Garrett Stephens


Garrett joined JCD staff in 2014 to support the forest conservation program and is now the Lead Forester and Staff Supervisor. He's had a variety of work experiences in the Midwest and Western states in back-country leadership and natural resource management. He earned a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Greenville College in 2008 and a M.S in Ecology from Colorado State University in 2014. 

Mitch Yergert

Operations Assistant

Mitch joined the District in 2019 with over 30 years of experience in agriculture.  He provides administrative and operational support for JCD programs.  He earned a degree in Agronomy from Colorado State University.

Matt McLemore

Forest Program Manager

Matt joined the JCD team as a Conservation Forester in June of 2019.  Prior to joining JCD Matt was a Natural Resource Specialist in Forestry for Jefferson County Open Space.  He has a Bachelor of Environmental Science Degree with a concentration in ecological restoration from Metropolitan State University of Denver. 

Dan Walsh

Natural Resource Specialist

Dan joined the JCD team in 2019 as a Natural Resource Technician. Before joining JCD, Dan worked for the National Park Service in Alaska and Colorado and ran a freelance science writing and editing business. He has a BA in Geosciences from Williams College. 

Kyle Weber

Forest Biomass Coordinator

Kyle joined the JCD team in May of 2022 as the Forest Biomass Coordinator. Prior to joining JCD Kyle worked in several forest management and utility forestry positions. He has his BS in Environmental Science from Truman State University.  

Jake Gilbert

Vegetation Management Specialist

Jake joined JCD in 2023 as the vegetation management specialist. He has many years of experience in noxious weed management and has a BS degree in environmental science from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. 

Cragen Davies

Vegetation Technician

Cragen joined JCD as a seasonal vegetation technician in 2023. She earned a BS degree in environmental studies & sustainability with a minor in sustainable agriculture and food systems from Michigan State University. 

Garrick Bateman

Community Forestry Technician

Garrick joined JCD as a community forestry technician in 2023. He has a background in conservation and a degree in environmental studies and english from Gonzaga University. 

Meagan Bragg

Community Forestry Technician

Meagan has joined JCD for a second season as a community forestry technician. She earned her degree in environmental science from Virginia Tech, and we are happy to have her back with us. 

Alison Wermuth

Marketing Specialist

Alison joined JCD in 2023 as the marketing specialist. She earned a degree in art history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a degree in graphic design from Parsons The New School for Design.