Laura Kudo WEP Co-Director
Vicki Phelps WEP Co-Director
Elizabeth Stuffings WEP Instructor
Dan Collins Principal Investigator, SCAPE
Art Goodtimes TIES Director, Fen Prospect Basin Project
Laurie Lundquist Cultural Advisor, Environmental Artist
Helen Rowe Science Advisor – Arizona State University
Alessandra Jacobson Ex Officio Member – Founder of Bridal Veil Living Classroom
Pamela Zoline TIES Co-Director, Mountain Resilience Coalition
Laura has called the San Miguel Watershed region home for over 20 years. She holds a BFA, an education degree that includes elementary certification in K – 6 and art certification in K – 12 and an MA in Sustainability Education. She has worked with the youth of our area for almost 15 years, and her background includes curriculum development, full-time classroom teacher, art instructor and Mesa University instructor. Being the program director for WEP allows her to blend two of her greatest passions; kids and the great outdoors.
For the past 26 years, Vicki has taught middle and high school science and math, all subjects in intermediate school, and KG-8th grade visual arts. She has facilitated many outdoor environmental education and watershed studies in her district. As a botanist and landscape supervisor at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Vicki taught classes in ethnobotany, desert ecology and xeriscape gardening. She has trained at CU-Boulder’s ICEE (Inspiring Climate Education Excellence), funded by NASA, ran a middle school River Watch water quality monitoring program, and was an Adopt-a-Watershed program teacher. She has facilitated two “bioblitz” surveys of flora and fauna on a riparian restoration project on the Dolores River with local schools, university students, their professors, government agencies, and nonprofit groups. Vicki has served on the boards of the Telluride Institute and San Miguel Watershed Coalition. She has a BA degree in Biology with a minor in art from The Evergreen State College, a secondary science teaching certification from the U of AZ, and elementary certification and a masters degree in Education from Adams State College.
Elizabeth has lived and worked in the San Miguel Watershed for the past eight years. After receiving a BA from the University of Colorado in Anthropology, she promptly moved to the San Juan Mountains and began a career in natural resources management—specifically in rangeland and invasive species ecology. Most recently, Elizabeth began working as the Program Coordinator and Water Quality Tester for the San Miguel Watershed Coalition. Elizabeth is excited to work with WEP and share her passion and knowledge of the San Miguel Watershed with local schoolchildren.
As president of the Board of Trustees of the Telluride Institute in Colorado, he has helped to develop and administer a number of environmentally-based curricula in the Colorado River Basin. His recent work, “The Colorado River Re-Storied,” focuses on locative media, participatory research methods, and documentary video with an environmental focus. Dan holds an MA from Stanford in Education, an MFA in Sculpture/New Forms from UCLA, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Arizona State University. Dan is the founding Co-Director of the PRISM lab (a 3D visualization and prototyping facility) and heads the first-year art program in the School of Art (artCORE) at Arizona State University. As a member of the Intermedia faculty at ASU, Dan teaches courses in the School of Art and the new Digital Culture program in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (HIDA). Over the past two decades, Dan has collaborated on a variety of discipline-based research projects that harness digital media for 3D visualization, prototyping, and archiving.
Art retired in 2017 after serving for 20 years on the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners, the first Green Party county commissioner in Colorado. A co-founder of the local enviro group, the Sheep Mountain Alliance, he has won numerous awards and been a member of dozens of boards and commissions on the local, regional, state and even national levels. Twice director of the local arts council in Telluride, he has also worked as a pre-school teacher and as a director in California, as well as a journalist, editor, and now op-ed columnist for Telluride’s The Watch, Cortez’s monthly Four Corners Free Press and the on-line weekly MontroseMirror.com.
