Our Team

Jennifer Peterson

Executive Director

Jennifer joined the RMFI team as Executive Director in 2014 where she leads a dedicated and passionate staff united around public land stewardship and sustainable outdoor recreation. As a young girl, Jennifer fell in love with the outdoors on numerous weekend backpacking and fishing excursions with her family along the Appalachian Trail. She carried that passion into her educational pursuits where she received both a B.S. and M.S. in Rangeland Ecology & Management from Texas A&M University and the University of Idaho, respectively, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Management with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Texas A&M University. Jennifer brings nearly 10 years of experience in environmental stewardship, watershed health, public engagement, and environmental education to RMFI. She also sits on the Board of the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance and was recognized by the Mayor of Colorado Springs with a Young Leader Award. Outside of the office, Jennifer enjoys any activity in the outdoors including hiking, backpacking, fly fishing, trail running, skiing, and mountain biking. 

Interests

Backpacking, camping, hiking, trail running, fly fishing, skiing.

Contact Info

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 719.471.7736, ext 1#

Joe Lavorini

Program Director

Hailing from Western Pennsylvania, Joe moved to Colorado in 2005 to pursue his interest of the natural world. Joe graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies with a focus on Sustainable Development. Prior to working for RMFI, Joe served as Director of the Colorado Springs Conservation Corps working on energy efficiency projects in the Pikes Peak Region. When he's not daydreaming about his next international trip, Joe can often be found pursuing any of his favorite recreational activities including fly fishing, teaching yoga, and making turns. Joe is a NOLS-Alaska alum, Leadership Pikes Peak graduate, and certified Wilderness EMT. Joe has recently earned recognition as a Rising Star by the Colorado Springs Business Journal. Joe has been involved with RMFI since 2008.

Interests

Fly fishing, teaching yoga, making turns

Contact Info

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 719.471.7736, ext 2#

Jay Minton

Program Manager

Growing up in Oklahoma, Jay spent a lot of his time outdoors, but didn't get a first-hand glimpse of the mountains until his teenage years. He immediately fell in love with the scenic vistas and challenging environments that he found in the southwest and knew it was where he was meant to be. Jay developed a healthy respect for rocks while earning his BS in Environmental Geology at the University of Oklahoma. He developed an equally healthy respect for rock-walls during his seven seasons working within the Philmont Conservation Department in New Mexico. During that time, Jay was able to gain experience in all aspects of trail work, as well as environmental education and restoration work. Jay joined the RMFI team in January of 2018 and is excited to be a part of an organization that has such a strong positive impact on the members of the community and the public open spaces they enjoy. Jay is an Eagle Scout, certified Emergency Medical Technician, and Wilderness First Responder.

Interests

Rock climbing, mountain biking

Contact Info

Email: [email protected] 
Phone: 719.471.7736, ext. 2#

Alex Hladkyj

Program Manager

As an avid outdoor enthusiast and Colorado Springs native, Alex has developed a deep appreciation for the beauty emanating from the Southern Rockies. When the opportunity arose to work for RMFI, he knew it was time to turn that appreciation into action. Alex earned his BA in Communication with an emphasis in Leadership Studies at the University of Colorado Springs – Colorado. He was the top graduate of those in the leadership track and received highest distinction in UCCS’ Communication Honors program. Through his sustainable development minor and an internship with CoPIRG Energy Service Corps., he cultivated a strong interest in conservation, stewardship, and helping others connect with the natural world. Post-graduation he foraged his skills as a salesman at Time Warner Cable, but after a year decided to seek a balance between a career in sales and environmental work. Around this time Alex took a position with the Coalition for the Upper South Platte. There he advanced BMP implementation for Denver Water’s Source Water Protection Plan. Recently, Alex obtained his WFR certification from NOLS and is currently working on a startup business in the UAS industry. 

Interests

Climbing, camping, shredding the slopes, and hiking with the family dog.

Contact Info

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 719.471.7736, ext 5# 

Molly Mazel

Volunteer & Partnership Coordinator

Molly is a Colorado Springs native and lifelong Colorado resident. She received her BA in International Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009 and has been working in public stewardship, community engagement, and the non-profit sector ever since. She has worked as a Trip Leader and Program Director of international youth service trips in Costa Rica and Argentina where she and her young crews worked on a variety of ecological and community-focused projects, while mixing in some requisite adventure travel. She additionally worked for several years as Denver Local Manager for the Chill Foundation, a non-profit youth development organization providing outdoor recreational experiences to underserved youth. Molly joined the RMFI staff in 2014 and, in 2018, earned her CVA, an internationally recognized Certification in Volunteer Administration. 

