Saturday, September 18, 2021

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.

NOW HIRING: Join our team! Applications now being accepted for a new Development Manager position.

Kim Yuan-Farrell, Executive Director

Kim has been a “Park Person” for 12 years. Kim oversees and guides all aspects of The Park People’s operations and activities. She works with our board on strategic organizational development, shapes programmatic goals, and develops partnerships in the community. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Kim served as Program Manager for four years, directing The Park People's urban forestry programs. She has a master's degree in Environmental Management (Yale University's School of the Environment) and a bachelor's in Anthropology and Environmental Studies (Santa Clara University).  She was Colorado-raised and has more than 17 years of nonprofit experience with organizations in Colorado, California, and Connecticut.  Kim is an alum of the Denver Community Leadership Forum and has served on Community Shares' Board of Directors, the national Arbor Day Foundation’s Alliance for Community Trees Advisory Committee, the Trust for Public Land's Climate Smart Cities Denver Technical Advisory Team, and the City of Denver’s Emerald Ash Borer Steering Committee.  Kim is passionate about the power of urban forestry, parks, and community-driven efforts to cultivate resilient, sustainable communities. Contact Kim.

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. She has over 20 years of volunteer leadership experience while raising her kids and moving around the country, 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 and exploring the US in an RV. She continues enjoying family and friend time in the Rockies, the Denver area, and traveling both domestically and internationally. With the recent losses of her father and Golden Retriever, her family is remembering them with Tribute Trees in various Denver parks. Because of this, she is happy to manage the Park Legacy program, to help others share their love of family, friends, and nature. Contact Diana.

Lindsay Cutler, Program Manager

Photo of Lindsay Cutler, Program ManagerLindsay brings to The Park People 18 years experience in ecology and landscape design for private and government clients. The eight years prior to joining our team, Lindsay owned and operated a small landscape design-build firm in Denver, CO providing ecologically sensitive landscape designs for residential clients. She also founded a school farm dedicated to regenerative practices. Prior to that, Lindsay worked as a Field Ecologist, conducting botanical surveys throughout the Intermountain West. Lindsay earned her Masters in Landscape Architecture from UC Denver and a Bachelor’s in Geography and Environmental Studies from UCLA. A life-long hiker, backpacker and self-described ‘plant nerd’, Lindsay is delighted to oversee the Denver Digs Trees and Community Forester programs, as well as various neighborhood-specific projects such as Greener, Healthier Globeville Elyria-Swansea. Contact Lindsay.

Morgan Wolfe, Program Associate

Photo of Morgan Wolfe, Program AssociateMorgan grew up in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains where she began to cultivate lifelong passions for exploring forests, tending gardens, and promoting conservation. Morgan holds a BAS in Sociology & Anthropology (Shippensburg University, PA) and taught early-childhood special education through Head Start. She began volunteering with The Park People in 2015. Working through the Community Forester program and participating in Denver Digs Trees events inspired her to make a career change and earn an AAS in Horticulture & Landscape Technologies (FRCC). She interned with the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation, where she participated in sustainability panels, helped implement the ‘Parklet’ for the 2019 Greater, Greener Parks Conference, and participated in planting projects across the city’s parks. She also runs a small landscape company focused on regenerative practices and productive home landscapes. Morgan is thrilled to be a part of The Park People, growing strong, resilient communities and diversifying our urban forest. Contact Morgan.

Jemmy Barrera, Volunteer Coordinator

Jemmy is originally from Boca Raton, Florida and has been working with communities in various forms since her undergraduate time at the University of Florida. During this time, she discovered a passion for the Environment and graduated with a Bachelor's in Anthropology with a minor in Sustainability. She spent most of her free time volunteering on farms and speaking to local residents about the delicate Florida ecological systems. Since graduating, she served as the Sustainability Project Coordinator at the city of Orlando. She worked mostly in local food/livability, connecting with under-represented communities and building lasting relationships with them and the city. She has worked in free tree programs, mobile farmers markets, rooftop gardens, renewable energy and water ordinances, community gardens, community outreach, and event planning. She moved to Colorado to pursue a masters at the University of Denver in Environmental Policy and Management. Outside of work and school, Jemmy likes to cook, practice yoga, do water sports, go hiking, rollerskating, and dance!  As the Volunteer Coordinator for The Park People, Jemmy puts her skills and studies to work, connecting with people and making programs come to life. Contact Jemmy.

Madeleine Hooker, Workforce Development Manager

Madeleine grew up in Bellingham, Washington, sandwiched between the mountains and the sea in the upper left corner of the country. She has always been interested in complex ecosystems and how people are related to their surrounding environment. Her love for forestry took root while exploring tree and plant identification during her internship at the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association in the PNW, and grew through her street tree inventory and tree crew work at the City of Salem (Oregon). Madeleine’s degree in Environmental Science & Spanish (Willamette University) and time spent studying in Ecuador and Scotland has fostered her passion for work at the intersection of people and the environment. As the Workforce Development Manager, Madeleine is thrilled to help pilot The Park People’s first pre-apprenticeship program in urban forestry-related fields, serving as the liaison between partnering organizations, conducting public outreach, and collaborating with various related sectors. Outside of work, Madeleine enjoys spending time outside, traveling, playing rugby and soccer, cooking, playing the piano, drinking tea and coffee, hiking, and climbing. Contact Madeleine. 

Mike Haaf, Mile High Tree Champions Project Coordinator

With a 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. Contact Mike.

Board of Trustees

Executive Committee
Mark Bailey, Vice President
Tim Buchanan
Laurie Chahbandour, President
Laurie Choi-Brochu, Vice President
Melissa Crowley
Susan Eslick
Mark Lauriha, Past President
Caroline Rassenfoss, Secretary
Hank Saipe
Andy Shopneck, Treasurer

Bill Cook
Chris Fisher
Sue Fry
Bonnie Gross
Allegra "Happy" Haynes, Ex Officio
Dustin Hull
Brian LaCarrubba
Michelle Lippitt
Michael Naes
Wolfe Repass
John L. (Larry) Wiberg, MD








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