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Our Team

Meet Our Team

The Center for ReSource Conservation is fortunate to be made up of incredibly talented and creative people whose collective passion for sustainability, conservation and green living in general makes work fun every single day. Meet our team here!

Aaron GardinerReSource Associate

Aaron Gardiner, ReSource Associate

303.419-5418

Aaron is a Colorado native. He has a diverse background in the mechanical, construction, political, and medical fields. He studied Aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado after high school. More recently he has interned on several different political campaigns, and obtained his National Emergency Medical Technician certification in August of 2015. These days in addition to his work at Resource he also does side jobs as a handyman around the Boulder area. When Aaron is not at work he can often be found fixing up his house or traveling in his Jeep to places where he can enjoy the great outdoors.

Abel PortilloReSource Associate

Abel Portillo, ReSource Associate

303.419.5418

Ben WeiszAcquisitions and Deconstruction Coordinator

Ben Weisz, Acquisitions and Deconstruction Coordinator

303.419.5418

I am a Florida native who moved to Boulder in 2005 to attend the University of Colorado. I graduated with a degree in Anthropology and after graduation began working in sales at a local small business where I was promoted to store manager. I bring a wealth of customer service and sales experience as well as experience in landscaping and facilities management. I am excited to join the ReSource team to continue my sales role and help service community reuse and conservation.

In my free time I enjoy coaching lacrosse, attending local concerts and enjoying the outdoors with my dog.

Brandon HillSenior Manager, ReSource

Brandon Hill, Senior Manager, ReSource

303.419.5418 • bhill@resourceyard.org

Brandon hails from Washington, D.C., and brings his years of experience working in all areas of the supply chain. His interest in sustainability began when he was establishing relationships with farmers and local vendors as the Executive Chef for an award-winning caterer with an emphasis on farm-to-table cuisine. After spending time working in corporate procurement, Brandon relocated to Colorado and joined the CRC team via ReSource in March of 2013. He can be found forming relationships with local businesses, homeowners, and contractors, constantly working to expand ReSource’s inventory of quality materials. An avid woodworker and cabinetmaker, he is always thrilled to speak with our customers about their ideas for reclaimed materials. When he’s not working, he can be found cycling around Boulder, hiking one of its many trails, or just enjoying the great outdoors.

Clemente CastanonReSource Associate

Clemente Castanon, ReSource Associate

(303) 419-5418

Dan DaiglerSenior Yard Associate

Dan Daigler, Senior Yard Associate

303.419.5418

Dan has a degree in Environmental Public Policy from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. With a strong professional background in retail management and environmental activism, Dan has over 10 years experience in the outdoor retail industry, from Dick’s Sporting Goods to various Mom and Pop shops. Dan spent a year in Vail working for Patagonia, Inc. He has participated in climate marches around the world, including COP 15 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Climate March Chicago, and many more small environmental campaigns. Dan is very excited to work at ReSource due to the minimal-waste environment it creates along with the creative shoppers he meets.

Dan SilvermanReSource Associate

Dan Silverman, ReSource Associate

303.419.5418

Born in British Columbia, Dan is passionate about finding ways to complete a project using what’s at hand. He worked for an environmental restoration company during the Boulder flood and later on oil spill remediation. He has also been building custom doors over the last few years. Recently he has picked up building longbows. Dan built a tree house and a tiny house out of reclaimed materials over the last few summers. He enjoys helping clients work out a way of completing projects with the materials we have available. While visiting his birthplace I built a tree house and a tiny house out of reclaimed materials.

Darren NowelsWater Programs Manager, Audit & Retrofit

Darren Nowels, Water Programs Manager, Audit & Retrofit

303.999.3820 x210 • dnowels@conservationcenter.org

After growing up in Maryland, Darren traded one coast for another and moved to Seattle for college. Upon receiving his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, Darren found his way to Colorado to become a Slow the Flow auditor in the summer of 2011. Most recently, Darren spent three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia, managing youth development programs in a rural secondary school. He is extraordinarily excited to be back working for CRC and making a positive impact on water conservation in Colorado. In his free time Darren can be found biking, hiking, or cooking a delicious plant-based meal.

Devon BoothLandscape Programs Associate

Devon Booth, Landscape Programs Associate

303.999.3820 x222 • dbooth@conservationcenter.org

Devon moved from Pennsylvania to Colorado in 2008 to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2012, she graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on policy and planning. With a deep love for the outdoors and a special bond with the landscape, she now calls Colorado home. In her spare time, she can be found skiing, hiking, or biking with friends – OR at the Boulder Human Society wishing she could adopt all the dogs!

Dylan KingLead Water Technician

Dylan King, Lead Water Technician

303-999-3824 • dking@conservationcenter.org

Dylan comes from the fine state of Maine. He obtained his B.S in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont in 2014. Dylan began working for the CRC as a Slow the Flow auditor in 2015. As the Lead Water Conservation Technician, Dylan will be out in the field, working with individuals and businesses to help them use less water, more efficiently.

