Jeff joined FoDR as Executive Director in January 2017. Jeff has a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a J.D. from the College of William and Mary School of Law. In 2002, he co-founded and began serving as Executive Director of Second Wind Fund, a nonprofit providing professional counseling services to teens at-risk for suicide, for nearly 10 years. For the past five-plus years, he served as Executive Director of Bluff Lake Nature Center, an open space and environmental science center in east Denver. In both organizations, he oversaw all aspects of programming, administration, and fundraising.
(303) 697-3466 x104; ExecDirector@dinoridge.org
Erin has been leading educational programs at Dinosaur Ridge since 2002. Having grown up at Dinosaur Ridge, Erin has been in charge of guided tours since 2003, re-created summer camps in 2012, developed a preschool program in 2014, and rebuilt FoDR’s main exhibits from 2014 to the present.
(303) 697-3466 x101; Education@dinoridge.org
Blake has been helping in various capacities at Dinosaur Ridge for almost four years. Starting as a volunteer and working his way through being a tour guide, education assistant, and fundraising assistant, he has now combined all of his knowledge and experience to become the Volunteer and Membership Coordinator. He brings an eagerness to learn and try new things, the goal of which is to expand and grow the programs currently in place at Dinosaur Ridge.
Sue is a Colorado native and has been with Dinosaur Ridge for nine years. She previously served as the Discovery Center Gift Shop Manager, as well as a gift shop clerk, and tour bus driver/guide. She has over 20 years of retail experience, four years of that in retail management. She’s also studied geology and environmental science extensively.
(303) 697-3466 x102; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara leads the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge development and marketing efforts and is keenly focused on maximizing the organization’s resources, expanding its reach, and elevating its position within the philanthropic sector. Before joining the staff of FoDR, Sara served in a variety of development and marketing roles at nonprofits and for-profit companies throughout the country such as the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, the University Musical Society, Goodwill Industries of Denver, and a Denver-based architecture firm. She has also served as a board member, volunteer, fundraiser, and marketer for several other Denver organizations including the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado, Rocky Mountain Research and Prevention Institute, and the Evergreen Artists Association. Sara joined FoDR in April 2017.
(303) 810-3872; Development@dinoridge.org
Barbara Farley coordinates the volunteer efforts and educational tours for Friends of Dinosaur Ridge. She has more than 14 years of experience in experiential education, program outreach and management, and volunteer coordination. Most recently, she served as the Operations Director for MindDance, LLC, and previously managed programs for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Wildlife Center of Virginia. In her free time Barbara serves on the board for Family Nature Summits, and enjoys skiing, hiking and gardening. She joined FoDR in October of 2017.
Fran Taffer leads the effort to evaluate and grow the amazing education programs that are offered at Dinosaur Ridge. Her focus in her first months is to expand the summer camp program. Fran has more than 10 years of experience in education as a classroom elementary school teacher, a health educator, and managing nature-based summer camp and after-school programs. Most recently, she served as the Education Program Coordinator for Bluff Lake Nature Center. In her free time, Fran enjoys yoga, hiking and being a mom to two young boys.
(303) 697-3466; Fran@dinoridge.org
Friends of Dinosaur Ridge Board of Directors:
Lou Taylor (Board Chair): Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Vertebrate Paleontologist and Research Associate
Marsha Barber (Board Vice-Chair): Retired, Science Coordinator, Jefferson County Public Schools
Melissa Morris (Board Secretary): Owner, Guido's Pizza
Peter Martin (Board Treasurer): Retired, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Technical Writer/Editor
Sam Bartlett: Retired, Geologist
Amy Boulas: Executive Director, Arthritis Foundation
Nicole Peavey: State of Colorado Department of Transportation, Program Manager of Paleontological Resources
Bob Raynolds : Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Geologist/Research Associate
Kermit Shields : Retired, Geologist, Exxon Mobil