Ginny Ades, President
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.
Jim Dunn, Vice President
Jim has been an Evergreen resident for more than 26 years, living in the home where he and Yvonne raised their family, now all young adults. He enjoyed a successful career as a water resources engineer with the US Environmental Protection Agency, retiring in 2003. Since then, he has been active on various boards of directors at Denver Metro area nonprofits, including Sprout City Farms and Rocky Mountain Earth Institute. He has led numerous Earth Institute discussion groups as well as annual Mountain Area Earth Day Fair celebrations in Evergreen.
Jim continues to advocate living a sustainable lifestyle, always eager to learn and apply new lessons in living lightly on the Earth. He is an avid organic gardener and grows much of his family’s produce throughout the year in a geodesic dome greenhouse. He has volunteered to help construct community gardens in the Foothills area, and he is always interested in finding new ways to sustain this community. Jim joined the EAS+Y Board of Directors in November, 2014.
David Lystrom, Treasurer
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-at-Large
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. She 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.
Wendy Neuman, Director-at-Large
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 is the director of market research with the non-profit, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association who works on behalf of beef producers across the US.
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, 2014.
Betsy Hoke, Director-at-Large
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 EAS+Y in 2016.
Bette Warn – Director at Large
Bette moved to the Evergreen/Conifer area twenty six years ago to enjoy the mountain lifestyle, clean air and beautiful environment. She and her husband John have participated in many of the activities afforded to them in our communities. Bette particularly enjoys landscape photography, hiking, golf and birding of which our mountain environment provides an abundant supply.
Bette retired in December 2014 after a long career in medical practice management. She has a BS degree in Business Management with an emphasis in systems design. Her career experiences spanned a wide spectrum of managing medical practices, providing consulting to hospitals, medical and dental practices as well as providing workshops and education to healthcare providers.
She looks forward to participating in the success of EAS+Y as they endeavor to impact and sustain the beautiful communities we all enjoy and share.
Rachel T. Emmer, Interim Executive Director
Globe trotting taught Rachel an appreciation of the beauty and promise of her home town. An Evergreen High School graduate, she returned to Evergreen decades later, now rich with experience and academic letters she pledges to build community resiliency into all her endeavors. She earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration – Sustainability from the pioneering Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Washington State. Rachel is a past President of EAS+Y (2010-2011), just prior to accepting the roles as Executive Director.
A natural leader, Rachel rose in rank on the Board and in the field with Evergreen’s Alpine Rescue Team, and has earned American Red Cross’ Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Award. As a sustainability consultant Rachel collaborates with non-profit, municipal and business sectors to meet today’s challenges within development, food systems, built environment and renewable power arenas. She is also adjunct faculty at Red Rocks Community College where she brings sustainability principles to her business curriculum. Rachel is a passionate gardener and is a Master Community Gardener awarded through Denver Urban Gardens. The creative catalyst in Rachel brings collaboration and inclusiveness to every project she embraces.