Our Team

Our Staff

Executive Director

Michelle Stewart is a Colorado native who grew up in the foothills north of Fort Collins. Michelle has been involved in sustainability-related teaching, research, mentoring, program development and leadership for over 15 years.

Prior to joining YVSC, Michelle was the Academic Director for the School for International Training’s Iceland Program on Renewable Energy, Technology and Resource Economics, where she designed and led an experiential learning study-abroad program for university students. She and her Iceland colleagues co-developed one of the first carbon-neutral study abroad programs in the world in 2019 by offsetting transportation-generated emissions through reforestation in one of Iceland’s flight forests. Michelle has served as distance faculty in University of Denver’s M.A. Program on Environmental Policy and Management and the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Geography Department since 2017. From 2016-2017, she was a rangeland social scientist with Colorado State University in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, where she worked with CSU researchers, USDA, local ranchers and conservation organizations to identify how best to implement collaborative adaptive rangeland management in the Pawnee grasslands. She was the Pick Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Amherst College from 2013-2016, and a doctoral fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government from 2011-2012.

Michelle holds her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame; an M.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California-Santa Cruz; and a Ph.D. in Human-Environment Geography from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She lives in North Routt with her husband, Nathan (faculty of Sustainability Studies at CMC), and their two sons, Michael and Leif. Michelle is an avid outdoorswoman who enjoys all varieties of skiing, hiking, camping, biking, running, and horse-back riding. Having known this area since she was a child, Michelle could not be happier to live and work in the Yampa Valley.

Natural Climate Solutions Director

Favorite place in CO: Echo Park

Tim Sullivan has more than 30 years of leadership experience in international, national, and local conservation efforts. Prior to joining YVSC, Tim was the Climate Director for the North American Region of The Nature Conservancy where he oversaw work in all 50 states to develop a climate change program including work on state-level policy; land based emissions mitigation and adaptation; and communication and outreach projects.

Prior to this, he was the State Director for The Conservancy’s Colorado Chapter. As State Director he was responsible for the strategic vision and direction of the chapter, overseeing a diverse staff of professionals across the state, and reaching across borders to support the Conservancy’s work in other states and countries. Tim was earlier Conservation Initiatives Director for the Colorado program, managing programs in Science, Fire, Water, and Land Protection. He led the development of The Conservancy’s whole-system Colorado River Program.

Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Tim served as Regional Director for the Environmental Defense Fund, guiding their programs in seven states in the Rocky Mountain west. Tim was Deputy Director for Conservation Programs for the Chicago Zoological Society and worked for the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN) Species Survival Commission. He also served as an aide to Senator Tim Wirth with responsibility for environmental and public lands issues.

Tim holds an undergraduate degree in Biology and History from Cornell University, and a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Tim has lived in Steamboat Springs since 2014 and looks forward to leading YVSC’s Natural Climate Solutions Program to enact land-based climate solutions that align emissions reductions, adaptive capacity and the unique cultural and natural assets of the Yampa Valley. In his spare time, Tim can be found outdoors–on skis, bikes, running shoes, roller blades, boats, etc.

Waste Diversion Director

Favorite place in CO: Emerald Mountain

Winn most recently served seven years as a Senior Environmental Scientist at Souder, Miller & Associates (SMA), an environmental engineering firm serving the Mountain West. At SMA, Winn assisted primarily rural Colorado local governments with management of their waste materials, with an emphasis on reduction, reuse, and recycling. She was a project manager for solid waste campuses in Eagle, Rio Blanco, Mesa, and Gunnison counties, providing environmental regulatory management, design, and technical assistance for landfills, compost facilities, materials recovery facilities (MRFs), and waste impoundments.

During her tenure at SMA, Winn was Project Lead for four regional waste diversion studies encompassing thirteen rural Colorado counties. These studies were grant-funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s (CDPHE’s) Recycling Resources & Economic Opportunity (RREO) program. Winn also assisted clients with special wastes, including beneficial uses for wastes, such as biochar.

Prior to working at SMA, Winn worked for several years with Twin Enviro Services in Steamboat Springs as their Compliance and Quality Control Officer, overseeing two landfills, two waste solidification facilities, a compost facility, and a transfer station.

