Who We Are
Director - Lindsey Sterling Krank is an Environmental Scientist, with a degree from the University of Montana- Western. Before arriving in Colorado she worked as a wildlife technician in Brazil, Nepal, Montana and in the Grand Canyon. From 2001-2003 Lindsey worked for a successful prairie dog relocation and protection non profit organization in the field. Lindsey is the first formal staff hired by the Coalition in 2004. Since her arrival, the Coalitionís annual budget has doubled and membership has increased by over 100%. Lindsey loves the wild feeling the Great Plains grants her when she is in the field working with the wildlife she is dedicated to protecting.
President - Jeremy Nichols is the founder and director of Rocky Mountain Clean Air Action. RMCA is the only group dedicated to protecting clean air for healthy children and healthy communities in Colorado and the surrounding region. Prior to founding Rocky Mountain Clean Air Action; Jeremy served as the conservation director for Biodiversity Conservation Alliance for several years where he vigorously pushed for white-tailed and black-tailed prairie dog protections. Jeremy is passionately dedicated to preserving the Earth and her resources for his son and future generations.
Vice President - Nicole Rosmarino, Ph.D. is Conservation Director for Forest Guardians, whose endangered species program is based on a focal species approach to biodiversity protection, thereby prioritizing conservation of keystone, umbrella, and indicator species. Previously employed by the Biodiversity Legal Foundation and Rocky Mountain Animal Defense, she has been actively involved in efforts to protect grassland wildlife since 1994. She is President of the Southern Plains Land Trust, an organization she helped found in 1998. Her conservation work derives from and pollinates her academic research. In 2005, Nicole was invited to participate in womenís leadership conferences and is a role model to many.
Secretary - Lauren McCain, Ph.D. Lauren serves as Forest Guardianís Desert and Grassland Program Coordinator. She is solely responsible for getting the program up and going. Her work aims to fill in the existing gap of the Southern Great Plains restoration program similar to Jonathanís work in the Northern Great Plains. Lauren has published extensively on the black-tailed prairie dog and recently performed an opinion survey with Dr. Rich Reading on attitudes toward the prairie dog inside the government land managers. Laurenís diligence and intelligence enhances every project she is a part of and her contributions could never be unrecognized.
Treasurer - Monica Engebretson is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Animal Protection Institute and works on a variety of issues including wildlife, exotic birds, the pet trade, and farmed animals. Monica holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management with a minor in Environmental Ethics. She also serves as a board member of the Avian Welfare Coalition, the Midwest Avian Adoption and Rescue Services and as an advisor to the Indonesian Parrot Project/ Project Bird Watch. Monicaís expertise and charming personalit make her contributions invaluable and always sought upon.
Board Member - Jonathan Proctor is the very successful Southern Rockies and Great Plains coordinator for Defenders of Wildlife. Jonathan received a B.A. in Geography at Wittenberg University in 1990. He earned a Masters degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana in 1998, with a thesis titled "A GIS Model for Identifying Potential Black-tailed Prairie Dog Habitat in the Northern Great Plains Shortgrass Prairie." Jonathan is revered across the country as a force to be reckoned with and revered for Great Plains protections.
Board Member - Buffalo Bruce heads up the Nebraska chapter of the Sierra Club and is the director for Western Nebraska Resources Council. He has successfully advocated for prairie wildlife through policy, legislative and wildlife management campaigns. Bruceís tireless efforts are recognized across the Great Plains regions and we are lucky to have him on board.
Board Member - Judy Enderle is president of Prairie Preservation Alliance, a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the preservation, protection, and restoration of the shortgrass prairie and the native species of plants and animals that inhabit this ecosystem. Over the past five years, Judy has helped to save many prairie dog colonies from destruction, raised the awareness of the plight of the prairie through numerous presentations, and has participated in the construction of three barrier systems that allow people and wildlife to coexist peaceably. Thankfully, Judy has been gravitating towards politics and the movement is so grateful her skills and leadership in this area will no doubt further our good work together.
Board Member - Dave Pauli has been rescuing wild and domestic animals for 26 years. His career as a wildlife rehabilitator, urban wildlife consultant, director of both animal control and humane society shelters, and, for the last 15 years, as a Regional Director for The Humane Society of the United States has given him unique opportunities to help animals under the best and worst conditions.