About Us



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.


Jane recently retired as the High School/Middle School Principal at South Park after 16 years.  She was originally a special education teacher in Arkansas.  She founded and was the executive director of a non-profit in Arkansas for helping graduating seniors and other adults with disabilities find jobs.  It was a supportive employment agency called H.I.R.E. (Help Individuals Receive Employment).  Jane worked there for over 10 years and was recruited to move to Denver and do the same thing there at a nonprofit.

Moving to Denver and a large non-profit was very different from Little Rock, Arkansas and a small non-profit.  Jane and her husband of 47 years bought some land in Chaffee County and decided it was do or die in the mountains.  Luckily they were able to get jobs and just finished building their second home at the top of Trout Creek Pass. They have been there for over 20 years.

Eager to stay busy after retirement, She is the executive director of the South Park Food Bank and serves on the Rocky Mountain Rural Health Board.


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.


Al Hershey is one of the founders and a board member of Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center.

He is the President of Meraqi Medical, a company based in California that provides engineering and manufacturing services to the medical device industry

Until its recent sale, he was a board member at Resonetics, a leader in laser micro manufacturing for life sciences.

He also was board member at Vention Medical, experts in design, development, manufacturing, and assembly of complex medical devices and components.

He also is an advisor to several startup businesses.

He founded TDC Medical which became part of Vention in 2008. He continued to run that business until 2011 when a long-planned transition took place. He then worked on strategic projects including heading up and reorganizing the sales process for the Advanced Component business unit.

Prior to starting TDC Medical, Al was a consultant/strategic advisor for several service providers in the medical device space. Before that he was involved with ACT Medical, heading up strategic initiatives including its acquisition of a West Coast firm and he participated in the process of selling ACT Medical to MedSource. Prior to ACT Medical, he ran several startups and performed due diligence for private equity firms looking at the medical device space. He also held a General Manager position at Meadox Medical.

He started his career in the medical industry with American Hospital Supply where he held positions in finance and senior positions in sales and marketing at various business units. Out of college he worked for one of the large, national public accounting firms. He has a degree in accounting from Miami University of Ohio where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and immediately upon graduation passed the CPA examination.


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.

Events & Programs

There's always something fun to do at Beaver Ponds.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.


Nature Immersion Forest Camp - November 19 & 20 9am-1pm
Ages 4-7  $75 per child

A place for unstructured, safe exploration in nature with a small group of friends. 

Forest exploration followed by lunch and nature-inspired art. For more information, CLICK HERE. 

To register please contact Briana Legaspi at blegaspi@Beaverponds.org or call (719) 838-0143
Or you can register online at www.Beaverponds.org


Nature Immersion Programming Series
Engagement in the natural world and social interaction between peers and skilled mentors of nature and ancestral skills for youth. Schedule in development. Please contact Lori Whipple, YGC for more information at lwhipple@beaverponds.org or (719) 838-0143.

Snowschool Winter Program
winter-based curriculum to introduce kids to the joy of exploring winter wildlands. Schedule in development. Please contact Kristin Barrett, PC for more information at kbarrett@beaverponds.org or (719) 838-0143.

November 27
#GivingTuesday pledge day for #ColoradoGivesDay on December 4th. How can you get involved in the fun of ‘fun’draising? Contact Amity Vargas, ED for more information at avargas@beaverponds.org or (719) 838-0143.

Latest Articles

Nature Immersion

With the addition of our new Youth Groups Coordinator, Lori Whipple, Beaver Ponds has launched a unique, vanguard programming series called Nature Immersion at Beaver Ponds. This programming allows Beaver Ponds to truly take advantage of our experiential, outdoor...

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Gentian (genus Gentiana)

This short little flower has some vibrant blue and purple hues.  It does well at a high elevation (i.e. 10,500 feet) and is a well-known gastrointestinal tonic.  When I think of an old school tonic for the gut I think of gentian (GI tonic) and scutellaria (a...

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Harvest Notes 2018

At 10,500 feet we are grateful for any harvest we may produce.  This year we had the largest harvest in our history and expanded the raised beds while continuing soil development.  As a non-profit organization we are sincerely thankful for the help we receive from the...

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PO Box 995
2234 Busch Run Road
Fairplay, CO 80440

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