Forest Program Director
Gretchen joined the FCCD team as their Forest Program Director in April, 2017. Prior to joining the FCCD team, she has worked in natural resource management and forestry in Colorado, Illinois, California, and New Zealand. She earned a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Principia College and a M.S. in Horticulture/Plant Ecophysiology from Colorado State University.
Gretchen is passionate about restoring Colorado's forests, and in the three years that she's been with FCCD, has implemented over 2,000 acres of treatment across Larimer County.
When she's not working, Gretchen loves to garden, mountain bike, cook, and play with her dogs.
Dylan joined FCCD in August of 2020. Before coming to Fort Collins, Dylan was a Forestry Specialist for the state of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources and specialized in the Good Neighbor Authority Act, working alongside the US Forest Service. He has worked in forestry and plant monitoring in California, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He earned a B.S. in Forestry and Ecological Restoration from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point.
Dylan hit the ground running and has already assisted in setting up and overseeing several active projects. He is very enthusiastic about restoring our forests on the front range and hopes to bring an enhanced perspective to the work.
When he’s not working, Dylan is most likely mountain biking, spending time with his dog, or busy with his nose in a book.
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Sarah joined the FCCD team in late 2019. Sarah is a fifth-generation Colorado native growing up only miles from where her family homesteaded for many generations. Sarah held various 4H offices throughout her early years, and completed 4H veterinary science education. She grew up raising steers, pigs, chickens, and horses, and showed steers for many years at her local county fair.
Sarah's professional career is a reflection of her passion for education. She received a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado and taught grades 2nd, 3rd, and 4th for several years. During her time teaching, she mentored countless Elementary Education college students, and worked on creating programs that enhanced reading education. Sarah believes children are our future and it is up to us to ensure that they have a solid understanding of our world before we hand over the keys.
When Sarah is not working, she enjoys photography, gardening, playing volleyball, camping, fishing, and hiking.