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

Christopher Aaby

Executive Director
A passion for the environment and a passion for people is what Christopher Aaby, is all about. Originally from Norway but having grown up in Colorado, Chris often says he is a native Coloradan with a Norweigan passport.

Tracy Jackson

Director -College Programs & Curriculum Advisor
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.

Beth Austin

Director - School Programs
Beth Austin has lived in Colorado Springs for the past 20 years with her husband and two children. Her early career she worked for a variety of non-profits in program development and oversight of funding with the United Way.


Catamount Outdoor Schools Educator
Marisa has been with Catamount Institute for 3 years. She started as an intern while in school at UCCS. Marisa has spent time teaching in California and leading chainsaw crews on the Western Slope of Colorado with the Western Conservation Crew.


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.

Nancy Perez

Marketing & Outreach - Generation Wild
Nancy a Mexican native who immigrated to the USA when she was a child. Nancy has a passion for community and is a fierce advocate for issues facing minority communities as she herself understands first hand some of the challenges.

Billy Kinn

Field Trip Coordinator
Billy has helped study and teach about 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.

Alex Collopy

YES Club & CUBS Coordinator
 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!

Macenzi Steck (MAC)

Summer Camp Coordinator 
Mac has a passion for improving people’s lives through outdoor education and recreation. Originally from Dallas, she moved to Colorado in 2013 and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2019 with a degree in Environmental Sustainability. Mac loves to climb and snowboard in her free time.

Child learning outside on his own
Janelle Ross

Americore Vista
More coming soon!

Board of directors

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We're hiring!

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