AnnMarie came to America from London, England in 1983 and lived in Delaware until moving to Colorado in 1993. Her work history has covered hospitality, employment, and social services with homeless families. Her last employment was as the Executive Director for the Angel House and, after trying to retire, went back to work part time as a case manager for the High Park Fire and recent 2013 floods. Always having a great interest in gardening and up-cycling old items with her art work, it was easy to become a volunteer, then a board member. This year, AnnMarie became the Board President for Loveland Youth Gardeners.
Don is a very involved community member and retired executive of Honeywell International. His community involvement includes Grounds & Maintenance Engineer and a previous Board of Directors member at Timberlane Farm Museum, Loveland, CO; Board of Directors member for Loveland Youth Gardeners, Loveland, CO; Board of Directors member & Co-Owner of H2Flow Controls Incorporated in Toledo, Ohio; Board of Directors member & Secretary/Treasurer for Collins Park East HOA, Berthoud, CO; Transitional Housing Handyman for Alternatives to Violence, Loveland, CO; and Naturalist Program, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources, CO. Don’s interests include anything with the outdoors, horticulture, husbandry, construction/maintenance, or people.
Mark is a research wildlife ecologist with more than 30 years of research and management experience with the Federal government. His research has focused on resolving problems caused by the interaction of wild animals and society, and on developing practical methods to resolve these problems while maintaining the quality of the environments shared with wildlife. He was project leader of research teams in Hawaii and Mississippi before moving to Fort Collins 18 years ago. He currently is Assistant Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Wildlife Research Center. Mark also has been a member of his neighborhood homeowners’ association for more than a decade, and currently serves as treasurer of this organization. He has worked with youth as coach of his sons’ soccer and baseball teams. Mark’s interest in Loveland Youth Gardeners lies primarily in helping to instill and cultivate an interest in gardening and nature among the next generation.