Conservation Legacy has local staff members that work with each program along with central support staff. We hope you enjoy learning more about us!
Harry Bruell, CEO & President, has been with Conservation Legacy since May 2004 and has worked with service and conservation corps since 1991. In 2011 Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar appointed Harry as the Chair of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Federal Advisory Committee. From 1994 to 2004 Harry worked with the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps (now The Corps Network), most recently as Chief Operating Officer and previously as Vice-President. Harry began his work with corps at the Durham (NC) Service Corps in the early 1990s where he served as Work Project Coordinator and Associate Director. Harry co-founded the national Public Lands Service Coalition in 2009 and the Mountain Alliance of Conservation Corps in 2005. He serves on numerous Boards including as Chair of The Corps Network’s Corps Council and as Treasurer of Veteran Green Jobs.
David started in June of 2009 with Conservation Legacy. Previously he spent more than a dozen years with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) where he held many positions from Crew Leader to National Director of the Conservation Corps Program. During this time David helped develop and manage several corps programs based on various models with different emphases – environmental education and trail work in Massachusetts, habitat restoration in the everglades region, native plant preservation in the arid west and post-fire restoration in southern California, among them. At various times he has also spent extended periods overseas, living for several years in both Africa and the South Pacific. David has degrees in engineering, education and forestry. Traveling the world and hiking in any ecosystem that presents itself are passions, but new explorations with an outdoor theme are at the heart of all his activities. Email David
Amy Sovocool started with Conservation Legacy in 2003 as a crew leader. Since then she has held a variety of positions including Program Director, Director of Operations and Executive Director of Inter-Regional Initiatives. Amy has helped the organization grow and has been integral in the development of the Ancestral Lands and Veteran Fire Corps programming. She also supported the development of the Environmental Stewards program, serving as the director of that program for two years. Working closely with staff in TN and VA, she has helped oversee the growth of emerging corps programs in these areas. She has also been heavily involved in national service initiatives, supporting the growth of AmeriCorps programming. Amy currently sits on the Governor’s Commission on Community Service and is coaching youth hockey. She spends her free time outside, exploring with her husband and son. Email Amy
Eugenie Bostrom, started work with Conservation Legacy in April 2013. Eugenie spent the previous 4 years in Washington DC where she helped to start up and staff the Department of the Interior’s Office of Youth Partners and Service. In that time she worked to facilitate the America’s Great Outdoors agenda, with a focus on youth and conservation corps policy and guidance around partnerships and program implementation. She helped to establish the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Federal Advisory Committee and served the committee as the subject matter expert. Previously, she spent 10 years working seasonally with the National Park Service, at the Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps – experiencing every position, from a Corpsmember to the Director. Her greatest passions are learning, teaching, sharing, and exploring and Eugenie tries to find ways to incorporate one or all of those into her free time with her partner Matt. Email Eugenie
Jenn has been with Conservation Legacy since 2011, taking some time off from the organization to work with other local youth development programs. Upon her return, she re-entered the position of Director of Member & Staff Support with a passion for mentoring and supporting people to succeed. Beyond the Corps, she has been involved with other youth programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, Southern Ute Community Action Program, Girl Scouts and other efforts she believes is impactful. In addition to the kids, she enjoys developing her personal leadership skills and has participated in AMEX Leadership University, BGCA Leadership University and our local Leadership La Plata Program through the Durango Chamber of Commerce. She continues giving back these skills as the advisor to the Keystone (high school leadership program) through the Boys & Girls Club. Jenn came to Durango in 2003 from Flagstaff where she graduated from Northern Arizona University. Raised in San Diego, she met the mountains and never went back to sea level; falling in love with mountain biking, snowboarding and trail running. In addition to these hobbies, she is a proud dog-mom. Email Jenn.
