MJ received her Masters in Environmental Management degree from Western Colorado University in 2017 and her Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont. MJ also now works at Western Colorado University in the School of Environment and Sustainability as an adjunct professor.
She has over 10 years of experience in program and project management with various non-profits around the world. Prior to moving to Gunnison, she worked as a Program Director for a Farm to School non-profit in Reno, NV, as a volunteer coordinator, crew leader, and outreach manager.
She says "It is my vision for Coldharbour to be the gathering place it once was for all things regenerative living.
I see the potential for Coldharbour to be the innovation and learning laboratory where youth, students, and community members can come
to incubate their ideas and practices for a more regenerative future!"
Currently a graduate student in the Masters of Environmental Management program at Western Colorado University class of 2023, Davis is originally from the southern Appalachian high country. At Appalachian State University he earned his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and after a short stint in the Peace Corps has been on a journey into regenerative and sustainable agriculture studies and practices since. Davis helps Coldharbour with grant writing and fundraising and works with other partners in the valley such as The Center for Cold Climate Food Security and Mountain Roots to continue the vision of regenerative community and living practices that Coldharbour strives to create.
Current Graduate Fellows '21 - '22
A majority of our Graduate Fellows come from Western Colorado University's School of Environment and Sustainability
Lily is a '22 graduate candidate in the Masters of Environmental Management program at Western Colorado University. She will be working with our partners during her fellowship and will be exploring how her project can support the growth and mission of our Colorado Regenerative Network.
Lily is driven and influenced by practices and principles of regenerative agriculture. Prior to going the Coldharbour team Lily has researched sea otters, Leatherback sea turtles, worked long term as an assistant at veterinary clinic, and most recently worked with the Center for Public Lands. Lily holds a degree in Biology from Principia College.
Jenny is the AmeriCorps VISTA Outreach Coordinator and she will be focusing her time and energy on community outreach, fundraising and event planning for Coldharbour Institute. She is a ’22 graduate candidate in the Masters in Environmental Management program at Western Colorado University.
Prior to living in Gunnison, she obtained her B.A in International Studies with minors in French and Sociology/Anthropology from Southern Oregon University. Most recently, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa as an agriculture teacher and practitioner. Jenny is an advocate for the local food movement, minimal-waste living, and improving opportunities for economically disadvantaged communities. She foresees her future working in environmental policy and programming for a municipality, business, and/or university.
Anna Markey is the new Research Coordinator at Coldharbour. She is a 2022 graduate candidate in the Masters of Environmental Management program at Western Colorado University with an emphasis on Public Lands Management.Anna is researching ways to mitigate human-wildlife conflict specifically conflict involving wildlife-vehicle collisions along Highway 50.
Prior to joining Coldharbour, Anna has experience tracking and collaring mountain lions in New Mexico and Utah as well as looking at the predator-prey relations between the Florida panther and white-tailed deer in the everglades.
She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology with an emphasis on veterinary medicine from Furman University in South Carolina.
Kathryn is currently serving as a Coldharbour Institute Clark Fellow. She holds a degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering with a focus in Water Resources from Texas A&M University.
Kathryn has experience working in both the consulting and non-profit sectors. Her experience includes hydrology and hydraulic modelling, stormwater management and environmental policy work. Kathryn’s interests lie in identifying sustainable solutions to water management challenges.
Kathryn is a ‘22 graduate student in the Masters in Environmental Management program at Western Colorado University.
Student Partners '21- '22
Nick Story graduated magna cum laude and with distinction from CU Boulder’s Geography department in 2013.
Prior to joining Coldharbour, Nick was working in the Niger Delta as the Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technical Team Leader for the Bodo Mediation Initiative. There, Nick and his team of diverse community and regulatory stakeholders monitored the remediation process of a 1000-hectare oil spill cleanup and mangrove restoration project. This had been the culmination of over 7 years of intermittent progress in environmental litigation during which time Nick worked on this case and others providing expertise in GIS. Nick was evacuated from Nigeria in April and is awaiting the chance to navigate the twists and turns of the Niger Delta again.
Due to the nature of international contracting work, Nick was able to travel the world and somehow ended up running a Heli-Skiing lodge in Alaska for a couple years during springtime. Lots of freshies were had.
Currently, Nick is enrolled in the Master’s in Environmental Management program as an Integrative Public Lands Management Innovation Fellow with a focus on providing Coldharbour the groundwork for development. Nick has already completed drone mapping and 3D modeling of the entire property, is working on mapping invasive species for the NRCS continuing use agreement, and is helping Coldharbour realize it’s development goals through mapping and interfacing with permitting officials and environmental contractors.
Nick is hoping to further apply this knowledge to build the services available from his environmental consultancy, Story Environmental Mapping LLC, or join another consultancy that focuses on controversial land management issues.
2020 Board of Directors
Butch Clark, Founder
Brett Guarerro, Board Member
Salif Mahamane, Board Member
Melody Marks, Treasurer
Rois Langner, Board Member
Jon LaDuke, Board President
Mandy Casteel-Denney, Board Member
Mindy Sturm, Vice President
Rich Stromberg, Board Member
Paul Jones, Board Member
Gloria Montgomery, Board Member