Bluff Lake Team

OUR TEAM

Many people and organizations contribute to the success of Bluff Lake Nature Center, including:

BLNC Staff

Rachel Crouch
Executive Director
303-506-4168
email Rachel

Rachel Crouch is a Colorado native with a mission to make culture and nature accessible to everyone. She has a degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in History and Education. She spent six years working at the Missouri History Museum as the K-12 Programs Coordinator, and also spent time working at the St. Louis Science Center. After returning to Colorado, Rachel became the Education Director at Bluff Lake Nature Center where she got to explore the site with elementary school students and summer camp kids. In July of 2018, Rachel took over as Executive Director of Bluff Lake. Her favorite thing about Bluff Lake is finding bones and going on insect hunts with kids!

Maggie Willden
Director of Operations
303-587-1437
email Maggie

Maggie was born and raised in Colorado, which lead to her passion for nature and wildlife after constantly being surrounded by the natural beauty this state has to offer. This passion led her to pursue her Undergraduate Degree from Colorado State University in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. Maggie then received her Masters in Public Administration  from the University of Colorado Denver. She has worked with several nonprofits in the Denver Metro area, exploring the natural land all over Colorado, but she has never loved working with an organization more than Bluff Lake Nature Center. She has been with us since June 2017 and her favorite part of Bluff Lake is it’s uniqueness and how it gives access to nature to many who would not have that access otherwise.

Heidi Pfeiffer
Education Manager
414-839-1670
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Heidi first joined the Bluff Lake team as a summer camp counselor, then took over as Education Manager in December of 2018. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Ph.D. in experimental psychology focused on education and health psychology. The beauty of Colorado’s natural spaces drew her to relocate from her hometown in Wisconsin, but she is still a part-time professor at UW-Milwaukee teaching online psychological statistics. She loves working with kids, hiking, biking, gardening, and bird watching. Her favorite thing about Bluff Lake is seeing kids’ wonder and natural curiosity as they explore and learn about the outdoors.

Jacob Reta
Site Manager
575-202-8240
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Jacob is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fish and Wildlife Conservation Ecology. He is the Site Manager for Bluff Lake Nature Center. One thing that he loves about Bluff Lake Nature Center is interacting with the kiddos that visit Bluff Lake.

Craig Jackson
Accountant
303-570-6215
email Craig

BLNC Office
Main Phone
720-708-4147

Youth Education Volunteers

Kora Flaming
Youth Educator

Kora has been volunteering at Bluff Lake since fall of 2018. Before she retired, she taught fourth and fifth grade in Aurora Public Schools at Montview Elementary and Jewell Elementary for 31 years. She has always loved teaching kids about science and seeing them get excited about learning outdoors. She now spends her time volunteering with several organizations, taking care of with her 3 grandchildren, hiking and walking, cooking and baking, and church activities.

Emily Seddon
Youth Educator

Emily has a Master of Science in Behavior, Evolution, and Conservation. Bluff Lake Nature Center caught her eye because she is passionate about educating youth about the natural world to inspire a new generation to appreciate and care for the environment. She is a curious spirit, fascinated by nature and the great outdoors, and prefers to be in the mountains observing wildlife and studying plants as much as possible.

Sarah Bogdan
Youth Educator

Sarah has been a dedicated volunteer at Bluff Lake since fall of 2017. She has a master’s degree and is an excellent environmental educator. The students and other volunteers love working with Sarah because she is genuine, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and patient.

Barb DeSarro
Youth Educator

Barb first visited Bluff Lake with her son’s class back in 2002 and really enjoyed it.  After recently retiring from CDOT as a roadway designer/project manager she is happy to rekindle her BA in Environmental Conservation by leading field trips.  She loves teaching kids about biology, science, maps and seeing them learn through exploring nature.  In her spare time she enjoys volunteering, hiking, yoga, biking, gardening, traveling and spending time with her two adult kids.

Board of Directors

Jonathon Fitzpatrick
President
Director, Project Development, Pivot Energy

Britta Blodgett
Vice President
Sr. Communications Strategist, Colorado Workforce Development Council

Amy Hezel
Secretary
ILS and Resource Librarian, Regis University

Jennifer Thurston
Member
Program Director, Anschutz Medical Campus

Steve Lundt
Member
Certified Lake Manager, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District
Member, Colorado Lake & Reservoir Management Association
Member, North American Lake Management Society

Luke Galli
Treasurer
Strategic Planning Manager, Wells Fargo

Harold Skramstad
Member
Community Volunteer

Doug Young
Member
Western Land Group, Affiliate

Dave Santucci
Member
VP Marketing, Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau

[If you are interested in serving on our Board of Directors, please contact Jonathan Fitzpatrick at jonathan.fitzpatrick@gmail.com]

Major Donors