Staff | Introduction

Meet Our Staff


Who Keeps ACE Running?

Without the hard work and dedication of all our staff we wouldn’t be able to provide the incredible opportunities and continual support to our corps members, volunteers, and interns. ACE’s senior staff has over 100 years of combined experience in youth development, non-profit management, and in the development of extensive field skills. Get to know our fantastic team, read their individual biographies, or find out how to contact them below.

Staff | CEO and President

CEO

ACE President and CEO

Laura Herrin

Laura Herrin

CEO and President

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Laura Herrin joined ACE in 2018 as President and CEO.

Laura has a long tenure working in the youth conservation arena serving fifteen years with the Student Conservation Association in numerous roles, ultimately as the Senior Vice President for Program. In this role, Laura was responsible for all aspects of program and partnership development and implementation, risk management and safety, and organizational growth. In her tenure she implemented a number of initiatives including summer youth employment programs and conservation service programs for urban and underrepresented youth.

Most recently Laura worked with the Corps Network overseeing fund development and partnerships for the membership organization supporting the work of more than 130 Service and Conservation Corps across the country.
Laura’s professional career has always been in the non profit space and includes work with Children Youth and Families as well as the US Ski Association.

Laura holds a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership. Additionally, she is a certified black belt in Innovation Engineering.

Staff | Central Operations

CENOPS

Central Operations

Flagstaff Office:
2900 N. Fort Valley Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

 928-226-6960
 926-226-1549

Sarah Miggins

Sarah Miggins

Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff

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Sarah Miggins has been on a steady career path from volunteer service to an executive in environmental and conservation services in the state of California for over two decades; American Conservation Experience, National Audubon Society, Southern California Mountains Foundation, LA Conservation Corps and Inland Empire Economic Partnership; and recently appointed to serve a 4-year term on the California’s State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Commission, appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown. Each transition along her career pathway transformed her approach to leadership and created a deeper interest in helping others reach their full potential, especially young women and men. Miggins shares that the conservation corps movement is a place where you become a leader; your challenge is to inspire others, develop them and create change through them. Miggins knew early on that this work perfectly aligns with her values, passion and inspiration to make real impact on the world and with those that she comes in contact. Sarah holds a Master of Management from the University of Redlands and a Baccalaureate of Science in Geography and Environmental Studies from Ohio University.

Shane Barrow

Shane Barrow

Chief of International Program Development – ACEglobal

Susie “Sooz” Jardine

Susie “Sooz” Jardine

Director of Communications and PR

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Susie, or “Sooz” as she is warmly referred to by her colleagues and friends, has been with American Conservation Experience since 2008.
Susie started her journey in conservation working as the lead administrator for the CREC program based out of Flagstaff, AZ, where she managed the AmeriCorps program for 3 years. Following that Susie transitioned into the private sector, working for a major banking institution, and then took some time off to start a family. In 2008, she was asked by ACE Founder and President Chris Baker to join and support ACE in a variety of roles. In 2010 Susie was able to use her previous AmeriCorps administration experience to help launch ACE’s AmeriCorps program as the National Program Coordinator. In 2013, Susie was given the opportunity to transition in to the role of Director of Communications. She continues working on staff communications, social media management and marketing, alumni management and public relations as well as taking the lead as ACE’s Board of Directors Liaison. While not at work Susie loves traveling, pursuing her artistic interests, gardening and creating culinary masterpieces but most of all spending as much time as possible with her husband and their 3 beautiful children.
Tim England

Tim England

Chief Administrative Officer

Colin Geigrich

Colin Geigrich

National Safety Officer

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Colin moved to Flagstaff from Northern New Jersey in 2006 to continue his education and enjoy the abundant opportunities to play in the outdoors. After graduating from Northern Arizona University in the winter of 2008 Colin began working with ACE as a crew leader the following summer. Following several successful seasons of leading trail crews throughout Arizona and Utah he moved into the newly developed Safety Coordinator position where he now performs risk management and training duties for all of ACE’s programs. In addition to his regular duties, Colin is a Wilderness Medicine instructor and licensed contractor for ACE. When not at work Colin is an active climber, mountain biker, boater, and disc golfer.

Midge Fleishman

Midge Fleishman

Director of Finance

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ACE is proud to have Midge on the team as Finance Director. Previously, she spent 23 years with a Flagstaff-based commercial general contracting firm – managing all aspects of payroll, job cost tracking and financial management. From there she worked as a Project Manager for a local property management firm and successfully navigated the challenges of managing various tenant improvement projects on everything from historic residences to commercial warehouses.
When not at work, you can find Midge on the mountain skiing, taking in live music shows and spending time with her family. The whole family loves adding new stamps in their passports and have been to all continents except Antarctica & Africa!

Midge is super thankful for her amazing Finance staff and all she works with in support of ACE’s mission.

Greg Benson

Greg Benson

Payroll Manager

Heather Hill

Heather Hill

Accounts Payable Manager

Tony Anderson

Tony Anderson

Accounts Receivable Manager

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Outdoor pursuits have always been central to my experience – from hiking trips through the National Parks as a child, to living off the grid in a yurt in Washington state, I’ve always been very close to the land. The opportunity to work with ACE and promote the values of land stewardship I believe in is an opportunity I am very excited to pursue. I have a wonderful family – my wife Kaitlin is an extremely qualified sea kayaker, and my daughter, Emmy, is in training for all these activities. If you want to catch me when I’m not at work chances are I’ll be hitting the slopes in the cottonwood canyons, or looking for waves somewhere exotic, if I’m lucky.

Ben Pohl

Ben Pohl

Digital Specialist/Developer II

James Lynn

James Lynn

Tech Support Specialist

Luis Puentes

Luis Puentes

Technology Support Specialist

Kris Wright

Kris Wright

HR Generalist

Annie Christensen

Annie Christensen

Director – Agreements, Finance and Compliance

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Annie Christensen (formerly Meltzer) joined the ACE EPIC team in February 2016 as the Federal Grants and Finance Manager and is now serving as the Director of Agreements, Finance and Compliance for all of ACE. She draws upon her grants management experience from National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration and grant writing experience from graduate school at the University of Tennessee. Her international fieldwork experience in environmental geography sparked a passion for conservation of National Parks and public lands. On the weekends, you can usually find her on a ski lift or a bike trail.

