Coalition for the Upper South Platte

Your donations keep CUSP crews and volunteers on the ground protecting the water quality and ecological health of this 1.6 million acre watershed, which provides clean, safe water to more that 75% of Colorado's Front Range communities. CUSP leverages contributions as matching funds for grants and on-the-ground work. Your investment in the CUSP is maximized to protect the Upper South Platte watershed.

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
7
Full Time Staff:
13
Contract Staff:
2
Volunteers Annually:
2,000
Retention Rate:
73%

Chris Fuller, Operations Manager
Start Date: 2017

As Office Manager, Chris is the 'keeper of the data stuff', staying busy with database, bookkeeping, reporting, and admin support for the staff. Water/watershed issues have been of particular interest to Chris as a resident of South Park and former special water district board member. An Oklahoma University graduate, still practicing architecture and running her antique business, Chris grabs every opportunity to check out her favorite place, 'the road less traveled'

Jeff Ravage, North Fork Watershed Coordinator
Start Date:

Jeff develops, oversees and manages projects in the Northfork watershed. Based in Bailey, he hits the ground in the 285 corridor planning projects, and cutting down the occasional tree. He designs and maintains CUSP websites, the CUSP Servers, and produces informational and training films. He also works in the field with crews and volunteers. He enjoys speaking to school groups and fostering a love of the "really real" world.

Helen Dyer, Development and Outreach Director
Start Date:

Helen Dyer is a BA graduate of the University Without Walls/Roger Williams. Helen has a long history working with and for a number of local nonprofit organizations. She works with other staff to develop fundraising and outreach strategies and opportunities.

Carol Ekarius, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 1999

Carol Ekarius has been the Executive Director for the Coalition for the Upper South Platte since 1999. She brings decades of experience in governmental and nonprofit management. Carol is a freelance writer and the author of nine books, including Small-Scale Livestock Farming: A Grass-based Approach for Health, Sustainability, and Profit, and most recently, The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook. Her articles have appeared in magazines such as Alternative Medicine, Green Builder, Hobby Farms, Mother Earth News, Plenty, Western Horseman, and The Writer. As an author, Carol addresses a diversity of topics and specializes in sustainable, small-scale agriculture and farming and environmental solutions. Carol holds a Civil Engineering Degree from the University of Colorado at Denver. She lives with her husband, Ken Woodard, and their farm menagerie near Cripple Creek.

Jonathan Bruno, Operations Director
Start Date: 2003

Jonathan Bruno has a Masters in Public Administration from University of Colorado, graduated from the Executive Leadership program at Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Jonathan is credited with millions in awarded grants and has strong expertise in environmental policies, forestry management, as well as health and safety issues. As Chief Operating Officer with the Coalition for the Upper South Platte, he has helped to lead and grow this highly successful and nationally recognized watershed organization. Jonathan is currently a Fire Fighter 1 & IC 4 Trainee.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
11
Term Length:
0
Term Limit:
0
Total # of Board Members:
16
Clients on Board:
Yes
# of Client Board Members:
16

Board Demographics:

Female:
6
Male:
10
Transgender Female:
0
Transgender Male:
0
Gender Other:
0

Black or African American:
0
Asian:
0
White:
16
Hispanic or Latino:
0
Multiracial:
0
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:
0
Other Ethnicities:
0

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

5

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

69%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

100%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

100%

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