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Our Staff

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Jill Dreves
aka Green Darner
Executive Director

Jill Dreves holds a Master of Science degree in Museum and Field Studies in Museum Administration, a BS in Human Development and Family Studies, and received her elementary teaching certificate in 1989. Jill taught elementary school for nine years and was a naturalist with the Vail Nature Center before founding Wild Bear Nature Center in 1995.

She enjoys hiking, gardening, creative endeavors, cooking, and hanging out with her two sons, Sam and Charlie, in the outdoors.

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Director of Operations

Mike grew up in Cincinnati, OH and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and a masters’ in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Ohio Dominican University. He taught ESL in public education in Dublin, Ohio before moving to California for four years, and now lives permanently in Nederland. Previously, Mike taught English in Korea, Mexico, and Costa Rica. He also spent 11 years working for Apple before getting hired full-time with Wild Bear in October 2018. Mike loves the outdoors and fondly remembers going to summer camp as a kid.

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Michelle Witte
aka Roots

Michelle grew up in Colorado Springs, exploring all of colorful Colorado as a young girl. She moved to northern California shortly after high school and lived there for almost a decade before enthusiastically moving back to Colorado to join the Wild Bear team as  Nature Education Director. During her time out west she received her BS in Environmental Management and Protection from Humboldt State University and worked as an educator and naturalist in Yosemite National Park, and the Lake Tahoe region.

She is a firm believer in the power of education and a connection to nature as means to protecting the environment and way for people to thrive. Michelle loves to practice yoga, travel, backpack, snowboard, rock climb, dance, and learn new things.

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Mo Brady
aka River Otter
Office Manager

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Mo is passionate about water and watershed conservation. She worked for Cleveland Metroparks, a state park system in Cleveland, for six years and grew to love environment restoration and watershed health. Her passion for the outdoors was fostered by lots of childhood family camping trips and helping with cleanup of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland.

Mo holds a bachelor’s in English Literature and Creative Writing from American University in Washington, DC, and is thrilled to be able to combine her passion for the environment with her love of creativity and community building.

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Adwoa Lemieux
aka Calypso Orchid
Year-Round Environmental Educator

Adwoa Lemieux lives in Gold Hill and leads Wild Bear’s 10+ programs in the summer, bringing children to high peaks and to the CU Mountain Research Station. She also leads youth nature workshops during our After-School Program. This winter, Adwoa will be leading our SnowSchool Program with local climate scientists.

Adwoa has worked in the outdoor sports field for many years. She is a ski instructor at Eldora where she specializes in all levels of ski lessons. She was the director of the waterfront at Farm and Wilderness where she taught boating and swim lessons. She loves being on the mountain, hiking, and always looks for where the most flowers are blooming.

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Debora Martin
aka Sleeper Bear
Summer NCAR Fridays

Debora leads our NCAR Fridays workshops for 5-8 year olds during the summer months. She loves the outdoors and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm with children. She has been with the Boulder Valley School District as an Early Childhood Educator since 1995, a Volunteer Naturalist with the City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks since 2007, and has been a Volunteer with the Division of Wildlife since 2006.

As a long time educator and interpreter, Debora believes an early appreciation of nature grows into a life of affection and respect. She embraces children using their senses and imaginations while learning about the world, allowing them to build their individual desire to explore and find joy in the outdoors.

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Gabbie
2019 Nature Educator

Gabbie moved from New York to Colorado to pursue an adventure lifestyle and to study environmental sustainability at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Since graduating in 2018, Gabbie has worked with a water quality consulting company, Eldora Mountain, and some local organic farms. She is an avid hiker and snowboarder, and believes connections with the environment through education and recreation can help prepare to address pressing environmental challenges. As a Nederland resident, Gabbie is excited to share her passion for the outdoors with Wild Bear.

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Art Abramson
Fly Fishing Educator

Originally from northern Michigan, Art worked for nearly 50 years as a Forester in the woods of the northern Lake States, New England, and Colorado. He has been a Ski Instructor at both Copper Mountain and Eldora Resorts in Colorado for the past 19 years.  Art has been fishing, primarily for trout,  since early childhood,  and a fly fisherman and fly tier for nearly 50 years.