Leave No Trace Center For Outdoor Ethics Staff

Director of Finance & Operations

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Kurt Achtenhagen is the Director of Finance and Operations, overseeing the day-to-day accounting, financial reporting and sales of educational materials. He has 20+ years of corporate and nonprofit accounting and finance experience, and has served on two other non-profit Boards, as Board Treasurer. Kurt works with the Center’s Board of Directors, the Board Treasurer and the Audit committee on all significant financial issues affecting the organization. Kurt also manages IT and human resources for the organization. When not working, you can find Kurt hiking, trail running, mountain biking or camping with his family and friends.

Deputy Director

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Susy Alkaitis leads organizational communications, heads international programs and works with the board of directors on strategic initiatives, nominations and board development. Susy has over two decades of leadership experience with outdoor and environmental organizations and has served on several nonprofit boards. She spends most weekends during the summer climbing and camping with her husband and son or watching deer eat the bark from the Aspen trees in her downtown Boulder backyard.

Foundations Director

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Mark Eller writes and edits a wide range of communications materials for the Center, from foundation grant proposals to e-news and social media posts. He has worked as a journalist, including editorial positions with outdoor sports publications such as Rock and Ice, Trail Runner and Ski Racing magazines. In the non-profit realm, Mark was the director of communications for the International Mountain Bicycling Association for 11 years. He lives and plays in Boulder (climbing, cycling, running, etc.) with his wife, Lisa Jhung, their two boys (Sam and Ben) and Lulu the dog.

Education Director

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Ben Lawhon joined the Center for Outdoor Ethics staff in 2001. His responsibilities include curriculum development, research efforts, management of national education and training programs, working on international initiatives and coordinating general outreach efforts. Ben has a BS in Natural Resource Management from the University of Tennessee and an MS in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University. Ben is an avid outdoor enthusiast, enjoying whitewater paddling, telemark skiing, fly fishing and backpacking.

Youth Programs Manager

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Andrew Leary heads the youth curriculum development, outcomes evaluation, and programming collaboration with the Center’s youth-serving partners. Andrew has a BA in Journalism from the University of Oregon and an MS in Youth Development through Adventure and Outdoor Programming from the University of Utah. Before joining the Center in 2015, Andrew served as a program director for several outdoor-adventure focused organizations, as well as a trip guide in the Arctic and in the Mediterranean.

Traveling Teams Manager

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Celina Montorfano manages the Center's Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program, developing outreach schedules and providing strategic direction for the four nationally touring teams. She has nearly 20 years experience working and volunteering on behalf of trails, recreation, and conservation. Celina likes to spend her free time hiking, cycling, rock climbing, camping, and tossing a frisbee.

Youth Programs Specialist

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Julia Oleksiak supports the Center's national youth education initiatives including curriculum development, research, and both building and fostering relationships with the Center’s various youth-serving partners. Julia has a BS in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University and has worked both in public lands as well as outdoor organizations focusing on youth. Before joining the Center in 2018, Julia worked at Yosemite National Park and lead summer programming for youth in underserved communities in Denver.

Education & Outreach Coodinator

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Faith Overall oversees the Leave No Trace Community Partner program, State Advocates and provides general assistance to Master Educators and Trainers or any individual looking for information about Leave No Trace training. Outside of the office Faith loves camping, hiking and any opportunity to explore new places.

Membership & Major Gifts Manager

Jenna Ovett manages all aspects of individual giving for the Center, including member communications and care, database hygiene, and the major donors program. As a former Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer, Jenna has seen the positive outcomes of Leave No Trace education first-hand and is impassioned to continue growing a community of environmental stewards.

Director of Corporate Development

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Dean has been working for the Center spreading Leave No Trace since 2010. He works closely with the Corporate and Small Business partners, and fundraisers that support Leave No Trace. Dean is an outdoor enthusiast and model Leave No Trace advocate.

Information Coordinator

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Montana Sauve is the Information Coordinator at Leave No Trace and is the first point of contact, provides customer service, and runs the Leave No Trace store. She graduated from Colorado State University (CSU) with a B.S. in Natural Resource Management and wants to continue her passion in protecting public lands. Montana spends most of her free time pursuing new trails to backpack, fresh powder to ski, and new breweries to visit.

Outreach Manager

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Mitch is the Center's new Outreach Manager and will be overseeing the Leave No Trace in Every Park Initiative. Mitch has professional experience in Wilderness research and stewardship best practices. Beyond work, he focuses on travel and adventure photography while tying in themes of environmental stewardship, education, and philosophy—all the while exploring as much of the great outdoors as possible.

Executive Director

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Dana Watts joined the Center for Outdoor Ethics after its incorporation in 1995. She has been the Executive Director for 15 years and manages the 18 person staff. Dana is also a member of the Leave No Trace board of directors and works to oversee strategic direction for the organization. She directs the annual budget, helps guide education and outreach programs, works to raise funds and ensures long-term public and private support for the national program. Dana has served on several national boards, including the Outdoor Industry Association and the Colorado Fourteener’s Initiative. She hikes, bikes, and skis with her husband and children. She also collects local art, knits, loves live music and recently acquired a vintage piano.