Colorado State University
(2020 - Current)
CSU Director of Extension for the City and County of Denver
- Provide administrative and program leadership to strategically deliver Extension educational programs in Denver that are aligned with CSUE opportunities, Denver’s priorities, and the needs of the community. Program leadership requires collaboration and support for programming efforts that reach across organizations, community, county and regional lines, and program areas. Develop the annual Denver Extension plan of work, evaluate efforts, and report impacts to stakeholders.
- Develop and grow the budget to support program and office functions. Work with the CSU Extension and Denver to effectively manage resources, identify opportunities, and fill fiscal gaps.
- Supervise Denver Extension staff, including the assistant director/horticulture agent, two 4-H agents, two Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) educators, a Master Gardener coordinator/fiscal manager, a part-time support staff, and several AmeriCorps members and interns.
- Promote engagement with diverse and underrepresented audiences, and assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies.
- Develop and maintain an office environment based on CSU’s Principles of Community. Engage staff regularly to inspire innovation, collaboration, and a supportive and inclusive work environment.
- Participate actively in the hiring and onboarding of staff; provide supervision, guidance, evaluation, and professional development opportunities for the staff; and build an environment of teamwork, innovation, and collaboration.
- Promote and actively represent CSU Extension and programming to internal and external audiences.
- Cooperatively or individually facilitate delivery of non-credit educational programming to address Denver needs and interests; evaluate efforts and report educational outcomes. Support staff in the development and delivery of their programming.
- Explore opportunities to collaborate with SPUR (the CSU National Western Center Initiative) and CSU Hubs to develop programming across county and regional lines. Explore innovative program and grant-funded opportunities that support engagement, community building, Citizen Science, urban/rural connectivity, the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension, and other opportunities, as appropriate.
- Build, maintain, and manage strong working relationships with internal and external partners to accomplish strategic initiatives, engage underrepresented and diverse audiences, and cultivate new and continuing funding sources to support programming.
- Facilitate communication and working relationships with Colorado State University administration, departments, specialists, faculty, and staff to support and enhance programming.
- Work with a local Extension advisory committees, the City and County of Denver, community leaders, nonprofits, and external partners to continually assess community conditions, needs, opportunities, and emerging issues.
Vice President of Community Engagement, Education, and Inclusion
- Provide overall vision, leadership and strategic direction for the planning, management and implementation of all conservation education on-site, off-site and community based programs as well as exhibit development strategy, acquisition and exhibit improvement efforts.
- Provide organizational leadership as a member of the Pavilion’s executive team providing strategy and vision specifically related to Pavilion’s programs, exhibits, volunteers and interpretation.
- Spearhead inclusion and equity strategies in support of Butterfly Pavilion's organizational objectives. Implement policies, programs, training, and opportunities to foster a corporate culture that values inclusion and engagement for all employees, volunteers and guest.
- Supervise staff in a complex and sizable Education and Exhibits Department. Provide training and performance evaluations of personnel.
- Oversee the research, production and promotion of educational programs including age/grade appropriate curriculums, general audience and professional level classes, seminars and workshops.
- Act as a creative and entrepreneurial catalyst for the division, exploring and producing ideas for new opportunities, partnerships, programs, and exhibits
- Compile, maintain and report current statistical information on program participation as it pertains to youth and adult education; identifying current regional trends in order to remain viable, competitive and innovative.
- Develop annual budgets and ensuring that income targets are met and expenses are kept within budget. Prepare periodic budget revisions and other financial reports.
- Direct the design, development and installation of Pavilion exhibitory including the production of educational interpretation in coordination with organizational strategic planning.
- Oversee comprehensive zoo evaluation plan.
- Support strategic development of future exhibit planning and organizational needs assessment.
- Work with a variety of stakeholders including staff, board members, institution committees, external partners and other private and governmental entities; foster relationships, and identify new partner opportunities
Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Director of Education
- Provided leadership and management and oversee hiring for all educational program staff including: School Program Coordinator, College Coordinator, Adult & Family Coordinator, Community Coordinator, Seasonal Field Station Educators, Interns and Volunteers..
- Oversaw planning, development, coordination, and enhancement of all CBFS conservation based education programs.
- Administered $2 million education program budget.
- Set department policies and procedures.
