The YVSC staff is a diverse group of active women, each bringing a magnitude of experience and insight that facilitates the growth and progress of YVSC’s list of programs, events and projects for promoting sustainability in the region.
Sarah Jones: Executive Director
When Sarah was 7 and her family moved to New Hampshire, she knew that sustainability would be part of her life. It was the 70s, during the Oil Embargo, and her father was sure the world was going to hell. So, like a good New Englander, he decided the family would become completely self-sufficient. They heated their house exclusively with wood (much to her mother’s dismay), raised all their own food (including goats’ milk yogurt – much to Sarah’s dismay) and sent the food scraps to the compost or the pigs. That experience had a huge effect on Sarah. She went on to focus on environmental studies in school and work. Sarah received her BA in Biology, Environmental Studies from Colby College, and her MS in Geology, Environmental Geochemistry from CU Boulder. She went on to work in environmental consulting for over 15 years and spent almost 10 years working with schools to develop their sustainable practices. Sarah believes that educating people, especially children, about sustainability, is the most important job she could have. If we are to ensure a healthy environment in the future, it is critical that children understand the connection between nature and humans and between each other. If she could, Sarah would give every child the same upbringing she had – except maybe no goats’ milk yogurt.
Since 1998, as a staff member, independent consultant and volunteer, Anne Mudgett has been connecting nonprofits with funders and constituents who care about their causes. Although her passion is the environment, Anne has worked with organizations in almost every sector with annual budgets up to $8 million. Her experience in the nonprofit sector includes grant writing, fundraising, communications, marketing, environmental education, Board training and special event planning. Before working in the private, non-profit sector, Anne taught college composition at Colorado State University and Northwestern Michigan College. She received her B.A. in English and her M.A. in English-Communication Development both from Colorado State University.
Anne first lived in Steamboat Springs in the early 1990s when she met her husband. They moved back to Steamboat in 2008 with their son. Anne is an avid trail runner, mountain biker and Nordic skier and adventurous home cook. And, she’s still loves skiing Steamboat as much as she did more than 20 years ago!
Cameron Hawkins: Waste Diversion Director
Cameron Hawkins moved to Steamboat in September 2015 after living in India for a year working with the Comprehensive Rural Health Project, a community health and development organization. She graduated from Elon University in 2014 with a B.S. in Biology. Her passion for promoting social, environmental, and economic sustainability and helping heal the earth-human relationship led her to YVSC where she is now the Waste Diversion Director. A North Carolina native, Cameron moved to Colorado to fulfill her dream of living in the Rocky Mountains. An adventurer, Cameron is excited to ski and explore the myriad National Parks out West.
Suzie Romig: Energy Outreach Coordinator
Suzie Romig has lived and traveled in Colorado since 1990 and has worked or volunteered with a wide variety of educational, nonprofit and environmental organizations and green teams, such as Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, Clean Energy Economy for the Region, and Northern Colorado Clean Cities, to name a few. She has lived and worked in various locations and settings including seasonal work in Glacier and Olympic national parks. She strives to combine her communications experience with environmental passion to help other people learn more too. She also works as a freelance journalist for magazines in Colorado and earned a degree in journalism from Baylor University in Texas.
Shelby Kassel: Administrative Assistant
A native to Steamboat Springs, Shelby’s love for sustainability has spanned nearly a decade beginning in high school when she reevaluated her eating habits due to the environmental impacts of big agriculture. She completed her Bachelors in Sustainability Studies in 2015 from Colorado Mountain College. Shelby views sustainability, community education, and collaboration as vital to the future of the valley (and the globe as a whole). In her free time she loves to hike, ski, bike, run, and adventure all over the West.
Larisa Woycio: Special Projects Coordinator
Larisa Woycio Moved to the Yampa Valley from Maryland at the age of 17. After trying to find her passion at Colorado Mountain College, she took a class on sustainability, and was hooked. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in sustainability at the local Colorado Mountain College. In May 2015 Larisa was given an internship here at the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council where she assisted with the Re-Tree Colorado program and helped divert waste at Zero Waste Events. After completing the internship, she decided to continue working with the community to keep the Yampa Valley beautiful for future generations.