About Us

Our Team

The Metro Denver Nature Alliance is supported by a single paid staff person (the Alliance Director), a Steering Committee, standing committees, project teams, and a growing group of students and early-career professionals. Learn more about us and help us grow our team! Please reach out to the Alliance Director with any internship requests or invitations to collaborate.

Alliance Director 

  • Dana Coelho – brief resume – CV – blog

Steering Committee

  • Brad Calvert*, Denver Regional Council of Governments
  • Chandi Aldena, The Trust for Public Land
  • Christopher Hawkins*, The Nature Conservancy
  • Ford Church, Cottonwood Institute
  • Gordon Robertson and Leslie Pickard**, Denver Parks & Recreation
  • Jennifer Whitener and Molly Maloy**, Denver Zoo
  • Jo Burns, Jo Burns Connects
  • Kellie Flowers, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
  • Leander Lacy, Lacy Consulting Services
  • Parker McMullen Bushman*, Butterfly Pavilion
  • Sarah Konradi*, National Wildlife Federation
  • Sarah Olson, Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Susan Daggett and Chad King**, University of Denver

*Executive Committee member, **Alternate Steering Committee member

AmeriCorps VISTA, hosted by the National Park Service Intermountain Regions and Conservation Legacy

  • Jeremy Sifuentes

Community Engaged Fellows, Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL), University of Denver

  • Carina Weadock
  • Cris Marquez

Former Team Members

  • Alexa Cotton, Alexander Handloff, Madison Kraus, Nicole Chernick – 2019 Capstone Team, Masters of the Environment (MENV), University of Colorado – Boulder
  • Corey Martz, Morgan Stevens, Sam Wallace – Community Engaged Fellows, CCESL, University of Denver
  • Doug Hill, Gone Feral – Nature Narratives Contractor
  • Mara Gonzalez, The Creative Umbrella, LLC – Nature Narratives Contractor
  • Rewina Senbetay – Intern, Denver School of Science & Technology (hosted in partnership with EPA Region 8)
  • Shayne Estes, 2020 Capstone Project, Masters of Public Administration, University of Colorado, Denver