Staff

Laura Sanford, Executive Director

I am coming to Douglas Land Conservancy (DLC) with over 20 years of conservation experience. Past professional experiences include working for Adkins Arboretum, a native ecosystems arboretum, running my own native plant nursery, working for The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and spending 12 wonderful years with the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC).

In 2015, my family visited Colorado for the first time and fell in love. We decided to try to relocate and explored many opportunities to make that happen. Fortunately the stars aligned when the Executive Director position at Douglas Land Conservancy opened. The chance to work and play in the picturesque community of Douglas County is a dream come true. A long history of conservation and land trust work, including leading ESLC through national Accreditation, has helped prepare me for the challenge of leading Douglas Land Conservancy into the next phase.

DLC has had a phenomenal leader for over 20 years and filling those shoes will be a challenge and an aspiration. I look forward to continuing the great legacy, already established by Douglas Land Conservancy, to protect and conserve the natural and open space of Douglas County and surrounding areas, as well as working with the vibrant community.

 

Patti Hostetler, (Outgoing 10/2022) Executive Director
Patti Hostetler has been with DLC since 2000. She is a Colorado native and a resident of Douglas County along with her husband and three sons, since 1991. She has been active in the Douglas County community being involved as Secretary of the Castle Rock Parks and Trails Foundation, Treasurer of the Douglas County Non-profit Coalition, former Vice President of the Woodlands HOA and Chair of the Town of Castle Rock Planning Commission.  Patti attended Fort Lewis College and Metro State University, both in Colorado, holds a Colorado real estate license, and has worked in the Colorado real estate industry for over 29 years.  She is a graduate of the rigorous Executive Leadership Program through the Land Trust Alliance, the umbrella organization for the 1,700 land trusts throughout the country.  She enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and gardening.

 

 

Amy Graziano, Director of Outreach
amy-3Amy Graziano has made Colorado her home for more than 30 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in Elementary Education and a master’s degree from The University of Denver in Environmental Policy and Management. She has been active in the community with volunteer roles on Castle Rock’s Water Commission, Girl Scouts, and Castle View High School’s Academic Booster Club. Amy enjoys her role at DLC focusing on outreach and connecting the community to our beautiful open spaces. Amy, her husband and two daughters are passionate about travel and spent 2013 traveling around the world.

 

 

Sarah Corliss, Project Coordinator

Sarah has a passion for the great outdoors and has frequently been seen hiking or volunteering for Douglas County Open Space Trails. She enjoys learning about local history, flora, and fauna. She is a beginner bird enthusiast who likes to take every opportunity to improve her skills. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Sarah holds a BFA in Visual Design and has worked with other artists and writers to successfully design publications for higher education, church building campaigns, and fundraising events. Sarah and her husband have three adult daughters. Sarah enjoys hiking, gardening, and knitting.