Ali Colbert(she/her) Senior Water Programs Coordinator

Ali Colbert, (she/her) Senior Water Programs Coordinator

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Ali is originally from the East Coast and received a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Geography from the University of Vermont. In 2016 she picked up and moved to Fort Collins where she was excited to explore a new environment and pursue an interest in community driven conservation. In the process of figuring out her professional interests she held a marketing and outreach position with a local nonprofit focused on increasing EV ownership along the Front Range, an environmental education position with AmeriCorps in Weld County, and joined the City of Fort Collins horticulture department. These (and others!) led her to join Resource Central in 2019 on the Garden In A Box program. She is thrilled to be part of Resource Central’s team and the commitment to driving environmental change on an individual and community-wide level, and for the opportunity to explore her love of gardening! In addition to cultivating her own waterwise garden, Ali loves exploring new camping spots across the state, biking, and spending time along the Poudre River.

Ava Martz(she/her) Training Coordinator

Ava Martz, (she/her) Training Coordinator

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Baldr joined Resource Central in February of 2023. He loves gardening and really enjoys showing off his own garden in a box layout ideas. He is also an avid supporter of creating habitat for local wildlife by donating pounds of floof every year for bird and squirrel nests.

Brennan McGinn(he/him) Materials Reuse Specialist

Brennan McGinn, (he/him) Materials Reuse Specialist

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Brian Cofran(he/him) Senior Materials Reuse Specialist

Brian Cofran, (he/him) Senior Materials Reuse Specialist

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Cameron Bernardo(he/him) Material Reuse Sales Associate

Cameron Bernardo, (he/him) Material Reuse Sales Associate

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Chad WarkentinMaterials Reuse Specialist

Chad Warkentin, Materials Reuse Specialist

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Conor Dougherty(he/him) Zero Waste Manager

Conor Dougherty, (he/him) Zero Waste Manager

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Conor joined Resource Central in August of 2021 as our Zero Waste Coordinator. Before joining Resource, he worked in the ski industry, the craft beer industry, and with a Boulder local start up on a regenerative agriculture and community building project called Boundless Landscapes. Conor holds a masters degree from Naropa University in Resilient Leadership. His academic work focused on sustainable systems development, non-violent communication, and environmental leadership. He is passionate about developing sustainable and resilient systems that allow communities to thrive in union with our natural world. In the winter you may find him shredding snowboards in Steamboat or riding backcountry on Berthoud pass. In the summer; dancing at bluegrass concerts and swimming in high alpine lakes. As Resource Central’s Zero Waste Coordinator, it is Conor’s goal to divert as much waste as possible and help situate Boulder as one of the nation’s leaders in zero waste efforts.

Courtney Smith(she/her) Employee Success Manager

Courtney Smith, (she/her) Employee Success Manager

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Courtney’s roots stem from Bourbonnais, Illinois, a small town an hour south of Chicago. She graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2013 with her Bachelor’s in Environmental Communications and minors in Environmental systems, Animal Sciences and Food Sciences. Her ecological journey led to Costa Rica, where she worked in habitat conservation and helped raise numerous species of butterflies.  Upon her return, the voyage through F&B management ultimately reconvened with her environmental roots, leading her to the Resource Central team.  In her free time, you can find her camping in the beautiful mountains, enjoying live music, or spending time with her family.

Deborah Cusa(she/her) Finance Administration Coordinator

Deborah Cusa, (she/her) Finance Administration Coordinator

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Deb is originally from NY but has called Colorado home for the last 20 years. Deb attended the
University of Maryland at College Park where she received her BA in Journalism. After starting
her career in magazine publishing in NYC Deb found herself working in a wide variety of large
and small companies always seeking to apply her skill set and learn something new. Deb found
her groove in start-ups and small organizations wearing multiple hats and building a strong
office and operations background. Most recently Deb came from a non-profit organization in
Lafayette, CO (which she calls home) where she learned non-profit accounting. Deb is
passionate about conservation and sustainability, doing her part wherever she can to help
create a viable future. Deb has a 10-year-old daughter that she loves watching learn and grow
into an awesome human. When not at work you will find Deb at a farmer’s market, in the
garden, listening to live music, or doing yoga.

