Sunday, October 20, 2019

Our Staff & Board


The Park People's work is a team effort of residents, volunteers, supporters, and community partners. Leading the charge, our staff works tirelessly every day to support and improve our parks, city trees, and neighborhoods, and a dedicated Board of Trustees guides our organization's strategy and development.

WE'RE HIRING!  Development Director and Urban Forestry Program Associate.

Kim Yuan-Farrell, Executive Director

Kim has a master's degree in Environmental Management (Yale University's School of Forestry & Environmental Studies) and a bachelor's in Anthropology and Environmental Studies (Santa Clara University).  She was Colorado-raised and has worked at a number of nonprofits in Colorado, California, and Connecticut.  Kim serves on the Board of Directors of Community Shares, on the national Arbor Day Foundation’s Alliance for Community Trees Advisory Committee, on Trust for Public Land's Climate Smart Cities Denver Technical Advisory Team, on the City of Denver’s Emerald Ash Borer Steering Committee, 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

Leah earned her master's degree in Landscape Architecture (University of Colorado Denver) and bachelor's in Environmental Studies (University of Colorado Boulder).  Her 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 oversee the Denver Digs Trees and Community Forester programs, as well as various neighborhood-specific projects including Greener, Healthier Globeville Elyria-Swansea. A life-long outdoor enthusiast and Colorado native, she enjoys hiking, travelling, skiing, homebrewing, gardening, tree-gazing, and exploring our beautiful planet.

Mike Haaf, Mile High Tree Champions Project Coordinator

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree (University of Florida).  Mike has experience in the public and private sectors of planning, design and construction of parks, retail centers, corporate campuses, sports complexes and residential communities.  He believes in building healthy communities with sustainable practices that can ensure our future generations will be able to appreciate our surrounding natural environment.  He is a Colorado registered Landscape Architect, and in 2012 received his Arborist certification from the International Society of Arboriculture, Rocky Mountain Chapter.  Ultimately, it was Mike's growing passion for trees and community service that brought him onto The Park People team.  As the Mile High Tree Champions Project Coordinator he works to increase corporate community engagement and broaden the reach of our program in support of our city trees.  Mike relishes the opportunity to involve the Denver community in the benefit of trees, to preserve and enhance canopy in the built environment, and inspire a new generation of environmental stewards.

Diana Anick, Executive Assistant

Diana moved to Denver in 1988 to earn a Master’s in International Management from the University of Denver.  After working in Belgium in the early 90s, she returned to Colorado to work in the Corporate Meeting Planning industry.  She became involved in volunteering while raising her kids and moving around the country.  Her extensive volunteer background includes 18 years of leadership in various school PTA and Band Booster organizations, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and church youth groups, as well as traveling on medical and building mission trips to Ghana and Guatemala. Diana grew up in Pennsylvania hiking, biking and camping around the PA mountains.  She continues enjoying family and friend time in the Rockies and around the Denver area.  With the recent loss of her father, who shared her love of the outdoors,  her family is remembering him with Tribute Trees in a Denver park.  Because of this, she is excited to manage the Park Legacy program, to help others share their love of family, friends and nature.  

Board of Trustees

Executive Committee
Mark Bailey, Vice President
Tim Buchanan
Laurie Chahbandour, President
Sally Hooks
Mark Lauriha, Past President
Caroline Rassenfoss, Secretary
Hank Saipe
Andy Shopneck, Treasurer
Laurie Choi-Brochu
Bill Cook
Melissa Crowley
Susan Eslick
Allegra "Happy" Haynes, Ex Officio
Wesley Hunt
Michael Naes
Sherry Reese
Wolfe Repass
John L. (Larry) Wiberg, MD
Claudia Winkler








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