Molly Wasik

Molly Wasik

Specialist – Agreements and Compliance

A.J. Conrad

A.J. Conrad

Agreement and Compliance Integration Manager

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Originally from Wisconsin, A.J. is a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan and outdoor enthusiast. His childhood was spent exploring the many lakes and forests of northern Wisconsin and Michigan, which is where his love of nature began. His excitement for conservation grew in college while on a research trip to Bhutan, where he was able to study the impacts of forest encroachment on rural farmers. After graduating from UW-Madison with a degree in Biological Anthropology, he had no idea what was next for him. He took a chance and chose to serve as an AmeriCorps Member with a conservation Corps in Massachusetts, which was one of the best decisions he ever made. Upon coming to Flagstaff, AZ he has worked to support ACE’s Corps Members and provide them with the exciting and formative experiences he was lucky enough to have during his AmeriCorps term. In his free time A.J. enjoys golfing, photography, traveling, and perfecting his secret smoked ribs recipe.

Jessica Plance

Jessica Plance

Photojournalist

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Originally from rural upstate New York, Jessica grew up exploring the wilderness of the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains. During travels with her family her father began to show her how to use a camera which lead her to Rochester Institute of Technology to study photojournalism and environmental studies. During her time there she was constantly drawn to documenting stories about environmental issues and the people they affect. Jessica now works to tell the story of the American Conservation Experience by gathering images, video, and audio from projects across the nation. When Jessica isn’t in the field documenting various projects with ACE she enjoys exploring the National Parks of the southwest, scuba diving and listening to the stories of people she meets along the way.

Randy Rupp

Randy Rupp

Director of Grants Administration and Compliance

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Before joining ACE, Randy spent the last fourteen years with the Student Conservation Association in various management and operations roles. During his time with SCA, he oversaw program development, financial management, compliance, and risk management for upwards of ten regional urban conservation programs. This included development and management of a state-wide workforce development program with the State of Pennsylvania. He also emerged as member and leader trainer on topics such as member experience, risk management, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Before the glow of the conservation world drew him in, Randy spent time with Job Corps recruiting and placing participants. Prior to that he spent three years as a Child Life Specialist providing psychosocial care to children at a teaching hospital. With close to twenty years of experience with youth and young adults through non-profits, he is thrilled to continue his career with an organization dedicated to conservation service. When away from his desk, you can find Randy coaching high school and youth sports and spending time outdoors with his wife and two daughters..

Dana Howard

Dana Howard

National AmeriCorps Program Manager

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Starting as a youth volunteer with the Phoenix Zoo, Dana’s passion for the natural world has driven her career, leading her to joining ACE in spring 2017 to serve as the AmeriCorps Program Manager for the Southwest Division. Before ACE, Dana spent over 10 years in various capacities within the environmental field, including work for the City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program, the Arboretum at Flagstaff, and the Arizona Museum of Natural History. Recently, Dana returned to school and received a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology from the Miami University of Ohio—utilizing her AmeriCorps education awards from two year-long terms. Though Dana has lived in England, Turkey, Malta, and Portland, OR, she has always come back to Flagstaff, her home since she began her freshman year at Northern Arizona University.

Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

National Director of External Affairs and Partnership

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Chris has an extensive background in conservation and resource management, most recently spending the past six years with the Student Conservation Association in a variety of roles. As Vice President of Partnership his responsibilities included program and partnership development, government relations, and staff management.
Originally from England, Chris took the opportunity after university to come to the United States and work for the US Forest Service in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon. Subsequently, Chris moved to Arizona and spent 8 years working for the City of Phoenix operating outdoor recreation programming for youth and people with disabilities, before moving back to Oregon taking the position of Recreation Manager for Oregon State University, College Forests, in Corvallis Oregon,
Chris holds degrees from Writtle College, England in Rural Resource Management, and Arizona State University in Recreation Management..

David Critton

David Critton

Chief of Program Operations

Staff | EPIC

EPIC

National Internship Program / EPIC

Salt Lake City Office:
3200 South 700 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84106

 801-946-5201
 866-604-9307

Peter Woodruff

Peter Woodruff

National Division Director
NPS

Madison Douthitt

Madison Douthitt

Eastern Regions Recruitment Specialist

Zoë Gordon

Zoë Gordon

Eastern Regions Program Manager NPS

Joel Baker

Joel Baker

Western Regions Program Manager NPS

Kevin Sloan

Kevin Sloan

National Division Director
USFWS

Crystal Simons

Crystal Simons

National Director, NRCS & Private Lands Programs

Melissa Early

Melissa Early

Recruitment & Member Manager
USFWS

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Melissa joined the ACE team in January 2017, coming from nine years in the field as a seasonal ranger in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. After graduating from Sewanee: University of the South with a degree in Environmental Policy, Melissa discovered her love of Western wild lands, watersheds, and wildlife while an Interpreter at Mount Rainier National Park. During graduate school at the University of Montana in Missoula, Melissa researched ranchers and farmers who are “predator friendly,” and utilizing diverse methods to co-exist with wolves, bears, mountain lions, coyotes, and more. After graduating with a M.S. in Resource Conservation in 2012, Melissa spent five more years working as a backcountry Wilderness ranger in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. She is continuously fascinated by the interdependence of the GYE’s Whitebark Pines, grizzlies, cutthroat trout, elk, and sage grouse. Melissa spends nearly all her free time on public lands: hiking, backpacking, fly-fishing old rivers and exploring alpine lakes, hot-springing, skiing, and wildcrafting!

Kelly Barrett

Kelly Barrett

National Division Director
BLM

Joshua Haussler

Joshua Haussler

AIM Program Coordinator – BLM

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After years of bouncing around the west in various ecology and conservation positions, Josh returned to his native Utah as a BLM Recruitment specialist here at ACE. Josh began his career in academic research in ecology with a passion for plant-soil interactions and the mechanisms governing ecosystem fluxes. However, he continually found himself being pulled toward outreach and conservation. He enjoys learning about the various ways people interact with their environment and helping them expand their experience. Josh most recently led a youth conservation crew in the northern Sierra Nevadas, teaching them conservation work as well as camping and life skills. He’s excited to continue facilitating access to conservation opportunities. On his own time, Josh can be found travelling, playing the brazilian martial art Capoeira, hiking, camping, or just sitting around. He has recently decided to take up baking.

