Wildflower Festival Staff

Michelle Bivens

Executive Director

 

In 1984, my husband, Pat, introduced me to Crested Butte by accident, when we tried to escape the deluge of a heavy summer rainstorm while camping in Almont. We returned almost every summer to mountain bike the incredible peaks and valleys of this beautiful place, and in 2007, we moved from Boulder for good.And I mean “good” in every sense of the word!

I was lucky enough to become the Director of the Wildflower Festival in 2007, and I’ll celebrate my fifth festival this year. I love connecting people to this special place, and seeing their love affair with Crested Butte grow stronger every year.

In typical CB style, I support my mountain habit with multiple endeavors: working as the Director of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, and as a grant writer for High Country Citizens’ Alliance, and previously for the Office for Resource Efficiency. I serve on the Boards of the Paradise Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the Chamber of Commerce.My passion is working for environmental conservation and stewardship, preservation of wild places, and animals….and of course- mountain biking and skiing!

Prior to moving to Crested Butte, I was the Environmental Coordinator for the Department of Housing at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Energy Projects Manager at the Center for Resource Conservation, formerly the Boulder Energy Conservation Center.I earned an MS in Building Systems Engineering and a BA in Environmental Biology from CU Boulder.

 

I was smitten with Crested Butte and it’s wildflowers  at the age of 8, and have been playing in this valley ever since. After many a vacation I finally moved here permanently in 2012. I am wife and mother of two, a former high school science teacher, and a Colorado Master Gardener. I previously supported the Wildflower Festival through a leadership role with the Board of Directors before jumping in to my current position as Executive Director. I am committed to the preservation and promotion of this beautiful valley.

In 1984, my husband, Pat, introduced me to Crested Butte by accident, when we tried to escape the deluge of a heavy summer rainstorm while camping in Almont. We returned almost every summer to mountain bike the incredible peaks and valleys of this beautiful place, and in 2007, we moved from Boulder for good.And I mean “good” in every sense of the word!

I was lucky enough to become the Director of the Wildflower Festival in 2007, and I’ll celebrate my fifth festival this year. I love connecting people to this special place, and seeing their love affair with Crested Butte grow stronger every year.

In typical CB style, I support my mountain habit with multiple endeavors: working as the Director of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, and as a grant writer for High Country Citizens’ Alliance, and previously for the Office for Resource Efficiency. I serve on the Boards of the Paradise Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the Chamber of Commerce.My passion is working for environmental conservation and stewardship, preservation of wild places, and animals….and of course- mountain biking and skiing!

Prior to moving to Crested Butte, I was the Environmental Coordinator for the Department of Housing at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Energy Projects Manager at the Center for Resource Conservation, formerly the Boulder Energy Conservation Center.I earned an MS in Building Systems Engineering and a BA in Environmental Biology from CU Boulder.

Olivia Murphy-Welconish

Administrative Specialist & Project Coordinator

 

In 1984, my husband, Pat, introduced me to Crested Butte by accident, when we tried to escape the deluge of a heavy summer rainstorm while camping in Almont. We returned almost every summer to mountain bike the incredible peaks and valleys of this beautiful place, and in 2007, we moved from Boulder for good.And I mean “good” in every sense of the word!

I was lucky enough to become the Director of the Wildflower Festival in 2007, and I’ll celebrate my fifth festival this year. I love connecting people to this special place, and seeing their love affair with Crested Butte grow stronger every year.

In typical CB style, I support my mountain habit with multiple endeavors: working as the Director of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, and as a grant writer for High Country Citizens’ Alliance, and previously for the Office for Resource Efficiency. I serve on the Boards of the Paradise Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the Chamber of Commerce.My passion is working for environmental conservation and stewardship, preservation of wild places, and animals….and of course- mountain biking and skiing!

Prior to moving to Crested Butte, I was the Environmental Coordinator for the Department of Housing at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Energy Projects Manager at the Center for Resource Conservation, formerly the Boulder Energy Conservation Center.I earned an MS in Building Systems Engineering and a BA in Environmental Biology from CU Boulder.

 

Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, I have always been one for the outdoors and soaking in the abundant natural Colorado beauty through travel, rock climbing, skiing, and yoga! I first started calling the Gunnison Valley my home in 2017 when I began as a Psychology and Philosophy student at Western Colorado University. Since then, I have made it my mission to give back to the Gunnison Valley particularly through the lenses of community involvement, non-profit service, and event planning. I could not be more thrilled to be a part of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival planning team and help this incredible event come to fruition for locals and visitors alike!

In 1984, my husband, Pat, introduced me to Crested Butte by accident, when we tried to escape the deluge of a heavy summer rainstorm while camping in Almont. We returned almost every summer to mountain bike the incredible peaks and valleys of this beautiful place, and in 2007, we moved from Boulder for good.And I mean “good” in every sense of the word!

I was lucky enough to become the Director of the Wildflower Festival in 2007, and I’ll celebrate my fifth festival this year. I love connecting people to this special place, and seeing their love affair with Crested Butte grow stronger every year.

In typical CB style, I support my mountain habit with multiple endeavors: working as the Director of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, and as a grant writer for High Country Citizens’ Alliance, and previously for the Office for Resource Efficiency. I serve on the Boards of the Paradise Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the Chamber of Commerce.My passion is working for environmental conservation and stewardship, preservation of wild places, and animals….and of course- mountain biking and skiing!

Prior to moving to Crested Butte, I was the Environmental Coordinator for the Department of Housing at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Energy Projects Manager at the Center for Resource Conservation, formerly the Boulder Energy Conservation Center.I earned an MS in Building Systems Engineering and a BA in Environmental Biology from CU Boulder.

