Alison Gallensky, GIS & IT Director – Alison Gallensky is our GIS and IT Director. What this means is that she has found a way to play with computers and maps all day while saving the planet. At an early age she was handed the map and given the responsibility of navigating when her family went on camping vacations. Visiting places ranging from the isolated highland bogs of far eastern Canada, the peaceful forests of Virginia, and the magnificent Canadian Rockies cemented her love for wild places. After taking a detour into the joys of computer programming, including trying to apply principles of artificial intelligence to telephone network design, Alison discovered that it is really fun to make maps on computers. She is now passionate about using her map making and geographic analysis skills to help protect fantastic wild places in the Rocky Mountains.
Amanda Keil, Curriculum & Education Consultant – Amanda has led multi-million dollar capital campaigns, guided wilderness/education trips, taught underprivileged kids, and worked on research projects about everything from African grass/wildlife species to union labor to Colorado insects to education. Her meandering, yet purposeful path has consistently led her back to her love of wildlife and wildlands, including the pending completion of her MA in Science Education from University of Denver. Amanda is finally right where she belongs working as a Curriculum and Educational Consultant, focused on Connected Landscapes. As you might have guessed, her hobbies are varied but there is one theme running through it all – nature. Her favorite thing: ‘ventures in the forest with an awesome young explorer (her daughter, Cambria) and her wonderful husband.
Tessa Lightfoot, 100 Women for the Wild Intern -Tessa grew up in Southwestern Colorado, where she spent much of her childhood exploring canyons, hiking up mountains, and rafting down rivers. With access to these resources, Tessa’s relationship with nature blossomed at a young age and matured as she has traveled to new places. She continues to engage with the outdoors at Colorado College, where she spends weekends skiing, hiking, and trail running. She studies Organismal Biology, Ecology and Environmental Science and particularly enjoys time in the field conducting research. When not outside, Tessa can be found testing out new recipes in the kitchen or experimenting with watercolors.
Paul Millhouser, GIS Analyst – Paul hails from the city streets of Baltimore, but has a lifelong interest in conservation and in the use of maps to understand the world. After studying archaeology at Harvard and working in the field for several years, he took a years-long detour into the world of publishing law. Travels in Africa and around the American West inspired him to turn his interest in conservation into a career, and he completed graduate studies in GIS at Penn State. His experience includes using satellite data to assess human impact on protected areas and studying animal migrations through the use of radio collars. When not working in the Rocky Mountains, his areas of research interest extend from Africa to Mongolia. In an apparent case of taking his work home with him, he and his wife are the proud caretakers of three dogs, two cats, four tortoises, a ferret, a chameleon, and two daughters. Paul enjoys skiing, running, and traveling with his family.
Megan Mueller, Senior Conservation Biologist – Megan grew up in the small 200-person town of Phippsburg, Colorado. You might be under the impression that there isn’t much to do in such a small town, but Phippsburg is surrounded by wild country just waiting to be explored. Megan’s parents took her and her siblings backpacking and backcountry skiing before they could even walk, giving her a lasting love of wildlife and the outdoors. Whenever she gets a chance, she heads off with her husband and two dogs to wander in wild places, ideally where there is a chance of seeing carnivores. She is particularly fascinated by wolverines, river otters and other members of the mustelid family. She counts seeing a wolverine and six grizzlies while backpacking on her honeymoon in Alaska’s Denali National Park as one of her favorite experiences. Megan focuses on finding innovative, science-based solutions to the conservation challenges that face wildlife in the region. She enjoys working collaboratively to tackle tough problems and giving people an opportunity to contribute to wildlife research and conservation efforts through RMW’s citizen science programs.
Tehri Parker, Executive Director – A native Coloradoan, Tehri grew up listening to John Denver and trying to hand feed ground squirrels at the family cabin near Red Feather Lakes. (Hey, don’t judge her, it was the 1970’s.) After a brief period studying Radio and TV broadcasting, she stumbled upon her life passion – Environmental Education – earning a M.A. and Ph.D in the field from the University of Minnesota. Tehri has over 15 years experience managing successful nonprofit organizations. She is a member of the Western Wildways Network steering committee. She has a nerdy love for spreadsheets and financial reports.
Erica Prather, Campaign Assistant – Erica is from Wichita, Kansas and considers herself Edward Abbey reincarnated in the female form. Originally a writer and a dancer, Erica experimented with many fields of study and career-paths before engaging in conservation work and exploring all its possibilities. She has hunkered down in a lab, studying microbes on a sustainable green roof, worked as a naturalist locally in Denver as well as in Juneau, Alaska, taught science in Seoul, South Korea, was part of an international conservation trail team with the Environment Agency of Iceland, and has written and produced two environmental films, one of which debuted on National Geographic’s explorers blog. She has a fire in her veins for igniting members of Colorado and the Greater Wild Wild West to live the Ed Abbey mantra – ‘Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.’
Matt Sandler, Staff Attorney – Matt was born and raised in upstate New York. After graduating from Syracuse in 2000, Matt moved to the mountains of Colorado. After a few years of studying gravity (skiing, rock climbing, and waiting tables) he decided to go to law school to learn how to fight for the places and values he had grown to love. After graduating from the University of Denver School of Law, Matt clerked for a state District Court Judge and then spent a few years working as a Colorado State Public Defender. He was then ready to pursue his dream of fighting for the environment and in 2010 began working as the Staff Attorney for Rocky Mountain Wild. Matt enjoys skiing, rock climbing, cooking, spending time with family, and since he’s had kids: sleeping.
Paige Singer, Conservation Biologist/GIS Specialist – Born and raised on the western slope of Colorado, Paige spent her childhood acquiring a lasting love of Colorado’s wildlife and wild places. She left the northwest Colorado to pursue a BA in Psychology in California and a MS in Environmental Studies in Montana, only to return to her native Colorado. Today, as our Conservation Biologist and GIS specialist, Paige specializes in maintaining and restoring wildlife corridors throughout our region. She has spent countless hours alongside some of Colorado’s busiest roads, clambering through culverts and under bridges, investigating potential safe crossing opportunities for wildlife, advocating for new crossing locations, and monitoring the wildlife that could potentially use them. She, like her co-worker Megan, has a particular fondness for carnivores, including Canada lynx, wolverines and other spirited members of the mustelid family.
Chris Talbot-Heindl, Communications & Membership Manager – Chris has a passion for making seemingly mundane things beautiful and exciting and a penchant for living whole-heartedly in the non-profit sector. She completed her BFA in Art and has worked with various clients in developing brand, graphics, and websites. She has thirteen years experience working with nonprofits in the environmental sector. She spends her free time editing and designing an art and literature compzine, drawing political cartoons, crocheting everything, hanging out with her husband, Dana, and their two fur-babies, and skating in roller derby.