Poudre Heritage Alliance

The Poudre River is recognized by Congress for its role in shaping western water law and water management systems. PHA connects people to their river legacy by promoting historical and cultural opportunities; engaging people in the river corridor; & inspiring learning, preservation, & stewardship.

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Megan Maiolo-Heath, Communications Coordinator
Start Date: 2019

Megan grew up in the small town of Monument on the Front Range of Colorado. Her professional background includes nonprofit marketing, communications and fundraising, land conservation, business management, and even three seasons as a raft guide in Colorado and Ecuador.

She is inspired by the beauty of nature, in all of its simplicity and elegance. Megan blends her passion for marketing and design with the belief that local, grassroots organizations are the cornerstones of our communities. She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver.

In her free time, you can find Megan exploring the outdoors of Colorado by foot, on a snowboard, in a raft, or on a bike, usually with her husband, son and dog by her side.

Jordan Williams, Assistant Program Manager
Start Date: 2017

Jordan hails from the Pacific Northwest, but he has lived in Colorado since 2010. He received a Master's of Education from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, but he has found a home in Fort Collins. His background is in sports/recreation management, which directly relates to several programs and projects of the Poudre Heritage Alliance such as the Pedaling the Poudre bike tours and Heritage Culturalist volunteer training. In his spare time, Jordan can be seen bicycling throughout the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area, running over mouintain trails with his blue heeler Aska, and beer tasting at local breweries with his wife.

Kathleen Benedict, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2013

General Profile:
Highly motivated executive with over 20 years of management experience, business development, long term planning and a track record of strong financial planning. Proactive in public relations, financial and educational partnerships, marketing and community outreach. Strong drive to help grow and advance the mission and vision of the Cache la Poudre Heritage Area and personal conviction of historical, cultural and educational value of the area.

Areas of Expertise

• Knowledge of Heritage Area and It's History
• Strategic Growth Development
• Budget Management
• Organizational Leadership
• Relationship Building
• Community Outreach Initiatives
• Media Relations
• Internal Communication
• Business Development
• Public Speaking
• Grant Development & Fundraising
• Consultant, Staff and Volunteer Management
• Knowledge of Water Law and History of Evolution in Area

Senior Park Planner and Landscape Architect for City of Fort Collins, Colorado 2003-Present
• Detail oriented and able to direct efforts of a multitude of team members and political influences for projects ranging up to and over $12 million
• Excels at implementing public communication and presentations to the general public, City boards, school districts, private investors, County entities and City Council
• Successful track record of fund raising for park projects and for non-profit boards
• Accurate and precise budgeting skills, coordinated agreements between diverse entities, integrated projects with economic development plans and developing collaborative partnerships and financial supports to further project goals
• Fundraising of over 1 million with the Non-profit Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado community group
• Fund raising of over $700,000 for the Inspiration playground through community activism and education
• Fundraising of over $300,000 for Oak Street Plaza through economic development plans and strategic planning with local businesses and the Downtown Development Association

President of Legacy Land Design, Inc. 2000-2003
• Management of all phases of an active planning and landscape architectural office. Creation of all budget administration, business planning and strategic marketing plans
• Creating and delivering presentations to neighborhood groups, town councils, planning commissions and County Boards
• Excellent communication skills with various non-profit boards and for profit entities
• Spokesperson and coordinating entity for the company

Vice President, Shalkey & Team, Inc. 1993-2000
• Managed training of new employees, handled technological purchases and overall office budgeting, instigated new healthcare and retirement benefit packages for the entire office, coordinated work load and managed individual and team projects in the office.
• Presentations of visionary design to public and clients resulting in increased revenue base
• Strong communication skills both with in-house employees as well as with clientele and public agencies.

Professional Associations
Board of Directors, Vice Chairman for the Non-profit Poudre Heritage Alliance
Board of Directors for the Non-profit Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado
Founding Board Member for Non-profit Jane Silverstein Reis Foundation
National Chairperson for Professional Practice Network for American Society of Landscape Architects
UniverCity Connections River Group, Fort Collins & Colorado State University
Past President of the Colorado Chapter of Landscape Architects
Past Vice President of Event Planning Colorado Chapter of Landscape Architects

Masters, Landscape Architecture, University of Colorado Denver, 2010
Strategic Computer Planning Seminar, Harvard University, 1993
Bachelor of Science Landscape Architecture, Purdue University, 1989

Honors and Awards
Community Appreciation Award, Veterans of Northern Colorado, 2011
Brandes Scholarship for Research, 2009 and 2010
Golden Key Honor Society, 2009 to present
CPRA Columbine Award, Spring Canyon Community Park, 2008
Urban Design Award, Spring Canyon Community Park, 2008
Urban Design Award, Oak Street Plaza, 2008
Community Appreciation Award, from the non-profit group, All Children Together, 2008
Award for Municipal Excellence Finalist, Spring Canyon Community Park, 2008
Urban Design Award, Old Town Alleyways, 2006
Colorado State University Engineering Days Project Award, 1st place, civil engineering student project for Spring Canyon Community Park, 2004
Colorado Construction Silver Hard Hat Award for Fossil Creek, 2003


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