Staff

  • Courtney Banayad

    Deputy Director of Partnerships

    Courtney's passion for promoting human rights brought her to Global Greengrants Fund in August 2011. She serves as the Deputy Director of Partnerships. Prior to joining Global Greengrants Fund, Courtney was involved in the anti-human trafficking movement in Colorado, U.S. foreign diplomacy in Finland, and humanitarian assistance & disaster relief in Texas. She holds an M.A. in International and Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver and bachelor’s degrees in Ethnic Studies and American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Courtney serves on the board of directors at the Chinook Fund and Community Food Share

  • Jenna Daucunas

    Development Database Associate

    Jenna has always been drawn to helping others. Volunteering in Bolivia and Costa Rica as a teenager led her to pursue a degree in International Studies at the University of Oregon, focusing on community development. After college, she spent four years in northern Spain teaching English and volunteering in the local UNICEF office. Jenna launched her career in nonprofits at the University of Colorado Foundation. Her love of the outdoors and passion to help people and to be part of creating a better world led her to join Global Greengrants in 2015. She can be found camping and climbing around Colorado most every weekend in the summer and enjoying the great skiing all winter.

  • Allison R. Davis

    Deputy Director of Programs

    Allison Davis is Deputy Director of Programs at Global Greengrants Fund. She supports the Coordinators for eleven advisory boards on all aspects of grantmaking, learning and strategy, as well as global approaches for Greengrants to learning and evaluation. Prior to Greengrants she spent eight years at Oxfam America leading research and evaluation for their programs, as well as supporting regional offices around the world in planning and learning. Before Oxfam, Allison worked as an applied anthropologist in both Senegal and Arizona. Allison holds a masters in cultural anthropology from the University of Arizona and a B.A. from Colorado College.

  • Olenka Dubchak

    Executive Assistant

    Born in Ukraine, Olenka became passionate about environmental preservation and human rights after seeing the devastating effects of Chernobyl and degradation of the land from the heavy use of agricultural chemicals. She got her M.B.A. in Global Social Sustainable Enterprise from Colorado State University, focusing on aiding global businesses to establish and implement social and environmental sustainability initiatives. Olenka cofounded a social enterprise, MayanTerra, and worked in Guatemala with rural farmers to test soil and raise awareness of agro-ecological alternatives to chemical pesticides and fertilizers. She also assisted Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura – IMAP in developing a fundraising strategy and launching a crowd-sourcing campaign to support native seed banks and plant biodiversity. Olenka is passionate about promoting sustainability and connecting resources to needs, she volunteers at Sustainable Living Fair, Sustainable Opportunities Summit, and Colorado Sustainability Conference. In her free time, Olenka loves to hike, read, garden, and play board games.

  • Anna Feyerherm

    Grants Associate

    Anna joined Global Greengrants Fund in May 2017 to continue her engagement with human rights and environmental conservation work. She holds a B.A. in International Studies and M.A. in Geography from the University of Missouri. Her academic experience includes Master’s research of local community and indigenous rights in the context of UNESCO World Heritage sites, study of sustainable agriculture and food systems, and study abroad experience in the Galápagos Islands focusing on sustainable tourism and resource management. Anna has interned with a marine debris conservation and education organization in the Gulf of Maine and volunteered on organic and permaculture farms in North and Central America. She has also enjoyed experience working as a peer writing tutor and is a TEFL certified English teacher. Her interests include holistic health and herbalism, cooking and sharing food, and exploring the outdoors as she learns to appreciate winter in Boulder.

  • Alex Grossman

    Digital Marketing Specialist

    Alex comes to Global Greengrants with a background in indigenous rights, women’s rights, and environmental policy. She previously developed communications content and strategy for The Center of Effective Global Action at U.C. Berkeley and The Climate Reality Project. Alex has a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Boston University and a B.A. in International Relations and Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Outside of the office, Alex can be found climbing, skiing, and mountain biking in the Colorado mountains and beyond.

  • Dona Hittinger

    Office Manager

    Dona came to Global Greengrants Fund in November 2011 with 10+ years experience in non-profits. Her recent experience being in the higher education arena as the Bursar at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. Dona is a registered Massage Therapist in the state of Colorado and a Reiki Master practitioner. At BCMT she participated in a fund raising event to send 12 therapists to India to teach Tibetan refugees a skill to advance them in the community and to assist in the healing process of their loved ones. She hopes to return to India and volunteer in the children’s village. She also spent the last 6 years teaching at BCMT in the Communications and Career Development departments.