Dave Hecker

Dave Hecker

Division Recruitment Specialist

Erin Mounce

Erin Mounce

Member Manager – BLM

George Grygar

George Grygar

National Division Director
USFS

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George joined ACE in 2017 as an AmeriCorps and US Forest Service Program Manager. Prior to joining ACE, George spent 10 years working with non-profits in various capacities, including leading trail crews along the Pacific Crest Trail and in the Central Wasatch, coordinating individually placed environmental interns in the northwest, guiding youth leadership development as far as Peru, and even stacking books at the local library. Most recently, George ran operations for a local non-profit which works closely with land management organizations to fill the needed void in stewardship and education programs in the extremely busy Cottonwood Canyons of Salt Lake City. Perhaps more interesting than his work experience, George can often be found exploring on foot or by boat, and enjoys reminiscing of adventures gone awry, or of his 11-month residency in a tree house in Southern Washington.

Caroline Canter

Caroline Canter

USFS Recruitment Specialist

Celia Demers

Celia Demers

USFS Member Coordinator

Ari Lee

Ari Lee

Operations Manager

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Ari (Hyunhee) Lee is from Seoul, South Korea and she joined the ACE team in 2018 as the EPIC Operations Manager. Her first experience abroad was in her early twenties to New Zealand and it ignited her passion for international and intercultural work. She lived in Poland for a year learning Polish and pursuing her teenage dream of movie directing. After graduating with a B.A. in Polish Language and Literature, she worked as a Senior Program Coordinator for Better World, a Korean non-profit organization, running international volunteer services and intercultural exchange programs. In order to enable to provide more cultural immersion and bilateral learning opportunities to Korean and international students, she started a non-profit organization in South Korea. As Ari learned more about social justice issues and inequity from these experiences, she decided to come to the U.S. to pursue a Master’s in Sustainable Development. She acted as a Resident Advisor for her cohort from all over the world and facilitated international youth programs on campus. Ari recently moved to Salt Lake City, Utah and is thrilled to be working with ACE. Ari has a black belt in taekwondo and loves cooking, DIY house projects, rock climbing, boxing, origami, running marathons, and playing piano from time to time.

Staff | Conservation Corps National Headquarters

InterMountain

ACE Conservation Corps
National Headquarters

Flagstaff Office:
2900 N. Fort Valley Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
 928.226.6960
 928.226.1549

Mark Loseth

Mark Loseth

National Trails Coordinator

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Mark came to ACE in 2011 as the winner of a nationwide search for a trainer with multipe years of technical trails experience with land management agencies. Mark spent 4 years learning dry stone manonry and trail construction technique with the US Forest Service in Lake Tahoe, 4 more years leading Youth Conservation Corps crews and refining rock working skills as a member of the trail crews at Grand Tetons National Park and Saguaro National Park, and participated in a trail crew exchange with the Argentina Park Service.

Hannah Wendel

Hannah Wendel

Director of Youth Programming

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Hannah is responsible for developing and managing ACE’s youth and community programs, focusing creating programs that engage and introduce teens and young adults to careers in conservation. After completion of her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Environmental Studies and Spanish from the University of Oregon, Hannah has worked in education, interpretation, and public outreach with the National Park Service and non-profit park partners at Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Bureau of Land Management, leading and developing formal and informal education and service-learning programs for k-12 youth, volunteers, and visitors, including developing inquiry-based and multi-cultural program curriculum and activities for a variety of programs and collaborating with the public and creating partnerships with local schools and community groups to increase program productivity, specifically engaging underserved youth. While working as the ACE Youth Coordinator Fellow for the BLM Arizona, Hannah managed the BLM Phoenix District Youth Initiative program that created academic and career pathways in natural resources for urban youth in underserved communities. In 2012, Hannah helped lead the BLM Phoenix District Youth Initiative in receiving the prestigious Secretary of the Interior’s Partners in Conservation Award. Hannah is passionate about inspiring and mentoring youth to become strong leaders within their environments and their communities through internships that integrate education and career experience. When not in the office, Hannah can be found hiking and exploring the beautiful mountains and deserts of the southwest with her dog Penny.

Mackenzie Messing

Mackenzie Messing

Youth Programs Coordinator

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A Wisconsin native, Mackenzie began her conservation journey as a child in the north woods, scouring streams for rocks and helping her dad with outdoor projects. After graduating from Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 with degrees in Biology and Spanish (and a Minor in Gender & Women’s Studies), she used her aquatic background to complete an internship with jellies at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium before getting into invasive species work. In 2016, Mackenzie made the move to Arizona for her first of two 900-hour Corps Member terms. In that time, she developed her love for the nonprofit world and found a calling as a Youth Corps Leader working with eager, local high school students. She then spent seven months as a Restoration Crew Leader in Corpus Christi, helping facilitate the start of ACE’s Southwest Texas branch. In her free time, Mackenzie enjoys a good nonfiction read, frequent naps, and finding new adventures.

Ian Torrence

Ian Torrence

National Restoration Director

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Ian rejoins the ACE family after a brief stint with the organization in 2006. He now fills the role of National Restoration Director.

While acquiring his B.S. in Biology from Allegheny College (PA), he spent his summers serving as a Student Conservation Association Backcountry Resource Assistant at Shenandoah National Park. Following graduation, Ian spent 10 more years fulfilling various restoration roles for the National Park Service including lead supervisor for the Lake Mead Exotic Plant Management Team, Vegetation Manager for the Southeast Utah Group and as a wildland firefighting sawyer at Grand Teton National Park.

Ian is well known in the trail and ultrarunning community having now finished more than 200 ultras, 27 of which were 100-mile races. In all, Ian has won 53 ultramarathons. Some of his wins include the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run twice and the Superior Trail 100 Mile Run. He’s a two-time, top-ten finisher at the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. He’s finished the JFK 50 Mile Run 22 times, placing as high as second twice. He was part of a four-person team that won and set a course record at the Oxfam Hong Kong Trailwalker 100K in 2001. In 2002, he completed the Grand Slam of Ultramarathons by finishing Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, Vermont 100 Mile, Leadville Trail 100 Mile, and the Wasatch Front 100 Mile in a single summer.

