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Our Programs

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Our Impact

Earth Force is committed to developing and delivering high quality programming that supports educators and provides opportunities to young people.

We have worked with Brandeis University’s Center for Youth & Communities for 15 years to evaluate our educational model and found that:

  • of students demonstrate increases in 21st century skills such as problem-solving, civic action, and decision-making;

  • of educators notice an increase in their students’ interest in science

  • of students increase their ability to meet academic standard

  • of educators increase partnerships with organizations in the community

Our Team

Vince Meldrum
Vince Meldrum
President/CEO
Vince Meldrum is an experienced leader with a 25-year history of transforming organizations through program development, innovative technology, and cross-sector partnerships. Vince’s expertise brings Earth Force into the center of the climate resiliency movement. With a specific focus on people, having built several large-scale partnerships, Vince offers a unique perspective on the role of community and youth in the future of our environment.
Donna Power Stowe
Donna Power Stowe
Vice President of Programs
Donna Power Stowe’s extensive experience in education – as a classroom teacher, teacher trainer, and curriculum developer for several non-profits – allows her to create authentic connections between classrooms and the real-world. Focusing on developing and supporting opportunities for civically engaged youth, Donna understands the importance of youth voice when working to create life-long environmental citizens.
Sarah Pacheco
Sarah Pacheco
Vice President of Operations
Sarah Pacheco manages – at both a strategic and operational level – Earth Force’s key administrative functions, overseeing human resources, IT, finances, and business operations. Her role strengthens and aligns administrative and financial functions to ensure Earth Force programming is seamless.
Julia Bernal
Julia Bernal
Program Coordinator
Julia Bernal brings an expertise of working with K-12 students in environmental education, focusing on water quality and urban watersheds. Her role as a Program Coordinator in Albuquerque, NM leverages this experience to implement youth-driven stormwater work at the urban Valle de Oro National wildlife refuge. Julia is also currently enrolled at the University of New Mexico in the Water Resources Graduate program.
Patty Forsburg
Patty Forsburg
Lab Assistant
Sam Gilbertson
Sam Gilbertson
River Watch of Colorado, Outreach Coordinator
Sam Gilbertson is the Community Outreach Coordinator for River Watch of Colorado. Sam organizes bi-annual trainings and ensures that all volunteers are supported in their work as citizen scientists. He represents River Watch at community events and festivals, promoting the organization’s mission of educating citizens and informing decision makers about the condition of Colorado’s waters. Sam is an avid outdoorsman who loves fly fishing, hiking and backpacking.
Jennifer Hanson
Jennifer Hanson
Grants Manager
Jennifer Hanson has 15 years of experience in nonprofit operations. She ensures all grant and budget requirements are met so that programs run smoothly and efficiently, having the highest possible impact.
Matt Mcintyre
Matt Mcintyre
River Watch of Colorado, Sample Analyst
Matt Mcintyre brings 25 years of experience focusing on analyzing and addressing water quality issues in the state of Colorado. In his role as a Sample Analyst for the River Watch program, his work varies from monitoring the remediation of a Super Fund site, to performing aquatic toxicological research, to teaching stream chemistry and stream sampling protocols. In his spare time, Matt loves rooting for Colorado sports teams, fishing, and spending time with loved ones, including his Golden Retriever.
Erika Pierson
Erika Pierson
Program Manager
Erika Pierson brings experience working with cities across the country on their education and afterschool systems. Using her combination of classroom and city policy experience, she supports educators in connecting students with their community to solve pressing environmental issues. Erika supports educators participating in the Caring for Our Watersheds program and GREEN.
Grace Scarsella
Grace Scarsella
Program Manager
Grace Scarsella’s experience in leading multiple outreach programs focusing on environmental sustainability, specifically aquatic health issues, brings a suite of skills to address water quality challenges. She graduated with a Master’s of Biology from the University of Alabama and holds a Bachelor’s of Zoology from Michigan State University. At Earth Force, she promotes critical thinking and civic action by supporting GREEN programming.
Michaela Taylor
Michaela Taylor
River Watch of Colorado, Program Director
Michaela Taylor serves at the Program Director for River Watch, providing strategic oversight to ensure the progress of the statewide volunteer water quality-monitoring program. She works with the program volunteers and other agencies to ensure River Watch provides high quality data to decision makers. Michaela enjoys yoga, camping, boating, and spending time with her family and dog.
Hayley Valley
Hayley Valley
Grant Writer
Hayley Valley provides leadership and coordination for all of Earth Force’s communications and fund development efforts. Her ability to work across all functions of the organization, as well as engage corporations, government agencies, and community partners is a key factor in Earth Force’s continued growth.
Justin Zakoren
Justin Zakoren
Program Manager
Justin Zakoren brings five years of experience in working with educators, students, and community members from diverse settings to engage with environmental challenges in their schools, neighborhoods, and communities. Drawing on his educational and environmental NPO experience, he supports the environmental education and civic action efforts led by Earth Force program participants in the Denver metro and Fort Collins areas.

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