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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!

Ed Self, Executive Director
Jarret Roberts, Director of Programs
Frank Smith, Senior Director of Projects and Partnerships
Sarah Egolf, Development Director
Kelly Mcverry, Accountant
Mary Eldred, Volunteer Manager
Amy Gage, Northern Colorado Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
Luke McNally, Watershed Restoration Coordinator
Patrick Marti, Youth and Inclusiveness Coordinator
Nate Boschmann, Stewardship Coordinator
Amy Ansari, Native Seed Collection Program Manager and Finance Associate
Morgan Crowley, Weed Campaign and Restoration Project Coordinator
Dani Doyle, Restoration Project Coordinator

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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Jarret Roberts, Director of Programs

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 fifteen years of ecolgical restoration and trail design for 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

Frank Smith, SEnior DIrector of Projects and Partnerships

Sarah EgolfFrank Smith is the Senior Director of Projects & Partnerships and he’s excited to bring nearly ten years of experience to WRV.  Before joining WRV, he lived in western Colorado and empowered volunteers from Steamboat Springs to the San Juan Mountains to conserve natural resources and nurture community.  Frank has a strong background in environmental policy, non-profit management, fundraising, and relationship development with land managers.  His Land Ethic is contagious, having spent time at the Aldo Leopold Foundation where he restored Midwestern prairies and forests while inspiring landowners to be better stewards.  Frank’s experience also includes working with Native Americans along the Lower Colorado River to replant culturally significant woody species at the ‘Ahakhav Tribal Preserve in southwestern Arizona.  Originally from Wisconsin, he left the family farm to attend Colorado State University.  In his spare time, Frank enjoys hiking with his family, coaching youth hockey, teaching parenting classes, and gardening. Return to Top

Sarah Egolf, Development Director

Sarah EgolfSarah Egolf is WRV's Development Directorr, 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

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

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. With a background in environmental consulting, a love for field work, and a strong passion for volunteerism, she has found the perfect venue for all of her asperations in the Fort Collins WRV office. Her 15 years of professional GIS experience are an added bonus in her role at WRV. When she’s not working behind the scenes, Amy loves hitting up all of the amazing local events and festivals with her family.  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

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 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. 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

Morgan Crowley, Weed Campaign and Restoration Projects Coordinator

Morgan joined WRV as a Restoration Projects Coordinator in 2014 following 8 years as a volunteer. She has now stepped up to fill the position of Weed Campaign Coordinator in addition to continuing to work on other restoration projects. 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 Partner’s and Volunteers involved. 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

Dani Doyle, Restoration Projects Coordinator

Dani Doyle joins WRV as a Restoration Projects Coordinator.  She has a passion for living and working outdoors. Previously she worked as a professional Wildland Firefighter for 10 years.  It was there that she developed her love for working outside and found her need to make a difference in the environment. She started as a volunteer with WRV and quickly became a leader and an indispensable go-to person for many different roles.  Based out of the Boulder office, Dani is spearheading our sawyer program and will be a staff liaison to many projects this season.  When Dani isn’t working, you can find her scaling rock cliffs and running mountain trails. Return to Top