Bluff Lake Team


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

BLNC Staff

Rachel Crouch
Executive Director
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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
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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
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Heidi joined the Bluff Lake team in May of 2018 as a summer camp counselor. She loved the experience so much that she wanted to become a full-time member of the team, and she was excited to start as Bluff Lake’s Education Manager in December. Heidi loves working with kids and outdoor activities (especially hiking and biking). She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, earning a Ph.D. in psychology with a research focus on education and health psychology. Prior to coming to Bluff Lake, Heidi was a college instructor and land restoration volunteer in Milwaukee. The beauty, natural places, and wonderful people of Colorado are what drew her to relocate here, and she was excited to celebrate her one-year anniversary as a Colorado resident this past February! Her favorite thing about Bluff Lake is seeing kids’ wonder and natural curiosity when they have the chance to explore the world around them.

Jacob Reta
Site Manager
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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.


Matt Hebard
Site Management Contractor

Matthew Hebard is originally from Wisconsin and has been in Colorado since 2005. He is an early childhood educator, co-founder of The Nursery School, which takes place at Bluff Lake. In his spare time, he enjoys bicycling, climbing, and spending time with his family. He loves Bluff Lake because it offers a piece of nature and tranquility moments from his home, without having to drive hours into the mountains. It offers beauty and opportunities to inspire curiosity and learning.


Craig Jackson
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Board of Directors

Jonathon Fitzpatrick
Director, Project Development, Pivot Energy

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

Amy Hezel
ILS and Resource Librarian, Regis University

Jennifer Thurston
Program Director, Anschutz Medical Campus

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

Luke Galli
Strategic Planning Manager, Wells Fargo

Harold Skramstad
Community Volunteer

Doug Young
Western Land Group, Affiliate

Dave Santucci
VP Marketing, Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau

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