Leave No Trace Center For Outdoor Ethics Staff

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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 18+ years of corporate and nonprofit accounting and finance, and has served on two non-profit Boards, as Board Treasurer. Kurt also manages IT, social media and human resources for the organization. Kurt works with the Center’s Board of Directors, the Board Treasurer and the Audit committee on all significant financial issues affecting 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 19 years of collective 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.

Information Coordinator

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Peter Dodge manages interoffice communication and administration, merchandise fulfillment, and supports various membership functions. He graduated from the University of Minnesota--Duluth in secondary mathematics education. Peter loves enjoying the outdoors. He can usually be found rock climbing, but he also enjoys trail running and backpacking.

Education Programs Coordinator

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Jason Grubb, a Recreation Administration graduate from Texas State University, oversees the PEAK/Teen Youth Programs, grants, scholarships and the State Advocate Program. Before joining the Leave No Trace staff, Jason worked for a variety of outdoor companies such as Rock & Ice and Avid4. Jason is an Eagle Scout, avid rock climber and mountain biker.

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.

Development & Communications Coordinator

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Elana Rabin is the go-to contact for all membership inquiries, fulfillment, database management, inventory, as well as communications and social media applications. She has studied at Sarah Lawrence College and traveled around the globe teaching Pilates. Outside of the office, Elana enjoys hiking, rock climbing and photography.

Development and Membership Manager

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Dean Ronzoni works closely with corporate and small business partners, members and donors administering development initiatives and providing general support to these communities. Dean holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Northeastern University, has worked in the outdoor and ski industries for 10 years and is a rock climber and backcountry skier. Dean is in the midst of an ambitious personal photo documentation project.

Grants and Development

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Debbie Stewart joined the team in 2012 to spearhead the Center's grants procurement program and assist with development. Debbie is thrilled to be able to do her part to promote the Leave No Trace mission using her passion for writing. Her other passions include coaching/playing soccer, hiking, biking, doing anything outdoors and spending time with her husband, four girls, and fluffy white Samoyed, Juneau.

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.

Strategic Partnerships and Outreach Manager

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Dave Winter joined the Center staff in 2004 as a Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer. Since 2006, Dave has worked as the Outreach Manager, overseeing the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program, e-tour, Colorado Tour, and the Community Partnerships program. When Dave is not working he spends much of his time outdoors, hiking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing.

Traveling Teams Manager

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Betsy Workman helps manage the Center’s traveling teams, developing schedules and providing support for community-based events. Before joining the Center staff, Betsy was a local business owner. She camps, road bikes, hikes, is an animal lover, vegan and loves to dip her feet into Colorado’s cold mountain streams.