Wildflower Festival Staff

Michelle Bivens

Executive Director

 

In 1984, my husband, Pat, introduced me to Crested Butte by accident, when we tried to escape the deluge of a heavy summer rainstorm while camping in Almont. We returned almost every summer to mountain bike the incredible peaks and valleys of this beautiful place, and in 2007, we moved from Boulder for good.And I mean “good” in every sense of the word!

I was lucky enough to become the Director of the Wildflower Festival in 2007, and I’ll celebrate my fifth festival this year. I love connecting people to this special place, and seeing their love affair with Crested Butte grow stronger every year.

In typical CB style, I support my mountain habit with multiple endeavors: working as the Director of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, and as a grant writer for High Country Citizens’ Alliance, and previously for the Office for Resource Efficiency. I serve on the Boards of the Paradise Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the Chamber of Commerce.My passion is working for environmental conservation and stewardship, preservation of wild places, and animals….and of course- mountain biking and skiing!

Prior to moving to Crested Butte, I was the Environmental Coordinator for the Department of Housing at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Energy Projects Manager at the Center for Resource Conservation, formerly the Boulder Energy Conservation Center.I earned an MS in Building Systems Engineering and a BA in Environmental Biology from CU Boulder.

I was smitten with Crested Butte and it’s wildflowers  at the age of 8, and have been playing in this valley ever since. After many a vacation I finally moved here permanently in 2012. I am wife and mother of two, a former high school science teacher, and a Colorado Master Gardener. I previously supported the Wildflower Festival through a leadership role with the Board of Directors before jumping in to my current position as Executive Director. I am committed to the preservation and promotion of this beautiful valley.

In 1984, my husband, Pat, introduced me to Crested Butte by accident, when we tried to escape the deluge of a heavy summer rainstorm while camping in Almont. We returned almost every summer to mountain bike the incredible peaks and valleys of this beautiful place, and in 2007, we moved from Boulder for good.And I mean “good” in every sense of the word!

I was lucky enough to become the Director of the Wildflower Festival in 2007, and I’ll celebrate my fifth festival this year. I love connecting people to this special place, and seeing their love affair with Crested Butte grow stronger every year.

In typical CB style, I support my mountain habit with multiple endeavors: working as the Director of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, and as a grant writer for High Country Citizens’ Alliance, and previously for the Office for Resource Efficiency. I serve on the Boards of the Paradise Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the Chamber of Commerce.My passion is working for environmental conservation and stewardship, preservation of wild places, and animals….and of course- mountain biking and skiing!

Prior to moving to Crested Butte, I was the Environmental Coordinator for the Department of Housing at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Energy Projects Manager at the Center for Resource Conservation, formerly the Boulder Energy Conservation Center.I earned an MS in Building Systems Engineering and a BA in Environmental Biology from CU Boulder.

Lindsey Freeburn 

Assistant Director

I grew up outside of Denver and have always felt at home in the mountains. I love exploring new places and gaining new experiences — be it rafting the Grand Canyon,  traveling all over the world via Semester at Sea, or thru-hiking the Colorado Trail — but I always find myself back in Crested Butte. My passion for this valley began during my time at Western State Colorado University where I received degrees in both Environmental Studies and Sociology. I was lucky enough to spend 3 years in Crested Butte after graduating, but recently moved back to Denver to pursue my Master’s of Public Administration degree at CU Denver. I will return to Crested Butte for the summer months and couldn’t be more thrilled! This will be my third Festival as Assistant Director and I am overjoyed to be a part of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival for another year!