Conservation Legacy Support Staff
Stacey joined Conservation Legacy in June of 2016. She was born and raised in the Washington DC area but followed her family to Durango, CO in 2000. She was a landscaper, gallery manager and realtor before finding her true calling with numbers. Several careers in various aspects of accounting make her excited to be part of the growth of Conservation Legacy. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, rafting, camping, cooking, gardening and traveling with her boyfriend and dogs.
Jessica joined Conservation Legacy in December 2017. Born and raised in the Front Range, she traveled to the Durango area with her husband at least once a year and finally made the move to Durango in July 2017 with her family. Jessica participated and volunteered with the Children’s Environmental Trust program, traveled to Peru, and taught children and adults the importance of environmental issues across the globe. This was the beginning of her love for nature and passion for meeting and teaching others how they can positively impact humanity through the love of nature. Combined with fifteen years’ experience in administration and payroll, she is excited to finally have her professional experience come together with her lifelong devotion to connecting people with the environment. In her spare time, Jessica loves to cook and learn new vegan recipes, reading, hiking to explore new trails and has found a new love for kickboxing.
Jenn has been with Conservation Legacy since 2011, taking some time off from the organization to work with other local youth development programs. Upon her return, she re-entered the position of Director of Member & Staff Support with a passion for mentoring and supporting people to succeed. Beyond the Corps, she has been involved with other youth programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, Southern Ute Community Action Program, Girl Scouts and other efforts she believes is impactful. In addition to the kids, she enjoys developing her personal leadership skills and has participated in AMEX Leadership University, BGCA Leadership University and our local Leadership La Plata Program through the Durango Chamber of Commerce. She continues giving back these skills as the adviser to the Keystone (high school leadership program) through the Boys & Girls Club. Jenn came to Durango in 2003 from Flagstaff where she graduated from Northern Arizona University. Raised in San Diego, she met the mountains and never went back to sea level; falling in love with mountain biking, snowboarding and trail running. In addition to these hobbies, she is a proud dog-mom.
Eugenie Bostrom, started work with Conservation Legacy in April 2013. Eugenie spent the previous 4 years in Washington DC where she helped to start up and staff the Department of the Interior’s Office of Youth Partners and Service. In that time she worked to facilitate the America’s Great Outdoors agenda, with a focus on youth and conservation corps policy and guidance around partnerships and program implementation. She helped to establish the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Federal Advisory Committee and served the committee as the subject matter expert. Previously, she spent 10 years working seasonally with the National Park Service, at the Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps – experiencing every position, from a Corpsmember to the Director. Her greatest passions are learning, teaching, sharing and exploring and Eugenie tries to find ways to incorporate one or all of those into her free time.
AJ joined Conservation Legacy in May 2016. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, AJ traveled to Durango, CO for a summer job in 2000 and has yet to leave. Following a decade of work in the field of criminal justice, AJ decided to re-purpose her skills and set off on a new career path. While still committed to empowering individuals through meaningful public service, AJ has enjoyed pursuing this goal through the numerous service and work opportunities offered by Conservation Legacy. Outside of the office, AJ enjoys running, hiking, and exploring the outdoors with her husband, daughter, and dog.
David started in June of 2009 with Conservation Legacy. Previously he spent more than a dozen years with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) where he held many positions from Crew Leader to National Director of the Conservation Corps Program. During this time David helped develop and manage several corps programs based on various models with different emphases – environmental education and trail work in Massachusetts, habitat restoration in the everglades region, native plant preservation in the arid west and post-fire restoration in southern California, among them. At various times he has also spent extended periods overseas, living for several years in both Africa and the South Pacific. David has degrees in engineering, education and forestry. Traveling the world and hiking in any ecosystem that presents itself are passions, but new explorations with an outdoor theme are at the heart of all his activities.
Jeff Davis has worked with Conservation Corps programming since 1998. He has held various positions over the years and is excited to now work within Conservation Legacy support office. Jeff is originally from the East Coast, but has been living out west for the past 15 years—primarily in Colorado, Alaska, and Arizona. A graduate of Prescott College, Jeff enjoys reading, writing, music, cooking, public lands and hot springing. An avid traveler as well, Jeff has journeyed through all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, South America and the Caribbean.
Katie relocated to Durango from Boulder, CO in 2017 and shortly after, she joined Conservation Legacy. The outdoors plays a huge role in Katie’s life. Her memories of childhood camping trips led to solo trekking as an adult. Katie explores less solo these days; instead you can find her making new memories on the trail with her husband and two fur babies Tocho and Cooper. She believes the outdoors is a sanctuary we must preserve for future generations and is grateful to be working for an organization that aligns with that belief. Katie has a vast array of professional experience in business management, training and consulting in a variety of industries. Jack of all trades? You bet, and grateful to be just that. Moving forward Katie plans to stay as involved as she can in as many different aspects of the organization as possible.
