Our Dedicated Staff
Woodbine 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, board, community 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.
Born and raised in Greece, Pavlos grew up bilingual and bicultural. Before moving to Colorado Pavlos served on the board of the Oregon Public Interest Research Group, and was the publications coordinator and also served at the board at the Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont. Since moving to Colorado he has served as the publications coordinator for the Fourth World Center, been the publisher and associate editor of Society and Nature/Democracy & Nature, the international journal of political ecology, and taught at Escuela Tlatelolco. His decades of experience in environmental and wilderness education include being a Wilderness First Responder, a certified permaculture designer and instructor, a Project Learning Tree facilitator, academic work in environmental studies/social ecology, indigenous studies and wilderness ethics. Pavlos is a certified small water systems operator and the father of three children.
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 group's 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.
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.
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 (Children's 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.
Facilities Program Associate
Hannah moved to the US from Australia in 2017 and began volunteering with Woodbine in September 2018 before coming on as a staff member in April 2018. Prior to moving overseas, Hannah worked in project management and spatial information systems for a renewable energy non-for-profit in Melbourne. Hannah graduated with a double degree in Social Science and Environmental Science from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2016, majoring in natural resource management and spatial information science. She is particularly interested in how incorporating Indigenous principles of sustainability can improve our management of the earth’s land, water, and resources. At Woodbine, Hannah is instrumental in managing the property and assisting with implementing programs ranging from marketing to ecological restoration.
Neambe Leadon is a proud Colorado Native from the Far Northeast Denver neighborhood of Montbello. She is the mother of three beautiful daughters: Selasia - 8, Libya - 7, and Omolara - 5. Growing up, Neambe would visit Junction City, Kansas, the birthplace of her Mother, to spend summers with her Great Grandparents and learn about the plant diversity and best practices on their 2 acres of land. These experiences have created a strong sense of land and environmental stewardship that has influenced and fueled her work and passions. Neambe has a rich and diverse educational background beginning with a degree in Interior Design - Pre-Architecture from Florida State University; later Massage Therapy; and in recent years Permaculture Certification. With her education in design processes, alternative health, sustainable agriculture, and social principles, she has written and implemented curricula, hosted events, grown diverse food crops, built strong community relationships, spoken on several panels and served as a healer. She is honored and humbled to be the newest member of the Woodbine Ecology Center team as Operations Director.