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.
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.
Todd is a Nuclear and Missile Operations Officer in the United States Air Force and manages government assets totaling over $73 million. In addition to his immediate role, he leads various lean six sigma projects at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base and throughout the Front Range. Todd is very active in the community with a diverse background in his volunteering. He is a mentor at Partners Mentoring Youth and, in the past, has served as an assistant scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America and been involved in several poverty alleviation projects in Honduras. Being able to help children of all backgrounds develop critical thinking skills, strong work ethics, and respect for each other are what drew Todd to Loveland Youth Gardeners.