Executive, Development & Marketing

Kim Langmaid

Founder & Vice President, Sustainability Programs

Kim is the visionary and founder of Walking Mountains Science Center, she recently returned to head up Sustainability department and programs.  Meet Kim >

Markian Feduschak


Markian is focused on leadership development, effective team building, staff training, and risk management. He loves spending time outdoors with his wife and two daughters.  Meet Markian >

Gabriella Matus

Senior Director of Business Operations

Gabriella joined the team in April of 2015. Previously, she worked for the Youth Foundation. More details to come as she gets settled in!

Lara Carlson

Senior Programs Director

Lara oversees the Youth and Community Programs happening on-site at Walking Mountains and with our partner organizations. She has been with Walking Mountains in various roles since our inception as Gore Range Natural Science School!  Meet Lara >

Patty White

Vice President, Development

Patty joined Walking Mountains in January 2015 as Vice President of Development, responsible for overseeing the development team and setting the strategy for future growth. Meet Patty >

Gina Van Hekken

Director of Grants & Strategic Initiatives

Gina joined Walking Mountains in 2007 as Youth Programs Director. She is now a part of the Development Team, writing education grants to support both Youth and Community Programs.  Meet Gina >

Paul Abling

Marketing & Communications Director

A Colorado native, Paul grew up in Arvada Colorado and joined Walking Mountains in March 2018 after serving for many local organizations including the Vail Valley Foundation, Vail Valley Partnership and Vail Daily.   Meet Paul >

Lizzy Owens

Associate Director of Development

Lizzy relocated from the Washington, DC area to join the Walking Mountains Development Team in June 2018. Meet Lizzy >

Rose Delles

Finance and Accounting Manager

Rose Delles has worked for Walking Mountains since 2010 in a variety of roles, most recently assisting the Finance and Development departments. Meet Rose>

Kathleen O’Toole Gilles

Human Resources Generalist

Kathleen recently joined the Walking Mountains organization as Human Resources Generalist in May 2018.  She was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, but has called the Vail Valley home since 2006.  Meet Kathleen >

Karina Schorr

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

A true Eagle County native, Karina joined Walking Mountains in September 2015 after graduating from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR the previous year. Meet Karina >  

Maria Burciaga-Alaniz

Eagle Valley Outdoor Movement Coordinator

Maria was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and moved to Eagle County in 2013.  She graduated from Colorado Mountain College with her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in August 2017. Meet Maria >

Tessa Allen

Development Associate

Tessa joined Walking Mountains Science Center in August 2017. As the new Development Associate, she helps manage the donor database as well as provide support for special events. Meet Tessa >

Youth Programs

Chris Cohen

Youth Programs Director

10 years after teaching at Gore Range Natural Science School as an educator fellow, Chris rejoined the Walking Mountains staff in 2018 as Youth Programs Director. She loves to teach about the natural world and hopes to inspire students of all ages to become stewards of their own backyards. Meet Chris >

Jaymee Squires

Graduate Programs Director

Jaymee heads up graduate studies at Walking Mountains, she is a whiz with edible plants and enjoys reading, hiking, camping, canoeing and being outside. Meet Jaymee >

Dustin Hall

School Programs Coordinator

After 4 years of teaching environmental education in the Roaring Fork Valley, Dustin joined Walking Mountains in May 2018. As the School Programs Coordinator, Dustin is excited to continue to foster relationships with students, teachers, and administrators throughout the Eagle Valley. Meet Dustin >

Haley Baker

Sowing Seeds Coordinator

An Ohio native, Haley fell in love with the Rockies as a Naturalist and Sustainability Intern at Walking Mountains. As Sowing Seeds Coordinator, Haley is thrilled to have the chance to inspire local students to get their hands dirty in their school gardens.  Meet Haley >

Megan Carter

Girls in Science Coordinator

Megan grew up in a small town named Black Diamond, WA, nestled in the foothills near Mount Rainier. She developed a fondness for the outdoors early-on rafting rivers all around the Pacific Northwest, climbing moss covered fruit trees in her front yard, and spending summers swimming in Puget Sound.  Meet Megan >

Leah Lentz

Environmental Leadership Program Coordinator

Graduating from Colorado State University in 2000 earning a Bachelor of Science in Rangeland Ecosystem Management with a concentration in Restoration Ecology, Leah worked for the United States Forest Service for 16 years.  Meet Leah >

Paul Leininger

STEM Curiosity Lab Coordinator

From the small state of Delaware, Paul has a huge love for nature and everything outdoors! Meet Paul >

