“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
Lamar Trant is a Licensed Psychologist who has worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities for over 40 years. She was a co-founder of Energy Alternatives in Pueblo and Exquisite Taste on Union Avenue, featuring Life Is Good clothing which supports the Kids Foundation, a nonprofit for children facing unfair challenges. A Colorado native, Lamar has a background in tree climbing, hiking, playing with reptiles, and spending as much time outside as possible. Current hobbies include travel and attending music concerts, working out and Tai Chi.
Mike Spahr, Board Treasurer
Mike was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved with his family to Colorado in the 1980’s. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Beaver Creek Youth Camp along with being a member and Executive Director of a Habitat for Humanity affiliate. Mike was a committee member of the local Pueblo CSAC during 2008/09. His wife Sandy, and his children are active members and volunteers of many non-profits and are involved in building healthy communities on varying levels. Mike brings a strong professional background in finance and business to his role as a Board of Trustee Member. A desire to improve the environment for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren is a driving force behind Mike’s service to the Mountain Park Environmental Center.
Heather is an educator and conservationist living in Pueblo, CO. She received her B.A. in sociology and certificate of Latin American Studies from Temple University. She is currently seeking a Master’s degree in biology through the Global Field Program of Project Dragonfly, Miami University of Ohio. Her studies recently took her to the Baja peninsula of Mexico and also Belize where she learned about community conservation efforts and informal education programs in zoos, marine reserves, and community-run conservation institutions. Heather is currently the Director of Education and Volunteer Programs at the Pueblo Zoo. She is a professional member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Heather enjoys living in the beautiful state of Colorado but often wishes she could pick it up and move it to a coast where her love of the ocean could be exercised on a daily basis.
Joshua Wilcoxson, Board Chair
Josh was born in Kingaroy, Australia where his parents moved after college to teach high school science and dive the Great Barrier Reef. He moved to Pueblo at age seven, when his folks came back to be closer to family. One of Josh’s fondest memories from elementary school was attending the 5th grade overnight visit to the Mountain Park. After attending the University of Colorado, Josh and his now wife Heather moved to her home of Philadelphia before returning to Pueblo in 2010. Josh is an independent financial advisor with Commonwealth Financial in downtown Pueblo and is currently pursuing his Certified Financial Planner designation. Josh enjoys community involvement and has served on several boards in recent years. He finds volunteering with Junior Achievement to teach local high school students the basics of personal finance particularly rewarding. In his spare time Josh enjoys getting outdoors to hike, golf, and bike. When cooped up inside, he likes to read, listen to music, play board games, and brew beer. Josh and Heather welcomed their daughter Magnolia in July 2017.
Warren Nolan, Board Secretary
Warren is a Pueblo native and retired school teacher. He is president of the Pueblo Archaeological and Historical Society. He has participated in innumerable archeological projects and likes that archaeology brings together a mix of gritty, often eccentric people from various fields of study to work in wild, feral landscapes. He notes that archaeology, unlike most academic disciplines, encourages and welcomes participation by avocational amateurs (citizen scientists). In his mind there are few greater goods than introducing people, especially children, to the outdoors.
He is both amazed by and thankful for the Earth Studies Program that brings fifth graders from Pueblo City Schools to the Mountain Park Environmental Center four times each year. He challenges someone, anyone to find anywhere a more outstanding outdoor education program for children. He enjoys gardening, reading, and taking walks with his wife.
Dr. Peg Rooney