Rocky Mountain Conservancy Staff

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!

  • Madison Abbott

    Member and 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. Shed 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.


  • Melissa Addison

    Nature Store Clerk

    Melissa joined the Rocky Mountain Conservancy to work at the top of the world - the Alpine Visitor Center - as a retail clerk in the Nature Store. Melissa enjoys her interactions with the visitors, and being helpful with their gift-giving decisions, and it feels good to be a part of the greater RMNP mission. She is an avid horseback rider, and a hiker, and loves music enough to play the piano, the flute, the piccolo, the cajon (a Peruvian drum) and the guitar. She also sings!


  • Aubry Andreas

    Graphic Designer

    Phone #: 970-586-1324

    Aubry started as a Conservancy Intern partnering with Rocky in 2020. At the internship completion, she was given the opportunity to continue her work with the park in a role that focused more on media. Aubry loves that her job gives her the opportunity to partner with both the park and the Conservancy on a variety of projects that enhance the visitor experience. Outside of work, Aubry enjoys cooking, baking, hiking and photography.


  • Carlie Bangs

    Education Director

    Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 100
    Email: carlie.bangs@rmconservancy.org

    Carlie is passionate about getting people outdoors and learning in her role as the Education Director of the Conservancy Field Institute. Her experience in nonprofit management, child development, and environmental education helps her manage and implement high quality educational programs for the Conservancy. Carlie is a strong advocate for families, her Estes Park community, and is all about having fun adventures! Stop by the office to meet Carlie when she’s not spending time with her three daughters and husband hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, traveling to new destinations, skiing throughout Colorado, or camping in the woods!


  • Shealee Brown

    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 to hike, photography and baking, and is currently in the throes of planning a fall wedding.


  • 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.


  • Todd Conley

    Warehouse Associate

    Phone #: 970-586-0121 Ext. 205

    Todd left the world of software developing to find an organization whose mission he believed in, and when he heard that the Conservancy was looking for help, decided that the thought of moving boxes rather than sitting at a desk was very appealing! Todd has been hiking in Rocky since the 80’s, enjoys playing games (like Tapestry and Terraforming Mars), and he is an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction.


  • Mary Malvern

    Retail Manager

    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.


  • Carol Meyers

    Nature Store Clerk

    After retiring from the U.S. Postal Service in 2016, Carol joined the Conservancy team as a retail clerk. For her, nothing is better than supporting a local cause like Rocky, and she’s found working with the Conservancy to be very meaningful and worthy. Carol is a long-time resident of Estes Park who enjoys playing the piano and swimming in her downtime.


  • Jake Miller

    Retail Clerk

    Jake Miller joins the full time retail staff of the Conservancy after being a member of the Conservation Corp a few years ago. He enjoys being a part of a team that supports Rocky, while also taking advantage of the hiking and the flyfishing at his disposal. He likes meeting all of the visitors that come to Rocky during his work day, then diving into reading the scientific articles and papers, and various other genres that pique his interest.


  • Nathan Morrow

    Stewardship Field Manager

    Nathan brings his experience as a Conservation Corps Field Coordinator in 2021 to bear in his new role with the Conservancy as the Stewardship Field Manager, where he can interact with crew members and be engaged with the projects and the plans. He’s an avid outdoor and nature kind of guy, and he’s excited to be working in conservation with the young people that will be the movers and shakers of the future. Nathan also plays the guitar.


  • 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.


  • Lisa Oakley

    Human Resources Coordinator

    Phone #: Tel: 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.


  • Steven Ochoa

    Diversity Internship Cohort Coordinator

    Phone #: Cell: (323) 445-5213

    Steven brings to the Conservancy the passion he has in helping young people from diverse backgrounds become the next responsible stewards of our public lands. He welcomes the opportunity to make a lasting contribution towards preservation of our beautiful spaces for the following generations. Steven also enjoys rock climbing, drawing and wood working.


  • Anthony Palacios

    Warehouse Manager

    Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 203

    Anthony oversees the daily operations of the Conservancy’s warehouse. He works closely with the retail department to inventory product, and ensure that orders are carefully pulled, shipped and delivered to the visitor centers as required. Outside of work, Anthony enjoys working on and riding his motorcycle, taking his dog out for long walks and cooking - pasta dishes are his favorite! New to Colorado, Anthony absolutely loves the beautiful views and wildlife – something (he says) that El Paso doesn’t have.


  • Pat Person

    Nature Store Clerk

    Pat is a year-round employee of the Conservancy at one of the visitor centers in the park. Pat loves her job serving the people that visit Rocky, and she will argue that she works in the most beautiful place in Colorado! Pat enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, gardening and keeping up on Colorado history


  • Sue Pinkham

    Nature Store Clerk

    Sue works as a Conservancy retail clerk at our Nature Stores in Rocky's visitor centers. Hers is a friendly face, so be sure to say hi! Sue enjoys giving back to RMNP in myriad ways, and has had multiple experiences as a park volunteer. As a golden retriever aficionado, she spends a lot of time walking her own goldens, and she and her husband enjoy canoeing on Lake Estes and hiking.


  • Ian Stafford

    Director of Stewardship and Policy

    Phone #: 970-586-3262 Ext. 301

    Ian oversees the Conservancy’s Conservation Corps and stewardship work, as well as tracking and advocating for policy change that benefits the lands that the conservancy partners with. Ian has a personal career goal of helping to get as many people outdoors as possible, and brings more than a decade’s worth of outdoor-industry experience to the Conservancy. 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. Although no longer in the south, that hasn’t stopped him from cooking up some top-notch fried chicken and biscuits in the Rocky Mountains!


  • 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

    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.


  • Danielle Wolf

    Field Institute Coordinator

    Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 100

    Danielle is the Conservancy's new 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.


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