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 Associate

    Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 107

    Madison works with the Conservancy’s philanthropy team in member and donor services, and brings 13 years in the hospitality business to the crew. She’s into learning, and loves the wildlife of Rocky, and she’s a fan of hiking, soccer, indigenous peoples’ culture, criminal psychology/dark history, and music.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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; Cell: 970-556-6776

    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.


  • 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

    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.


  • 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.