Our Team

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 (and some of our pets) here!

Abel PortilloConservation Associate

Abel Portillo, Conservation Associate

303.419.5418

Ali ColbertCustomer Service Associate - Landscape Programs

Ali Colbert, Customer Service Associate - Landscape Programs

303.999.3820 x222 • acolbert@resourcecentral.org

Ally MazurekWater Program Manager: Audit & Retrofit Programs

Ally Mazurek, Water Program Manager: Audit & Retrofit Programs

303.999.3820 x210 • amazurek@resourcecentral.org

Ally grew up in Minnesota, the Land of Many Waters. Her passion for water conservation began early in life, as many formative experiences were had on the shores of Minnesota’s numerous lakes and waterways. Ally graduated from Colorado College with a B.A. in environmental science in 2014 and an M.A. in Education in 2018. Her initial professional pursuits were focused in ecological research, and she had the privilege of investigating various research topics in locations such as Wisconsin, Iceland, Kenya, and Tanzania. Most recently, Ally served as the Director of Operations for the Catamount Center for Environmental Science and Education in Woodland Park, CO, where she had the opportunity to hone her skills in nonprofit and program administration. Ally is thrilled to be a Research Central team member, and to be working to conserve our natural resources on a regional scale. Running and animal rescue are other causes close to her heart.

Amanda HayesConservation Associate

Amanda Hayes, Conservation Associate

303.419.5418 • ahayes@resourcecentral.org

Argus Stephens-HillChief Egg Officer

Argus Stephens-Hill, Chief Egg Officer

Argus hails from the High Plains of northwest Kansas. He began his career as a cowboy and ranch hand on his family farm where he excelled at chasing cows and horses. Argus also runs his own pastured egg business and enjoys keeping coyotes out of the chicken house. When he’s not working the farm or collecting eggs, he can be found sleeping under cars, eating cat food, or in his office at Resource Central.

Brad MawhinneyZero Waste Coordinator

Brad Mawhinney, Zero Waste Coordinator

303.419.5418 x102 • bmawhinney@resourcecentral.org

Brandon HillProgram Director, ReSource

Brandon Hill, Program Director, ReSource

303.419.5418 • bhill@resourcecentral.org

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 2013. 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 CofranConservation Associate

Brian Cofran, Conservation Associate

303.419.5418 • bcofran@resourcecentral.org

Devon BoothWater Programs Manager, Landscape Programs

Devon Booth, Water Programs Manager, Landscape Programs

303.999.3820 x225 • dbooth@resourcecentral.org

Devon moved from Pennsylvania to Colorado in 2008 to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2012, she graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on policy and planning. With a deep love for the outdoors and a special bond with the landscape, she now calls Colorado home. In her spare time, she can be found skiing, hiking, or biking with friends – OR at the Boulder Humane Society wishing she could adopt all the dogs!

Emily ChilesHealth & Safety Coordinator

Emily Chiles, Health & Safety Coordinator

303.419.5418 x103

Glenn GrassiConservation Associate

Glenn Grassi, Conservation Associate

303.419.5418 • ggrassi@resourcecentral.org

Jackson SunlinDirector of Paw-perations

Jackson Sunlin, Director of Paw-perations

Jay Jay JefferyConservation Associate

Jay Jay Jeffery, Conservation Associate

303.419.5418

Jean LovellVolunteer, Garden In A Box

Jean Lovell, Volunteer, Garden In A Box

Jean started working as a volunteer for Resource Central, then called Boulder Energy Conservation Center, about 12 years ago.  Initially she helped put together a program to locate funding support from philanthropic organizations and filled in wherever other help was needed.  A few years ago she joined the Water Program and most recently is involved in putting together the electronic Garden In A Box newsletter.  Jean has always been concerned with conservation of resources and recycling and was one of the first to support the Boy Scouts’ newspaper recycling program when it started.  She says Resource Central really fits her value system.  It also gives her the opportunity to hone her computer skills.  Jean was a Registered Nurse, a graduate of St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver.  After her children all finished high school, she went back to school and graduated from Metro State College, then became a Nurse Practitioner, and ultimately retired from Wardenburg Student Health Center at CU-Boulder.  For much of her professional life she volunteered in nursing settings.  Her passions are her family and gardening.  One of the first things she did after retirement was to become a Master Gardener through CSU.  Hobbies include being outdoors as much as possible, reading, and travel.

Jen ScrogginsDirector of Operations & Efficiency

Jen Scroggins, Director of Operations & Efficiency

303.999.3820 x211 • jscroggins@resourcecentral.org

Jen is our Director of Operations & Efficiency. Prior to joining Resource Central in November 2014, she led the finance and human resources team at The Dairy Center for the Arts. Jen has a passion for conservation having spent nearly a decade as Associate Director for an environmental nonprofit organization in the Vail Valley. She brings an extensive background in the areas of accounting, IT, human resources and staff management, having worked for large and small organizations in the for profit and nonprofit sectors. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma, an MBA from Oklahoma State University and has completed post graduate work at Thunderbird School of Global Management. A native of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!), Jen has called Colorado home for almost 20 years. In her spare time she loves being outdoors and enjoys running, biking, hiking, snowboarding, and walks with her dog.

