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

Development Associate

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

Brandy Bertram

Director of Development

Brandy brings a continuum of leadership experience gained through 15 years of service in the non-profit, financial, legal and educational sectors.

Andrew Bushnell

Stewardship Fellow

Andrew joined Colorado Open Lands in February 2016 as a Stewardship Fellow.

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.

Cheryl Cufre

Director of Land Stewardship

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

Hugh Daly

Operations Specialist & Volunteer Manager

Hugh joined Colorado Open Lands in January of 2016, bringing nearly ten years of operations experience to the team.

Liz Eckstein

Director of Operations

Liz is an operations professional with over 15 years of experience most recently serving as Operations Manager at the National Wildlife Federation.

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.

Tessa Goldhamer

Volunteer Land Protection Assistant

Tessa is a former Partner at the Denver law firm of Holland & Hart where she practiced real estate law for 18 years.

Mari Johnson

Stewardship Specialist & Landowner Liaison

Mari joins Colorado Open Lands after working in land conservation for the past 6 years.

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.

Joel Nystrom

Stewardship Specialist & GIS Manager

Joel joined Colorado Open Lands in 2013 after working with The Nature Conservancy (CO) and Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Sarah Parmar

Director of Conservation

Sarah leads Colorado Open Lands’ conservation team and ensures that Colorado Open Lands is achieving conservation of significant impact.

John Peters

Conservation Project Manager

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

Elizabeth H. Richardson

Stewardship Volunteer

Elizabeth worked for Colorado Open Lands for 11 years before retiring early in 2002.

Rob Robinson

Stewardship Volunteer

Rob has been monitoring COL conservation easements for five years.

Jordan Vana

Director of Programs

Jordan joined Colorado Open Lands in 2013 as a result of COL’s merger with Colorado Conservation Trust.

Leslie Volkar

Director of Communications

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

Leslie Woollenweber

Data & Direct Mail Manager

Leslie brings a decade of experience in conservation, non-profit development, program management and community engagement to her role at Colorado Open Lands. 

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