Meet the Broads’ Team

Shelley Silbert, Executive Director

Shelley comes to Broads with more than 20 years in the fields of conservation and sustainability. Most recently she served as Associate Director of the San Juan Citizens Alliance in Durango, Colorado. She was the Director of Strategic Environmental Initiatives at Northern Arizona…

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Lauren Berutich, Associate Director

Lauren has more than 10 years of experience in environmental education, grassroots organizing, conservation and stewardship coordination, and public work for sustainable community development. She served as Broads’ Grassroots Leadership Director for nearly four years, overseeing the training, guidance, and support of volunteer…

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Susan Kearns, Communications Director

Susan has a diverse background in communications, graphic design, and marketing. For 20+ years, she has dreamed up ways to promote everything from widgets to wildfire awareness. Susan helped develop the San Gabriel Mountains Bighorn Sheep Restoration Strategy, and as a board member…

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Joyce Thomsen, Membership Maven

Joyce took a break from a 23-year stint at chiropractic in Durango to participate actively in the preservation of the “back country,” which incidentally is also the name of her practice where she enjoyed hiking, biking, and skiing in her spare time for…

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Lori Niewold, Development Coordinator

Lori Niewold has a Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at El Paso, specializing in Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry. For the past 10 years, she’s worked in development and fundraising and sees joining Broads as a way “to give back to nature.” As Broads’ Development Coordinator, Lori…

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Mike Kruse, Grassroots Leadership Coordinator

Mike comes to Broads with more than 10 years of experience in the environmental field, ranging from non-profit and volunteer work, to working with private companies and the U.S. government. He has lived and worked around the western United States and seen many sides of the environmental spectrum. Mike…

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Katya Spiecker, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator

Katya grew up exploring the old-growth juniper and towering ponderosa woodlands of central Oregon, where the sweeping sage of the Great Basin meets the majestic Cascade Mountains. Inspired by nature’s wonders, she eventually acquired a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from Oregon Institute of Technology and has worked and volunteered…

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Claire Attkisson, Communications Assistant

Claire brings more than 20 years of marketing and branding experience in various leadership roles as a consultant and entrepreneur in the non-profit and private sectors. She holds a BA in Women’s Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz; and, an…

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Ellie Stevenson, Operations Manager

Ellie settled down in Durango after a year of road-tripping and backpacking around the West, and joined Great Old Broads soon afterward. Throughout her career she has worked in a variety of roles for non-profit organizations with missions ranging from youth workforce development to preventive health education, sparked by…

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Thank You to All of Our Broadband Leaders

  • Angie Wulfow
  • Anne Heikkila
  • Annie Cubberly
  • Barbara Dickenson
  • Barbara Jacobsen
  • Barbara Phalen
  • Billie Hughes
  • Carol Savonen
  • Carolyn Rader
  • Chara Ragland
  • Chris Gorzalski
  • Chris Shaver
  • Cindy Magnuson
  • Cristina Harmon
  • Cyndi Anderson
  • Delaine Fragnoli
  • Di Allison
  • Diane Miller
  • Elaine Simmons
  • Fran Krackow
  • Jan Reelitz
  • Jane Heisler
  • Janet Bourdon
  • Janna Rankin
  • Jenny Cobb
  • Joan Abbott
  • Joanie Connors
  • Joanne Richter
  • Jodi Adair
  • Judy Todd
  • Julie Wille
  • Karen Ryman
  • Karin Di Giacomo
  • Laurie Kerr
  • Linda Starr
  • Mary Fleischmann
  • Mary Hertert
  • Mary Lynne Newell
  • Maureen Forney
  • Mimi Trudeau
  • Misi Ballard
  • Nancy Ostlie
  • Nancy Working
  • Pam Conley
  • Patricia Hastings-Sargent
  • Patricia Jessup
  • Patricia McClenny
  • Priscilla Sherman
  • Roberta Moore
  • Robyn Cascade
  • Roz Switzer
  • Susan Ostlie
  • Susan Treneer
  • Susie Schmidt
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