Youth Summit Project Coordinator, Harry Bruell, CEO, Conservation Legacy
Harry Bruell, CEO & President, has been with Conservation Legacy since May 2004 and has worked with service and conservation corps since 1991. In 2011 Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar appointed Harry as the Chair of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Federal Advisory Committee. From 1994 to 2004 Harry worked with the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps (now The Corps Network), most recently as Chief Operating Officer and previously as Vice-President. Harry began his work with corps at the Durham (NC) Service Corps in the early 1990s where he served as Work Project Coordinator and Associate Director. Harry co-founded the National Public Lands Service Coalition in 2009 and the Mountain Alliance of Conservation Corps in 2005. He serves on numerous Boards including as Chair of The Corps Network’s Corps Council and as Treasurer of Veteran Green Jobs.
Youth Summit Program Director, Ann A. Pritzlaff, MS, Historic Preservation
Ann A. Pritzlaff is the founder and producer of the Youth Summits. She is a nationally recognized Preservation and Policy Consultant working on historic preservation, public lands, heritage education and tourism outreach and policy. 2012 marks Ms. Pritzlaff’s nearly forty years in the field of preservation. With an M.S. in Historic Preservation, her career highlights include serving as State Historic Preservation Officer in Arizona, and appointments by Colorado Governor Bill Owens, Governor Bill Ritter and Governor John Hickenlooper to the State Historic Preservation Review Board and President George W. Bush to serve as a “Historic Preservation Expert” for two 4-year terms on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, where she also served as chair of the Preservation Initiatives Committee and on the Executive Committee. Ms. Pritzlaff currently serves as Board Chair of History Colorado and on the boards of the Center for the American West at the University of Colorado and the board of the National Western Stock Show.
Ms. Pritzlaff has published numerous articles in preservation publications and is a frequent presenter at preservation and received state, regional and national awards and recognition. In 2014 she was awarded the Dana Crawford award for leadership-Colorado’s highest award for preservation. She has also been recognized with involvement in national awards presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, including 2011 for HistoriCorps; 2008 for Crow Canyon Archaeological Center for educational efforts; 2006 for Colorado Preservation, Inc. for organizational excellence, and 1998 for Stratford Hall for Excellence in Stewardship as well as individually receiving the 2008 National Award for Excellence from United States Forest Service and with the Regional Foresters Award for Partnership by the United States Forest Service. In 2009, Colorado Preservation, Inc. presented Ms. Pritzlaff with the Saving Places Leadership Award-- named in her honor and now awarded annually to other preservation leader. In 2011, she received the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation for the Colorado Preserve America Youth Summit and in 2010 was honored with for leadership in the Colorado Preserve America Youth Summit by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and also was presented the Advisory Council’s Chairman’s Award for excellence. In 2010 she graduated with distinction from the Leadership Program of the Rockies.
For over thirty-five years, Ms. Pritzlaff has been a leader in the field of historic preservation. She currently serves as a Preservation and Policy Consultant working on historic preservation, heritage education, volunteer programs and policy. Particular areas of expertise include development of education and volunteer programs, working with elected officials and advocacy. Ms. Pritzlaff is associated with the development of numerous programs and efforts to promote and advance saving and sharing historic places on the national, state and local levels. These include creating and producing the Preserve America Youth Summits, other educational events for youth. She was instrumental in development of the national Preserve America program and volunteer programs for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and HistoriCorps. She produced and coordinated the Saving Places Conference, an event widely recognized as the leading statewide historic preservation conference in the country.
With a BA in American Studies and an MS in Historic Preservation, her career highlights include serving as State Historic Preservation Officer in Arizona, and appointments by Colorado Governor Bill Owens, Governor Bill Ritter and Governor John Hickenlooper to the State Historic Preservation Review Board and President George W. Bush to serve as an “Historic Preservation Expert” for two 4-year terms on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, where she also served as chair of the Preservation Initiatives Committee and on the Executive Committee.
In addition to work as a consultant on national programs, Ms. Pritzlaff is the current Board Chair of History Colorado-the state agency for history in Colorado and also serves on the boards of the National Western Stock Show and the University of Colorado’s Center for the American West and is a 2010 graduate with distinction from the Leadership Program of the Rockies.
Youth Summit Manager, Jessika Buell, BA, English Education
Ms. Buell is the owner of Lucky Services, Inc. in Durango which provides support services for business including planning, events, marketing, organization, advertising, social media. Starting her professional career as an English and Math teacher in the Durango Schools, she then transitioned into a marketing, business development, and project executive role for one of the largest construction firms in the country. She understands the complexities and strategies of working for a multi-million dollar company with the background and knowledge of being a part of the local community.
Teacher Liaison, Michelle Pearson, BA, Historic Preservation
Ms. Pearson has been the education and teacher liaison and curriculum director for the Youth Summits since 2007. With a BA in Historic Preservation, Ms Pearson has worked as a teacher and a preservationist. She currently serves as Historic Preservation Education Grants Coordinator at History Colorado. She has worked as middle school teacher for over 20 years teaching Social Studies and Language Arts. In 2011, she was honored as Colorado Teacher of the Year. As Teacher of the Year, Ms. Pearson was a nationally recognized spokesperson on educational initiatives and also served as an American education expert and representative in worldwide forums. Since 2007, Ms. Pearson has been the teacher liaison for the Colorado Preserve America Youth Summits and instrumental in the development of a national Youth Summit program. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation and in 2008 Colorado Preservation Inc. awarded her with its State Honor Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation for her work as an educator and preservationist. A pillar in the preservation community, Michelle is the author of two books: Historic Sacred Landmarks of Denver (2004) and Historic Landmarks for Children and Families, Historic Denver, Inc. (2007).
Local Coordinator, Aaron V.A. Theis, MA, Classical and Ancient History
Aaron Theis is the principal of Historaeology, Inc. which provides consulting services in history, historic preservation, archaeology, and technology. Mr. Theis has a BA in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, a BA in Anthropology (Archaeology Specialization) and certification in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Metropolitan State College, and an MA in Classical and Ancient History from American Military University. He has undertaken fieldwork in the Colorado foothills, mountains, and plains on prehistoric and historic sites and in Peru where he worked on sites attributed to the Moche Culture in the Chao River Valley. Notable career experience includes work for History Colorado, in the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation in the Information Management Unit as a GIS/Database Specialist/Archaeologist. His unit was responsible for the management of 226,000 historical and archaeological sites and 42,000 reports and research documents related to those sites. In addition, Mr. Theis was the editor and coordinator of OAHP Educational Materials, Safety and Security Committee representative, Continuity of Operations Coordinator for OAHP (Disaster Planning), and worked worked with adults, leading survey teams in the annual OAHP PAAC Program (Program for Avocational Archaeological Certification) survey, and the Preserve America Youth Summit Program, where he served as a youth mentor. Currently, Mr. Theis serves as a director on the Boards of the Denver Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society and the Denver Chapter of the Archeological Institute of America, and is a member of the Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month (AHPM) planning committee and the State Preservation Plan Advisory Committee.