Staff & Interns

Mark Kozak, Executive Director 

Mark Kozak, TSRC's Executive Director and former Development Director, grew up on Mount Desert Island, Maine as part of the Jackson Laboratory community. The son of a molecular biologist and biochemist, he also followed the path to becoming a scientist, receiving a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame and an MS in Watershed Science from Colorado State University. During graduate school, Mark carried out original research in snow physics and published his findings in a peer-reviewed journal.  Mark ultimately took his research and analysis skills to the business world and has worked building companies and organizations for the past 15 years. He has provided research & development, strategic planning, capital campaigns, and business development to numerous startups and young companies, including HealthRight Inc., Awestruck Dental, Vermont Energy Co., Physician Cognition, and TEKNOVARE. Mark also possesses subject matter expertise in sustainability, greenhouse gas accounting, and project management. Prior to his work in business, Mark worked as a helicopter ski guide and avalanche forecaster in Alaska and in Jackson, Wyoming. He lives in Telluride with his wife and three children.

Kristen Redd, Managing Director

Kristen Redd, Managing Director, grew up in Salt Lake City, UT skiing, hiking, and climbing in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. She has a Bachelors degree in Anthropology from the University of Utah and a Masters in Psychology from Naropa University.  She has been working as a counselor professionally since 2006 and has also worked part time in the summers with TSRC since 2012.When workshops are not in session she lives on a working ranch owned by the Nature Conservancy in Indian Creek, Utah with her cowboy husband and teenage daughter.She loves the western landscape and considers herself lucky to spend time between Telluride and the deserts of southern Utah.

Chris Rauchnot, Operations Manager

Chris Rauchnot, Operations Manager, is an NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) Certified Personal Trainer, and food coach. After years of cooking in several award-winning four-star restaurants, his love of weight lifting, skiing, running, and motocross led him to personal training. For the past ten years, Chris has been developing individually-designed workout and nutritional programs for clients, coaching them to implement action plans for a healthy, balanced life. He lives in Telluride, Colorado, with his dog Mozell.

Grace Hennessy

Sara Freidberg

TJ Fulton

Warren Fulton

Kody Shugars

Alejo (Alex) Banfi Matocq, Science Intern

Lehl Chase-Nason, Science Intern

Sara Dwyer, Science Intern

Claire Ricks, Editorial Intern


The Broader TSRC Team

Kandy Shugars, CPA, Shugars & Company

Kandy is the managing partner of Shugars & Company CPA’s. She obtained her CPA license in Colorado in 1986 and has worked in the field of public accounting for over 13 years. Prior to opening her firm, Kandy worked as the CFO of the Telluride Ski and Golf Company.  Kandy has lived in the Telluride region for the past 18 years with her husband and two boys. She was raised in the Denver Metro area. Kandy is a graduate of Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska where she received a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting and management. In January of 2014, Kandy joined TSRC as a consultant. Her services include all accounting functions for the organization, including preparation of financial statements and work with the external auditor in the preparation of the annual audits.

Michael Romanchuk, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch 

Michael joined Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor in 2005 and the Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group in 2008. Michael is a Chicago native and began his career as an equities trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Michigan State University in 2004.  Michael focuses on high net worth individuals and families. He manages concentrated stock positions, 10b5-1 stock plan implementation for corporate executives, and advises on 401k plans for businesses. Michael currently resides in Miami, Florida. His hobbies include playing hockey, traveling, and cooking.

WebDogs, CA, Tech Support

Webdogs LLC is a San Jose, California based, full-service web design and e-solutions provider offering design, development, hosting, and other web services. They use cutting-edge technologies and modern design techniques to build effective websites. Webdogs was founded by two enterprise escapees. Trained in the ranks of the hi-tech corporate world, they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to every project. Their clients range from non-profits and small businesses to corporations and municipal governments. 

Admod Technologies, India, Tech Support

Admod Technologies builds efficient software applications customized to fit its clients needs in minimum time and cost. Admod is led and owned by Sunjith Sukumaran, a technologist with knowledge of almost every programming language. He is passionate about designing and delivering ingenious software solutions. Sunjith leads of team of 52 software developers, business analysts, and designers. For more than 12 years, Admod has provided technical advising and consultanting to many leading industry giants.




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