  • Sahana Khanal

    Accountant

    With over 10 years of accounting experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations, Sahana keeps all of our books in order and funds flowing to the grassroots. Prior to joining the Global Greengrants Fund staff, she provided accounting training to more than 100 non-governmental organizations in Nepal, where she was born and raised. Sahana has an M.A. in Business Administration from Tribhuban University.

  • Peter Kostishack

    Director of Programs

    Peter has worked for many years supporting communities and indigenous organizations in defense of their rights, territories, and natural resources. Prior to coming to Global Greengrants Fund, he coordinated the Amazon Alliance, a coalition of indigenous and non-governmental organizations protecting the Amazon Basin. He has also been a community mapper, researcher, blogger, activist against mega projects, and consultant to funders and organizations on how to partner with indigenous peoples’ organizations. Peter has an MESc in Social Ecology and Community Development from Yale University and a B.A. in Biology from Harvard University.

  • Kristall Laursen

    Global Giving Network Manager

    Kristall joined Global Greengrants Fund after a varied background in the cultural arts and nonprofit field. Though she has always been passionate about communicating with people, her interest in public service grew throughout her education. After graduating with a B.A. in Communications from Wartburg College, she completed a M.A. in Museum Studies from Western Illinois University. Her studies took her to Europe where she raised funds for Kettle’s Yard and Wolfson College in Cambridge, England. Tying together her love of people with her interest in philanthropy, she began working at John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. There, Kristall developed an interest in environmental conservation and sustainability, which led her to join Global Greengrants in 2015.

  • Michelle Mendieta

    Program Assistant

    Michelle has always had a passion for the environment and for helping others. Before coming to Global Greengrants Fund, Michelle was a Sustainability Consultant, helping clients to reduce their carbon footprint. Previously, Michelle worked at Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education and Environment for the Americas, where she focused on educating the public about migratory birds in North and South America and engaging Latino communities in conservation. Michelle has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont.

  • Greg Miller

    Program Officer, Donor Advised Funds

    Greg came to Global Greengrants after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia. While there, he taught English in secondary schools and served as a Volunteer Leader, assisting volunteers throughout the country. Greg’s passion for the environment and support of local communities began in Mongolia and has found a home in Global Greengrants. He earned B.A.s in history and music while attending the University of Colorado and is currently spending his free time studying for a Master's in Intercultural and International Communications at the University of Denver.

  • Ursula Miniszewski

    Program and Development Officer, Gender and the Environment

    Ursula Miniszewski is the Program and Development Officer, Gender and the Environment at Global Greengrants Fund, contributing author of Climate Justice and Women's Rights: A Guide to Supporting Grassroots Women's Actions and co-coordinator of the Summit on Women and Climate. She has experience working on human rights issues in Africa, Latin America, and Europe, and has worked in internationally focused nonprofits based in the United States that advocate for girl’s education, women’s rights, and access to safe water. Miniszewski holds a M.A. in International Studies a B.A. in History.

  • Katy Neusteter

    Director of Communications

    Katy is a content expert who has crafted marketing communications for nonprofits, travel destinations, and natural-health brands. Prior to joining Global Greengrants Fund in 2012, she spent ten years as a writer and editor. Katy is passionate about clean rivers, bicycles, high heels, and good stories. She holds a B.S. in Film from Northwestern University.

  • Anthony Noble

    Vice President and CFO

    Tony joined Global Greengrants Fund after a long career in banking, where he developed expertise in financial and managerial accounting, accounting operations, budgeting, strategic planning, forecasting, and financial and regulatory reporting. Additionally, he has over 10 years of experience working with non-profits and local government. He brings this knowledge to Global Greengrants Fund where he is responsible for accounting, finance, human resources, information technology, and grants management, ensuring our funds get to the grassroots. Tony holds an M.S. in Business Management, Strategic Innovation and Change Management from Colorado State University and a B.S. in Business Administration/Finance from University of Northern Colorado.

