Staff and Board

 

Denver Audubon Staff

Karl Brummert, Executive Director

Karl has over twenty years of experience in non-profit management, program development, and fundraising. He is a Colorado native, and an avid hiker, mountain biker, snowboarder, cross-country skier, snowshoer, cook, gardener, and birder/naturalist. He also climbs a new 14er every now and then, and it is a fairly well-known fact he loves snow. Karl has been to 43 states – just seven more to go!! – as well as British Columbia, Nova Scotia/New Brunswick, Mexico, Jamaica, Trinidad, New Zealand, Iceland, Ecuador, and Galapagos. Send me an email


Rhonda Shank, Office Manager

Rhonda ShankRhonda has been the “Director of First Impressions” for over 17 years at Denver Audubon. She manages all office operations, including database management, bookkeeping, program registration, assisting with special events, and customer service. If you’ve called the Denver Audubon offices, you’ve likely heard her friendly voice on the other end of the line. She hails from the beautiful Amish country in Pennsylvania. She enjoys cooking, gardening, genealogy, and searching for unique finds at local thrift stores and estate sales. She currently lives with Charles, two cats, and two dogs. Send me an email


Emily B. Hertz, School Programs Coordinator

Emily moved to Colorado from Seattle where she graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s of Education. Previously, she worked as a resource management and conservation project coordinator for the Tucson Bureau of Land Management Student Conservation Association. She was also involved with the Tucson Audubon Society, where she took naturalist classes and created interactive education booths for their annual Ironwood Festival. Emily enjoys rock climbing, photography, trail running, camping, gardening, eating chips & salsa, and hiking with her fluffy tuxedo cat Murphy and her husband Steven. Send me an email


Kate Hogan,  Community Outreach Coordinator

kate-hogan-225x300Kate is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, but her love for the ocean took her to the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. There, Kate interned with  Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, where she learnd, “You haven’t lived until you’ve bleached an ENTIRE puffin exhibit and shoveled polar bear poop! Kate has a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science-Biology and a Master’s in Nonprofit Business Management. In 2012, she joined Denver Audubon and loves getting our message out into the community. She currently lives in Parker with her husband Bryan, daughter Caitlyn, and son Luke. Send me an email


Suzy Hiskey, Naturalist Educator

Suzy is a dedicated educator and biologist, passionate about wildlife and conservation. She grew up in Missouri and has lived in Colorado since 1995. She worked as an elementary school educator with Denver Public Schools and Colorado Academy before transitioning to nature education. In 2010, she became the School Programs Coordinator for Denver Audubon. Although she briefly departed the organization, Suzy has nine years of experience leading summer camp programs focusing on animals, wildlife, and nature. Suzy enjoys contributing to community science projects and is excited to begin her new position at Denver Audubon as the Conservation Coordinator. Send me an email


Andy Carstens, Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Andy moved from Chicago to Denver in 2017 to be near the mountains and to have more time in nature. Before relocating to Denver, he managed an environmental group at an engineering company. Andy is currently pursuing a master’s degree in science writing from Johns Hopkins University. It was a nature writing school assignment that first brought him to Denver Audubon. Andy enjoys many things, but road cycling, hiking, skiing, reading, and writing are high on the list as are eating and drinking with friends. Send me an email


Board of Directors

Wendy Woods, President (Financial Planner, Empower Retirement)
Arlene Raskin, 1st Vice President (Retired High School Science Teacher)
Ann Bonnell, 2nd Vice President (Retired Biology Teacher)
Kristin Salamack, Secretary (Associate, ICF International)
Diane RaPue, Treasurer (CEO, Trinity Business Finance LLC)
Shelley Conger (Realtor, Live Urban Real Estate)
Alexandra Hall (Patent Attorney, National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
Carl Norbeck (Former Denver Audubon Executive Director)

Committee & Project Chairs

  • Colorado Bluebird Project: Kevin Corwin and Tracy Rackauskas
  • Conservation: Polly Reetz and Suzy Hiskey
  • Development/Fundraising: Karl Brummert and Barbara Hall
  • Finance: Diane RaPue
  • Field Trips and Travel: Mary Geder and Sheridan Samano
  • Lois Webster Fund: Margot Wynkoop
  • Spring Benefit: Alex Hall, Shelley Conger, and Barbara Hall