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 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.
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 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.
AVLT is pleased to welcome Matt Annabel aboard as our new project manager and graphic design and communications expert. Matt was born and raised on a 4th generation farm in western New York State. Lured by wanderlust, he moved to Colorado in 2001 and finally found home in Carbondale in 2014. With an education in landscape architecture and a background in visual storytelling, Matt has developed a deep appreciation for the connection between people and their places. He is passionate about helping people preserve their heritage and save their special places. Matt is a proud father and husband, and an active member of the Carbondale, Colorado community. He volunteers time to historic preservation and community building efforts throughout Western Colorado.
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.
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.
GENERAL OFFICE POLAR BEAR
Juno joined the team February 2017 and is the newest puppy on staff. He sometimes assists Matt in Project Management, but mostly his job is being adorable and wiggly. His beautiful white eyelashes will suck you right in.
All 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.