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
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 environment 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.
Andy Jehn Kennedy: Program Director
Andy Kennedy brings 10 years of experience in non-profit event planning, management, marketing, writing and photography to the YVSC Team. She joined YVSC as a member of the Board of Directors in November of 2008, was hired as the Coordinator for YVSC’s Zero Waste Program in April, 2011, and promoted to Program Director in May, 2012. Andy has lived in Steamboat Springs since 1998 and has long ties to sustainability since her post-graduate internship at the Lost Valley intentional community in Dexter, Oregon in 1995. Andy is also a founding member of the Transition Steamboat group and is very active in the community, having ties to the adaptive sports, travel, arts, photography, business, and technology communities within Steamboat and Colorado. From 2003-2011, Andy was Director of Operations at Access Anything LLC, promoting adventure travel for people with disabilities and publishing two guidebooks on the subject. An avid outdoorswoman and educator, Andy and her husband Craig love to spend all winter skiing the slopes of Steamboat, and all summer camping, hiking, biking, and gardening in the Yampa Valley.
Carol Lacey: Zero Waste Coordinator
Carol Lacey interned with YVSC’s Zero Waste Program in 2011 and was promoted to the Zero Waste Program Coordinator position in February 2012. Carol relocated from suburban Philadelphia to Steamboat in January 2006 and lived part time in Gunnison while she finished her BA in Environmental Studies at Western State College of Colorado. Carol served as the Conservation Advocate Fellow for Colorado Environmental Coalition in Craig Colorado from September 2011 to March 2012. As an avid outdoors person, Carol enjoys hiking, biking, climbing and camping as well as snowboarding and snowshoeing. Steamboat has become home for Carol and she looks forward to working with the community on sustainability and environmentalism.
Georgie Weber: Events and Volunteer Coordinator
Georgie grew up in the small community of Grand County and moved to the beautiful Steamboat valley 10 years ago. After a few attempts to leave Colorado, she has realized she is a true mountain girl and this is her home and loves adventuring in the outdoors- hiking, running, snowboarding, and camping- which give her the inspiration to follow her dreams. Turning these passions into a career, Georgie is completing her BA in Sustainability at Colorado Mountain College, and began working closely with YVSC’s Sustainable Schools program in 2011. With two small boys of her own, Georgie realizes the importance of educating the community on how to be sustainable for future generations, and is happy this is leading her into amazing opportunities and experiences.
Emilie Rogers: YVR Administrator
Emilie moved to Steamboat in January of 2000. Realizing the need to keep our beautiful valley green, she sought out Yampa Valley Recycles. She has been the Administrator for YVR for 4 years and joined the team during the YVSC-YVR merger in August of 2012. She earned a BA degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado in Boulder. There she met her husband of 22 years and has 2 children ages 18 and 12. Her interests include tennis, hiking, camping, biking and skiing. Emilie has a part time job with Old Town Hot Springs as well as selling her family’s Guatemalan coffee.
Anne Mudgett: Funding Coordinator
Anne Mudgett is dedicated to engaging people in causes they care about, especially when it comes to preserving the planet. Since 1998, she has worked for a wide range of environmental, health and human services and business nonprofits. She currently works as an independent consultant, specializing in grant writing, fundraising, communications, marketing and special event planning. Anne received her B.A. in English and her M.A. in English-Communication Development both from Colorado State University.