Katherine Trudeau

Graduate Fellow & Educator

Kate’s passion for the outdoors can be contributed to growing up alongside nature in the Adirondack Park. Most recently she taught science and outdoor leadership in Anchorage Alaska. Her experiences have led her to dedicate her professional life towards making science and nature accessible to everyone. Meet Katherine >

Ashley Daniels

Graduate Fellow & Educator

Ashley Daniels grew up in Chicago and graduated from Purdue University where she conducted undergraduate research studying the effects of water quality on salamander growth. Meet Ashley >  

Leah Weisman

Graduate Fellow & Educator

Leah Weisman grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and had her formative outdoor experiences in the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire. Meet Leah >

Aidan Goldie

Graduate Fellow & Educator

Growing up, Aidan called many different locations home, with the outdoors as a connecting theme. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Aidan is very excited to join Walking Mountains as a graduate fellow in summer 2018. Meet Aidan >

Nicholas Scarborough

Graduate Fellow & Educator

From South Carolina to Tennessee, Indiana, Oregon, and Wyoming, Nicholas has found Colorado to be the place that truly feels like home. Meet Nicholas >

Community Programs

Hannah Rumble

Community Programs Director

Hannah is a self-proclaimed nature nerd hailing from Michigan, where she developed her love of water and all things outdoors. Meet Hannah >

Kaitlyn Merriman

Community Programs Manager

As the Community Programs Manager Kaitlyn oversees programs happening at our Avon location including the volunteer program and early childhood education programs. She was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado and studied Communications at the University of Colorado Boulder. Meet Kaitlyn>

Nathan Boyer-Rechlin

Community Outreach Instructor

Nathan has been an aspiring mountain man since as early as he can remember. He was born in Nepal, in the foothills of the Himalayas, and grew up exploring the lakes and trails of New York’s Adirondack Mountains. Meet Nathan >

Rachel Holland

Lead Naturalist

Rachel grew up in the suburbs of Boston and has a degree in Environmental Science and Policy. She has been living in the valley seasonally since 2016. Meet Rachel >

Jamie Jubeck


Jamie is from Northeast Ohio where he gained an appreciation for natural spaces through adventuring and exploring along the coast of Lake Erie. Meet Jamie >

Caitlin Carroll


Caitlin grew up In Summerville, South Carolina where her love of the outdoors began with of time spent at the beach and learning about the marine life. Meet Caitlin >

Iza Ruffino


Iza was born and raised in Michigan, where she gained her love for the natural world from the Great Lakes. She later moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, where she got her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and French. Meet Iza >

Tessa Cafritz


Tessa was born and raised in Washington D.C. She spent a large portion of her childhood outdoors where she developed a love for the environment at an early age. She graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, GA where she studied Environmental Science and Classical Civilization. Meet Tessa >

Ford Sanger


Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Ford first came to colorful Colorado for college and to strengthen his relationship with the environment. Meet Ford >

Sustainability Programs

Kim Langmaid

Founder & Vice President, Sustainability Programs

Kim is the visionary and founder of Walking Mountains Science Center, she recently returned to head up Sustainability department and programs.  Meet Kim >

Melissa Kirr

Sustainability Programs Director

Melissa has a passion for the environment and loves sharing it through the efforts of Walking Mountains. She has lived in Colorado’s Central Rocky Mountains for over 15 years.  Meet Melissa >

Nikki Maline

Energy Programs Director

Nikki is an Energy Coach for local homeowners and businesses. She oversees the local Energy Smart Analyst team, manages the Energy Smart Assessment process and rebate programs, and provides Realtor training on Energy Efficiency. She loves sharing sustainability ideas with others, experiencing nature and seeing new things.  Meet Nikki >

Kim Schlaepfer

Climate Action Collaborative Project Manager

Kim manages the working groups of the Climate Action Collaborative with the goal of helping Eagle County reach it’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets by 2050. She has a passion for sustainability (and skiing) and a drive to make the world a better place. Meet Kim >

James Dilzell

Energy Programs Coordinator

After spending the summer as a Naturalist and Sustainability intern, James was hooked on the organization, the valley and all things sustainability. He has returned as the Energy Programs Coordinator to continue helping Eagle County reduce its environmental impact. Meet James >

Sophia Gianfrancisco

Sustainability Programs Coordinator

Sophia first joined the Walking Mountains tribe as a Naturalist and Sustainability Intern. She now helps coordinate Zero Waste Events and facilitates the Eco-Schools Program throughout Eagle County. Meet Sophia >

Kira Koppel

Sustainability Programs Coordinator

After originally joining Walking Mountains as a Naturalist & Sustainability Intern, Kira is now helping local businesses get certified with the Actively Green Program. Meet Kira >