Frank SmithReSource Associate

Frank Smith, ReSource Associate

303.419.5418

Jay Jay JefferyReSource Associate

Jay Jay Jeffery, ReSource Associate

303.419.5418

Jay Jay will soon be graduating with a degree in Sustainable Design Policy from Metro State University of Denver. With a diverse background of experience in many fields, she is passionate about environmental politics and helping spread the mission and vision statements of the Center for Resource Conservation. She is a firm believer in recycling and reuse, coming up with new projects from geodesic domes to beehives, all out of recycled goods from the Resource Yard. Jay Jay is also passionate about garden design and herbalism. Check in with her for project ideas or to see what her newest visions for the future are.

Jean LovellVolunteer, Garden In A Box

Jean Lovell, Volunteer, Garden In A Box

Jean started working as a volunteer for CRC, then called Boulder Energy Conservation Center, about 12 years ago.  Initially she helped put together a program to locate funding support from philanthropic organizations and filled in wherever other help was needed.  A few years ago she joined the Water Program and most recently is involved in putting together the electronic Garden In A Box newsletter.  Jean has always been concerned with conservation of resources and recycling and was one of the first to support the Boy Scouts’ newspaper recycling program when it started.  She says CRC really fits her value system.  It also gives her the opportunity to hone her computer skills.  Jean was a Registered Nurse, a graduate of St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver.  After her children all finished high school, she went back to school and graduated from Metro State College, then became a Nurse Practitioner, and ultimately retired from Wardenburg Student Health Center at CU-Boulder.  For much of her professional life she volunteered in nursing settings.  Her passions are her family and gardening.  One of the first things she did after retirement was to become a Master Gardener through CSU.  Hobbies include being outdoors as much as possible, reading, and travel.

Jennifer ScrogginsDirector of Finance & Administration

Jennifer Scroggins, Director of Finance & Administration

303 999-3820 x 211 • jscroggins@conservationcenter.org

Jen is CRC’s Director of Finance and Administration. Prior to joining CRC in November 2014, she led the finance and human resources team at The Dairy Center for the Arts. Jen has a passion for conservation having spent nearly a decade as Associate Director for an environmental nonprofit organization in the Vail Valley. She brings an extensive background in the areas of accounting, IT, human resources and staff management, having worked for large and small organizations in the for profit and nonprofit sectors. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma, an MBA from Oklahoma State University and has completed post graduate work at Thunderbird School of Global Management. A native of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!), Jen has called Colorado home for almost 20 years. In her spare time she loves being outdoors and enjoys running, biking, hiking, snowboarding, and walks with her dog.

Josh GrossReSource Associate

Josh Gross, ReSource Associate

303.419.5418

Hailing from Canada, Josh earned his Masters degree abroad in International Affairs, has traveled extensively, and can speak a few languages with varying levels of fluency.  Bringing a diverse range of experiences to Resource is very exciting as it allows him to put the idea of “thinking globally and acting locally” into action in a meaningful way. In his spare time, Josh enjoys board games, science fiction, hiking, and playing the drums. Josh believes that a light-hearted approach is as important to the creative process as the materials themselves, so don’t be surprised if you hear him crack a pun now and then around the yard!

Kate LarsonProgram Director, Water & Energy Programs

Kate Larson, Program Director, Water & Energy Programs

303.999.3820 x 215 • klarson@conservationcenter.org

Kate joined 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 nonprofit management background. Through her experience she has gained an understanding of how education can empower a community to make sustainable choices. Kate’s passion for 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.

Kathy CroasdaleSenior Manager, ReNew Our Schools

Kathy Croasdale, Senior Manager, ReNew Our Schools

303.999.3820 x 223 • kcroasdale@conservationcenter.org

Kathy joined CRC as an intern in 2008. In September 2010, she began leading 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 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!

Katie KochSustainability Associate

Katie Koch, Sustainability Associate

303-999-3824 • water@conservationcenter.org

Katie is the Sustainability Associate helping with all of CRC’s programs including the Garden In A Box program and the Water-Wise Landscape Seminars. When she is not at CRC, Katie can be found making ceramics, hiking in and around Boulder, or tackling the weeds in her community garden plot.

Katie graduated from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania in 2012 with a BA in Art History with minors in Environmental Studies and Spanish. She has worked at several nonprofits in the past including Growing Gardens of Boulder County and The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens in Stamford, CT.

From the lady herself: “I’m excited to get into the nonprofit world again. I have always been interested in issues of water conservation, land use, and sustainability efforts, and CRC seems like a great place to try to help combat those issues. I also love learning about gardening and plants so I’m excited about Garden In A Box’s Xeriscaping efforts.”