Prior to working for Twin Enviro, Winn worked for ten years with Xcel Energy. She served five years as the Environmental Manager at their Hayden Station, a coal-fired electric generating station in Hayden, CO, and five years as an Environmental Specialist in the Air & Water Division of Xcel’s Environmental Services Department. Winn was recently appointed (2021) to CDPHE’s Pollution Prevention Advisory Board Assistance Committee (PPABAC) as a waste subject matter expert. Winn served on YVSC’s Board of directors for six years and volunteers her time to Water Engineers for the Americas & Africa (WEFTA), travelling to Ethiopia in 2018 to review several spring protection projects bringing much needed water to remote communities. Winn holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and a Master of Environmental Policy & Management from the University of Denver.

Energy & Transportation Director

Favorite place in CO: The Grand Mesa

Paul brings over 25 years of diversified experience in planning, implementing, marketing and evaluating energy efficiency, demand side management, renewable energy and consumer product programs and services. Paul has extensive electric, gas and water utility experience and he has also worked in the HVAC industry where he focused on ground source heat pump market adoption at the national, regional, and local level. Paul’s energy efficiency and renewable energy market development activities have earned the Association of Energy Services Professionals “Achievement in Energy Services” Award, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Excellence in ENERGY STAR Outreach award, and special recognition from the Alliance to Save Energy.

Paul’s market development activities have been reported on in many publications, including Time Magazine, Business Week, The Denver Post, Inc. Magazine, Rural Electrification Magazine, High Country News, The Energy Services Bulletin, RSES Journal, Solar Today, The Fuel Cell Industry Report, and African Heating and Cooling. Marketing and promotional efforts developed under Paul’s direction have won state and national awards.

Paul has served on the Electric Power Research Institute’s Demand Side Management Advisory Committee, the Cooperative Research Network’s End Use Solutions Advisory Group, the California Utility Energy Forum Steering Committee, the Colorado Geo-Powering the West state-wide working group, the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association’s Board and the Montrose Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors. Paul currently serves on the Board of Solar Energy International, located in Paonia, Colorado.

Paul holds his B.S. degree in Grain Science and Industry from Kansas State University and an M.B.A from the University of Nevada – Reno. He is excited to have a home in Steamboat and plans to spend his spare time exploring all of the outdoor opportunities in the area with his wife Susan, their two large dogs, and his adult daughters, Katherine and Lauren.

Soil Moisture, Water & Snow Program Manager

Favorite place in CO: Any high alpine lake!

Madison moved from New York to Steamboat Springs in 2015. She graduated in 2019 from Colorado Mountain College with a B.A. in Sustainability Studies. While attending CMC, she competed as a Division 1 alpine ski racing athlete. During her studies at CMC, Madison worked with YVSC in a multitude of ways, as a volunteer, intern, and sustainability studies program assistant. She also worked with the Routt County Department of Environmental Health, co-curated an exhibition focused on the science of managing the Yampa River, and worked for Aspen Center for Environmental Studies as a summer naturalist.

Upon graduation, Madison joined YVSC as the Waste Diversion Director. In this role, she led the implementation of the Routt County-adopted Waste Diversion Strategic Plan; facilitated sector-focused task force groups spanning organics recycling to construction and deconstruction; organized and ran two Community Recycle Drop-off events; delivered community recycling education and regularly participated in local government planning and waste diversion-related decision-making.

In 2020, Madison participated in the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes’ (CW3E) Summer Research Internship program as a Research Intern and conducted independent research on streamflow variability in the Upper Yampa River Basin. This research experience fueled Madison’s interests in understanding water variability and change in the west, leading her to transition her role at YVSC to become its new and first-ever Soil Moisture, Water and Snow Program Manager in 2021. Madison serves as a member of the Yampa Basin Rendezvous Steering Committee and looks forward to working with partners and community members to build linkages between science, decision-making and community action to promote water conservation and resilience.

When not working, she can be found skiing, hiking, paddle boarding, wake surfing, and enjoying the amazing natural resources and landscapes of the west.

