Lynn moved to Evergreen in 2014, after living on the Delmarva Peninsula in Delaware and Maryland for most of her life. Lynn received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and for almost twenty years was Campaign Finance Director for U.S. Congressmen Wayne Gilchrest and Frank Kratovil.
From 2008 to 2014 Lynn was the Outreach Coordinator for Queen Anne’s Conservation Association (QACA) in Centreville, Maryland. QACA is the Eastern Shore of Maryland’s oldest land use and conservation organization. In addition, Lynn has worked with the Maryland League of Conservation Voters.
Lynn has been privileged to serve as Mountain Area Land Trust’s Executive Director since May 2023. Prior to her new role, Lynn was MALT’s Development Director. She and her husband are avid hikers and lovers of the outdoors and enjoy spending their free time exploring the wonders of their home in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
Jamie loves the great outdoors and has called Colorado her home since she was born. She spent her childhood riding horses on a ranch in eastern Colorado Springs where she learned to appreciate the beauty of the great outdoors. She enjoys paddle boarding and hiking during the summer and snowshoeing in the winter. She now lives in Evergreen and loves spending time with family and friends. Jamie has more than 20 years experience in marketing and communications working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Communications and Public Relations from Colorado State University and is an expert with land real estate transactions.
Jeff is excited to be MALT’s Conservation Legacy Fellow and is stationed at Sacramento Creek Ranch in Fairplay. He enjoys meeting landowners and community members who are passionate about the great outdoors.
His professional experience includes work as a land stewardship monitor with Colorado Open Lands and MALT, water conservation work within Colorado’s Front Range urban areas and an environmental education instructor.
Beverly Kerr takes an analytical approach to her work. She has a degree in Computer Science and Accounting and worked as a Systems Analyst and Programmer for 15 years before moving from the Midwest to Evergreen with her husband and two small children. After raising her children, Beverly again joined the working world as a Contract Business Services Provider and Bookkeeper. She also works as an Office Manager for a local company, Mountain Design Group and provides bookkeeping services for a couple small businesses in the Evergreen area. She joined MALT as a Bookkeeper in the spring of 2011.
Beverly is also engaged in many community organizations that support people and the environment. She has an appreciation for the mission of the organization and firmly believes in preserving the scenic land and water resources of Colorado from overdevelopment. Beverly’s passion is her Community Outreach Group which works on special projects for the local food bank, Evergreen Christian Outreach. She enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, traveling and working on her home.
Christine spent every childhood summer backpacking with her family across the Intermountain West. Thanks to this extraordinary upbringing, she went on to develop an enduring professional commitment to actively conserving the natural, cultural, and historic characteristics that our country is so blessed with. Her career has been dedicated to this field, spanning grassroots organizing, non-profit partnerships with the corporate world, fundraising, conservation easement negotiations and public lands management. She believes that curiosity about, and respect for, others are essential to successful land conservation. Christine has worked for the U.S. Forest Service, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Center for Resource Management, Colorado Open Lands, and most recently Jefferson County Open Space. She received her Bachelor’s in Biology at the College of Wooster and her Master’s in Environmental Science at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Growing up in Colorado made it easy for Carl to develop a passion for the outdoors. While he was earning his degree in Geography from the University of Colorado, this passion grew to a desire to conserve public lands and natural areas so future generations can develop the same appreciation for the natural world. His career in conservation has allowed him to work on many projects in the West. For a few years in Oregon, he was part of a stewardship team that specialized in vegetative restoration and invasive species control and in Boise, Idaho he managed a revegetation project for stormwater basins and bioswales in Idaho’s most populous county.
Carl has joined MALT at the start of 2022 and is excited to be back in Colorado where he can use his skills and experiences to better connect people with their open spaces and to help in the conservation of Colorado’s natural beauty.
Ryan is a 5th generation Colorado native and lives in Evergreen with his wife and two dogs. He enjoys skiing, rock climbing, hiking, hut excursions and watching wildlife. His passion for conservation and the outdoors is infectious.
Ryan brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Mountain Area Land Trust. He is seasoned in business development, fostering partnerships and fundraising. Throughout his career, he has worked in both the private and nonprofit sectors. He spent several years working as the executive director and director of business development at two Colorado chapters of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. His mantra is if opportunity fails to knock, build a door.
Ryan holds an MBA from Newman University and a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology (pre-med with minors in Chemistry and Biology) from Wichita State University. He joined Mountain Area Land Trust as the Director of Philanthropy in 2023.
