Connor Bailey has a long history with Rocky Mountain Wild as the former GIS and IT Director. He has a Bachelor’s in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master’s in GIS from the University of Denver. He worked for Rocky Mountain Wild and it’s previous organizations from 2002 till 2012 working on many aspects of GIS including capacity building with the Southern Rockies Conservation Alliance, wildlife modeling, web mapping and an assortment of other projects. He left to work in the private sector for a number of years developing mobile and enterprise GIS solutions. He realized he preferred the conservation non-profit world and spent a year with the National Audubon Society, and has recently joined the Wilderness Society as their Enterprise GIS Manager. Connor is drawn to GIS and technology so that even if he’s cooped up in an office he at least gets to “see” the amazing places he works hard to protect. Connor lives in Denver with his wife Katie and two boys, Henry and Arlo.
Bruce Driver, Board Treasurer, is a partly-retired energy and water attorney doing business as Bruce Driver, LLC, in Boulder. He spent the first fifteen years of his professional career in Washington, D.C. working as a staff lawyer on the Environment Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives, as an attorney in the Federal Energy Administration and U.S. Department of Energy and then as Counsel to the Subcommittee on Energy Conservation and Power of the U.S House of Reps. In 1985 he moved to Colorado where he has served as Scholar-in-Residence at the Western Governors’ Association, Energy Program Director at the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies and Executive Director of Western Resource Advocates. He holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.B.A. from the School of Business, Columbia University and a J.D. from the School of Law, University of Michigan.
Laura Hanssen When indoors, Laura applies her professional experience to creating powerful Microsoft .NET Web applications. She has extensive experience leveraging third party web api’s, specifically Salesforce. Her educational background includes an MBA from the American Graduate School in International Management (Thunderbird) and an Economics degree from Albion College in Michigan. In her earlier life she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic and lived overseas in Latin American for a total of 8 years. Out-of-doors, Laura is passionate about telemark and apline skiing, backpacking, cycling, and international travel.
Eric Krszjzaniek is a Ph.D. candidate in Marketing & Sustainable Business Practices at the University of Wyoming. Before receiving his M.A. in English and Environment & Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming in 2014, Eric worked for the Midwest Renewable Energy Association in Custer, Wisconsin. During his tenure at MREA, Eric worked as Curriculum Coordinator to develop curriculum for the Midwest Solar Training Network, and worked to increase an overall sense of knowledge and belonging as the organization’s Membership & Outreach Coordinator. Not at the same time, mind you, but it did seem that way at times. What else is there to know, you may wonder? Well, there were also Eric’s stints as an Associate Editor on Antique Trader magazine, a term as a County Supervisor of Portage County, a collection of 46 editions of Trivial Pursuit, an adopted cat named Wallace, and a whole lot of time spent in verdant Wisconsin before moving to the dry Mountain West.
Katrina Loewy, Board Vice President, is a conservation biologist at Butterfly Pavilion. She has always rooted for the little guy, especially when that little guy has an exoskeleton, scales, feathers, or fur. Katrina holds a B.A. in Biology from Colorado College and an M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Denver. She lives in Denver with her partner and their family of rescued pets.
Jeff Parsons, Board Secretary, is the senior attorney for the Western Mining Action Project (WMAP) in Lyons. A lifelong Colorado resident, Jeff graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1998 after earning a B.S. from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1995. Jeff represents communities, local governments, and Native American tribal clients throughout the West on mining and pollution issues. Jeff joined the Colorado Wild board in 2000.
Josh Pollock wrote Rocky Mountain Wild’s first Endangered Species Act listing petition in 2001 and has been active with the organization ever since. Josh was the Conservation Director first at Center for Native Ecosystems and then Rocky Mountain Wild from 2004-2013. He served as Executive Director twice, in 2008 and 2011. He has researched, written on, and advocated about issues ranging from the conservation of rare plants to habitat impacts from energy development on public lands, climate change impacts to species viability, and reconnecting fragmented habitat and migratory pathways. Josh has also worked as a fundraiser and political organizer for other nonprofit conservation organizations, including the Public Interest Research Groups, and has been a high school teacher and wilderness educator with Outward Bound and other schools. He holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Josh and his wife Leslie and their two children live in Golden.
Juli Slivka, Board President, works in the policy and government affairs department at The Wilderness Society, where she focuses on Bureau of Land Management policy and planning efforts west-wide. Prior to joining The Wilderness Society, Juli worked at Environment Colorado on clean energy issues. A native Coloradan, Juli earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.