Jennifer Schenk, Executive Director
Prior to joining HC3, Jen Schenk was the executive director at the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability in Eagle County. She also worked in the hospitality industry at Copper Mountain for almost 15 years, gaining experience as an environmental manager and in marketing. Jen has been actively involved in strategic waste reduction within the community for the past 15 years. Jen also serves on the Colorado Association for Recycling’s Board of Directors. Jen graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Biology and earned a M.A.S. in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. In her free time, she loves mountain biking, telemark skiing and spending time with her family.
Jessie Burley, Community Programs ManagerJessie Burley joined HC3 in May of 2014 as the Community Programs Manager. After spending some time on the rivers of Oregon, Colorado and New Zealand, Jessie earned her M.A. in 2009 at the University of Denver in International Development with a focus in sustainability. She settled in Summit County and went to work addressing local sustainability and conservation issues as an adjunct instructor at Colorado Mountain College. Jessie is a Northwest Regional Representative to the Colorado Environmental Education Leadership Council which makes recommendations to the state on environmental education for K-12 curriculum. While not guiding whitewater or skiing, Jessie enjoys fixing up old furniture and romping with her puppy, Xena.
Jenny Hammock, Community Programs Coordinator
Jenny joined the HC3 staff in June, 2014, after living in Summit County for over six years. She helps to recruit and coordinate volunteers for Zero Waste and other summer events, and is also involved with the Community Gardens, Summit CSA, marketing, outreach, and the Food SCRAP Recycling program, to name a few. Jenny grew up on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, and received a Bachelors of Architecture from Auburn University. After practicing as an intern architect for a couple years, setting up small scale recycling programs, and traveling to Europe, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga, her love of the mountains landed her in Frisco, Colorado. Currently, she is in an online Masters of Science in Environmental Studies program at Green Mountain College in Vermont, where she is tying together the studies of Environmental Design and food production. When she is not trying to save the world, Jenny can be found waist deep in powder at Copper Mountain, climbing the rocks of the county, hiking to a waterfall, twisting into an asana, or snuggling with her dog, Bailey.
Cody Jensen, Energy Programs Manager
Cody resides in Breckenridge and is a graduate of both Summit High School and Colorado Mountain College. Cody earned dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration and Sustainability Studies, before moving to the California Bay Area to work in the renewable energy sector. There he worked for a distributed energy organization consulting and selling residential solar photovoltaic utility contracts. His passion for environmental stewardship as well as economic sustainability drew him to the solar industry. Upon moving back to Summit County, he gained experience in the installation of residential and commercial solar before joining the HC3 team as the Energy Programs Manager. Cody originally moved to the high country in 2008 to pursue his passion for skiing. He loves spending time with his twin brother Tyler, biking, backpacking, and skiing the mountains of central Colorado.
Jess Hoover, Programs Manager
Jess Hoover joined the HC3 staff in May 2016 as the Programs Manager. Jess is no stranger to Summit County; she spent a few seasons as a ski instructor at a local resort before pursuing adventures overseas with the Peace Corps and, later, in graduate school. After returning to Summit County – this time for good – Jess worked as the Sustainability Coordinator for Breckenridge Grand Vacations where she gained experience managing waste diversion programs and advocating for energy efficiency projects. As an adjunct faculty member, Jess teaches courses in Sustainability at Colorado Mountain College. She has a B.A. in Spanish from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from American University. In her free time, you can find Jess trying to keep up with her ever growing reading list, or playing outside on either two feet, two wheels, or two planks.
Kyla Laplante, CSA Farmer
Kyla Laplante became the Summit CSA farmer in 2012 and helped form a partnership with the program and the High Country Conservation Center the following year. Prior to her involvement with the CSA, she volunteered at a non-profit and women’s co-op in northern Nicaragua where she worked on a sustainable food and permaculture project, establishing a garden nursery for an off-the-grid solar restaurant. When she returned she became a member of the county’s Food Policy Council, during which time she helped found and launch the CSA. She then earned Colorado’s Master Composter and Master Gardener certificates. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of New England and grew up in a remote farming community in northern Maine. She’s been in Summit for over 10 years and enjoys skiing, live music and all the rest of the best things Summit has to offer.