Matt joined Conservation Legacy in June 2015. Originally from Zuni, New Mexico Matt has called Durango, Colorado his home for the past nine years where he received two degrees in both Accounting and Marketing from Fort Lewis College in 2013. Within that time Matt took on leadership roles and was heavily involved with student organizations such as the American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) national organization, Wanbli Ota, and Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting Geeks Galore). After graduating Matt worked in corporate accounting for a year and joined Conservation Legacy. During his free time Matt likes to run half marathons, attend concerts and live events, hike, cook, and find the courage to study and complete the Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) exam.
Andrea previously worked for both large and small government contracting companies as a Financial Analyst and Accountant. This is her first time supporting a non-profit and she's excited about the change of environment. Originally from Washington D.C., she has lived in Colorado for the past seven years. She has relocated to Durango due to a transfer her husband received with the BLM. She's thrilled to have finally made Durango her home. On weekends, you'll find her hiking with her four-legged son, working on her golf game or watching college football.
Alyssa is originally from Huntsville, Alabama. She moved to California to pursue her interests in the outdoors and attend UC Davis to study Restoration and Biodiversity of Forest Ecosystems. Her love of the mountains and the flora in the region took her into the Sierra Nevada’s to explore high alpine plant diversity and to walk amongst the Bristlecone Pines. After graduation, she moved to the High County of Colorado. After 10 years in Summit County, Alyssa and her family moved to Durango, to start their exploration of the Southwest. In her free time, Alyssa loves high alpine hikes, hanging with her family (dogs included), mountain biking, cooking, and reading a good novel.
A long season of crew leading in 2011 with Southwest Conservation Corps was the beginning of her love affair with the West, conservation work and this organization. Jenna jumped on as staff in 2013 as a recruiter with Arizona Conservation Corps and has since taken on the role of Communications and Marketing Manager with Conservation Legacy. Michigan is her home, where she grew up with lakes and trees and music and art. She has a degree in Graphic Design and is happily combining her love of design with her passion for people, the environment and the connection between the two. In her spare time, she's playing soccer, planning adventures, hiking, cooking and biking, biking, biking...
Hilary joined Conservation Legacy in November of 2017, after moving to the southwest in May. She grew up in New England, but has always been pulled to the beauty and expansiveness of the west, and spent two years living in Oregon after college before moving to Colorado. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Environmental Conservation Studies, and has worked in a variety of environments and roles, including management, administration, and communications, but her strongest skill and leverage point is bookkeeping. Hilary enjoys practicing yoga, crafting, and exploring by car and foot, and is excited to try some (slightly) more extreme hobbies now that she’s made the move to Colorado!
Prior to her current role as CO-CEO, Amy served as the Vice-President for Conservation Legacy where she oversaw business and finance operations, supported marketing and communications, oversaw federal grant implementation and compliance and provided support to advocacy and partnership development efforts. She helped to develop, and continued to provide support for, the two emerging regional corps programs, the Southeast Conservation Corps and the Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps. Amy implemented the merger of two AmeriCorps VISTA teams into Conservation Legacy and helped the organization with re-branding
Amy held various other roles in the organization and was engaged in developing some of the signature Conservation Legacy programs including the Ancestral Lands Program, Veterans Fire Corps, and the Stewards Program. She oversaw the development and growth these programs and developed key relationships with partners that were instrumental in the eventual success for these initiatives. She also helped implemented key operational models including the Crew Leader Development Program and assisted with the initial disaster response operations.
She has been with Conservation Legacy for the last 15 years and was heavily involved field operations, recruitment, training and technical skill development during the beginning of her tenure with the organization. Her interest for conservation work started with her work with Green Mountain Club in Vermont and her connection to hard work outside began while working alongside her father in the family business on masonry, landscaping and construction projects.
She is currently a Commissioner for the CO Governor’s Commission on Community Service, Vice-Chair of the Southwest Institute on Education and Conservation (SIEC) and is an alum of the American Express Leadership Academy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, recreating outside, gardening and coaching girls youth hockey.
Michael had his first corps experience in 2009 as an AmeriCorps member with Southwest Conservation Corps in the Sonoran Desert and has been at it since. He has also worked as a field leader with SCC and SCA, and in a number of program management roles for Arizona Conservation Corps. As Field Operations Director, Michael works closely with staff across the organization to help its programs lead the way in safety, quality, and training. Although his accent sometimes gives away his Minnesota roots, he now lives in Tucson where he can often be found rock climbing and trying to keep up with his cattle dog.
