Lisa is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Denver, teaching in its Pioneer Leadership Program and consults for the reDirect Foundation (http://www.reasonabledirections.org/). The bulk of her professional career, Lisa has held leadership positions with Earth Force, a national nonprofit focused on engaging young people in solving issues in their community. She earned her PhD from the University of Michigan and has also taught at the University of Michigan and Utah State University. She has deep expertise in service learning, leadership, environmental problem solving, and organizational culture change. She lives in Denver, Colorado and has an inordinate fascination with soccer.
Gail Smith has over 30 years’ education experience, which includes classroom science and environmental studies and acting as the regional coordinator with the Colorado Department of Education’s School-to-Career program.
Since 1994, she has facilitated “Key Issues, Teaching Environmental Issues in the Classroom,” a national teacher-training program offered through The Keystone Science School.
She also served as the national coordinator for the “Hands on the Land” program, a network of public land and waterways field-site classrooms that supports K-12 educational environmental literacy and learning standards.
Matt Ashley is an attorney for White Bear Ankele Tanaka and Waldron P.C. in Centennial, CO. He is a former Land Conservation Specialist at Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) in Evergreen, Colorado. This role involved managing conservation easement transactions, as well as land purchases and donations.
Matt is managing the Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area Project for MALT, a stone’s throw away from Beaver Ponds. Originally from Springfield, Missouri, Matt grew up exploring the hills and streams of the Ozark Mountains with his dad.
This love of the outdoors led Matt to pursue a Biology degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After CU, Matt worked as a raft guide and hotel bell supervisor in Aspen, Colorado. Matt attended law school at Saint Louis University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. An internship with the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts led Matt to a career in land conservation. Most weekends you can find Matt skiing, climbing, biking and kayaking all over Colorado.
Terry Hershey spent most of her career working for Time Warner in New York. At Time Warner, she worked in strategic planning, business planning and digital technology, including launching businesses based on new technology. After leaving Time Warner, she consulted for a cable industry R&D consortium and Microsoft.
Terry now devotes her time to pro-bono work. She and her husband, Al, are the founders of Beaver Ponds. She is chair of a new elementary charter school in downtown Denver, which uses the Expeditionary Learning model. She also sits on the Lower Downtown Business District Board and the Neighborhood Association Board. She is on the Board of Trustees of Miami University, where she and Al attended college, and on the Board of Advisers at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
She holds a degree in International Politics from Miami University, a Master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University, a Master’s in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University and an Executive MBA from Columbia University.
In her free time, she enjoys skiing, showshoeing, hiking, biking, cooking, and traveling.