Jefferson Conservation District


Garrett Stephens

Staff Supervisor and Lead Forester

Garrett joined JCD staff in 2014 to support the forest conservation program and is now the Lead Forester and Staff Supervisor. He's had a variety of work experiences in the Midwest and Western states in back-country leadership and natural resource management. He earned a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Greenville College in 2008 and a M.S in Ecology from Colorado State University in 2014. 

Frank Falzone

Conservation Forester

Frank joined the JCD team as a Conservation Forester in 2017. He has experience working with a local land trust, in addition to a background in timber and noxious weeds. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Resources from the University of Minnesota in 2014.

Samantha Delfing

Conservation Forester

Sam joined the JCD team as a Conservation Forester in 2017. She has worked in both private and industrial forestry across the country, from the Northeast to the Gulf South to Colorado.  She earned her Master of Science degree in Forest Resources Management from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in 2014.

Maria Bumgarner

Agriculture Conservation Coordinator

Maria joined the District in 2014 with over 12 years of experience in horticulture, design and agriculture planning. She is a master community gardener, and teaches a variety of vegetable gardening classes. She is the JCD specialist for both the urban agriculture and noxious weed management programs, providing technical and educational assistance to landowners. She has a degree from Colorado State University in Forestry with a concentration in Fire Science and is a ISA certified arborist.

Emily Zeller

District Manager

Emily joined the District in May 2016 to serve as the office manager and program assistant. She has a background in restoration ecology, wildlife surveys, and environmental science, and also has experience with program management and office administration. Emily has a undergraduate degree in Biology and an MS in Environmental Science, both from Indiana University. 


Board of Supervisors

  • Karen Berry, President
  • Don Moore, Treasurer
  • Janet Bell
  • Gayle Gordon
  • Nancy Zorensky
  • Celia Greenman
  • Cathy Begej
  • Liz Weber

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