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

President

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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>

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 >  

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 >

Emma Sloan

Grants Associate

Emma hails most recently from the rainy city of Portland, Oregon, but is a northern Californian at heart. Her childhood at the convergence of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and Lake Tahoe shaped her love of nature. She now brings that love to Eagle County as she works to secure funding for our programs. Meet Emma >

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 >

Rachel Zacher

Summer Programs Coordinator

Rachel joined Walking Mountains in 2015. As the Summer Program Coordinator she spends her days dreaming of the fun, adventure, wonder, smiles, and discoveries campers will have at our Summer Science Camps.  Meet Rachel >

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 >

Amanda Hewitt

STEM Coordinator

Amanda teaches and develops curriculum for the STEM Leadership Academy she provides middle school students with inquiry based lessons in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Meet Amanda >

McCale Carter

Girls in Science Instructor

McCale was born and raised on the lakes of Minnesota which lead to her passion of the natural world and the people who enjoy it! Meet McCale>

Megan Carter

STEM Instructor

Megan grew up in a small town named Black Diamond, WA, nestled in the foothills near Mt. Rainier. She developed a fondness for the outdoors early-on while rafting rivers around the Northwest, eating mountain huckleberries, and spending summers swimming in Puget Sound. Meet Megan >

Shawna Wood

Sowing Seeds Coordinator

Formerly a Naturalist at Walking Mountains Science Center in 2011, Shawna has recently rejoined the organization as the Sowing Seeds Coordinator.  Working with elementary students to connect them directly with their food, she teaches an experiential garden-based learning program as part of the school day. Meet Shawna >

Samantha Estes

Summer Educator

Samantha is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native who recently graduated from Berry College, a small liberal arts college located in Rome, Georgia, where she studied environmental science with a biology concentration. Meet Samantha >

Jose Marin Garcia

Summer Educator

Jose was born in Calvillo, Aguascalientes and is a former participant of Walking Mountains Youth Programs. He has developed an interest in nature by hiking trails in Mexico and harvesting cactus from surrounding areas in his hometown. Meet Jose >

Natalie Shishido

Summer Educator

Natalie grew up in Portland, Oregon where she was able to spend time hiking and camping in the Pacific Northwest with her family. She came to Colorado in 2013 to attend Colorado College. Meet Natalie >

Dennis Lyamkin

Summer Educator

Born and raised outside of Cleveland, Ohio, Dennis is a first generation American and conservationist. He spent his childhood exploring the local creeks and forests of the Cleveland Metroparks and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Conservation Biology from Kent State University. Meet Dennis >

Community Programs

Hannah Irwin

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 >

Peter Suneson

Community Programs Manager

Peter manages the backcountry hiking and snowshoeing programs and coordinates partnerships with local businesses and organizations. A native Oklahoman, Peter is thrilled to be in the mountains sharing his passions along the trail.   Meet Peter >

Kaitlyn Merriman

Community Programs Manager

As the Community Programs Manager she oversees programs happening at our Avon location. 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 >

Haley Baker

Backcountry Interpretive Guide

Originally from Ohio, Haley fell in love with the natural wonders of Colorado as a Naturalist and Sustainability intern and can’t wait to explore even deeper this summer as the Backcountry Interpretive Guide. Meet Haley >

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 >

John-Ryan Lockman

Energy Programs Director

John-Ryan is a certified BPI Building Analyst and has been working with the regional Energy Smart Colorado team since 2011. He loves music &  spending time outdoors.  Meet John-Ryan >

Nikki Maline

Energy Programs Manager

Nikki handles the administrative aspects of the Energy Smart ​Colorado program, acts as an energy coach for homeowners and businesses, 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 >

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

Environmental Stewardship Associate

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

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 >

James Dilzell

Energy Programs Associate

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 Associate to continue helping Eagle County reduce its environmental impact. Meet James >

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 >

Ford Sanger

Sustainability Intern

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

Andrew King

Sustainability Intern

Andrew grew up in Palatine, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. This summer, he received his B.S. in Waste Management from the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.  Meet Andrew >

Amy Maxey

Sustainability Intern

Amy has had a love for nature and animals since a young age because she grew up learning how to respect and appreciate their beauty from her mother. After traveling abroad to Costa Rica in college she found her true passion – sustainability and conservation. Meet Amy >

Derek Cote

Sustainability Intern

Derek recently graduated from Hampshire College where he studied sustainable development and environmental chemistry. Meet Derek >

Mia Panado

Sustainability Intern

Mia was born and raised in Clearwater, Florida. She grew up spending time in nature at beaches and parks, which led to her deep appreciation for nature, animals, and adventure. Meet Mia >

Programs Staff

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 >

Chloe Hedrick

Naturalist

Chloe grew up in a small town, called New Gloucester, in Maine. She spent as many days as she could exploring the outdoors and hiking with her friends. Meet Chloe >

Marissa Charlebois

Naturalist

Marissa was born in Upstate New York. She was able to grow in the outdoors through spending time up in the Adirondack Mountains and even just in her backyard. Meet Marissa >

Heidi Shepard

Naturalist

Heidi grew up in Washington State, in a small town west of the Cascade Mountains. With an eco-friendly gardener and hiker for a dad, and an exercise physiologist for a mom, she spent the majority of her childhood outside. Meet Heidi >

Celeste Smith

Naturalist

Celeste grew up in Delaware, Ohio where she sought out nature every chance she could. Growing up in a suburb doesn’t mean that nature is inaccessible! Meet Celeste>

Melissa Bonaccorso

Naturalist

Melissa grew up in northern New Jersey, where she often when camping with her family and was always encouraged to play outside. Being raised this way, and living in such a developed part of the country, opened her eyes to the need for sustainability and humans’ reconnection with nature. Meet Melissa >

Tessa Cafritz

Naturalist

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 >

Joe Mann

Naturalist

Born and raised in Crestwood, a small town located a little outside of Louisville, Kentucky, Joe recently graduated from Berry College, in Rome, Georgia, with a B.S. in Environmental Science. Meet Joe >

Iza Ruffino

Naturalist

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 >

Bella Harris

Naturalist

Bella has spent most of her life in Colorado, and truly believe that it is the most beautiful place in the world. When she’s not working she loves to hike with her dog, go whitewater rafting, bake, and knit. Meet Bella >

Breanna Sayers

Naturalist

Breanna is coming from near sea level in Wichita, KS. She just graduated from Wichita State University with her Biology degree and Chemistry minor and is excited to spend her summer in an entirely new terrain. Meet Breanna >

Caitlin Carroll

Naturalist

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 >

Lianna Koberoski

Naturalist

Lianna grew up on a hobby farm in Southern Minnesota building forts in the woods, running around barefoot, and chasing chickens. Meet Lianna >

Carlee Bane

Naturalist

Carlee grew up in northern Illinois, where she spent her childhood playing in the creek, camping with her family, and exploring the outdoor world. Meet Carlee >

Jamie Jubeck

Naturalist

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 >

Kelly Rundell

Youth Programs Instructor

Kelly was born and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota where she spent her childhood playing in the north woods.  She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in May 2016 with a degree in Environmental Education and Interpretation. Meet Kelly >

Matt Thomas

Educator

Matt joined Walking Mountains as a Graduate Fellow in the summer of 2016. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, he received his Bachelor’s from Franklin and Marshall College and loves spending time outdoors in any way possible. Meet Matt >

Kelly Williams

Educator

After two years of classroom teaching, Kelly is excited to return to the great outdoors and explore Colorado while sharing her passion for science as an educator at Walking Mountains. Meet Kelly >