Communications & Program Manager

Favorite place in CO: Mica Lake

Kate Brocato joined YVSC in 2019 as a Communications and Administrative Assistant while she was completing her B.A. in Sustainability Studies at Colorado Mountain College (CMC). Upon graduating in 2020, Kate joined YVSC in a full-time capacity as the Communications and Program Manager.

With a passion for food systems, Kate has volunteered and worked with several organizations that increase public understanding and community action relating to permaculture, soil health and green design. Her volunteer experiences include leading CMC’s Beekeeping Club in hive maintenance and honey extraction; providing garden beds at no cost to Missoula residents at University of Montana’s 1,000 New Gardens; and aiding the horticulture team in plant care and providing educational information on the importance of macro invertebrates in various ecosystems to visitors at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado. As a 2018 intern at Elkstone Farm, she learned about and supported the farm’s food production and sales activities, such as – harvesting and preparing produce for sale, using integrated pest management techniques, and planting new crops.

Since 2018, Kate has worked closely with CMC’s Bear Park Permaculture Center both as a Bear Park Intern and as the Assistant Site Manager. In these capacities, she has supported and led in the design, implementation, and management of the Park, equipping her with a grounded understanding of permaculture principles and related sustainable agriculture techniques (e.g. drought-ready production, companion planting, no-till farming, and cover cropping). Kate has also supported and led site tours, educational programming and park stewardship activities for visitors, including CMC students and staff and community youth groups like Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. Through her role in designing and building some of the most prominent features at Bear Park (e.g. the grow dome), Kate’s work at Bear Park will be visible for many years to come.

Given her education and training in both sustainability and food systems, Kate looks forward to supporting YVSC’s growth towards permaculture-promoting programs. She aims to foster a sustainable future that is accessible to all by creating strong foundations for education, action and sustainable lifestyles. In her spare time, Kate can be found in a garden, cooking, fly fishing, or knitting.

Geospatial Analyst/Internship Program Manager

Favorite place in CO: Flat Tops Wilderness Area

Nicole grew up in southern California and moved to Colorado in 2018 after graduating from the University of California Los Angeles. She holds her B.S. in Environmental Studies and Geography and minored in Geographic Information Systems & Technology. During her time at UCLA she was greatly involved with campus-wide sustainability initiatives through the Sustainability Action Research program, where she helped permanently protect the last remaining native California habitat on the campus. During her final year she also interned with the Santa Monica Resource Recovery and Recycling Division.

In 2018, she moved to Fort Collins for a position with NASA DEVELOP, a research program under the applied science branch of NASA. During her time with the program she lead 3 research projects, the first worked with the USDA to detect wild cranberries using satellites in Wisconsin, the second partnered with the USGS to create habitat suitability models for an invasive grass, medusahead, in northern Utah, and the final collaborated with the Nature Conservancy to better understand a rusting pathogen that is infecting the dominant forest cover in Moloka’i, Hawai’i. Following the program, she moved to the Yampa Valley and, has since, been working as a teaching assistant for the GIS program at Colorado Mountain College.

Like many, she was drawn to the Yampa Valley for its many recreation opportunities. Nicole enjoys just about anything in the outdoors including hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, fly fishing, mountain biking, and snowboarding. She feels really grateful to live in such a wonderful area and looks forward to getting involved with sustainability and conservation initiatives throughout the community.

Yampa Valley Climate Crew & Volunteer coordinator

Favorite place in CO: Flash of Gold trail in late September when all the aspens have turned yellow

Ryan has been coming to Steamboat for his whole life to ski, and has recently settled down here to call it home. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a degree in International Affairs, he spent the next few years traveling through Europe, Asia, and Oceania. While abroad, he developed his passion for reforestation and conservation. He interned with Conserve Natural Forests in Thailand where he helped expand the reforestation program and lead tours around the project site. Ryan also sought out various conservation opportunities during his time in Australia, which included planting Eucalyptus trees for koala habitat and protesting against logging with The Bob Brown Foundation in the Tarkine rainforest. In addition to his employment with RMYC and the BLM, Ryan is currently working with YVSC on the Yampa River Forest Restoration Project, where he hopes to broaden natural climate solution efforts through tree planting and ecosystem restoration.