Elisabeth Bowman(she/her) Conservation Engagement Manager

Elisabeth Bowman, (she/her) Conservation Engagement Manager

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Elisabeth happily joined Resource Central in September 2020. After 15 years of freelance writing and editing, she embarked on a short, but exciting time working for the City of Boulder. There, she discovered her passion for contributing to her community and customer service. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and German from the University of Denver and a master’s from UMass Amherst. Elisabeth’s dedication to conservation is rooted in her Colorado childhood spent camping, hiking , x-country skiing, and exploring —activities she continues to pursue with her husband and dog.

Emily Drost(she/her) Program Manager: Renew Our Schools

Emily Drost, (she/her) Program Manager: Renew Our Schools

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Emily joined Resource Central in May 2022. An award winning marketer, Emily has extensive experience in brand expansion and business operations.  Through her work with the Renew Our Schools program, she is excited to bring Energy Conservation to life for kids in the classroom. Emily holds a Master Gardener certificate from the Colorado State Extension, and enjoys spending her free time outdoors. Currently she is working on converting her entire yard to Xeric and practices energy conservation planting (i.e. how plants can help a home conserve energy).

Emma Williams(she/they) Material Reuse Sales Associate

Emma Williams, (she/they) Material Reuse Sales Associate

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Freddie loves Resource Central – our Lawn Replacement program in particular. Freddie has an incredible devotion to tearing up these thirsty lawns in Colorado. At just a year old, he’s already contributed to a sizable square footage of lawn removed! Thanks for your dedication, Freddie!



Meet Gus – an adventure-loving lab mix. If you’re looking for someone to guard your water-wise garden from squirrels or other intruders, Gus is your guy! He’s super passionate about conserving water so that he never runs out of places to swim. Gus is also a reuse champion, never letting an old tennis ball go to waste.

Hayden Bernot(he/him) Water Programs Manager

Hayden Bernot, (he/him) Water Programs Manager

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Hayden is a sixth generation Colorado native. He comes to us with a degree in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University and has many years of real-world experience in the green industry, leading teams and coordinating resources. He specialized in watershed science and sustainability and is eager to help Colorado and the fight against water scarcity. Along with his passion for Colorado’s natural resources, Hayden is an avid angler and enjoys getting out on the water as much as possible. In his free time you can catch him enjoying the outdoors, and exploring the great wonders our state has to offer.

Hunter deKieffer(he/him) Materials Reuse Specialist

Hunter deKieffer, (he/him) Materials Reuse Specialist

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Hi, my name is Iggy and I’m 9 1/2 months old! I help my Mama by waking her up at 5am and showing her where the sprinklers are watering the sidewalk. She tells maintenance to get those geysers fixed. I loooovvvveeee the watah so I try to help conserve it!

Joe Pitts(he/him) Program Director: Materials Reuse

Joe Pitts, (he/him) Program Director: Materials Reuse

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Joe joined in March 2023 to help scale our Reuse programs and double the amount of waste diverted through Reuse over the next five years. Joe is an experienced team leader and has a passion for customer service, sustainability, and streamlining operations. Originally from Georgia, Joe has southern roots and spent several years living in and exploring the Pacific Northwest before settling in Colorado. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and introducing his kids to the joys of outdoor adventure.

Kate Larson(she/her) Program Director, Water & Energy Programs

Kate Larson, (she/her) Program Director, Water & Energy Programs

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Kate joined Resource Central in June of 2009. Kate has a Marketing Degree from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. Kate has a strong customer service and nonprofit management background. Through her experience she has gained an understanding of how education can empower a community to make sustainable choices. Kate’s passion for water conservation issues has led her to become a Colorado Master Gardener Certificate holder and develop expertise in irrigation auditing. In her spare time she enjoys running, biking, being outside, and spending time with her family.

Katie Butler(she/her) Research Fellow

Katie Butler, (she/her) Research Fellow

Katie was born and raised in Colorado and received her B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from Colorado State University. She moved to San Diego, CA  and while there received an M.A. in Geography at San Diego State University. Through her grad research she strengthened her passion for conservation and responsible natural resource management. Now she is thrilled to put that passion and her skills to use working at Resource Central. In her free time she enjoys gardening, myriad activities in the CO outdoors, playing board games, and cosplaying.

Katie O’Malley(she/her) Marketing Coordinator

Katie O’Malley, (she/her) Marketing Coordinator

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Katie grew up in Ohau, Hawaii, then moved to Arizona, where she received a b.s. in Environmental Science from the University of Northern Arizona. Before joining Resource Central, she worked as a rock climbing instructor, a field technician for the Nature Conservancy, and the Communications Coordinator for the American Mountain Guides Association. Her passions revolve around community outreach, outdoor recreation, and conservation. In 2021 she moved to Boulder, Colorado, and has enjoyed exploring local trails and learning more about Boulder’s local environmental and outdoor communities. She is excited to join Resource Central and help to spread the word about all the amazing projects, incentives, and happenings. In her free time, you can find her rock climbing, hiking, thrifting, and trying out new recipes!

