PPORA Staff Member Bios

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Becky Leinweber, Executive Director

Becky Leinweber has served as PPORA’s executive director since 2017. PPORA's mission is to strengthen the outdoor recreation industry for the Pikes Peak region through leadership and collaboration resonates strongly with Becky, who finds the best part of the job is bringing passionate people together with different perspectives and experiences to work to create a better future for ourselves, our communities, and future generations through the outdoors.

Becky was recognized as a Woman of Worth from Visit Colorado Springs and was selected as the 2018 recipient of the 2018 Spirit of Tourism Award. PPORA was awarded the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Partner of the Year Award for the Southeast Region in 2020.

Becky also co-owns Angler’s Covey in Colorado Springs with her husband, David, where she instructs women’s fly fishing classes and camps and founded and co-leads Pikes Peak Women Anglers, a local fly fishing club. She is a member of Pikes Peak Trout Unlimited, is an instructor and guide for Casting for Recovery retreats for local survivors of breast cancer, and also guides for and supports Project Healing Waters, providing wounded military personnel with fly fishing experiences to aid in their healing.

As a Colorado native growing up with a dad in the National Park Service, Becky has been an outdoor enthusiast her entire life. Her pursuits include hiking, camping, backpacking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and fly fishing. But her greatest passion is helping others enjoy these experiences and find the same sense of awe and respect for the natural world that she has.

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McKenzie Carmack, Executive Assistant to Director

McKenzie Carmack has served as the Executive Assistant to the Director since September 2021. She moved to Colorado in 2020 after a global evacuation from Peace Corps, where she served in the country of Kosovo teaching English and educating the community on environmental stewardship.

Originally from Texas, McKenzie grew up on the states rivers and lakes, and explored much of the states flat lands through hunting and hiking. She has spent much of her time outdoors in other countries around the world discovering various cultures and outdoor activities.

She graduated with her Bachelors in Exercise and Sports Science from Texas Tech University. Now, she is currently obtaining her Masters in Nonprofit Management from the University of Denver with hopes to gain the tools to effectively advocate for nonprofits and their missions. In her free time she enjoys discovering alpine lakes to camp and fish at, and exploring Colorado throughout its many seasons.

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Lizzy Stokes, Regional Partnership Intern

Lizzy Stokes has worked as PPORA's Regional Partnership Intern since August. She is originally from Jacksonville, Florida, where she grew up spending much time at the beach or on the river.

She spent her undergraduate years at Appalachian State University in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina. While in Boone, she spent her free time looking for new rivers to raft, hiking, painting, or studying the complexities of sustainability!

Additionally, she spent her summers working as a whitewater rafting guide and backcountry guide for Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting and Adventure Co. in Buena Vista, Colorado.

In May, she graduated with a B.S. in Sustainable Development (Concentration in Community, Regional, and Global Development) and a minor in Sustainable Business.

Now, she is currently participating in the First Presbyterian Colorado Springs Fellows program. While working at PPORA, she is excited to foster her passion for creating culturally diverse, socially inclusive, sustainable spaces by thoughtfully engaging in community outreach and outdoor recreation.