Our Board

Lacy R. Morrill

President

Favorite place in CO: Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Lacy grew up in Eagle, Colorado, and spent portions of her summers in Steamboat with her grandparents, who instilled a deep appreciation for the natural beauty in Routt County. It was in these formative years that Lacy developed her passion for the environment. Lacy graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Interior Design. She participated in a Sustainable Design Course at Maho Bay in the US Virgin Islands, which inspired her interest in green building philosophies and motivated her to obtain a LEED AP certification with a specialty in Interior Design and Construction. After several years of professional experience in various Denver design firms, Lacy decided to take a leap and join her partner in Huaraz, Peru while he built a microbrewery. Lacy worked with Seeds of Hope NGO as the International Coordinator, managing volunteers and their communication and fundraising efforts. When it was time to return to the US in 2014, Steamboat felt like the perfect fit to call home. Lacy is a Design Associate at Mountain Architecture Design Group. She is thankful for every opportunity to spend time outdoors with family, friends and her dogs.

Sarah Jones

Board Member

Favorite place in CO: Yampa Valley

Sarah B. Jones, Director of Sustainability and Community Engagement, has more than 25 years of experience investigating, evaluating and presenting information about environmental issues. At Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation (SSRC), she oversees operational sustainability, works with local municipalities to advance climate action, and partners with local government agencies and nonprofits on the preservation of local natural resources. Before joining the team at SSRC, Jones was Executive Director of Yampa Valley Sustainability Council for 7 years. She has also worked as an environmental consultant, managing both the technical and administrative aspects of multi-site environmental clean-up programs. She received her B.A. in Biology, Environmental Studies from Colby College, and her M.S. in Geology, Environmental Geochemistry from University of Colorado, Boulder.

Jay Lambert

Board Member

Favorite place in CO: Flat Tops Wilderness Area

Jay grew up in Aurora, Colorado. He moved to Portland, Oregon for college, where he received a degree in Business & Economic Studies. Jay spent four years as an investment banker in Portland before moving to Whitefish, Montana where he worked in Glacier National Park as a general park ranger and on the Glacier Green Team, focused on trail maintenance and clean-up, visitor education, recycling, and global warming initiatives. Jay moved to Steamboat Springs 11 years ago where he has worked for Steamboat Ski Resort on the seasonal finance staff and most recently for Smartwool in supply chain management, as well as co-leading the Smartwool Sustainability Team. Jay enjoys spending time outdoors with family biking, skiing, camping, dog walking, and all things Yampa Valley.

Paul Hebert

Board Member

Favorite place in CO:

For more than 35 years, Dr. Paul Hebert has worked to promote and support sustainable development and humanitarian action in less developed countries. He graduated from Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in 1968 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, earned an M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from UNC/Chapel Hill in 1970 and returned there to earn a Ph.D. in 1985. Paul has been a resident of Steamboat Springs since 1985 with various international work abroad including with the Near East Foundation in Iran, helping the government to improve water supplies and sanitation, for the World Bank training water engineers in developing countries in Asia and Africa, and for the UN coordinating humanitarian relief work in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and East Africa. Most recently Paul taught and developed curricula for an environmental studies program at VMI. Paul is an avid skier and loves sailing and biking. He is married to Dr. Mayling Simpson and has two grown children and three grandchildren.

Lily Lewis

Board Member

Favorite place in CO: Hahns Peak Lake

Originally from the small town of Louisville, Georgia, Lily moved to Colorado in 2012 to be closer to her sister in Denver. In April 2014, Lily began working at the Breckenridge branch of Alpine Bank and moved to the Steamboat Springs branch in 2015 to join the lending team for commercial and consumer loans. Lily holds an MBA from Georgia State University and a degree in economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Lily’s resumé includes work at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and many years as a successful real estate agent with Keller Williams. She loves photography, hiking with her two dogs, and sampling new recipes created by her husband, Chef Chad Whitaker.

Gail Garey

Board Member

Favorite place in CO: Moose Meadow

Having grown up in a rural farming community in Kansas, Gail has always felt at home in the natural environment. She and her husband moved to the Yampa Valley to raise their children in a grounded Community where they would have ample opportunity to be closer to nature.

