Hannah Stevens, Executive Director

Hannah joined WSCC most recently from High Country News where she served as the Donor Stewardship Manager, and previously worked in botanical science for thirteen years leading the New York Botanical Garden’s Conservation GIS program, as well as consulted for national and international organizations such as the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Center for International Forestry Research in Indonesia. Hannah has long admired and appreciated the mission of WSCC, and served as the organization’s Watershed Stewardship Committee chairperson, River Fest Coordinator, and project consultant. Hannah’s roots in the North Fork Valley were planted over 30 years ago when her family moved here and started an organic garlic farm, and it was here that her love and appreciation of agriculture, the outdoors, and science grew strong. Hannah holds a B.A. in Biology from Colorado College and an M.A. in Conservation Biology from Columbia University. After many years in NYC, she is happy to call the mountains of Colorado home again. She and her daughter enjoy tending their small farm (including a flock of chickens, two bunnies, and an extra sweet cat), being in nature, traveling and all things art.

You can reach out to Hannah here.


Lauren Swartz, Community Outreach and Stewardship VISTA

Lauren joined the Western Slope Conservation Center in August 2023 as the Conservation Legacy AmeriCorps VISTA. She grew up on the northwest side of Ohio. She is a recent college graduate from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Environmental Science with a specialization in Education and Interpretation. During her college years, she worked with Nature’s Nursery, a native wildlife rehabilitation clinic in her hometown. Lauren mainly tended to wildlife patients that needed medical attention, worked alongside volunteers, and other behind the scenes tasks. In the final year of her degree, Lauren also enjoyed serving as the Treasurer for BGSU’s Outdoor Adventure Club. In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading, finding new kombucha to try, exploring new hiking trails, and taking her SUP out! She is excited to start out her post-college life with a bang through the WSCC!

Contact Lauren here!

photo of Heidi Hudek in front of Lamborn mountain at Sunset

Heidi Hudek, Bookkeeper

Heidi Hudek is an entrepreneur, a creative, and a mother. She owns her own business as a Bookkeeper, and is a professional musician and photographer. Heidi is a community advocate and connoisseur of locally grown foods. Heidi has been a Bookkeeper for various organizations for 4 years, including retail, restaurant, and design businesses, and she specializes in non-profits. She has been Treasurer, Secretary, and Executive Director of three nonprofits, and has been a Bookkeeper for six nonprofits. While raising her son as a single mom, Heidi has lived in Delta County since 2005. She sees the North Fork Valley as an inspirational place, worthy of celebration. She enjoys cooking at home with locally grown foods and values the land and water we enjoy here. Heidi works to build community connections and collaboration, and to provide arts education for kids.