Staff

The WRWC staff handle the day to day business of the organization. The positions are responsible for coordinating planning efforts, applying for and managing grant funds, overseeing mitigation projects, planning and facilitation of WRWC meetings and events as well as promoting education and outreach initiatives. WRWC staff work to ensure that goals and objectives further interagency partnerships while strengthening collaboration within communities at risk from wildfire across the region. WRWC Staff currently include:

 

Lilia C. Falk, Director
wrwc.lilia@gmail.com
Office: (970) 615-7300

Lilia Falk is the Director of the West Region Wildfire Council. Lilia joined the Council in 2011- focusing efforts on expanding the organization’s homeowner wildfire education program, fuel reduction cost share incentive programs, and developing regional wildfire planning initiatives. Lilia enjoys working with partners across the region and state to leverage resources that provide fire adapted messaging, educational tools and outreach mechanisms. She a member of an interdisciplinary wildfire research team (WiRē), the current Treasurer of Fire Adapted Colorado, and has served as a Director for the Montrose Fire Protection District since 2014. Prior to joining the WRWC, Lilia worked in emergency management for the Westminster Fire Department. Lilia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography with an emphasis in natural hazards from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

 

Jamie 2Jamie Gomez, Mitigation & Education Coordinator
Delta, Ouray and San Miguel Counties 

wrwc.coordinator@gmail.com
Office: (970) 615-7300

Jamie is a Mitigation & Education Coordinator with the West Region Wildfire Council and provides services to the residents of Delta, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties. Jamie first began working with the Council in 2013. Jamie has a diverse background in natural resource science and management and has worked in several capacities to assist landowners and managers develop and implement projects that serve to improve conditions while meeting landowner goals. Jamie received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Environmental Biology from Fort Lewis Colleges and maintains a sincere interest in wildfire ecology and natural resource conservation. Jamie is an avid outdoorsmen and enjoys exploring this region’s incredible mountains, rivers and deserts.

 

Mike Tarantino, Mitigation & Education Coordinator
Montrose, Gunnison and Hinsdale Counties 

wrwc.mike@gmail.com
Office: (970) 615-7300

Mike started with the West Region Wildfire Council in the spring of 2016, and has worked with the residents of Montrose, Gunnison and Hinsdale Counties. Working with the Council Mike has helped educate homeowners about their wildfire risk and helped them mitigate hazardous fuels on their property. Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a Wildlife Ecology emphasis from Western State College of Colorado in 2011. Since graduating Mike has worked a variety of natural resource positions. He worked on the Gunnison Ranger District fighting wildfires and helping to manage dwarf mistletoe in lodgepole pine and beetle infestations in Englemann spruce. He assisted the USGS with a study on aspen regeneration in a changing climate and also worked for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in an attempt to help augment populations of the Gunnison’s Sage-grouse. Prior to starting work with the Council, Mike worked for Idaho Fish and Game helping to monitor wild populations of Chinook salmon and Steelhead. Mike is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys chasing bugling elk, fishing, and spending time in the beautiful mountains of western Colorado.