Originally from Baltimore, Sue grew up in an outdoors-oriented family, skiing together on the slopes in western Maryland and enjoying the mountains in the area in all seasons. After receiving her Business degree from the University of Vermont, she worked in banking for several years, but wanted to be involved with an organization that had an impact on society. With her passion for social justice, she joined the Peace Corp and spent 3 years in Costa Rica, where she met her husband who was also a Peace Corp volunteer. After completing the MBA program at Yale, she and her husband discovered Evergreen in 1995, settling in a cabin in Evergreen
Combining her business background and desire to be engaged in the non-profit community, Sue has taken a leadership role with several organizations including Friendship Bridge, Water for People, the Gates Family Foundation and currently with iAlumbra, a Golden-based social enterprise founded by Christy Walton that creates and partners with innovative businesses that stimulate positive environmental, social, and economic impacts in communities worldwide. As a Board member, she wants to ensure MALT’s continuing sustainability and access to the lands under trust through ongoing stewardship. Sue and her family enjoy the many outdoor recreational activities in the area, including skiing and trail running.
Originally from Rhode Island, Nadja has felt a pull west since she first visited Wyoming at age 12. After graduating from Georgetown University with a MA in English, Nadja briefly lived in New York City where she taught middle school English and was a ski instructor on the weekends. The West continued to call to her, so she and her husband Jim packed up their belongings and traveled west. Once they saw the Flatirons outside Boulder, they knew that they had found the right place.
Nadja is passionate about the outdoors and believes strongly in the mission of MALT. Conserving the land and providing stewardship for future generations drives her desire to give her time and energy to the organization. In addition to serving on the MALT Board, Nadja also participates on the Board of Trustees for Evergreen Country Day School. Nadja and Jim have 3 amazing kids. In her spare time, Nadja writes as-of-yet unpublished middle grade novels about the messiness of life and enjoys hiking and skiing, especially skiing with her kiddos.
Tom grew up in suburban Washington DC in a house that backed up to Rock Creek Park, giving him an early introduction to the pleasures of open spaces and the native animal populations. After gaining degrees in electrical engineering from Rensselaer and law from Geo. Washington U, he moved to Colorado. He worked for 31 years for the Gates Corporation (parent of Gates Rubber Co.), starting out in International Operations and retiring in 1996 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. In retirement he has been active in open space capacities for Jefferson County as a trail builder and inspector, volunteer naturalist at Lookout Mountain Nature Center, and member of the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee. He was also one of the early members of MALT’s board in the 1990s.
Growing up in Colorado and being able to hike/climb/camp in nearly every area in the state has given Rod a great appreciation for the special resources in Colorado. He is passionate about preserving the wildlife habitat, clean waters and scenic vistas that make this area unique and attractive by creating a legacy for current and future generations. Through his activities with MALT, Rod helps Colorado continue to wisely approach the conflicting demands of an increasing population, access to public lands, and the preservation of private lands.
Rod worked in the technology sector, most recently as Director of Network Planning & Engineering for Verizon Wireless. Although technically retired, he maintains a presence in the business world through ownership and consulting roles in several real estate & technology-based companies. He currently serves in leadership roles at two other non-profits: University of Colorado Alumni Association Directors Club and The Morgan Family Foundation. Rod resides in Conifer, CO with his wife, Kathy Estes. He is the proud father of two daughters and four grandsons. He and Kathy share an active lifestyle including golfing, hiking, scuba, kayaking and wild animal rescue/rehabilitation. Rod is also an avid climber. He has climbed over 50 peaks in Colorado and throughout the world.
Originally from St. Louis, Pat first moved to Colorado to attend the University of Denver where he received his undergraduate and law degrees. Pat’s legal and consulting career took him to a number of locations around the country, including Los Angeles, Washington DC and Chicago. Pat retired as a partner with the accounting and advisory firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2015, where he served in regional and national leadership roles in the firm’s human capital advisory practice.
Pat’s passion for education and the outdoors has guided his volunteer activities including serving as a district school board president in Illinois, and most recently as a member of the community board which oversees the operations of Beaver Ranch (a JeffCo Open Space park). Since moving to Conifer in 2016, Pat and his wife Ute have embraced mountain life, and can frequently be seen hiking, skiing, cycling and horseback riding, as well as spending time with their six adult children and three grandchildren.
As the senior vice president of field programs for The Trust for Public Land, Jeff is responsible for overseeing all state and area programs including land protection, urban parks development, and community-based conservation. Jeff joined The Trust for Public Land in 2011 and has worked in conservation since 1994. Prior to that he worked for an international electrical engineering company. Jeff received his BS in Chemical Engineering, MBA, and PhD in Ecological Management Communications from The Ohio State University. Jeff currently resides in Conifer.
Bruce and his family moved to Evergreen in 2008, relocating to Colorado from Maine. After a successful career as a corporate executive and consultant Bruce and his family moved to Evergreen in 2008. He was recruited by Farmers Insurance to acquire a specific agency in Evergreen in 2015. Over the past six years Bruce has earned the Topper Club honors (achievement club for top performing Farmer’s agents) and his agency was selected by the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce as Business of the Year for 2018.
