John has focused on conservation of Western water, land, and forests for nearly three decades, including at the Colorado Natural Heritage Program and The Nature Conservancy. As director of the Center for Collaborative Conservation, John now strives to equip people and communities with the skills and resources they need to work across differences to address large, complex conservation challenges. John earned a B.S. in engineering from Purdue University, an M.S. in botany from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University.
“I am intrigued by science, delighted by nature, and passionate about people and the many ways we think, learn, celebrate, and solve problems. I believe in the importance of listening to the many voices who care about and depend on our precious land and water and look forward to working together to create a future where people and nature can thrive.” – John Sanderson
Allison came to the CCC from Explora Science Center & Children’s Museum of Albuquerque, where she led a staff committed to developing and delivering innovative science education programs, as well as a workforce development center. She has been a passionate informal science educator for more than 24 years, and has worked at the Public Lands Institute, Clark County Wetlands Park, Oklahoma City Zoo, and the Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society. She holds a B.S. in Biology, an M.S. in Ecology, and a D.A. in Biological Education. Allison believes that empowered and engaged communities are the key to conserving nature and protecting the places we live and love.
Aireona Bonnie Raschke, Ph.D. comes to the Center for Collaborative Conservation (CCC) from Desert Botanical Garden, where she led the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance (CAZCA) as the program director. Through her work with CAZCA, Aireona specialized in collaborative conservation, and led shared work on invasive plant management, ecosystem restoration, and public outreach across central Arizona. Previous to that, she was immersed in studying community-based conservation globally through systematic review and expert consultation, and evaluating the impact of nature-based tourism on the environment and community well-being of Dominica and the Dominican Republic. She’s also an avid hiker, travel blogger, and artist.
While pursuing an undergraduate degree in Forestry from Southern Illinois University, Katie held leadership roles in the Tree Campus USA committee, the Forestry Club, and worked summer internships with the Missouri Department of Conservation and Indiana Department of Natural Resources. She enjoyed studying forest management, and was especially drawn to learning about the human components that affect decisions and outcomes on the ground. She went on to pursue an M.S. in Forest Sciences from Colorado State University, where she joined the Public Lands Policy Group (PLPG) and studied public perceptions of a prescribed fire outreach program on the Colorado Front Range. Shortly after receiving her Master’s, Katie returned to CSU, continuing her research with the PLPG while taking on the new role of Forest Collaboratives Network Coordinator. She looks forward to connecting with new people and supporting collaborative groups across Colorado.
Nicole Reese has supported the Center for Collaborative Conservation’s communication efforts and the Western Collaborative Conservation Network initiative since 2020. Nicole is a CSU Conservation Leadership Through Learning graduate program alum, and has served as a facilitator for collaborative conservation efforts on projects ranging from watersheds to wildfires, from wildlife management to public lands protections. Nicole’s passion for nature and desire to share that passion with others fuels her work in communicating and facilitating collaboration. She is also on the Board of Directors for Sustain Music and Nature, as well as lead facilitator of Crowd Conservation.
Rosie Costain is a recent graduate of CSU’s Conservation Leadership graduate program. She has B.A.s in Journalism and Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. While in Montana, she started exploring the various possibilities her degrees provided, running around with a microphone as an intern reporter for Montana Public Radio, getting a taste of collaborative work as a communications fellow with the Montana Watershed Coordination Council, and taking raptors for walks as a volunteer at a wildlife rehab center. Now in Fort Collins, Rosie spends her free time searching for the least crowded hiking trails and learning about the people who make Colorado “colorful.”
Katie is a recent graduate of CSU’s Conservation Leadership program. She has a B.S. in Earth Science from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. During her undergrad experience Katie worked as an intern with the Big Thompson Watershed Forum in Loveland and partnered with the Poudre Learning Center in Greeley for her thesis project. Most recently Katie served an AmeriCorps program in Denver helping families conserve energy and water. Katie was born and raised in Colorado and is passionate about helping to conserve its many resources for future generations.
Audrey Clavijo is a current graduate student at Colorado State University in the Conservation Leadership Through Learning Program (CLTL). Before starting her Master’s degree, Audrey spent the past three years working as a private consultant coordinating and leading environmental education and Native stewardship programming for the Kake Alaskan Youth Stewards (AYS) and assisting with research in southeast Alaska. Audrey is especially passionate about biocultural conservation, Native and Indigenous rights, and learning about the ways culture and language affect perceptions of nature. She is thrilled to work with the CCC and WCCN to gain a deeper understanding of collaborative conservation methods, outcomes, and facilitation while working to enhance communications and impact. In her free time, you can find Audrey outside (sun, snow, or rain!) hiking, running, reading, snowboarding, or harvesting native foods.