Kyle Katsos – President
Raised and rooted at the foot of America’s Mountain Kyle was brought up in an open-minded and industrious environment. Educated at CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business in Finance, Management, and Entrepreneurship with emphasis in entrepreneurial finance, Kyle tested his education through real world application by founding and operating Greener Avenues, a conscientious property services company, and volunteering time with the Boulder Independent Business Alliance as outreach coordinator. Emerging as a visionary leader, Kyle returned to Colorado Springs to co-create “The Shire at Old Ranch”, a place for growing resilient people, place, and community. A product of his environment, Kyle aspires to bring a mindful, rigorous, systematic, and professional approach to the business of cultivating individual and community resilience.
Phil Phelan – Treasurer
Phil Phelan is a Colorado Native having lived in Black Forest and currently residing in Fort Collins. He received a BS from Colorado State University and currently works as a professional horticulturalist at Bath Nursery and Landscape as part of the management team. Fort Collins is where Phil raised a family of four and has numerous grandchildren in the area. Phil has worked in the green industries of Colorado for nearly 45 years, serving on numerous organizational and foundation boards. He has served multiple terms on the City of Fort Collins Water Board with much of that time as acting committee Conservation Chair.
Phil played an active role in helping get the City of Fort Collins, “Gardens on Spring Creek” established and remains actively involved with Colorado State University on various projects and collaborations. He participates with and is a member of local Native Plant and Audubon chapters in northern Colorado. Phil is also a certified arborist and brings an understanding of the urban forest as well as expertise in both agriculture and natural resources.
Shannon Katsos – Secretary
Shannon was born and raised on the land where SEE now resides. She holds a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She served as a Community Based Natural Resource Management Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Malawi, Africa from 2015-2017. It was there that Shannon came to understand the importance of sustainable agriculture, the principles of permaculture, and the power of community and collaboration. She worked alongside community members in a rural village and facilitated programs that addressed food security, deforestation, environmental awareness, and sustainable development.
Upon returning to Colorado, Shannon spent almost three years at Giberson Elementary School and taught fourth grade while earning her teaching license for grades K-6. While working as an educator was rewarding and demanding, the opportunity to return to environmental work and community building was too powerful to ignore. Shannon brings to SEE her experience in education, knowledge of sustainability and nature, and passion for fostering community in the place she grew up.
Scott Harvey – Director
Scott Harvey, a 36 year resident of Colorado Springs, is a licensed Civil Engineer in the States of Colorado and Arizona. His practice centers around architectural engineering (systems of buildings). He is also certified in Permaculture and teaches classes on water use, reuse, and appropriate technology. In his practice, he has designed virtually all aspects of buildings, always steering participants toward lesser impact solutions.
He has served on committees focused on building sustainable community solutions including the 2012 Pikes Peak Regional Sustainability Plan (PPR2030) and looks forward to helping SEE reach out to the community and create better personal resiliency by switching energy sources and better food systems.
Karen Garbee – Director
Karen Garbee, an award-winning nature photographer, artist, wife, and mother of two exceptional children, earned her degree in Graphic Design from Carnegie-Mellon University. She served on the board and then as President of a youth orchestra based in Colorado Springs, where she learned and successfully practiced skills obtaining grants for the organization. For more than two decades, Karen has enjoyed developing and teaching small group classes for young people interested in basic “home ec” skills. She has brought these skills and experiences to SEE in a consulting role for the last four years. Her hobbies include gardening, taking art and craft classes, and applying her artistic skills and visual sense to an ever-expanding range of artistic mediums.
Hillary Fuller – Director
Hillary has spent most of her life in Colorado. She earned her Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies with two minors, sustainability and geology, from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Over the years, she has worked for numerous organizations involved in environmental education, sustainable food systems, and environmental restoration. Hillary has sought to broaden her knowledge and understanding of several topics that make her a valuable asset to SEE’s work. She is a Master Gardener, has a certificate in permaculture design from Pikes Peak Permaculture, and has attended “Grain School” at UCCS to gain an in-depth knowledge of local heritage grains and grain systems. In her free time, Hillary enjoys spending time in the incredible nature Colorado has to offer.