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

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.

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.

Kristin Gjelsteen

Events & Donor Communications Coordinator

Kristin joins Colorado Open Lands with experience in event coordination, project management, and communications.

Maddy Jones

Development Administrator

Maddy Jones joins our Development team as the Development Administrator.

Jaclyn Kachelmeyer

Landowner Liaison

Jaclyn joined Colorado Open Lands after completing her master’s degree at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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

Land Stewardship Program 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.

Pam Sjoerdsma

Director of HR & Administration

Pam arrived at Colorado Open Lands in April 2018 with a passion for the outdoors and more than 25 years of management and operations experience

Leslie Volkar

Director of Communications

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

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