About BTWC

Our Team

Our Staff

Shayna Jones

is currently the Director of the Big Thompson Watershed Coalition, responsible for managing the day to day operations of the organization, as well as overseeing and managing projects and initiatives currently underway in the Big Thompson – including fundraising, planning, building relationships with partners, and implementing projects. Shayna was the BTWC first staff member and joined the BTWC in June of 2015. Before joining the BTWC, she spent the last ten years working on conservation issues in Colorado and across the West, including endangered species issues, stream and wetland mitigation, conservation finance, and environmental markets. She has a M.S. in Conservation Leadership and the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University, and a B.S. in Business and Supply Chain Management from the University of Maryland. When not working on watershed issues, she can be found exploring the various rock climbing spots along the Big Thompson River and across the Front Range, and occasionally dragging her colleagues and others along.

Courtney Gutman

brings ten years of habitat restoration, monitoring, community engagement, and outdoor education experience to our team as our new Project Manager. As a restoration project manager for Audubon California she managed two of the organization’s largest restoration projects (Aramburu Island Enhancement Project and Sonoma Creek Enhancement Project), developed a volunteer and internship program that provided 1500+ hours of engagement opportunities for over 300 community members annually, and represented the organization in multiple working groups. In overseeing the implementation of these projects, she became fascinated with building habitat resilience into restoration and enhancing community supported initiatives that prepare both wild and human communities for a changing environment. Having recently completed a M.S. degree in Conservation Leadership from Colorado State University, Courtney looks forward to a fruitful career with Big Thompson’s communities and the Coalition.

Our Board of Directors

David Jessup, President of the Board

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.

Dan Waggoner, Vice-President of the Board

Mr. Waggoner has a degree in biological sciences, is employed as a process improvement, quality assurance and organizational development consultant. He lives on the Big Thompson River and is committed to working with community members on river restoration projects.

Jane Lopez, Secretary-Treasurer of the Board

Ms. Lopez is a resident of Larimer County, employed as an on-call Wildfire Aviation Manager in the Rocky Mountain region, responding to wildfire incidents nationwide.

Richard Alper, Board Director

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

Arnfinn Austefjord, Board Director

Mr. Austefjord owns a pick-your-own berry and pumpkin farm on the Big Thompson River and is employed in the computer industry. He is also President of the Big Thompson Conservation District. His farm actively practices organic methods to enrich the soil and mitigate weeds.

Jerry Gibbens, Board Director

Mr. Gibbens is Director of Operations at Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District (Northern Water).

Troy Jones, Board Director

Mr.Jones is an architect registered in Colorado as well as a professional land planner for over 20 years. He has served on other nonprofit boards related to housing in the northern Colorado area, owns a hospitality business on the Big Thompson River, and performs in a band.

David Piske, Board Director

Mr. Piske, a leader in Trout Unlimited for over a decade, is committed to restoring and protecting the Big Thompson River as a healthy recreational trout fishery. He is Conservation Chair of TU’s Rocky Mountain Flycasters, and Colorado TU recognized him as Outstanding Volunteer in 2012 for his contributions to coldwater conservation in Colorado, and in 2018 the Rocky Mountain Flycasters presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Larry Rogstad, Board Director

Larry is adapting to retirement after 37 years as a Wildlife Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Larry has been involved with varied work along the Big Thompson and lower South Platte for many, many years and looks forward to learning more about, being involved with and mostly just appreciating this stunning watershed and those who love it now and in the future.

Shayle Sabo, Board Director

Mrs. Sabo works for the Larimer County Office of Emergency Management as an Emergency Management Coordinator and also oversees the Larimer Connects Program, which seeks to build resilience and social capacity county-wide through outreach, education, and grassroots mobilization efforts. Shayle holds a B.A. in International Relations from Idaho State University and a M.S. in Disaster Resilience Leadership from Tulane University.

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.

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.

Chris Carlson, Advisor
Gordon Gilstrap, Advisor

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 also 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.

William Vieth, Advisor

Mr. Vieth works at Wildlands Restoration Volunteers as a Watershed and Forestry Program Manager. He has over 10 years of experience in the environmental sector for a wide range of projects including forest restoration, mine reclamation, river/stream stabilization, disaster response, and wetland banking.

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