Meet the Staff
Dr. Jeffrey Su, Executive Director
Dr. Jeffrey Su brings over 20 years of experience as a Professor of Conservation Biology, Environmental Educator, and Non-Profit Executive Director to the PCC. He has worked as a researcher, educator, and Executive Director in Australia, Europe, Asia, and the USA. He has published in peer-reviewed scientific and education journals and has also served on the board of directors for multiple state, national and international environmental education and conservation organizations. He joined the Plains Conservation Center in December 2012.
Sara Armstrong, Office Manager
Sara keeps the PCC on course and on time, day in, day out, and is usually the first smiling face you see or first pleasant voice you hear. She holds a degree in Environmental Studies from Western State College in Gunnison, and she enjoys playing such special PCC games as “Have you seen…” and “What’s that smell?”.
Susan Smith, Director of Education
After many years visiting PCC with her two sons, Susan joined the staff in 2010. She brings with her over 20 years of experience in environmental education, interpretive planning and evaluation. Susan’s passion is helping connect people of all ages with nature. She is also mildly obsessed with dragonflies and landscaping for wildlife with native plants.
Melanie Zeitler, Director of Development
Melanie brought her passion for the outdoors and raising resources for great things to the Plains Conservation Center in 2009. Over the past seventeen years she has served worthy non-profits in a variety of roles from animal rescue, to finding money to aid persecuted immigrants find safe haven in the United States, and securing resources to protect and curate permanent collections for Art Museums. A native Hoosier, she can be found outside of work on the tennis court, and on the hiking and biking trails with her daughter.
Mike Hughes, Facilities Manager
Mike came to the PCC in 2007 after a 31 year career teaching with Aurora Public Schools. He assists in Facilities/Operations, (including cleaning windshields of spaceships) and occasionally lends his teaching experience working with visiting groups. He also is the in-house, go-to guy for IT problems and website maintenance.
Audie Brinkmeier, Full-time Interpreter & Special Events Coordinator
Audie arrived at the PCC in October 2008, after a two year stint with the Lookout Mountain Nature Center. He is the shepherd for the PCC’s Junior Counselor program and Special Events Guru. Audie is passionate in his desire to help people connect with the natural environment and to become better stewards of the earth.
Adrienne Sedlak, Full-time Interpreter, Early Childhood Education Specialist & Volunteer Coordinator
Adrienne is the most recent addition to the PCC staff, following her passion for early childhood and environmental education. She also serves as “Chief Wrangler of Volunteers”, and is the person to get to know if you want to get involved with the PCC.
Nancy Funk, Part-time Interpreter
Barb Hamman, Part-time Interpreter
Barb has been at the PCC since 2004 after 14 years teaching at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and 4 years teaching high school biology. Barb graduated with a B.A. in Biology from Denison University and an M.A.T. from the University of Washington. She loves being with kids outdoors having fun and learning. A self-described “generalist” she also has passions for hiking, biking and gardening.
Karin Hostetter, Part-time Interpreter
Karin discovered PCC a whole bunch of years ago when her administrative jobs had taken her away from the outdoors and people that first led her to the profession of naturalist. If you come on a full moon hike, wagon ride, or school overnight, chances are you will meet Karin. She has a B.A. in Outdoor Education from Earlham College. In addition, Karin is very active locally and nationally in interpretive professional organizations and has her own business writing interpretive materials and training volunteers in interpretive skills.
Priscilla Marshall, Part-time Interpreter
Priscilla arrived at PCC after a career in Communication extending over 30 years. With over 20 years of historical reenactment and historical interpretation, her philosophy when greeting visitors to the PCC’s replica sod village (Well’s Crossing) is “tell it like it was.” She is active with the Colorado Historical Society, and the Rocky Mountain Living History Society. She is especially fascinated with the challenges of how everyday people were historically able to “make do” and survive, given the limited resources on the prairie.
Kathy McClintock, Part-time Interpreter
Kathy first came to the PCC as a mom, bringing her daughter here for a birthday celebration some 20 years ago. She came to the PCC professionally in 2005 after 15 years with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and work in the mineral industry. She holds a B.S. in Geology from Antioch College and is the PCC’s self-proclaimed “Queen of Rocks”.
Steve Weiner, Part-time Interpreter
Steve brought his voluminous knowledge of American History, and especially western expansion, to the Plains Conservation Center after a 32 year career teaching social studies for Aurora Public Schools. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A.E.D. degree. Steve can often be found on the first Saturday of the month welcoming visitors to Well’s Crossing, the PCC’s replica 1887 sod homestead