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.

Daisy Debelle

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

As a Ph.D. geographer, Daisy studied natural and cultural heritage in France and China. After moving to Boulder in 2017, she has worked for two local non-profits. With the BoulderENOFF film festival, Daisy raise awareness on climate change and wildlife conservation. She was also involved with Mad Agriculture to help farmers turn to more regenerative agriculture. She has experience working with wildlife, from internships at the Natural History Museum of Paris during her childhood to prairie dog surveys with the City of Boulder more recently.


Latino Programs Director

In Dalia’s home country, Venezuela, the Great Kiskadee is called Cristofué 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 ten years, she has become a mover and shaker in the Colorado Latino communities, where she has worked to help improve living situations and provide leadership training from elementary to college students and families. She runs EFTA’s programs that connect Latino youth to nature through outdoor experiences and develops intern training, including the Latino Heritage Internship Program. She is a civil engineer with a BA in Educations and MBA and over 25 years of marketing and strategic planning experience. Dalia serves in the Advisory Council of the Latino Cultural Art Center, the Latino Audience Alliance, and is a member of Alianza de las Artes Latinoamericanas.


Graphic Design

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. 10 years ago. 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 helps her actualize the team’s ideas to EFTA’s education, communication and outreach materials.


World Migratory Bird Day Caribbean Program Coordinator

Sheylda was born in Würzburg, Bavaria and raised between the US, the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and Germany. She obtained a Pre-Veterinary certificate from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree from the Metropolitan University in Cupey, Puerto Rico. Sheylda is currently finishing her PhD in Ecology, from the University of Turabo, where she has worked as part of the faculty since 2007. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at the University of Puerto Rico in Arecibo.


Program Assistant, Writer/ Editor

Carol’s career has been focused on bird conservation since 1995, but her love of birds started in childhood through the influence of her ornithologist father.  She coordinated the award-winning Park Flight Migratory Bird Program, working with the National Park Service, University of Arizona, Environment for the Americas, and other partners to implement bird monitoring and education projects and technical exchange in national parks across the U.S. and in 21 other Western Hemisphere countries. One of Carol’s favorite backyard birds is the Mountain Bluebird.


Program Manager

Barbara is a native Brazilian who moved to the U.S. when she was 15 years old. At Florida International University, Barbara obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Environmental Studies, and taught Ecology of South Florida for two years. Her thesis investigated the management of community forests in Oaxaca, Mexico. After completing her graduate studies, Barbara served in the Peace Corps, working as a Community Environmental Conservation Specialist in Los Santos, Panama. She strongly believes that education, community participation, and developing sustainable relationships are key components to conservation efforts. 


World Migratory Bird Day Latin America Coordinator

Miguel’s interest in ornithology started when he was fifteen and led him to graduate with a Biology degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela, where he studied the birds of Portachuelo. After working with Venezuela’s Phelps Ornithological Collection for seven years, Miguel became the WMBD coordinator in an effort to connect communities in Latin America with educational outreach. In addition to WMBD, Miguel tracks migratory birds and promotes bird conservation across the Western Hemisphere.


Assistant Coordinator

Stephen is from Oxon Hill, Maryland, but likes to travel around a lot! He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2016 with a degree in Sociology and soon moved to Sacramento, California as a member of Americorps NCCC. From there, he traveled around the pacific region completing different volunteer projects including habitat restoration projects in the Mojave Desert. After completing a year of service, he decided to volunteer another year and found the Celebras Las Aves Internship with Environment For The Americas. He had a great time working with EFTA in the Anacostia region of Washington DC teaching about migratory bird conservation. Eventually Stephen returned home, got married and moved to Richmond, VA. He also enjoys reading, hiking, and Nascar!