Jeff Davis has worked with Conservation Corps programming since 1998. He has held various positions over the years and is excited to now work within Conservation Legacy support office. Jeff is originally from the East Coast, but has been living out west for the past 15 years—primarily in Colorado, Alaska, and Arizona. A graduate of Prescott College, Jeff enjoys reading, writing, music, cooking, public lands and hot springing. An avid traveler as well, Jeff has journeyed through all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, South America and the Caribbean. Email Jeff
Jenny joined Conservation Legacy in May of 2014. She comes from a strong background in accounting, infrastructure development, systems management, and organizational growth. Her bookkeeping career has taken her from a structural metal design and fabrication studio in San Francisco to an international leadership development firm based in Durango to an independent local client base...and a bunch of other stuff before and in between. Jenny has been a youth counselor, a nanny abroad, a café manager, a bird research assistant, a craft glass manufacturer, and a world traveler. Durango has been her home for the better part of the last 20 years, and she enjoys all things that make the Southwest special...the high mountains, the desert canyons, the rivers that connect them, the colorful people who strive to honor them and her home on the high mesa. Email Jenny
Stacey joined Conservation Legacy in June of 2016. She was born and raised in the Washington DC area but followed her family to Durango, CO in 2000. She was a landscaper, gallery manager and realtor before finding her true calling with numbers. Several careers in various aspects of accounting make her excited to be part of the growth of Conservation Legacy. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, rafting, camping, cooking, gardening and traveling with her boyfriend and dogs. Email Stacey
A long season of crew leading in 2011 with Southwest Conservation Corps was the beginning of her love affair with the West, conservation work and this organization. Jenna jumped on as staff in 2013 as a recruiter with Arizona Conservation Corps and has since taken on the role of Communications and Marketing Specialist with Conservation Legacy. Michigan is her home, where she grew up with lakes and trees and music and art. She has a degree in Graphic Design and is happily combining her love of design with her passion for people, the environment and the connection between the two. In her spare time, she's playing soccer, planning adventures, biking, hiking, cooking and missing her family. Email Jenna.
Drew joined Conservation Legacy in July of 2015. After receiving his degree in Business Administration from Fort Lewis College, he spent 7 years in restaurant management, where he helped in the growth and development of a local restaurant chain. He then went to work in a career in the energy industry, which he ultimately left to find something more rewarding. He was raised in Durango, CO and spends as much time as he can in the mountains. He enjoys fishing, backpacking, mountain biking, playing hockey, rafting, and camping with his family. He is proud to be a part of an organization that provides meaningful service to the environment and communities that it is a part of, and feels a strong sense of enrichment from the work done by Conservation Legacy. He is currently a member of SHRM, DAHRM, and he will soon be working towards his PHR and EMT certifications. Email Drew.
Shannon joined Conservation Legacy in August of 2016. Originally from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelors degree in Anthropology, Shannon served as an intern in the Bridge Network Washington, D.C. support office. She moved to Durango, Colorado in August of 2015 serving a year as the OSMRE VISTA at the Southwest Colorado Council of Governments. She worked to support 14 communities through the southwest Colorado region while developing a shared services and recycling program. Falling in love with the mountains Shannon decided to put down roots in Colorado, and accepted the Member Experience Coordinator position at Conservation Legacy. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her dog D'Go, hiking, reading, skiing, and exploring the region.
Damian joined Conservation Legacy in December of 2016. He got his start in 2007 in Yellowstone National Park working for the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) with the National Park Service. He spent 8 summers with the YCC working in almost every capacity of the program, from an Enrollee to a Crew Leader. During his time in Yellowstone, Damian discovered his love of nature and his passion for environmental stewardship, conservation and leadership. Additionally, in 2015 he served a 9 month AmeriCorps term as a Crew Leader for the Canyon Country Youth Corps in Utah. He is currently attending Fort Lewis College pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Ecology. Damian spends his free time exploring the great outdoors, mountain biking, snowboarding and playing music. Email Damian.
Conservation Legacy Staff have 297 years of combined experience working in service and conservation corps.
"Although my experience with Southwest Conservation Corps was considerably shorter, those few months had far more impact on my life than I could have imagined. It was a lot of demanding physical labor, but not only does a Corps member build physical strength, you learn to basically become part of a small, close community. Not only are deeply impacting communication and group skills attained, but just as importantly a profound insight to oneself and perseverance."
"My experiences working with Conservation Legacy program, Southwest Conservation Corps, helped shape who I am today. Through my time in the field I developed admiration not only for the natural world but the strength within myself and others. Overcoming so many challenges with such a diverse group of people left me feeling more prepared to take on the rest of life."
"Conservation Legacy gave me experiences I never would have had on my own and helped cement a love of the outdoors. It made me more confident as an individual and opened the door to all sorts of topics and interests in the environment and conservation."
"Crew leading with SCC re-affirmed my belief in the ability of service work to change our lives and our lands for the better; it also provided me with a great stepping stone on a career path in youth corps work."