Belinda joined Conservation Legacy as the Controller in September of 2017. In her position, she is responsible for maintaining and overseeing the organization’s financial and accounting services. She has over ten years of experience in the finance and accounting fields. Prior to joining Conservation Legacy, Belinda was the Controller for a local government agency and spent many years with for-profit organizations as an accountant. She graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
In her free time, Belinda enjoys being active in her church such as helping with fundraising efforts for the youth program. She also enjoys watching her children’s many extra-curricular activities, playing board games with family, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
Board of Directors
Andrew O. Moore serves as Director, Youth and Young Adult Connections at the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education and Families, where he has worked since 2004. The YEF Institute is a foundation-funded “action tank” that helps municipal leaders implement practical solutions on behalf of the children, youth, and families in their communities. Drawing support from several national foundations, Moore’s current roles with the Institute include overseeing an initiative to enlist cities more fully in the growing movement to connect children to nature, in conjunction with the Children & Nature Network; supporting a growing national network of Dropout Reengagement Centers and spreading practical lessons learned through the recent book, Reengagement: Bringing Students Back to America’s Schools (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016); and leading an exploration of municipal leadership roles in juvenile justice system reform and jail use reduction.
Earlier, at the organization now known as The Corps Network, Moore spent 15 years building the nationwide network of service and conservation corps. He holds degrees from Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, and serves on the boards of the National Youth Employment Coalition and Conservation Legacy.
Enrique Figueroa serves as the chief executive and administrative officer of the Roberto Hernández Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well as the Assistant to the Provost for Latino Affairs. He works extensively with the Latino community of greater Milwaukee in areas of program development, research, outreach and community empowerment through education. Enrique holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from UC-Davis and worked as a professor at Cornell University. He was appointed as Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the US Department of Agriculture in the Clinton Administration where he was responsible for a two billion dollar budget and a workforce of nearly 15,000. He was one of the first staff members at the California Conservation Corps in the 1970s and is a recognized national scholar, administrator, and Latino community leader.
Loretta retired from 33 years of service to the State of Colorado,Department of Natural Resources in 2014. She is an experienced professional with demonstrated success in strategic planning, natural resource management and environmental restoration. Loretta is recognized as an excellent communicator, results-oriented self-starter and problem-solver. She has a strong background in local, state and federal governmental affairs. Loretta has a BA from Colorado State University.
Loretta is currently working for Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK), a Denver non-profit. ELK is dedicated to education opportunity fostered by science and natural resources within the urban environment. She is overseeing the development of ELK’S open space restoration and environmental education center project in the Montbello neighborhood.
Over the past 22 years, Baker Easley has led numerous environmental, volunteer, and youth-development oriented nonprofit organizations, with a focus on strengthening their programs and helping them grow to new levels. During that time, she founded or helped start 7 different youth and civilian service corps programs, both in Colorado and nationally. Prior to joining Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado in 2007, she founded the Colorado Youth Corps Association where she served as its Executive Director for 11 years.
Robert Burkhardt recently retired after 21 years as Head of School of the Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center in Estes Park, CO. Previously he served as the first Executive Director of the San Francisco Conservation Corps and before that as the Chief Deputy Director of the California Conservation Corps. Robert was instrumental in the founding of the CCC Backcountry Program and was one of the first Board Presidents of the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps, now The Corps Network. He has also worked as a teacher and circus performer and currently is a newspaper columnist for the Estes Park News. Robert has won numerous awards including the Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service and the Class of 1962 Service Award from Princeton University.
Nelson serves as Director, Agriculture and Rural Economy, at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Washington DC. He has eighteen years' experience in the design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and management of non-governmental and governmental programs aimed at poverty alleviation through agriculture and natural resources management in Niger, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Chad, Liberia, Ethiopia, Togo, Mauritania, and the United States. Nelson has a Ph.D in Arid Lands Resource Sciences from the University of Arizona. Nelson previously served as Country Director for the Peace Corps and as Vice-President of SCC.
Larry grew up on a working farm in an Irish farming community in Iowa, graduated from the University of South Dakota, traveled to Europe and then moved to California where he became one of the first staff members of the newly created California Conservation Corps (CCC). Larry ended up working with conservation corps for over 30 years from 1976 to 2006, the majority of that time with the CCC where he served as a Crew Supervisor, Regional Deputy, Operations Officer and Center Director. From 1993-1995 Larry served as the first Executive Director of the original state-operated Arizona Conservation Corps. During his career Larry developed the CCC's Salmon Restoration Program, managed disaster relief programs, developed multiple AmeriCorps programs and designed many of the CCC's orientation, case management and training programs. Larry is currently retired in northern California and enjoys sharing his knowledge with todays next generation of conservation corps enthusiasts.
