Please note: to contact us individually via email, use this formula: staff person’s first firstname.lastname@example.org. We do not list email addresses to avoid spam.
Sloan 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 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.
Will 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.
Lindsey Palardy, Development & Communications Director. Lindsey is responsible for fundraising and membership development, grant writing, and communications to the Wilderness Workshop community and general public. Lindsey holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, a M.A. in Environmental Studies from Brown University, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. After moving to the valley in 2012, Lindsey worked as an independent consultant for environmental policy, legal research, and grant writing projects, and most recently served as the Development Manager for Aspen Youth Center. Lindsey has experience collaborating with federal and state government, nonprofit, and private entitles to protect valued natural resources. She loves volunteering in her community and enjoys every moment outdoors.
Melanie 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 has 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 in 2005, and she plans on staying for a while and growing roots.
Alex 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.