Interests

Backpacking, trail running, hiking, climbing, biking, skiing, and being mom to Lucky Dog.

Contact Info

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 719.471.7736, ext 4#

Bronwyn Woodward

Business Manager

Bronwyn was born in Maryland but moved many times during her childhood including a stop in Dallas, Texas where she became a life long Dallas Cowboys fan. She landed in Colorado in 1981 and loved it so much that she has stayed put. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1988 with a degree in Accounting. She has been married for 30 years and has two children. Her daughter is a preschool teacher in Denver and her son attends Northern Arizona University where he is working towards a degree in Photography. She has been the bookkeeper at Coaltrain Wine & Liquor for the past 16 years and has been a RMFI volunteer for the last 7 years. She is an avid hiker and enjoys skiing during the winter. Her other passions are baking and Christmas.

Interests

Baking, Hiking, Gardening, Skiing, Reading (especially history), Traveling

Contact Info

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 719.471.7736, ext *#

Liz Nichol

Business Manager

Liz received her BA at McGill University, and put in two years at York University in a Master in Environmental Studies program. She was an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School and Peak Performance, guided for Adventure Specialists, was the bookkeeper for Collins & McConnell law firm and owned and managed Ceres’ Harvest Natural Foods. She founded the Everest Environmental Project to clean up climbers’ camps on Mount Everest, after being a member of the 1987 American Everest North Face Expedition; created the Hummingbird Garden at Starsmore Discovery Center, and was treasurer of the board of the Friends of Cheyenne Canon. Liz joined RMFI’s staff in 2003.

Interests

Traveling, Hiking, Hut Trips, and Cooking

Contact Info

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 719.471.7736, ext *#

Jamie Goins

Field Coordinator

Jamie grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and rarely spent any time indoors. She received a BS degree from Gonzaga University in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies. She is a lover of heights, especially above fourteen thousand feet, and always willing to explore the natural world. Her first experience of RMFI’s work was through the Earth Corps program and she wanted to continue as a steward for the environment in her home city. She is certified in Wilderness First Aid.

Interests

Traveling, hiking, aerial silks, coffee, and exploring new trails.

Jacob Twersky

Field Coordinator

Jacob became enthralled with the natural world in his childhood backyard in Memphis, Tennessee while observing ladybug larvae as they transformed. This love grew and brought him out to the mountains where he studied ecology at Colorado College here in Colorado Springs. Since graduating in 2015, he’s helped out with wildfire research, studied permaculture, traveled to the jungles of South America, taught at a high school and herded cattle in California. A deep appreciation for the natural world and understanding of ecological systems has led him into work that focuses on sustainable interactions between humans and nature. You may find him with his face to the ground searching for crystals or his eyes to his binoculars watching the birds.

Jarrod Gaut

Field Coordinator

Although he was born upon the tide in Southern California, Jarrod found his calling deep in the Sierra Nevadas. Led there every year since his 11th birthday by his grandfather and his father, Jarrod very quickly learned that trails were not magical entities that sprung up without human effort. "Stop cutting the switchbacks, you ratfink!" his grandfather would yell, and with that came the teaching that trails, and trail-building, is immensely involved and immensely important. Although he is relatively new to the building of trails, Jarrod is proud to be creating ways to introduce more people to the majesty of our natural spaces.

Josh Cohn

Field Instructor

Growing up in Colorado Springs, Josh explored the trails throughout the Pikes Peak region. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Kansas, Josh realized that he needed to return to the mountains. Josh worked as a naturalist for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) as well as a ranger for Pitkin County Open Space and Trails in Aspen, Colorado. Josh is WFR certified and is also a NOLS-Alaska alum. Josh has also traveled extensively around the world, most recently in Southeast Asia. Josh joined the RMFI team in 2018 and is excited to continue helping to maintain some of the places he has loved his whole life.

Interests

Mountain biking, trail running, hiking, and watching KU basketball.

Lindsay Williams

Field Instructor

Lindsay was born in Central Illinois but grew up here in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, receiving a BS degree in Natural Resource Management with a Minor in Rangeland Ecology. After graduating Lindsay spent a season working at Castlewood Canyon State Park as an Interpretive Ranger leading school groups on hikes around the park. Lindsay is WFR certified and would like to further her training to become a Wilderness EMT. She looks forward to learning new restoration techniques and furthering her passion for stewardship.

Interests

Hiking anywhere she can, hoping to find her next favorite trail.