Patrick Tennyson, President and CEO
Patrick is the President and CEO of the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado. He has been with the Butterfly Pavilion since June of 1999 and has been the organization’s President and CEO since 2010. Patrick has a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. He has a B.S. in Zoology and a Minor in Chemistry from Metropolitan State College. Patrick has been involved in environmental education and conservation since 1987, including over five years as an Interpretive Naturalist and nearly six years in youth and adult education program management. Patrick has dedicated over 20 years to professional leadership, administration and strategic planning. His leadership contributions include board and staff development, cultural and organizational innovation, responsible financial oversight and growth through fundraising and community collaborations.
He is actively involved with a number of environmental conservation awareness groups. He served on the board of Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) for over eight years, including a two-year term as Board President. Patrick is currently a board member of the Broomfield Open Space Foundation and is presently serving his second four-year term on the Broomfield Open Space Advisory Council. He is a member of the Governance Committee of 36 Commuter Solutions, and in 2010 he was appointed by the City Council as a member of the Broomfield Sustainability Task Force creating the City of Broomfield’s Sustainability Plan.
Phone: 720-974-1865 Email
Brenda Kaser-Burger, Chief Operating Officer
Brenda Kaser-Burger comes to the organization with profound expertise in organizational growth planning and cultural development. She joins Butterfly Pavilion after over 30 years of experience directing programs for IBM in Boulder, Colorado. Kaser-Burger holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and a Master of Science degree in management and information technology from Regis University in Denver. A lifelong Colorado resident, she lives in Boulder and while her kids are grown, she’s been a Butterfly Pavilion member for over 15 years.
Phone: 720-974-1865 Email
Mary Ann Colley, VP of Science and Conservation
Mary Ann Hamilton has been with Butterfly Pavilion since May of 2002 and has served as the Vice President of Science and Conservation since 2010 where she oversees the Horticulture, Curatorial, and Research and Conservation departments. Mary Ann has a B.S. in Bioenvironmental Sciences and Entomology from Texas A&M University, College Station and in 2010 received her Master’s in Education – Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Regis University, Denver, CO. Mary Ann has had the privilege of consulting with N.A.S.A. on three space shuttle missions for life science experiments with butterflies and spiders. She also led Butterfly Pavilion through AZA accreditation which was awarded in 2014, making Butterfly Pavilion the first standalone butterfly house to become accredited by the AZA.
Mary Ann is a member of High Country Lepidopterist Society, Xerces Society, and Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Mary Ann has a passion for invertebrates, especially insects, invertebrate research and conservation, and environmental education.
Phone: 720-974-1875 Email
C. Parker McMullen-Bushman, VP of Programs and Interpretation
C. Parker McMullen-Bushman joined Butterfly Pavilion in April 2017 and has over 20 years of experience in interpretation, environmental education, program development and community engagement. Parker has worked at several camps, non-profit organizations, and outdoor education centers over the years, including the Boys and Girls Club, Thousand Pines Outdoor School, Coastal Wonders Outdoor School, Jekyll Island 4-H Center and the Gads Hill Center. She has been an environmental educator, summer camp manager, challenge course director and an adult and family education coordinator. Most recently she was the Education Director for the Chincoteague Bay Field Station Site of the Marine Science Consortium. Parker holds a Master of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, with a focus in Interpretation and Environmental Education. She currently serves on the National Board for the National Association for Interpretation where she chairs the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee. In addition, Parker is a Certified Interpretive Guide and Certified Interpretive Trainer.
Phone: 720-974-1863 Email
Russ Pecoraro, VP of Marketing and Communications
Russ Pecoraro brings extensive experience in marketing and public relations to Butterfly Pavilion. He previously served as Director of Mountain Communications for Vail Resorts and Director of Communications for Heavenly Mountain Resort at Lake Tahoe. He also managed high-tech accounts for The Hoffman Agency, a global public relations firm in San Jose, California. Pecoraro graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in communications. Pecoraro, his wife, Lindsay, and kids, Mia and Dominic, have been Butterfly Pavilion members since 2013.
Phone: 720-375-9984 Email
Matt Rivera, VP of Finance
Matt Rivera joined the Butterfly Pavilion in September 2015, and is a true Colorado Native. Matt started his career as Accountant for Fulcrum Publishing in Golden, then began his journey in the non-profit sector with stops at as Accountant at Excelsior Youth Center, as CFO at Third Way Center, as CFO at The Adoption Exchange and most recently, Griffith Centers for Children. Matt graduated from Regis College with degrees in Accounting and Business Administration, while in college, Matt participated on the school golf team and served as Assistant Coach for 8 years after graduation, helping coach the team to an NAIA Division II Championship. Matt is also a strong supporter of Conservation. He currently serves as Treasurer for West Denver Trout Unlimited and Northwest Metro Ducks Unlimited, he also serves as member of the Ducks Unlimited National Shooting Committee. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of The Gabby Krause Foundation, which provides the “power of play” to children undergoing life altering treatment.
Phone: 303-204-5069 Email