Bruce is passionate about preserving open space and protecting land to support local wildlife habitats and outdoor recreation. Bruce is very active in the Evergreen community as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, an Ambassador and Board Member for the Chamber, affiliate member of the Mountain Metro Association of Realtors, Member of Evergreen Rotary Club, Board Member for the Boogie at the Barn non-profit fundraising events, Board Member for Center for the Arts Evergreen, an advisory committee member for Ovation West, and serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership Evergreen. Bruce was also recognized by the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce as Volunteer of the Year for 2020.
Jim spent eighteen years as Chief Technology Officer and in other senior posts at Time Warner Cable. He and his team pioneered cable’s use of fiber optics as well as the delivery of streaming video and broadband services. Jim accepted a Technical Emmy Award in 1994 and was inducted into both the Cable Television
Pioneers and the Cable Hall of Fame. Earlier in his career, Jim held a variety of engineering and operating positions with cable companies in Hawaii, where he lived for fifteen years. He also co-founded a start-up there that manufactured videotape automation systems. Prior to his retirement in 2007, Jim served as Chairman and CEO at OpenTV, a San Francisco-based software company.
Jim lives in Evergreen, Colorado, with his wife, Trudy, an artist who works in ceramics and glass. His interests include woodland trail construction, biking and travel. He’s currently building a model of the Oahu Railway, based on information gathered during his years in Hawaii. He co-authored and published a history of that railroad, “Next Stop Honolulu.”
Nikki moved to Evergreen Colorado from Pacific Palisades, California in 2013 for a change in lifestyle and to take advantage of everything the mountains have to offer. Growing up, she gained a deep appreciation for Colorado’s natural beauty from annual multi-week family ski and backpacking adventures with friends in the backcountry. Nikki became interested in MALT after learning of their efforts to preserve land, wildlife corridors, clean waters and access to Colorado’s wilderness.
Professionally, Nikki has nearly 20 years’ experience in marketing, advertising and business development.
Nikki lives with her husband Ben and their Greater Swiss Mountain dogs and enjoys skiing, standup paddling, kayaking, fishing and hiking. She has summited several mountain peaks including Mount Whitney and Half Dome in California and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.
Kevin Drost has been a resident of Colorado since 2020, after stints in Chicago, New York and San Francisco. Kevin is the former Chief Financial Officer and head of Strategy at Reverb.com, the world’s largest marketplace for musicians, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Etsy—the global marketplace for unique and creative goods, a publicly traded company and member of the S&P 500. Prior to Reverb, Kevin spent several years in management consulting and also served as President of Zealous Records, LLC, a music company he founded. He began his career at Sony Music Entertainment.
Kevin is deeply knowledgeable about finance, analytics, planning and strategic growth initiatives locally, nationally and internationally. He holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and an BA from the University of Denver. Kevin is passionate about the outdoors and spends his time with his family backpacking, snowshoeing, skiing and fly fishing. He recently completed the Colorado Trail, a 486-mile trail that stretches from Denver to the southwest corner of the state. He believes deeply in the need to conserve our natural environment and was motivated to join the Mountain Area Land Trust’s board to help protect our water, wildlife and way of life.
A career opportunity moved Susan and her family to Colorado in the late 90’s and the blue skies, great skiing and wide-open spaces kept her here! The move launched a 25-year career in sales and operational leadership with companies from small startups to Fortune 100.
Her love for the outdoors developed as she was growing up in Ohio and she presently manages a family legacy property there with her brother. Susan feels responsibility as a steward for our land to preserve and protect our wild spaces for future generations and is excited to work with MALT.
Susan spends time exploring Colorado and the West with a travel trailer in tow. When possible, she visits her adult daughter in Ohio and son in the UK. She enjoys hiking and camping and volunteers time working with her therapy dog providing companionship and comfort to our mountain area seniors and youth counseling programs.
Kevin moved to Colorado after receiving his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit in 1981. Lured by a friend’s invitation to explore the area, Kevin made the visit permanent, a decision driven by the exciting opportunities, engaging people and wonderful climate of the Denver area.
Kevin’s professional concentration is as an architect in design/build construction management for business aviation, creating environmentally conscious choices for his clients. With projects nationwide, Kevin became increasingly aware of the need to conserve lands as a buffer against development. He had seen earlier successes to conserve land in the foothills, through the efforts of Denver Mountain Parks, Colorado Open Space and MALT. Motivated by those successes, Kevin took the action to volunteer, becoming a Board Director at-large in 2017 working with the Development Committee.
Kevin continues to be impressed by the dedicated and enthusiastic efforts of MALT’s Board, staff, partners and volunteers to conserve the natural beauty of the area. He enjoys the biking, running and hiking opportunities that are provided by the easily accessible parks. In addition to these outdoor activities, he is also developing his musical skills for the piano and organ.
