Our Staff

Ethan Emery | Program Founder/Developer

B.A. Biology with an Emphasis in Secondary Education, University of Northern Colorado.
As a Colorado native, Ethan fell in love with the outdoors and natural sciences at a young age. By high school he was an avid fly fisherman and he knew he would need to find a way to work in field that combined his love for the outdoors, science, and other people. Ethan earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado where he played for the NCAA Division II National Championship football team and was awarded the Educator Department Scholar Award. After graduating he immediately began working in public education as a high school science teacher and football coach, guiding fly-fishing trips during his summers. As a teacher Ethan was awarded the Mile High Teacher award and in 2009 was given the Jared Polis Educator award for the state of Colorado. As an educator and member of the nonprofit community, Ethan has successfully developed and launched multiple nonprofit organizations, as well as a public high school. As a teacher for Denver Public Schools and Director for Lincoln Hills Cares, Ethan has developed numerous science and STEAM based curricula, assessments, and teacher guides. He also was the department chair at MLK Jr. Early College for five years and has been a pioneer in the Peer Observer role, observing and coaching hundreds of teachers to improve their classroom practices.
Ethan has been with Lincoln Hills Cares from its inception, and to date has helped develop, and grow all of the Lincoln Hills Cares programs, past and present; TeamWorks, Educational Days, Fishing Day Camps, Nizhoni Outdoors, Lincoln Hills Merit, Anglers of Honor, and River Deep. Moving forward, Ethan’s role will be to grow and improve the LHC programs and personnel through his vast knowledge of the outdoors, educational best practices, Lincoln Hills history, STEAM, and coaching.

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J.R. Lapierre | Managing Director – Lincoln Hills Cares

M.S., Sports & Recreation Management, Northeastern University.
J.R. earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut with a major in economics. He has worked in the financial field as a financial analyst and has an extensive background in working with youth previously as an Executive Director for a 501c3 non-profit organization and was instrumental in growing the program. He has worked as a volunteer in schools working with students, providing additional academic work on reading comprehension, writing, math skills and special projects. As a volunteer coach, J.R. has a passion to help develop the overall well being of kids and has been able to bridge the gap with numerous community organizations to provide programming to youth throughout the state of Colorado.

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Pamela Dudley | Program Manager – Nizhoni Equestrian Program

Pamela is the CEO of Always Ready Hauling, which was founded in 1997. As a successful business owner, she is passionate about ensuring that young women understand that their dreams can be realized as well. She spent the first part of her professional life as small business owner; during this time she was able to help other minority business owners start their businesses as well. She continues to serves as a mentor and takes great pleasure in helping others realize their potential. Recognizing the potential and passion teens have to become leaders, she is enthusiastic about the opportunity to support young girls through the Nizhoni Program. As a mother of two, she hopes to use her experience and love of working with young people to inspire the next generation to make a difference in the world. Her desire to empower at risk youth led her to the program that she is currently in. Pamela is passionate about horses and focused on providing youth and teen girls with life enhancing skills through equestrian training.

Marcie Wall | Support Counselor – Nizhoni Equestrian Program

Marcie works with Urban Youth Ministries as a mentor and bible study leader. She works with middle and high school inner city youth and their families helping to develop leaders. She has worked with youth since 1985, and specifically inner city youth since 1991. She grew up on a farm and was a horsemanship instructor at Arrowhead Springs Family Camp in 1982. Marcie is involved with the Lincoln Hills Cares, Nizhoni Equestrian Program, providing youth & teen girls with life-enhancing skills through equestrian training.

Justin Hudson | Support Staff – Lincoln Hills Cares

B.A in Exercise Science from Fort Lewis College.
Justin has been a teacher of Elementary physical education since 2000 and has worked with Lincoln Hills since 2013, in various roles as a presenter and support for the outdoor education program as well as assisting with the Anglers of Honor program. Also has a Masters in cricket loom curriculum and instruction from University of Phoenix.