Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Dan’s love of the outdoors was cultivated from a young age; camping, hiking and swimming in the Texas Hill Country. A High School stint on a summer youth trail crew in Washington State’s Cascade Range first gave him the inkling that he might enjoy a life devoted to outdoor stewardship.
Dan first came to Colorado for a job with the Colorado 14ers Initiative in 2010 and was hired as a Seasonal Project Manager at VOC in 2013. Promoted multiple times since then, Dan now serves as VOC’s Associate Director of Statewide Stewardship. In this role, Dan coordinates and manages 25 statewide trainings annually, provides training instruction and updates curriculum as needed, including integration of online trainings and other new technologies. Dan also manages VOC’s field staff and occasionally leads projects. Finally, Dan heads VOC’s volunteer leadership development including recruiting and guiding new leadership volunteers, especially crew leaders.