Before calling Steamboat home, Gail began her career working in policy and the political arena venturing to the Nation’s Capital after earning her BA in Journalism from Kansas State University. She also worked for Verizon holding various roles in public policy, advocacy, marketing operations and compliance.

Gail created and hosted a video series interviewing experts on climate change and actions that we as individuals can take to live a sustainable life. She is the Founder and Creator of Impact 360 Strategies, whose mission is to guide and empower businesses to accelerate environmentally friendly and socially responsible, sustainable business practices that benefit the bottom line and create positive social change by becoming Certified B Corporations.

She serves as Chair of the Organics Recycling Task Force which has been working to bring community wide composting to the Yampa Valley.

When she isn’t at her desk, Gail can be found hiking, trail running, backpacking or nordic skiing with her two Brittany Spaniels.

Katie Durrwachter-Erno

Board Member

Favorite place in CO: Steamboat Ski Resort

Katie Durrwachter-Erno grew up in central Pennsylvania, hiking and swimming in creeks. Her passion for the outdoors led her to the University of Oregon where she graduated with a BS in Environmental Studies.

After graduation, Katie taught biology in Tanzania, which sparked her interest in global health and led her into medicine. She obtained her M.D. at Temple University School of Medicine and pursued her residency in Pediatrics at University of Minnesota. At present, Katie is a neonatologist working in the insurance industry, which is a remote position that allowed her and her family to move to Steamboat.

Katie’s passion is the intersection of environmental issues and health, and advancing public awareness and action addressing climate change as a public health emergency. She is a Climate Advocate for the American Academy of Pediatrics, working at both the state and national level, and she looks forward to engaging with YVSC’s Climate Action and Adaptation Priority Area along these lines. In her free time, Katie can be found skiing, snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, and camping with her husband and three boys.

Margaux Shea

Youth Board Member

Favorite place in CO: Maroon Bells, Aspen

Margaux is one of YVSC’s Youth Board of Directors Member. She is a sophomore at Steamboat Springs High School and a member of the Steamboat Springs High School Eco Club.

She was born in Gig Harbor, Washington, and moved to the Yampa Valley when she was around two years old. She loves all things that can get her outside, mainly hiking, photography and fishing. She is also a hockey player and has been in skates longer than shoes. Her family is a vital factor in her life and she is very close with her younger sister.

Following high school, she aspires to work in the medical field or anything else where she knows she is making positive changes. Margaux is delighted to be one of YVSC’s first Youth Members of its Board of Directors and looks forward to helping the organization connect sustainability issues with the rising youth of our community.

Terry Huffington

Board Member

Favorite place in CO: Strawberry Park

Terry Huffington grew up in Houston, Texas. While driving from Texas to California before her junior year at Stanford University, she discovered the beauty of places such as Carlsbad Caverns and the Grand Canyon and decided to change her major from Asian Studies to geology. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree, she moved to Austin to pursue a master’s degree in geology at the University of Texas. Going where the jobs were post-graduation, Terry joined Chevron, U.S.A. as an exploration geologist in Denver, and it was then that she fell in love with Colorado and discovered Steamboat. After four years, she left Chevron to pursue an MBA at Harvard Business School, then returned to Houston to work in the international petroleum industry, first for her family’s company, then for her own.
In the late 1990’s, Terry decided to sell her business and turn her focus to supporting educational and other non-profit institutions, serving on a variety of boards across the country. Currently, in addition to YVSC, she serves on the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy, Colorado Chapter, and the Advisory Board of the Jung Center’s Mind Body Spirit Institute (Houston).
In 2009, Terry and her husband wanted to do something special with land they had purchased in Strawberry Park in 1993, so they established Elkstone Farm, using permaculture principles to grow produce for sale to the local market. As this endeavor has evolved and expanded, it has transformed Terry’s casual interests in the environment and community into her passions.
When not at the farm, Terry cherishes time to relax outdoors, whether by road biking, hiking, camping, skiing, snowshoeing, or just stretching out to read a good book in the fresh mountain air.

