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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.

Anne Mudgett: Communication and Development DirectorAnne Mudgett photo
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 
cameronprofileCameron 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.

Jaiya Ellis: Program DirectorJaiya Ellis photo
Jaiya moved to Steamboat in the winter of 2012 to be a ski bum because she heard of this powder snow and wanted to ski on something different than the wet cement from the Cascade Mountains. She became involved with the YVSC in the summer of 2013 where she participated in a ReTree planting on Mount Warner. To this day she says a quiet “Hi, how you doing?” to the very mighty but small Weasel Trees every winter season when playing in the powder… From a young age Jaiya has been conscious of the impact, we as humans have on the environment and the surroundings. Her passion for the field grew while studying Elementary Education at Washington State University. She has worked as a Sustainability Coordinator in higher education at the University of the Pacific as well as recycling and sustainability efforts at Western Kentucky University while studying her Masters. Jaiya was hired by YVSC in Fall 2017. Jaiya has a desire to connect sustainability education with environmental education to create a sense of responsibility to conserve and preserve the resources that we come in contact with on a daily basis. Jaiya is often found chasing after a high energy 1 year old who also loves the outdoors. A mom can only hope that her daughter can grow up with same opportunities to experience nature to the fullest.

Suzie Romig: Energy Outreach Director
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASuzie 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.