Board & Staff


2019 Board of Directors

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Larissa Read
Owner of Common Ground Consulting. Former natural resource specialist for the National Park Service, and former senior associate at SE Group. Former City of Boulder Environmental Advisory Board member and natural resource planner for Boulder County Parks and Open Space. MS in Environmental Science and BA in Biology, University of Virginia. Loves to run, sail, fish, cook, and read.
Cliff Simonton
Cliff Simonton
Vice President
Community Planning Manager, Cordillera Metropolitan District; Senior Long Range Planner for Eagle County; former chemistry & physics teacher at BMHS; Environmental Project Manager for Vail Resorts at Beaver Creek; Event Services Manager at Breckenridge; fly fishing guide; ski racing coach. BS, Watershed Sciences, Colorado State University; loves fishing, skiing, biking, rafting, backpacking & photography.

Tania Landauer
Retired; Mental health counselor specializing in wilderness therapy (retired); BA in Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University. Has worked as a retail and restaurant manager, construction office instructor, and various volunteer roles providing support for young people in the Eagle Valley. Loves to sail, raft, canoe, swim, ski, hike and adventure in the outdoors.

Thom Allender
Retired; Senior Director of Mountain Planning, Vail Resorts; SE Group (retired); MS of Urban & Regional Planning, UC Denver; BA University of Denver; former board member of Eagle River Water & Sanitation District, Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority, Eagle Park Reservoir Company, and Clinton Ditch and Reservoir Company. Likes to fly fish, kayak, raft, paddle board, ski, and golf.

Chip Bair
Construction Business Development Manager, United Companies; Construction Business Development Manager for Oldcastle Southwest Group, Inc; ski instructor for Vail Resorts; Level III PSIA Alpine certified; served on the board of the Red Canyon Acres HOA, Saint George, UT; East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

Fritz Ganz
Managing Member, Ganz Legal Counsel Ltd.; environmental and natural resources attorney with expertise in abandoned mine sites, Superfund litigation and water quality compliance; he is a volunteer adaptive sit-ski instructor with the National Sports Center for the Disabled and avid backcountry skier; BE, Civil & Environmental Engineering (Water Resources) from Vanderbilt University; JD from Vermont Law School.

Jacque Collins
Designer, Ruggs Benedict; CPA and Financial Analyst for Starwood Hotels, an avid outdoor enthusiast with prior experience as a Vail Ski Patroller and raft guide at Timberline Tours. In her free time she enjoys skiing, biking, hiking and enjoying the outdoors. She has a BA in Accounting & Finance from the University of Portland.

Bret Hooper
Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments; B.S. in Business Administration from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; former President & Treasurer of Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley; former President, Treasurer, and Campaign Chairperson for United Way of Eagle River Valley; former board member of Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce; past consultant for Junior Achievement; favorite activities include telemark skiing, mountain biking, camping, and rafting with his wife and three children.

Joe Robinson
Club Director, Passport Clubhouse at Golden Peak; co-owner of Barre Forte VV fitness studio in Edwards (along with wife Beth); former golf professional, Red Sky Golf Club and mini tours; loves to fish, hike, backpack, camp, ski, bike, golf, and enjoy everything outdoors with Beth and dogs Wyo and Olive; BS, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Penn State University.

Woody Woodruff


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Josh Stepanek
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Emeritus Board Members

Gary Brooks
President Emeritus
Project Manager, Alpine Engineering; 21 years experience in land surveying and project management including Eagle Ranch Development. BS Petroleum Geology, Oklahoma State University.

Pete Denise
Pete Denise
President Emeritus
Pete is a Real Estate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway, skillfully representing home buyers & sellers; he spent 8 years as a Ski Patroller in Vail and in France. An outdoor enthusiast, Pete spends his free time skiing, mountain biking, rafting, and with his family. He has a BA in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Kathy Chandler-Henry
Kathy Chandler-Henry
President Emeritus
Eagle County Commiss-ioner. Owner, Black Diamond Research (1992-present); Director of Institutional Research, Colorado Mountain College; Masters in Heath Administration; MA in Political Science; Past President United Way of Eagle County; board member Early Childhood Partners; Eagle County native.
Arlene Quenon
Arlene S. Quenon
President Emeritus
Past ERWC Board President (2007-08), Attorney (retired); Corporate Executive; Eagle County Planning Commission (1991-2002); Eagle Valley Land Trust Board (2003-06); Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce, Past President; Sylvan Lake State Park (volunteer). Eagle Valley Nordic Council Board, Secretary (2009-10)
Josiah Macy
Josiah “Joe” Macy
Preident Emeritus
Past Watershed Council Board President (2006); Flyfishing Guide; Vail Resorts Governmental Affairs (retired); Eagle Valley Land Trust Board. Expertise in water quality and quantity, fisheries, riparian values, local government.
Susan G. Pollack
Susan G. Pollack
President Emeritus
Financial analyst (retired); MBA Finance; Gore Range Natural Science School board (1999-2008); Assistant Governor, Rotary International; Vail Valley Wine Auction, treasurer and board member.
Thomas SteinbergIn memory and appreciation of Dr. Thomas “Tom” Steinberg (1924-2017)
President Emeritus
Physician; Past Vail Town Council Member; Eagle Valley Land Trust Board. Expertise in water quality, fisheries, stream flows, Gore Creek and Upper Eagle River historic flows.

