Coalitions & Collaboratives, Inc.

Our Team

Chief Executive Officer

Carol is COCO Inc’s founder and CEO. She holds a Civil Engineering Degree from the UC Denver and has decades of experience in governmental and nonprofit management. Carol is a freelance writer and the author of nine books, including Small-Scale Livestock Farming: A Grass-based Approach for Health, Sustainability, and Profit, and The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook. Her articles have appeared in regional and national magazines including Green Builder, Mother Earth News, Western Horseman, and The Writer. She lives with her husband, Ken Woodard, and their farm menagerie near Cripple Creek.

Chief Operations Officer

Jonathan has a Masters in Public Administration from University of Colorado and graduated from the Executive Leadership program at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has worked closely with communities on forest health initiatives aimed at creating resilient forests and safer communities, as well as working to restore lands impacted from recent wildfires and natural disasters. With over 20 years within emergency services, as a safety officer for a search and rescue team and as a wildland fire fighter, he continues to work at the intersection of emergency response and community preparedness.

Deputy Director 

Chris coordinates grants, projects and programs;  develops and maintains schedules (for people and equipment); and makes sure that safety protocols are implemented with all projects. Water/watershed issues have been of particular interest to Chris as a resident of South Park and former special water district board member.  An Oklahoma University graduate, still practicing architecture and running her antique business, Chris  grabs every opportunity to check out her favorite place, ‘the road less traveled’

Outreach & Development Director

Jane is a native of Colorado. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University in Outdoor Recreation/Environmental Interpretation. Her work experience includes the National Park Service at Redwood National Park and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. She worked with the Teller County Community Development Services office as the construction plans examiner and senior planner. Jane was the long-time face of the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Co. as the Community Relations Manager. While with CC&V she was involved with many community organizations in the local area, as well as state-wide outreach and educational organizations. Before joining the Coalition for the Upper South Platte, she worked as the Special Projects Director for the City of Woodland Park. Jane has made Teller County her home for over 30 years.

CUSP and COCO share field staff to accomplish the goals of each organization. Our staff have years of collective experience and have honed their skills on numerous natural resource projects with CUSP .

Recovery Coordinator

Theresa’s post fire recovery expertise expanded rapidly after the Hayman Fire. With a background in agriculture and range management, Theresa brings a unique perspective to land management, post-fire recovery and weather behavior. Her experience proved invaluable to the Colorado Springs and El Paso County communities that were impacted by the Waldo Canyon Fire.

Wildland Fire Recovery Project Manager

Jason was managing the Flying W Ranch when the Waldo Canyon Fire struck. His quick thinking and tireless efforts during the fire, while the ranch was burning, saved lives and protected livestock. After working side-by-side with CUSP staff during post-fire recovery work at the ranch, Jason joined the CUSP  and COCO, Inc. team.  Along with being a certified sawyer, Jason is a recipient of the Staff Hero Award from the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau for his efforts during the Waldo Canyon Fire.

GIS Coordinator

Kat started with CUSP as a volunteer GIS intern.  Her diverse background includes GIS services in local government. Her talents and expertise expanded during the Waldo Canyon Fire. Often, the day to day story of fire impacts and post-fire flooding  is told in maps. A number of  small, local governments impacted by the fire had no GIS departments, CUSP was able to provide invaluable mapping services to these communities. Among other things, the maps that Kat generates shows what has been done, by whom and what still needs to be done.

Our Board

Eric Howell

Chair of the Board

Eric is the Forest Program Manager at Colorado Springs Utilities, and he also sits on the CUSP board.

Mary Dawson

Vice Chair

Mary is the Senior Environmental Education & Outreach Specialist at City of Aurora and she also sits on the CUSP board. 

Lisa McVicker

Secretary of the Board

Lisa is the Director and President Emeritus of Center of Colorado Water Conservation District.

Jim Idema

Treasurer of the Board

Jim is a retired banker and sits on the board for the Coalition for the Upper South Platte.

Jen Kovecses

Director of the Board

Jen is the Executive Director of our affiliate the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed.

Al Tucker

Director of the Board

Al is a retired engineer also sits on the board for Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative.

Garald Barber

Director of the Board

Garold is the Board Chair for our affiliate the Greenway Fund. In addition, he works closely with ARWC and other Arkansas River Valley groups. 

Mike Smith

Director of the Board

Mike is the Managing Director and founder of RenewWest, one of COCO’s strategic partners. 

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