Welcome Renee Tonnies
In December 2022, Renee Tonnies joined the team at Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Alliance (Cache NHA) as the Office Manager. With a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, she has held various roles working and volunteering for non-profit organizations in Northern Colorado over the past decade. Formally she served as the treasurer of the Northern Colorado Homeschool Association and as a Committee Member & Advancement Coordinator for her kids BSA of America Scout Troop. With her most recent employer, CASA of Larimer County, Renee held a variety of roles with responsibility for reconciling financials between accounting software and a donor CRM, managing confidential and time sensitive materials, as well as managing data for reporting purposes among other things. She’s looking forward to bringing her skills and expertise to Cache la Poudre River NHA and working in a highly collaborative team environment.
Renee has lived in northern Colorado for 22 years with her husband and two kids. She enjoys hiking and paddleboarding as well as visiting the many local breweries.
Welcome Darien Ellis
After working for the Cache La Poudre River National Heritage Area, as a Conservation Legacy contractor, Darien has joined our team full-time as a Projects and Education Specialist. Darien has been a professional backcountry guide and, more recently, an environmental educator. Still, he fell in love with the Poudre River while working as a whitewater guide in Fort Collins. He is excited to continue providing people from all walks of life opportunities to experience, love, and protect our planet.
He has degrees in geography and international studies from Colorado State University.
When Darien is out of the office, he spends his time exploring new and exciting ways to experience wild places.
Congratulations Beth Bullard
Beth was promoted to Assistant Director in December of last year. She’s excited to utilize her leadership skills to support the staff and guide the team as they refine and elevate programming, enhance community partnerships, and steward historic preservation. Her role as a resident photographer, capturing the seasonal beauty throughout the Heritage area, will remain intact.