Advisory Board
Keith Kepler
Keith Kepler
Advisory Board
Water Engineer (retired), Colorado Division of Water Resources; MS in Environmental Engineering (Water Quality). Over 30 years expertise in water quality and quantity; monitoring, non-point source pollution, water supply and wastewater facility planning. Vail Resorts Community Guest Services.
Joseph LeBeau
Dr. Joseph (Joe) E. LeBeau
Advisory Board
V.P., Product Responsibility, Dow Chemical Co. (retired); Michigan State licensed veterinarian; B.S. Zoology, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine & M.S. Pharmacology (all Michigan State University). Avid outdoorsman, Community Guest Services, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Melissa Macdonald Nelson
Melissa Macdonald
Advisory Board
Former Executive Director, ERWC, Mesa Verde Foundation & Colorado Project Exile; Finance Director, State of Colorado Republican Party; VP Marketing & SEC registered with private and NYSE investment firms (1975-2000); professional editor, writer, photographer; former Beaver Creek ski instructor.
Greg Espegren
Greg Espegren
Advisory Board
Aquatics Specialist Consultant for Trout Unlimited and Pitkin County; TU Colorado Water Project (2008-11); Water Rights Consultant (2004-08), Senior Water Resource Specialist (1990-2004), CWCB; BS and MS, Fishery Biology, Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins; Registered CO Land Surveyor; Avid fisherman.

Timm Paxson
Advisory Board
Retired Chemist with Royal Dutch Shell specializing in chemical process support; River Watch Coordinator for the Watershed Council; Past Board Member of Eagle River Watershed Council; Past Board Member Eagle River Water & Sanitation District; Volunteer Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Carlos Garcia
Advisory Board
Current Masters candidate for Energy Policy and Engineering with a Certificate of Law at the University of Pennsylvania. Former Environmental Research Scientist at Harvard University and Director of Environmental Initiatives for the Municipal Peruvian Government. Loves to mountaineer, ski, rock climb, and loves most food except fish.

Current Staff
Holly Loff
Holly Loff
Executive Director
Grants & Corporate Relations Manager, Can Do MS; Development Director, Solar Energy International; Associate Director, High Country Conservation Center; B.S. in Resource Conservation, University of Montana; loves to read, hike, camp and ski with her husband and two children.
Seth Mason
Seth Mason
Water Resources Program Director
Hydrologist; Environmental Data Manager; Principal, Lotic Hydrological, LLC; M.S. in Land Resources & Environmental Sciences. Expertise in physical hydrology, hydrologic modeling, solute transport, GIS, environmental data management, remote environmental data collection system deployment and maintenance.

James Dilzell
Education & Outreach Coordinator
B.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Alabama; Energy Programs Coordinator, Naturalist & Sustainability Intern, Walking Mountains; YCC Crew Leader, Montana Conservation Corps; loves to hike, ski, bike, camp, cook and drink as much coffee as he possibly can.

Kate Issacson
Projects & Events Coordinator
B.S. Business Administration, University of Colorado; Marketing Coordinator, Swift Communications; Design Supervisor, CMNM Classifieds; loves to snowboard, backpack, camp, bike, and travel, garden, and greatly enjoys living in Colorado with her husband.

Melanie Smith
Development & Communications Coordinator
BA Political Science, Environmental Studies Policy, Luther College; Copy Editor, Swift Communications; Administrative Coordinator, Apex Mountain School; loves to go backpacking, read, write, travel throughout Colorado, garden, and hunt with her husband.

Sue Nikolai
Land & Rivers Fund Program Director
Natural Resources and Psychology, University of WI Stevens Point; Colorado Outward Bound School; Director of Ski Patrol at Eldora Resort and Hidden Valley Ski Area near Estes Park; part time ski patroller at Beaver Creek; likes to raft and take river trips, mountain bike, hike, work in her garden, practice yoga, ski, cook, read and have adventures with her husband and 2 almost grown daughters.

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