Nicole Croft, Executive Director
Nicole is a sixth generation Utahn living in Escalante, Utah since 2007. She has been involved in community organizing projects from launching a charity thrift store to founding the Escalante Farmers Market in 2008. After completing a master’s degree in Community Leadership from Westminster College in Salt Lake City with a focus on rural sustainability and understanding the perspectives of various stakeholders living in the gateway communities of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, she has served as the Executive Director for Grand Staircase Escalante Partners since 2016.
Sherry Robinson, Operations Manager
Sherry has been with Partners for 3 years. She joined us with more than 20 years of experience in administration, bookkeeping, and managing office operations, primarily in public schools. Sherry has lived most of her life in the small town of Monticello, Utah, known for its mountainous skyline and mining history. Her family has lived in the Four Corners area for nearly 100 years. During her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, off-roading, and any kind of adventure with her family.
Dave Bastian, Development and Marketing Director
Bio coming soon…
Jonathan Paklaian, Restoration Program Coordinator
For over 10 years, Jonathan has conducted fieldwork and managed environmental resource work across the Southwest. This interdisciplinary experience includes working for multiple consulting firms, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the USGS. Jonathan was fortunate to work in southern Utah, with two seasons at Bryce Canyon NP, and one at Grand Staircase-Escalante NM. His graduate research was also on the Colorado Plateau, where he studied long-term environmental change in the Chuska Mountains of the Navajo Nation. His role at Partners offers exciting opportunities for public and private land restoration and watershed-wide conservation.
In his free time, Jonathan can often be found exploring public lands, fishing, hunting, backpacking, cycling, or relaxing with some good fiction. He holds an M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Northern Arizona University.
Alex Engel, Restoration Field Staff Supervisor
Alex received a civil engineering degree from UW-Milwaukee in 2011, but couldn’t handle the thought of being stuck behind a desk for the rest of his life. Instead, he joined a conservation corps so that he could work outdoors. Alex first came to Escalante in 2013 with Arizona Conservation Corps to treat Russian olive with ERWP. He is very happy to be working in such beautiful country.
Taylor Sanchez, Restoration Field Staff Coordinator
Bio coming soon…
Brian Storm, Site Steward Coordinator
Brian is trained as an archaeologist with a BA in Anthropology and a lot of graduate coursework in prehistoric and historic archaeology. He has worked as an archaeological technician for various federal agencies since 2003, starting at Ashley National Forest in NE Utah, then worked for Grand Staircase-Escalante from 2007 through 2011 and 2016 through 2018. He has also worked for BLM Utah in Moab and Fillmore and for the NPS at Amistad National Recreation Area in TX and the Midwest Archaeological Center in Lincoln, NE. During his free time, he attempts to maintain a 40-acre horse ranch, grows vegetables for home-made salsa, and probably does a few other things as well.