Emi Cooper

Youth Board Member

Favorite place in CO: Broken Thumb Trail in Winter Park

Emi Cooper is a Steamboat Springs local and a senior at Steamboat Springs High School. She will be graduating Magna Cum Laude in May 2021 with a Degree of Emphasis in Science. Emi is president of the high school’s Eco (Sustainability) Club.

In 2019, Emi founded the Steamboat Springs Chapter of Fridays for Future: an organization started by Greta Thunberg that coordinates collective actions and climate strikes every Friday. In September 2019, Emi—with the help of the Eco Club and community members—organized a climate strike with hundreds of people in attendance as part of a global climate strike. Now, Emi is a member of the Fridays for Future national organizing committee, and is developing a framework for new local groups to join FFF and working to streamline communications between all local groups. Emi was also a speaker at the 2019 Stand for Our Lands Rally. In 2020, Emi received the Shining Star Award from the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

Emi has been interning for attorney Mark Fischer since 2019, performing clerical and research work. As the 2020 election approached, Emi began to volunteer with the Biden and Hickenlooper campaign. Then, in September 2020, Emi applied and was accepted for a fellowship position with the Colorado Democrats. She recruited and trained volunteers, hosted virtual events, and used social media to reach voters to elect leaders who were committed to climate action.

Emi joins the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council as one of the first Youth Board members, and is excited to advocate for a more sustainable community. In her free time, Emi loves to mountain bike, alpine ski, and connect with the outdoors.

Sarah Loughran

Board Member

Favorite place in CO: An impossible question!

Sarah grew up outside of Edwards and Eagle, CO with a 3 rd grade stint in Steamboat and a 5th grade adventure traveling through Central America in a converted school bus. Her deep love for the environment stems from a childhood filled with being outdoors
amongst the wonders of nature.

Sarah graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Economics and from the University of Michigan with duel Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Health Services Administration. After a decade in hospital administration and consulting, Sarah co-founded HealthGrades, Inc in 1998.

After leaving HealthGrades in 2010, Sarah switched her focus to aiding the natural world that has given so much to her. This includes going back to school to study environmental science and serving on steering committees, boards, and commissions for The Nature Conservancy-California, Environmental Forum of Marin, the Marin Conservation League, and the San Rafael Planning Commission. Major areas of work and advocacy include recycling, use of 100% renewable energy, and alternative financing mechanisms for conservation.

Sarah recently returned to Colorado and is thrilled to be HOME! She loves to spend time outdoors with friends and family – hiking, skiing, biking, backpacking and just sitting quietly to experience and enjoy the workings of the natural world.

Our Interns

Abby Merage

Intern

Abby grew up in Southern California and moved to Steamboat in 2016. She is currently a student at Steamboat Springs High School in the class of 2022. Abby loves to travel abroad, and spends her free time in Steamboat hiking, horseback riding, and enjoying the outdoors. After devoting a summer to volunteering for Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Abby found her passion for sustainability. She is now a member of the SSHS Eco (Sustainability) Club and hopes to use this connection to create a strong alliance between the youth members of Steamboat and YVSC. Through this partnership, Abby aims to amplify the voices of young adults in the community who share her passion for education and sustainability.

Gretchen Jacobs

Intern
Gretchen grew up in Steamboat where she developed an interest in policy action and sustainability. In high school, she led the Steamboat Springs Teen Council bag project where she lobbied the Steamboat Springs City Council to pass a bag ordinance banning plastic bags in the grocery stores and implementing a fee on paper bags. This experience led her to find a passion for sustainability.
She is currently attending Willamette University in Salem Oregon where she is majoring in PPLE, otherwise known as Politics, Policy, Law, and Ethics. Gretchen hopes to continue to use this degree and knowledge to lobby for more sustainable actions within government and businesses. At Willamette, she is also involved in student government and was an RA this past year. In her free time, Gretchen enjoys skiing, hiking, and sitting down with a good book in nature. Gretchen looks forward to giving back to the community that raised her through this internship program.

