Board of Directors
President Vaughn Baker retired as Superintendent of Rocky Mountain National Park in September 2015, after 31 years with the National Park Service, and joined the EVLT Board just a few months later. The breadth of Vaughn’s experience in conservation-related issues serves EVLT well. Vaughn is serving on the Educational Events Committee.
Vice President Robin Harding was elected to the Board in 2015. He fell in love with Estes Valley when he first visited as a Cheley camper in the late 1950s and retired here in 2007. Robin worked in advertising for the Mississippi Governor’s Office of Economic Development before forming his own advertising agency as well as a corporate promotions company. He served as Vice President of the Tahosa Valley Landowner’s Association.
Treasurer Curt Gleaves arrived in Estes Park in 2006 and joined the EVLT Board in 2010 after being actively involved in monitor activities since 2007. He is an attorney and is President of Chapin Financial Management in Estes Park. Curt is active on the Legal and Finance Committees.
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.
Director Wanda Curry became a Board member in 2015. She became a member of EVLT in 2000 after she and her husband placed a conservation easement on their newly-purchased property. She moved to Estes Park to live full-time following her retirement as Chief Financial Officer for Entergy Nuclear Operations in Mississippi.
Director Geoff Elliot joined the Land Trust board in 2020. He currently works for Colorado Trout Unlimited as the Youth Education Coordinator and has supported youth engagement and conservation work for the past seven years in other positions. Geoff also serves as a volunteer firefighter with the Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department.
Director Mark Holdt, owner of Mountain Sage Consulting joined EVLT in 2016. Mark has over thirty years of experience in helping organizations realize their potential through board development, strategic visioning, and financial analyses. Mark has been involved with the Estes Park community for most of his life, and is currently an active Sunrise Rotarian. Mark begins his EVLT term with a commitment to the Board Development Committee.
Director Carly Lober began volunteering for EVLT in 2014 and joined the Board in 2015. She worked for 25 years as a Park Ranger with the National Park Service, mostly in Yosemite, before retiring to Estes Park. Carly is on the Executive Committee of the Poudre Valley Group of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club and serves as a Board member of the Estes Valley Watershed Coalition, representing the Upper Big Thompson River watershed.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Kenzie joined the staff in May 2018 after graduating form Colorado State University. Kenzie was born in Colorado and spent many summers hiking and camping in Rocky Mountain National Park. She worked for conservation non-profits and the US Forest Service before coming to Estes Park.
Nancy joined the staff in January 2021. She worked in the hospitality field for many years before joining us. Nancy visited Estes Park every year since she was just two years old, and fulfilled her dream of moving here in 2003. She shares our passion of the natural world and local history.
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-present|
|Kim Barrier||1999-2009||Bob Benight||1996-2001|
|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-present|
|Russ Driskill||2009-2010||Sally Duncan||1994-1995|
|Geoff Elliot||2020-present||Becky Elrod||2010-2012|
|Art French||2013-2018||Eldon Freudenburg||1988-1992|
|Marv Gee||1997-2010||Curt Gleaves||2010-present|
|Seymour Grahm||1988-1991||Robin Harding||2016-present|
|George Hix||1988-1997||Mark Holdt||2016-present|
|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-present|
|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|
|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||Alice Rueman||
|Peter Sinnott||2014-2020||Don Smith||2019-present|
|Phil Snow||1997-1999||Melissa Strong||2019-present|
|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||Lynn Young||2005-2008|
James Frank and Charlie Johnson