Katie Schulz(she/her) Water Programs Coordinator

Katie Schulz, (she/her) Water Programs Coordinator

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Katie was born and raised in Nebraska, but has always had a love for the Rocky Mountains. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science from Drake University in Iowa, where she gained a wide range of experience from catching butterflies to manning a chainsaw. Recently she completed her M.S. degree in Forest Resources from the University of Maine, where she studied the effect of climate change on northeastern tree species. In addition to her passion for sustainability and conservation, Katie enjoys hiking, petting dogs, playing the violin, and working on her latest embroidery project.

Kaylee Riggi(she/her)Water Conservation Specialist

Kaylee Riggi, (she/her)Water Conservation Specialist

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Krista Krisl(she/her) Program Coordinator: Renew Our Schools

Krista Krisl, (she/her) Program Coordinator: Renew Our Schools

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Krista is a proud Castle Rock resident with a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Calgary, and a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Colorado, Denver.  She taught in the Douglas and Littleton Public School Districts for 13 years before starting this adventure.  Over the past year, Krista has become a licensed financial coach, certified User Experience professional, and a social media marketing guru. She is overjoyed and grateful for the opportunity to work for the Renew Our Schools program, and get to put all of her many certifications to use!  In her free time, Krista loves to spend time with her husband, 2 elementary aged boys, and giant drooly dog.

Kuma Larson

Kuma Larson

Kuma joined the Resource Central team in 2014 as a 9-week-old puppy. His primary duties include eating his coworker’s lunches, barking at delivery people, and sleeping through meetings. Kuma is passionate about Colorado water and is often found swimming in mountain lakes, rivers, and muddy ponds. He brings the team his exuberance, dedication to the mission, and lots and lots of hair.

Kyle Latoski(he/him) Assistant Manager

Kyle Latoski, (he/him) Assistant Manager

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Kyle is a born and raised Colorado native. (Go Broncos!)  He began working in construction at the age of 16 and brings 13 years of hands-on expertise and knowledge to ReSource customers. Kyle has extensive experience in a range of trades–including framing, installing doors and windows, full house remodels, roofing, small engine repair, and deconstruction.  He is an expert with all major power tools and stays busy with woodworking jobs and side projects when not working at ReSource.  In his free time, Kyle enjoys hanging out with his wife, fishing, and camping.

Leslie Butler(they/them) Zero Waste Associate

Leslie Butler, (they/them) Zero Waste Associate

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Lisa Anderson(she/her) Water Programs Coordinator

Lisa Anderson, (she/her) Water Programs Coordinator

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Lisa grew up in the beautiful mountains of Colorado and in 2021, decided to move back to her home state after spending 10 years in Virginia. She originally had a career in healthcare working as a Registered Dietitian primarily in hospitals. During Covid, she decided to go back to school to obtain an environmental science degree and pursue her passion of conservation. She started with Resource Central as a field associate in the summer of 2022 and is excited to now grow into her role as a program coordinator. In her free time, you can find Lisa hiking, gardening, reading, knitting, ballet dancing, or relaxing at home with her husband and 2 dogs.

Liz Marchitto(she/her) Development Director

Liz Marchitto, (she/her) Development Director

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Liz joined Resource Central in 2016 as Development Director and works with supporters to help them implement their philanthropic vision while accelerating our conservation impact. After graduating from St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, Liz taught English in Japan and then returned to the States where she has worked since 2000 to raise funds for environmental organizations. Liz is a proud Cheesehead, a runner, and a lover of nature. She is passionate about Resource Central’s mission because we all have a responsibility to live more sustainable lives and Resource Central helps to make that easy.

Melanie Stolp(she/her) Senior Water Programs Manager

Melanie Stolp, (she/her) Senior Water Programs Manager

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Melanie is originally from North Carolina and has a Bachelors in Environmental Studies & Sociology/Anthropology from Denison University. After graduating she spent about 5 years working in non-profit organizations specializing in program management. Most recently Melanie completed a Master’s of Science degree in Conservation Leadership from Colorado State University and conducted her research in rural Guatemala focusing on indigenous ecosystem management. She enjoys exploring the West through climbing, hiking and camping and jumps on any opportunity to see live music. She is thrilled to be part of the Resource Central team and continue her work in community-based conservation!

