Executive Director

Before founding Environment for the Americas, Susan worked for a variety of conservation organizations, including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, in addition to serving as a consultant for the Continental Divide Land Trust and other groups. She is convinced that community-based conservation, education, and partnerships are essential to conserve the planet’s migratory bird species. When she’s not in meetings, Susan loves to escape to her beloved Rocky Mountains, where she often spots two of her favorite birds: Wilson’s Warbler and American Dipper.


Customer Relations

Diane’s connection with retail sales runs deep – her favorite bird, the Belted Kingfisher, is featured on Canada’s 1986 series $5 note. Her years of customer relations experience enhance EFTA’s interactions with our partners and customers. She has worked as a company owner, educator, and a consultant and knows that customers always come first When you call EFTA to order bird conservation materials, Diane will ensure the process is painless.


Bird Programs

Lily wants to see the world and as many of the birds inhabiting it while she’s at it. She has visited much of the United States and many countries in Latin America. According to her, this is only the beginning. Lily has been an EFTA Celebrate Shorebirds intern and also a Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program participant. With EFTA, Lily will be able to expand and share her knowledge and passion for birds by helping to coordinate programs, such as the Western Hummingbird Partnership and the Celebrate Shorebirds Internship Program.


Latino Outreach Coordinator

In Dalia’s home country, Venezuela, the Great Kiskadee is called Cristofue because of the loud noises it makes. Dalia has always liked this noisy and gregarious bird, perhaps because it reflects her own strengths. After living in Colorado for the past six years, she has become a mover and shaker in the Boulder County Latino communities. She serves as EFTA’s liaison to Latino communities in Boulder County and helps organize its diversity internship programs.


Graphics Design Intern

Just as a Scarlet Macaw adds color and beauty to its environment, Chu-Yu spends her days beautifying the materials EFTA produces. Chu-Yu was born in Taiwan and came to the U.S. in 2008. She believes that design is an essential component of our environment—and our lives. Her degree in Applied Science Graphic Design from the Community College of Denver helps her actualize the team’s ideas to EFTA’s education, communication and outreach materials.



Bitten by the travel bug after finishing her undergraduate degree, Laura spent the next four years following birds in the Arctic, Caribbean, and across the United States. This led to a graduate project studying sub-Arctic breeding shorebirds, including one of her favorites, the Dunlin, in Churchill, Manitoba — culminating in a MSc. Degree in Biology from Trent University. Laura brings a bank of avian knowledge, experience with educational programming, and a deep seated-love of the outdoors to her position with EFTA. She can often be found climbing rocks, biking trails, or skiing mountains throughout Colorado.


Diversity Outreach Coordinator

Born in the outskirts of Mexico City, Daniel Lopez moved to southern California at the age of 5. After graduating from the University of California, Riverside, Daniel was an intern with EFTA through the Latino Heritage Internship Program.  He is now helping coordinate LHIP 2017 and is dedicating his time as the Youth and Community Diversity Outreach Coordinator.  Working primarily in Longmont, Colorado, he is encouraging families of color to enjoy the outdoors and creating a space for outdoor experiences. His favorite bird is the hummingbird, because in indigenous Mexican tradition, hummingbirds are ancestors visiting from the afterlife to bring companionship and support.