Maureen fell in love with Colorado as a teenager growing up in arid West Texas. After a trip to southern Colorado as an adult, she vowed that she would take the first opportunity to make Colorado her home. So in 1985, she moved to Evergreen while working in Denver for a number of organizations. Her career has included senior positions at a national environmental testing laboratory and several large and mid-sized environmental and management consulting companies. Her skills include quality and project management in compliance-based industries, and she has performed project work in various parts of the US as well as internationally. She holds advanced degrees in Environmental Policy and Management and Business Administration from the University of Denver and has published peer-reviewed studies and articles.
Maureen has been involved with the Jefferson County Aging Well Housing Task Force, the Colorado Performance Excellence Program as an examiner and judge, and has volunteered for MALT for several years. She enjoys many hobbies and outside interests, including hiking and exploring mountain towns. These activities fuel her appreciation for the conservation work performed by Land Trusts and other organizations working towards preserving lands and culture from overdevelopment. When she is not outside, she enjoys learning Spanish, yoga and the ukulele and spending time with her friends.
Anne McLean was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on January 24, 1948 and was raised in Calumet and Houghton, Michigan. Anne was outdoors nearly year round–her family skied after school and every weekend. Summers were spent at a cottage on a lake, surrounded by beautiful lakes and forests where she spent much of her time hiking and appreciating nature. During the winters, the family came to Colorado to ski.
Anne attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Colorado lured her back with its blue skies, great weather and outdoor activities. She attended medical school at the University Of Colorado and completed an internal medicine residency at Presbyterian Saint Luke’s in 1985. After starting a private practice in outpatient and inpatient internal medicine, she joined New West Physicians in 1994 and retired in September of 2014. Anne is passionate about the environment and saving open spaces. An early MALT Board member introduced her to some of the organization’s successes in preserving open space, and once she retired, Anne decided to invest more of her time and energy in supporting MALT’s mission. Anne lives with her husband Dave Donaldson and enjoys the company of her three step-children, six grandchildren and two cats. She also spends time outside in the environment skiing, hiking, bicycling, and gardening, as well as cooking.
Elly moved to Colorado in 2006 with her family and lives in Jefferson County. She lived with her family in Texas before moving to Colorado. As a native Nebraskan who grew up vacationing in Grand County, moving to Jefferson County felt like coming home. She is currently a project manager and senior biologist for Pinyon Environmental, Inc, a small boutique environmental consulting firm where she manages National Environmental Policy Act projects―including Categorical Exclusions and Environmental Assessments, projects with Section 404 permits, and is a technical lead for biological resources on large projects. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in environmental science.
Because of her work, she understands the importance of setting aside land for conservation. She wants to help MALT fulfill its mission by seeing conservation projects come to fruition in an environmentally responsible manner and looks forward to preserving land for future generations. Elly loves all things that bring her closer to nature: gardening with native and naturalized plants, birding, hiking, snowshoeing, camping, and embroidery (nature scenes, of course). Elly first learned about MALT by driving by the Sacramento Creek Ranch property in Park County, near a cabin her family owns.
David is a Business Broker Intermediary & Advisor with Transworld Business Advisors. With over 40 years of business experience spanning the consumer goods and services, retail, hospitality, sports, tourism and entertainment sectors, David brings a wealth of wisdom to his clients. David has honed his diverse skills as a Senior Director and C-level executive with several lower and mid-market multi-unit businesses. As an entrepreneur, he strategically merged one of his own start-up businesses with another early-stage business and helped rapidly springboard the new entity into a $650M, (NASDAQ) company.
David’s passion for preserving main street businesses as an important part of every community’s social fabric led him to a career as an SMB consultant, coach, and facilitator, working hand-in-hand with entrepreneurs and business owners through initial start-up, transition, measured growth, and profitable exit. David serves and has served on several for-profit and non-profit boards including Denver Film, REACH Colorado, The Columbus Zoo, The Wave Foundation and The Ramble Collective. In his free time, David enjoys the outdoors riding on anything with two wheels, hiking, skiing, golfing with his adult boys or preparing a gourmet dinner for his wife Susan.
Pandora Erlandson, Pandora John Properties, MALT Development and Marketing Committee
Denise Horton, Collaborative & Creative Non-Profit Board Leader, MALT Development and Marketing Committee
Judith McCulley, Retired from Environmental Protection Agency, Development and Marketing Committee
Bob Ostertag, Retired Banking Executive, MALT Land and Water Committee
Cleve Schenck, Commercial and Real Estate Broker, MALT Land and Water Committee
Lark Stewart, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, MALT Land and Water Committee
David Higgins, Chair
John McBride Greene
Catherine Keske, Ph.D.
Suzanne van Hall
Dr. Candace Galen
Fred Van Dusen