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. Staff are based out of offices in Boulder and Fort Collins, but function as a single, cohesive team in implementing our mission across Colorado and beyond.

Job Openings

There are no paid openings 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/Longmont and Fort Collins offices

Phone: 303-543-1411 / 970-493-2075
Press 1 for questions about volunteering
Press 2 for any available staff person in the Boulder/Longmont office
Press 3 for any available staff person in the Fort Collins office

Alphabetical, by department:

Administrative Staff
Katherine Thompson, Executive Director – 112, katherine@wlrv.org
Kelly McVerry, Director of Finance & Operations – kelly@wlrv.org
Melinda Courtman, Finance & Administrative Assistant – 105, melinda@wlrv.org
Sarah Egolf, Development Director – 108, sarah@wlrv.org

Program Staff
Amy Ansari, Program Manager, Native Seeds & Community Engagement – 104, amy@wlrv.org
Annemarie Fussell, Community Relations Coordinator – 200, annemarie@wlrv.org
David Fulton-Beale, Program Coordinator – 106, david@wlrv.org
Emily Swartz, Project Coordinator – 202, emily@wlrv.org
Geoffrey May, Project Manager – 103, geoffrey@wlrv.org
Jackie Curry, Project Coordinator – 107, jackie@wlrv.org
Julie Finley, Project Coordinator – 204, julie@wlrv.org
Kevin Shuck, Director of Programs – 101, kevin@wlrv.org
Morgan Crowley, Program Manager, Habitats & Invasive Weeds – 102, morgan@wlrv.org
Nate Boschmann, Program Manager, Trails & Habitats – 203, nate@wlrv.org
Rachel Brett, Youth & Inclusiveness Director – 109, rachel@wlrv.org
William Vieth, Program Manager, Rivers & Forests – 201, william@wlrv.org


Administrative Staff

KATHERINE THOMPSON – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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

Katherine Thompson joined Wildlands Restoration Volunteers as Executive Director on August 1, 2018. Since 2006, Katherine had 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.
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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 AmeriCorps 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 & ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

303-543-1411 ext. 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 Finance Assistant. In her spare time Melinda loves hiking, biking, skiing, snow showing, kayaking, and volunteering on WRV projects.
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SARAH EGOLF – DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

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

Sarah Egolf 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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Program Staff

AMY ANSARI – PROGRAM MANAGER, NATIVE SEEDS & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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

Amy wears many different hats at WRV. As a Program Manager, she oversees all of the local seed collection projects throughout the Front Range. 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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ANNEMARIE FUSSELL – COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR (Fort Collins office)

970-493-2075 ext. 200, annemarie@wlrv.org

Annemarie (Am) is excited 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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DAVID FULTON-BEALE – PROGRAM COORDINATOR

303-543-1411 ext. 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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EMILY SWARTZ – PROJECT COORDINATOR (Fort Collins)

970-493-2075 ext. 202, emily@wlrv.org

Emily is a Fort Collins native who is excited to be back working and building community on the beautiful lands of Northern Colorado. Growing up with a very adventurous family instilled an early love of all things outdoors in her. She came to WRV after working for many years with Conservation Corps programs in Arizona, Colorado, Montana and Alaska. For the past couple years Emily was a program coordinator at the Arizona Conservation Corps in Tucson. She holds a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Outside of work she can be found gardening, making a mess of the kitchen while baking and cooking, doing all sorts of art, climbing, hiking, skiing and traveling. 
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ERICA COOPER – PROJECT COORDINATOR, NATIVE SEEDS

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

Erica Cooper manages seed collection projects across the Front Range as WRV’s Native Seeds Project Coordinator. She joined in 2018 after many years as 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, and youth crews as 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 also worked in central Indiana and coastal Georgia. In her free time, Erica loves to knit, garden, hike, and chase after her two small children!
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GEOFFREY MAY – PROJECT MANAGER

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

Volunteer since 2013, Crew Leader, Project Leader, Sawyer and veteran of the Brainard Lake Saga, Geoffrey is a versatile fellow. He first joined WRV’s Fort Collins staff, then transferred to the Boulder office to help manage large-scale flood restoration efforts as well as trail projects in Colorado’s high country. 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 holds a degree in Developmental Biology from MSU, studied Political Science at Rutgers, has tattoos from 12 different artists, and makes a damn fine pie.
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JACKIE CURRY – PROJECT COORDINATOR

303-543-1411 ext. 107, jackie@wlrv.org

Growing up in Fountain, Colorado, Jackie has always been a lover of nature and the outdoors. During one of her summers in college she participated in the Rocky Mountain Field Institute’s Earth Corps Program for six weeks across the state. This is where she found her passion for the outdoors and conservation. After graduating from the University of Denver with a degree in Environmental Science, she began her natural resources career path at Roxborough State Park. After her season ended, she found her way to Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) and completed an AmeriCorps term of service as an Assistant Crew Leader leading crews in various conservation, restoration, and forestry projects. Following her term of service, Jackie continued with MHYC as their Administrative and Outreach Associate. Prviously Jackie worked with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado as a Seasonal Project Manager handling trail construction projects across the Front Range. She is thrilled to be returning to WRV for her second season in 2020. Outside of work Jackie loves hiking and camping, yoga, cooking, board games, lounging on the couch with her dog, and being the best plant mom she can be.
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JULIE FINLEY – PROJECT 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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KEVIN SHUCK – DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

303-543-1411 ext. 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 multiple non-profits through expansion periods with nationally significant results. In a previous position, he developed an indoor/outdoor “Nature & Music” series bringing together professional musicians, artists, naturalists, and land management agencies that was featured as a national model for community engagement by the Kennedy Center and National Park Service 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 you can find him pursuing his own restoration projects on his property in the Boulder foothills, backpacking, traveling, and getting his daily news fix in five languages.
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MORGAN CROWLEY – PROGRAM MANAGER, HABITATS & INVASIVE WEEDS

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

Morgan joined WRV in 2014 following eight years as a volunteer. She has now stepped up to fill the position of Program Manager for both the Invasive Weeds Program and the southern unit of our Habitats 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 focus includes 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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NATE BOSCHMANN – PROGRAM MANAGER, TRAILS & HABITATS (Fort Collins office)

970-493-2075 ext. 203, nate@wlrv.org

Nate oversees WRV’s Trails Program as well as the the Northern Colorado and Wyoming region of our Habitats Program. 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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RACHEL BRETT – YOUTH AND INCLUSIVENESS DIRECTOR

303-543-1411 ext. 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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WILLIAM VIETH – PROGRAM MANAGER, RIVERS & FORESTS (Fort Collins office)

970-493-2075 ext. 201, 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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