Former Institute president and long-time trustee, Art helps run the Telluride Mushroom Festival as advisor to the director and poet-in-residence (1981-present). Currently he is involved as director of three Institute initiatives: the Talking Gourds poetry program, which includes a monthly Poetry Club, an annual Telluride Literary Arts Festival, and the national Fischer Prize for poetry; the Ute Reconciliation program, which includes the annual Indigenous Peoples Day and cultural outreach to the Western Slope’s dispossessed owners, the Ute Nation; and the Fen Advisory project — to continue a longitudinal study by Colorado State University’s Dr. David Cooper in the Prospect Basin fens within the Telluride ski area. Former poetry editor for Twin Peaks, Earth First! Journal, Wild Earth, Mountain Gazette, and other zines, he currently is poetry editor for Fungi magazine and the on-line Sage Green Journal. He served as the first Western Slope Poet Laureate (2011-12). His latest poetry books are As If the World Really Mattered (La Alameda Press, Albuquerque, 2007) and Looking South to Lone Cone (Western Eye Press, Sedona, 2013). He performs his poetry widely in the region.
Laurie Lundquist is an environmental artist with deep interests in both the natural and engineered systems at work in the landscape. Laurie’s connection to Telluride stems back to 1992 when she and Dan Collins initiated the first Deep Creek School summer session. The school ran for eight consecutive summers, bringing art students and faculty from universities far and wide to the mountains to live on site in tents. While in residence at Deep Creek Students and faculty engaged in an intense dialogue and art making process around the topics of: ecology, technology and the body. The Telluride Institute played a great support role for the Deep Creek School, in Laurie’s words “that synergy continues with the mindful ecological programming that TI has sustained for 30 years.” Laurie studied Landscape Management at Penn State University, attended the Skowhegan School of Art in Maine, received a BFA from the Maine College of Art and an MFA in Sculpture from ASU. She has been working as a public artist for over 20 years. She has collaborated with nationally acclaimed architects, engineers and planners to integrate art into the overall design of civic projects. Her public projects call attention to the site in ways that are aesthetically engaging and environmentally responsible. For further information, visit: www.laurielundquist.com
Helen Rowe is an assistant research professor in the School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University. She is a restoration ecologist with interests in biodiversity conservation and
environmental protection in human dominated landscapes. Given that land use change in the form of urbanization and agriculture are among the greatest threats to biodiversity, it
is important to understand how to maintain viable natural and critical habitats. She is interested in evaluating new techniques of restoration, invasive species management, and agriculture in support of quantifying ecological outcomes and for the purpose of improving natural resource management practices. She is the PI of an ecosystem services project funded by USDA-NIFA studying how different restoration practices used in an agro-ecosystem context accrue soil carbon and contribute to the distribution of soybean aphid biocontrol by native insects.
Alessandra has lived in Telluride for 16 years and has juggled many jobs pertaining to environmental monitoring and water quality. She received a BA from CU in Physical Geography and Sociology. Her experience and enthusiasm has made her an integral part of WEP for many years as a WEP instructor and as the Program Director of the Bridal Veil Living Classroom. This summer she taught and mentored nine wonderful gals from the San Miguel Watershed, and helped them develop independent scientific research projects that they carried out all over the watershed. She has three beautiful children and loves to go on outdoor adventures with them!
Pam is a writer and environmental educator who has a long history of projects created at the intersection of speculative fiction, environmental education, and politics. Zoline is admired for her experimental approach to both the form of the short story and the genre of science fiction, especially for using the language of science to interrogate the scientific world view. Her 1967 novel, Heat Death of the Universe, is structured in a loosely encyclopedic style, with 54 numbered paragraphs narrated in a deliberately matter-of-fact third-person voice. As the narrative veers back and forth among scientific explanations, descriptions of household events, and philosophical speculation, the cumulative effect is of a mind and a culture on the verge of collapse. Zoline has also written a children’s book (Annika and the Wolves), libretti for two operas (Harry Houdini and the False and True Occult, The Forbidden Experiment), and original science fiction radio plays for the Telluride Science Fiction Project.