Our team

Our team

Megan (Walker) Karschner

Executive Director

Megan began as CCCC’s Executive Director in April, 2024. Megan has lived and worked in the Yampa Valley for the past 15 years, most recently as an adjunct faculty member for Sustainability Studies at Colorado Mountain College.  A graduate of Colorado Mountain College’s Outdoor Education and Sustainability Studies programs, Megan earned a master’s degree from Western Colorado University in Environmental Management.

Over the years, Megan has served as Naturalist and Director of Youth Programs for Yampatika, has taught at Steamboat Montessori, and has been a professional tutor, instructing college students in topics such as sustainability, biology, ecology, and environmental science. She has served as a 4-H leader, taught beekeeping workshops, provided educational and service-learning programming at the Bear Park Permaculture Center, and created a business, Meg’s Eggs, that sells eggs, honey, and jam to consumers.

  • meg@coloradocranes.org

Steph Appel

Operations Coordinator

After volunteering with CCCC, Steph Appel became the Operations Coordinator in February, 2023. As a Landscape Architect and Marketing Designer, Steph uses a systems approach to create solutions that benefit CCCC daily. Steph enjoys teaching, gardening, and connecting people to the outdoors. She also loves anything related to water, flowing or frozen, including skiing, paddle boarding and swimming in her spare time.

  • admin@coloradocranes.org

CCCC Board

Nancy Merrill, Hayden, CO

Vice President:
Barry Kaplan, Steamboat Springs, CO

Karen Whitney, Steamboat Springs, CO

Gary Pickens, Steamboat Springs, CO & Chicago, IL

Harvey Goertz, Steamboat Springs, CO
Karl Mayer, Steamboat Springs, CO
Pam Rolfes, Steamboat Springs, CO
Katie Weeks, Steamboat Springs, CO

Directors Emeritus:
Van Graham, Grand Junction, CO
Abby Jensen, Steamboat Springs, CO
Sharon Jost, Hayden, CO
Gail Kellogg, Chicago, IL
Laura Shindler, Steamboat Springs, CO 

Barbara Hughes, Steamboat Springs, CO
Nancy Merrill, Hayden, CO