Meet the HJC Team



Laura Armstrong has been the Executive Director of Heart-J Center since its launch in 2014. She was immersed in hands-on learning from toddlerhood, tagging along on her biologist parents’ field expeditions in the mountains, forests, rivers, and deserts of Colorado and Utah. Laura spent summers during college leading teams of teenage Junior Rangers building trails in the City of Boulder Mountain Parks, with an emphasis on teaching the personal rewards of hard work, teamwork, safety, commitment to quality, and having fun outdoors. Later, as a park ranger, she led hikes and gave presentations about the natural history of the Boulder area, in addition to search and rescue and wildland firefighting. Laura served as administrative director for the Center for Resourceful Building Technology in Montana and as the first executive director of the Legacy Land Trust in Fort Collins, working with landowners to protect thousands of acres of ranchland and open space. Prior to launching Heart-J Center in 2014, Laura spent six years designing conservation programs and leading fundraising efforts for LightHawk, an organization that provides flight for conservation projects across North and Central America. 

Laura’s work at Heart-J Center brings together her experience with nonprofit management, collaborative conservation, outdoor education, and meeting facilitation, her personal interests in natural history, creative arts, sustainable agriculture, and outdoor adventure, and her desire to help others find the activities and topics that ignite their passions. Laura holds a BA in Biology and Environmental Science from Colby College in Maine and an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. When she’s not dreaming up new Heart-J experiences, Laura enjoys music, writing fiction, turning lawns into native plant gardens, home remodeling through trial and error, and exploring the West with her daughters.


Silas Binkley is Heart-J's Education Program Manager. Since joining HJC in 2018, Silas has been steadily expanding and diversifying Heart-J's programs, with an emphasis on outdoor adventure and environmental education. He has over 20 years of experience leading adventure education-based expeditions, logging hundreds of backcountry days, from the southwest US and Mexico to Australia, Nepal, Scotland, and more. An all-around outdoorsman, Silas has also through-hiked 600 miles of Colorado's Continental Divide Trail.


Terry Burton joined Heart-J Center in 2019 in an organizational strategy and communications capacity. She is a driven innovator and explorer with a proven ability to initiate and design change, with over 30 years of experience in diverse corporate, small business, educational, and nonprofit settings. Passionately curious and dedicated to connecting people and ideas, her work includes designing informal education experiences that matter, creating inquiry- and project-based learning environments, teaching filmmaking and immersive image making, and documentary filmmaking for social and environmental justice issues. She specializes in writing, curiosity, inquiry, documentary filmmaking, digital media, storytelling, and teaching. Terry has a B.A. (Honors) in Anthropology from the University of Missouri and an M.A. in English-Communication Development from Colorado State University.

Board of Directors

Clinton Wilson, Board Chair - Fort Collins

Kris Quine, Treasurer - Fort Collins

John Hallagan, Secretary - Loveland

Dave Armstrong - Loveland

Amanda Miller - Timnath

Tamara O'Dell - Fort Collins

Fredda Plesser - New York, NY

Monique Thompson - Fort Collins

Jason Wolvington - Fort Collins