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    CAROL EKARIUS
    Executive Director Carol has been CUPS’s Executive Director since 1999. She holds a Civil Engineering Degree from the UC Denver and has decades of experience in governmental and nonprofit management. Carol is a freelance writer and the author of nine books, including Small-Scale Livestock Farming: A Grass-based Approach for Health, Sustainability, and Profit, and The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook. Her articles have appeared in regional and national magazines including Green Builder, Mother Earth News, Western Horseman, and The Writer. She lives with her husband, Ken Woodard, and their farm menagerie near Cripple Creek.  CONTACT  Carol


    Jonthmb JONATHAN  BRUNO
    Operations Director 
    Jonathan has a Masters in Public Administration from University of Colorado and graduated from the Executive Leadership program at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has worked closely with communities on forest health initiatives aimed at creating resilient forests and safer communities, as well as working to restore lands impacted from recent wildfires and natural disasters. With over 20 years within emergency services, as a safety officer for a search and rescue team and as a wildland fire fighter, he continues to work at the intersection of emergency response and community preparedness.   CONTACT  Jonathan

    JEFF RAVAGE
    North Fork Watershed Coordinator Jeff develops, oversees and manages projects in the Northfork watershed. Based in Bailey, he hits the ground in the 285 corridor planning projects, and cuttin’ down the occasional tree. He designs and maintains CUSP websites, the CUSP Servers, and designs forest treatments. He also works in the field with  crews and volunteers. He  enjoys speaking to school groups and fostering a love of the “really real” world. He sleeps  just fine, Thank You.  CONTACT  Jeff


    christhmbCHRIS FULLER
    Office Manager As Office Manager, Chris is the ‘keeper of the data stuff’, staying busy with database, bookkeeping, reporting, and admin support for the staff.  Water/watershed issues have been of particular interest to Chris as a resident of South Park and former special water district board member.  An Oklahoma University graduate, still practicing architecture and running her antique business, Chris  grabs every opportunity to check out her favorite place, ‘the road less traveled’   CONTACT    Chris

    helenthmbHELEN DYER
    Development and Outreach Director Helen has a strong background in nonprofit management and development. She has worked in both professional and volunteer capacities with local government and a number of nonprofits. She feels particularly fortunate to be working for CUSP as it provides her the opportunity to directly serve her community. Helen loves cooking and entertaining, traveling and playing in the amazing “backyard” that is the Pikes Peak region. CONTACT  Helen

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJEFF TIENKEN
    Deputy Operations Director Jeff is a graduate of San Jose State University. With over 25 years of experience in drainage and erosion control and  logging, Jeff’s skill set provides much needed expertise to lead the CUSP field crew. He manages, schedules and oversees boots-on-the-ground projects and is a member of our Wildland Firefighting Crew.  CONTACT  Jeff

    theresathmbTHERESA SPRINGER
    Wildland Fire Rehab & Environmental Education CoordinatorTheresa is an original CUSP staff member and started our environmental and public education and outreach programs. After the Hayman Fire, her responsibilities and expertise expanded rapidly. This extensive work has proven invaluable in providing leadership for work in the Waldo Canyon Fire area. Theresa’s background is in agriculture and range management. CONTACT  Theresa

    LisathmbLISA PATTON
    Deputy Development Director & Executive Assistant Lisa, a former US Forest Service Wilderness Ranger, is a longtime local resident, and dedicated CUSP leader. She is an outdoor enthusiast and a people person. She attended Arizona State University and has a diverse understanding of land management issues.  She is passionate about CUSP’s programs and promoting genuine stewardship and collaborative connections. Her enthusiasm helps to engage hundreds of stakeholders each year. CONTACT  Lisa


  • MichellethmbMICHELLE CONNELLY
    Forester After being away from forestry for a number of years, Michelle is excited to be back working in the forests she is so passionate about.  Originally from Kansas, she has a degree in forest management with a minor in watershed management from Colorado State University.  When not uniting people with healthy forests, she is often hiking, reading, cooking or volunteering. Michelle is especially proud of the five daughters she and her husband have raised.  CONTACT  Michelle

    KatKAT HERRERA
    GIS Technician Kat started with CUSP as a volunteer GIS intern.  Her diverse background includes GIS services in local government. Early on her parents instilled her with passions for the environment, art and science which led to a Bachelors of Science from Metro State College of Denver.  Hobbies include a love of pets, plants and gardening, motorcycling and reading.  CONTACT  Kat

