Our Dedicated Staff
Brenda Bafus-Williams, Communications Coordinator
Brenda originally joined the staff in 1986 as our part-time Office Coordinator. Brenda has a degree in Botany from the UW in the Pacific Northwest, where she once tracked endangered species for the feds. Now she enjoys practicing t’ai chi, hiking in the high country, and swing dancing when a good band comes to town. Her husband Kevin is the Director of Organizing and Campaigns for the Western Organization of Resource Councils.
Jeriel Brammeier, Community Organizer
Jeriel joined the WCC staff in February 2017. If you’ve been paying attention, though, you’ll remember her as our Canvass Director for the successful Minimum Wage ballot initiative in 2016! In her young career, Jeriel has worked with engaged citizens across Colorado on issues ranging from Veteran’s affairs, healthcare and women’s rights. Jeriel has called Grand Junction and the Western Slope “home” for 16 years, and enjoys running, hiking, biking and crafting with her daughter Emma.
Roxanne Dennis, Community Organizer
A Grand Valley resident for most of the past 30 years, Roxanne supports WCC of Mesa County’s campaigns as well as WCC’s regional clean and renewable energy work. Her experiences while employed in women’s reproductive health care clinics, in the school district working with special-needs students, and as a disability claims examiner, have formed her current desire to perform work that emphasizes the improvement of all people’s well-being.
Emily Hornback, Community Organizer
Emily is our Garfield County organizer with a focus on oil and gas and public land issues. She provides staff support to the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance chapter and its partner group Battlement Concerned Citizens. Born and raised on the Western Slope, Emily graduated from Colorado State University with a double major in Anthropology and Spanish. She spent some time working in Central and South America before returning to Maine to work for the grassroots art-activist collective, The Beehive Design Collective. She served as a social researcher, designer and public speaker for the Beehive’s “True Cost of Coal” campaign.
Marie Mitchell, Development Coordinator
Marie Mitchell brings 15 years combined experience in fundraising, event coordination, media production and development to the WCC staff team. She has worked for marketing and nonprofit organizations like Fairbanks Resource Agency, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska, NBC in New Orleans and AlaskaONE Public Broadcasting. She is originally from the Sunshine State of Florida, lived in the Last Frontier of Alaska, and recently relocated to her husband’s home state of Colorado.
Dave Reed, Executive Director
Dave joined WCC in early 2015, inspired by its generous mission statement and its long track record of accomplishments. Previously he held communications and development positions with the Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop and Rocky Mountain Institute, and before that he had a whole other life in journalism as a beat reporter, travel writer, trade journalist and editor. He figures his varied career has uniquely prepared him for a job where his goals are to expand WCC’s membership and capacity, increase its clout and reach, and make it the leading force of progressive change in western Colorado.
Stephani Soto, Office & Membership Manager
Originally from Atlacomulco, Mexico, Stephani has lived in Grand Junction for the past 15 years. Prior to joining the staff in 2016, she attended Colorado Mesa University where she joined with friends to start Positive Movement, a group which organized benefit concerts and other projects trying to create community. She’s also been involved with Hispanic Affairs Project and Organizing for America. In 2012 she traveled to Ecuador with Sustainable Roots to teach English and work towards environmental sustainability.
Carol Freeman, bookkeeper
Sol Malick, Denver legislative liaison