Meet Our Staff
The Rocky Mountain Conservancy employs a number of full-time staff members. Stop by the offices and say hi – we’d love to meet you!
Esther Rivera Murdock
Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 106
Estee manages the Rocky Mountain Conservancy as a whole, working with our partners, directing organization goals and priorities and advising managers. She interacts directly with the Rocky Mountain Conservancy Board and provides on-the-ground feedback to guide board decisions.
Director of Administration
Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 101
Carolyn collaborates with all the departments at the Conservancy to oversee day-to-day operations. She manages the Finance team and administers the contracts, grants and partner agency agreements. Carolyn serves as the primary liaison with Rocky Mountain National Park to administer and ensure adherence to project budgets. She also oversees the information technology projects, and is responsible for Conservancy vehicle, facility and land assets. Carolyn is an avid nature photographer and enjoys any opportunity to get outside with her family.
Director of Philanthropy Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 128
A chance visit to Rocky Mountain National Park during a Denver business trip led Kaci to change professions and relocate to Estes Park. Kaci has worked in philanthropy since 2015. As Philanthropy Director, Kaci leads the Philanthropy Department and is responsible donor stewardship and communications. She shares her love of the mountains with her husband, an RMNP ranger, and their young Junior Ranger-in-training.
Director of Sales
Phone #: 970-586-0121 Ext. 200
Chris manages the Conservancy’s Nature Stores in Rocky as well as our partner stores at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, in multiple Forest Service locations and BLM areas throughout Colorado and Wyoming. Chris has lived in Estes Park for many, many years. She loves the outdoors and camping in the wilderness.
Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 100
Danielle is the Conservancy’s interim director and Field Institute Coordinator, with roots in Upstate New York and Houston, Texas. She is a former science teacher, turned mother of two boys, turned FI Coordinator, and she’s a native of the outdoors and hanging in the woods. She’s excited to help bring the Field Institute back to life, and cares deeply about the outdoors, protecting wild spaces, and education, so the Conservancy’s Field Institute seems like a perfect fit.
Human Resources Coordinator
Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 103
As the primary human resources staff member at the Conservancy, Lisa collaborates with all the departments to ensure effectiveness, compliance, and equity within the organization. Prior to joining the Conservancy Team, she worked in the ever-changing employment staffing industry where she specialized in operations, payroll, employment relations, and human resources. Lisa is a long-time resident of Colorado, and she enjoys exploring Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as the many historic ghost towns around the state. Photographing the amazing wildlife of Colorado is yet another favorite pursuit.
Donor Services Manager
Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 105
Madison works with the Conservancy’s philanthropy team in member and donor services to manage the organization’s database. She brings 13 years in the hospitality business to the crew, and she’s into learning, and loves the wildlife of Rocky. She’s a fan of hiking, soccer, indigenous peoples’ culture, criminal psychology/dark history, and music.
Phone #: 720-546-7213
Aubry works with the Conservancy to maintain brand identity and is responsible for creating various digital and print products. Outside of work, Aubry enjoys hiking/backpacking, photography, going to concerts, and traveling.
Phone #: 970-586-1806 Ext. 114
Connor’s main responsibility is assisting the Finance Manager in maintaining accurate financial records for the Conservancy. This includes recording retail sales, tracking donations, managing credit card expenses, generating invoices and printing checks. Connor moved to Estes Park in July 2022 from Atlanta near where he grew up with his family exploring the north Georgia mountains. After one visit to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2020, he knew he wanted to come back. Connor enjoys trail runs, lifting weights, exploring and spending time with friends.
Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 109
Karen’s responsibilities include advocating for all the Conservancy programs that support Rocky, meeting and building relationships with donors, and fundraising. Originally from the United Kingdom, Karen earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Colorado and has a rich work history including managing museums, archives, and archeological sites. Karen and her husband enjoy amateur bird watching and traveling throughout the American West, spending time with family, and introducing granddaughter, Tay, to the beauties and wonders of the natural world.
Phone #: 970-488-0217
Before joining RMC’s communications team, Anne spent a career in Air Force public affairs with assignments around the country and the world. Her responsibilities include writing stories and keeping the Conservancy website current. Happy to be home in the mountains, Anne enjoys hiking with her family, travel, and playing guitar.
Phone #: 970-586-0121 Ext. 202
Mary is the Conservancy’s Retail Manager, and brings a plethora of skills to the job from her past and she likes to learn new things every day. She grew up in Iowa and raised a daughter there, and now has two grandchildren. She’s happy to be working for a good cause in helping Rocky Mountain National Park, and she likes to camp, crochet and travel.
Field Stewardship Manager
Phone #: 970-586-1806 Ext. 104
Born and raised in New Jersey, Dani found her way out west after a summer building trails in a student conservation program. After graduating from Montana State University with a degree in Natural Resources and Rangeland Ecology (where she competed in professional lumberjack competitions), Dani worked with the Montana Conservation Corps. She is excited to explore Rocky Mountain National Park as she helps young people learn and grow in the Conservancy’s Conservation Corps and High School Leadership Corps programs.
Retail Coordinator Phone #: 970-586-0121 Ext. 201
Meet Shealee, the Conservancy Retail Coordinator, from Maryland. Shealee is excited to be working for the Rocky Mountain Conservancy because she can get behind its mission of stewardship and conservation of our natural lands. As an aside, she’s also thrilled to find herself in one of the most gorgeous places she’s ever been. Shealee loves hiking, photography. and baking.
Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 108
Jess works in collaboration with all of the departments at the Conservancy to manage the accounting and finance processes. When not at work, Jess enjoys fishing, camping, and drag racing.
Phone #: 970-586-1806 Ext. 102
As the Conservancy’s administrative assistant, Mike does everything from vehicle and building maintenance to expense tracking and mail handling. Mike is currently the Conservancy’s longest serving team member at 22 years and counting. He started with the Conservancy working retail at the Alpine and Beaver Meadows Visitor Centers. Before “retiring” to Estes Park with his wife, Mike completed a career with the Social Security Administration, a job which took him all over Ohio, Michigan, and the East Coast.
Phone #: 970-586-0121 Ext. 203
Ty is responsible for running the Conservancy’s extensive warehouse facilities which includes receiving and accounting for merchandise, and making sure the Conservancy’s more than one dozen nature stores are stocked with inventory. He grew up in Estes Park but left to serve in the U.S. Navy as a machinist mate and see the world, including an assignment to far-flung Sasebo Naval Base in Japan. When not surrounded by boxes, Ty enjoys working on house projects, reading, building models, and playing the bagpipes.