Dominique Giroux, Office Administrator
Dominique joined the HC3 staff in September 2015 as the Office Administrator. Her love for the natural environment and its much needed conservation was formed from growing up in a small rural town by the coastline of Connecticut. In 2012, she moved to Summit County to attend Colorado Mountain College and to enjoy the beautiful Colorado scenery. Now a graduate of CMC with a Sustainability Studies BA degree, Dominique aspires to focus her efforts on waste reduction, mainly concerning the area of packaging design and waste. On her down time, Dominique enjoys seeking out upcoming music, snowboarding in the trees, camping at new places and taking time to work on personal art projects.
Sha Miklas, Board PresidentI live in: Montezuma, CO
I work at: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area – Sr. Manager of Guest Services & Sustainability
I joined the board: 2008
I joined the board because: I believe in HC3! They do a great job keeping our community engaged for a more sustainable Summit.
My passions are: My family, nature, and living a sustainable lifestyle.
My favorite “green” thing to do is: Dumpster diving – I hate to see the wrong items in the wrong waste, recycling or compost bins. It drives me nuts!
The craziest thing I have ever done in the name of sustainability is: I was visiting another ski area a few winters ago and I was so frustrated by the way the ski area and guests were handling their waste that I just started working the waste station. I worked for over an hour before I was asked to stop and told “they have their own employees to do that.”
Jen Cawley, Board Vice President
I live in: Breckenridge
I work at: Mi Casa/Hearthstone
I joined the board: Fall 2011
I joined the board because: I want to make a positive environmental difference in our community.
My passion is: Biking and traveling.
My favorite “green” thing to do is: Composting!
The craziest thing I have ever done in the name of sustainability is: I remove the little staples from tea bags if I’m vermicomposting.
Colin Timm, Board TreasurerI live in: Frisco
I work at: Breckenridge Grand Vacations
I joined the board because: Sustainability means more than just putting on a sweater.
My passion is: Figuring out how to get my garden to grow up here.
My favorite “green” thing to do is: Ride my bike.
Louis Skowyra, Board Secretary
I live in: Beautiful downtown Dillon
I work at: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
I joined the board: In early 2016
I joined the board because: I believe in HC3’s mission and am eager to see it spread throughout the County.
My passion is: Enjoying the outdoors.
My favorite “green” thing to do is: I have maintained a vermicomposting bin for many years… I enjoy seeing the worms thrive in my food scraps!
The craziest thing I have ever done in the name of sustainability is: Sifting through the ski area’s dumpsters in search of recyclable items.
I live in: Beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado
I work at: The Mountain Life Companies
I joined the board: February 2010
I joined the board because: I bleed green and absolutely love our community and hope to utilize my personal passion and professional expertise in sustainability to help make positive solutions to challenges within our community.
My passions are: Mountaineering, international travel, deep powder and spending time with my family and friends.
My favorite “green” thing to do is: Lead by example in the business world by developing and managing successful socially and environmentally conscious businesses that make a positive difference in the world.
The craziest thing I have ever done in the name of sustainability is: Established a diversified, multi-industry corporation in which all subsidiaries operate as ‘triple bottom-line’ businesses creating social, environmental and economic benefit both for our stakeholders and the communities in which we’re engaged through diverse corporate undertakings such as operating only carbon-neutral businesses, purchasing 100% green power, actively volunteering our time and talents for charitable, educational, and other worthwhile activities and participating in community-based to global philanthropy causes.
Matt WrightI live in: Dillon
I work at: Deeper Green Consulting
I joined the board: 2014
I joined the board because: I love this community and want to play a part in achieving our local sustainability goals. All aspects of sustainability are important to me and I strive to be “Green” at work and at play.
My passion is: Live music and powder days.
My favorite “green” thing to do is: Helping the building industry create sustainable homes that lessen their impact on the environment.
