Our Team

Our Staff

Laura Quattrini - Director

Laura brings over 20 years of experience working for conservation non-profits and  an educational background in Wildlife Biology. During this time, she has focused on applying science to natural resource management and engaging in collaborative conservation efforts with a wide range of stakeholders, partners, and landowners. Through this work, she has become deeply embedded in many conservation initiatives in Colorado and acutely familiar with the watershed and forestry issues facing western communities. She is excited to work on these issues at a more localized level in the Big Thompson watershed.

Will Davis - Communications & Outreach Manager

Will brings his background in collaborative conservation, community engagement, event planning, and an M.S. in Conservation Leadership from Colorado State University to the BTWC team. Will has worked on conservation projects around the Western U.S. and co-led an ethical research and community development project in Eastern Kenya. Throughout this work, he found a passion for involving and engaging communities to increase community connections and autonomy and to advance and raise awareness about conservation initiatives. Will began as BTWC’s Project Coordinator and became the Communications & Outreach Manager in 2022 with the goal of increasing BTWC’s outreach efforts with Big T communities and the organization’s visibility in the watershed.

Zoe Schapira - Forestry Project Manager

Zoe Schapira is BTWC’s new Forestry Project Manager! Zoe comes from a background of disturbance ecology in the context of wildfire, conservation work with nonprofit organizations, and community engagement during disaster recovery. Originally from New York, Zoe graduated with a Master of Science degree in Forest Sciences from CSU and her thesis focused on post-disturbance forest recovery in subalpine forests of the Rocky Mountains. Prior to that Zoe also served in AmeriCorps for two years leading forest conservation work in Montana and disaster recovery efforts in Texas, and also worked with one of our close partners, The Ember Alliance. Zoe’s passions in her career are assisting communities and ecosystems in post-fire restoration and promoting forest health. Outside of work, she enjoys recreating in the Colorado outdoors climbing, hiking, camping, snowboarding, in addition to yoga and baking! She is eager to help lead Cameron Peak recovery efforts and enhance community resilience to potential wildfire risk.

Brenan Bloyd - Stream Restoration Project Manager

Brenan brings his background in water management, wetland and river restoration, and nonprofit work to this role. He grew up in Colorado Springs and later moved to Grand Junction to pursue a Bachelor’s in Biology. There he found the perfect intersection of his passion for science and his love for Colorado’s natural spaces, leading him to seek a career in conservation. He recently completed his Master of Environmental Management degree from Western Colorado University, where he worked with the Coldharbour Institute to conceptualize wetland and river restoration on a private ranch. His project strived to strike a balance between ecosystem services and regenerative agriculture practices. While pursuing his Masters, Brenan volunteered with USAID’s Farmer to Farmer program in Colombia, focusing on creating safe drinking water management plans through the implementation of water filtration systems and educational outreach.

Beyond work, Brenan finds joy in outdoor activities like fishing, backpacking, and skiing. His personal interests align with his professional pursuits, fueling his enthusiasm for advancing BTWC’s mission. He is eager to contribute to the organization’s efforts in stream restoration and to take actions that protect and restore the health and vitality of the Big Thompson watershed.

Our Board of Directors

Jerry Gibbens, President of the Board

Jerry is Director of Operations for Northern Water in Berthoud, Colorado, where he oversees operation and maintenance of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, Windy Gap Project and other water storage, conveyance and hydropower facilities that deliver supplemental water supplies to more than 1,000,000 people and 615,000 acres of irrigated land in Northeastern Colorado. He also serves as Treasurer for both the Northern Water and Municipal Sub-District boards. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Colorado State University and is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Wyoming. Jerry lives in Loveland with his wife, Shelli, and enjoys everything that his native Colorado and surrounding states have to offer, including vacationing, chasing his adult kids and extended family from place-to-place, outdoor activities, and home improvement.

Lauren Hillmer, Vice-President of the Board

Lauren is the Stormwater Quality Administrator at the City of Greeley and has over 10 years’ experience in the environmental and natural resources field. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science and Land Management from Montana State University-Bozeman and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is passionate about surface water protection, watershed management, forest health, and post-fire recovery. Lauren lives in Berthoud with her husband and rough collie and in her free time she enjoys skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and fly fishing in the Big Thompson Watershed. 

