Career: A wildlife ecologist (B.S., M.S., Colorado State University) mainly with the Colorado Division of Wildlife (now Parks and Wildlife) in various positions including researcher, research leader, and statewide ecologist.  Also served as Ranger and biologist with the National Park Service, including Rocky Mountain National Park.   Main focus of my career was research, management, and recovery of threatened and endangered species, ecosystem ecology including wetlands, mountain parks and grasslands. 

Certifications & Awards: 
Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society; Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi; Governor’s Wildlife Habitat Committee; Outstanding Team Award for Federal Aid Operations; Certifications in Program Mgt. (Univ. of Colorado); Project Management (American Management Assoc.); Citizen Participation by Objective (Inst. for Participatory Mgt.)

Estes Valley Watershed Coalition (past president); Board of Directors, Colorado Wildlife Federation;  Kiwanis Club of Estes Park (past president); Fort Collins Audubon Society (past president); member - Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Nature Conservancy, Rocky Mountain Conservancy. 

Big Thompson

My wife and I enjoy hiking and exploring our mountains, studying the plants and animals, and poking dead things with a stick.  Appreciate old-timey mountain music, cowboy music (think Ian Tyson).  I enjoy fly fishing and hunting behind pointing dogs.   And, of course, my daughter, grandchildren, and all our blended family.  

My old man insisted, “leave your campsite better than you found it.”  I’ll try.  I have faith in the ability of our community collaboration coupled with sound science to sustain the beauty and benefits of our surroundings for generations to come.  A strong believer that healthy ecosystems are the best insurance against future extreme events.   

                             “Mother Nature bats last”

About:  Native Texan of the High Plains moved to Estes Park in June 2018. We’re here in our one, only and final base camp for adventure and engagement with a beloved community

Board Member

Celeste Fraser

As a 20-year resident of Estes Park, I’ve gotten to know all types of people that make up our community – workers, business owners, public employees, and many retirees.  All together, we make up a great community that shares a love of the natural world and the beautiful mountain valley we live inCareer: Consultant, Thorn Creek Basin Sanitary District.

Career: After many years in college and two degrees (paid for by playing in rock bands), I pursued a career in land planning and architectural design in Kansas City, Missouri.  Until 1993, I was the managing partner of an architecture & planning firm which specialized in designing parks & recreation facilities, including zoos, community centers, and botanical gardens. 

In the 1990’s I moved away from the world of nice suits, traveling constantly, and consulting on projects all over the country.  I moved into the world of blue jeans, managing large design & construction projects, and spending more time with my three great kids. 

In June, 1999, my development company bought Mary’s Lake Lodge in Estes Park. The historic Lodge had been abandoned for over twenty years and had to be totally renovated.  I was the managing partner of the Lodge for three years after its re-opening, during which time I learned more than I ever wanted to know about the accommodations and restaurant businesses. 

Non-Profit Experience:  In Estes Park I have served on the Board of The Elkhorn Project, which submitted, with the Town of Estes Park, a Regional Tourism Act application to the State for a 65-acre ski-park and cultural center at the Elkhorn Lodge.  I am a founding member of the Estes Valley Watershed Coalition, and currently Treasurer. 

I have also served the community as a member of the Trails Committee of the Estes Valley Recreation District, a member of the Estes Valley Fire Services Task Force, a member of the Town of Estes Park’s Transportation Visioning Committee, President of The Estes Valley Fire Protection District Board, and currently as a member of the Estes Valley Planning Commission. 

Watershed: Fish Creek 

Interests:  Music, architecture, workforce housing, wildlife conservation, climate change, and my dog.

​                “Water isn’t a resource, it’s the source of life"

Vice President

Nancy Larned

Board Member

Gary Miller


Dawn James

Board Member

Marcus Snyder

Experience: ​Construction-Site Pollution Prevention, Stormwater BMP design, ArcGIS, prescribed burning, Grant and project management

Board Member

Jennifer Waters, EIT

About: As a geographer, I just love seeing how all of Earth's systems interconnect.   And that's why I'm fascinated with the work of the EVWC as it solves problems involving water, topography, flora, and fauna.

Non-Profit:  Estes Valley Watershed Coalition, Assistant Coordinator​​

Partners of Scott County Watersheds, SEJH Cross Country, Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities 

Career: Motorola Solutions, ADP, Northrop Grumman, Dell Computers, Motorola Semiconductor.

Non-Profit: Vice President Estes Valley Watershed. President Fall River Estates HOA. Vice President / Editor, Harley Owners Group. Water District 17.


 Born and raised in Kansas City, my first experience in Colorado was working summers in Vail as a teenager.  I worked construction labor jobs and one summer as a sherpa for Outward Bound in the Gore Range.  I learned to rock climb, had a bad fall, and I don’t like heights to this day. 

Board Member

Celeste Fraser

Career: Graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.S. in Environmental Science-Geoscience. Stormwater Tech for the City of Coralville, Iowa. 

Watershed Coordinator for Partners of Scott County Watersheds.


