CCA’s Executive Director since 2011, Joe has helped CCA become a nationally recognized and highly effective organization. Joe holds a B.A. from the University of Maine and an M.A. from Naropa University with a focus on organizational leadership and conservation. He brings over 15 years of director level nonprofit experience to his work and in his spare time he volunteers for several boards in the community, along with enjoying our National Conservation Areas by foot, boat and bike.
Rob Gay - Education Director
Rob Gay digs up dead animals and tells the world about it. As a paleontologist, he has taken citizen scientists out and uncovered fossils hundreds of millions of years old. He's using that experience now at CCA as Education Director to educate the future about the scientific and historic values of our shared public lands. In his free time you can find him hiking, kayaking, or camping across the Colorado Plateau.
DAWN COOPER - RIVER PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Dawn brings over 15 years of experience in experiential education, curriculum design, and classroom teaching to Colorado Canyons Association. She has developed, coordinated, and taught field-based programs throughout the western United States, South America, and British Columbia. She is excited to use her dynamic background to help develop meaningful, place-based river programs. In her free time, you can find Dawn mountain biking, traveling, cooking, fly-fishing, or exploring in her VW Westfalia with her dog, Charley.
RYAN MCCONNELL - NCA STEWARDSHIP COORDINATOR
Ryan is a recent graduate from Colorado Mesa University with a degree in Environmental Science. While there he served as the president of the CMU Sustainability Council, developing the volunteer run club into a student organization with five paid positions. More recently, Ryan spent two years working with Colorado Canyons Association as an AmeriCorps VISTA and we're thrilled to have him join the organization full time as an NCA Stewardship Coordinator focused on river-based programming and general interpretation and marketing efforts for our regional NCAs.
KILLIAN RUSH - AMERICORPS VISTA
Killian is a recent graduate of Colorado Mesa University who earned her B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Watershed Science. She has a deep passion for the environment and loves to educate others on how to do their part in taking care of it. In her free time, Killian enjoys hiking, mountain biking, rafting, skiing, traveling, yoga and playing with her dog, Coyote.
TATYANA SUKHARNIKOVA - AMERICORPS VISTA
Tatyana is originally from Russia and migrated with her family to the states back in 2002. She earned her B.A. from Grinnell College in 2012, majoring in psychology and minoring in neuroscience. Since then, she has dabbled in being a researcher and a scientist, an early preschool teacher, an after-school teacher (K-6), and even a professional dog walker! She landed in western Colorado after trekking across public lands and finding a passion and inspiration for the outdoors. Having experienced firsthand the beauty and capacity of our national public lands, she is looking forward to raising awareness towards National Conservation Areas AND to helping bring more kids outdoors to learn from nature! In her free time, she loves playing with her dog Bailey, hiking, camping, cycling, and trying new things!