Staff & board

We are nature lovers, educators, and community members.
We are passionate about sharing the outdoors with future generations.

We are dedicated to the outdoors

Meet the team

We are a team of passionate educators and nature lovers who are excited to share that passion with the next generation.  Spending time in nature is something that we all feel strongly about and do in our personal lives. The only way to create great things every day is with great people who truly enjoy their job, so we make sure we only hire the best. As cheesy as it sounds, we live and breathe what we do, we’re enthusiastic and take pride in doing the best work we can.

Our staff


Finance & Operations Manager
Cheryl Sims moved to Colorado Springs from Minnesota in 1973 after graduating from Riverside Community College with a degree in Business Management. For more than 30 years, Cheryl has worked in the field of accounting for various local businesses.

Emily Tamayo Generation Wild of the Pikes Peak Region Coordinator
Emily Tamayo

Generation Wild of the Pikes Peak Region Coordinator
Originally from Hawai'i, Emily Tamayo has lived in Colorado Springs for the past 20 years with a degree in Anthropology from UCCS. She is passionate about the connections between the Earth and its people with a focus on land justice and anti-colonialism. Besides being with her cat, she loves exploring new foods, cuisines, and restaurants.

Billy Kinn

Education Program Specialist
Billy has helped professionals and children teach and study the natural world since 2011. He has dipped toes in everything environmental science-related from researching leaf cutter ants in Costa Rica to taking soil samples in the Arctic Circle. When he isn't exploring the front range with Catamount kids, he can be found getting sunburnt running trails or climbing rocks.

Tarin hill

AmeriCorps Member
When Tarin moved to Colorado and got a glimpse of the snow-capped mountain peaks and beautiful ice-covered rivers, she knew many adventures outside lay ahead. Tarin received her Bachelor's in Wildlife Conservation and Science at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2019. When she is not getting lost enjoying the outdoors and trying new foods, she can be found learning how to crochet and play the guitar. She looks forward to helping strengthen the bonds between people and the natural world!

Danielle Jones

AmeriCorps Member
Danielle is an AmeriCorps Member serving at the Catamount Institute as an educator. Originally from Texas, she received her Masters in Museum Studies in 2019. She has always been passionate about informal education and inspiring kids. When not exploring the outdoors with students, Danielle can be found reading, rock climbing, and exploring museums!

Janelle Ross

Education Program Specialist
Janelle Ross graduated from West Virginia University in 2016 where she studied Environmental Geoscience. She is dedicated to contributing to environmental education in and outside the classroom. Janelle loves having fun and creating positive experiences for kids outdoors to greater their connection to nature and themselves.

Adriana Aboitiz

Colorado College Intern Adriana is interning at the Catamount Institute for college credit. Originally from the Philippines, she moved to Colorado to study education and environmental science at Colorado College. She loves being outside teaching students about science and creating art. Adriana loves to read, draw and bake gingersnap cookies during her free time.

Alex Collopy

Education Program Specialist A born and raised Coloradoan, Alex studied Natural Resources at Colorado State University where she discovered her path educating youth outside. Alex has been an educator at the Environmental Learning Center, Teton Science Schools, Denver Audubon and Big Brother Big Sisters. Alex is thrilled to be connecting students to the outdoors through science and adventure with Catamount Institute!

Cameron Block

Environmental Education Fellow
Cameron grew up just outside of New York City and completed his BA in Environmental Studies at Colorado College in 2021. In 2020, he worked as a summer staff member at Catamount Institute, then hiked to Colorado Trail to raise money for the organization. As an avid mountain biker and passionate outdoor enthusiast, Cameron is dedicated to teaching children about the wonders of nature.

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Chesney Thompson

AmeriCorps Member
Chesney is an Americorps member serving at Catamount Institute as an environmental educator. She received a bachelor's degree in Environmental Public Health in 2018 and is now working towards a masters degree in Natural Resources. She has always been passionate about conservation of our planet’s resources and sharing that with others to encourage stewardship to the environment. She loves hiking, crossword puzzles, and being outside whenever she can!

Tracy Jackson

Director of Colorado College Tree Semester Tracy Jackson is a bright and enthusiastic scientist and science teacher. She grew up playing in and near the woods, creeks and wild lands of Georgia’s heartland. Tracy moved to Colorado to earn her master’s degree in science education and her teaching license from the Colorado College in Colorado Springs

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Want to join our team of nature lovers? From summer positions to part-time and full-time employment, visit our open position page to see what we have available.

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