  • Teresa Odendahl, Ph.D.

    President and CEO

    Terry has spent more than 30 years working to bridge the gap between our natural and human worlds. Prior to joining Global Greengrants in 2009, Terry helmed the National Network of Grantmakers for over a decade, and later the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers. She also worked to protect public lands in the western United States, as a program officer at the Wyss Foundation. An anthropologist by training, she has held faculty positions at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute; the University of California, San Diego; and Yale University. Terry’s background in anthropology and philanthropy is complemented by her expertise in gender studies. She is the co-author or editor of four books: Charity Begins at Home: Generosity and Self-Interest Among the Philanthropic Elite; America’s Wealthy and the Future of Foundations; Women and Power in the Nonprofit Sector; and Career Patterns in Philanthropy, as well as numerous articles on a variety of topics. Terry is co-founder of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, D.C., and the Institute for Collaborative Change in New Mexico. Terry is leading Global Greengrants’ to expand its support for women-led solutions to environmental issues. When she’s not traveling the world, Terry enjoys spending time with her two adult daughters and gardening at her home in Lyons, Colorado.

  • Justine Reed

    Vice President

    Justine grew up exploring the back roads and wild places of the Sierra Nevada in a VW bus with her family. This experience eventually led her to a degree in forestry from the University of California at Berkeley. Justine’s career path has spanned the nonprofit sector: She has worked on health and social issues such as heart disease, AIDS, and domestic violence. In 2006, she began working on climate change and energy efficiency when she joined the staff at Rocky Mountain Institute. Justine brings more than 20 years of fundraising experience to Global Greengrants Fund, where she is thrilled to combine her commitment to human services and the environment. She continues to express her love of the Earth through hiking, camping, gardening, and spending time with her family at their cabin in the woods.

  • Robert Riker

    Grants Associate

    Robert’s passion for human rights, social justice, and environmental conservation drew him to Global Greengrants Fund in 2015. Prior to joining Global Greengrants Fund, Robert worked as an anthropology research assistant, focusing on indigenous rights, land tenure, and environmental conservation in the Brazilian Amazon. Robert previously worked with Handicap International U.S. and a local economic development organization in Takoma Park, Maryland. His diverse work experience includes stints as an organic farmer, high school sports coach, photo booth operator, city planner, and architectural draftsman. In his free time, Robert enjoys reading, writing short stories, traveling, and participating in a variety of sports and outdoor activities. Robert holds B.A.s in History and Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also minored in Latin American Studies.

  • Francesco Sangiorgi

    IT Specialist

    Francesco was born in Varese, Italy and raised in the foothills of the Alps. His early appreciation for nature has developed throughout his life into a passion for hiking, climbing, and exploration of the outdoors. Francesco earned his B.A. in Philosophy, with an emphasis on Political Philosophy, from Bologna University in Bologna, Italy. In 2006 Francesco relocated from Italy to the United States, and arrived in Colorado in 2007. He worked as a database manager for a small internet media company for five years before joining Global Greengrants Fund in 2012 and serves as IT Specialist.

  • Nicole Schmitt

    Grants Associate

    Before joining Global Greengrants Fund in 2015, Nicole gained experience in public land management, sustainable agriculture, geography, and international health and development. Nicole has traveled and studied in China, New Zealand, Ecuador, and India, and is dedicated to promoting practical, grassroots solutions to environmental justice issues around the world. She is extremely passionate about nature and is always keen to hike, ski, paddle, climb, or bike anything outdoors. Nicole studied Mandarin Chinese at Peking University and holds B.A.s in International Studies and Geography from the University of Denver, Colorado.

  • Julia Woods

    Administrative Assistant

    Julia’s passion for environmental sustainability, human rights, and mission-driven organizations led her to Global Greengrants Fund in October 2016. Prior to joining the Greengrants team, Julia worked for a renewable energy cooperative on the East Coast and an education-focused nonprofit in Los Angeles. While pursuing her B.A. in Political Science at Loyola Marymount University her studies took her across the pond to the UK, where she worked as a parliamentary intern for an environmental protection charity in London. When not in the office, you will most likely find Julia teaching yoga, slurping bowls of pho, or exploring the beautiful Colorado Rockies via hiking boots, skis, or camping tent.