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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
Sarah Egolf, Development Director
Linda Lee, Director of Donor and Corporate Relations
Kelly McVerry, Controller and Accountant
Melinda Courtman, Finance Assistant
Taylor Gifford, Volunteer Coordinator
Amy Gage, Northern Colorado Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
Luke McNally, Watershed Restoration Coordinator
Rachel Brett, Youth and Inclusiveness Director
Nate Boschmann, Stewardship Coordinator
Amy Ansari, Native Seed Collection Program Manager
Morgan Crowley, Weeds Program Manager
Matt Neidenberg, Trails Program and Restoration Projects Coordinator
Claire Morrissy, Sawyer Program and Restoration Projects Coordinator
Kiva Stevens, Restoration Projects Coordinator
David Fulton-Beale, Assistant Restoration Projects 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 electrical engineer and software developer.
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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.
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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.
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Linda Lee, Director of Donor and Corporate Relations

Linda is thrilled to be coming back to her conservation roots by joining WRV. She has extensive fundraising and marketing experience with The Nature Conservancy, the Longmont Humane Society and Books of Discovery. Prior to joining the staff of WRV, she was a crew leader for the organization. She is also a co-founder of a national activist conference. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at CU-Boulder and is an alumni of the CU Environmental Center. When she’s not in the office you can find her birding (“hey, look it’s a green-tailed towhee!”), hiking, orienteering, or catching a baseball game. 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, and wonderful kids.
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Melinda Courtman, Finance Assistant

Melinda first came to WRV as a volunteer seed collector and just can’t seem to get enough. She has since volunteered 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 she loves hiking, biking, skiing, snow showing, kayaking and volunteering on WRV projects.
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Taylor Gifford, Volunteer Coordinator

Taylor GiffordTaylor is the Volunteer Coordinator at WRV, working to keep the WRV machine running smoothly.  Her many jobs include maintaining office organization, working to ensure a fun and fulfilling experience for all volunteers,  and general outreach and communications.   Taylor recently graduated from CU-Boulder with a degree in Environmental Studies and a concentration in Natural Resource Conservation.  Her passion for the outdoors stems from a lifetime of reading, countless mountain explorations, and a bit of organic farming in rural British Columbia.  She  is thrilled to have found her niche among the enthusiastic volunteers and staff at WRV.  On the weekends, you can find Taylor wandering the farmers market, grabbing a post-hike beer on the patio of a local brewery,  or losing a round of frisbee golf.
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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. 
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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. 
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Rachel Brett, Youth and inclusiveness Director

Rachel pictureAs 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, ran an after-school program, and taught high school science and social studies classes. She is especially passionate about engaging youth who haven’t had the chance to experience the self-confidence and wonder that experiences in nature can bring. When she’s not working, Rachel spends her time backpacking, running, gardening, and playing with her new son, Jack.
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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.
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AMY ANSARI, Native seed Collection Program manager

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.
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Morgan Crowley, Weed Program 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. 
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Matt Neidenberg, Trails and Restoration Projects Coordinator

Matt comes to WRV with over 15 years of environmental and community development work. He has worked as a Wilderness Ranger with the U.S. Forest Service, taught school on the Navajo Reservation, lived and traveled throughout the world, and participated in much other general nincompoopery. Matt has a Masters of Public Administration focusing in Environmental Management, Policy, & Law. He is very passionate about the mission and goals of WRV and excited to bring his skills and talents to the organization. When not helping to coordinate an awesome project with WRV you might find Matt backpacking in some remote Wilderness, practicing his guitar, climbing in the Flatirons, or maybe he is lost on and adventure somewhere near Timbuktu and you might not find him at all. Return to Top

Claire Morrissy, Sawyer and Restoration Projects Coordinator

As the daughter of a community organizer, Claire has believed in “people power” as an engine for change since her childhood in New Jersey. Her parents’ example of volunteerism and philanthropy coupled with her interest in conservation gave Claire an early head-start in what she hopes is a long career in protecting natural spaces. In fact, in lieu of presents for her 13th birthday, Claire asked all of her guests to donate to a national wildlife conservation agency. Claire brings two years of experience of running chainsaws, coordinating projects, and leading conservation crews with a Denver-based youth corps to WRV as Restoration Project Coordinator. When not recruiting for sawyer projects Claire can be found riding her bike around Denver, playing Ultimate Frisbee and snowboarding.
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Kiva Stevens, Restoration Projects Coordinator

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest rafting rivers and hiking mountains, Kiva fostered an unwavering love and connection to the outdoors from a young age. She finds peace, healing power, and guidance from the natural world. Kiva earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Huxley College focusing on fresh water ecology and restoration.  Through her passions of connecting people to the outdoors and improving the environment, she has worked as a: multi-day commercial raft guide, riparian restoration coordinator, recycle center and zero waste coordinator, and river ecologist tasked with surveying remote and pristine rivers throughout the northwest. When she is not playing in boats on rivers she can be found traveling, bike touring, speaking Spanish, backpacking, gardening, trail running, studying Permaculture and alternative building, and LAUGHING! Return to Top

David Fulton-Beale, Assistant Restoration Projects Coordinator

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 him trail running, mountain biking, backpacking, playing ultimate, or in the kitchen trying a new recipe.
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