What’s more, Ian is also an ultrarunning coach, shares Arizona Trail Steward duties for Sections 35B and 36A with his wife, Emily, and race directs Flagstaff’s only 100-mile running event — the Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Stagecoach Line 100 Mile/55K/Relays.

Carl Nelson

Carl Nelson

National Forestry Program Manager

Staff | Southwest

AZ

ACE Conservation Corps
Southwest (Arizona)

Flagstaff Office:
2900 N. Fort Valley Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
 928.226.6960
 928.226.1549

Jordan Rolfe

Jordan Rolfe

Director of ACE Arizona

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Originally from Lincoln, England, Jordan joined American Conservation Experience as a corps member in 2006. His love for conservation and his specialty working on fencing projects brought him back in the spring of 2007 as a crew leader. He has been an integral part of the ACE Arizona management team, beginning his management role in 2010. In 2014 Jordan made the leap to Director, overseeing the operations of our entire Arizona program. In his off time Jordan is an avid hiker, rugby enthusiast and book worm and enjoys spending time exploring the beautiful landscapes of Northern Arizona with his wife, Kristina.

Allison Powell

Allison Powell

Member Support Coordinator

Katherine Dickey

Katherine Dickey

Project Manager

Neha Khurana

Neha Khurana

Member Support Coordinator

Keean Ruane

Keean Ruane

Trails Trainer and Coordinator

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Keean began working for American Conservation Experience (ACE) in 2010 as a Forestry Intern and then went through the 900 hour AmeriCorps position the following year. Upon his AmeriCorps graduation he began leading crews building trails, logging out trails and removing invasive species among other things. He found his niche in trails over the 2 years he spent leading crews and moved into the Trails Trainer position in May of 2014. When Keean isn’t building, repairing and envisioning trails he spends his time playing music and singing as well as enjoying some good competitive ping-pong and billiards.

Dan McLendon

Dan McLendon

Texas Restoration Project Manager

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Dan graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Physical Geography, and he has been with the National Park Service for 4 years working as a Biological-Science Technician prior to starting with ACE. He worked a year with The Blue Ridge Parkway, Lava Beds National Monument in Northern California, and three years with Lake Mead National Recreational Area. Within his time with the NPS, he had the pleasure of working restoration assignments in over 20 National Parks, Forests and other public lands including BLM, Wildlife Refuges, and County and State parks. He is also a licensed Arborist and pretty handy with a chainsaw.

He looks forward continuing his career as a humbled steward of the land and doing everything he can to support his fellow crew members become knowledgeable, safe and successful professionals not only in restoration ecology, but in conservation as well.

Claire Smith

Claire Smith

Member Support Coordinator

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Claire grew up in Minnesota, where she first developed an appreciation for the outdoors during summers canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. After various travel and work experiences including an AmeriCorps term in New York City; a NOLS program in Arizona and British Colombia; college in various places including Quito, Ecuador and Bilbao, Spain; driving a city bus in Amherst, Massachusetts; and leading canoe trips in Wisconsin; she found her way to ACE Flagstaff as a corps member in 2015. She found ACE helped her develop her love of the outdoors into a passion for conservation work. After spending the following two summers on a salmon fish tending vessel in Valdez, Alaska, she is excited to get back to conservation work as part of the ACE team. In her free time she likes to watch hockey, play outside, and knit.
Christian Bopp

Christian Bopp

Field Operations Manager

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Christian graduated in 2015 from the University of Wyoming with a double major in Wildlife Biology and Environment & Natural Resources and a minor in Spanish. When not in school, Christian enjoyed summers with the Wyoming Conservation Corps leading crews, tracking lions in Kenya for his thesis, and wildland firefighting throughout the West. Luckily for Christian he was never eaten by any lions and he can now enjoy passing on his skills to future conservation superheroes who are pursuing their passions with ACE.

Jimmy Gregson

Jimmy Gregson

Conservation Trainer & Coordinator

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Jimmy first joined ACE as a volunteer in 2011. After catching the Conservation bug, Jimmy went back to School and graduated with an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation. Jimmy worked on numerous conservation projects in the UK, Indonesia and Australia as well as leading ACE crews in 2014-15 developing a passion for Trail work and dry-stone masonry, before moving into the role of Conservation Trainer & Coordinator in 2016. In his spare time, Jimmy enjoys exploring the Southwest, hiking, playing pool and trying not to fall off his mountain bike.

Kelsee Taylor

Kelsee Taylor

Associate Director of Member Resources

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Being born and raised in Arizona Kelsee grew up having a deep connection to the landscapes of the southwest which has driven her passion for conserving and restoring public lands throughout the state of Arizona. She is originally from Prescott, AZ where she also obtained her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Prescott College. She has worked with ACE in a variety of positions starting in 2012 as a corps member. She has also been a crew leader and a restoration project manager. When she is not working to assist corps members and build ACE’s community she is doing the job that brings her the most pride and joy which is being a mom.

Staff | Pacific West Central

CA

ACE Conservation Corps
Pacific West Central (California)

Felton Office:
6630 Highway 9, STE 204
Felton, CA 95018
 831.427.1091
 831.427.1047

Eric Robertson

Eric Robertson

Central California Director

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Eric began volunteering with ACE California and quickly moved into field leadership roles within the California branch. Stationed in Bishop, CA during the summer of 2014, Eric functioned as the Regional Project Manager of the Inyo National Forest, where he coordinated and oversaw logistics of many Eastern Sierra based ACE crews. As the Director of Operations, Eric now works out of the Santa Cruz ACE office and is often found sipping tea and mentoring ACE members. Before finding ACE, Eric’s occupation was an Artistic Consultant living in Madison, WI where he was employed by a commercial art firm after finishing his degree. During his free time Eric takes interest in all things outdoors, but most times is cycling, fishing, or rock climbing.

Carolyn Getschow

Carolyn Getschow

AmeriCorps Program Coordinator – National

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Carolyn started as an intern with ACE in July 2013, and began her current role as AmeriCorps Program Manager for ACE California in February 2014. Though never an AmeriCorps member herself, Carolyn has a passion for volunteerism – She is a lifetime Girl Scout, a volunteer Exhibit Guide at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, and a helping hand at various community events around Santa Cruz. Carolyn brings previous admin experience from her time as a Library Security Supervisor at the University of Southern California, where she trained, scheduled, and managed a team of forty student workers, and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Biology and Mathematics. Her passion for environmental conservation stems from her SCUBA diving experience during a semester at Wrigley Marine Institute on Catalina Island, as well as from two long-distance bike tours spanning several weeks in September 2012 and May 2013. Originally from Ohio, she considers herself a native Californian at heart, and hopes to remain in Santa Cruz and perhaps pursue a graduate degree at UCSC.

