Beth Conover

Executive Director

Beth has spent her entire career working at the intersection of environmental policy and community development. She comes to the Salazar Center from the Gates Family Foundation, where she worked for 8 years, most recently as Senior Vice President for Natural Resources and Community Development. Prior, she worked on community conservation program development in diverse places including Providence, Rhode Island; Zimbabwe, Southern Africa; and the Colorado Plateau. Born in Denver, she was Director of Parks and Environment for the redevelopment of the former Stapleton International Airport and a senior advisor and founder of Greenprint Denver for Mayor John Hickenlooper. She is the editor and co-author of How the West was Warmed: Climate Change in the Rocky Mountain West, a collection of essays published by Fulcrum Press in 2010.

Dominique Gómez

Dominique joined the Salazar Center as its program director in the summer of 2019. Prior, she most recently served as COO at WaterSmart Software, where she helped the company grow its operations and advocated for technology and innovation in the water sector. Dominique has worked on climate policy as a Governor’s Fellow at the New Mexico Environment Department, then later as a consultant at Cascadia Consulting Group in Seattle, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors. She also spent time on sustainability at Hilton Worldwide and energy policy at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Dominique graduated with a MBA from Stanford and a MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and has a BA from Yale University. Originally from Colorado, Dominique is thrilled to live in Denver with her husband and infant daughter and enjoys baking sourdough bread and getting outside.

Catie Boehmer

Communications and Engagement Officer

Catie brings nearly a decade of conservation-related communications, fundraising, and engagement experience to the Salazar Center. Prior to joining the Center, she managed the Colorado Water Center’s grantmaking and outreach programs. In 2017, she moved to the Front Range from Chicago, where she’d worked for the Field Museum of Natural History and Friends of the Forest Preserves in roles that directly supported landscape-scale conservation, science education and research, and grassroots advocacy. Catie holds a master’s degree in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from CSU and a BA in political science from Northwestern University. She lives in Fort Collins with her partner and their three black cats and is an avid backpacker, novice hunter, and Rockies fan.

Courtney Massey

Administrative and Operations Intern

Courtney is a master’s student in the Conservation Leadership program at CSU and joined the Center as an intern in 2019. Originally from Iowa, she moved to the Front Range to further her education while building an understanding of conservation planning and decision making. As an undergraduate, Courtney studied wildlife conservation and genetics, and she has also been involved both domestically and internationally with community-based wildlife conservation initiatives. She has a BS in Biology, BA in Biochemistry, and BA in Environmental Resource Management from the University of Northern Iowa. Courtney currently lives in Fort Collins and enjoys exploring the outdoors of Colorado with her two dogs.

Dillon O’Hare

Research Intern

Dillon joined the Salazar Center as an intern after completing his masters degree at Colorado State University in 2019. He holds a Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in social and environmental sustainability. Growing up in Alabama, Dillon fostered a love for the natural world through hunting its forests and fishing its rivers and estuaries. As a member of Alabama Rivers Alliance’s Junior Board of Directors, he developed an understanding of conservation-based advocacy work and how impactful that work can be in practice. Dillon moved to the Front Range in an effort to further develop the skills necessary to understand and address some of the pressing environmental challenges that we are currently facing. He believes that the private sector has both the responsibility and potential to positively impact our natural landscapes and ecosystems, which can be achieved through collaboration between traditionally siloed entities.

Micaela Truslove

Micaela is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at CSU and joined the Salazar Center as an intern in 2019. Most recently, she worked as a CSU Extension Agent, where she focused on sustainable horticulture practices and insect and disease issues; specifically, she worked to educate communities and the green industry about, and helped them plan for, the impact of emerald ash borer. Micaela has been involved in urban and community forestry work for the last six years and serves as a board member of the Colorado Tree Coalition. During this time, she developed an interest in the role of urban forests in climate change adaptation planning, as well as issues surrounding equitable access to urban forest benefits. She holds an MS in forest sciences from CSU, an AAS in horticulture from Front Range Community College, and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Nevada, Reno. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and getting outside.