Who We Are


Kim Yuan-Farrell, Executive Director - Master's degree in Environmental Management (Yale University's School of Forestry & Environmental Studies), bachelor's in Anthropology and Environmental Studies (Santa Clara University).  Kim has worked at a number of nonprofits in Colorado, California, and Connecticut.  Kim serves on the Board of Directors of Community Shares and is an alum of the 2010 Denver Community Leadership Forum.  Kim raises funds for The Park People's programs and capital projects, oversees the management of the Gates Tennis Center, and works with our board on strategic organizational development.  Prior to becoming Executive Director, Kim served as our Program Manager for four years, overseeing The Park People's urban forestry programs.  In addition to her passion for urban forestry, Kim cares deeply about parks, the environment, civic engagement, and our communities.


Leah Jean Shafer, Program Manager - Master's degree in Landscape Architecture (University of Colorado Denver), bachelor's in Environmental Studies (University of Colorado Boulder).  Leah's strong interdisciplinary background includes local and international experience in park management, resource conservation, arboriculture, landscape design, and civic planning. Having worked in both non-profit and commercial settings, she maintains USGBC LEED accreditation as well as her Master Gardener Certificate. Dedicated to environmental stewardship, sustainability, and community development, she is particularly passionate about civic well-being and increasing our urban tree canopy.  Leah is delighted to manage the Denver Digs Trees program, facilitate the Community Forester program, and serve as a devoted advocate of Denver's urban forest. A life-long outdoor enthusiast and Colorado native, she is currently pursuing her Permaculture Design Certificate and also enjoys hiking, travelling, skiing, homebrewing, gardening, tree-gazing, and exploring our beautiful planet.


Adrian Camacho, Mile High Tree Champions Project Coordinator - Master's Degree in Forest Science (Yale University's School of Forestry & Environmental Studies), bachelor's in Biology (Colby College).  Adrian coordinates tree plantings for the Mile High Tree Champions program.  Before moving to Denver, Adrian was the Forestry Manager for the parks department in Louisville, Kentucky for six years, and an Americorps volunteer with Habitat for Humanity for two years.  He has volunteered with the Denver Digs Trees Program for three years.  In addition to being passionate about trees, Adrian spends his time raising his two small children, turning his little slice of the Barnum neighborhood into an urban farm, and botanizing/bug surveying his way around metro Denver.



Executive Committee

  • Tim Buchanan
  • Laurie Chahbandour
  • Sally Hooks
  • Mark Lauriha, President
  • Kathleen Rust
  • Andy Shopneck
  • Charles (Chuck) Warren

Board (2014-2015)

  • Mark Bailey
  • Rex Carpenter
  • Bill Cook
  • Kathryn Dudley
  • Scott Gilmore, Ex Officio
  • Johanna Kelly
  • Ward Phelps
  • Scott Robson
  • Catherine Stanton
  • John L. (Larry) Wiberg, MD


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