Our Dedicated Staff

pond_reflect.jpgWoodbine Ecology Center would be nothing but a dream if it were not for the committed people who have been working hard over the last several years to make this dream into a reality. While each of us has a specific set of responsibilities, we all bring and give much more to this project than our job titles and task lists imply. Woodbine is all of us–staff, boardcommunity working groups, and core volunteers–working toward a shared vision. Together we make Woodbine what it is, a community oriented, mission-driven project, building a better future for ourselves, our children, and seven generations to come.

Liberty Shellman
Executive Director
Generous with her time and always ready to commit, Liberty has been involved with dozens of nonprofits and small community groups throughout her professional career. She graduated from Metropolitan State University with a BA in Political Science and a BFA in Photography. Before coming to Woodbine, she was the Executive Director of the Boulder International Fringe Festival, a 12 day performance art festival in Boulder. She has training in Theatre of the Oppressed, facilitation, and consensus based decision making and is a certified permaculture designer. Her passion is for community and she is excited to put her years of experience as an organizer to good use. Liberty is incredibly grateful to be a part of the Woodbine team, as the work that they do is close to her heart.

Rick Garcia
Facility Manager
Rick was born in Denver and raised in Boulder during the Chicano Rights Movement, which was and continues to be a major influence in his life and his social justice work. He attended the University of Colorado Boulder and also has 10+ years of Urban Farming experience as a practitioner, teacher, and leader of youth and volunteer programs. He enjoys construction work and tinkering and he has used his skills to build infrastructure and support many organizations throughout the years. He was the Farm Manager for 8 years at the Urban Farm - where he had to interact and teach children, work with animals, and teach how to be stewards of the land. He has brought his experience  in aquaponics, vermicomposting, composting, and animal husbandry to help build urban farms in places that are in need (Childrens Farms of America, Growhaus, Escuela Tlatelolco, etc.) Now at Woodbine, Rick is able to bring his diverse life and work experience in urban farming, social justice, youth leadership and community work and combine it, on a daily basis, putting it all to good use for the facility and the community at large.

Robert Chanate
Wildlands Restoration and Program Coordinator
Robert Chanate is a member of the Kiowa Nation and has lived in Denver, Colorado for several years. He is a volunteer for various Native organizations in which his support role differs based on the groups mission. Some of this work includes Native Youth leadership development, grassroots community organizing and educational presentations. He also is a contributor to Indian Country Today. Robert trained as a wildlands firefighter and served as an engine crew leader.

Tere Magnuson
Rental & Events Coordinator
Tere is responsible for planning, coordinating and overseeing the execution of all events and rentals. Responsibilities include promotion, booking and contract administration of rentals, management of on-site staff with regard to rentals and events, vendor coordination. As a representative of the LLC, the Rental and Events Coordinator is expected to, at all times, serve the best interest of the LLC by developing and maintaining good relationships with neighbors, vendors, public officials, and any member of the public who visits the property, as well as to promote and enhance the good name of Woodbine Ecology Center within the community. Tere has been with Woodbine Ecology Center for 9 years. Before coming to Woodbine her work experience has been in the field of customer relations and account management. She was account representative for Aggregate Industries Inc. on the five-year TREX highway project in Denver. She focused on scheduling, mix design, and complying with CDOT and all environmental regulations. She grew up primarily in the Denver area and lived in Bolivia as a child. She spent the summer of her sophomore year there and continues to have a love for travel, including most recently a trip to Cuba this past summer. Next on her travel bucket list is Australia.

Tiffany Lovato
Ecocultural Restoration Coordinator
“Guwatsi hoba!” Tiffany says, “Greetings, how is everyone?!” in her Keres language.  She is from the tribe of Kewa Pueblo (aka Santo Domingo Pueblo) in New Mexico.  She comes from the Pumpkin clan.  True to her clan roots, she loves eating pumpkin seeds and pumpkin pie.  Tiffany gained her traditional education from her tribe where she learned the Keres language, culture, and traditions that continue today.  Tiffany passes these teachings onto her daughter and educates others about the importance of cultural diversity and honoring Indigenous knowledge in an ecological paradigm.  Tiffany obtained her formal education from New Mexico State University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science and minor in Environmental Management.  Her love for the environment started in youth as a Fish and Wildlife Service Watershed Watch Participant and Community Based Education Model Representative for tribes along the Rio Grande River.  Internships with the Nature Conservancy and United States Department of Agriculture broadened her experience in conservation and preservation.  She has served as a Natural Resources Coordinator for the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians and Environmental Scientist and Industrial Hygienist for private companies.  Leadership opportunities have led her to travel throughout the country and across the globe to share her experiences.  She comes to Woodbine with a deep passion for restoring and preserving our connection to the land now and for generations to come.

Contact

Address

  • Littleton Office: 5590 S. Windermere St. Suite H | Littleton, CO 80120
  • Center Location: 2584 N. State Hwy 67 | Sedalia, CO 80135
  • Mailing Address: PO Box 1253 | Littleton, CO 80160