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
Jessy Clark, Senior VP of Operations
Jessy Clark has been with the Butterfly Pavilion since February 2012. She worked at The Wildlife Experience for the previous 10 years in the role of Education Manager and Director of Programs. Prior to that, she worked at the Denver Zoo in the Education Department. Jessy grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Biology from Central Michigan University. Her undergraduate research focused on blue crab fisheries in Puerto San Carlos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. In 2008, Jessy received her Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Additionally, Jessy was a 2011 graduate of the 50 for Colorado Program through the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. In her spare time, Jessy likes to golf and fish, and has a passion for all wildlife.
Phone: 720-974-1870 Email
Mary Ann Hamilton, 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
Polly Andrews, VP of Programs and Interpretation
Polly Andrews has 30 years of experience in informal science education. Polly graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Interpretation. Polly is currently the Vice President of Programs and Interpretation at Butterfly Pavilion. She is responsible for support of education, exhibit, and volunteer programs in strategic planning, program development and implementation, and staff management. Past work experience includes 20 years in the Education department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, five years at Sea World of Texas, and work in both state and national parks as an Interpreter Naturalist.
Phone: 720-974-1863 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