Lacey Danna, Nonprofit Management Intern


Lacey serves as the nonprofit management intern for MSI. She works with the MSI staff to promote events, develop volunteers and supporters of MSI, communicates with members and the public, and assists with nonprofit management. Lacey is passionate about botany, geology, and plant-human interactions. Lacey has worked as a botanist’s assistant for graduate students at the University of Montana and in the Pisgah National Forest in Asheville, North Carolina which has led to her love for botanical research and plant ID. At the University of Montana, Lacey was involved in the University of Montana’s environmental group, Climate Action Now, where she was fortunate enough to attend the Powershift Conference in Washington DC back in 2011.


Tim graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado with a double major in Environmental Studies and Geography, a certificate in Hydrology and Water Resources, and a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. His experience includes assisting in the design and implementation of wetland restoration projects in the San Juan Mountains.  Before joining MSI, he worked on reforestation events and urban greening in South Africa.  

Tim is passionate for travel, helping others, and almost any activity outdoors.  He spends his off time exploring the mountains around Silverton, venturing into nearby deserts, and planning his next adventure abroad. Email Tim.


Previously: Water and Climate Project Manager, Mountain Studies Institute, Durango, CO

Currently: Program Coordinator, Forest Stewards Guild, Santa Fe, NM

Esmé holds an M.S. in Ecohydrological Science and Management from the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID, and a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO.

Her past and on-going work has emphasized the mixed use of watershed landscapes and the coupling between human and natural systems to manage land and water resources at the landscape to regional scale. Esmé’s past research and education have led to projects that examine the interface between hydrologic and riparian systems for the purpose of maintaining stream health and water quality within watersheds.

Esmé’s areas of expertise include stream restoration, water quality monitoring, wetland delineation/restoration, fish population dynamics and management, climate adaptation strategy and resilience planning, alpine plant phenology and vegetation/riparian surveys.

During Esmé's time at MSI she lead MSI's Alpine Lakes Water and Air Quality Monitoring project, Mancos River Restoration and Resiliency Building, Animas River Water Quality Monitoring, and Vallecito Creek Water Quality Sampling efforts. She was integral in MSI's climate initiative, including the San Juan Basin Social-Ecological Climate Response, and the San Juan Climate Resiliency network, as well as writing MSI's Climate Adaptation and Wetlands Management booklets. Esmé additionally coordinated brand strategies for MSI, web design and upkeep, event planning and media marketing for MSI, as well as outreach events such as the annual San Juan Mining And Reclamation Conference.

Esmé is a frequent traveler and photographer, and now lives in Santa Fe, NM where she works for the Forest Stewards Guild as a Program Coordinator. Get in touch with Esmé:

Noah Chutz

M.A.  Volunteer, Membership & Citizen Science Coordinator (AmeriCorps VISTA member)

Noah earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management with an emphasis in Forestry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004.  He has a Dual Degree M.A in International Affairs and Natural Resources/Sustainable Development from American University and the United Nations-affiliated University for Peace in Costa Rica, respectively. 

His professional experience has focused on sustainable forest management and community development, with a concentration on international climate change policy and the developing REDD+ framework (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation).  Noah’s work has taken him all over the globe, from California to Mexico to Guyana, where people, forests and culture intersect in unique and fascinating ways.  Partners have included the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), US Forest Service, International Programs, and The Nature Conservancy (TNC).

Noah spends his personal time outdoors, enjoying the exceptional backpacking, fly-fishing and snowboarding opportunities of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Someday he hopes to spend half his year growing his permaculture farm in Costa Rica. Email Noah.

Emily Olson

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Emily was with MSI from 2011 to January, 2015. She oversaw several programmatic areas including citizen science initiatives, Four Corners Federal Lands Internship, the annual San Juan Mining Conference, Science Fair, “Science Into Action” Service Learning, K-12 school outreach, and Teacher Training.

Fostering a passion for restoration borne through some of her work with MSI, she has taken a job as the Stewardship Coordinator with the Chama Peak Land Alliance in Durango, CO. Lucky for us, her office is only a few doors down from ours!