Angie Schirtzinger – Development Coordinator
Angie grew up in Ohio where she spent much of her summers gardening and hiking with her family. In 2016, she managed a community garden while working for AmeriCorps Vista, growing over 1500lbs of produce while organizing volunteer and outreach initiatives, as action fighting food insecurity and poverty amelioration. This experience inspired her passion to engage communities in the reciprocity of human relationship with the “more than human world” through sustainable food initiatives, creative wellness, and mindfulness practices in nature. She received her Bachelors from Ohio University in 2018 in Recreation Programs Management with focused studies in Sustainability, Outdoor Education, and Arts. In 2020, she moved to Colorado Springs, where she found her new home at the foothills of Tava Mountain.
Most recently Angie worked as Programs & Education Specialist at Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center where she expanded the nature education, arts, and wellness programs. Other experiences included as a Nature Educator for a school garden, and led an environmental community service group, “Plan-It-Earth” at her university. She is currently training with the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy (ANFT) to become a certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide. Angie is thrilled to join the team as Development Coordinator of SEE!
Tayler Jones – Garden Manager
Tayler was born and raised between Tava’s foothills in Colorado Springs, and the Great Plains of Calhan. She is a first-generation college graduate who earned her Bachelors in Environment and Sustainability at Western Colorado University. Tayler’s proudest moments of her college career were earning grant funding for a passive solar greenhouse and classroom for WCU’s Center for Cold Climate Food Security. This greenhouse will extend the valley’s growing season from 60 days to 365, and will offer students new areas of study in soil science and food systems. She also championed a framework to combat food insecurity on her college campus.
Since graduating in 2020, Tayler spent a season working alongside a family of regenerative farmers at New Roots in Cañon City. She also sold local, culinary mushrooms and microgreens with Microvora at farmers markets in Colorado Springs. Tayler is a Certified Colorado Gardener and a passionate cook – she is excited to share farm fresh recipes with you this season! Tayler is honored to serve her hometown community with SEE. With this opportunity, she aims to increase local food sovereignty and resiliency.
Shannon Katsos – Education Coordinator
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.
Kyle Katsos – Site Manager
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.