Dr. Donald Aptekar

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 […]

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Rye Austin

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. […]

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Thomas (T.A.) Barron

Thomas (T.A.) Barron of Boulder is a best-selling author of over thirty books, many focused on the importance and power of nature, including the Merlin Saga. Mr. Barron, a Rhodes Scholar and graduate of Princeton, also completed a joint J.D.-M.B.A.. After a successful business career in New York City, he returned to his native Colorado to […]

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Carolyn F. Burr

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 […]

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Rob Deline

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.

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Wendell Fleming

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 […]

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Susan Fox Pinkowitz

Susan Fox Pinkowitz, a Denver native, runs a private real estate investment company, which she founded upon returning to Colorado following a successful career in international business. Ms. Pinkowitz has a long history of volunteer work for nonprofits throughout the Denver area, and has also worked at the grassroots level on many environmental and land use […]

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Rebecca Frank

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.

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Ford Frick

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 […]

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Pete Leavell

Pete Leavell moved to Colorado in 1978.  He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Alliance for Choice in Education (ACE).  He loves to hike, ride and fish at the 4UR and around Creede in the La Garita Mountains.

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Charlie Kurtz

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 […]

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Tate McCoy

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 […]

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Paul Phillips

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 […]

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Norton Rainey

Norton Rainey is the President and CEO of ACE Scholarships, a foundation based in Colorado that provides tuition scholarships to children of low-income families. Now in its fifteenth year, ACE has provided more than 15,000 scholarships and funding commitments exceeding $26 million. Norton attended the University of Colorado on a golf scholarship and received his degree […]

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Brian Ross

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 […]

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Charlie Russell

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 […]

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Gail Schwartz

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 […]

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Wes Segelke

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 […]

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Dick Stermer

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 […]

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Bill Vollbracht – Director Emeritus

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 […]

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Dr. Amanda Weaver

Dr. Amanda Weaver of Wheat Ridge is an urban agricultural researcher and senior instructor of geography at University of Colorado at Denver. She owns the thirteen-acre Five Fridges Farm, which is permanently protected under conservation easement with Colorado Open Lands. Dr. Weaver frequently hosts agricultural demonstrations on her property where she keeps bees, grows vegetables, […]

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Jennifer Weddle

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 […]

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John Woodard – Treasurer

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 […]

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Ruth Wright

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 […]

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