Jim Daugherty 

Career:  Editor/writer with Pearson Education, Exhibit Developer with Chicago Children's Museum, business owner of WherAbouts,Inc., Author, World Geography​

Education: B.A. & M.A. University of Colorado

​Watershed: Fish Creek

​Interests: Hiking, traveling, walking my dog.

Career: Consultant, Thorn Creek Basin Sanitary District.

Non-Profit: IL Association of Waste Water Pollution Agencies, IL Association of Water Pollution, Control Operators, Central States Water Pollution Control Association, Water Environment Federation.

Experience: General Manager, Chief Engineer, District Engineer. 

Certifications & Awards:
Plant Operations, Radebaugh Award, William D. Hatfield Award, Rotarian of the Year, Operator of the Year. 

Watershed: At Large



​​Estes Valley ​Watershed Coalition

Experience: Computer Information Systems, Marketing, Psychology, Water Districts.

Certifications & Awards: Project, Team Management. ESRI ArcGIS.

​Watershed: Fall River

​Interests: Riding my Harley with my partner Shelly to see as many monuments in the USA as possible.

Passion: Estes Park has given me 19 years in paradise. It's time to give back to the community & restore the Estes Valley Watershed to it's former glory.

Career experience: Construction, stormwater management, regulations and permits, accounting, site engineering.

Education & Certifications: B.S. Building Construction, Texas A&M University;  M.S. Civil Engineering and M. Environmental Planning, University of Virginia; Master thesis addressed stormwater detention. Engineer-in-Training (EIT) credential since 2010.

Board Experience and Voluntarism:
PEO (supporting education and scholarships for women worldwide), Center City (downtown redevelopment advocacy), Share the Road (motorcycle/bicycle/pedestrian advocacy).
Here and now in Estes Park,
I am committed to social and civic engagement:  Usually weekly, I attend an event or meeting such as Town Board, Planning Commission, Housing Authority, American Legion, League of Women Voters, Library Friends & Foundation, Newcomers.

I first connected with the Estes Valley Watershed Coalition in July after spotting a newspaper invite for the public to tour of some of its projects. My inspiration for supporting its mission and work is based on my technical understanding that runoff management should match natural systems as closely as possible. My aspiration is to serve the coalition through project management, facility maintenance, and stormwater issues coordination. 

Current building project:
Constructing a tiny house on wheels—see it on Pine River Lane where I’m currently installing cedar siding. Inspired by a sustained interest in residential building techniques, I also aspire to help create affordable housing.

Backstory & interests:
Married 26 years, daughter at Colorado School of Mines. Obsessive homemaker who enjoys masterminding and carrying out complex plans for seasonal menus, meal preparation, and housekeeping tasks. Regular in group fitness classes. Lifelong runner, skier, hiker, bicycler, trekker.

                                            E pluribus unum.
                                         "Wag more. Bark less."

About: Having spent most of my life in Fort Collins, but with a lifelong dream of living even nearer to Rocky Mountain National Park, I finally moved to the Estes Valley in 2005.  Each morning, my wife Kathy Brazelton and I give thanks for being able to live in these beautiful surroundings, and commit anew to doing whatever we can to protect our natural world.

About: Having grown up in the mid-west, my husband and I immediately fell in love with the mountains when we moved to Colorado in 2007.  We relocated to Estes Park from Colorado Springs to be a part of the Estes Park mountain community and we hope to retire here to continue our lifelong adventure.

Career: 14 years with Continuing Legal Education (Colorado and Idaho); 10 years with Precious Metals Summit/DGG (investment conferences). 

Education: B.S. University of Colorado, J.D. University of Wyoming

Non-profit:  Volunteer Board Member and Secretary, Dani’s Foundation; Vice President, Estes Valley Watershed Coalition; active member of Trout Unlimited, Alpine Anglers/Estes Park chapter.

Watershed:  Upper Big Thompson. 

Interests:  Hiking; fly fishing; reading; traveling to see my adult kids; taking care of our rescue lab; enjoying life with my husband of 30 years and counting!

          “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”



Lindsay McFarland


Frank Theis

Executive Director

​Karen Monks

Career: Over 30 years of engineering and supply chain roles while employed by GM, UPS, Whirlpool, and Honeywell.  Owner of Process Interventions LLC, consultant services assisting small to mid-sized companies. 

Education & Certifications:  B.S.from Kettering University, formerly GMI Engineering & Management Institute, in Industrial Engineering and Material & Logistics Management, and a dual certified Six Sigma Black Belt. 

Experience: Supply Chain, Health-Safety-Environment & Sustainability, Design Engineering, Warehouse and Manufacturing Optimization.

Non-profit:  Prior to assuming the role as President of the Estes Valley Watershed Coalition, I was a Board Member of the Estes Valley Watershed Coalition.  

Watershed:  Fish Creek

Interests:  Cooking; hiking; photography; traveling: traveling.  Someday…geology, pottery, and painting.

Passion:  My passion is to explore and find new adventures at every turn and never stop learning about what surrounds us.

 “Every adventure is worthwhile.”