Elissa moved to Summit County in 2013 as a District Wildlife Manager (DWM) for CO Parks & Wildlife, (CPW, formerly Division of Wildlife/DOW), after spending several years as a DWM in Grand Junction, Parachute and Rifle. Elissa grew up in the front range foothills and visited Summit County often as a child, learning to ski at Keystone when she was four years old. Her father was an aquatic fisheries biologist for the DOW, and Elissa developed a passion and respect for wildlife and the outdoors at a very young age. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Colgate University, followed by a Master’s at Colorado State University, prior to working for CPW.
Elissa currently lives in Summit County with her husband and stepdaughter, and two dogs. She enjoys working and playing outside in the mountains, and her favorite activities include fly-fishing, hunting, snowboarding, rafting, photography and horseback riding. Elissa’s horses currently reside at a ranch in the Lower Blue Valley.