Marcel Coppolino

Marcel Coppolino

International Volunteer and California Outreach Coordinator – National

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Marcel began with ACE California in May of 2010 as the Volunteer and Logistics Coordinator. After serving in the Peace Corps for two years, he found ACE via the networking assistance presented to exiting volunteers completing service and returning home. Marcel now use the same website and many others to spread awareness of ACE. Using his three years of experience supporting crews based out of Santa Cruz, he now focus solely on the generation of new applicants to the volunteer and AmeriCorps programs. Marcel works closely with the operations staff in CA when not traveling around the state to career fairs and other events.

Travis Reid

Travis Reid

PWC Project Manager

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Travis joined the ACE team in the spring of 2017 to serve as project manager for the Sinkyone Wilderness trail building project. Travis joined ACE with a diverse background in conservation ranging from trails work with the Forest Service and volunteer work with Colorado’s Division of Parks and Wildlife, to managing fuels reduction, fire mitigation, and beetle kill forestry projects across the southwest. Hoping to turn his passion for conservation into a career, Travis recently returned to school and received a Master’s in Conservation Leadership from Colorado State University. He looks forward to continue working with ACE as a project manager and is excited to work alongside others who share his passion for the natural world.
Jenny Diamond

Jenny Diamond

PWC Project Manager

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Jenny came out to California and joined ACE as a volunteer in 2015. This introduction to the world of conservation through trail work and restoration sparked an interest in Jenny that she could not walk away from. After completing two AmeriCorps terms, she began crew leading in South Lake Tahoe for a summer and then continued leading projects all over California for about a year. In the summer of 2017, Jenny moved into a Logistics Coordinator role in South Lake Tahoe, overseeing the crews based out of that region for the season. Now, as a project manager, Jenny currently works out of the Santa Cruz ACE office where she is often working on the California Schedule and coordinating with corps members. During her free time, Jenny enjoys going outside to hike and camp whenever possible.

Staff | Pacific West North

CA

ACE Conservation Corps
Pacific West North (California)

2489 Lake Tahoe Blvd, Suite 24
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
 (831) 818-8377

Dennis Frenier

Dennis Frenier

Sierra Region Associate Director

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Dennis came to ACE as a volunteer in early 2014 and quickly moved into leadership roles around California.During chainsaw training he knew that that was his concentration and dedicated his time to getting to know the ins and outs of the little devils. Prior to coming to California, he graduated from Virginia Tech in 2010 while studying English, architecture, and film. If you see him in his free time he’ll probably be getting dirty while creating spaces.

Katie Sena

Katie Sena

Logistics Coordinator

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Katie Sena began her conservation career in 2016 with the ACE Utah Branch. After serving 2 terms as a corps member she worked her way up to an Assistant Crew Leader position who worked on multiple mountain bike trail construction projects. Projects such as the Hurricane Cliffs Trail Network, Virgin River Rim Trail, and Cedar Mountain Thunderbird Gardens all made a major impact on her career goals with conservation. With a passion of trail construction, Katie began as the ACE Crew Leader during the very first stages of building a 22 mile network of mountain bike trails in Caliente, Nevada. She continued construction in Caliente by leading the local ACE crew as well as the ACE Utah crews in 2017 and the Spring of 2018. Beginning the fall season of 2018, Katie stepped into her new role as the ACE Project Manager for the Caliente Trails Project responsible for coordinating projects and crews on a weekly basis to ensure the goals for each season are met.
Liz McDonnell

Liz McDonnell

PWN Tahoe Housing Coordinator

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Liz began her conservation career as an intern for the Monterey Bay Aquarium focusing on sea otter research and conservation. After moving home to Ohio, she realized how much she missed being out in the field. As an Americorps member based out of South Lake Tahoe in 2016, she worked on many projects here in the basin and all over California. When not working, she enjoys hiking with her dog and rock climbing.

Staff | Pacific West South

CA

ACE Conservation Corps
Pacific West South (California)

1373 Marron Valley Road
Dulzura, CA 91917
 808.594.2721

Julia Parish

Julia Parish

Southern California Director

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Julia Parish is the Regional Director of the Pacific West – South Division of the American Conservation Experience. She studied at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, focusing on tropical ecology and island biogeography. Upon graduation, she became an AmeriCorps intern with the Oahu Invasive Species Committee, which solidified her passion for promoting internships for youth in the non-profit natural resource management sector and restoration ecology. For the past decade, she has worked on islands throughout the Pacific conducting natural resource management focused on invasive species control, wildlife monitoring and cultivating the new generation of environmental stewards. She feels most at home when controlling acres of invasive plants under a sky full of seabirds.

While working as a Plant Conservation Manager with the Catalina Island Conservancy, Julia recruited and supervised several seasons of American Conservation Experience crews and EPIC interns. These dynamic individuals worked on major restoration projects from felling hazard trees, removing dense stands of Arundo, and surveying hundreds of acres of steep terrain for invasive broom species. The crews and EPIC interns work, attitudes, and professionalism inspired her to seek a position with ACE and she is excited to be a part of the ACE team! #ACEinspires

Alex Bakhurst

Alex Bakhurst

Logistic Coordinator

Nathan Schwarting

Nathan Schwarting

PWS Project Manager

Erin Heimburge

Erin Heimburge

PWS Member Service Coordinator

Ginger Wojciechowski

Ginger Wojciechowski

PWS Project Manager

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Ginger graduated with a B.S. in environmental science from Northern Michigan University in 2011. She then began her career in land conservation with ACE in 2012 working out of Santa Cruz. She gained a love for drystone masonry while working on the Mt. Whitney trail during her first season. She then started to crew lead in areas such as Ventana Wilderness, Catalina Island, and Inyo National Forest. In 2013-2018 she worked for a nonprofit focusing in conservation through land management practices in Santa Cruz, while enjoying perfect weather and hunting for Chanterelle’s. Ginger couldn’t stay away from ACE and their passion in conservation for long and is now working out of Southern California as Project Manager of trail specific projects, including the Pacific Crest Trail. She often enjoys hiking, backpacking, and skiing on off time or simply sewing when weather permits.