Jenny SteelSocial Marketing Coordinator

Jenny Steel, Social Marketing Coordinator

303.999.3820 x246 • jsteel@resourcecentral.org

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. Prior to Resource Central, she worked in both finance and marketing for a local Jacksonville, Florida nonprofit uniquely focused on human trafficking & sustainability. Jenny is thrilled to be a part of the Resource Central team!

Jess GouldWater Conservation Associate

Jess Gould, Water Conservation Associate

303.999.3820 x221 • jgould@resourcecentral.org

Jess moved to Colorado in 2018 after graduating from Ohio State University. With a B.S. in Natural Resource Management, she’s worked a wide variety of environmental roles from planting learning gardens to coordinating sustainability efforts in prisons. When first landing in Boulder, Jess continued expressing her love for local food systems and community by working with the Boulder County Farmers Market. Now she continues to explore her new home through hiking and biking, using all that she sees to fuel her inspiration in the workplace. Jess is excited to be sharing her passion for conservation with Resource Central and cannot wait to see the amazing impacts created by this team!

Juan FlorezConservation Associate

Juan Florez, Conservation Associate

303.419.5418 • jflorez@resourcecentral.org

Kate LarsonProgram Director, Water & Energy Programs

Kate Larson, Program Director, Water & Energy Programs

303.999.3820 x214 • klarson@resourcecentral.org

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.

Kathy CroasdaleSenior Manager, ReNew Our Schools

Kathy Croasdale, Senior Manager, ReNew Our Schools

303.999.3820 x223 • kcroasdale@resourcecentral.org

Kathy joined Resource Central as an intern in 2008. In September 2010, she began leading the ReNew Our Schools program. After teaching environmental and outdoor adventure education, Kathy taught science at the middle school level in the Cherry Creek School District. She earned a degree in Biology from Roanoke College in Virginia and a graduate degree in Environmental Studies through the University of Illinois. In her free time, Kathy likes to be with her family, train for triathlons, run, hike, camp, skate, ski—basically anything outdoors enjoying Colorado!

Kyle LatoskiInterim Assistant Manager

Kyle Latoski, Interim Assistant Manager

303.419.5418

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.

Lauren BrueggemanConservation Associate

Lauren Brueggeman, Conservation Associate

303.419.5418

Liz MarchittoDevelopment Director

Liz Marchitto, Development Director

303.999.3820 x215 • emarchitto@resourcecentral.org

Liz joined our team in May as Development Director and is eager to bring Resource Central’s mission to new supporters and inspire philanthropic support to help accelerate our goals. She joins us from The Nature Conservancy where she helped raise $100 million over the last 15 years from private donors who are passionate about conservation. After graduating from St. Norbert College in Wisconsin with a BA in International Studies and Japanese, Liz lived in Japan and taught English. Her adventurous spirit has taken her to some of the most beautiful places on the planet throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands, where she realized the interconnected nature of our fragile planet and common human desire to live in a peaceful, thriving, and sustainable world. Liz is a proud Green Bay Packer fanatic, a runner, and a lover of nature. In her free time, you might find her chasing after her two little girls in the park or enjoying some entertainment on the Pearl Street Mall.

Matt FountainConservation Associate

Matt Fountain, Conservation Associate

303.419.5418 • mfountain@resourcecentral.org

Neal LuriePresident

Neal Lurie, President

303.999.3820 x202 • nlurie@resourcecentral.org

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 SunlinWater Programs Field Coordinator

Neka Sunlin, Water Programs Field Coordinator

303.999.3820 X212 • nsunlin@resourcecentral.org

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.

Phebe TaylorWater Conservation Associate

Phebe Taylor, Water Conservation Associate

303.999.3820 x236 • ptaylor@resourcecentral.org

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.

Sara VinerZero Waste Associate

Sara Viner, Zero Waste Associate

303.419.5418 x102 • sviner@resourcecentral.org

Scott DePueConservation Associate

Scott DePue, Conservation Associate

303.419.5418

Scott was born in Pennsylvania, moved to Maryland and then to Ireland where he received his Associates Degree in organic horticulture. He started a small box scheme similar to Resource Central’s Garden in a Box program in his Irish community. Scott moved back to Colorado and the Boulder area in 2011. He has been a customer at Resource Central for many years and loves the treasures one can find here. In his off hours, Scott runs a full service bike shop called, Divide Bike Company, where he designs and fabricates custom bicycles using reclaimed materials. He is excited to be a part of the Resource Central Team and looks forward to helping the surrounding community find inspiration and materials for their own projects!

Tara B. WengerBusiness Manager

Tara B. Wenger, Business Manager

303.999.3820 x219 • twenger@resourcecentral.org

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 worked at Artech Fine Art Services managing the office while honing her finance and HR skills. 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 taking her Jeep up mountain trails, is passionate about the practice of yoga 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.