Colorado

The 13ers: Bios

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Carly Abrahamson
Carly Abrahamson grew up in Connecticut and moved to Boulder in 2007. Carly is currently the general counsel and principal at the Colorado Impact Fund. CIF is a venture fund that launched in 2014 and is dedicated to investing in Colorado companies that have a positive effect on the community, including companies focused on clean tech, clean energy, and conserving our natural resources. Before joining CIF, Carly practiced corporate law at a firm in Denver, and prior to that, taught elementary school in the South Bronx through Teach For America. Carly attended Dartmouth College, and has a masters in education from Bank Street College and a JD from University of Colorado. Carly and her husband love living in Colorado for the hiking, biking, skiing and fly fishing, and can’t wait to pass along the love of the mountains and rivers to their one year old daughter.


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Adrienne Day
Adrienne grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, but calls Colorado home. Her love of the outdoors came from yearly fall camping trips in high school. Her love of nature continued with her trusted best friend, who taught her about preserving the great lands we all enjoy. When she is not out enjoying hiking and fly fishing, she is marketing to adult learners for the non-profit CAEL.


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Stacey Decker
Stacey Decker grew up in Norfolk, VA where she spent summers in the ocean and exploring the coastal wetlands of the Chesapeake Bay.  It was there that her passion for nature, the outdoors, and conservation first began.  She studied Environmental Science and International Relations at Tufts University and took every opportunity to backpack in places like Yellowstone, the Sawtooths, and the White Mountains.  After working for a children's science and nature museum in Washington, DC and a brief detour to hike and kayak in Alaska, Stacey moved back to New England and earned a Master's in Environmental Science and Education.  Stacey taught high school science until she decided that being home with her two daughters, teaching music, and working for a charitable foundation were more fun than grading papers.  Her husband's new job brought the family to Denver last summer, and while she misses the ocean, she is loving getting to explore the giant playground that is Colorado.  Her kids are too small to backpack quite yet, so until then, they can be found hiking, skiing, and throwing rocks in streams. Stacey is excited to have the opportunity to work with the 13ers to promote conservation and encourage philanthropy.


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John Franklin
John grew up on the mean streets of Washington D.C. His mom worked for The Nature Conservancy throughout his childhood so he often found himself playing on the floor of TNC's headquarters. After graduating from Davidson College in North Carolina, he discovered his love for the outdoors and conservation. After 3 years of skiing (and occasionally working) in Jackson Hole, WY, he moved back to D.C to start "real life" and completed his MBA at Georgetown University. Two years ago, the West called again and he moved to Boulder, where he is now the Director of Marketing for TheFeed.com, an online store for sports nutrition.  


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Cristóbal (Chris) Garcia
Chris Garcia is a fourth generation Colorado native of Mexican descent, who grew up across the U.S. Southwest and in Zacatecas, México. Chris has a BA in Social Sciences - Secondary Education from the University of Northern Colorado and a Masters in Management Practice from the College of Business at Colorado State University. In his current role as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at UNC, Chris is responsible for expanding alumni engagement through volunteer management, social and web-based communications, and career development programming. Chris is bilingual in English and Spanish, and has a decade of experience working in the field of higher education. In his spare time, you'll find Chris hiking outdoors, connecting with family and friends, and volunteering on projects and programs across the state. Chris got involved with The Nature Conservancy through his participation in the Latino Leadership Institute at the University of Denver, and focuses on increasing diversity and inclusion in the Conservancy’s programs, and expanding participation of the Latino community in the The Nature Conservancy's conservation efforts.


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Maggie Hanna
Maggie was born and raised on a working ranch in Hanover, Colorado. She received her BA from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, in History and Urban Studies: Urban Environments and completed a graduate certificate in Ranch Management from the Texas Christian University Ranch Management Program in Fort Worth, Texas. Maggie joined the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust as the External Relations Coordinator in 2015. In her free time, Maggie commutes to the Hanna Ranch to help her family manage the fourth generation cow-calf operation. Some of her favorite places are found in the rural communities of the eastern plains.


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Janette Heung
Janette was born in the U.S. but spent her formative years in the concrete jungles of Hong Kong. When she returned for college and began venturing into the wintry landscapes of the White Mountains in New Hampshire, she was mesmerized by its beauty. She soon discovered her passion for environmental stewardship. She has worked in public and private sectors to tackle environmental and healthcare challenges, including her work as an environmental risk assessment researcher at Harvard School of Public Health, a consultant to a number of environmental non-profits, social entrepreneurial startups, and government agencies, including Denver City/County Department of Environmental Health, and a management consultant to Fortune 500 firms at Deloitte Consulting. She holds a bachelor's in physics and biomedical engineering from Tufts and a master's in environmental health from Harvard. When she’s not at the office, she channels her love for nature by climbing rock and ice routes and exploring the great outdoors.  


