Board of Directors
Director Don Smith is a Professor of Law at the University of Denver and joined the land trust board in 2019. He is interested in conservation law and practice.
Director Amy Plummer, P.E., worked at Van Horn Engineering and Surveying for most of the years between 1979 and 2016 where she was honored to help EVLT obtain several easements. She has served on the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District’s Trails Committee since its inception in the early 1990’s. She and her husband, Todd, have monitored multiple properties for the last several years.
Secretary Wayne Park joined the land trust board in 2018. Wayne has a background as an Air Force pilot, a PHD in Mathematics, followed by careers in Academics, as an Energy Consultant, and then 13 years of service on the staff of the Organization of American States working in International Development throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Wayne and his wife Sally have lived in Estes Park now for 20 years. Here he has been active in St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, the Kiwanis Club, Kairos Prison Ministry, and most recently a six year term with the EPMC Foundation Board.
Carlie joined the Board with a breadth of experience in environmental education, sociology, non-profit leadership, event planning and organization, and community advocacy. Carlie previously served on the Estes Park Town Board and is the current Education Director for Rocky Mountain Conservancy. Carlie lives in Estes Park with her husband and three young children.
Timothy V. Haight, retired Deere & Company Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, is a part-time resident of Estes Park and Johnston, IA. He has served on many non-profit boards in his career and for the past several years has been a member of EVLT’s Stewardship and Legal Committee. Tim and his wife, Wendy, have 3 grown children and 7 ( soon to be 8) grandchildren.
Robin first came to the Estes Valley as a Cheley camper. After college, he returned to the Mississippi Delta where he managed a family farming operation. He later moved to Jackson, where he worked in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and shortly thereafter established an advertising and marketing company working for clients such as Viking Range, Southern Farm Bureau, and Bass Pro Shops. He retired to Estes Park in 2007. He served for 6 years as a Director of the Estes Valley Land Trust including 2 years as President of the Board.
Director Ward Nelson joined the EVLT Board in 2018 after serving 4 years as the Town of Estes Park’s representative to the Larimer County Open Lands Board. Ward and his wife Pat fell in love with the Estes Valley when they first visited together in the ’70’s.
Director Jan Swaney worked for the land trust through 2017 and joined the board in 2020. She is an avid hiker and enjoys traveling with her husband.
Director Alice Reuman first joined the EVLT Board of Directors in 2014, completing one term while serving on the Legal Committee and as an active monitor. She is back for a second term and is again active on the Stewardship and Legal Committee and as a monitor. She has a background as an urban and regional planner with a focus on areas including conservation and recreation.
Director Melissa Strong is the owner of Bird & Jim resturaunt in Estes Park as well as an avid rock climber. She joined the board in 2019.
Craig Axtell (Left) and Leo Weber (Right)
Honorary Board Members
Craig and Leo have been EVLT Directors for many years and continue to be active with the organization. As Honorary Board members, they help guide the land trust. But as they put it, don’t have to go to any more meetings.
Jeffrey joined EVLT in May 2016. Prior to joining the Land Trust, Jeffrey worked with the Larimer County Natural Resources Department and the Big Thompson Watershed Forum in Loveland. Jeffrey also worked as a Conservation Director for the Athens Land Trust in Athens, Georgia and began his conservation career in the Atlanta office of The Nature Conservancy.
Madeleine served as EVLT’s Stewardship and Communications Assistant in 2021 before stepping into the Stewardship Manager position. Madeleine’s education in ecology and environmental policy, coupled with her background in environmental planning, has prepared her for this new role.
Joanna joined EVLT in 2021 after working on the far north coast of California. Joanna worked most recently at Redwood Parks Conservancy and Redwood National Park.
Laurel is EVLT’s first high school intern, and will serve the Land Trust through fall of 2022. In her free time, Laurel enjoys swimming, doing her schoolwork, and playing with her two dogs.
Past Board Members
We have been so fortunate to have dozens of dedicated volunteers serve on our board of directors:
|Board Member||Years Served||Board Member||Years Served|
|Gail Albers||2016-2018||R Wendell Amos||1989-2009|
|Judy Archibald||2003-2006||Alan Aspinall||1988-1994|
|Craig Axtell||2011-present||Vaughn Baker||2016-2021|
|Kim Barrier||1999-2009||Pat Begley||2021-present|
|Bob Benight||1996-2000||Ned Bramwell||1988-1995|
|Jim Broomfield||2007-2015||Dave Caddell||2011-2011|
|Roxanne Coop||1995-1997||John Cooper||2017-2020|
|Marjorie Corcoran||1997-2000||Jim Crain||1987-2002|
|Wanda Curry||2015-2021||Russ Driskill||2009-2010|
|Sally Duncan||1994-1995||Geoff Elliot||2020-2021|
|Becky Elrod||2010-2012||Art French||2013-2018|
|Eldon Freudenburg||1988-1992||Marv Gee||1997-2010|
|Curt Gleaves||2010-2022||Seymour Grahm||1988-1991|
|Robin Harding||2016-2021||Karla Henderson||2021- present|
|George Hix||1988-1997||Mark Holdt||2016-2021|
|Piet Hondius||1987-2000||Helen Hondius||2000-2003|
|Robert Irvin||1987-1994||Carmen Johnson||2001-2007|
|Gail Johnson||2009-2011||Charlie Johnson||2013-2017|
|G Kent Keller||2007-2011||Dorothy Kingsmore||1997-1999|
|Gary Klaphake||1993-1998||Lorna Knowlton||1987-1990|
|Bill Lamm||1993-2008||Mary Lamy||1988-1994|
|Chuck Levine||2012-2013||Louise Lindsay||1994-2000|
|Howard Lipke||2002-2004||Carly Lober||2016-2021|
|Jane Lopez||2005-2007||Jack Lungstrum||1991-1997|
|Ken Martin||2013-2015||John Mason||1991-1997|
|James Miller||1994-1997||Ward Nelson||2018-present|
|Bill Newman Jr||2000-2007||John Nolan||2014-2020|
|Jackie Oldham||2021-present||Ken Oldham||1995-2014|
|Wayne Park||2018-present||Bill Pinkham||2002-2008|
|Amy Plummer||2018-present||Ralph Read||1987-1992|
|Ann Reichhardt||1993-1997||Roland Retrum||1987-1989|
|Janice Ricker||2007-2010||Homer Rouse||1995-1996|
|Don Smith||2019-present||Phil Snow||1997-1999|
|Phil Snow||1997-1999||Jan Swaney||2020-present|
|Nelson Thomas||1988-1993||Karen Thompson||2017-2017|
|Rebecca Urquhart||2008-2013||Tom Watts||1989-1995|
|Leo Weber||2007-present||Lynn Weissenrieder||2007-2009|
|Jim White||1990-2015||Harriette Woodard||2014-2015|
|Maurice Worley||1987-1989||Marsha Yelick||2009-2015|
James Frank and Charlie Johnson