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Staff & Board

John Sanderson

Executive Director

John Sanderson is the CCC’s director. He has been doing conservation work in Colorado for 25 years, most recently as the Director of Science at The Nature Conservancy. At TNC, he led a staff working to protect land, manage rivers, restore forests, and mitigate and adapt to our changing climate. He 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

Dr. Kim Skyelander

Associate Director

Kim Skyelander is the CCC’s Associate Director. She has a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from Utah State University, a M.S. degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. She worked professionally for the U.S. Forest Service as a wildlife biologist, public affairs specialist, assistant district ranger, tribal government liaison, and wilderness ranger. She left the USFS to pursue a career in teaching and taught natural resources classes for eight years at the Salish Kootenai College on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, and also taught at the University of Idaho. Before coming to the CCC, Kim was the executive director of Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, a large residential outdoor school in northeastern MN. Her interests are understanding how conventional science and local/place-based/traditional knowledge link together to support conservation actions; human emotional and spiritual connections to land, and environmental education.

Heather Knight

Associate Director of Practitioner Program

Heather Knight joined the Center for Collaborative Conservation as the Associate Director of the Practitioner Program. Prior to joining the CCC team as a staff member, she served an active roll on the Executive Committee and as a co-instructor for the Conservation Leadership Through Learning graduate program. Heather brings extensive experience in conservation, with 22 years working with The Nature Conservancy. Heather and her husband, Rick, live and steward a place in Livermore, Colorado.

Rosie Costain

Communications Intern

Rosie Costain is currently enrolled in 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 Dorman

Collaborative Conservation Intern

Katie is currently a master’s student in 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.