Karen, commonly referred to by her nickname Rudy, has over 15-years experience as both an administrator and funder for environmental, arts, and cultural organizations throughout the Southeastern United States. In 2015, she returned to her artist roots as co-owner of Cloverdale Forge, a blacksmith shop using traditional forging techniques to hammer custom works for both the home and garden. When she leaves the anvil, Karen consults with the Winnipeg, Manitoba based Creaddo Group who provide strategic guidance to organizations so they can maximize their social impact throughout the community.
Cornell Torivio, a member of the Acoma Tribe, previously served as Southwest Conservation Corps Board member (2006-2008) and is the founder and first Director of SCC’s Ancestral Lands program. Cornell was born and raised in San Bernardino California. He enjoys the outdoors and has a new passion in getting fit and healthy. He states, “My experience and knowledge I have gained through many years of life and education have giving me the ability to teach others, in the fields of culinary arts, preservation, conservation and restoration of prehistoric and historic structures, log cabins and viga restoration and treatment. Most important is the knowledge I have gained in the field of conservation, program development and youth outreach. And,most important to me is having a buffalo dance group that performs across the United States.” Cornell was awarded the Heritage Preservation Award of New Mexico for his knowledge and expertise in restoring the San Estevan Mission at Acoma Pueblo. In addition to founding the SCC Ancestral Lands office, he also started and led SCC’s first historic preservation crews. Cornell wanted to conclude his bio with the following:
We the willing, led by the Unknowing,
Are doing the impossible for the
We have done so much with so little,
That we are now qualified, to do Anything with Nothing...
Philan is Towering House Clan and born for Edgewater Clan. She is originally from Tolani Lake Arizona located on the Navajo Reservation. Currently she is employed as a Tribal & Program Liaison to the Coconino County District 4 Supervisor and tasked with relations and communications between tribal communities. Philan is an alum of the Coconino Rural Environment Corps, which is now a program of Arizona Conservation Corps and Conservation Legacy. She served two terms as an AmeriCorps Mentor and was selected as one of The Corps Network's 2012 National Corpsmembers of the Year. She currently serves on the Opportunity Youth Network's National Council of Young Leaders and is the Chair of the Native American Parent Advisory Committee for Flagstaff Unified School District.
Dawnafe Whitesinger (White Mountain Apache) grew up on the Fort Apache Reservation, and is now a resident of Pinetop-Lakeside. She serves on the Navajo County Board of Supervisors representing Navajo County District 5 and also serves on the White Mountain Youth Corps Board of Directors. Dawnafe has a strong love of her community, and has spent the majority of her life working in the education system to better the lives of children and their families. She started as the Curriculum Specialist for the Dishchii'bikoh (Cibecue) Community School, and now serves as the Director of Instruction Programs for that organization. She serves as the Chairperson of the school's Leadership Team, on the First Things First White Mountain Apache Regional Partnership Council as the Vice-Chairperson, and as the treasurer for the Sunrise Park Resort Board of Directors.
Stephanie Wu is the Senior VP & Chief Program Design and Evaluation Officer for City Year, one of the nation’s largest and most well-known national service programs. City Year addresses education issues by partnering with public schools in 27 urban, high-poverty communities. Stephanie leads the design, execution, and evaluation of City Year’s Whole School Whole Child services. She oversaw the program research and development initiative that fueled the organization's strategic shift toward addressing the nation's urban education challenge. Stephanie is also the founder of City Year’s Summer Academy, the organization’s intensive training program for staff and senior corps. Before taking on her current role, Stephanie served as Co-Chief Operating Officer, Senior VP of U.S. Site Operations, and Senior VP for Human Resources. Stephanie is a graduate of Boston University and came to the organization from the private sector in 1988, serving as a founding team leader in City Year’s original summer pilot.
S. Elwood York, Jr served from 2012-2016 as the Wilderness Program Leader for the US Forest Service and currently serves as Acting Deputy Director for Employee/Labor Relations for US Agency for International Development. Elwood is a 30+ year veteran civil and criminal trial attorney. He served as the Director of Pretrial Services for Monroe County, FL, Interim Director of the D.C. Dept. of Corrections, Municipal Judge in Houston, and Principal Attorney General and Acting Director of the Bureau of Corrections for the Dept. of Justice in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Elwood has been a part of several national award-winning teams that address the needs of underserved youth by fostering civic engagement, research, and wilderness stewardship. He is a staunch advocate for wilderness, education, and environmental conservation.
Mike retired after 30 years of Federal service in U.S. Forest Service and BLM, with assignments in California, Idaho, Oregon, and Colorado. He served as District Ranger and BLM Field Office Manager for Dolores Ranger District, San Juan National Forest and Dolores Field Office, San Juan Resource Area, BLM from 1991-2004. After retiring, Mike lived in Tucson, AZ and Puerto Penasco, Mexico and worked as a real estate agent. He currently lives in Dolores, CO with his wife. He has five grown children and one granddaughter.