Trees, Water & People Staff

Richard Fox, Executive Director
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Sebastian Africano, International Director
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Lacey Gaechter, National Director
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Heather Herrell, Development Director
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Diane Vella, Finance and Administration Director
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Rachel Case, Development Associate
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Amanda Haggerty, Data and IT Manager
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Megan Maiolo-Heath, Marketing Manager
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Kelsey McMillan, Office Manager
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John Motley, National Program Assistant
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Benjamin Osorto, Regional Coordinator
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Lindsay Saperstone,
International Communications Coordinator
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Kiva, Office Dog
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Richard Fox

Richard Fox, Executive Director and Cofounder

Executive Director and fearless leader, Richard Fox, cofounded Trees, Water & People in 1998 after a long career in forestry and natural resource conservation. Inspired by his passion for the environment and his love of people, he is TWP's "Keeper of the Vision", managing our day-to-day operations, building alliances, and planning for a greater future. In his free time, Richard enjoys gardening, fire spinning, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Sebastian Africano

Sebastian Africano, International Director

Sebastian Africano, Trees, Water & People's International Director, first joined TWP in 2005 as a Marketing Intern for our clean cookstove program in Honduras. He returned to TWP in 2009 and currently manages our clean cookstove, solar energy and reforestation programs in Central America and Haiti. He has a BS in International Business and Marketing from Penn State University, and was selected as a fellow of Santa Clara University's Global Social Benefit Incubator in 2011, and of Colorado State University's Center for Collaborative Conservation in 2012. When Sebastian isn't working abroad, you can find him tending to his garden with his wife and son (the cutest baby we know) by his side.

Lacey Gaechter

Lacey Gaechter, National Director

As Trees, Water & People's National Director, Lacey Gaechter primarily oversees the Tribal Renewable Energy Program, through which she coordinates the distribution of renewable energy systems to tribal families, organizes renewable energy training, and facilitates sustainable business development. Before beginning her life with TWP in 2009, Lacey graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado. In her free time, she enjoys teaching Pilates and GYROTONICs, and volunteering with other local nonprofit groups.

Heather Herrell

Heather Herrell, Development Director

TWP's Director of Development, Heather Herrell, joined the team in 2007. She grew up in Fort Collins and earned her degree in Biological Science from Colorado State University. Heather has enjoyed working in the nonprofit sector for the past decade, raising critical funds for many worthy causes. She brings to TWP her extensive development background, fundraising talents, and enthusiasm for making a difference in the world. When Heather isn't writing grants, you will find her in the TWP kitchen heating up her tempeh or teaching the staff how to dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller.

Diane Vella

Diane Vella, Finance and Administration Director

Director of Finance and Administration since 2007, Diane Vella brings her years of accounting experience to maintain TWP's financial health, as well as managing our Human Resource Department. When she isn't crunching numbers, you can find her working with local animal welfare organizations, playing the piano, or cruising around town on her bike.

Rachel Case

Rachel Case, Development Associate

Rachel Case, the newest member of the Trees, Water & People staff, spends the majority of her time writing grants and developing donor communications. Her passion for sustainable international development has been with her since she first started her college career. She spent time during her undergraduate career in Uganda, completing research on “bottom-up” development. It was there that she decided her future was in nonprofit work. Since graduating with her Bachelor’s in International Relations, she has begun pursuit of her Master’s in Nonprofit Management. In her down time, she enjoys taking in the beautiful Colorado scenery while biking, running, skiing, snowshoeing, or rafting.

Amanda Haggerty

Amanda Haggerty, Data and IT Manager

Amanda Haggerty joined the TWP team in 2009 as the Data and IT Manager. She has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management and Geographic Information Systems from Colorado State University. She has a passion for science and technology and enjoys having an opportunity to use her skills for good and not evil. When Amanda isn't querying the database, tinkering with our network, or staring at this website, she likes to work with her hands: sewing, knitting, or building things, like robots who will eventually take over the world...for good.

Megan Maiolo-Heath

Megan Maiolo-Heath, Marketing Manager

Megan Maiolo-Heath, TWP's Marketing Manager, has been with us since 2009, when she started as a young and idealistic intern eager to save the world. She has a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver. Megan enjoys finding new ways to use technology for social good and she is the voice of all of our communications. In her free time, she loves exploring the outdoors of Colorado by foot, bike, kayak, or snowboard.

Kelsey Ashmore

Kelsey McMillan, Office Manager

Kelsey McMillan, Trees, Water & People's Office Manager, keeps our Fort Collins office running smoothly. She is responsible for maintaining the TWP facilities and our expansive garden. Kelsey also manages our many dedicated volunteers. Since graduating with her Bachelor's in Business Management from the University of Northern Colorado, Kelsey has enjoyed working with a number of international non-profits. Since starting at TWP, we introduced her to a magical beverage we like to call "coffee." She loves it so much, she purchased her very own espresso machine. In her espresso-free time, Kelsey likes to watch sports and do any kind of outdoor activities.

John Motley

John Motley, National Program Assistant

John Motley is the National Program Assistant. He works directly with the Tribal Renewable Energy Program to organize renewable energy workshops, solar heater installations, and to develop local partnerships. John graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with an Environmental Studies degree focusing on renewable energy and development. Before joining the TWP family John worked for a national non-profit focusing on renewable energy and clean water protection. In his free time he likes to bike, hike, and attempt to plan his wedding with his fiancé.

Benjamin Osorto

Benjamin Osorto, Regional Coordinator

Central American Regional Coordinator Benjamin Osorto has eight years of training in the design, construction, and implementation of clean cookstoves from both Aprovecho Research Center and Trees, Water & People. He has worked with universities, NGOs, governments, and the private sector throughout his career. Benjamin has a passion for clean energy technologies and rural development. His dry humor will also have you laughing for days.

Lindsay Saperstone

Lindsay Saperstone,
International Communications Coordinator

Lindsay Saperstone, Trees, Water & People’s International Communications Coordinator, serves as a bridge between International Programs and the Marketing Team, by communicating with local partners about program progress and reporting the organizations’ impact to donors and the public. She also helps to manage our Carbon Offset and 100% Replanted Programs. Lindsay has a BA in International Affairs from Lewis and Clark College and an MBA in Global Social and Sustainable Entrepreneurship from Colorado State University. Outside of TWP, Lindsay supports the global fair trade artisan industry through her own Peruvian jewelry company, Wari Designs, and by serving on the board of directors at Ten Thousand Villages, Fort Collins.

Kiva

Kiva, Office Dog

Kiva is our beloved office dog and an important member of the TWP team. She is well known for giving free hugs and kisses to anyone that asks. She is also an escape artist, and frequently jumps out of windows to find her owner, Sebastian Africano.