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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Communications and Media Intern
Jacob Tucker is the Communications Intern with Water Education Colorado, a role which allows his two passions in life, the natural environment and engaging in dialogue with others, to intersect in a very unique way. Currently, Jacob is attending the University of Denver to receive his Master’s in the study of Economics. While in his undergraduate program he majored in Economics, Philosophy, and Global Studies, in the hopes of understanding the complex world we all reside in. When not in the office, he can be found hiking, gardening, frequenting local coffee shops or delving into a great book.
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Scott Williamson works on the education and outreach programs of Water Education Colorado. This includes supporting the Water Educator Network, Project WET, and water-themed tours and events, both large and small. Scott grew up fascinated by floods, turning over stream rocks and swimming in lakes and creeks. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from St. Olaf College and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Washington. Most recently, Scott taught 6th-grade science in Denver while pursuing coursework at Relay Graduate School of Education. Scott leans on his experience from the Puget Sound region near Seattle, where he supported regional coordination of local salmon and ecosystem recovery plans at the Puget Sound Partnership. Scott lives in Denver with his wife and two sons, and he enjoys skiing, biking and swimming.
Board of Trustees
Our 21-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.
Lisa Darling, South Metro Water Supply Authority, Greenwood Village
Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr., University of Denver College of Law, Denver
Gregg Ten Eyck, Leonard Rice Engineers, Denver
Alan Matlosz, Stifel, Denver
Eric Hecox, Shea Properties, Greenwood Village
Perry Cabot, Colorado State University, Grand Junction
Nick Colglazier, Colorado Competitive Council, Denver
Sen. Kerry Donovan, Colorado Senate, Wolcott
Paul Fanning, Arkansas Basin Roundtable, Pueblo
Jorge Figueroa, El Laboratorio, Boulder
Matt Heimerich, Palmer Land Trust, Rocky Ford
Greg Johnson, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Denver
Julie Kallenberger, Colorado Water Center, Fort Collins
David LaFrance, American Water Works Association, Littleton
Dan Luecke, Consultant, Boulder
Kevin McBride, Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District, Steamboat Springs
Amy Moyer, Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Denver
Lauren Ris, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Denver
Rep. Dylan Roberts, Colorado House of Representatives, Avon
Travis Robinson, Division of Water Resources, Manassa
Laura Spann, Southwestern Water Conservation District, Durango
Chris Treese, Glenwood Springs
Brian Werner, Northern Water, Berthoud
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.
Blake Osborn, Colorado State University Extension
Jim Pokrandt, Colorado River District
Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, One World One Water Center, Metropolitan State University of Denver