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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kaci Yoh

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 communicationsShe shares her love of the mountains with her husband, an RMNP ranger, and their young Junior Ranger-in-training.

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Danielle Wolf

Education Manager
Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 100

Danielle is the Conservancy’s Education Manager, with a background in both science education and Earth Science research. She was formerly a middle school science teacher and served previously as the Conservancy’s Field Institute Coordinator. She’s excited to help guide the Field Institute in its next chapter, and cares deeply about the outdoors, protecting wild spaces, and helping people learn about the natural world, making this role a perfect fit.

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Lisa Oakley

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.

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Connor Brewer

Finance Associate
Phone #: 970-586-0108 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.  

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Katie Colson

Field Institute Coordinator
Phone #: 970-586-3262

Katie is responsible for the planning, evaluation, and day-to-day operations of the Conservancy’s Field Institute which offers seminars, bus tours, and special programming. Katie grew up in the Pacific Northwest but fell in love with Colorado after moving to Fort Collins to attend college. She gained experience in environmental and outdoor education and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Natural Resources. Katie is passionate about sharing the wonders of Rocky Mountain National Park with others, making the Conservancy a perfect fit. Katie enjoys climbing, trail running, and canyoneering. 

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Karen Lloyd-D'Onofrio

Development Officer
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.  

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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.

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Anne Morris

Communications Associate
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.   

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Shealee Morris

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.

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Ann Wagner

Member & Donor Services Associate
Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 107

Ann communicates with and provides support to our members and donors which includes answering general questions, processing donations, issuing certificates for the Rocky Mountain National Park license plate program, and membership fulfillment. She’s excited to be a part of the Conservancy team after spending 26 years in the medical and clinical field. Ann and family moved to Estes Park 13 years ago to be close to Rocky and bond over their love of the outdoors and activities including skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and biking. Ann, her husband, adult children, and now a grandchild, make it a priority to enjoy and explore the park and our surrounding mountain communities.

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Dani Woods

Field Stewardship Manager
Phone #: 970-586-0108 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.

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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.

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Mike Wold

Administrative Assistant
Phone #: 970-586-0108 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. 

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Ty Young

Warehouse Manager
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.