Staff & Board
Jen Kovecses, Executive Director
Jen grew up playing in lakes and streams in Canada building a life-long interest in aquatic ecosystems and conservation. She pursued this interest in university, completing a Bachelor's of Science in biology and a Master's of Science in aquatic ecology at McGill University. For her Master's thesis, Jen researched the impacts of mining pollution on lakes in northern Quebec.
After completing her graduate degree, she continued to pursue her passion for aquatic ecosystems, working on a variety of watershed conservation projects on the shores of Lake Ontario and the coast of British Columbia. While living in California, Jen had the opportunity to work for local non-profits, offering science and policy analysis to help protect water quality and habitat in California's beautiful coastal watersheds.
After moving to Colorado in 2011, she began volunteering with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers as a way to get to know some of the amazing places in Colorado. This led to an opportunity to work with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, managing its post-fire restoration program.
When not working, Jen can be found hiking in the mountains or along Colorado's many beautiful rivers.
Contact Jen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hally Strevey, Watershed Program Manager
Hally is a Colorado native, with a great love of the West. Her family has a cabin on the Poudre River, and she spent much of her childhood fishing, hiking, and cross country skiing in the watershed. These experiences helped to fuel her passion for a career path in restoration ecology.
Hally has a diverse background in both wildlife and ecology. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in wildlife biology from Colorado State University and a Master’s of Science in land rehabilitation from Montana State University. Her Master’s thesis research was focused on measuring the impact of an invasive buttercup on the plant community, and testing various integrated management strategies to control the plant while maintaining plant diversity.
Hally has also worked for the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, the Restoration Ecology lab at Colorado State University, and an ecological consulting firm.
When she’s not working, Hally enjoys spending time in wild beautiful places with her husband and dog, practicing and teaching yoga, identifying plants, and hanging out in downtown Fort Collins.
Contact Hally: email@example.com
Weston Toll, Watershed Coordinator
Weston grew up on the Front Range of Colorado, where he gained an appreciation of all things outdoors. Because of this he became interested in forestry and wildland fire management.
Weston attended the University of Wyoming, where he majored in Geography, with a concentration in Natural Resource Management. During the summer he worked for the US Forest Service in forest and fire management. Upon graduation, Weston continued to work for the Forest Service with the Wyoming Interagency Hotshot Crew and on a type 6 engine on the Medicine Bow NF. He then made the move back to Colorado where he took a position with The Nature Conservancy. In his 5 years with TNC, Weston helped the forest and fire program to recognize the importance of prescribed fire, forest health projects and wildfire mitigation, especially in the watersheds of the Front Range.
In his free time, Weston enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and outdoor activities.
Contact Weston: firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is responsible for the general supervision of the affairs of the Corporation and has fiduciary responsibility for the assets of the Corporation. The Directors are comprised of both reserved seat and at-large members.
Any member of the public or representative of any public or private corporation may be introduced as candidates to be elected by and serve on the Board of Directors as at-large members. Three seats on the Board of Directors are reserved for representatives from the City of Fort Collins Utilities, City of Greeley Water and Sewer, and Larimer County.
Richard Thorp, Reserved Seat Board Member
Watershed Program Manager, City of Fort Collins Utilities
Jennifer Petrzelka, Reserved Seat Board Member
Water Rights Manager, City of Greeley Water & Sewer Dept.
Shayle Nelson, Reserved Seat Board Member
Emergency Management Coordinator, Larimer County
Rocky Mountain Flycasters (TU)
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
Maelly Oropeza, Board Chair
Larimer County Conservation Corps
Bob Sturtevant, Board Vice Chair
CO/WY Society of American Foresters
Shannon Allstott, Board Treasurer
Evan Stafford, Board Secretary