Meet The Team
Water Quality Coordinator
Ben joined GCWIN in 2020 as a recent graduate. His primary roles include collecting and compiling water quality data for several of GCWIN’s programs. A major influence on Ben’s decision to pursue water resource management stems from his childhood experiences fishing on lakes and in streams. While studying environmental sciences at the University of Iowa, Ben was heavily involved with projects such as water quality investigations, geomorphic research, and mapping soils. After graduation in 2019, Ben moved to Oregon to perform stream surveys for the Bureau of Land Management. Grand County fell onto Ben’s radar on a solo fly fishing trip he took in college and has made this vacation destination his home. He is looking forward to developing programs and growing with GCWIN. When he’s not on the water, Ben spends most of his free time snowboarding and exploring what Colorado has to offer.
Water Education Coordinator
Erica is a Colorado native and has always had a passion for nature and the outdoors. Erica has a background in Natural Resources through the School of Forestry at the University of Montana. She continued her passion for the outdoors as a certified Master Naturalist for 5 years at Middleton Nature Center in Charleston, SC, where she realized her passion for environmental education.
Returning to Colorado, Erica continued her practice as a Naturalist and work with environmental science with occupations and volunteer experiences such as a Recreation Technician and a Wildlife Biology Technician for USFS Boulder and Sulphur Ranger Districts, a Wetland and Waterfowl Field Technician for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and an Interpretive guide for both Devils Thumb Ranch and Rocky Mountain National Park.
Erica has enjoyed living in beautiful Grand County since 2010 and has most recently worked for Headwaters Trails Alliance for 6 years as the Field Project Manager and Volunteer and Events Coordinator.
Erica loves being a part of the Grand County community and calls it her home. She is excited to be a part of such an important organization that can help conserve, protect, and educate others about the headwaters and watersheds of Grand County. When Erica is not working, she enjoys several outdoor activities including bird watching, hiking, camping and playing in the snow.
Secchi Field Technician
Mary Price is the Executive Director for Grand County Water Information Network in Grand Lake, CO. Mary has served as Lead Field Technician for GCWIN since 2017. Water quality and environmental education has been an integral part of Mary’s life from a young age. Growing up on an aquaculture farm in Florida, Mary formed a passion for water and all the living species that depend on its bounty. Mary graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL. Having the opportunity to lead this organization has been a dream realized. Mary is looking forward to leading GCWIN into the future while inspiring others to protect our precious water resources. When Mary is not on the job, she can be found enjoying Colorado’s outdoors with hiking, biking, and snowboarding.