WILDFIRE PARTNERS STAFF

What Is Our Long Term Goal?

Our team is dedicated to educating homeowners on the risk of wildfires and the benefits of mitigation. Our staff works hard to make your home as safe as possible and your community more resistant to wildfires. We are determined to become the model wildfire mitigation program for counties across Colorado.

Knowledgeable mitigation specialists, with various wildfire backgrounds, are here to support you throughout the mitigation process. Phone Advisors are always available to answer any questions you have regarding mitigation and are more than happy to assist you with any problems that arise.

"360 degrees around our property is burnt to a crisp, and we still stand with lots of green up to 50 feet and it’s all thanks to our hard work and our specialist’s great attention to detail. So I just wanted you to know that this is a model up here and I’m so grateful to Wildfire Partners."

-David Ruskay, Certified Homeowner and Cold Springs Fire Survivor

Our Staff

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Jim Webster

Program Coordinator

Jim Webster works in Boulder County’s Land Use Department. Jim developed this nationally recognized public-private partnership in collaboration with many colleagues and over 35 partner organizations. Designing and implementing innovative, natural resource-based initiatives for more than 30 years, he has worked throughout the U.S. and Africa. He received his Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University.

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Abby Silver

Mitigation Specialist

Abby Silver has been working for Boulder County’s Wildfire Partners program since its inception in 2014. Helping hundreds of Boulder County homeowners to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities to their land and structures is her specialty.  She enjoys collaborating with homeowners to find creative solutions designed to enhance both the fire safety and aesthetics of their property while working within the parameters of current science and best practices.  During her spare time, she volunteers with the Sunshine Fire Department.

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Ben Yellin

Mitigation Specialist

Before joining Boulder County, Ben was an Associate Planner at Wildfire Planning International and a Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) team member. He also operated as a wildland firefighter for seven years on Hotshot, Heli tack, and engine crews for the US Forest Service and National Park Service. Ben earned a Bachelor of Natural Resource Tourism degree from Colorado State University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree at the University of Colorado, Denver.

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Kyle McCatty

Mitigation Specialist

Kyle McCatty helps run both the County’s nationally award winning voluntary home wildfire mitigation program—Wildfire Partners—and the County’s building code wildfire mitigation requirements. Prior to joining the county, Kyle worked for the Colorado State Forest Service in Fort Collins and Golden helping state and private landowners with forest restoration and wildfire mitigation.

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Matt Tobler

Mitigation Specialist

Matt Tobler has over 19 years of experience working on the Colorado Front Range as a certified forester.  Working with the Wildfire Partners program, he has provided assessments for more than 350 properties throughout Boulder County.  He assisted with the National Environmental Policy Act compliance, conducting original research regarding landscape ecology and fuel loading.  Matt strives to integrate homeowner desires with fire science and forest conditions to develop a customized mitigation plan for each property.

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Brett Haberstick

Mitigation Specialist

Brett has worked with the program for the past four years.  Working as a volunteer firefighter for nine years, he also served as Fire Marshal and Fire Chief. Brett participated in writing two Community Wildfire Protection Plans and serves on the Boulder County Fire Code Review Council. He is part of the Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Team that travels around the US to fight wildfires including the 2016 Cold Springs Fire in Nederland, Colorado. Brett earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Leslie Brodhead

Phone Advisor

Prior to joining Wildfire Partners, Leslie worked with Boulder County Parks & Open Space the last three years with Education & Outreach.  Prior to joining the county, Leslie worked 17 years as an Interpretive Park Ranger with the National Park Service, serving at seven different national parks throughout the country.  She received her certification as a Type 2 Wildland Firefighter in 2002.  Leslie currently lives in Nederland, Colorado with her husband, and enjoys hiking and skiing in her spare time.  They went through the Wildfire Partners Program and received certification in its inaugural year, 2014.