Caitlin Murphy

Caitlin Murphy

PWS Project Manager

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Caitlin Murphy is a Project Manager for the American Conservation Experience who primarily manages the BLM Ridgecrest project and other Mojave Desert projects. She started with ACE as an AmeriCorps member in March 2017. Upon serving two (2) 900 Hour service terms, she was hired on as an ACE Crew Leader in April 2018 and then promoted to Project Manager in September 2018. Caitlin is originally from Portland, Oregon and has a degree in Environmental Studies from Southern Oregon University.

Staff | Southeast

SE

ACE Conservation Corps
Southeast (North Carolina)

63 Fletcher Commercial Drive
Fletcher, NC 28732
 828.483.6360

Adam Scherm

Adam Scherm

Southeast Director

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Adam Scherm graduated with a Degree in Zoology and a minor in Spanish at Oklahoma State University. After college, Adam served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama focusing on environmental conservation from 2006-2008. That experience led him to apply for a job as an Assistant Crew Leader with ACE. After several months, he began leading crews on public lands all over the Southwest. In 2013, He assumed the role of Trails Trainer and Coordinator for the Arizona office. He managed the trails projects as well as trained crew leaders and corps members in technical rock work, rigging, trail maintenance, and layout. Adam is currently the Director of ACE’s Southeastern branch in Asheville, North Carolina which supports and manages 40 youth in conservation activities and is working with 6 different Land Management Agencies and non-profits.

Sean Reckert

Sean Reckert

Project Manager

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Sean graduated from Warren Wilson College with a degree in Environmental Policy.  While attending school, he worked as a climbing guide and spent much of his time enjoying the outdoor opportunities that the Southeast has to offer. In the summer of 2016, Sean joined ACE as an Americorps Member. Once his term was up, he took on more responsibilities behind the scenes leading him to the position of Logistics Coordinator.
Joshua Burt

Joshua Burt

Associate Director of Operations

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Joshua Burt began his conservation career in 2002 working as a conservation intern with the Student Conservation Association. Following that experience, he taught outdoor education in his home state of Ohio and continued leading trail crews for SCA in the summer. In 2005, Josh moved to China and taught English in Shandong province, but continued to return in the summer to lead trail crews. In 2007, he returned to the states more permanently and began working in various staff positions for Southwest Conservation corps. In 2011, he became the trail crew leader in Deep Creek District of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and there learned about ACE. He joined ACE as the Operations Manager of the North Carolina office in 2014.

Krishun Karau

Krishun Karau

Project Manager

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Growing up in rural Wisconsin, Krishun finds herself at home in the woods and around the water. It was in Wisconsin where she got her degree in natural resources management with an emphasis in wildlife ecology. Upon graduation, Krishun spent time working outdoors on both coasts. In the low country of South Carolina, she was a Naturalist intern assisting with sea turtle surveys and teaching others about coastal ecology. In the California Bay area, she worked at an environmental non-profit as a habitat restoration technician battling invasives and and planting native species. In 2015 she heard the Blue Ridge mountains calling; She joined ACE as an Americorps member and was quickly promoted to Crew leader. After 2 rewarding years leading crews she is happy to lend mentorship and guidance to multiple crews throughout the east as Operations Coordinator.

Lillian Muecke

Lillian Muecke

Support Specialist

Bethany Coury

Bethany Coury

Associate Program Director

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Bethany grew up in the Midwest and studied Communications in college. After graduation, she chanced upon an opportunity to aid in disaster relief efforts, through an AmeriCorps NCCC program. She loved working with a team of people and lending a hand to affected communities. After her term, she left to teach English in Thailand for about a year. She had great fun exploring the new country and is looking forward to exploring the Southwest. Bethany enjoys running, lifting, exploring and climbing mountains!

Hannah Anderson

Hannah Anderson

Outreach & Member Support Coordinator

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Hannah grew up in the Northern Chicago Suburbs and gained a love of nature early on through her family’s many vacations to different national parks. She pursued her Bachelor’s of Business Administration at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, and also spent time studying in Orlando, Hawai’i, and Central Europe. After graduating, she held a couple different administrative, coordinative, and project management-related jobs. During this time she learned that she loves working in team-oriented and people-focused positions, particularly with nonprofit organizations. Finally, she decided to settle down near the Blue Ridge Mountains, one of her favorite spots throughout her travels. With this, Hannah was grateful to have found the perfect opportunity there, though ACE, to work with members and to help them find their next journeys in conservation. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, singing, at-home yoga, cuddling with dogs, and watching sunsets over the mountains.

Kelly Waldron

Kelly Waldron

Outreach & Member Support Coordinator

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Kelly grew up next to the National Sea Shore in Cape Cod, MA. Growing up on a sand dune formed by a glacier instilled in Kelly a love and appreciation for nature that would direct her career. Kelly got her B.A. in Sustainability & Sociology from the University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth), where she also studied marketing. After graduation, she joined a non-profit in Boston that works to minimize waste that comes from demolishing houses. After a year of project administration in Boston, she joined Cape Cod Green Drinks, an environmental networking group where she coordinated community events. Although she enjoyed the work she was doing with Green Drinks, Kelly decided she needed to seek fulfilling work outside of her home state. In the spring of 2017, Kelly discovered ACE online, signed up for a 900-hour term in the Southeast region, and enjoyed the ride it took her on. After her six-month Corps Member term, Kelly joined ACE-Asheville’s logistics team. Kelly started her role as ACE-Asheville’s Outreach Coordinator in January of 2018. Kelly is grateful for her ACE experience, and is excited to be able to facilitate this unique opportunity for others.

Lauren Breitling

Lauren Breitling

Logistics Coordinator

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Lauren grew up in a suburb outside of Chicago, Illinois and frequently went camping and hiking with her family throughout her youth. After graduating college with a BFA in photography, she changed paths and went on a long section hike of the Appalachian Trail. After hiking 800 miles she decided to get a job in the conservation field in order to continuing being outdoors and to give back to nature. At this time, Lauren started working with the Utah Conservation Corps in Cedar City, Utah. While there she worked on an invasive species removal project for 3 months in the Escalante Grand Staircase National Park. After her time in Utah, Lauren found ACE and had the opportunity to do a 450-hour term based out of Asheville where she worked on trail work, restoration, and invasive species removal projects. After being a corps member, Lauren came back onto the ACE Southeast team as the Assistant Logistics Coordinator. She is grateful to be working with an organization like ACE, and is eager to help facilitate this wonderful opportunity for others wanting to do conservation work.

