Ginny is a founding board member of Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability and has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations in the Evergreen area to promote the missions of conservation, energy efficiency and healthy communities.
Ginny studied Environmental Science and Philosophy as an undergraduate; after moving to Evergreen with her husband in 1976, she earned a graduate degree in Urban Planning and Community Development. She worked as a planner for the City of Greenwood Village and in the Community Development section of the Jefferson County Planning Department in her early career, and, while raising her children, has spent most of the past 30 years utilizing her skills to advance community development and conservation through local nonprofit work.
Ginny formed her business, Step Ahead Energy Efficiency Consulting, in 2009, and joined The EML Group in 2012, to help home and building owners create sustainable environments that are economical and respectful of our natural resources.
She is interested in learning how to live more sustainably and is passionate about her role in helping to establish EAS+Y as an organization that can reach and teach others in the community about sustainable lifestyles, as well.
Wendy Neuman, Vice President
Wendy, originally from Wyoming, moved to Evergreen after working overseas and in New York city for twelve years. Wendy and her husband have a young daughter and love the outdoor life that Evergreen offers. With twenty years of market research experience Wendy has a good understanding of consumer behavior. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and master’s degree in Gerontology. Wendy currently consults for companies in the area of market research from her home in Evergreen.
Wendy’s passions include travel, outdoor sports, gardening and helping her daughter discover all the beauty and possibilities in life. Wendy joined the EAS+Y Board of Directors in January of 2014.
David Lystrom, Director
David Lystrom and his wife Karen have lived in Evergreen for 33 years enjoying the mountain life style. Dave retired in 1999 as a senior executive with the U.S. Geological Survey. Since retirement, he has worked in the Evergreen community for about 10 years building homes as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. He especially enjoyed organizing construction activities and providing on-the-job training for new volunteers. Dave has served as Chairman of Trustees for the Evergreen United Methodist Church and as treasurer of the Board of Trustees for the Evergreen Unity Church.
During his professional career and retirement Dave has had a long standing interest in environmental sustainability. At his home he has implemented energy efficiency, solar hot-water, solar electric, composting and outdoor plus greenhouse gardening. He has been active with the Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability + You (EAS+Y) and has taken part in the Northwest Earth Institute courses. During 2013 he was a member of the EAS+Y community garden committee and served as the project manager for construction of the Evergreen Community Garden at Buchanan Park.
Kristen Costello, Director
Kristen and her husband, Brian, moved to Evergreen in 1988 and raised their family here. She holds a BS in Community Health Education and a MS in Exercise Physiology. Her diverse work in the community has included 10 years as the director of the EPRD Gymnastics Program, the Experiential Education Coordinator for the Montessori Middle School, and the Program Director for the Mountain Area Land Trust. She is dedicated to Sustainability Education in the schools and recently developed a curriculum at Montessori for 4th and 5th year students using our greenhouse and newly build outdoor classroom.
Kristen believes that the concept of sustainability extends to how we care for our bodies and in 2011 opened Bear Mountain Yoga. Kristen joined the EAS+Y Board of Directors in December of 2012.
Betsy Hoke, Director
Betsy Hoke, a Midwestern transplant who has lived in Evergreen for 35 years, served on the board of the Mountain Area Land Trust during the period when it preserved the Beaver Brook Watershed. She is passionate about protecting the environment and inspiring children to experience the beauty of the natural world. At Montessori School of Evergreen where she served as Head of School for three decades, Betsy had a goal of making outdoor experiences an integral part of the curriculum.
She is currently an education consultant and an instructor at Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder. In the past five years, she has made numerous trips to Tanzania where as a volunteer she established a Montessori early childhood program in an existing school. Betsy and her husband, Roy, appreciated the opportunity to raise their two children in this beautiful community and have a strong desire to preserve it for future generations. She joined the EAS+Y board in 2016.
