Greater Arkansas River Nature Association

Board of Directors

Layne Kottmeier, Board Treasurer & Interim Chair

Layne Kottmeier, Certified Public Accountant of Kottmeier Valuation & Forensics based out of Salida, joined the GARNA Board as Treasurer in 2018. When she’s not whipping GARNA’s financials into shape, Layne enjoys hiking the beautiful public lands of the Upper Arkansas Valley.

Beth Helmke

Beth brings varied leadership experience from her professional background in the nonprofit sector, education, nature-based youth programming, and communications. She has a Bachelors in Molecular Biology and Masters in Nonprofit Management and currently works as Chaffee County Government’s Public Affairs Officer. She’s passionate about stewardship and sustainability and building a more inclusive and diverse outdoor recreation culture and community. Her love for trail running, summit seeking, and all manner of backcountry adventuring also ties in well with her involvement with Chaffee County Search and Rescue-North.

 

JW Wilder

JW Wilder is a retired Senior Ranger at Colorado State Parks, represents GARNA on the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Citizen Task Force, and participates with GARNA’s Friends of AHRA volunteer group. JW started the Monarch Snowcat Tours, and was the first ranger at AHRA State Park. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, racing Town Challenge at Monarch, rafting and traveling.

Alan Stevens

Alan Stevens graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a bachelor of science in engineering. While living in Alaska, Alan completed the 1,000 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 2015. Since relocating to Chaffee County with his wife Allie, Alan works as the lead brewer for Elevation Beer Company in Poncha Springs. He enjoys spending his free time skiing, kayaking, and playing with dogs.

Rob White

Rob White received a BS in Park & Recreation Administration/Biology with a Secondary Teaching Certificate from Central Michigan University in 1980, and a MS in Park Administration/Fisheries & Wildlife Management from Michigan State University in 1983. Since the year 2000, Rob was the Park Manager at the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, one of 42 state parks within Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Rob retired from that position in July of 2020.

Celia Adamec

Celia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Yale University and a Master’s in Museum and Field Studies from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has worked for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY; the CU Natural History Museum; the Golden History Center; and spent over 6 years at Denver Botanic Gardens where she coordinated and oversaw adult public programs, lecture and film series, and professional symposia. Celia currently works as a real estate agent in Salida.

Jodie Snyder

Jodie is employed with Felsburg Holt & Ullevig and has over 15 years of experience supporting and leading transportation, planning, natural resource, and NEPA tasks. Jodie is an Upper Arkansas Valley native and returned to Salida with her husband their two young kids during late Spring 2019. Jodie was a GARNA intern in 2002 during which time she completed dispersed camping impact management studies.

 

Amber Barnett

Amber Barnett has worked in the Outdoor Industry since 2006, with most of her career for various Outward Bound Schools and currently, for Colorado Outward Bound School. Amber has acted as an Outdoor Instructor, Guide, Interpretive Park Ranger, Training Manager and Curriculum writer. She loves connecting her passion for the outdoors and outdoor stewardship to her family and they love to camp, bike, ski, hike, and just play in nature.

 

Lisa Martin

Lisa’s degree in Environmental Conservation shaped her work in her landscape design business and throughout her 29 years working for the city of Boulder. As Boulder’s Parks Manager, Lisa helped create many environmental and human-impact policies spanning from Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to the creation of a work program for people who are homeless. In Chaffee County, Lisa participated in a Great Outdoors Colorado grant aimed to “connect youth and families to the outdoors”, was a founding board member of the Chaffee County Community Foundation, and is now working for Chaffee County on the “Housing + Health: Building Opportunity and Equity” program.

Becca Williams

Becca and her family moved to Chaffee County in early 2021, in part because of the region’s incredible access to the outdoors. Becca earned her BA in Psychology from Webster University in 1999 and her MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri in 2005. Since then, she’s worked with nonprofits, in and out of the technology world as a consultant, served as a classroom teacher for five years, spent nearly a decade in the insurance industry, and has owned and operated two small businesses. She is her most joyful and creative self when learning something new, spending time on our incredible trails, gliding down a snowy mountain, or making art.

Staff

Dominique Naccarato, Executive Director

Masters in Environmental Management – Western Colorado University

BS in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology – University of Colorado

Katie Davis, Development & Operations Manager

Degree in nonprofit management from the University of Washington and Society for Human Resources (SHRM-CP) certified professional. Master’s degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management from Western Illinois University.

Bianka Martinez, Equity and Outreach Coordinator

BS in Biology, Ecology focus, minor in Earth and Environmental Science – University of Illinois- Chicago

Cat Anderson, Programs Coordinator

BS in Neuroscience & Psychology, minor in Biology – Syracuse University

Jessica Downing, Recreation Adopter Coordinator

BS Business Management and Public Relations from Colorado State. Pursuing Masters Certificate in Community Planning from Northern Arizona University. 

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