WILL ROUSH | Executive Director
Will joined WW in the summer of 2009 to inventory lands for citizen wilderness proposals. He worked as an organizer and advocate for efforts to designate additional wilderness and protect the Thompson Divide. He also conducted outreach and advocacy for WW’s federal lands policy work, organized the Naturalist Nights winter speaker series, started the restoration program, and led the work to move water rights for dams on Castle and Maroon Creeks out of those two iconic valleys. Will served as Conservation Director for four years before becoming Executive Director. In this role Will leads an amazing team and collaborates with staff to determine and execute conservation priorities and programs, raise funds for the organization and oversee its community and outreach programs. Will grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and has a Master’s in Geography and Environmental Science examining the impact of climate change on alpine ecosystems.
ALICIA ZERINGUE | Community Organizer
Alicia joined WW in the summer of 2017 from Aspen Community Foundation, where her work was focused on communications and fundraising to support the organization’s grantmaking and strategic initiatives. Prior to moving to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2014, she spent over a decade in Baltimore as a community organizer focusing on community and workforce development as well as housing issues in the city’s most challenged neighborhoods. Alicia has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Towson University and is a 2014 Aspen Institute Marano Fellow. She grew up in Wyoming and Montana, where she spent her childhood hiking, cross-country skiing, camping and fishing on public lands. After moving to Colorado, she added soaking in hot springs to her list of hobbies and continues to be amazed by the overwhelming beauty and recreational opportunities here.
JUSTIN PATRICK | Communications Manager
Justin joined Wilderness Workshop in the summer of 2015 after completing the Digital Media program at the Isaacson School for New Media in Aspen. Prior to that, he worked for a nonprofit in Boulder addressing water use and irrigation efficiency. Justin has been publishing professionally as a journalist and author since 2007, and his work has appeared in The Denver Post, The Aspen Times, Sopris Sun, and The Telluride Daily Planet, among others. Justin was a 2014 Aspen Ideas Scholar at the Aspen Institute. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University. His hobbies include skiing, backcountry camping, and uninhibited frolicking.
MELANIE FINAN | Operations and Outreach Coordinator
Melanie wears many different and funky hats for WW. She is responsible for all visual communications and graphic design, outreach to members, and database management. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Miami University in Ohio and supplemented her degree with courses in Graphic Design at Colorado Mountain College. Her passion for the outdoors was her motivation for moving to Colorado in 2005, and she plans on staying for a while and growing roots.
PETER HART | Conservation Analyst/Staff Attorney
Peter is the point person for WW’s defensive work, primarily heading issues related to the National Environmental Policy Act. For years he has been the lead in WW’s work to protect the Thompson Divide, but his docket also includes reviewing proposed actions like oil and gas lease sales, agency rule changes, timber projects, and recreational developments impacting public lands. He files technical comments on Environmental Impact Statements and works with outside counsel on legal actions. A native of Vail, Peter earned a law degree and master’s degree in environmental law from the University of Denver. He clerked for the water rights division of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, worked on endangered species claims at the University of Denver Environmental Law Clinic, and worked on toxic tort litigation at a Denver law firm. He enjoys riding his bike and spending time with his family, including raising two young boys with an appreciation for the great outdoors.
REBECCA MIRSKY | Development Director, Artist in Wilderness Program Director
Rebecca joined WW in the fall of 2015 with a strong history of involvement in the nonprofit community. She recently served as the Development Manager at Aspen Film, which she joined in 2013 as the Education Coordinator, and then transitioned to Development Manager. Before moving to Colorado, she directed several New York City Contemporary Art galleries and founded her own, 33 Bond Gallery, in 2007. Rebecca received a master’s at NYU for Arts Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art with a minor in Sociology from NYU. Rebecca spent 14 years in New York City working in what she describes as the ͞strange world of contemporary art.͟ When she turned 30 she saw the light and, seeking a healthier life closer to the land, moved to Aspen to embrace the outdoor lifestyle. She quickly developed a core group of friends to mentor her in backcountry ways. She continues to explore surrounding public lands by mountain bike, skis, hiking boots, and backpacking.
BEATRIZ SOTO | Latino Outreach Coordinator
Beatriz joined WW in the summer of 2018 as the Latino outreach coordinator. Originally from Chihuahua, Mexico, she grew up in a bicultural setting between Mexico and the United States throughout her life. She graduated from Basalt High School in 1999 and studied architecture in Chihuahua City. Having the opportunity to work in both the US and Mexico, she has tried to engage on very diverse types of architectural + community projects, always with an environmental focus. She is very passionate about sustainable and conscientious design. Regularly being a part of two different worlds, she tries to bring people together and be a liaison for people in any community she’s a part of; from Chihuahua City, to the tiny beach town of San Pancho, to the Roaring Fork Valley. Beatriz has moved in and out of the Valley and has been back since 2013 with her young son. Together they love to travel, snowboard, camp, hike and eat good tacos!
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