Kelly AndersonReSource Associate

Kelly Anderson, ReSource Associate

303.419.5418

Kelly interned in the ReSource Tool Library during her time at CU Boulder and obtained a degree in geography and psychology with a minor in philosophy. She also worked with the CU recycling center and spent time working with the CU Biogeography department researching fire history in the Yellowstone and Glacier National park regions of Montana. While studying at CU, Kelly realized her passions are conservation and sustainability so she is excited to work at CRC. The CRC provides her with an excellent opportunity to work with an organization who’s impact is tangible and crucial to the conservation movement as a whole.

Kevin CounihanTool Library Repair Volunteer

Kevin Counihan, Tool Library Repair Volunteer

Kyle LatoskiReSource Associate

Kyle Latoski, ReSource Associate

(303) 419-5418

Kyle is a born and raised Colorado native. (Go Broncos!)  He began working in construction at the age of 16 and brings 13 years of hands-on expertise and knowledge to ReSource customers. Kyle has extensive experience in a range of trades–including framing, installing doors and windows, full house remodels, roofing, small engine repair, and deconstruction.  He is an expert with all major power tools and stays busy with woodworking jobs and side projects when not working at ReSource.  In his free time, Kyle enjoys hanging out with his wife, fishing, and camping.

Morgan ShimabukuSenior Manager, Sustainability Programs

Morgan Shimabuku, Senior Manager, Sustainability Programs

303.999.3820 x 224 • mshimabuku@conservationcenter.org

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.

Natalie SullivanWater Programs Manager, Landscape Programs

Natalie Sullivan, Water Programs Manager, Landscape Programs

303 999-3820 x222 • nsullivan@conservationcenter.org

Born and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, anyone that meets Natalie will soon come to realize that she has some serious state pride; after all, it is “Almost Heaven.” After a stint as an organic permaculture farmer in Yamanashi, Japan and three years of living, breathing, and teaching yoga in Santa Monica, California, Natalie made her way to Boulder for grad school. She earned her MA in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University in 2014, and through this one-of-a-kind program, she received specialized training in living systems theory, group leadership and facilitation, sustainability assessment, environmental justice, non-profit management, emotional intelligence, Nonviolent Communication, and compassion, meditation, and mindfulness practices. Her role as a Water Program Manager on CRC’s Water Team is a natural next step on her path. With a BA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts, Natalie loves to sing in her free time.

Nate LeidtkeSales Associate

Nate Leidtke, Sales Associate

I graduated from CU Boulder with a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Arts. I am an artist who enjoys painting, drawing, and graphic design. When I’m not working, I love biking around Boulder and skiing at Keystone.

Neal LuriePresident

Neal Lurie, President

303.999.3820 x202 • nlurie@conservationcenter.org

Neal is a social entrepreneur with more than 15 years of leadership experience in Fortune 500, nonprofit, and grassroots organizations. As executive director of the nonprofit Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, he played a lead role in increasing solar energy use across the state, growing Colorado into one of the top solar states in the nation. He also served in leadership roles at the Boulder Chamber, American Solar Energy Society, and other organizations. Previously, he developed the vision and successful plan to build the Denver-Boulder Bikeway, an 18-mile bike path now under construction in the U.S. 36 corridor. Neal received his MBA from CU’s Leeds School of Business and is a veteran of eight political campaigns. He enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and playing guitar.

Paul FalsoneReSource Associate

Paul Falsone, ReSource Associate

303.419.5418

Paul is a graduate of Arizona State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainability. He recently moved back to Colorado, is enjoying the Front Range area, and is happy to be working at ReSource. He is passionate about creating a more sustainable world for present and future generations. Some things he loves are spending time with friends and family, music, concerts, exploring, hiking, traveling, urban planning, sustainability, and his two cats.

Shea DouglasResource Associate

Shea Douglas, Resource Associate

303.419.5418

A Vermont native who moved to Colorado in 2013, Shea brings years of retail experience from different areas of work and is pursuing a degree as a Veterinary Technician.  Prior to ReSource, Shea did two years of national service with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), serving in New Jersey shortly after Superstorm Sandy.  His interest in conservation was sparked by his service in AmeriCorps and continues to make it a part of his everyday life.  He is excited by the work that is done by CRC and ReSource to engage the community in their mission for minimal-waste.

Tory StephensFinance & Human Resources Coordinator

Tory Stephens, Finance & Human Resources Coordinator

tstephens@conservationcenter.org

Tory is a recent transplant to Boulder from New York State. She previously worked for the Fund for Lake George, an environmental non-profit that is dedicated to the protection of the Lake George water quality and health of the Lake George watershed.  Prior to that, she worked for a custom home building company that focused on green building techniques.  Tory has a wide range of financial and administrative experience working for non-profit and for profit organizations. She has a strong connection to water conservation and is happy to have found an organization that has a broad water conservation focus at CRC.

Tory is an avid skier and paddleboarder, and is excited to have the mountains right in her back yard.