Staff | Mountain West

UTAH

ACE Conservation Corps
Mountain West (Utah)

St George Office:
333 North State Street

Hurricane, Utah 84737

 435.359.6852

Aaron Wilson

Aaron Wilson

MTW Regional Director

Kip Valesano

Kip Valesano

Field Operations Manager

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Kip began his conservation career January 2007, as a supposedly brief respite from his grueling degree in “undeclared” and hasn’t returned from the woods since. He has spent the ensuing years working/leading/cooking for crews of various conservation corps and National Park trail programs. He prefers to travel and recreate outdoors but must admit that their are some benefits to this desk job he has secured with ACE. He looks forward to trying to feed every corps-member better then the week before and to wrestling with the paperwork beast on their behalf so that they may never have to stare into its beady hungry eyes…

Michael Pietak

Michael Pietak

AmeriCorps Program Manager

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Michael grew up in a small town on Lake Ontario, just north of Buffalo, New York. He has a great love for the outdoors, especially hiking, climbing, hunting, fly fishing, mountain biking, and skiing. Michael is a recent graduate of George Mason University in Virginia, where he studied Conflict Analysis and Resolution and had a minor in Environmental Science. While living in Virginia, Michael worked at a local outfitter and discovered that his love of the outdoors was something he wanted to pursue not only in his personal life, but also in his professional. After school Michael worked as a Research Assistant with the Sierra Club Environmental Justice Program, where he did extensive research into the relationship between environmental degradation and community health as well as helped with events planning and promotion of a clean energy economy. He then set his eyes on Utah, a place he has always loved to visit for its incredible outdoor recreation opportunities. As the ACE Mountain West AmeriCorps Program Manager, Michael is enjoying the opportunity to be a part of direct conservation and improve the opportunities for others to get out and share in his own passion for the outdoors.

Wesley Pickett

Wesley Pickett

Restoration Project Manager

Katey Hockenbury

Katey Hockenbury

Project Manager MTW Division

Kasey Burchett

Kasey Burchett

Member Support Coordinator

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Kasey was born in southern Wisconsin and graduated from Ball State University in 2017, where her passion for conservation began. In the summer of 2016, she was an ACE Mountain West Corps Member and worked on projects including: a mountain biking trail in Cedar City, invasive species removal in Death Valley National Park, and a paved asphalt trail in Grand Canyon National Park. After graduating from Ball State University, Kasey relocated to Hawaii where she completed two more AmeriCorps terms with the Department of Land and Natural Resources-Forestry Division in Maui. Her day to day tasks revolved around GIS work, taking care of the native nursery, removing invasive species, and managing ungulate control throughout the forests on Maui, Lanai and Molokai. With only a brief time on the tropical islands, she came back to the mainland in 2018 to complete a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail which stretches from the border of Mexico to the border of Canada. Realizing that she wanted to share her passion for trails and conservation, she re-joined ACE in February 2019 as the Member Support Coordinator for the ACE Mountain West program working to recruit, support and inspire ACE corps members throughout their ACE terms!
Brandon Lester

Brandon Lester

Project Manager

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Brandon began his conservation career as a corps member for ACE in early 2015 after earning a degree in biology from Western Connecticut State University. After serving as an ACE corps member for a little over a year working in the Mountain West- Utah branch, the Puerto Rico branch and the Southwest branch in Flagstaff, Brandon became a Crew Leader for the ACE Mountain West- Utah program. For two years, Brandon successfully lead ACE crews on various field projects ranging from trails, fencing, forestry, restoration, and everything in-between throughout Utah and the mountain west region. In Spring of 2018, Brandon embarked on another conservation career trail working as a Rangeland Fellow with the BLM in Nevada before rejoining ACE this September as a Project Manager

Mitch Bishop

Mitch Bishop

Logistics Coordinator

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Mitch grew up in central rural North Carolina where he went on to study Natural Resource Management and Forestry at Western Carolina University. He served with AmeriCorps NCCC and then transitioned into the conservation field, working for Coconino Rural Environmental Corps (C-REC) as a corps member then a mentor for YCC in Flagstaff, Arizona. Mitch continued in building his conservation experience working as a crew leader for The Conservation Corps of Minnesota and the Conservation Corps New Mexico. Outside the Corps world, he has worked in the outdoor recreation industry including guiding paddling trips, working as a camp counselor for a summer camp, and grooming ski trails in Colorado. Outside of the ACE office, Mitch can be found hiking, kayaking, and fly fishing across the southwest.
Linnea McCarty

Linnea McCarty

Project Manager-MTW North

Board of Directors

ACE Board of Directors

James Allen

James Allen

Board Member Since 2008

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Dr. James (Jim) Allen is a professor and the Executive Director of the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University (NAU). He also serves as the Director of the Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit. Prior to his arrival at NAU in 2006, he served for six years as the Dean of the Forestry Division at Paul Smith’s College. He also worked for almost 10 years as a research ecologist/forester for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Louisiana and for four years as a research ecologist/forester for the U.S. Forest Service in Hawaii, in both cases specializing in the ecology, management, and restoration of forested wetlands.

Dr. Allen has authored more than 70 professional publications on forested wetlands, international forestry, and other topics. Earlier in his career, he served for three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, where he also conducted field research for his Master’s thesis. He has degrees from Paul Smith’s College (AAS in Pre-Professional Forestry, 1978), Virginia Tech (BS in Forestry and Wildlife, 1980), Cornell University (MS in Natural Resource Policy and Planning, 1986) and Louisiana State University (PhD in Forest Ecology, 1994).

Brad Bippus

Brad Bippus

Board Member Since 2006

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Brad has started multiple small businesses over his life in Flagstaff. Currently, he is the owner of AZ Irrigation & Maintenance. A local landscape contracting business designed to benefit its employees to support themselves with decent wages and a teamwork environment.They have been serving the Flagstaff community since 2012. Providing the best irrigation, lawn maintenance and landscape services in the area. Always striving to improve their skills, capacities and customer service.

