Board of Directors


Richard Alper

Mr. Alper earned his law degree with a concentration in real estate and state and local government from the Georgetown University Law Center. He did post-graduate work in environmental law at the George Washington University Law School. He is co-founder and past chair of the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County and served as co-chair of the community and public affairs section of the Maryland State Dispute Resolution Commission. Currently he serves as a board member of the Legacy Land Trust, the Poudre River Library Trust and the Environmental Science Advisory Board of Larimer County. Mr. Alper is a past, elected member of the (i) Board of Trustees of Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio. (ii) Leadership Council of the Environment and Public Policy Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution, (iii) the ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Section Council for the Maryland State Bar Association and (iv) the American Bar Association Committee on Use of Collaborative Processes by Federal Agencies to Improve Citizen Participation. He has mediated, facilitated and arbitrated approximately 200 cases and has designed and taught more than 600 hours of conflict resolution, arbitration, negotiation, commercial real estate, land use and environmental law courses.


Mr. Alper has served as adjunct faculty in the (i) Haub School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Wyoming, (ii) Monfort School of Business at the University of Northern Colorado and (iii) at the Carey School of Business of the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. He has served as a member of Academy for Excellence in Local Governance at the University of Maryland. He has previously taught at the University of Maryland Law School, the University of Baltimore Graduate School in Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies and the College of Southern Maryland’s Center for Environmental Training.


Emily Amedee

Marketing and Communications Director, One Tribe Creative

Emily hails from our very own Fort Collins with an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from the University of Denver, specializing in organizational and environmental negotiation, and a B.A. in Communication Studies and Environmental Horticulture. She spent the past 4 years working as the Director of Organizational Development and Interim Marketing Director for a large manufacturer abroad, targeting company culture, customer engagement and community relations. For the past 6 years, Emily has worked closely with the Center for Public Deliberation, and their dedication to enhancing citizen engagement, public communication, and community problem solving. She is a certified mediator and long-standing faciliator of natural resrouce issues in the State of Colorado.


Suzanne Bassinger, PE

Suzanne is a Civil Engineer with experience in floodplain modeling, erosion control design and planning, street, bike path and utility design, land development, water and wastewater treatment plant planning, design and permitting; project management; grant writing; and has served as a professional liaison between clients and regulatory agencies on a variety of permitting and water quality projects. Personal interests include watershed based resource planning and management; education and awareness of the importance of local agriculture in our culture and ecosystems. She has served as the Larimer County Recovery Manager following the High Park Fire and the 2013 Colorado Front Range flood. She has also held positions with Consulting Engineer (TST), served as the Director of Community Development (Scottsbluff, NE), and served as the Water Resource Operations Manager for the City of Greeley. Prior to that, Suzanne was an Agricultural business owner (1992-2007) in Fort Collins, CO and Scottsbluff, NE. She has been a proud resident of Fort Collins area 34 years.

Boards & Commissions: Larimer County Rural Land Use Board (current); Larimer County Local Food Project Advisory Team; Larimer County Large Animal Task Force; Larimer County New 4-H site committee (found “The Ranch” site, supported funding); City of Fort Collins Environmental Advisory Task Force (1990’s). Board of Director: (Past) Greeley Loveland Irrigation Company; Seven Lakes Reservoir Company; Greeley Irrigation Company; (Current) Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed.


Kristina Hufford, PhD

Assistant Professor, Restoration Ecology, University of Wyoming

I study spatial and temporal patterns of selection in plant populations using techniques in field ecology, molecular genetics and bioinformatics. My research is focused on the adaptation of plant populations to local environments, and the implications of local adaptation for the restoration of native plant communities. I’m particularly interested in the spatial scale of local adaptation, and the fitness consequences of intraspecific hybridization among wild plant populations. My ultimate goal is to study the consequences of ecotypic variation for the long-term sustainability of restored plant populations. These data will contribute to both the conservation and restoration of native species.


Jennifer Kovecses, MSc

Jen grew up playing in lakes and streams in Canada building a life-long interest in aquatic ecosystems and conservation. She pursued this interest in university, completing a Bachelor's of Science in biology and a Master's of Science in aquatic ecology at McGill University. For her Master's thesis, Jen researched the impacts of mining pollution on lakes in northern Quebec. After completing her graduate degree, she continued to pursue her passion for aquatic ecosystems, working on a variety of watershed conservation projects on the shores of Lake Ontario and the coast of British Columbia. While living in California, Jen had the opportunity to work for local non-profits, offering science and policy analysis to help protect water quality and habitat in California's beautiful coastal watersheds. After moving to Colorado in 2011, she began volunteering with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers as a way to get to know some of the amazing places in Colorado. This led to an opportunity to work with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, managing its post-fire restoration program. She is currently working as the Executive Director of the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed. When not working, Jen can be found hiking in the mountains or along Colorado's many beautiful rivers.


Mark Paschke, PhD

Colorado State University

Mark Paschke is a Professor and the Shell Endowed Chair of Restoration Ecology at Colorado State University. He also serves as Research Associate Dean for the Warner College of Natural Resources at CSU. Mark received his PhD in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He also has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Forestry from the University of Illinois. Dr. Paschke has been a faculty member in WCNR since August of 2005. Prior to 2005 he was a Research Scientist at CSU. His research focuses on the mechanisms controlling community assembly in terrestrial plant communities. For much of his research career he has worked across multiple scales, from the molecular to the ecosystem level, and across multiple disciplines. He currently teaches undergraduate classes in Ecological Restoration and Restoration Case Studies as well as graduate courses in Disturbance Ecology and Advanced Ecological Restoration. Mark has recently served as the President of the Central Rockies Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration and he currently serves as Chair of the High Altitude Revegetation Committee, a grassroots group of practitioners and academics who host annual field tours and biennial scientific meetings aimed at improving the practice of revegetation in high altitude ecosystems.


Jeremy Sueltenfuss, M.S.

Wetland Ecologist and Mapping Specialist, Colorado Natural Heritage Program

Ecologist, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Colorado State University

After completing graduate work in wetland ecology and hydrology, Jeremy worked as a research associate at CSU designing and implementing a number of wetland restoration projects for the National Park Service.  This introduction to restoration sparked a passion for the science of ecological restoration.  Jeremy currently works as an ecologist at the Colorado Natural Heritage Program, where he collaborates with conservation partners to provide the necessary data for effective conservation.  Jeremy is largely interested in elevating the role of restoration into a data driven and scientific process to recreate healthy and functional systems in todays landscape.


Robert L. Tate

Retired 11 years, Bob is a candidate for an MS Degree in Natural Resources Stewardship from Colorado State University. A CSU Donor (Morgan Library and Warner College of Natural Resources) Bob also volunteers for multiple organizations in the Fort Collins area (i.e., Nature Conservancy, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, Larimer County Open Lands, etc.), with an emphasis in natural resources stewardship and ecological restoration. Bob has 15 years of domestic and international corporate real estate experience (site selection, lease negotiations, facility design, construction management, facilities management, lease administration and surplus property disposal) with Coldwell Banker Commercial and 20 years of domestic and international human resources experience with Deutsche Financial Services, ITT Commercial Finance Corp, and other National and International Firms. Bob earned his MBA from Southern Illinois University in 1977 after completing his MA in Psychology from Washington University in 1970. Hi leisure activities underscore his passion for conservation: skiing, biking--mountain and road, hiking, volunteering.