We couldn’t accomplish our mission at Water Education Colorado without the tireless work of our staff, board of trustees, and dedicated committee members from around the state. Meet our crew.

Staff

Jayla Poppleton

Jayla Poppleton

Executive Director

Jayla Poppleton is the Executive Director of Water Education Colorado. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Jayla oversaw Water Education Colorado’s full suite of print and digital content programming. In that capacity she also served as the editor for Headwaters magazine, Water Education Colorado’s flagship publication, since 2009. Through the duration of her career, she has been intent on communicating important science and policy issues with a human-interest lens. She has written extensively on all things Colorado water, and it continues to be the subject she is most passionate about. Hailing from the outskirts of Chicago, her enthusiasm for outdoor adventure and the natural world led her to the field of natural resources—and to Colorado, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism with a specialization in natural resources management from Colorado State University. She fell in love with Colorado’s rivers while guiding commercial rafts down the Cache la Poudre River. In addition to reading and traveling, she enjoys running, hiking, rafting, snowboarding, mountain biking and any other opportunity to be outside in the Colorado sunshine. She lives in Denver with her husband and three sons.

Jennie Geurts

Jennie Geurts

Director of Operations

Jennie Geurts’ work at Water Education Colorado combines her passion for organization and love of the natural world. Jennie manages WEco’s database, finances, membership program, evaluation, office, and human resources. Before joining WEco, Jennie was an interpretive ranger for the National Park Service. Jennie earned her bachelor’s degree in history and art history from Kent State University and a master’s in museum studies from the University of Colorado. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, geeking out over art, and traveling.

Stephanie Scott

Stephanie Scott

Leadership Programs Manager

Stephanie Scott is an emerging water leader in Colorado, however her passion for the resource and empowering people was not her original career path. She first worked with wildlife in many capacities: rehabilitating wildlife, zookeeping, and traveling the world to study wildlife management and zoology. While exploring how to get people more connected to their natural resources, Stephanie found her passion in water. She started working on the non-profit side of water management in 2013 at Trout Unlimited and is a graduate of the highly esteemed Water Leaders program run by Water Education Colorado. Stephanie was also deeply engaged in Colorado’s Water Plan, and has worked with municipalities, agriculture and other stakeholders on state water projects. She has extensive experience in outreach, education and leadership building, inspiring more informed individuals and communities across Colorado. Stephanie manages Water Education Colorado’s leadership programs. She lives in Thornton with her husband, children and 95-pound lap dog, Roscoe.

Caitlin Coleman

Caitlin Coleman

Headwaters Magazine Editor and Communications Specialist

Caitlin Coleman edits Water Education Colorado’s Headwaters magazine and Citizen’s Guide series. She also manages WEco’s vast suite of content programs like the blog, webinars, and radio series. Before joining the WEco team, Caitlin worked in a variety of outreach and reporting jobs. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and French from the University of Vermont, a master’s in journalism from the University of Colorado. Outside of work Caitlin enjoys teaching yoga, gardening, camping and traveling.

Jerd Smith

Jerd Smith

Digital Content Editor

Jerd Smith is the digital content editor at Water Education Colorado. Prior to joining WEco, she worked as a news editor and reporter for an array of Colorado news outlets including the Rocky Mountain News and the Daily Camera and Times-Call newspapers. A former fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, she has a bachelor’s of science degree in political science from the University of Evansville, in Indiana, and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. When she isn’t reporting and editing, she enjoys hiking, cross country skiing and mountain biking with her husband and two sons.

Rachel Champion

Rachel Champion

Communications Intern

Rachel Champion is the Communications Intern at Water Education Colorado, and her love of water began from growing up in the humid, rainy environment of Southern Alabama. During her time in the US Navy, she served in Naples, Italy and ultimately ended up in sunny San Diego. Living in San Diego was the first time she had experienced life in an area where water is scarce, and thus, began to develop a love and appreciation for water. She is currently a student at CU Denver majoring in Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing. In her spare time, she can be found lying in the grass, or running through the plains with her boyfriend and Bengal, Archer.

Board of Trustees

Our 22-member non-partisan Board of Trustees is comprised of water and non-water professionals from various disciplines and regions across Colorado. Their tremendous commitment to water education is apparent and appreciated.

President
Lisa Darling, South Metro Water Supply Authority, Greenwood Village

Vice President
Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr., University of Denver College of Law, Denver

Secretary
Gregg Ten Eyck, Leonard Rice Engineers, Denver

Treasurer
Alan Matlosz, George K. Baum & Company, Denver

Past President
Eric Hecox, Shea Properties, Greenwood Village

Representative Jeni Arndt, Colorado House of Representatives, Fort Collins

Nick Colglazier, Colorado Competitive Council, Denver

Jorge Figueroa, Americas for Conservation + Arts, Boulder

Greg Johnson, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Denver

Scott Lorenz, Colorado Springs Utilities, Colorado Springs

Dan Luecke, Consultant, Boulder

Kevin McBride, Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District, Steamboat Springs

Kate McIntire, Jefferson County, Golden

Reed Morris, Mallon Lonnquist Morris & Watrous, Denver

Amy Moyer, Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Denver

Lauren Ris, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Denver

Travis Robinson, Divsion of Water Resources, Manassa

Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, Colorado Senate, Sterling

Laura Spann, Southwestern Water Conservation District, Durango

Chris Treese, Colorado River District, Glenwood Springs

Reagan Waskom, Colorado Water Institute, Fort Collins

Committee Members

Water Education Colorado relies on both Board members and generous volunteers to accomplish our work. The following individuals volunteer on Water Education Colorado’s Program Development and/or Communications committees alongside the Board.

Perry Cabot, Colorado Water Institute and CSU Extension – Western Region

Blake Osborn, Colorado State University Extension

Jim Pokrandt, Colorado River District

Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, One World One Water Center, Metropolitan State University of Denver