Board and Staff


Board of Directors


Victoria3Victoria Stone (Chair) spent years working street outreach for Urban Peak Colorado Springs. She currently works for South Central Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in several far-flung Colorado counties. She has a daughter named Faith, and volunteers for many community organizations.



Melissa3Melissa Marts (Treasurer) serves as executive director for the Women’s Resource Agency. She is a longtime sustainable food advocate and has worked with Peak to Plains Alliance, Colorado Springs Public Market and the Green Cities Coalition.




brownVJ Brown is really awesome, but needs to submit a pithy bionote for the website.




fortenberryDebra Fortenberry is a mother, activist and lawyer in private practice with the Fortenberry Law Group. She has provided pro bono legal services after the wildfires, planted trees in the burn area, taught attorney education related to foreclosure defense and participated in lobbying efforts to create greater protection for homeowners facing foreclosure. Through meditation practice and backyard urban vegetable gardening, Debra cultivates consciousness, compassion and gratitude.


brownRuthie Markwardt is really awesome, but needs to submit a pithy bionote for the website.




JeremtNelsonJeremy Nelson is a Metadata and Systems Librarian at Colorado College. As a working librarian, his research focus is on designing, developing, and using open-source library systems to address some of the challenges facing the active library. Before receiving his MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in 2003, Jeremy worked as project manager and programmer at a number of software companies in the financial services and online education industries.



StevenSteve Saint (Interim Executive Director) has worked for the J&P in a variety of roles since 2005. He holds a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University. Prior to a 20-year career in newspaper and magazine writing, he helped organize the Green Party of California. He is a certified permaculturist and the author of Rules for Reaching Consensus (Jossey-Bass).


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