Jessica Olson, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2015
Jessie Olson has worked professionally in the field of ecological restoration since 2003, overseeing restoration and land management projects with non-profits, land trusts, and in the private sector. She holds a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at U.C. Berkeley, where she focused on river and wetland restoration design and planning. Jessie joined Left Hand Watershed Oversight Group (LWOG) in 2015 and is responsible for overseeing day to day operations and management of LWOG. In her short tenure at LWOG, Jessie secured over 9 million dollars of funding for river restoration planning and implementation projects on private lands in Left Hand Creek Watershed. She is also working with LWOG staff to carryout activities and projects within LWOG's Stewardship, Outreach and Education, and Watershed Science Programs. Jessie loves all things associated with river restoration projects from stakeholder collaboration, to design development, to implementation, to post-project monitoring and maintenance. Jessie lives in Lafayette, CO, with her husband Brian and daughter Margot but considers Left Hand Creek to be her home watershed.
Yana Sorokin, Project Manager
Yana is an interdisciplinary scientist with a Master's degree in Plant Ecology and a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science. She is a skilled project manager and grant writer with a background in ecological research, marketing, and project management. Prior to joining LWOG, she worked on research projects to study the impacts of climate change on plant communities from Alaska to Costa Rica, and most recently she worked at an environmental consulting firm where she led proposal development for green infrastructure and integrated water resource planning projects. Yana joined LWOG is 2016 and is managing the Stream Stewardship Pilot Program, restoration projects, and leads LWOG marketing and outreach efforts. She lives in Longmont with her husband.
Deb Hummel, Project Coordinator
Start Date: 2018
Deb Hummel received her Master's degree in Fisheries Biology and Management and a Bachelor's degree in Biology. Before joining LWOG, Deb worked on fish and wildlife habitat restoration and mitigation projects for listed species in Colorado and Oregon. Most recently, Deb researched fish use of habitat enhancement features in central New York. She has always loved recreating outside and learning about natural systems. As Project Coordinator, Deb coordinates various aspects of watershed science and stewardship projects from data collection and weed management to community engagement and education. Deb is passionate about watershed restoration efforts and is delighted to work with the residential, recreational, and ecological communities of Left Hand Creek. In her free time, Deb loves to run, hike, fish, and ski- all while exploring the outdoors with friends and family.
Glenn Patterson, Watershed Scientist
Glenn, a contract employee, serves at LWOG's Watershed Scientist and oversee's LWOG's Watershed Science program. Glenn Patterson has been with the LWOG Staff since 2010. Glenn earned a Ph.D. in Watershed Science from Colorado State University in 2016. Prior to his career with LWOG, Glenn worked as hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey for 30 years, focusing on water quality. Glenn and his wife live in Allenspark.