Colorado Trout Unlimited Staff

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David Nickum

Executive Director


Shannon Kindle

Development Director


+ David's BIO

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's BIO

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


Dan Omasta

Grassroots Coordinator


+ Jen's BIO

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's BIO

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


+ Andrea's BIO

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+ 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 both. 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 still has yet to catch the fishing bug. So any fly fishing tips or lessons are welcome!


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,

Sportsman’s Conservation Project

Steve Kandell, Director,

Ty Churchwell, Backcountry Coordinator,

Garrett Hanks, Southwest Colorado Field Coordinators,


Randy Scholfield, Southwest Region Communications Director,

Josh Duplechian, Senior Producer,

Development/ Fundraising

Chris Herrman, Southwest Region Development Directorm,

TU Costa Five Rivers Program

Andrew Loffredo, TU Costa 5 Rivers College Program Coordinator,