Audubon Rockies Staff
Audubon Rockies Staff
About Us

Staff

Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon
Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon
About Us

Staff

Alison Holloran is the executive director of Audubon Rockies and a vice president of National Audubon Society. She was hired in 2001 as the Important Bird Area coordinator and has since played many roles in implementing Audubon’s conservation strategies. Before Audubon Alison was a research scientist for the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming. She received her master's degree in zoology and physiology from the University of Wyoming and her B.S. in wildlife management from University of West Virginia. Alison enjoys any activity that takes her outdoors, including hiking, birdwatching, hunting, skiing, and running.    

John Kloster-Prew  is the deputy executive director for Audubon Rockies. He joined us with a strong background as the executive director of the Energy Efficiency Business Coalition and as the director of development and community support for Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful. John’s passion is protecting the environment and wildlife that calls it home, especially birds due to his love of flying. What he enjoys most about Audubon is bringing like-minded people together to provide a voice for birds. John is also an IFR certified private pilot who served 17 years in the U.S. Army. Outside the office, he enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, volleyball, ballroom dancing, and theater.

Daly Edmunds  is the director of policy and outreach for Audubon Rockies. Daly is responsible for furthering the Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative on a regional scale and works with with government representatives, conservation organizations, and community leaders throughout Wyoming, Colorado, and neighboring states to do so. Daly received her master's in zoology and physiology from the University of Wyoming, on pronghorn antelope research in southwestern Wyoming. Prior to joining Audubon in 2009, she worked for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, National Wildlife Federation, and Wyoming Wildlife Federation. In her spare time Daly enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing, attempting to capture wildlife with a camera, and camping with family and friends. She is a board member of the Wyoming Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

Abby Burk brings a lifetime love of rivers, particularly of the Colorado River and its tributaries.  As the western rivers regional program manager for Audubon Rockies, Abby promotes cultural change in water use and river conservation through interacting with government representatives, state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, businesses, and by recruiting and training community leaders. She has deep ecological management experience and is committed to advancing riparian habitat and stream resiliency through advocacy and action. She is passionate about (re)connecting people to their rivers. Abby most recently taught college courses in biology and environmental science and previous to that was an environmental consultant for eight years. She is an awarded educator and environmental steward. Abby holds a B.S. in biology and an interdisciplinary masters of education, with ecology and hydrology concentrations. As an avid whitewater kayaker Abby enjoys time on western rivers as often as possible.

Jamie Weiss is the Habitat Hero coordinator. Along with her B.S. in marine biology and chemistry from University of North Carolina Wilmington, Jamie is a certified interpretive guide through the National Association for Interpretation.  Jamie previously worked at Boyd Lake State Park and the Georgia Aquarium as an educational interpreter, raising awareness of conservation.  When not working, she is often leading an active lifestyle trying to keep up with her Border Collie puppy and Golden Retriever. She enjoys hiking, camping, snowboarding, and long distance running. 

Dusty Downey  is a community naturalist and the Conservation Ranching program lead for Audubon Rockies. He was born and currently lives with his wife and two daughters on a working cattle ranch in Northeast Wyoming.  Dusty has extensive experience with cattle production, supply chain development, and animal husbandry. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in biology. Before returning to the family ranch to work for Audubon in 2005, Dusty was involved with the direction and coordination of education programs at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and served as the education coordinator of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve in Woodland, CA. Today he serves on the Wyoming Association for Environmental Education board, is an advisor for the University of Wyoming's WYOBIO program, and is a member of the North American Association for Environmental Education. Dusty is also a Wilderness EMT and certified interpretive guide through the National Association for Interpretation.    

Jacelyn Downey Jacelyn Downey—our education programs manager—began her career as a marine science educator and aquarist but began working for Audubon Rockies as a community naturalist in 2006 when she moved to northeast Wyoming with her husband to live and work on the family ranch. Once in Wyoming, Jacelyn focused on sagebrush conservation and getting youth and families to explore the natural wonders of the Rocky Mountain west. In 2015 she won Audubon's highest education award, the Tamar Chotzen Award. Jacelyn serves as a board member for Wyoming's Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust Fund, the Barnyards & Backyards team, and Wyoming Project Learning Tree. Jacelyn enjoys any excuse to be outside with her husband and two daughters, traveling, and cooking for family and friends. 

Zach Hutchinson Zach Hutchinson is a community naturalist and master bander. Prior to Audubon he graduated with a B.S. in zoology from NMSU; operated programs combining science, art, and kayaks; served as an alligator conservation biologist; and was a museum operations director. Zach authored The Great Wyoming Bird Trail, an app guiding bird enthusiasts to finding birds in Wyoming. His passion with Audubon is focused on engaging students and adults with experiential learning through his various bird banding projects. Zach’s passion for conservation was started from birth and his personal life greatly reflects his work life. However, he has a passion for international travel!

Keith Bruno is our community naturalist serving southwest Colorado, where he runs ecology programs at the Hershey Foundation’s Four Mile Ranch located near Pagosa Springs. He enjoys teaching about birds, native plants, pollinators, food security, snow science, and generally anything that gets him outdoors. Before Audubon, Keith received a master’s degree in natural eesources with an environmental education certificate from the University of Idaho. He spent most of his 20s and 30s roaming around the west working wildlife and plant technician jobs with some forays into mountain guiding and market farming.  He enjoys skiing, gardening, fishing, hunting, mountain climbing, and exploring Puebloan dwellings of the desert Southwest. Now he gets to do it with his young daughter!

Evan Barrientos is the Communications and Marketing Coordinator of Audubon Rockies. His passion is using photography, videography, and writing to inspire people to explore and care for nature. He began birdwatching and photography as a child at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Wisconsin and studied Natural Resources at Cornell University. In addition to communications, he has worked in the fields of environmental education, volunteer coordination, land restoration and management, and ecology. Evan is also fluent in Spanish, proficient in Portuguese, and passionate about including diverse and young audiences in conservation. In his free time, he enjoys photography, hiking, climbing,  salsa dancing, ultimate frisbee, and supporting English as a Second Language classes.

Brian Rutledge is the director of Audubon's Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative. He has served as an instructor and interpreter since childhood, leading eco-tours to many corners of the globe. He served for five years as the president/chief executive officer of Zoo New England and was executive director of the Maryland Zoological Society for thirteen years. He has designed and developed entertaining and exciting exhibits, interpretive graphics, and innovative, interactive devices for the general public. For many years, Brian and his wife Kathleen have made their permanent home on the Front Range of the Rockies. Fascination with cutting horses, sled dogs and cattle has melded well with their love of the outdoors.   

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