WSCC Staff

MEET OUR STAFF

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Alex Johnson, Executive Director

Alex first joined the ranks of the Western Slope Conservation Center back in 2011 as the communications coordinator through the VISTA Western Hardrock Watershed Team. Since graduating from Northland College in northern Wisconsin with a degree in environmental writing, Alex has been working to conserve landscapes across much of the western US and Alaska. He has worked for Southwest Conservation Corps, Student Conservation Association, Southeast Alaska Guidance Association, Alaska Center for the Environment, and the National Park Service. He has written for Orion, Earth Island Journal, and High Country News. He earned his MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, where he was named a Wyss Scholar for Conservation in the Intermountain West and earned a certificate in Natural Resource Conflict Resolution. In his spare time, Alex works on rebuilding an old house in the North Fork Valley, writes essays about the messy relationship between humans and the environment, and runs up and down mountains with his dog, Luna, and partner, Pete.

You can email Alex at director@theconservationcenter.org.

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Maggie Shishim, Membership Coordinator

Maggie Shishim joined the Conservation Center in 2012 as membership coordinator. Maggie came to us from NFRIA where she was a water quality volunteer and administrative assistant. A long-time environmentalist, Maggie moved to western Colorado in 2001 where she enjoys her wonderful family, 3 dogs, the outdoors – cycling, hiking, camping, and gardening – and being a resident of the North Fork Valley.

You can reach her at Maggie@theconservationcenter.org.

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Viva Kellogg, Accountant

Viva Kellogg joined the Conservation Center in 2014 to take care of our financial management and accounting. Viva lives in the North Fork Valley with her partner and their two dogs.

You can reach her at Viva@theconservationcenter.org.

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Patrick Dooling, Associate Director

Patrick joined the Western Slope Conservation Center in 2016. A Pennsylvania native and graduate of Penn State University, Patrick was inspired to study Geology while on a trip to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks. Driven by his desire to understand how these iconic landscapes were formed and drawn by the allure of the mountain west, he earned his M.S. in Geology from the University of Utah. After studying a wide array of geological sciences including volcanology in Iceland, earthquake geology on major faults in Southern California, and sedimentology in southern Utah, he worked as a petroleum geologist/project manager in Houston, TX. Once again unable to resist the allure of the mountain west, he moved to Paonia to help preserve and protect the public lands and watersheds of Colorado. In his free time, Patrick enjoys exploring mountain peaks, desert rivers, and everything in between with his partner, Marla, and their tireless lab Jude.

Send him a line at patrick@theconservationcenter.org.

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Jake Hartter, Watershed Coordinator

Jake joined the Conservation Center team in March 2017 and is honored to serve as WSCC’s watershed coordinator.  Jake graduated from Greenville College in 2002 with a B.S. in Environmental Biology.  His early work history focused around developing stormwater wetland basins and riparian corridors for improving domestic water quality.  He has worked with municipalities, agencies, universities, and private landowners to implement watershed scale habitat management practices.  In addition to his work in habitat restoration, Jake has spent nearly 10 years in the geothermal drilling industry, operating heavy equipment and managing small work crews to install energy efficient heating and cooling systems in the midwest.  Jake lives in Paonia with the 3 most amazing girls on the planet where they enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, biking  and floating, through the incredible vistas of the North Fork Valley.

Expect a speedy reply when you email him at Jake@theconservationcenter.org.

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Reaha Goyetche, Healthy Forests Initiative OSMRE/VISTA

Reaha joined the Conservation Center as the second Healthy Forest Initiatives VISTA in 2017. She hails from coastal Maine. In 2014, she graduated with a degree in Chemistry from Bowdoin College, where she ran cross-country and studied methods of modeling the retention of contaminants in soils. After graduation, she worked on stem cell transplant clinical research in Boston. A desire to work in conservation and explore the West drew her across the Continental Divide. Now that she’s in Colorado, you can find her trail running, biking, or cross country skiing. She also appreciates anyone who will point her in the direction of a good book or good donut.

Say hi at Reaha@theconservationcenter.org.