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2017 Board of Directors

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Larissa-Read
Larissa Read
President
Owner of Common Ground Environmental Consulting and Senior Project Manager at SE Group. Former natural resource specialist for the National Park Service. 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
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, Colo-rado State University; loves fishing, skiing, biking, rafting, backpacking & photography.
Jacque Collins
Jacque Collins
Treasurer
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.
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Brian Tracy
Secretary
Water Division Manager, Eagle River Water & San District; US Marine Corps sergeant 1995-1999; past board member, Lake County Watershed Advisory Council; BA, Biology & Environmental Studies, Western State College; MS, Environmental Policy & Management, University of Denver.
Chip Bair
Chip Bair
Director
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.

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Fritz Ganz
Director
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.

Kim Gortz
Kim Gortz
Director
Source Water Protection Program Manager Colorado Springs Utilities (2011-present); Education & Outreach Coordinator, Bear Creek Watershed Assoc; LA, Colorado Springs Parks & Rec (2009-2011); Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Colorado; BS in Forestry, University of Idaho. Enjoys flyfishing, mountain biking & time with family.
Rob Sperberg
Rob Sperberg
Director
Attorney, Sperberg & Associates; broad experience in commercial law, real estate law and construction law; 25 years experience in litigation transactional and appellate practice.
Johanna Richards
Johnannah Richards
Director
Sales Tax Administrator for the Town of Vail, former Operations Manager for the City of Aspen, and graduate of Sweetwater Travel Fly Fishing Guide School. As a former board member and leadership coach for Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership and an advisory committee member for Collaborative Solutions, she has years of experience working with governments and communities focusing on civic leadership, leading change, and collaborative decision making. In her free time she can be found fishing and floating the rivers in Colorado, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.

Emeritus Board Members

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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.
Thomas Steinberg
Dr. Thomas “Tom” Steinberg
President Emeritus
Physician (Retired); 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.
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.
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)

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.
loff@erwc.org
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.
seth@lotichydrological.com
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Lizzie Schoder
Education & Outreach Coordinator
B.A. in Environmental Policy, Colorado College, Colorado Springs; watershed GIS mapping and analysis, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments; News Intern, KRCC Radio Station; former guide in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness; loves to ski, hike, canoe, rollerblade, and listen to podcasts.
schoder@erwc.org
Brooke Ranney
Brooke Ranney
Projects & Events Coordinator
B.S. in Anthropology with a concentration in Environmental Anthropology, specialized in Environmental Policy & Land Use; Manager Vail Photo; Manager Arkansas Valley Digital Imaging; Victim Advocate for SafeHaven Center. Loves to spend time with her dogs, kayak, raft, hike, bike, snowboard, and ski.
ranney@erwc.org

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