Greater Arkansas River Nature Association
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Board of Directors
Lisa Martin, Board Chair
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.
Layne Kottmeier, Board Treasurer
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
Max started his land management career in 1996, currently working for the USDA Forest Service as a Mountain Sports Administrator. His family lives in Leadville and love to explore the Arkansas Valley whenever possible. He serves on the Leadville City Council and teaches as an adjunct faculty at CMC-Leadville. He is grateful for being part of the solution of numerous complex land management issues and enjoys developing partnerships with dedicated community and industry-leading organizations.
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.
Formerly GARNA’s Community Outreach Coordinator, Hillary now works at Colorado Mountain College as a Marketing Coordinator. Hillary has a BA in Environmental Science and a minor in Geology and a minor in Sustainability from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Hannah Brainer, community organizer and seed saver, joined GARNA in 2021 and couldn’t be
happier. Hannah has worked in classrooms for the last seven years before helping start the
Community Equity Coalition in Salida, CO. She graduated from Alfred University with a
BA in English and then went on to get a MA in Early Childhood Education at Marian
University. Hannah enjoys swamps, mosses, and collecting insects and rocks outside with her
two wonderfully zestful sons.
Dominique Naccarato, Executive Director
Masters in Environmental Management – Western Colorado University
BS in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology – University of Colorado
Diego Ibarra, Americorps Member with Alpine Achievers Initiative
BS in Biochemistry – Ohio University
Bianka Martinez, Hispanic Access Fellow with USFS-Salida Ranger District
BS in Biology, Ecology focus, minor in Earth and Environmental Science – University of Illinois- Chicago
Kelsey Kirkwood, Programs and Volunteer Coordinator
BA in Environmental Science – Colorado State University
Chris Kassar, Communications Coordinator
MS in Conservation Biology – Utah State University
BS in Speech-Language Pathology – Northwestern University