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

Executive Director Christopher Aaby
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.


Education Program Specialist
Marisa has been with Catamount Institute for three 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.

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.

Billy Kinn

Education Program Specialist
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

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!

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.

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

Chesney Thompson

AmeriCorps Member

Board of directors

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