The craziest thing I have ever done in the name of sustainability is: Getting elbow deep in food waste to keep the compost clear of contaminates ranks up there, or dumpster diving for the same reason.
I live in: Silverthorne
I work at: I own Alpine Earth Center in Silverthorne; a passive solar building/garden center with not so passive solar panels as well.
I joined the board: 2014
I joined the board because: I love the saying, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” And so, I appreciate the opportunity to be of help by serving as a Board Member of HC3: their gift to me!
My passion is: Hiking year round. Hiking helps keep me sane in the summer and the winter an dI never forget that I am lucky lucky lucky to live in this amazing place.
My favorite green thing to do is: Composting and most especially the worms who make beautiful soil. If trees are the lungs of the earth, then soil may be the digestive tract! It needs an enormous amount of protection but don’t get me started!
The craziest thing I have ever done in the name of sustainability: My dream as always been to live off the grid, grow my own food, build my own home, have my own animals and use their wonderful “extras” to make gorgeous soil! So, I’m obviously still a work in progress!
Troy WinelandI live in: Dillon
I work at: Colorado Division of Water Resources
I joined the board: Summer 2015
I joined the board because: Resource conservation and stewardship are core values I strive to uphold and promote in my community.
My passion is: Outreach and education on the safegaurding of Colorado’s most precious resource…water.
My favorite “green” thing to do is: Using my two-wheeled ‘ATV’ (aka mountain bike) to perform the duties of my job!
The craziest thing I have ever done in the name of sustainability is: Persuaded my family, over the course of several years, to substantially reduce their consumerism at Christmas.
Sue RodgersI live in: Dillon
I work at: Merry Pop-ins, LLC – A short term home care service.
I joined the board: October 2016
I joined the board because: I wanted to learn more about what HC3 does for our communities.
My passion is: Yard sale and thrift store shopping!
My favorite “green” thing to do is: Challenging myself to never use plastic bags for ALL of my purchases.
The craziest thing I have ever done in the name of sustainability is: Digging through my friend’s trash for recyclables, then gifting them a decorated trash can for recycling for their birthday.
Dave Axelrod (Ax)I live in: Breckenridge
I work at: Broken Compass Brewing Company
I joined the board: December 2016
I joined the board because: I am committed to fighting climate change and I believe that my experience in sustainability will be an asset to HC3.
My passion is: Sustainability, skiing, white water, music, and of course beer.
My favorite “green” thing to do is: To connect like minded individuals to create synergies and actions towards a more sustainable planet.
The craziest thing I have ever done in the name of sustainability is: I once drank cobra infused rice wine and duck’s blood to connect with local villagers while working on a conservation project to help save the Tonkin’s snub-nosed monkey in a remote jungle village in North Vietnam.
I live in: Frisco
I work at: The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Technical Assistance. Currently advising the Ministry of Finance in Peru.
I joined the board: August 2016
I joined the board because: I wanted to get involved in sustainability issues in my community
My passion is: Being in nature and finding ways to help support communities and the environment.
My favorite “green” thing to do is: Bird watching
The craziest thing I have ever done in the name of sustainability: The World Bank funded a proposal I drafted for a project to support a native community in Peru that built an ecolodge. Wish I could say that I took ayahuasca and the trees talked to me (a shaman told me that this is his what of communicating with nature).
I live in: Alma, CO
I work at: Breckenridge Tourism Office
I joined the board: October 2016
I joined the board because: I wanted to be more involved in helping our community be green.
My passion is: Trying to find a new use for any old item.
My favorite “green” thing to do is: Growing my own food.
The craziest thing I have ever done in the name of sustainability is: I recycle dryer lint, cardboard egg cartons, and candle wax and use them to make fire starters for our wood burning stove.
Dan Gibbs, Summit County Commissioner
Amy Mastin, Land Title
Matt Stais, Stais Architects Principle
Bill Wallace, Summit County Treasurer
Eric Westerhoff, Innovative Energy Owner
Lane Wyatt, Summit Water Quality and Quantity Council