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.
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!
EMILY KAY | Philanthropy Director
Emily joined WW in 2019 to manage the philanthropy program behind our staff’s work to protect Colorado’s public lands. Prior to her role as Philanthropy Director, Emily worked as the Development Officer for Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation where she worked with donors on their specific philanthropic interests in healthcare. Emily grew up outside of Philadelphia and attended Cornell University in upstate New York. She worked in the finance and tech industries on the East Coast and in Denver before finally deciding to join much of her family in Western Colorado. Emily also volunteers with the WaterWheel foundation, a nonprofit that tours with the band Phish, whose work supports a number of conservation-focused organizations across the country. Emily grew up spending many winters and summers in the Roaring Fork Valley, where she truly found her love for many activities that allow us to spend time in the outdoors.
JULI SLIVKA | Conservation Director
Juli has dedicated her career to protecting Colorado’s wild public lands. She joined WW in 2019 after spending more than a decade with The Wilderness Society, where she specialized in public lands policy, land management planning, and federal oil and gas issues. As our Conservation Director, Juli develops and implements WW’s programs for healthy forests and rivers, BLM wildlands, habitat conservation, responsible recreation, and wilderness stewardship. Through these campaigns, Juli collaborates with the talented team at WW, our local communities, conservation and recreation partners, land management agencies and our elected officials. Juli is a Colorado native who grew up camping, skiing, hiking and cultivating a love of all things wild in the White River National Forest.
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.
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