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.18

    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.

  • Rachel Balduzzi

    Field Institute Program Director

    Phone #: 970-586-3262 Ext. 11

    Rachel manages the Field Institute and the Next Generation Fund and coordinates the Conservancy's bus tours, field classes and internships. Rachel is a former park ranger and school teacher and she enjoys hiking and other outdoor adventures in her free time.

  • Louise Desmond

    Office Guru

    Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 10

    Louise and her husband Brian have worked seasonally for the Conservancy for a combined total of 27 years. Louise is the Conservancy’s accounting and membership guru and the organization’s primary receptionist during the summer. Brian delivers products to our Nature Stores in the park and also works as our warehouse assistant on an as-needed basis.

  • Geoff Elliot

    Conservation Corps Manager

    Phone #: 970-586-3262 Ext. 15

    Geoff manages the Conservancy's Conservation Corps, developing community partnership, recruiting the best candidates, working with Forest Service and National Park Service partners, planning educational programs and working with the crews in the field. He also supports the Field Institute program and other Conservancy youth engagement efforts. When not hard at work, you’ll find Geoff exploring Rocky as a fly fisherman, rafter and skier.

  • Victoria Johnson

    Retail Assistant Manager

    Phone #: 970-586-0121

    Victoria supports the retail department at the Rocky Mountain Conservancy assisting with retail operations. She moved across the country for Rocky Mountain National Park so she is thrilled to be part of an organization that supports and protects a place she loves. She enjoys ice/rock climbing, hiking, bicycling, and photography.

  • Carolyn Kilgore

    Director of Administration

    Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 14

    Carolyn works with the various departments at the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, as well as with our key public lands partners, including Rocky, Colorado State Parks, the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to jointly manage their respective Aid, Custodial and Donated Fund accounts. In her free time, Carolyn enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.

  • Julie Klett

    Director of Donor Relations

    Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 11

    Julie engages and connects people to the Rocky Mountain Conservancy and provides everyone with opportunities to get involved – and then lets them know the difference they made.

  • Sarah Rhode

    Director of Finance

    Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 13

    At Colorado State University Sarah took a course specializing in nonprofit accounting and was hooked.  Away from work, Sarah enjoys running, camping and hiking with her family.

  • Chris Wenzel

    Retail Manager

    Phone #: 970-586-0121 Ext. 14

    Chris works closely with Amy to manage the Conservancy's Nature Stores in Rocky as well as our partner stores in State Parks, Forest Service 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.

  • Nancy Wilson

    Publications and Projects Director

    Phone #: 970-586-0108 Ext. 15

    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, cook and read whenever possible.