Colorado Open Lands is governed by a Board of Directors that individually and collectively give generously of their time and resources to ensure our success. With backgrounds in land, water, law, finance, business, and philanthropy, they provide invaluable expertise and wisdom to guide Colorado Open Lands’ practices and activities. Members serve on the COL Board of Directors and the COL Foundation Board of Directors.
Dr. Donald Aptekar arrived in Colorado 40 years ago to train in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado and has been in private practice at Rose medical center for over 35 years. He has been involved in delivering over 12,000 babies who are all native Coloradoans. Along with his medical practice he has […]
Rye Austin grew up in Colorado with a passion for the outdoors. He is the Executive Director of the Malone Family Land Preservation Foundation which protects the agricultural heritage and natural beauty of properties across the United States. Mr. Austin is an Executive Board member of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. […]
Ingrid Carlson Barrier is a proud Denver, Colorado native. In her career as an attorney, she has served as a Deputy District Attorney in Denver, as a lawyer in private practice with a natural resources litigation emphasis, and now serves as an attorney for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. She loves to take advantage of […]
Carolyn F. Burr, a shareholder with Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, specializes in water law and represents clients throughout Colorado in all seven of the state’s water divisions. Carolyn grew up on a ranch in North Park, where she fell in love with magnificent landscapes. She is proud to be part of Colorado’s leading land conservation […]
Russell Caldwell is the President of The Russell Caldwell Company, a municipal financial advisory company formed in the last quarter of 2012 after thirty-one continuous years in the municipal bond business. His career spanned six firms all of which were based in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, Mr. Caldwell served as Director of the Division of Commerce and […]
Rob Deline is the president of Monaghan Management Corp., a real estate management company specializing in agricultural and commercial properties in the west. A second generation native of Colorado, he is primarily interested in raising wheat, cattle, and thoroughbred horses. He enjoys farming, ranching, and hunting.
Wendell Fleming fell in love with Colorado on a ski trip to Vail in her teens. She ski-bummed in Aspen for a season, and has lived in Colorado for over 32 years. Long active in Denver’s nonprofit community, she is the executive director of the LARRK Foundation, whose mission is to improve the lives of […]
Rebecca Frank is from Grand Junction and has lived on the Western Slope since 1973. She enjoys the great outdoors especially fly fishing and adding birds to her life list. Rebecca is a Colorado native and grew up in Denver. It’s an honor and a pleasure for her to serve on the Colorado Open Lands’ Board.
Ford Frick is a 45 year resident of Colorado with family ties to Colorado dating back four generations. He is a Managing Director and the Chairman of BBC Research & Consulting, a Denver based economic, market and policy research firm. He directs the firm’s real estate, resorts and tourism practice. Ford is married with two grown […]
Charlie Kurtz has lived in Colorado his whole life and is the president and owner of Brown Lumber sales, as well as a partner in Confluence Energy, the largest beneficial user of the beetle kill timber in Colorado. Additionally, he is the director of the Charles H. Kurtz Family Foundation, and the manager of Kurtz Family […]
Martin Herz grew up exploring the woods of Southern New England. After living in California and Chicago, he has now called Colorado home for more than fifteen years. Martin spent several decades in the commercial real estate industry, primarily focused on arranging debt transactions for apartment and healthcare facility owners. He is now focused on […]
As an Executive Vice President for Lockton Companies, LLC, Tate is a member of the executive committee responsible for all financial decisions associated with the Denver, Las Vegas, and Phoenix offices. In addition, he is responsible for procuring new clients and maintaining a portfolio of existing clients. In his role as Producer, Tate brings expertise […]
Will Morgan is a Colorado native and has lived everywhere else, but always comes back to Colorado. Currently, he is Director of Impact at Sonen Capital, an investment management firm dedicated to impact investing. Will has also worked in international development, social enterprise and philanthropy. He spends as much time as he can in the snow!
Paul Phillips has practiced environmental and land use law, policy and litigation for more than 30 years. His experience includes Environmental Protection Agency enforcement actions under the Clean Air Act, RCRA, and the Clean Water Act. From 2000 to 2008, Paul served on Holland & Hart’s Management Committee, ultimately as Chairman, overseeing substantial growth in the […]
Brian Ross served as the Executive Director of Colorado Conservation Trust from 2008 through 2013, when it merged with Colorado Open Lands. Prior to that, he worked in private real estate for Jones Lang LaSalle. Brian is a Colorado native whose love of our natural environment can be traced to his youth when he would […]
Charlie Russell is a principal of the public relations firm C.A. Russell Partners. He has served on the Board of Directors of Colorado Open Lands since 1993. He is a past director of Colorado Trout Unlimited and the Colorado Trail Foundation. He is a past recipient of Trout Unlimited’s national Conservationist of the Year and […]
Originally from Chicago, former Senator Gail Schwartz fell in love with Colorado at the age of 12 on the top of Longs Peak. Prior to her political career as a state senator, professionally Senator Schwartz worked on community economic development and ski area planning. As a resident of Pitkin County and the Roaring Fork Valley […]
Dan has worked in the conservation real estate field for over forty years in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He has completed many complex conservation transactions involving a wide-range of legislative, administration and private-sector real estate tools and incentives. He has served on several non-profit boards and public commissions, has managed several organizations, and […]
Wes Segelke was born and raised in Northeastern Colorado near the town of Brush. His family members continue to live there and have been involved in ranching and related livestock ventures since the early 1900’s. Wes and his family have a smaller livestock and recreational ranch in Northern Colorado near Red Feather Lakes where they spend enjoyable […]
Rod Slifer is a Colorado native and has been in Vail since its beginning in 1962. He served as Mayor 11 of the 16 years he served on the Town Council. He is a partner in Slifer Smith & Frampton, a Real Estate Brokerage firm. Rod resides in Vail with his wife Beth and daughter Alexandra.
Dick Stermer has lived in Colorado full time since Thanksgiving 1997, and has been enjoying Colorado and specifically Custer County since 1990. He and his wife Audrey spend a good deal of their time with their four children and eight grandchildren; traveling; nurturing and supporting several local non-profits, as well as a couple from their home […]
Bill Vollbracht is from Wichita Kansas and has been in Colorado since 1960. He is Chairman of Land Title Guarantee, a company he founded in 1967. He enjoys golf, staying at his ranch in Evergreen and visiting with his two grandchildren. Being on the COL Board has been a rewarding experience participating in the preservation of Colorado […]
Jennifer Weddle is a Denver resident and the Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s National American Indian Law Practice. She has wide-ranging experience in Indian law, handling a variety of matters for tribal and non-tribal clients. She has experience in the areas of tribal jurisdiction and natural resources development on tribal lands. Her work also includes significant […]
John Woodard has spent over 25 years in the private equity industry. He began his career in The First Boston Corporation’s Management Buyout Group, where he worked with the team that would go on to form Vestar. In 1988, he left to join Wesray Capital Corporation, whose principals provided Vestar’s initial seed capital. Two years […]
Ruth Wright, Moving to Colorado in the late 1950s, Ruth witnessed huge population growth and has worked for decades to preserve Colorado’s natural heritage. After enjoying great success as a citizen conservation activist, Ruth was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1980, where she held the role of House Minority Leader from 1986-1992. While […]