Menno Stein(he/him) Materials Reuse Specialist

Menno Stein, (he/him) Materials Reuse Specialist

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Neal Lurie(he/him) President & CEO

Neal Lurie, (he/him) President & CEO

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Neal Lurie is the President and CEO of Resource Central, an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to helping people save water, conserve energy, and reduce waste. He brings three decades of leadership experience helping to tackle climate change and water scarcity. Previously, he played a lead role in growing Colorado into one of the top solar states in the nation. As an avid bicyclist he developed the vision and generated the support to successfully build the US 36 Bikeway, the popular bicycle commuter highway that serves as the backbone of the region’s network of bike paths and trails. Neal received his MBA from CU’s Leeds School of Business and enjoys hiking, biking, and playing guitar.

Neka Sunlin(she/her) Water Programs Manager

Neka Sunlin, (she/her) Water Programs Manager

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Neka joined Resource Central in 2016, bringing her professionalism and expertise to the Slow the Flow program from several different, unique fields. After receiving her BS in Marine Sciences from Texas A&M University, she worked as a biologist at a large aquarium, caring for many species of marine animals including fish, penguins and seals.  Her technical background includes work at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory where she trained astronauts to assemble the International Space Station. In addition to her passion for wildlife and the environment, she is a self-proclaimed Dallas Cowboys fan. And while Texas is her home state, Neka has enthusiastically embraced Colorado, for it’s breathtaking scenery and culture that encourages an active lifestyle.  In her spare time, she enjoys biking, snowshoeing, and hiking with her dog.

Nick Law(he,him) Zero Waste Coordinator

Nick Law, (he,him) Zero Waste Coordinator

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Phebe Taylor(she/her) Water Programs Manager

Phebe Taylor, (she/her) Water Programs Manager

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Phebe is an east coast transplant with a Bachelors in Psychology and Art from Bucknell University. She then went on to pursue her massage therapist certification from Boulder College of Massage Therapy. Phebe most recently worked on local organic farms but also brings operations and project management experience from her 5+ years working for a local insurance company. You can find Phebe hiking, climbing, practicing martial arts, learning about plants and sewing. She is excited to work at Resource Central to collaborate with other passionate do-ers, partner with the local community and steward our valuable resources.

Red Andres(he/him) Materials Reuse Sales Associate

Red Andres, (he/him) Materials Reuse Sales Associate

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Ruby is an eco-conscious chiweenie who enjoys hiking, making friends, and soaking up the Colorado sun.  She participates in DIY lawn removal by chewing and digging up grass, while also supporting natural pest management solutions though hunting grasshoppers and chasing rabbits out of the yard.

Sam Krieger(he/him) Materials Reuse Specialist

Sam Krieger, (he/him) Materials Reuse Specialist

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Sarah Smith(she/her) Water Programs Coordinator

Sarah Smith, (she/her) Water Programs Coordinator

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Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Sarah graduated from the University of Portland in 2014 with a degree in Environmental Ethics & Policy and a minor in English. She also holds a graduate degree in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. She has recently moved to Boulder from Wichita, KS where she has lived for the past 6 years working for a large nonprofit.

Sarah is passionate about environmental sustainability, running, biking, writing, and cats.

Shea DouglasCustomer Service Supervisor, Materials Reuse

Shea Douglas, Customer Service Supervisor, Materials Reuse

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Tara B. Wenger(she/her) Business Manager

Tara B. Wenger, (she/her) Business Manager

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After graduating with her B.S. in Theatre Arts and a minor in Art from the University of Oregon, Tara went on to utilize her management skills at the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene, Oregon as the Venue Coordinator for their concert hall and music school facility. She then moved to Seattle and managed the office at Artech Fine Art Services. Tara is a Colorado native, and missed her family, so in 2011 moved back to her home state where she went from a project manager for a graphic design boutique in the RiNo District, to business managing for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  She loves camping and cars that scare rocks, is passionate about conserving our natural resources and loves dogs and music! It is an honor for her to be a part of, and support, such a dynamic and creative team here at Resource Central.

Tori Petersen(she/her), Senior Water Programs Manager

Tori Petersen, (she/her), Senior Water Programs Manager

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Victoria Wunsch(she/her) Development Manager

Victoria Wunsch, (she/her) Development Manager

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