Our Steering Committee & Staff

 

 

The People and Pollinators Action Network’s staff and leaders bring deep knowledge of and experience with pollinator protection, community development, environmental policy, sustainable agriculture, and habitat management. Staff and steering committee members work closely to forge strategic wins for people, pollinators, and the state of Colorado.

 

JOYCE KENNEDY
Chief Coordinator, PPAN
Joyce is the chief coordinator of PPAN. In this multi-faceted role, she directs organizational development and project implementation. She leads the organization’s advocacy work, builds constituency and develops community outreach programs. She has worked as an environmental professional for 20 years for consulting firms, nonprofits and the National Park Service. Prior to her work as a pollinator advocate, she did rivers work in New England for 12 years.
SUE ANDERSON, Co-Chair
Community Activist
Sue has worked in the non-profit sector for over thirty years in Vermont, Colorado and Washington state, as well as in Asia and Africa.  She has worked primarily in the areas of social justice, environment and civic engagement serving as executive staff and on many boards of directors.  Currently she serves on the boards of Conservation Colorado and the Community Foundation of Boulder and is on the national advisory board of the Union of Concerned Scientists.  She is a beekeeper and grows things on a small farm outside Longmont.
BETH CONREY, Co-Chair
Owner, Bee Squared Apiaries and former President, Colorado State Beekeepers Association.
Beth Conrey is the recently retired president of the Colorado State Beekeepers Association, a position she held for the past 6 years.  For the previous 6 years, she was president of the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association.  She is co-chair of People an Pollinators Action Network (PPAN) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Pollinator Stewardship Council (PSC).

She operates Bee Squared Apiaries, a chemical-free, 100 hive beekeeping business in Berthoud which produces terrific honey,  gorgeous beeswax candles and indulgent soaps.
RELLA ABERNATHY
Integrated Pest Management Coordinator, City of Boulder
Rella Abernathy coordinates pesticide reduction and ecosystem protection policy for the City of Boulder. Rella also is responsible for the city’s pollinator conservation and mosquito management programs. She leads the Boulder Pollinator Garden Project, a network of public agencies, universities, NGOs, businesses and community members working together to create high-quality pollinator habitat. Rella has a B.S. in botany and an M.S. in entomology from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Florida and has spent her career on the development of ecologically-sound land management practices. Rella also serves on the board of Beyond Pesticides.
LOUISE TURNER CHAWLA, PHD
Professor Emerita, College of Architecture and Planning University of Colorado
Louise Chawla is Professor Emerita in the Program in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her work focuses on the benefits of access to nature for children, the development of active care for the natural world, and participatory methods for engaging children and youth in design and planning, as a means of civic development and education for sustainability, and to create communities that support the well-being of all ages. She serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Children and Nature Network, which works to document the benefits of access to nature in spaces of everyday life and promote city greening. She finds common cause in creating green spaces for people and pollinators, and in ensuring that people as well as pollinators are protected from toxic pesticides.
AMY LEWIS
Vice President of Communications & Development,The WILD Foundation
Amy Lewis has spent the last 15 years researching the building blocks of collective action. She has brought this knowledge to bear in her own work as an award-winning nonprofit leader and as a scholar of environmental policy. Her research explores the relationship between democratic decision-making and policies that benefit the environment. Nothing inspires Amy more than a good mystery, and she delights in uncovering the deep forces that determine a society’s political and ecological future. Recently, she has employed her knowledge and skills at the WILD Foundation, aligning her personal goals with WILD’s mission to activate an international ethic of care for our wild planet. In addition to lending her support to a growing community of people taking action to keep our Earth wild, Amy is also finishing the last two chapters of her doctoral dissertation, something she has resolved will be completed before the conclusion of this decade.
REBECCA DICKSON
Instructor, University of Colorado / Chair, Sierra Club, Indian Peaks Chapter
Rebecca has a doctorate in English literature and teaches at the University of Colorado in Boulder for the Writing and Rhetoric Program. She has published on the Second World War, Kate Chopin, Jane Austen, as well as on many environmental issues. She has long been dedicated to addressing environmental concerns and has won regional awards for her work as an activist on climate change and the protection of pollinators. Most recently, she was awarded PLAN-Boulder County’s environmental awardand the Sierra Club-Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Networking Award. She also has been awarded the Charlie Oriez Environmental Award for her political activism. She has served as editor of various Sierra Club publications. She is dedicated to helping her students understand the central sustainability problems that the world faces while conveying the importance of how we talk and write about those issues.
TIM PLASS, J.D.
Former Boulder City Council Member
Tim is a long-time Boulder resident, enthusiastic backyard gardener, advocate for a sustainable, local food system and a community activist. He has served on the Boulder City Council, the City of Boulder Planning Board and Landmarks Board. A lawyer by training, Tim received his undergraduate education at Harvard University and his law degree from the University of Denver.
  Lisa Martin
Former Urban Parks Manager
City of BoulderLisa’s vast experiences have fed her passion to advocate for ensuring healthy environments for current and future generations.While serving as Urban Parks Manager for the city of Boulder, Lisa was key in the development of the Integrated Pest Management policy which included the implementation of a nationally recognized organic sport turf management program, pesticide-free parks, and the development of pollinator pathway gardens through Boulder’s parks. “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” became the guiding mantra for her work.Lisa is now enjoying life in rural Colorado. She is assisting local non-profits and governments in the development of plans to ensure preservation of the many valued assets that are currently experiencing pressures from climate change, demographic shifts, and economic challenges.Lisa believes that every day is a gift and that we all can make a positive impact on our world one action at a time.