Colorado Trout Unlimited Staff

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David Nickum

Executive Director

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David coordinates state-level TU conservation efforts on issues ranging from whirling disease to water quality protection. Under his leadership, Colorado TU has successfully reformed state whirling disease policy, secured passage of legislation strengthening Colorado's in-stream flow program, and conducted many on-the-ground restoration projects for stream habitat and native trout recovery. He is the author of Whirling Disease in the United States, a TU report summarizing the state of the science on whirling disease, and co-author of Saving A Stream, a primer on how to conduct coldwater habitat improvement projects. David holds a BA in Public Policy from Duke University. He enjoys fishing in the Rocky Mountain National Park area and hiking and camping in Colorado’s high country with his wife and two children.


Shannon Kindle

Development Director

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Shannon has a deep love of rivers and enjoys rafting, hiking, and gardening. She lives in Golden with her husband, Aaron, son, Amory, and daughter, Graysa.


Jen Boulton

Legislative LIAISON

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Since 2003, Jen has served as the legislative liaison for Colorado TU and Audubon Colorado at the Colorado General Assembly. She has helped secure passage of legislation expanding funding for wildlife habitat protection, prohibiting homeowner covenants that require water-intensive landscaping, and enabling water right holders to make emergency loans for water for in-stream flow purposes. She is also an accomplished horseback rider.


Dan Omasta

Grassroots Coordinator

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Dan graduated from the University of Colorado with a political science degree focused on land management and environmental policy. Before joining TU, he lived in the Gunnison Valley and worked in various areas of the ski industry, as a fishing and rafting guide, property manager, and founded his own non-profit organization in 2013, River Restoration Adventures for Tomorrow (RRAFT)- a small river outfitter dedicated to protecting critical watersheds through community engagement and hands-on restoration work. Dan started working with CTU in February of 2017 and continues to support chapters with various projects, as well as coordinates statewide campaigns related to public lands and native trout restoration.


Andrea Smith

Communications & Membership Coordinator

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Andrea (Annie) Smith is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environmental Studies and a minor in Geology. She has been working 4+ years with various non-profits including the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Girl Scouts of Colorado, and the Inland Ocean Coalition. She is passionate about telling stories in creative ways through video, photography, art, digital graphics, or a combination of all the above. She is excited to grow the online presence of Colorado Trout Unlimited and design campaigns to inspire new and renewing members. She comes from a family of fishermen and women, but is still a beginner when it comes to the sport.


Bianca McGrath-Martinez 

AmeriCorp VISTA Youth Program Development

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Bianca graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore county in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies, focusing on environment, development and health. She also received a minor in Geography. Prior to joining CTU as their AmeriCorps VISTA, Bianca served with AmeriCorps at an education nonprofit in Compton, California. Bianca’s hobbies include hiking, reading, listening to music, and traveling.


TU National Staff in Colorado

Colorado Abandoned Mines Project

Lauren Duncan, Mine Restoration Project Manager

Jason Willis, Mine Restoration Project Manager

Colorado Water Project

Drew Peternell, Director

Cary Denison, Project Coordinator, Gunnison Basin

Kaitlyn Vaux, Project Coordinator, Yampa/White River Basin

Aaron True, Project Manager, White River Basin

Jesse Kruthaupt, Project Coordinator, Gunnison Basin

Kevin Terry, Project Coordinator, Rio Grande Basin

Richard Van Gytenbeek, Colorado River Organizer

Mely Whiting, Legal Counsel

Brian Hodge, Yampa/White River Basin Project Coordinator

Sportsman’s Conservation Project

Steve Kandell, Director

Ty Churchwell, Backcountry Coordinator

Garrett Hanks, Southwest Colorado Field Coordinator

Scott Willoughby, Northern Colorado Field Organizer


Kirk Deeter, Vice President of Trout Media

Kara Armano, Southwest Region Communications Director

Josh Duplechian, Senior Producer

TU Costa Five Rivers Program

Andrew Loffredo, TU Costa 5 Rivers College Program Coordinator