Our Team

Jolie NeSmith

Executive Director

Jolie brings years of non-profit management experience, an impressive conservation and wilderness leadership background, and a passion for protecting our public lands. A longtime resident of Colorado Springs, Jolie is active in the community and excited to give back to the parks, trails, and open spaces we all enjoy. When she isn’t working to improve the lives of the community, Jolie can be found enjoying one of the many trails around town or out on a ride with her pup!  

Contact Info

Email: jolie@rmfi.org
Phone: 719.471.7736
Pronouns: she/her

Kristen Cahill

Finance and Operations Director

Kristen was born and raised in Colorado, and ever since she was little, enjoying the outdoors has been an absolutely integral part of her life. She grew up in Colorado Springs, and family outings involved camping, hiking, and fly fishing, and she realized that being in nature always brought her renewed energy and continuously sparked her curiosity. She headed up north to Fort Collins to pursue her degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and "hopped along the Front Range," spending time in Denver and Boulder before returning to her hometown. She is passionate about helping Colorado Springs be one of the best places to live, work, and play, and she is absolutely thrilled to be able to use her skill set at RMFI.  

When she's not at work, she loves hiking and mountain biking with her husband and highly energetic Dog, Raphi.  She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, cooking, yoga, and freely admits to having at least one too many plants. 

Interests

Travelling, hiking, mountain biking, cooking, yoga, gardening 

Contact Info

Email: kristen@rmfi.org
Pronouns: she/her

Carl Woody

Program Director

Carl comes to RMFI with a wide range of natural resource knowledge and experience. An enthusiastic environmental steward and public servant, Carl is excited to join the passionate and dedicated RMFI team. Carl served several seasons as a member of an AmeriCorps conservation corps, worked as a natural resources intern with the National Park Service in Denver, and served as a Wilderness Fellow with the US Forest Service in Lake Tahoe, California. Carl earned his master’s degree in Natural Resource Management and Policy from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in May of 2019. Carl grew up in Austin, Texas, where he enjoyed hiking around the rolling Texas Hill Country, swimming and fishing its numerous lakes, rivers, and springs. On the weekends you can find Carl playing a game of pick-up basketball, out for a bike ride, or on a stream bank struggling to untangle his fly line.

Interests

Fishing, riding bikes, and shooting hoops. 

Contact Info

Email: carl@rmfi.org
Pronouns: he/him/his

Calla Balliett

Community Engagement Coordinator

Calla is originally from Metro Detroit where she spent her days dreaming of moving to Colorado. Over ten years ago she made the move and has been cultivating a love for our public lands ever since. Combining her background in the outdoor industry with her passion for our outdoor spaces and volunteerism Calla is starting her 3nd year with RMFI. Calla fills her weekends by enjoying the local trails, and her love for sharing meals with friends.

Interests

Running, mountain biking, cooking/baking, and beers with friends.

Contact Info

Email: calla@rmfi.org
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Elizabeth Barber

Program Manager

Elizabeth grew up in Colorado and early experiences instilled in Elizabeth a lifetime love of nature and being outdoors. Elizabeth is recharged by hiking, especially Colorado 14ers, backpacking, snowshoeing, climbing, and fishing. Elizabeth fell in love with trail work as a volunteer for the Dixon Trail project and thought it would be awesome to work on a trail crew someday so in 2020 Elizabeth earned a degree in Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Technology. Elizabeth’s dream of working on a trail crew came true in 2021, with her first season as a RMFI Field Instructor. In 2022 Elizabeth became a Field Coordinator and enjoyed leading projects on some of her favorite trails including Dixon Trail and the Devils Playground trail on Pikes Peak. Starting in 2023 Elizabeth will be taking on her new role as a RMFI Program Manager.

Over the years, Elizabeth worked a variety of exciting jobs including hiking guide, backcountry camp caretaker, historic interpreter, program coordinator, art department manager, and arts/crafts instructor. Elizabeth has more hobbies and interests than time, but that keeps life interesting! When she isn’t outdoors, Elizabeth enjoys time being creative in her art studio at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Combining interests in history and hiking, Elizabeth annually hikes Pikes Peak in handmade moccasins and an 1850s style “Bloomer dress” to celebrate the history of the first recorded woman to climb Pikes Peak.

Interests

Hiking, backpacking, cooking, arts and crafts, history, adventuring.

Contact Info

Email: elizabeth@rmfi.org
Pronouns: she/her

Otzma-Bie Paz

Program Manager

This is Otzma’s fourth year at RMFI and third year as a Program Manager! After growing up in Arizona with not much direction, she really found her passion for the outdoors and conservation when she did an 8-month gap year program traveling and studying development around the world. From there, she moved to California where she spent a year and a half as a Corpsmember for American Conservation Experience and then almost 3 years on the California State Parks Monterey District Trail Crew. Otzma then came to us as a Field Coordinator in 2021 and has loved every minute of it since. Outside of work you’ll typically find Otzma at the gym, on the trail, or spending time with friends. If you have the chance to work with her, she’ll most likely chat your ear off or try really hard to make you laugh.

Interests

Hiking, rock climbing, CrossFit, yoga, trail work, watching way too much TV, eggs, people.

 

Contact Info

Email: otzma@rmfi.org
Pronouns: she/her/hers

McCae Allen

Program Manager

McCae originally hails from the flatlands of Kansas, but quickly made his way out west by the desire of outdoor recreation, breathtaking landscapes and unending access to some of the best public lands in the world. With an educational background in Business Management and work experience in trails management, McCae strives to protect our public lands through the development of education, stewardship, and community engagement. This is McCae’s first year with RMFI, and he hopes to make a profound impact with his background from the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative and New York State Parks. McCae enjoys backpacking, all things biking, learning and reading history, outdoor photography and gardening. One goal of McCae’s is to eventually backpack and bikepack the entirety of the Colorado Trail.  

Interests

Landscape architecture, music, learning new things and eating  

Contact Info

Email: mccae@rmfi.org
Pronouns: he/him