Our Dedicated Staff
Woodbine Ecology Center would be nothing but a dream if it were not for the committed people who have been working hard over the last several years to make this dream into a reality. While each of us has a specific set of responsibilities, we all bring and give much more to this project than our job titles and task lists imply. Woodbine is all of us–staff, community working groups, and core volunteers–working toward a shared vision. Together we make Woodbine what it is, a community oriented, mission-driven project, building a better future for ourselves, our children, and seven generations to come.
Michelle has long been passionate & active in sustainability, social justice, and cultural imagination. She is a US State Department BoldFood fellow working to ensure global food security starting with the US and Uganda. BoldFood is mapping resources & opportunities for food justice and security for our increasingly urban world. Michelle is a past Center for Progressive Leadership fellow who focused on sustainable regional planning, design and development. Michelle graduated from Colorado College where she studied Anthropology, Women's Issues, International Development and Urban Studies. As an avid sustainability advocate, Michelle incorporates a social justice framework in all she does. She humbly dedicates herself to transforming our cultural, political and physical infrastructure in ways that promote and enhance health, the environment, social justice, culture and beauty. She currently co-hosts the Skywalker Artivist Meetup (artist+activist=artivist) in Denver with her husband, Ramon. Her favorite ecological term is "ecotome" (or ecotone), an especially diverse boundary zone between ecological communities. Michelle is a multi-ethnic writer, editor, project instigator, and mother of three.
Born and raised in Greece, Pavlos grew up bilingual and bicultural. Before moving to Colorado Pavlos served on the board of the Oregon Public Interest Research Group, and was the publications coordinator and also served at the board at the Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont. Since moving to Colorado he has served as the publications coordinator for the Fourth World Center, been the publisher and associate editor of Society and Nature/Democracy & Nature, the international journal of political ecology, and taught at Escuela Tlatelolco. His decades of experience in environmental and wilderness education include being a Wilderness First Responder, a certified permaculture designer and instructor, a Project Learning Tree facilitator, academic work in environmental studies/social ecology, indigenous studies and wilderness ethics. Pavlos is a certified small water systems operator and the father of three children.
Wildlands Restoration and Indigenous Program Coordinator
Robert Chanate is a member of the Kiowa Nation and has lived in Denver, Colorado for several years. He is a volunteer for various Native organizations in which his support role differs based on the groups mission. Some of this work includes Native Youth leadership development, grassroots community organizing and educational presentations. He also is a contributor to Indian Country Today. Robert trained as a wildlands firefighter and served as an engine crew leader.
Tere manages the office and handles all duties related to the business of running Woodbine Ecology Center, including inquiries, some bookkeeping, research, floating tasks, facility rentals, and some event management. Tere also oversees WEC's facility operations and manages the on-site staff. Tere has been with Woodbine Ecology Center for 5 years. Before coming to Woodbine her work experience has been in the field of customer relations and account management. She was account representative for Aggregate Industries Inc. on the five-year TREX highway project in Denver. She focused on scheduling, mix design, and complying with CDOT and all environmental regulations. She grew up primarily in the Denver area and lived in Bolivia as a child. She spent the summer of her sophomore year there and continues to have a love for travel. Next on her travel bucket list is Australia.
Joe is an honors graduate of Red Rocks Community College's electrical maintenance, construction and renewable energy programs. He is a NABCEP certified photovoltaic installer and has experience as an electrician's apprentice. He is interested in ecological thinking applied to ethics, energy and agroecology. One of his favorite quotes is by Aldo Leopold, "We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." Joe says, "I'm very happy to join the Woodbine community and have the opportunity to participate in such great creative endeavors."
Cassandra maintains the financial records for Woodbine and prepares the financial reports. She grew up primarily in the Denver area, graduating from Antioch College with a B.A. in Education in 1982. Before coming to WEC she taught elementary, middle and high school, managed a food co-op, and ran a bookeeping business and has served on non-profit boards. She lived in Bolivia as a child and in Japan as an adult. She likes to travel—prefers to wave from the beach and stay off the boat.
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