Sidney Barbier

Intern

Sidney is so excited to be a part of the YVSC internship program. She will be graduating from Steamboat Mountain School in 2021, and she recently committed to attend the University of Denver, where she will be skiing collegiately for the DU Cross Country Ski Team and studying viola at the Lamont School of Music, while working to pursue her passion for environmental science.

Sidney has grown up in Steamboat Springs her whole life and has been brought up in a family culture of the outdoors from rafting and biking, to hunting, fishing, and more. She is a student-musician-athlete with a love for sustainability. Sidney has always had a passion for human-environment interaction and has worked closely with YVSC in the past on multiple projects. She has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten and has been dedicated to community service. Sidney recently earned her Gold Award on a project focused on State Park Waste Diversion. She feels that sustainability is a huge piece of her identity and her own passion for nature and the environment is something she will be continuing into her future. Sidney is willing to take a stand for our environment to create true systemic change for her own and future generations.

Peter Wharton

Intern

Peter is fortunate to have grown up in Steamboat Springs. He is excited to be joining this summer’s YVSC Internship Program. Peter graduated in May 2021 from the University of Colorado – Boulder with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies with two Minors, one in Business and one in Geology. He is passionate about bringing sustainability to the forefront of businesses thus making an impact for good.

During the summer, he hopes to bring fresh ideas and a new perspective into the valley while learning from amazing seasoned professionals.

Rachel Santi

Intern

Rachel moved from Illinois to Steamboat for the fall semester at CMC in 2019. She was a transfer student who was ready to take on the adventures found in the mountains. When Rachel moved here she fell in love with the wildness, excitement and exploration the Yampa Valley has to offer. While studying at CMC Rachel became very connected to water while in the backcountry which led her to pursuing her education in the direction of watershed science. She loves to hike, rollerblade, camp, backpack and climb! Rachel is very excited to work with YVSC and contribute to a better future.

Contributing Photographers, Designers and Artists

Chris Hylen

Photographer

Chris Hylen is a Sustainability Studies graduate of Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Steamboat Campus. Living and working out around Steamboat Lake encouraged him to get outside each and every day, exploring endless terrain without another soul in sight. For Chris, moments like those open his eyes, allow for decompression, and keep him longing for more. Chris has had a camera in his hands for as long as he can remember and he strives to use the visual art form of photography as a basis to promote conservation and sustainable behaviors. He hopes his images serve as a reminder to help preserve the beauty of this area and others, as well as encourage people to get involved with organizations like YVSC that create a path for productive action.

Tatum Heath

Photographer

Tatum grew up on a small ranch along the Lower Elk and graduated from SSHS in 1993. After graduating from Carleton College with a major in English and a minor in Archaeology, he moved to Nicaragua where he joined an archaeological excavation funded by a joint venture between UCLA and the Nicaraguan National Government. Since then, he has worked on an organic farm on the border of Canada, taught Spanish, and coached basketball. In an effort to reestablish roots in his hometown of Steamboat, he accepted the position of Rout County Case Manager with Horizons in 2002. He became the Executive Director at Horizons in January 2020 and can be found pedaling the backcountry on his bike and snapping photos.

Tai Juneau

Photographer

Tai Juneau was born on skis in the Eastern Sierras in Mammoth Lakes CA. He grew up splitting his time between New Zealand and the Western United States representing New Zealand in Alpine Ski Racing. Tai was a member of Colorado Moutain Colleges NCAA Ski team where he got a Bachelors of Business Administration emphasizing in Marketing. Growing up with his mother as a professional photographer Tai was exposed to the world of photos at a young age and found his own passion in sports photography. Throughout his growing career, Tai has spent a lot of time shooting events, products, real estate, and lifestyle images mostly in the Western slopes of the Rockies.

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Jill Bergman

Artist

Jill Bergman’s linocut relief prints use linework, movement, and contrast to create dynamic and playful images. Her love of wildlife, the western landscape, and decorative illustration combine to create her unique style. Jill is originally from Wyoming, and now lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She enjoys working with environmental organizations to help protect the land, water, and wildlife of Northwest Colorado. Her fine artwork is represented by Pine Moon Fine Art in Steamboat Springs – www.pinemoonfineart.com. You can see more of her work at www.jillbergman.com