulder County and City of Boulder properties. As the Finance Associate, she helps WRV’s Accountant and Volunteer Manager with various finance and administrative duties. 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, she 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, or attempting to teach her dog Shadow not hide bones in the cushions of the couch. Return to Top

Jarret Roberts, Community Programs Director

Jarret Roberts Born and raised in Boulder, Jarret has become versed in the amazing lands that surround the city and committed to helping maintain their serenity. He brings with him over ten seasons working on trail systems from as far away as Texas and Wisconsin to as close as Boulder's own Open Space and Mountain Parks. By combining his love for the outdoors with degrees in Business Marketing, Journalism and Communication, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology he hopes to be able to connect people from all walks of life to the trails and public lands he is so fond of. When he is not writing the next press release, and if you can pry the rock bar away from him, you can find Jarret with a paddle or a fly rod in his hands. Return to Top

Kelly Mcverry, accountant

KellyKelly’s experience in non-profit work stems from her desire to give back to a world that has been very generous and loving to her. After graduating from University of Pittsburgh, with a degree in Finance, she headed west as a 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 the Highland Apartment Homes, a low income senior apartment building.  With over six years experience in non-profit accounting and finance, Kelly is excited to share her talents to help build the core values of WRV. Outside of work she enjoys camping, running, and seeing live music with her partner, Brandon, wonderful kids. Return to Top

Ed Self, Executive Director

Ed SelfEd Self is the Founder and Executive Director of Wildlands Restoration Volunteers. He has a Master’s Degree in Volunteer Program Management with an
emphasis on ecological restoration and environmental education, with 16 years of related experience. 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
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Lauren Poulos, Weed Project and Campaign Coordinator

Katie PictureLauren is the Weed Projects and Campaign Coordinator for WRV, and her time is mostly dedicated to murdering the invasive weed, myrtle spurge, in the largest quantities possible. She works with a partnership of local agencies to identify infestations of myrtle spurge, eradicate the List A noxious weed, and educate the public on how to keep their public and private lands free from this nasty invasive. With a strong background in invasive species management and ecological restoration, Lauren has worked for a variety of different non-profit and government agencies including The Nature Conservancy of Washington, Coconino Rural Environment Corps in Flagstaff, AZ, and the United States Forest Service here at the Boulder Ranger District. She completed her master’s level degree research at the University of Oregon’s Institute of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology where she got to set large forested areas on fire in the name of science and invasive species management. As such, prescribed fire application also happens to be one of her very favorite professional activities. When she’s not working, Lauren enjoys good food, good music, art and books of all sorts, and spending time with her partner, dogs, family, and friends while doing pretty much anything outside (hiking, biking, running, camping, swimming, climbing, fishing, snowshoeing, and skiing). Return to Top

Morgan Crowley, Restoration Projects Coordinator

Morgan comes to WRV as a Restoration Projects Coordinator following 8 years as a volunteer. Combining on-the-ground leadership experience with WRV, 3 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 restoration efforts following the Flood of 2013. Her responsibilities include project scheduling, working with project leadership teams and filling in the gaps.  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 possibly moon gazing, baking, fortune telling, writing, crafting or drinking coffee in a local cafe. Return to Top