Cecily Mui, Watershed Coordinator
Cecily’s career in land management began at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she obtained Bachelor degrees in both Wildlife Ecology and Agricultural Education. There she discovered a passion for restoration while taking classes and volunteering at the Arboretum where conservationist Aldo Leopold led an effort to re-establish native plant communities and introduced the concept of ecological restoration. After completing her Peace Corps-Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology at Colorado State University, she went on to environmental consulting, restoration projects, natural areas land management, public outreach, volunteer coordination, and program development.
While working as the Resource Specialist and Land Manager at South Platte Park in Littleton, Colorado, Cecily led a stream restoration project on the South Platte River that educated both the public and elected officials on its degraded condition. Through her collaborative leadership style, funding and support were obtained for a river restoration master plan and a series of demonstration projects. Cecily is inspired and motivated by all the community focused recovery efforts that create opportunities to enhance flood resiliency, ecological functions, resource development, and improved quality of life.
Erika Shioya, Assistant Watershed Coordinator Erika is the Assistant Watershed Coordinator for the Saint Vrain Creek Coalition. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Berkeley in Genetics and Plant Biology. Most recently, Erika spent five years as the Communications Coordinator for the Colorado Watershed Assembly (CWA), a nonprofit supporting watershed coalitions throughout the state of Colorado. She was in that particular role during the 2013 floods and was inspired by the way the affected communities quickly rallied together to support those in need.
Service to others has always been of particular importance to Erika, and she has volunteered for numerous nonprofit organizations including the Center for Native Ecosystems, The Park People, and TRU Community Care. She is excited to be working in a capacity where she can directly support the interests of those in her very own watershed.
Dylan Helt, SVCC Summer Intern
Dylan is the college intern for the Saint Vrain Creek Coalition. He is in the final year of his education at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studies Geology and Environmental Biology. Dylan’s experience in science and education began as the lead intern at the Outdoor Educational Laboratory School as part of the Jefferson County School District. There, he learned the importance of stewardship for our great state and community service for our neighbors. Further experience has been found working for local restaurants and ice cream shops where customer service has been a constant goal. Dylan is a third generation native Coloradan who is passionate about hiking 14er’s and spending Sundays watching Broncos games with his family.
The Saint Vrain Creek Coalition called to him as a working environment geared for results and friendly service to our community. He is excited to contribute in every way possible to ensure the damages of the 2013 flood are only remembered in family stories.\
Dylan hopes to continue assisting efforts in remediation once graduated. He is particularly interested in geochemistry and geomicrobiology. It is his dream to cure the Rocky Mountains of damaging acid mine drainage generated by abandoned mines of Colorado’s history. Dylan hopes that when his job is done in remediation he might retire to owning an ice cream shop where he could continue bringing smiles to his community.