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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

Morane Kerek

Cheif Finacial Officer
United States Olympic Committee

Morane joined the Catamount Institute family first as the parent of summer campers and quickly grew to appreciate all the wonderful, and much needed, environmental science being taught in all programs. She joined the Catamount Institute board in 2015 and was elected chair in 2017.  In her day job, she is the Chief Financial Officer at the United States Olympic Committee where she has worked since 2006. Morane moved to Colorado Springs from Cleveland OH with her husband and two kids for easier access to the mountains and their favorite hobbies of skiing, hiking, and camping. She grew up in Ohio and is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford OH and is a licensed CPA(OH).   She is active in the community also serving on the Board of Trustees for The Colorado Springs School and is a 2016 graduate of CSLI.

Kevin Binkley

Senior Project Manager

Colorado Springs Utilities


Ellen Fisher CPA

Audit Partner
Stockman Kast Ryan & CO LLP

Ellen has lived in the Colorado Springs area for 20 years. As an audit partner at Stockman Kast Ryan, she is happy to lend her knowledge as the Treasuer on the board for Catamount Institute. Ellen and her husband love adventure and being outside. She is an avid cyclist and has done tours in Iowa, Oregon, and many mountain passes in Colorado. Camping in Colorado is another favorite pastime especially in the valleys near Taylor Resivor. She sometimes ventures to Texas where she has sailed over 200 miles of coastline camping along the way. Ellen appreciates Catamount Institute’s programs not only because they get kids outside but they teach the importance of maintaining our environment so that future generations can enjoy it as well.

Becky Weiss

Board Secretary
Retired Educator

Becky Weiss comes from a lineage of gentlemen farmers and ministers: outdoor folk who like to dig in the dirt and marvel at creation. Her formative years were spent in Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak. The school of “Lots of unfettered time in the outdoors spent with a community of curious kids” nurtured her love of our planet. Becky studied Natural Sciences and Education at the University of Colorado and received her masters in Environmental Administration from Antioch New England. She has taught for over thirty years in the public and private sectors.

She lives in Manitou Springs where she: plays with her husband, Bill, marvels at being the mother of two grown and totally stellar kids, Ariel and Thad, swims, does yoga, walks in the mountains, gardens, watches birds, reads, writes, rides bikes, sings with a group of women to folks who are dying, volunteers with Restorative Justice and West Side Cares. Serving on the board of the Catamount Institute is a privilege and honor as it embodies Becky’s passion for children, her love of the planet, and her belief that working/playing in the outdoors creates invested stewards.

Julie Francis

Co-Founder Catamount Institute
Colorado College Professor
Founder  and Executive Director of Catamount Center


Denise Peacock

El Paso County Magistrate

Denise Peacock has lived in Colorado since 1993.  She is a Magistrate in the 4th Judicial District in Colorado Springs and presides over juvenile delinquencies and family law matters.  She received her B.A. in Business Administration with a minor in French from Columbia College, Columbia, SC.  She obtained her J.D. from the University of Virginia – School of Law, Charlottesville, VA.  Denise grew up in Portugal but fell in love with Colorado when the Air Force brought her to Peterson Air Force Base.  She loves to hike with her dog, Charlotte, aka Charlie, and her two daughters.  Denise has served on a number of boards to include Teen Court and Court Care of the Pikes Peak Region.  She was President of the El Paso County Women’s Bar Association from May 2000 to May 2001.  She served as a trustee on the El Paso County Bar Association Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2010.  She previously chaired the SB94 Juvenile Services Planning Committee which oversees a number of services provided as alternatives to juvenile detention.  She is on the Steering Committee for the El Paso County Bar Association Waldo Canyon Fire Tree Planting Service Project and is a member of the Southeast Springs Soccer Initiative.  She is a lover of all genres of music and is inspired by these words from Carlos Santana “There is no greater reward than working from your heart, and making a difference in the world.”

Ashley Perry

Pikes Peak United Way

Ashley is Manager of Campaign Engagement for Pikes Peak United Way. She has more than 12 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has provided key services as a staff member to a myriad of nonprofit organizations in the areas of project manager, fundraising, nonprofit management and organizational planning.

Ashley has served on the Community Investment Committee (CIC) at the United Way of the Flint Hills for two years, before accepting an internship within the organization. She was asked to stay on with United Way of the Flint Hills during the busy campaign season, beginning her career within United Way. As a Manger of Campaign Engagement, she works as a part of the resource development team, managing effective employee workplace campaigns within businesses and organizations by cultivating strong intercommunity relationships throughout Pikes Peak region. She supports the resource development in recruiting volunteers for internal and community-wide volunteer opportunities and assists in special events.

Prior to her work at Pikes Peak United Way, Ashley worked with the Program Support Staff at Pikes Peak Big Brothers Big Sisters, as a Program Specialist and Program Director of Sports Buddies (Colorado Springs), and at Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence as the Fundraising Coordinator (Colorado Springs). Over the course of her staff work, Ashley identified and solicited gifts which ultimately provided millions of dollars in mission-based revenue for the organizations with which she worked.

Ashley is a graduate of Emporia State University, where she received a B.S. in Sociology. She has an accredited Nonprofit Certification from the University of Colorado- Colorado Springs and continues her efforts to complete her M.P.A in nonprofits. Ashley has been a consultant on various fundraising projects and special events for local and start-up nonprofits. She has been a participant on a variety of panel discussions to educate transitioning military and veterans navigating through employment placement and the importance of networking and has facilitated volunteer engagements within the community, supporting the efforts of local nonprofits.


Vincent Prins

BBVA Compass Bank

With America shifting towards technology, media, and seemingly spending the vast majority of time indoors, some people question what a meaningful life entails and look for ways to escape into nature.  Vincent Prins’s passion for the outdoors brought him in 2015 from the hot climate of East Texas to the four-seasons of Colorado Springs where he and his family could spend more time outside comfortably.  Monday through Friday, you can find him stuck behind three computer monitors as a Commercial Credit Analyst at BBVA Compass Bank, but most weekends you might bump into him anywhere without telephone poles.  Vincent, his wife, and four young kids, love tent camping, boating, rock scrambling, hiking, stargazing, and everything in-between.  Out of his thirst to advocate children to unplug from electronic gadgets and create new experiences, he joined the Catamount Institute Board of Directors.  Catamount Institute and Vincent both find that children and adults have more fun in nature and the experiences there will hopefully lead to richer, more well-rounded, fulfilling lives.  So if you stumble upon his family camping, drop by and catch a Frisbee or grab a bite of one of their personal camp food inventions.

Darren Reed

T. Rowe Price

Darren Reed is a Vice President of T. Rowe Price Associates and Senior Human Resources Consultant overseeing the HR functions in Colorado Springs.  Before joining T. Rowe Price in 2010, he spent 7 years with Progressive Insurance as a Senior Human Resources Consultant, 5 years with Marriott International as a Human Resources Manager, and 2 years as a Recruiter with a rehabilitation hospital. Darren is PHR and SHRM-CP certified and has earned a Masters of Business Administration from Saint Leo University and a Bachelor of Science from Ohio University.

Darren moved to Colorado Springs in 2006 and immediately fell in love with everything the Rocky Mountains have to offer. In his free time outside of work Darren you’ll find him hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking, backcountry skiing, and playing with his two cats, Maui and Neko. Darren also has a love of science and education which were instilled in him at an early age by his parents who are both retired Elementary School Educators.

Renee Rudolph

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

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