Peyton Palermo

Customer Care Specialist

 

In 1984, my husband, Pat, introduced me to Crested Butte by accident, when we tried to escape the deluge of a heavy summer rainstorm while camping in Almont. We returned almost every summer to mountain bike the incredible peaks and valleys of this beautiful place, and in 2007, we moved from Boulder for good.And I mean “good” in every sense of the word!

I was lucky enough to become the Director of the Wildflower Festival in 2007, and I’ll celebrate my fifth festival this year. I love connecting people to this special place, and seeing their love affair with Crested Butte grow stronger every year.

In typical CB style, I support my mountain habit with multiple endeavors: working as the Director of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, and as a grant writer for High Country Citizens’ Alliance, and previously for the Office for Resource Efficiency. I serve on the Boards of the Paradise Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the Chamber of Commerce.My passion is working for environmental conservation and stewardship, preservation of wild places, and animals….and of course- mountain biking and skiing!

Prior to moving to Crested Butte, I was the Environmental Coordinator for the Department of Housing at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Energy Projects Manager at the Center for Resource Conservation, formerly the Boulder Energy Conservation Center.I earned an MS in Building Systems Engineering and a BA in Environmental Biology from CU Boulder.

 

 

I am a Colorado native who absolutely loves everything from the city to the outdoors. I am a 4th year Marketing and Sales student at Western Colorado University. “Be Strong. Fight Hard. Dig Deep.” is a quote I challenge myself to live by daily. Throughout my time here in the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley I have fulfilled leadership roles along with years of work in the nonprofit industry that have allowed me to be an advocate for women in business.

In my free time, you can catch me fly fishing the Taylor River, skiing, and pursuing photography. I’m ecstatic to be a part of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival team and make this event a success!

In 1984, my husband, Pat, introduced me to Crested Butte by accident, when we tried to escape the deluge of a heavy summer rainstorm while camping in Almont. We returned almost every summer to mountain bike the incredible peaks and valleys of this beautiful place, and in 2007, we moved from Boulder for good.And I mean “good” in every sense of the word!

I was lucky enough to become the Director of the Wildflower Festival in 2007, and I’ll celebrate my fifth festival this year. I love connecting people to this special place, and seeing their love affair with Crested Butte grow stronger every year.

In typical CB style, I support my mountain habit with multiple endeavors: working as the Director of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, and as a grant writer for High Country Citizens’ Alliance, and previously for the Office for Resource Efficiency. I serve on the Boards of the Paradise Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the Chamber of Commerce.My passion is working for environmental conservation and stewardship, preservation of wild places, and animals….and of course- mountain biking and skiing!

Prior to moving to Crested Butte, I was the Environmental Coordinator for the Department of Housing at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Energy Projects Manager at the Center for Resource Conservation, formerly the Boulder Energy Conservation Center.I earned an MS in Building Systems Engineering and a BA in Environmental Biology from CU Boulder.

Emily Eads

Lead Festival Assistant

 

In 1984, my husband, Pat, introduced me to Crested Butte by accident, when we tried to escape the deluge of a heavy summer rainstorm while camping in Almont. We returned almost every summer to mountain bike the incredible peaks and valleys of this beautiful place, and in 2007, we moved from Boulder for good.And I mean “good” in every sense of the word!

I was lucky enough to become the Director of the Wildflower Festival in 2007, and I’ll celebrate my fifth festival this year. I love connecting people to this special place, and seeing their love affair with Crested Butte grow stronger every year.

In typical CB style, I support my mountain habit with multiple endeavors: working as the Director of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, and as a grant writer for High Country Citizens’ Alliance, and previously for the Office for Resource Efficiency. I serve on the Boards of the Paradise Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the Chamber of Commerce.My passion is working for environmental conservation and stewardship, preservation of wild places, and animals….and of course- mountain biking and skiing!

Prior to moving to Crested Butte, I was the Environmental Coordinator for the Department of Housing at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Energy Projects Manager at the Center for Resource Conservation, formerly the Boulder Energy Conservation Center.I earned an MS in Building Systems Engineering and a BA in Environmental Biology from CU Boulder.

 

I was born and raised in Colorado, where I have been lucky enough to lead a life heavily connected to nature and the outdoors. I love immersing myself in the beauty of my surroundings, whether that be through hiking or skiing along the front range or at Mt. Crested Butte. I graduated from Western Colorado University with degrees in English and Politics & Government, also having fostered an unquestionable love for the valley throughout my time as a student. I am overjoyed to be a part of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival team and help curate an event that educates participants and exemplifies our breathtaking environment!

In 1984, my husband, Pat, introduced me to Crested Butte by accident, when we tried to escape the deluge of a heavy summer rainstorm while camping in Almont. We returned almost every summer to mountain bike the incredible peaks and valleys of this beautiful place, and in 2007, we moved from Boulder for good.And I mean “good” in every sense of the word!

I was lucky enough to become the Director of the Wildflower Festival in 2007, and I’ll celebrate my fifth festival this year. I love connecting people to this special place, and seeing their love affair with Crested Butte grow stronger every year.

In typical CB style, I support my mountain habit with multiple endeavors: working as the Director of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, and as a grant writer for High Country Citizens’ Alliance, and previously for the Office for Resource Efficiency. I serve on the Boards of the Paradise Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the Chamber of Commerce.My passion is working for environmental conservation and stewardship, preservation of wild places, and animals….and of course- mountain biking and skiing!

Prior to moving to Crested Butte, I was the Environmental Coordinator for the Department of Housing at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Energy Projects Manager at the Center for Resource Conservation, formerly the Boulder Energy Conservation Center.I earned an MS in Building Systems Engineering and a BA in Environmental Biology from CU Boulder.