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 enjoys hiking, travelling, skiing, homebrewing, gardening, tree-gazing, and exploring our beautiful planet.


Spencer Roberts, Program Associate - Spencer is our returning Program Associate for Denver Digs Trees and a graduate from CU Boulder in the departments of Ecology & Evolution and Atmospheric & Oceanic Science. More importantly, however, he is a guy who loves trees. He is experienced in scientific research in both the laboratory and the wilderness, but has come to The Park People to satisfy his itch for activism. He believes that the answers to global issues lie in community solutions and that a tree can impact a neighborhood in ways that can't be measured. Working to organize Denver Digs Trees 2014 & 2015 was one of the most rewarding experiences of his life, and we're delighted he's back again in 2016.



Executive Committee

  • Tim Buchanan
  • Laurie Chahbandour
  • Sally Hooks
  • Mark Lauriha, President
  • Kathleen Rust
  • Andy Shopneck

Board (2015-2016)

  • Mark Bailey
  • Jackie Burghardt
  • Laurie Choi-Brochu
  • Bill Cook
  • Allegra "Happy" Haynes, Ex Officio
  • Johanna Kelly
  • Ward Phelps
  • Caroline Rassenfoss
  • Sherry Reese
  • Scott Robson
  • Charles (Chuck) Warren
  • John L. (Larry) Wiberg, MD


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