Alyssa Acosta

Director of Philanthropy

Alyssa Acosta is the Director of Philanthropy at Colorado Open Lands with more than 10 years of fundraising experience.

Kyle Balint

Conservation Associate

Kyle joined the conservation team after completing his MS in Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wyoming.

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.

Chelsea Collins

Stewardship Program Manager

Chelsea comes to Colorado Open Lands’ Stewardship team after working with the Boulder County Parks & Open Space’s Conservation Easement Program.

Cheryl Cufre

Director of Land Stewardship

Cheryl Cufre leads COL’s conservation easement stewardship and landowner assistance programs.

Heather Doyle-Maier


Heather Doyle-Maier brings two decades of non-profit bookkeeping experience to Colorado Open Lands and believes that reliable and accurate financial work are a foundation for effective community action.

Carmen Farmer

Conservation Project Manager

Carmen Farmer is the Project Manager for the Northern Front Range and Lower South Platte Basin.

Karen Foley

Land and Water Steward

Karen has variety of field experience and skills important to conservation easement monitoring, land care and sustainable water programs.

Cheyenne Johnson

Philanthropy Officer

Cheyenne Johnson has over 15 years of experience in philanthropy.

Kelsey King

GOCO Conservation Fellow

Kelsey joined COL after many years working in environmental education.

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

Dennis Lyamkin

Morgridge Family Foundation Land Stewardship Fellow

Dennis joined the COL Stewardship Team in April 2021 as a Fellow.

Jenn Murdock

GIS Manager

Jenn obtained her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Economics as well as a master’s degree in Geographic Information Science from the University of Denver.

Joel Nystrom

Conservation Project Manager

Joel is a Conservation Project Manager focusing on the acequia communities in the San Luis Valley.

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.

Katherine Raffio

Summit County Community Liaison

Katherine joins Colorado Open Lands after two and a half years as the Program Coordinator at Continental Divide Land Trust.

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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