- Managed program staff assignments, responsibilities, and schedules; fostering autonomy, authority, and accountability relative to the leadership and management of specific program areas.
- Encouraged collaboration and cooperation with and among respective education staff.
- Planned and administered overall education program budget.
- Trained and oversaw training and evaluation of educational staff in all aspects of their positions.
- Developed and maintained connections with the local, state, regional, and national education and environmental education professional communities.
- Collaborated with the Marketing and Development Director to market CBFS Program.
- Collaborated with the Operations Manager to schedule housing and facility needs for educational groups.
- Collaborated with the Boat Captains to maintain current vessel use schedules, and staff training activities.
- Maintained good communication and working relationships with CBFS partners (including universities, USF&WS, NPS, NASA, The Nature Conservancy, and all other current and future partners)
- Developed and teach various classes, workshops, and training opportunities.
- Maintained a comprehensive, current knowledge of educational best practices, safety best practices, applicable laws/regulations and maintains an awareness of new techniques, practices and trends in the profession.
Beckwith Camp and Conference Center – Coastal Wonders Environmental Education Program
(2008 – 2009)
- Curriculum development and implementation
- Maintained and supervised care for animal collection
- Summer Camp Challenge Course training, management and facilitation
- Hired, trained, supervised and evaluated staff
- Maintained inventory and financial records for camp store
- Promotion and advertisement of program
- Grant writing
- Program coordination with staff, teachers and chaperones
Jekyll Island 4-H Center
Lead Staff / Marine Science Educator
- Created and developed lesson plans and instructional activities
- Taught interdisciplinary marine-based environmental education classes for K-12th grade
- Provided leadership to school groups participating in the program
- Animal husbandry: provided ongoing care for a large teaching animal collection, including invertebrates, fish, amphibians, and reptiles Performed daily cleaning, feedings, and operation of life support systems.
- Performed lab work, such as regular water quality testing
(Summers 2000 thru 2005)
Program Director / Challenge Course Manager
- Managed a group of 90 college and adult counselors
- Created and planed programming for 300 campers
- Developed, coordinated and supervised Challenge Course Program
- Ensured compliance with American Camp Association Standards.
- Led high and low ropes classes as well as rock-climbing classes.
- Developed a Manual for Challenge Course Staff Training
Logandale Middle School Boys and Girls Club
Instructor / Summer Camp Art Director
- Provided age appropriate programming, tutoring and leadership activities.
- Planned and facilitated field trips, programs, club events and meetings.
- Worked with school officials to align programming goals with school curriculum.
- Art Director for Logan Square Club Summer Program.
- Developed summer program art curriculum and ordered supplies.
- Conducted five daily age appropriate art classes.
Thousand Pines Outdoor School
Lead Naturalist Teacher
- Coordinated and conducted the study trail activities
- Assisted with the general overall program.
- Acted as a supervisor and resource person to the team cabin leaders.
- Oversaw a progression of cabin activities that complemented the outdoor school’s curriculum.
- Positive behavior management, group cooperative skills, cabin inspections, and health and safety needs.
Gads Hill Center
Lounge Supervisor and Program Assistant
- Lead programming for Teen Connection, an after school tutoring and college prep program for Latino youth.
- Planned and chaperoned field trips and service learning opportunities.
- Assisted in the planning of community meetings, staff meetings, staff trainings, and parent meetings.
- Grant Writing
- Responsible for pairing students with tutor-mentees best suited to aid them
- Assisted in managing youth tutee participation success and service learning projects.
YMCA Storer Camps
Environmental Education Teacher
- Prepared natural history, ecology, outdoor recreation, science and environmental educational lesson plans for students 4th thru 10th grade.
- Conducted evening and weekend programs with students, families and adults.
- Assisted program managers with management of the camp educational resources and programs.
- Instruction of educational programs at area schools.
- Provided logistical, administrative and operational support to education department, including curriculum development, gear repair, and office tasks.
Rock Eagle 4-H Conference Center
Director – Special Interest Program
- Planned classes and wrote lesson plans.
- Developed and supervised a new program focusing on Native American education
- Supervised and critiqued a staff of 66 college age staff members
- Adventure course class development. (Summer/1998)
- Taught herpetology classes (handling, cleaning, feeding and general care of 21 snakes and various other reptiles) (Summer/1997)