Patrick Tennyson, President and CEO
Patrick is the President and CEO of the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado, and 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.
Mary Ann Colley, VP of Science and Conservation
Mary Ann Colley has been with Butterfly Pavilion since 2002 and began her work as VP of Science and Conservation in 2010.
Mary Ann grew up in south Texas and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Bioenvironmental Sciences and Entomology from Texas A&M University, College Station and in 2010 received her Master’s degree in Education – Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Regis University, Denver, CO. Mary Ann consulted on three NASA space shuttle missions, 2008- 2011, for life science experiments with butterflies and spiders. She led Butterfly Pavilion through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation process, awarded in 2014; Butterfly Pavilion is the only standalone AZA accredited invertebrate zoo in the world. She collaboratively formed the Colorado Pollinator Network in 2016 and continues to chair this statewide network, now supporting an annual Pollinator Summit. Mary Ann oversees the growth of Butterfly Pavilion’s science, research, and conservation programs focused on invertebrate breeding with an emphasis on welfare and sustainable populations, as well as Butterfly Pavilion’s Pollinator Awareness through Conservation and Education program, which focuses on restoration, monitoring and pollination work. Mary Ann also oversees the Leading Environmental Action for Sustainability (LEAFS) program, and is dedicated to bringing a unique perspective to sustainable business by supporting habitat and invertebrate conservation through innovative concepts like butterfly farming and beekeeping.
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.
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.