Rocky Mountain Conservancy Staff

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

    Executive Director

    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.

  • Michael Allen

    Director of Philanthropy

    Phone #: Tel: (970) 586-0108; Cell: (720) 845-5690

    Michael grew up in the flatlands of Oklahoma until wanderlust brought him to the Rocky Mountains in search of adventure. With more than 10 years of development and fundraising experience, Michael comes to the Conservancy from the world of climbing-area protection and conservation. Michael explores his outdoor passions through climbing, adventure travel and photography.

  • Carolyn Carlson

    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.

  • Andie Gibbons

    Member and Donor Services Associate

    Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 107

    Andie supports the Conservancy's Philanthropy Department by utilizing the organization’s fundraising database and corresponding with members and donors. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, the mountains are a newfound love in Andie’s life, but she's no stranger around here. Andie was an Olson Fellow with the Conservancy's Field Institute in 2019, and she has also worked as a park interpreter in Rocky for three seasons. When she’s away from the office, Andie can be found hiking in the park’s expansive network of trails, listening to true-crime podcasts, or trying new recipes. Three words to describe Andie? Caring, creative, caffeinated.

  • Dalton Herrin

    Finance Associate

    Phone #: 970-586-0108

    Dalton supports the finance manager and assists with finance and accounting related duties for the organization. Prior to joining the Conservancy, he worked in the financial services industry. Dalton is a classic Colorado native who likes to hike, ski and fish with his dog.

  • Emily Luth

    Donor Services Manager

    Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 105

    Emily manages the Conservancy’s fundraising database and Donor Services team. Emily is a Colorado native who grew up visiting Rocky often, and she is thrilled to have recently migrated from the art museum world to promoting stewardship of Rocky. When Emily isn’t busy wrangling data, she enjoys biking, hiking, camping and crafting.

  • Ian Stafford

    Stewardship Director

    Phone #: 970-586-3262 Ext. 301

    Ian oversees the Conservancy’s Conservation Corps and stewardship work, and is thrilled to be working with young professionals entering the conservation workforce. With a personal career goal of helping to get as many people outdoors as possible, Ian brings more than a decade’s worth of outdoor-industry experience to the Conservancy. And whether he is rafting, backpacking, or sitting in a hammock with a good book, Ian simply enjoys a quality day outside. He grew up in the rolling hills of North Carolina but has called Colorado home since 2010. That hasn’t stopped him from cooking up some top-notch fried chicken and biscuits in the Rocky Mountains!

  • Chris Stone-Wheatley

    On-site Retail Coordinator

    Phone #: 970-586-0121 Ext. 201

    Chris manages daily operations of the Conservancy’s Nature Stores in park visitor centers in Rocky. He also handles IT and supports retail operations on the Conservancy's website. Off-site, Chris enjoys backcountry skiing and hiking.

  • Isaiah Stone-Wheatley

    Warehouse Manager

    Phone #: 970-586-0121
    Extension: Ext. 205

    Isaiah manages all aspects of the Conservancy’s warehouse operations, including receiving and storing of merchandise, inventory control, staffing and distribution. Outside of work, Isaiah enjoys skiing, mountain biking and hiking.

  • Chris Wenzel

    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.

  • Jess Willuweit

    Finance Manager

    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.

  • Nancy Wilson

    Publications Director

    Phone #: 970-586-0108; Cell: 970-481-0644

    Nancy is the editor of the Rocky Mountain Conservancy’s Quarterly newsletter, publishes the Conservancy books and promotional materials and partners with the retail department to create fun products for our Nature Stores. Offline, Nancy loves to hike, bike, kayak, cook and read whenever possible.