Gordon Gilstrap, Treasurer of the Board
Gordon Gilstrap is a retired Hewlett-Packard executive who personally organized the Little Thompson Watershed Coalition (LTWC) and during 2015, was the chairman for both the LTWC and Big Thompson Watershed Coalition. Gordon is very active in supporting all the business functions of a children’s therapy clinic in Loveland and has helped Larimer County develop their Comprehensive Plan for the future of the County.
Richard Alper, Board Director

Mr. Alper is an attorney with experience in environmental law. He serves on various Larimer County boards and commissions and is an instructor at the University of Northern Colorado.

Beth Low, Board Director

Beth is a Colorado native and 3rd generation landowner in the Big Thompson Canyon, right on the river in Waltonia. She learned to fish on the Big T and has a passion for seeing the watershed thrive after the 2 floods (’76 and ’13) and the Cameron Peak Fire (’20). Prior to joining the ranks of retired folks, she was a teacher and instructional coach in the Denver area. She loves photography and music, hiking and biking, science and learning.  

Sharlynn Wamsley, Board Director

Ms. Wamsley is retired after many years of being a newspaper publisher and editor. She is very active in community organizations and lives on the Big Thompson River. Shar edited a book about the 1976 Big Thompson Flood.

Chris Carlson, Board Director
Raina Clingan, Board Director
Raina Clingan is an Instructional Designer and writer, as well as co-owner of Kokopelli Mountain Ranch, located in the Buckhorn Canyon, where she and her husband raise yaks. She has also served on the Larimer County Rural Land Use Advisory Board and the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department (RCVFD) board.
Phil Cavendor, Board Director
Philip Cavendor has over 38 years of experience as a professional geologist, environmental hydrogeologist, program manager, FEMA project specialist, and Superfund and RCRA construction manager. His extensive professional environmental experience includes conducting environmental groundwater and surface water investigations as well as soil and groundwater remediation in over 24 states. He has helped manage successful hydrologic environmental restoration and permitting applications that met site closure approvals of clients, and both State and Federal Environmental agencies. He has lived on the Front Range (Longmont and Loveland) and has enjoyed fly fishing the various Front Range streams for over 32 years. His previous volunteer activities for the City of Longmont, Colorado include being a former Chairman/Member of Board of Environmental Affairs, and a board member on their Solid Waste Task Force. He has also been involved with volunteer actions with the ST Vrain Trout Unlimited (TU) Chapter, and more recent the TU Rocky Mountain Flycasters Chapter.
Josh Roberts, Board Director

Josh is the Mitigation Coordinator for Larimer Office of Emergency Management, coordinating disaster mitigation programs to help reduce risk and the impacts of disaster. Josh has over 15 years of experience at state and local emergency management agencies and has responded to over 30 state and federally declared disasters and large-scale special events. Josh has a Master of Public Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Administration and Planning from the University of North Texas, where he was awarded as “Alumni of the Year” in 2016. 

Matt Sparacino, Board Director

Matt is a hydrologist and water resources project manager for the City of Greeley, where he works on forestry and water related projects to improve water quality in the forested watersheds that supply Greeley’s water. Originally from Virginia, he has been in Colorado since 2012 and currently lives in Fort Collins with his wife, son, and dog. Matt and his family love exploring Colorado’s diverse ecosystems by foot, ski, and bike and can otherwise be found in their home garden or on the bike trails around town.

Our Advisory Committee

Andy Fayram, Advisor

Mr. Fayram is the Monitoring Program Manager for the Big Thompson Watershed Forum, coordinating the monitoring and assessment programs, data analysis, and reporting strategies for that organization.

Mickey McGuire, Advisor
David Jessup, Advisor
Mr. Jessup is co-owner a large guest ranch along the Big Thompson River where he raises grass-fed beef. He is a board member of several Northern Colorado non-profit organizations concerned with water quality and education. He authored a prize-winning historical novel.
David Lipinski, Advisor
Tim Sendelbach, Advisor
Gretchen Reuning, Advisor

Gretchen is the Executive Director for the Larimer Conservation District, overseeing their Forest Health, Riverscape Restoration, and Soil Health programs.

Arnfinn Austefjord, Advisor