Staff

Please note: to contact us individually via email, use this formula: staff person’s first name@wildernessworkshop.org. We do not list email addresses to avoid spam.

Sloan ShoemakerSloan Shoemaker, Executive Director. A WW staffer since 1997, Sloan leads the WW team and directly oversees the organization’s conservation work. The president of the Colorado Bark Beetle Cooperative, he’s recognized as one of the state’s leading policy experts on beetle-wildfire ecology, and has testified before a special Congressional oversight committee on mitigating the impacts of the pine bark beetle epidemic in Colorado. He has crafted all phases of WW’s comments on the WRNF Travel Management Plan, has testified before the Roadless Area Conservation National Advisory Committee on behalf of the Colorado conservation community, and led the effort to develop a Citizen’s Management Alternative for the WRNF’s revised Land and Resource Management Plan. Prior to joining WW in 1997, Sloan worked for the Environmental Research Group in Aspen, and before that was a professional photographer, ski instructor, backcountry guide, and volunteer with Mountain Rescue Aspen. He has served as the President of the Board of KDNK Community Radio in Carbondale, and is a graduate of Leadership Aspen. Sloan has a B.A. in English from Washington & Lee University and did master’s studies at the University of Denver in Environmental Policy and Management. He’s married with two children and lives in a solar-heated strawbale home he built with his wife outside of Carbondale.

 

Peter HartPeter Hart, Conservation Analyst/Staff Attorney. Peter is the point person for WW’s defensive work. That means he’s in charge of WW’s NEPA (National Environment Policy Act) work – reviewing proposed actions (gas leases, rule changes, forest health projects, recreational developments, etc.), filing technical comments on Environmental Impact Statements and the like, and working with outside counsel on legal actions. A native of Vail, Peter earned a law degree and master’s degree in environmental law from the University of Denver. Prior to joining WW, Peter clerked for the water rights division of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, worked on endangered species claims at the University of Denver Environmental Law Clinic, and worked on toxic tort litigation at a Denver law firm.

 

Dave Reed, Development/Communications Director. Dave is responsible for fundraising and membership development, grantwriting, and communications to the membership and the general public through WW’s newsletter, website, literature and events. Originally from Connecticut, Dave moved west in 1979 to attend Colorado State University, where he got an English degree, and has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley since 1983. He joined WW in 2004, after working as staff editor/writer for the Rocky Mountain Institute, and before that as a reporter for the Aspen Daily News, and way, way before that as a reporter for the Aspen Times. Dave also authored five editions of The Rough Guide to Nepal. He’s married to Krysia Carter-Giez and has two children, Lily and Durga.

 

Melanie-Finan2Melanie Finan, Operations and Outreach Coordinator. Melanie wears many different and funky hats for WW. She’s responsible for outreach to WW’s members and also acts as the graphic designer and office manager. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Miami University in Ohio and supplemented her degree with courses in Graphic Design at Colorado Mountain College. Her passion for the outdoors was her motivation for moving to Colorado six years ago, and she plans on staying for a while and growing roots.

 

Will-Roush-2Will Roush, Conservation Director. Will joined the Workshop in the summer of 2009 to inventory  lands for the Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal. Currently he works as an organizer and advocate for our efforts to designate additional wilderness and protect the Thompson Divide from gas development. Will also conducts outreach and advocacy for WW’s federal lands policy work, organizes our Naturalist Nights winter speaker series, runs our restoration program, and serves on the steering committee of the Roaring Fork Valley Future Forest Roundtable. Will grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and has a masters in Geography and Environmental Studies examining the impact of climate change on alpine ecosystems.

 

Alex-BethelAlex Bethel, Community Organizer. Alex joined the WW team to mobilize civic engagement for the Thompson Divide. She coordinates the public outreach and communications to support community-led efforts and ideas, and helps run WW educational programs. Alex’s background in community organizing includes working with local farmers in the Amazon of Ecuador to create a global market for guayusa and, for the nonprofit BARK, instigating action to stop a Nestle water bottling plant from being built in Mt. Hood National Forest. Alex is grateful to now be working to preserve and sustain the mountains where she grew up.