Colorado Open Lands’ staff is comprised of dedicated professionals who operate under four guiding principles:

Integrity – we earn the trust of our landowners, partners, donors and community by fulfilling our commitments and holding ourselves to the highest ethical standards in all we do.
Creativity – we are focused on creating, championing, and celebrating conservation-minded solutions that turn land use challenges into opportunities.
Inspiration – we are driven by a love of Colorado’s magnificent lands and a respect for the landowners that steward them and the citizens that cherish them.
Collaborative Leadership – our leadership will seek and foster internal and external collaborative relationships to meet the challenge of conservation in perpetuity.

Alyssa Acosta

Interim Director of Philanthropy

Alyssa Acosta is a Colorado native from a Colorado pioneer family. She brings to the team over nine years of fundraising experience through community outreach, event planning, and database management.

Tony Caligiuri

President and CEO

Tony recently concluded his six years of service with the National Wildlife Federation, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Conservation and Education.

Max Ciaglo

Grain for Cranes Fellow

Max joined Colorado Open Lands as a Stewardship Intern and is now excited to work in the San Luis Valley as the Grain for Cranes Fellow.

Cheryl Cufre

Director of Land Stewardship

Cheryl joined Colorado Open Lands as a Land Steward with over nine years’ experience with Geographic Information Systems.

Liz Eckstein

Director of Finance

Liz is an operations professional with over 20 years of experience and manages COL’s finances.

Carmen Farmer

Conservation Project Manager

Carmen comes to COL after spending four years working as the Community Projects Manager at Eastern Shore Land Conservancy in Maryland.

Maddy Jones

Development Administrator

Maddy Jones joins our Development team as the Development Administrator.

Ben Lenth

Community Conservation Program Manager

Ben Lenth joined Colorado Open Lands following eight years as Executive Director at San Isabel Land Protection Trust in Westcliffe, CO

Judy Lopez

Conservation Project Manager

Judy exhibits a commitment to building relationships around conservation in Colorado’s beautiful San Luis Valley.

John Mezger

Philanthropy Officer

John has joined Colorado Open Lands to build sustaining community support for our mission. 

Joel Nystrom

Stewardship Specialist & GIS Manager

Joel supports the conservation easement stewardship and landowner assistance programs.

Sarah Parmar

Director of Conservation

Sarah has spent over a decade at Colorado Open Lands and leads COL’s private land conservation work.

John Peters

Conservation Project Manager

John has over 12 years of experience working in the land conservation field.

Andrew Slack

Land Stewardship Specialist

Andrew joined Colorado Open Lands after working and studying in the redwood forests of California.

Leslie Volkar

Director of Communications

Leslie is a communications and marketing professional with over fourteen years of experience.

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