Board of Trustees / Staff
Jayla Poppleton, Executive Director
Jayla began her work with CFWE as the editor for Headwaters magazine, CFWE’s cornerstone publication, in 2009. Originally hailing from the outskirts of Chicago, her enthusiasm for outdoor adventure and the natural world led her to the field of natural resources—and to Colorado. She earned her degree in technical journalism with a specialization in natural resources management from Colorado State University, intent on the role of communicating important science- and policy-based issues from a human interest angle. She fell in love with Colorado’s rivers while guiding commercial rafts down the Cache la Poudre River. A public information role at the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District later added to her understanding of Colorado water issues, and she has since written extensively on the subject. In addition to reading and traveling, she enjoys running, hiking, mountain biking and any other opportunity to be outside in the Colorado sunshine. She lives in Denver with her husband and three sons.
Stephanie Scott, Leadership and Education Programs Manager
Stephanie Scott is an emerging water leader in Colorado, however her passion for water and empowering people was not her original career path. Stephanie began her career working with wildlife in many capacities. She has worked to rehabilitate wildlife, had a short stint as a zoo keeper, and spent most of her college career traveling the world to study wildlife management and zoology. Shortly into this wild career path for her she discovered that working directly with animals was not her calling. She began to explore how to get people more connected to their natural resources, which led her to her new found passion in water! Stephanie has been working on the non-profit side of water management since 2013 at Trout Unlimited and is already jumping into the many different perspectives of water in Colorado. She is a graduate of the highly esteemed Water Leaders program ran by CFWE, was engaged deeply on creating Colorado’s Water Plan, and has worked with municipalities, agriculture and other various stakeholders on water projects in the past. She has extensive work experience doing outreach, education, and building leaders. Stephanie brings a strong passion for building informed individuals and communities across Colorado. She will be managing all of the Leadership (Water Leaders, Water Fluency) and Education (Water Educator Network, Public Tours) Programs for CFWE and is always available to share her ever-growing passion for water!! She lives in Thornton with her husband Tyler, their Son Talon, and 95 pound lap dog Roscoe.
Jennie Geurts, Director of Operations
Jennie’s work at the Foundation combines her passion for organization and love of the natural world. Water has been the basis of several of her past jobs: she guided students in assessing the water quality of the Shenandoah River in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, gave tours of the floating USS Cassin Young at Boston National Historical Park, and described the formative powers of water at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Oregon Caves National Monument. Jennie earned her BA in history and art history from Kent State University and her MS in museum studies from the University of Colorado. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, visiting museums, traveling, and spoiling her cat.
Caitlin Coleman, Headwaters Associate Editor, Content and Communications Specialist
Caitlin's interest in storytelling and focus on important Western issues brought her to the Foundation as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2011. She has been a permanent member of the CFWE team ever since. Today, her work focuses on writing and editing for Headwaters magazine, working on new and updated Citizen's Guide books, managing CFWE's Your Water Colorado blog and website, Headwaters Pulse e-newsletter, Connecting the Drops radio series, and various other forms of information, outreach and communication. Prior to her work at the Foundation, Caitlin served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team, worked at a newspaper and radio station in Boulder, CO, and created newsletters for the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. Caitlin received a BA in Environmental Studies and French from the University of Vermont, an MA in Journalism from the University of Colorado and a Graduate Certificate in Environment, Society and Policy from the University of Colorado. Outside of the office, Caitlin enjoys teaching yoga, gardening, hiking, camping, traveling and exploring.
Sarah Johnson, Water Educator Network Coordinator
Sarah has a passion and energy to work with other educators inspiring innovative education techniques and practices while building strong relationships across the field. With CFWE's Water Educator Network, Sarah develops and delivers professional development workshops while building a robust network of water educators across Colorado. Sarah holds a BS in Biology from Missouri State University and will complete her MAEd: Natural Science and Environmental Education from Hamline University in June 2016. Her graduate research involves case studies of science teacher professional development programs at biological field stations across the county. Sarah's background includes watershed education, event planning, outreach, environmental education, wilderness trip leading, and interpretation at Roaring For Conservancy, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Wilderness Workshop, North Cascades Institute, National Park Service, and Hulbert Outdoor Center. She serves as vice president of the board of directors for the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education. She is a Certified Interpretive Guide, Certified Interpretive Trainer, Colorado Certified Master Environmental Educator, Land Ethic Leader, Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Master Educator, and NAU Grand Canyon Semester Alumni. Sarah is based on Colorado's Western Slope in Carbondale where she enjoys playing outside during all seasons, gardening, and making music.
Lynne Winter, Communications and Operations Intern
Lynne discovered a passion for Colorado's most precious resource—water—after taking a water resources course early-on in her Environmental Science degree at Metropolitan State University of Denver. An internship with the Colorado Foundation for Water Education provides her with the perfect opportunity to channel that enthusiasm, as well as combine her love of writing and concern for the environment through the communication of information to Coloradans. Lynne comes to CFWE with a BA in English from the University of Colorado, Denver, and will be graduating in May 2017 with a BS in environmental science from MSU Denver. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking/gluten free baking, crocheting, travel, and all things Disney!
Nevi Beatty, Educational Programs and Editorial Intern
Nevi's deep interest in the environment and her passion for writing explain the energy and excitement she has for interning with the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. Nevi is currently attending the Denver School of Science and Technology where she is enrolled in both earth science and biology curriculum. These courses ignited her passion for natural resources, deepened her appreciation of water and awoke her interest in publicizing ecological challenges and solutions. CFWE could not be a better place for Nevi to exercise these passions while expanding her knowledge of writing and communication. Nevi is especially excited to learn more about Colorado's water and to spread her knowledge about one of the most important ingredients for life. In her free time, Nevi enjoys volleyball, hiking, camping, skiing, and playing with her border-collie lab Dany.
Board of Trustees
Shea Properties, Greenwood Village
Gregory Hobbs, Jr.
Colorado Courts and University of Denver, Denver
Colorado Springs Utilities, Colorado Springs
George K. Baum & Company, Denver
Gregg Ten Eyck
Leonard Rice Engineers, Denver
Representative Jeni Arndt
Colorado House of Representatives, Fort Collins
Vail Resorts, Boulder
Colorado Competitive Council, Denver
South Metro Water Supply Authority, Greenwood Village
Western Resource Advocates, Boulder
Colorado Water Conservation Board, Denver
Colorado Water Conservation Board, Denver
Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District, Steamboat Springs
Jefferson County, Golden
Mallon Lonnquist Morris & Watrous, Denver
Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Denver
Divsion of Water Resources, Manassa
Senator Jerry Sonnenberg
Colorado Senate, Sterling
Southwestern Water Conservation District, Durango
Colorado River District, Glenwood Springs
Colorado Water Institute, Fort Collins
CFWE relies on both Board members and generous volunteers to do our work. The following individuals volunteer on CFWE's Program Development committee alongside the Board.
Diane Johnson, Eagle River Water and Sanitation District
Tom Cech, One World One Water Center, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Trina McGuire-Collier, Denver Water
Dana Strongin, Denver Water
Jim Pokrandt, Colorado River District
Perry Cabot, Colorado Water Institute and CSU Extension-- Western Region
Support for the Colorado Foundation for Water Education is tax-deductible and provides numerous benefits, including discounts on publications and event registrations. Your membership supports development of new publications, outreach efforts across the state, and critical operational needs.