Meet our Staff
Heather Greenwolf, Executive Director
Having served as a midwife for 15 years, with a background in anthropology and financial administration, Heather brings a unique and passionate approach to problem solving in the rural, low-resource setting of Mineral County. Heather is an avid outdoors woman with an obsessive love of the Grand Canyon, climbing mountains on foot, ski or bike and has most recently applied herself to exploring as many tributaries of the upper Rio Grande Headwaters as possible. And most wonderfully, the birth of Heather's first grandson has only strengthened Heather's resolve to craft collaborative, seven generation solutions for the complex issues in the spectacular San Juan Mountains.
Katie Valicenti, AmeriCorps VISTA
Katie is an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer serving in the role of Engagement and Development Coordinator for HWA. Having recently graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a BA in Environmental Sciences, Katie is excited about connecting the reclamation and stewardship mission of HWA with the social equity emphasis of the VISTA program. This is Katie's first time west of the Mississippi River and she is not sure if she'll ever mover back.
Meet Our Board of Directors
As a third generation resident of Mineral County, Randy has a deeply rooted appreciation for this area. Growing up in Creede offered an introduction to all the mountains have to offer. The history of mining and the opportunity to work in the mines, ingrained a fascination and appreciation for the industry - past, present and future.
After earning a degree in Geology from Colorado State University, Randy returned to Creede. He is currently the manager of Rio Grande Silver, Inc., an exploration and pre-development project working towards the return of mining to the Creede Mining District.
As President of the Board, Randy is excited to share his knowledge of the area, his expertise in mining and build on the great work and legacy of the Willow CreekReclamation Committee. He is committed to helping Headwaters Alliance to partner with community, stakeholders, regulatory agencies and industry to accomplish great things in the near future!
Christi found her way to the San Luis Valley in 2014, camera in hand paired, with a thirsty curiosity about our communities along the Rio Grande. As owner of Moxiecran Media, she writes, directs and produces documentary films about our natural resources. She believes in the power of visual storytelling to communicate complex topics, while infusing a comprehensive understanding of Colorado’s diverse interests into the narrative. She is a strong advocate for public outreach and education, engaging with various stakeholders to understand a range of perspectives. When not looking through the camera, Christi is most likely scouting out a location in the San Juan Mountains to pose her one-eyed pug at.
Jan is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in mathematics. After working for a couple of decades as a software engineer, she retired to purchase a fly-fishing shop in Santa Fe, NM. One of few females in the fly-fishing world in the '80s and 90s, she grew the business into Santa Fe's premier fly-fishing shop and guide service. As a business owner, dedicated fly fisher and conservationist, she worked hard to encourage more modern fisheries management to New Mexico, including establishment of more special-regulation fishing waters, smaller bag limits, and a campaign to restore Rio Grande Cutthroat to its native range.
After selling her fly-fishing shop, she retired to Creede, where she continues to focus on local community causes with a particular interest in reducing light pollution, and improving water quality, flow management and fish habitat on the Rio Grande. She lives full-time within a short walk to some finest fishing on the upper Rio Grande River.
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