Richard Crane, Director
Prior to serving on the board, Richard worked for the Federal Government in multiple agencies for over 30 years as a civil engineer in design and construction. As a project manager for the National Park Service in Lakewood, CO, he incorporated sustainable design practices and systems in new and renovated facilities. In his last position as Director of Facilities for a U.S. Naval base in Crete, Greece, he deployed a full range of best practices for managing and designing their facilities in Europe.
After retiring from the Federal Service in 2014, he worked for the University of Colorado Health system in Aurora. He recently fully retired to focus on things that matter most to him: family, the environment, bicycling, being outdoors, mentoring, city planning and alternative transportation.
Chris Pfaff, Zero Waste Committee Member
Chris’s love of the mountains and outdoor activities, including hiking and cross-country skiing, drew her to Colorado. With an MA in Historic Preservation Planning, she moved here in 1980 upon accepting a job with the Colorado State Historic Preservation Office and never looked back. In 1990, she took a position in cultural resources management with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation from which she retired in 2010. During her 30+ years career, she enjoyed wide-ranging responsibilities and experiences.
Upon retiring, Chris turned her attention to other long-held interests: native plants, gardening, and Zero Waste. She delved into Colorado’s Native Master Plant Program and, through the Denver Botanic Gardens, became a wildflower guide for several years on Mount Goliath. She also became more involved with Evergreen Audubon, where she currently serves on the board.
Fortuitously, Chris learned about EAS+Y in 2010 while dropping off recyclables behind King Soopers. She bumped into Mereth Meade, one of the group’s founders, and upon talking with her, knew right away she wanted to become involved in the new organization. Chris was excited to connect with other community members interested in reducing their environmental impact and protecting our natural resources. She serves on the Zero Waste Committee, where she mentors local organizations on reducing waste, recycling, and composting. She believes that through education and outreach, EAS+Y encourages others to think more about sustainable choices.
Natalie Matthews, Zero Waste Committee Member
Natalie moved to Evergreen in 2013 after spending many years in Louisiana, Florida, and California. In Evergreen she has found a community she loves and her forever home.
Since receiving her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Geography from Louisiana State University, Natalie has worked in the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) field. Natalie is currently working toward an MBA in Managing for Sustainability at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Natalie is dedicated to living a more sustainable life. She dreams of a day when the Zero Waste lifestyle is mainstream in our society. She enjoys bringing her husband and young son along to Zero Waste events to share her passion with those she loves most.
Lindsay joined EAS+Y as the Sustainability Coordinator in May of 2018. She holds a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education and has worked primarily in Title I public schools for over a decade, all the way from Kindergarten through the University level in Chicago and Denver. After spending several years in Denver, she and her husband moved their family to Evergreen after realizing they were spending nearly every weekend playing in the mountains.
Lindsay is at her happiest when playing outside with (and without!) her kids and believes connecting to the natural world is the solution to a lot of our modern-day problems. She tries to live sustainably by worm-composting, raising chickens, gardening, and avoiding single-use plastic, among other practices. Lindsay thinks sustainability is multi-faceted and that change occurs when individuals, organizations, schools, corporations, and politicians all work together. She is thrilled to be a part of the EAS+Y team to effect change at the local level while learning how to raise a family in a sustainable way.
Leah York, Zero Waste Intern
She is currently a student at the University of Denver pursuing a dual major in Environmental Science and Psychology on the pre-medical track. She has been passionate about sustainability and waste reduction for many years and has worked to implement waste reduction practices in both her life and in the lives of those around her. She does so by focusing on reusables, setting up a personal compost in her dorm building, and buying almost all of her personal care products zero waste/package free.
Leah is an overall lover of the outdoors and avidly rock climbs, hikes, and goes paddle boarding. She firmly believes that getting back out into nature is the solution to many of our modern-world problems and wants to protect this invaluable resource. She thinks that that if all parts of society work together, we can continue meeting the needs of our current generations and leave a world that can meet the needs of generations to come.