Board and Staff


Board of Directors


Melissa3Melissa Marts (Chair) 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.




markwardtRuthie Markwardt (Secretary) is a bicycle riding, child educating, chicken chasing, cat wrangling, goat milking, and community gardening lady. Ruthie is looking forward to developing a Peace Camp curriculum that integrates with the Sunrise Garden at Hillside Community Center. She works as Community Coordinator for non-profit Concrete Couch which facilitates community-built projects in arts, construction, and sustainability.


allenMelissa Allen (Treasurer) is really awesome, but needs to submit a pithy bionote for the website.



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.


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.



Anjuli KapoorAnjuli Kapoor (Executive Director) has been serving youth in foster care through Fostering Hope Foundation for the past two and half years. Prior to that, she spent time in higher education, serving students on both the staff and faculty side. Her passions for political engagement through nonviolence and sustainability led her to the J&P as she seeks to serve the wider Springs community.


StevenSteve Saint (Associate 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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