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Laura Isanuk
Laura grew up in a small coastal town in New Jersey (yes, it’s the Jersey Shore, but not THAT Jersey Shore). Being outside was a key feature of her childhood, which fostered a love for the earth that has driven her to where she is today. She studied undergrad at Colgate University where she earned a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies and helped out with campus wide sustainability initiatives like composting. After school, Laura worked for UBS in NYC, but missed connecting to the earth so joined The Nature Conservancy young professional group. When Laura realized there is no better place to enjoy the outdoors than Colorado, she had to make the move and naturally joined the 13ers! Today, she is thrilled to be working for First Affirmative Financial Network, a sustainable, responsible, impact (SRI) firm and enjoying everything CO has to offer from great beer to amazing views with all the fun ways to get to the top.


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Greg Jackson
Greg grew up in Minnesota but feels at home in the mountains. He has been active in conservation since his first AmeriCorps service with the Student Conservation Association in New Hampshire in 2008. He has led dozens of conservation crews and volunteer projects in public lands from the Appalachian Trail to Denali, and now serves as a seasonal conservation work skills instructor with the SCA. He has been with the 13ers since July 2014, and currently works on the flood recovery project for Boulder County. His hobbies include backcountry skiing, mountain biking, fly fishing, rock climbing, and eating at diners.


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Wes Knoll
Wes is a fifth generation Coloradan from Evergreen, CO, and has learned to love many of the best things this state has to offer including skiing, hiking, climbing, fly-fishing and hunting. Wes became interested in conservation through observing the tremendous biodiversity in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem while completing his undergraduate degree in Bozeman, MT. This interest lead him to law school at the University of Oregon where he was able to work on a number of conservation projects, and where he graduated in 2015. Wes is currently an attorney with Lawrence Jones Custer Grasmick, LLP where he specializes in water law.


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Aliena Martinez
Aliena Martinez is a Colorado native that grew up in Thornton, Colorado. Aliena has a BS in Business Administration from Colorado State University and a MBA from the University of Phoenix. Aliena is a senior product and marketing leader and is currently an independent consultant. Aliena has spent more than 15 years running product management and marketing in both large organizations and start-ups. Aliena grew up camping, fishing and hiking and loves the outdoors. In her spare time, you'll find Aliena spending time outdoors, connecting with family and friends and volunteering with organizations across the metro area. Aliena got involved with The Nature Conservancy through her participation in the Latino Leadership Institute at the University of Denver, and focuses on increasing diversity and inclusion in the Conservancy's programs, and expanding participation of the Latino community in The Nature Conservancy's conservation efforts.


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Ben McConahey
Ben grew up in Littleton, CO and has been exploring the outdoors from an early age. Whether it's fishing, skiing, hiking, camping, or biking, Ben understands that a personal connection with nature is critical to nurturing a conservation mentality with this and future generations. He is a former employee of The Nature Conservancy here in Colorado, where he led strategic planning of coalition of Federal and State agencies seeking funding to restore and maintain sufficient ecological flows in rivers and streams across Colorado and developed strategic plans for landscapes within a statewide conservation effort to protect 1 million acres of private land across Colorado. Now working in the water space from within the private sector, he was excited to become a founding member of The 13ers effort when the Colorado Chapter floated the idea back in 2011, and has diligently represented The Nature Conservancy as a volunteer ambassador of the organization's effort to broaden support for conservation.


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JJ Yosh
JJ Yosh is a TV Host, Adventure Filmmaker, Backcountry Chef, Mountaineer, Truth-seeker, and huge nature aficionado living in the mountains of Boulder, Colorado. Fueled by his love of the earth, JJ produces media to inspire people to get outside and explore their backyards. JJ’s philosophy is if you want people to care about the planet, you need to get them out there to experience it firsthand.  JJ’s mission to change the world immediately began during a backpacking trip in college. It was on that trip that he realized his calling was to be a voice for the environment. Since that time JJ has led countless groups of people all over the world to explore some of the most beautiful places on earth. In addition to his excursions, JJ has acted in many national and international commercials, modeled in various national print campaigns, hosted television shows for Discovery, TLC, and Tastemade networks, and produced, directed, written, and starred in a full feature film, Ancient Tomorrow. When JJ isn’t busy producing content you can find him in his backcountry kitchen mastering his latest chocolate chip cookie recipe and training his adventure cat Simon new tricks in the wild. 

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