Our Staff

Admin Sustainability Staff Sustainability Staff
Michelle Barnes Daniel Stellar Kate Gardner
Melissa VonKeyserling Kathy Croasdale Witt Harlin
Anne Tengler Morgan Shimabuku Rachael Jaffe
Alison Layman Tyler Kesler
Interim Executive Director
Michelle Barnes

mbarnes @  conservationcenter.org
303.999.3820 Ext. 202
Michelle Barnes -184_DONEMichelle recently joined the CRC team as Interim Executive Director as the team prepares for future growth. Her professional background includes a variety of interim assignments for environmental causes as well as executive roles with at both Outward Bound and Outdoor Industry Association. Her expertise is maximizing the impact an organization can have in pursuit of their mission. She brings with her an MBA from UCLA as well as a dozen years in corporate marketing. Her passions include working to assure that the next generation is full of environmental stewards and getting outdoors herself as often as possible.
Senior Director of Sustainability Programs
Daniel Stellar

dstellar @ conservationcenter.org
303.999.3820 Ext. 214
Dan from Bob'sDan Stellar serves as CRC’s Senior Director of Sustainability Programs, overseeing the organization’s water, energy and materials initiatives. Prior to joining the CRC team in 2011, Dan worked for the Earth Institute, Columbia University as Assistant Director of the Columbia Water Center. At Columbia, Dan managed water conservation, policy and research projects both domestically and internationally, and also managed the operations and strategic growth of the Water Center. Dan currently serves as a board member and co-treasurer of Colorado WaterWise and as a member of the City of Boulder’s Transportation Advisory Board. Dan earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University. He is a participant in the Nonprofit Leadership Institute and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Finance and HR Manager
Melissa von Keyserling

mvonkeyserling @ conservationcenter.org
303.999.3820 Ext. 211
Melissa von KeyserlingMelissa has more than 15 years experience in business accounting and office management in the nonprofit, for profit, construction and legal fields. Prior to joining the CRC in May 2011, she was the financial coordinator for the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey, Pennsylvania. During her career, Melissa has served as the corporate treasurer for a mid-sized commercial construction firm, business administrator for a multi-state restaurant corporation, and financial manager for commercial and residential interior design firms. She holds a BS in Behavioral Sciences/Social Studies certification from Messiah College. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys running, hiking and spending time with her family.
Director of Marketing
Anne Tengler
atengler @ conservationcenter.org
303.999.3820 x215
800_Anne TenglerAnne Tengler joined the CRC team in March of 2014 as Director of Marketing position. Anne’s previous experience as a consultant, business owner and nonprofit executive brings over twenty years of expertise in brand-building, creating a lively company culture, and strategic partnerships.
As President of Sonora Entertainment Group, Anne oversaw the successful growth of Cinema Latino, an independent chain of Spanish-language movie theaters. As Executive Director of Variety, the Children’s Charity of Colorado, Anne worked with her board to expand the charity’s efforts to serve Colorado’s neediest children.
Anne holds a BA in Communications from Loras College and is a long-time volunteer for the Boulder International Film Festival, Old Town Cinema, and the Louisville Street Faire. She loves traveling, hiking, and working on her green thumb skills.
Senior Water Programs Manager
Kate Gardner

kgardner @ conservationcenter.org
303.999.3820 Ext. 213
kateg_bioKate joined the CRC in June of 2009. Kate has a Marketing Degree from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. Kate has a strong customer service and non-profit management background. Through her experience she has gained an understanding of the power of education to empower a community to make sustainable choices.  Kate’s passion of water conservation issues has led her to become a Colorado Master Gardener Certificate holder and develop expertise in irrigation auditing. In her spare time she enjoys running, biking, being outside and spending time with her family.
Sr. Manager of Sustainability Programs
Morgan Shimabuku

mshimabuku @  conservationcenter.org
303.999.3820 Ext. 224
Morgan started as an intern with the CRC in January 2012 working on a project to measure the impact of the Slow the Flow sprinkler inspection program. By spring of 2013 Morgan had applied for a successful grant with the CRC to create a full time position to continue and expand this work. Morgan has an MA in Geography from the University of Colorado and a BA in Geology and Environmental Studies from Whitman College. After college she gained professional experience in water resource evaluation and scientific research in her position as a staff scientist at a water resources consulting firm.  She has also spent time working for the Forest Service as a Stream Technician, gathering data for the evaluation of salmon habitat in the Western US. When Morgan isn’t working she enjoys traveling, reading, and recreating in or on water of any kind.
ReNew Our Schools Program Coordinator
Kathy Croasdale

kcroasdale @ conservationcenter.org
720.231.8724
kathy_croasdaleKathy Croasdale joined the CRC as an intern in 2008.  In September 2010, she took over as Program Coordinator of the ReNew Our Schools program.  After teaching environmental and outdoor adventure education, Kathy taught science at the middle school level in the Cherry Creek School District.  She earned a degree in Biology from Roanoke College in Virginia and is currently finishing a graduate degree in Environmental Studies through the University of Illinois. In her free time, Kathy likes to be with her family, train for triathlons, run, hike, camp, skate-ski—basically anything outdoors enjoying Colorado!
Office and Communications Manager
Alison Layman

alayman @ conservationcenter.org
303.999.3820 Ext. 218
Alison approaches her position with great enthusiasm to educate Colorado citizens on protecting our local natural resources.   Alison has a Masters in Public Administration from CU Denver concentrating in Environmental Law, Policy, and Management.  Throughout her time in the program she worked at Outward Bound then at Colorado State Parks as a policy and planning analyst. Alison is a volunteer wildland firefighter on the Boulder County Sheriffs Department Wildland Crew.
Water Conservation Technician
Witt Harlin

wharlin @ conservationcenter.org
303.999.3820
Witt bioWitt joined the CRC in May of 2013. Raised in Georgia, Witt was an avid backpacker and a member of his local Boy Scout troop. It was here that he developed his passion for the environment, and later on, for sustainability. These passions led him to the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in society & policy. In addition to graduating from CU, Witt also played on the men’s lacrosse team for four years. In his spare time he enjoys coaching and playing lacrosse, going to concerts, reading, and exploring the great outdoors.
Water Programs Manager
Tyler Kesler

tkesler @conservationcenter.org
303.999.3820 x210
Tyler KeslerTyler moved to Colorado in 2010 and has been involved with environmental non-profits since. He joined the CRC in May of 2011 and continued through 2012 working as a Slow the Flow auditor. After the 2012 outdoor Slow the Flow season, Tyler joined the Peace Corps with his wife Erin to serve in the Dominican Republic. His passion for the conservation of natural resources translated seamlessly into his position as the National Coordinator of the Marine Conservation Committee while in Peace Corps. In March 2014, Tyler moved back to Colorado to work as the CRC Water Programs Manager and is excited to continue working with its innovative water conservation programs. He holds a BA in Education from Taylor University, and in his spare time he enjoys kayaking, hiking, skiing and usually prefers being anywhere that has a great view.

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