Suzanne StephensSuzanne Fusaro Stephens


Suzanne is a Roaring Fork Valley native who has been working in the field of land conservation since the spring of 2001. Before joining AVLT, she spent two years as the Director of Land Conservation at the Roaring Fork Conservancy, and then became interim director for the Western Colorado Agricultural Heritage Fund. She was an environmental educator for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies after graduating from Reed College in Portland, Oregon with B.A. in biology in 1997. Suzanne now lives in Carbondale with her husband and beautiful daughter, Harbour Grace.

Melissa and OlyMelissa Sumera

Operations director

Melissa graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where she studied digital imaging and design, and later worked as staff photographer. She moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1999 and has since honed her skills in accounting. She keeps her creative juices flowing by designing all the AVLT marketing materials, event posters and invites. Melissa joined AVLT in January 2006.

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Dave Erickson

stewardship director

Dave was born and raised in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and first moved to Colorado to attend Fort Lewis College in Durango.  After completing his undergraduate degree in Environmental Biology, he worked for the Teton Regional Land Trust in Driggs, Idaho where he gained a deep appreciation for the important work land trusts do. He has also worked as a field biologist and natural resource specialist across the U.S. and in the East African country of Tanzania.  He completed a masters degree in Wildlife Science at the University of Arizona and eventually found his way to the Roaring Fork Valley, where his wife is grew up. Dave joined AVLT in January of 2015 and currently lives in Carbondale.


Erin Quinn


Erin is a Colorado native and joined the staff of AVLT in May 2016. After completing graduate school at Colorado State University Erin was selected for a Conservation Trust Fellowship, joined Legacy Land Trust in Fort Collins then continuing on to join the Land Trust Alliance team in Washington, DC. Erin negotiates land protection projects while ensuring land owners’ intentions are upheld throughout the entire process and beyond. She enjoys spending time outdoors gardening, hiking and biking. Erin now lives in Carbondale with her husband and little kiddo, Wyatt.

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Valery Kelly


AVLT’s new Development Director Valery Kelly brings deep roots in Western Colorado and a sincere interest in the people, landscapes and quality of life in our communities. A native of the Roaring Fork Valley, Valery has devoted her professional career, as well as volunteer efforts, to the betterment of meaningful nonprofits in the Roaring Fork and Crystal River valleys. She is the daughter of Aspen pioneers Ken (KNCB) and Betty Moore, and an avid equestrian, skier and photographer. Valery is a graduate of Groton School in Groton, MA and Scripps College in Claremont, CA.  She is currently president of the board of the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork and serves as the District Commissioner of the Roaring Fork Hounds Pony Club. She lives south of Carbondale with her husband, two daughters and their dogs.


Oly raftingOlympia

operations assistant

Melissa is assisted in her duties by Operations Assistant, Olympia. Oly joined the team in August 2015 and mostly provides office levity by trying to curl up in chairs that fit her as a puppy but she has long outgrown.

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Dave is assisted in his duties by Stewardship Assistant, Finnley. Finn joined the team in April 2016 and mostly provides puppy breath and razor teeth.

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Both of these pups love any opportunity to get out on conserved properties where dogs are allowed and are more than willing to give kisses and/or mouse hunting in trade.

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