Staff and Board

Denver Audubon Staff

Board of Directors

Curt Frankenfeld, President (Director, Access Strategy and Development at CenturyLink – retired)

Don Hall, Vice President (Healthcare Consultant and Podcaster, Delta Sigma)

Elvira Kozhevnikova, Secretary (Attorney)

Diane RaPue, Treasurer (Canva Credit Union – Town Center Branch Leader )

Dale Campau (Former PhD Chemist)

Dina Baker, (Arapahoe County Extension Director, Colorado State University Extension)

Pilar Hoyos (Retired)

Committee Chairs

Audubon Master Birder: Diane Hutton

Children’s Hospital: Susan Sass

Colorado Bluebird Project: Kevin Corwin

Conservation: Polly Reetz

Field Trip: Deb Bogar

Finance: Diane RaPue

Lois Webster Fund: Allen Stokes

Soaring Soirée: Shelley Conger & Patricia Marnette

Shelley Conger

Interim Executive Director

Bio coming soon.

Kate Hogan

Kate Hogan

Community Outreach Manager

Kate is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, but her love for the ocean took her to the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. There, Kate interned with  Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, where she learned, “You haven’t lived until you’ve bleached an ENTIRE puffin exhibit and shoveled polar bear poop! Kate has a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science-Biology and a Master’s in Nonprofit Business Management. In 2012, she joined Denver Audubon and loves getting our message out into the community. She currently lives in Parker with her husband Bryan, daughter Caitlyn, and son Luke.

Kieran Fish

Youth Environmental Educator

Kieran’s background is in conservation and science education, including ornithological research in the Florida Everglades and habitat restoration in the Sierra Nevada. Kieran has a Bachelor’s degree in biology and a Master’s degree in education. As a teacher, he shared his love of nature and science with children from pre-K to high school through hands on, real-life experiences. He believes that nature has endless lessons to teach us, and strives to create opportunities for all people to participate in the outdoors.

Delaney Bensler

Communications and Development Coordinator

Delaney grew up in Colorado, where her love for the outdoors was born. She attended the University of Denver, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Legal Studies, and Spanish. After college, she pursued a career in wine, becoming a certified specialist of wine and establishing her own wine tasting business. However, her passion for nature and conservation led her to Denver Audubon, where she took our Naturalist training and decided to join us full time. In her free time, Delaney enjoys exploring the Colorado wilderness with her two dogs, cooking, perusing local farmers markets, traveling, and settling in with a good book.

Kristen Peterka

School Programs Manager

Kristen taught in Ohio, Philadelphia, and San Francisco before finding her true home here in Denver. She has a degree in Environmental Education and a passion for science and youth development. She has taught both in the classroom and outdoors as a middle school science teacher, wilderness adventure guide, environmental educator, and summer camp director. She loves backpacking and being outdoors with her family and dog.

Lara Cueni

Administrative Assistant

Lara was born and raised in Colorado and has a lifelong love of nature fostered on camping trips throughout the West with her family. She holds degrees in Archaeology and Sustainable Tourism Management, and has lived and worked around the world in the ecotourism and hospitality industry, from Switzerland to Greece to the Virgin Islands and finally back to Denver. Her love for nature led her to initially volunteer with Denver Audubon, and she’s excited to bring her organizational and project management skills to further support the work of the organization. She currently lives in Centennial with her partner and two dogs, and her free time is mostly spent reading, gardening, exploring the outdoors, and obsessing over birds.

Angel Tobin

Volunteer Coordinator

Angel has over three decades of experience in environmental education, interpretation, and volunteer management. She retired from Roxborough State Park in 2022 as their Volunteer & Interpretive Services Manager, where she worked for 22 years. Her passion is to bring awareness through education and to inspire others to take action towards protecting, sustaining, and enjoying Colorado’s natural environments. She loves to engage and support volunteers who are dedicated to doing the same. She enjoys walking, hiking, camping, traveling, music, dancing, and spending quality time with family and friends.