Meet Our Team
Resource Central is fortunate to be made up of incredibly talented and creative people whose collective passion for sustainability, conservation and green living makes work fun every single day. Meet our team here!
Abel Portillo(he/him) Conservation Associate
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.
Brandon Hill(he/him) Program Director, Materials Reuse
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Brandon hails from Washington, D.C., and brings his years of experience working in all areas of the supply chain. His interest in sustainability began when he was establishing relationships with farmers and local vendors as the Executive Chef for an award-winning caterer with an emphasis on farm-to-table cuisine. After spending time working in corporate procurement, Brandon relocated to Colorado and joined the Resource Central team via Materials Reuse in March of 2014. He can be found forming relationships with local businesses, homeowners, and contractors, constantly working to expand Resource Central’s inventory of quality materials. An avid woodworker and cabinetmaker, he is always thrilled to speak with our customers about their ideas for reclaimed materials. When he’s not working, he can be found cycling around Boulder, hiking one of its many trails, or just enjoying the great outdoors.
Brian Cofran(he/him) Senior Materials Reuse Specialist
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Carly Hester(she/her) Program Coordinator: Renew Our Schools
Carly is a proud Boulder County native with a master’s degree in Elementary Education from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. She taught in the Denver Public School District before staying at home and raising her two kids. After some deeply valued years at home, she pursued a certificate in project management from the University of Denver. She is overjoyed and grateful for the opportunity to work for the Renew Our Schools program. Carly believes in community and the power of people working together as neighbors to create a better world for our children. Carly plays an active role in her children’s schools and volunteers with her neighborhood association. On the weekends, Carly likes to go camping, hiking, and make a mess in the kitchen cooking with her kids.
Chad WarkentinMaterials Reuse Specialist
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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
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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.
Dave CoddingMaterials Reuse Specialist
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Elaine Starks(she/her) Water Programs Coordinator
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Elaine received an Associate in Arts and Associate in Science from Cottey College in 2009, and eventually went on to get her Bachelor of Science in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at CSU in 2018.
She started her conservation journey with AmeriCorps in California, building trails, removing invasive plants, creating defensible space, and helping to lead a team that worked throughout California to monitor fish and watershed health. Elaine has also been lucky enough to work with The Nature Conservancy for a summer in Colorado at the Phantom Canyon Preserve, introducing her to the beauty of Colorado.
Elaine grew up in California and her love of the outdoors started on the many camping trips with her family. She still loves to camp, travel, and dance.
Working for Resource Central is very fulfilling for Elaine. She says she gets to help people learn about water conservation, a topic she is very passionate about!
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.
Em Churchill(they/them) Material Reuse Sales Associate
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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).
Gregory Hollandick(he, him) Zero Waste Associate
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Hayden Bernot(he/him) Water Conservation Coordinator
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.
Jamie Bledsoe(he,him) Materials Reuse Specialist
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Jenny Steel(she/her) Marketing Program Manager
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Jenny is Colorado born and Florida raised, returning to her roots after many years. Her childhood was filled with nature walks and frequent visits to plant nurseries due to her parents being avid gardeners. Jenny graduated from Furman University in 2016 with a degree in Business Administration. Prior to Resource Central, she worked in both finance and marketing for a local Jacksonville, Florida nonprofit uniquely focused on human trafficking & sustainability. In 2021, Jenny earned a Sustainable Community Development certificate from CSU. When she isn’t working, Jenny is running, taking photos, reading about psychology, trying a new hobby, misplacing her phone, and/or snacking. Jenny is thrilled to be a part of the Resource Central team!
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.
Kaylee Riggi(she/her)Water Conservation Specialist
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Kyle Latoski(he/him) Assistant Manager
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.
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.
Matt LejealMaterials Reuse Sales Associate
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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!
Neal Lurie(he/him) President & CEO
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Neal is a social entrepreneur with more than 20 years of leadership experience in Fortune 500, nonprofit, and grassroots organizations. As executive director of the nonprofit Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, he played a lead role in increasing solar energy use across the state, growing Colorado into one of the top solar states in the nation. He also served in leadership roles at national, state, and local nonprofits. Previously, he developed the vision and support to build the US 36 Bikeway, an 18-mile bike path from Boulder to Westminster. Neal received his MBA from CU’s Leeds School of Business and is a veteran of ten political campaigns. He enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and playing guitar.
Neka Sunlin(she/her) Senior Program Coordinator
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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
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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) Material Reuse Sales Associate
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Sam Krieger(he/him) Material Reuse Specialist
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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.
Seth MelvilleSenior Materials Reuse Specialist
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Shea DouglasMaterials Reuse Sales Associate
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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
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