Meet Our Staff (en Español)
Stacie Gilmore, Executive Director
"I'm a fourth generation Coloradoan, and I love it here - friendly people, wonderful outdoors, and four seasons!"
Stacie Gilmore is a fourth generation Coloradoan, born and raised in Brush, Colorado. She graduated from Brush High School and earned a Bachelors of Science degree in zoology and chemistry from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 1994. In December 2003, she graduated summa cum laude from Regis University with a Masters degree in non-profit management as a Colorado Trust Fellow. She has been involved in environmental and conservation education since 1990 and has worked for the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources before co-founding Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) with her husband, Scott Gilmore in 1996. Stacie has dedicated her life to diversifying the face of natural resources, most recently through anti-oppression work that aligns with her strong commitment to inclusivity and equity around environmental and educational rights.
Stacie has extensive experience in designing curricula for science educational programs for Denver Public Schools and wildlife and natural resource agencies, along with 16 years as Executive Director of ELK. Currently, Stacie serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Diversity and the Environment and Montbello 20/20 along with serving on various other community committees. Stacie, Scott and their three children reside in the Montbello community of Denver and she is often in nature, engaging and educating youth around science and careers.
Contact Stacie at email@example.com or 303-371-8658.
Kimberly Weiss, Education Coordinator
"The best part of living in Colorado is waking up to sunshine every day and having the Rocky Mountains in my backyard!"
Kim received her Master of Arts in environmental education and conservation from Rowan University, in Glassboro, NJ in May 2004. Previously, she was an Angler Education Assistant for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Before moving to Colorado, Kim was a camp director for YMCA Camp Onyahsa in western New York. There she was responsible for directing all programs as well as supervising staff. As a part of her Masters thesis she developed a year-round environmental education program for Camp Onyahsa. She implemented the program during the summer of 2004. Kim maintains her First Aid/CPR for the professional rescuer certification.
Contact Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-291-7554.
Jolynn Crownover, Development Director
"I am excited to be in the beautiful city of Denver where I am close to family, friends and the Broncos!"
Jolynn received her bachelor's degree in Mass Communications-Public Relations at Colorado State University-Pueblo. She is currently working on her Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University to enhance her skills and talents in the art of philanthropy. Prior to coming to ELK, Jolynn worked in Pueblo, Colorado in marketing, fund raising and managing special events for a nonprofit organization serving troubled adolescents. Jolynn is excited to continue to work for youth and is committed to ELK's vision and mission.
Contact Jolynn at email@example.com or 303-291-7503.
Deborah Purce, Education Coordinator
"I'm determined to be a scuba-diver here in beautiful, landlocked Colorado!"
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Deborah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and Latin American studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR and a Master of Science degree in marine biology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. For the past 10 years she has been involved in research, management, and education related to marine science and natural resource
s, including spending a year conducting research on marine protected areas as a Fulbright Scholarship recipient to Chile where her passion for hiking in the Patagonia region of Chile and Argentina foreshadowed her love for Colorado’s magnificent Rocky Mountains. Deborah’s personal identity as a “scientist,” “global citizen,” “social justice advocate,” and “western woman of color” make her particularly passionate about ELK’s mission and very excited for this opportunity to serve Denver’s diverse community of young people.
Contact Deborah at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-927-3303.
Kristina Opre, Volunteer Manager
After spending a year at UNC in Greeley CO, Kristina received her bachelor's degree in Poli Sci from MSU Denver in 2011. From there, and after realizing that systemic change will never come from the top down, she enlisted in an assignment with the Corporation for National and Community Service's AmeriCorps VISTA program to do her part in fighting poverty and advocating for equality for all. Her incredibly positive experience as a VISTA solidified her dedication to living a life devoted to increasing opportunities for the far too often underserved. When she isn't busy roundhouse kicking poverty in the face, Kristina loves to dance, rollerblade and fish- but only when they're biting of course!
Contact Kristina at email@example.com or 720-422-0634 .
Tyler Phillips, Office Manager
Tyler grew up in Colorado and after graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration from Colorado State University, worked for 4 years in the financial services industry. He recently moved to Colombia in pursuit of a career change and began working with Nukanti Foundation for Children, an international non-profit, to grow their outreach through marketing efforts and expand the impact of local projects by implementing a more robust volunteer program. Now, Tyler is back in Denver and excited about the opportunity to join ELK and contribute to their mission. In his free time he enjoys exploring the wilderness of Colorado, volunteering, playing sports, and finding any excuse to be outside and soak in the sunshine.
Contact Tyler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-291-7553.
Mahdyeh Nowkhandan, Summer Intern
Mahdyeh Nowkhandan is a Colorado Native who grew up in the Denver Metro Area. She graduated from Smoky Hill High School in 2008, and is currently an undergraduate student at MSU Denver working toward her Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Integrative Therapeutic Practices Minor and Elementary Education Licensure. In the summer of 2011 she also completed the Challenge New Zealand: Leadership development course where she summated mountains, completed high ropes challenges and went zorbing! She loves adrenaline sports like hang gliding, bungee jumping and sky diving, but can often be found fishing or hiking all over Colorado. She is excited to work with ELK as it combines her passions to help youth and appreciate the outdoors.
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