    RACHEL GURFINKEL
    Program Administrator AssistantDrawn by her love for mountains and public lands, Rachel moved to Colorado from Oklahoma after college. She has worked in the Eastern Sierra mountains of California, where she fell in love with stewardship of the land and helping people learn about their watersheds. Rachel has a true passion for the work CUSP does and strives to help others find satisfaction and reward by volunteering for CUSP.  CONTACT  Rachel

    BETH NIELSEN
    Program Coordinator Beth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle and interned with the EPA and Americorps before joining the CUSP staff in 2013.  She fills a myriad of roles in our office and out in the field and is a member of our Wildland Fire Team.   As an avid hiker that has hiked across the country 3 times on the Appalachian, Pacific Crest & Continental Divide National Scenic Trails, she is extremely passionate about protecting natural landscapes for future generations.
    CONTACT   Beth

    terrythmb2TERRY SAPOS
    Natural Resource Technician Originally from West Virginia, Terry started as a volunteer working with CUSP’s Neighborhood Fuels Reduction program. That led to running the slash site during the summer season and using his carpentry skills for office repairs and renovations. Terry likes fishing by his under-construction home at 11-Mile Reservoir and building custom furniture.  CONTACT  Terry

    KevinthmbKEVIN RUSSO
    Natural Resource Technician & Office Support Kevin is CUSP’s “artist in residence”. He uses his artistic and jack-of-all-trades talents and resourcefulness in several capacities including work at the Fairplay slash site and biofuels facility. Kevin painted the spectacular donor appreciation murals on the walls at the front entrance of our office. CONTACT   Kevin


  • wendieWENDIE WARNER
    Natural Resource Technician II Wendie was born and raised in Colorado, and considers the San Luis Valley and the tiny town of Mosca home.  She has worked in various natural resource jobs.  Wendie loves to play outside and underground and makes jewelry and metalwork projects in her spare time .  CONTACT  Wendie

    bobROBERT MITCHELL
    Natural Resource Technician II Originally from Sheffield Lake, Ohio, Bob graduated from West Side Institute of Technology with a Building Engineer certificate. He retired from the military after 30 years of aviation service. Bob originally came to CUSP as a volunteer and was offered a position as a resource technician. He enjoys the challenges the job has to offer and working with a great crew. CONTACT  Bob.

    JasonthmbJASON MOORE
    Natural Resource Technician  II Jason joined CUSP after working alongside us for two years post-Waldo Canyon Fire.  His passion and love for nature, the outdoors and community, makes Jason a perfect fit.  Jason enjoys creating art and is inspired by nature. His free time is often spent in the back country.  Along with being a certified sawyer, Jason is a recipient of the Staff Hero Award from the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau for his efforts during the Waldo Canyon Fire.  CONTACT  Jason

    coreyCORY MAKRIS
    Natural Resource Technician Cory came to CUSP via the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. He has played an integral role in both working on our field crew and proving invaluable support to our contractors working on recovery and mitigation projects in the Waldo Canyon burn scar.CONTACT   Cory


    EMMA RAVAGE
    Natural Resource Technician Emma was born and raised in Colorado. She is currently a student at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, working towards a Bachelors’ degree in Biology. Emma enjoys working on invasive species removal project. Also, she has a special place in her heart of exotic animals. CONTACT  Emma

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    ADRIAN KNIGHT
    Natural Resource Technician Adrian is a Colorado Native. He graduated from Western State Colorado University with a Bachelors’ Degree in environmental biology & Ecology. When not busy working Adrian loves hiking and chamois with his dogs. CONTACT Adrian

     


  • Eric Howell, Chair, Colorado Springs Utilities
    Garth Englund Vice Chair, Douglas County
    Jim Idema, Treasurer, Interested Individual
    Dan Drucker, Secretary, Center of Colorado Water Conservancy District
    Tom Eisenman, Park County
    Karen Berry,  Jefferson Conservation District
    Christina Burri, Denver Water
    Swithin Dick, Centennial Water & Sanitation District
    Mary Dawson, Aurora Water
    Marc Dettenrieder, Teller County
    Patrick O’Connell, Jefferson County
    Lynda James, Upper South Platte Water Conservancy District
    Don Logelin, Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited
    Josh Voorhis, South Park Ranger District, USFS
    Suzanne O’Neill, Colorado Wildlife Federation
    EMERITUS BOARD ADVISORS
    Sara Mayben, Renewable Resource Staff Officer, Pike National Forest
    Dave Wissel, Director, Upper South Platte Water Conservancy District

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