Meet our

Our passion is connecting youth with the outdoors.

We’re a team of diverse outdoor enthusiasts thrilled to nurture the love of nature  on the western slope.

Katheryne Fitzpatrick

Executive Director

Kat is a western slope native with a passion for the outdoors and community. She spent 6 years in the Roaring Fork valley following her passion of working in recreation and connecting those around her to the outdoors while maintaining a strong presence in the community and coaching Varsity basketball. As a key leader in recreation she worked to develop, implement and promote new outdoor recreation programs in Basalt that still continue today.

She’s excited to use that experience and her dynamic background at TNC as Executive Director, to implement the Great Outdoors Colorado ‘Generation Wild’ grant, creating quality programs and opportunities that last for generations.

In her free time you can find Kat volunteering for a variety of nonprofits, dirt biking, hiking, camping, backpacking and trail running with her husky dog, AJ.


Priscilla Williams

Program Director

Following three winters as a Forest Service educator and Snow Ranger with the Skis for
Kids Program, Priscilla Williams now works as TNC’s Program Director. She grew up in Palisade, Colorado with peaches, mountains and mules. After receiving her B.S. in Environmental Communication from Colorado State University, she has pursued the art of teaching outdoor education in many forms, whether it be to users of public land or as an instructor for CSU’s mountain campus. Priscilla gained much of her skill set during her years with the U.S. Forest Service as a wilderness ranger and mule packer in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. She is happy to be back home on the Western Slope, working with TNC’s coalition to engage our youth and communities in the endless wonders of the outdoors. Priscilla loves teaching students about snow science and pathways to careers in natural resources. In her free time, she is currently captivated by things she didn’t have the privilege to grow up doing such as rafting, hunting with her partner and pup, and cross-country skiing.


Torreya (Tori) Swift

Program Coordinator

Tori graduated from The Evergreen State College 2011 with a BS in Wildlife Biology and Management and since then has been active in the biological sciences and environmental education. She has worked for both private and non-profit organizations, completing projects funded by The BLM, Conservancies, National Parks Service and the US Forest Service. In this work, she has developed a solid understanding of how different organizations can work together to achieve common goals and use education to enrich community and the quality of life for individuals. Tori grew up in the dense forests of Northern California and has lived and worked in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Mexico and Malaysia. She has called The North Fork Valley her home five years. An avid adventurer, she can be found spending her spare time with her husband and two dogs, looking for birds in the mountains or rafting one of the West’s stunning rivers. As the Program Coordinator for The Nature Connection team, Tori is overjoyed to be creating recreational opportunities for Delta County’s youth and connecting her community to the outdoors.


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