Brad loves hanging out with his book-worm kids. Forcing them to engage with the real world just outside the window. Creating a loving environment for them to be themselves. Fully supporting their interests of reading and diving.

He built, with his own hands, a straw bale house. Designed to be maintenance and bill free. This did not work out exactly as he planned. Another of his passions is his love of mountain biking. You will find him throughout the country riding his mountain bike and enjoying the great outdoors. Last but not least is his love for travel. He enjoys to travel overseas and stretch out his time when he is in a foreign land. For him, the period of a week is never enough and not worth the effort. Many of his excursions. last a minimum of three weeks and it’s been known for him to leave for 3 months at a time.

Bob Coates

Bob Coates

Board Member Since 2008

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Bob is currently the executive director of Windsor County Mentors, a nonprofit organization supporting youth mentoring in local Vermont communities. His career passion has been imagining and creating youth and young adult national and community service programs in the out-of-doors. Following two years of service in the United States Peace Corps, Bob completed a master’s in public administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he was involved in hosting the first AmeriCorps national service conference. He joined the Student Conservation Association in 1994 as the Director of the New Hampshire Conservation Corps.

Over the next 20 years he played leadership roles in SCA’s Northeast, California-Southwest and Midwest regions. As Senior Vice President for Programs, he helped to lead SCA’s national program growth and revenue. He is proudest of having created six residential SCA AmeriCorps programs that have provided hundreds of young people with an opportunity to serve on public lands.Bob joined the Vermont Conservation Corps in 2015 where he served as chief Operations Officer strengthening program quality, risk management and developing educational outcomes.

He served six years as a board member of National Association of Service and Conservation Corps now the Corps Network.Bob attended the University of New Hampshire after which he worked for United States Senator Warren Rudman (R-New Hampshire) on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC.

He served in the United States National Guard and Reserve.

Bob lives in South Pomfret, Vermont with his wife Philippa Richards and their three children, Claire, Will and Ian plus a barn yard of animals.

Charlie de la Rosa

Charlie de la Rosa

Board Member Since 2013

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Carlos A. (Charlie) de la Rosa has been on the ACE Board of Directors since 2013. His relationship with ACE started in 2008 on Catalina Island, where, as a field technician for the Catalina Habitat Improvement and Restoration Program, he worked alongside dozens of ACE crew members and interns, managing invasive plants in the island’s rugged interior. Charlie earned his Ph.D. in Biology at UCLA in 2018, and he currently works for San Diego Zoo Global, managing and conducting research on coastal sage scrub in northern San Diego County.
Jeanne Wade Evans

Jeanne Wade Evans

Board Member Since 2019

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Jeanne Wade Evans served as the Deputy Regional Forester for the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service for seven years before retiring in 2017. In her final leadership role, she directed all State and Private Forestry programs in California, Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Islands. She also strategically led Fire, Aviation, Safety and Acquisition programs for the region affecting 18 National Forests, 8000 employees and annual budgets of over $500 million. She held numerous other leadership positions over her 40 years of public service.

Previous to that position, Jeanne served as the Forest Supervisor of the San Bernardino National Forest in southern California where she led over 600 employees through large organizational change and delivered numerous programs to improve the public forest experience and land stewardship. Prior to this assignment she spent six years at the Forest Service National headquarters in Washington D. C. focused on solving Fire, Aviation, Forestry, Range, Partnership and Legislative issues that impacted the entire agency. She did this in her roles as Deputy Director for Forest and Rangelands, Policy Specialist for Fire and Aviation, National Fire Plan Coordinator, and as the agency representative to the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation.

Before beginning her service in the Forest Service’s National headquarters, Jeanne worked for 22 years in various Forest Service field positions in Arizona. She immensely enjoyed her role as District Ranger on the Coronado National Forest in southeastern Arizona believing that this is where a direct impact on land stewardship occurs. She began her Forest Service career in 1977 on the Coconino National Forest in Arizona as a Range Conservationist. Jeanne received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Resources from Arizona State University, completed course work in Environmental Policy at the University of Arizona and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard. She was committed to continuous learning over her career and focused on leadership development for her employees. She still mentors those in the agency.

Jeanne demonstrated commitment to partnerships throughout her career. She realized that it is in the public interest to bring together those who care about land stewardship through collaborative public private business models. She partnered with many different conservation corps and conservation organizations over the years to achieve ecological restoration on the ground. Her passion was doing all she could to insure everyone arrived home safely after every work assignment. To that end, she helped lead the Forest Service through a leader engagement strategy with a focus on being a learning organization. During her tenure safety and risk management saw increased focused leadership attention at all levels of the organization and reduction in serious injuries and fatalities.

Jeanne has been connected to the outdoors since she was a young girl camping and fishing in the Rocky Mountains with her family. She currently spends time enjoying and sharing experiences with her young grandchildren when she is not traveling.

Pamela Foti

Pamela Foti

Board Member Since 2009

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Pam was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio State University in Parks and Recreation. During that time, she ventured to the west and fell in love with the Grand Canyon. While pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Nevada-Reno, she explored more of the west’s outdoors, became a black belt in Karate and taught classes at the University. After graduating, she became the head park ranger and peace officer at Lahontan State Recreation Park. In 1983, Pam moved to University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue my doctorate in in the Department of Urban and Rural Planning in Environmental Studies and also gained a second master’s degree in public administration. During her years at Wisconsin earning degrees, she was a recreation planner with the Department of Natural Resources for the State of Wisconsin.

After graduating in 1987, Pam landed a job as professor and served as chair of the Department of Parks and Recreation for six years with Northern Arizona University until she retired as Emeritus Professor June of 2018. Her passion in research took her to studying human impact monitoring with many of her undergraduate and graduate students in Idaho, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona with National Parks Services, National Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management plus some private, non-profit preserves. She has been the president of the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association and served six years on the State Parks and Recreation Commission. Presently, Pam serves on the Coconino County Parks and Recreation Commission and the Board of ACE.

Pam shares her life’s explorations and research passions with her spouse of 31 years, her two sons, her dogs as well as hundreds of her students over the years. Pam’s hope is that the work that she has done has helped to preserve our public lands and create a love of the outdoors.

Shayne Miller

Shayne Miller

Board Member Since 2013

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Business Banking Specialist, US Bank, Salt Lake City, UT.

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