IWMP Project Manager
Laurie began working with the MCWC in 2012 as its first coordinator and was promoted in 2014 to Executive Director. She began her career early in life collecting snails and salamanders from the small kettle wetland outside her bedroom window in northern Illinois. As an older ecologist, she earned a double degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1984 in Environmental, Populational, Organismic Biology and Environmental Conservation. She continued thereafter with graduate degree studies in biology and engineering. Laurie is certified as a professional wetland scientist. In 2018, Laurie moved into a new role with the organization, acting as the Project Manager for the MCWC's Integrated Water Management Plan, a multiyear project designed to study the non-consumptive water uses of environment and recreation.
Before joining MCWC, Laurie co-owned and operated a design/build environmental restoration firm for the first twelve years of her career. She moved on in 1999 to form the state’s first company devoted to the mission of mitigation and conservation banking. Laurie has also provided regulatory-based water quality consulting services for a few irrigation companies located in the Colorado front-range. She lives with her husband, Dan, and dog, Daisy, in the Grand Valley of Colorado, near the downstream end of the watershed. Laurie enjoys hiking, mountain biking, river rafting, cooking, gardening, and reading.
Donna Gray is a charter member of the Middle Colorado Watershed Council. She attended the first meeting of the group that went on to form the organization. She has served on the board of directors for several years and is a former president of the board. Donna has lived in Glenwood Springs for 29 years and worked as a journalist for several newspapers in the valley. She was also as a community representative and spokesperson for an oil and gas company in Parachute. She is a freelance writer and editor and avid watercolor artist and knitter. Donna is married to Mark, a retired public school music teacher. They have three grown children and two granddaughters whom they adore.
Nate spent his childhood chasing frogs and four-leaf clovers on his parents 10 acres in rural lower-peninsula Michigan. In 2011 he earned a Bachelor's of Science in Natural Resource Management from Grand Valley State University. His first internship was electro-shocking fish in Summit County, CO and he has loved the mountains ever since! He has experience working with the BLM and native fisheries, and with that experience brings a good perspective to our water quality monitoring and riparian restoration projects.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Jon grew up in Lancaster, PA, poking through the crayfish of the nearby stream and working in his father's diesel engine shop. In 2013, he graduated with a degree in Environmental Sciences from Northeastern University, where he spent much of his time organizing and promoting the university's outing club, increasing involvement in the outdoors around Boston and at their rustic student-run lodge in New Hampshire. Following a short stint as a sailor, he moved into the world of environmental and outdoor education, first with the Appalachian Mountain Club before moving out to Colorado to be an instructor with the Colorado Outward Bound School. He loves finding beauty, passion, and growth in the human-nature interface and spends his time writing fiction and non-fiction, woodworking, reading, and rock climbing.