2007 to Present – Executive Director – High Plains Environmental Center, Loveland CO.
• Responsible for management and over-all leadership of a 275 acre, non-profit environmental center.
• Provide inspiration, guidance and vision for the organization.
• Work with developers and the public to promote environmental stewardship and sustainability.
• Recruit, hire, train and manage full-time and part-time staff. Set goals, conduct annual reviews, create annual work plans. Create and implement HR policies.
• Engage the public in 3000 hours of volunteer time to accomplish environmental stewardship projects.
• Publicly disseminate the vision and mission of HPEC and promote sustainable living through writing, teaching and public speaking.
• Develop and maintain relationships with individuals and organizations in related fields.
• Develop public eco-literacy programs.
• Create and track annual budget of $475,000, including monthly financial reports to HPEC Board of Directors.
• Fundraise through grants, monetary and in-kind donations from corporations, government agencies and individuals, and create new revenue streams to accomplish organizational mission.
• Work with Board of Directors to accomplish goals outlined in strategic plan and ongoing board development.
• Create and execute capital development plan to build long term facility.
2001-2006 – Land Stewardship Director
Shambhala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO
• Responsible for all aspects of land management, landscape construction, related contracted services and physical maintenance of 700-acre property of Shambhala Mountain Center, a retreat center that hosts thirty-thousand overnight visits per year.
• Fundraised to meet five-million dollar capital development goal.
• Participated as a member of development team to create long-term strategic plan reflecting values of ecological stewardship at all levels of the organization.
• Created and developed the Shambhala Botanic Gardens and Preserve; a public garden promoting a water-wise and regionally appropriate style of horticulture for Colorado and the West.
• Responsible for maintaining gardens and property.
• Created annual operations and capital expenditures budget, managed expenditures.
• Acted as spokesperson for the gardens, gave public talks and fundraised to accomplish landscape and environmental stewardship goals.
• Created, facilitated and taught public education programs focusing on horticulture, sustainability and environmental stewardship.
• Recruited, hired, trained and supervised full-time and volunteer staff.
• Developed horticulture and ecology internship program accredited by Naropa University.
• Developed land use and conservation policies in support of the long-term development plan.
• Developed and maintained cooperative relationships with related organizations.
Prior Experience – Owned and operated landscape design business.
• Landscape design, installation and management for distinguished clients including First Lady Barbara Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine and Alex and Gabrielle Sheshunoff in Austin, Texas.
• Promoted sustainable landscape practices, as well as the conservation and use of native plants.
• Landscape Institute of the Arnold Arboretum and Harvard University, Boston MA Certificate in Gardening Arts
• ASLA Land Stewardship Award
• Denver Water Xeriscape Award, 2000
• ALCC Excellence in Landscaping, Merit Award 2000
• ALCC Excellence in Landscaping, Merit Award 1998
• Sustainable Site Development – Colorado Green Magazine March (2010)
• Inner Sustainability – Healing Path Magazine September 2009
• Christmas Ride to Wounded Knee – The Elephant Journal Winter 2007
• Natural Stewardship – The Elephant Journal – Summer 2006
• Spirituality and Ecology – The Dot – Summer 2005
• One Grain of Salt – The Elephant Journal – Winter 2004
• Gardens of the New American West – Colorado Gardener – Spring 2001
• Colorado Native Plant Society – State Education and Outreach Chair
• Audubon Society
• Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (Affiliate Organization)