Staff and Board

Denver Audubon Staff

Board of Directors

Wendy Woods, President (Financial Planner, Empower Retirement)

Arlene Raskin1st Vice President (Retired High School Science Teacher)

Ann Bonnell2nd Vice President (Retired Biology Teacher)

Allie McKenzie, Secretary (Senior Architect, National Center For State Courts)

Diane RaPue, Treasurer (Member Engagement & Business Development Executive, South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce)

Shelley Conger (Realtor, Live Urban Real Estate)

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

Elvira Kozhevnikova (Attorney)

Yelana Love (Senior Attorney, Office of Legislative Legal Services)

Carl Norbeck (Former Denver Audubon Executive Director)

Mark  Swatek  (Independent Management Consultant and Retired President & CEO, Southwest Water Company – Los Angeles)

Committee Chairs

Colorado Bluebird Project: Kevin Corwin and Tracy Rackauskas

Conservation: Polly Reetz and Suzy Hiskey

Finance: Diane RaPue

Field Trip: Mary Geder

Lois Webster Fund: Margot Wynkoop

Spring Benefit: Alex Hall and  Shelley Conger

Audubon Master Birder: Pam Zimmer

Children’s Hospital: Barbara Hall

Karl Brummert

Executive Director

Karl has over twenty years of experience in non-profit management, program development, and fundraising. He is a Colorado native, and an avid hiker, mountain biker, snowboarder, cross-country skier, snowshoer, cook, gardener, and birder/naturalist. He also climbs a new 14er every now and then, and it is a fairly well-known fact he loves snow. Karl has been to 43 states – just seven more to go!! – as well as British Columbia, Nova Scotia/New Brunswick, Mexico, Jamaica, Trinidad, New Zealand, Iceland, Ecuador, and Galapagos.

Rhonda Shank

Rhonda Shank

Office Manager

Rhonda has been the “Director of First Impressions” for over 17 years at Denver Audubon. She manages all office operations, including database management, bookkeeping, program registration, assisting with special events, and customer service. If you’ve called the Denver Audubon offices, you’ve likely heard her friendly voice on the other end of the line. She hails from the beautiful Amish country in Pennsylvania. She enjoys cooking, gardening, genealogy, and searching for unique finds at local thrift stores and estate sales. She currently lives with Charles, two cats, and two dogs.

Kate Hogan

Kate Hogan

Community Outreach Coordinator

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 learnd, “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.

Emily Hertz

Emily B. Hertz

School Programs Coordinator

Emily moved to Colorado from Seattle where she graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s of Education. Previously, she worked as a resource management and conservation project coordinator for the Tucson Bureau of Land Management Student Conservation Association. She was also involved with the Tucson Audubon Society, where she took naturalist classes and created interactive education booths for their annual Ironwood Festival. Emily enjoys rock climbing, photography, trail running, camping, gardening, eating chips & salsa, and hiking with her fluffy tuxedo cat Murphy and her husband Steven.

Suzy Hiskey

Suzy Hiskey

Conservation Coordinator

Suzy is a dedicated educator and biologist, passionate about wildlife and conservation. She grew up in Missouri and has lived in Colorado since 1995. She worked as an elementary school educator with Denver Public Schools and Colorado Academy before transitioning to nature education. In 2010, she became the School Programs Coordinator for Denver Audubon. Although she briefly departed the organization, Suzy has nine years of experience leading summer camp programs focusing on animals, wildlife, and nature. Suzy enjoys contributing to community science projects and is excited to begin her new position at Denver Audubon as the Conservation Coordinator.

Cassandra Cordova

Communications Coordinator

Born and raised in Colorado, Cassandra went to school at Seattle University for a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing before moving back to Littleton. She brings over 5 years of communications and development experience to the team from her involvement with The Delores Project, Chinook Fund, and Herbal Gardens Wellness. Cassandra is Chicana, of the Apache de Carlanas band, and of Mexica descent. She is passionate about social justice and enjoys all of her pets (4 birds, 1 cat, and a really big fish tank), spending time with her family, D&D and other tabletop games, and all things crafty.