Email: laurie@midcowatershed.org

Email: laurie@midcowatershed.org

Laurie Rink

Executive Director
 

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.

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.

 
Email: nate@midcowatershed.org      Phone: 231-679-0582

Email: nate@midcowatershed.org      Phone: 231-679-0582

Nate Higginson

Watershed Technician
 

Nate spent his childhood chasing frogs and four-leaf clovers on his parents 10-acre farm 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 had been looking for a way to get back to 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.

 
Email:  annie@midcowatershed.org

Email:  annie@midcowatershed.org

Annie Whetzel

Community Outreach Coordinator
 

Annie grew up playing in the creek in her backyard in Pennsylvania and would rush into the house to tell her parents all about it. She now spends her days along the Colorado River with the MCWC and rushes to tell the stakeholders about it! Annie graduated with a degree in Biology from Colorado College and is working on her Masters degree through Johns Hopkins University. She has a background in science writing and experience teaching environmental science to 5th and 6th graders along Lake Tahoe. When she is not working with the MCWC, she can be found backcountry skiing, mountain biking, or attempting to paddle board on the river. She lives in Carbondale with her husband, Scott, and dog, Cactus.