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Jayla Poppleton, Executive Director

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Jayla Poppleton is the Executive Director at Water Education Colorado, the state’s leading organization for helping Coloradans understand and engage with water issues. Her responsibilities run the gamut from program oversight to partner and donor development to speaking engagements. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Jayla oversaw Water Education Colorado’s full suite of print and digital content programming. In that capacity she also served as the editor for Headwaters magazine, Water Education Colorado's flagship publication. Through the duration of her career, she has been intent on communicating important science and policy issues with a human-interest lens. She has written extensively on all things Colorado water, and it continues to be the subject she is most passionate about. In addition to the Advisory Committee for TAP-IN, Jayla also serves on the Advisory Council for the One World One Water Center at Metro State University. Jayla holds a Bachelor’s degree in technical journalism with a specialization in natural resources management from Colorado State University. In addition to reading and traveling, she enjoys running, hiking, rafting, snowboarding, mountain biking and any other opportunity to be outside in the Colorado sunshine. Jayla lives in Denver with her husband and three sons.

 Stephanie Scott, Leadership and Education Programs Manager

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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 newfound passion in water! Stephanie has been working on the nonprofit 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 run by Water Education Colorado, 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 Water Education Colorado 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.

Jerd Smith, Digital Content Editor

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Jerd Smith is the digital content editor at Water Education Colorado. Prior to joining WEco, she worked as a news editor and reporter for an array of Colorado news outlets including the Rocky Mountain News and the Daily Camera and Times-Call newspapers. A former fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, she has a bachelor of science degree in political science from the University of Evansville, in Indiana, and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. When she isn't reporting and editing, she enjoys hiking, cross county skiing and mountain biking with her husband and two sons.


Jennie Geurts, Director of Operations








 Jennie’s work at Water Education Colorado 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 Editor, Content and Communications Specialist

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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 Water Education Colorado team ever since. Today, her work focuses on writing and editing for Headwaters magazine, working on new and updated Citizen's Guide books, managing the 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 Water Education Colorado, 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.

Sophie Kirschenman, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Sophie grew up in the Sierra Nevadas, exploring trails, shredding slopes and swimming in the endlessly blue waters of Lake Tahoe. At an early age, two cruicial things had already happened. One, she had fallen in love with the natural world, and two, she had caught the travel bug. This ultimately led Sophie to earn her BA in international relations from the University of Nevada, Reno and an MA in international environmental policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA. Her career thus far has partially been rooted in the international realm (e.g. working on fisheries management in El Salvador and building watershed management tools for Conservation International) and partially in the local realm (e.g. designing educational resources and outreach activities in California and interning as a recreation ranger for Denver Water). Even though she never has been able to get rid of the travel bug and is still deeply interested in international policy, Sophie's love of the American West, passion for all things water, and desire to have a deeper sense of place has led her to Colorado and to Water Education Colorado. She is excited to begin work with Water Education Colorado where she will be helping to manage the leadership and education programs, with a particular focus on managing the Water Educator Network. In her free time, you can find Sophie traveling, painting, reading, writing and adventuring in the Colorado mountains with her boyfriend and her trusty steed (aka dog) Liza. 

Cody Williams, Communications and Digital Media Intern

Cody is currently a junior pursuing a BS degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a minor in Geography at CU Boulder. His three foremost passions in life are the visual arts, music, and the surrounding environment and natural world. He ultimately wishes to be able to combine the three together in order to spread environmental awareness through digital media, social media, and various other communication mediums. Cody's interest in water came about through a previous internship with Growing Gardens in Boulder, Colorado. The internship was centered around sustainable urban agriculture and focused on how the nonprofit utilized its water and surrounding resources in a viable manner. He also has been a certified SCUBA diver since age 8, which has greatly influenced his interest in aquatic and marine ecosystems. Cody wishes to establish a strong foundation in ecology, sustainable management practices, and scientific videography so he can continue to build upon each experience in his career path and influence others to advocate for a greener (and bluer) planet.  

Board of Trustees


Lisa Darling
South Metro Water Supply Authority, Greenwood Village
Vice President
Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr.
University of Denver College of Law, Denver
Gregg Ten Eyck
Leonard Rice Engineers, Denver

Alan Matlosz
George K. Baum & Company, Denver

Past President
Eric Hecox
Shea Properties, Greenwood Village



Representative Jeni Arndt

Colorado House of Representatives, Fort Collins


Nick Colglazier

Colorado Competitive Council, Denver


Lisa Darling

South Metro Water Supply Authority, Greenwood Village


Jorge Figueroa

Americas for Conservation + Arts, Boulder


Greg Johnson

Colorado Water Conservation Board, Denver


Scott Lorenz

Colorado Springs Utilities, Colorado Springs


Dan Luecke

Consultant, Boulder


Kevin McBride

Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District, Steamboat Springs


Kate McIntire

Jefferson County, Golden


Reed Morris

Mallon Lonnquist Morris & Watrous, Denver


Lauren Ris

Colorado Water Conservation Board, Denver


Travis Robinson

Divsion of Water Resources, Manassa


Senator Jerry Sonnenberg

Colorado Senate, Sterling


Laura Spann

Southwestern Water Conservation District, Durango


Chris Treese

Colorado River District, Glenwood Springs


Reagan Waskom

Colorado Water Institute, Fort Collins


Committee Members

Water Education Colorado relies on both Board members and generous volunteers to do our work.  The following individuals volunteer on Water Education Colorado's Program Development committee alongside the Board.

Diane Johnson, Eagle River Water and Sanitation District

Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, One World One Water Center, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Jim Pokrandt, Colorado River District

Blake Osborn, Colorado State University Extension

Perry Cabot, Colorado Water Institute and CSU Extension-- Western Region


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