Rocky Mountain Conservancy Board Members
- Don Cheley
Denver and Estes Park, Colorado
Don has spent almost every summer of his life in Estes Park. He was raised in Denver and Estes, and graduated from Menlo School of Business administration. During the next phase of his life, he worked with various businesses as well as serving 6 years in the Wyoming (and other states) Air National Guard. His family started the historic Bear Lake Trail School in 1921 at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. The camp moved to its current site in 1926, and is now known as Cheley Colorado Camps. He was the third-generation executive director following his grandfather and father, and his son and daughter now hold the title. He is the past president of the Western Association of Independent Camps, national president of the American Camp Association, chair of the American Camp Foundation, board of the Phoenix Society for Burn survivors, Board of the Bank of Estes Park, and America’s Ambassador to the International Camping Fellowship. He currently is serving as board president for the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, and has been a board member since 2008.
- Jim Pickering
Estes Park, Colorado
Jim Pickering, a retired Professor of English and administrator, served as Director of the Honors College at Michigan State University and as dean, provost and president at the University of Houston. The author/editor of more than thirty books on Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the American West, in 2006 he was appointed Historian Laureate of the Town of Estes Park. In addition to serving as vice president of the Rocky Mountain Conservancy since 2014, he serves as chair of the board of directors of the Estes Park Economic Development Corporation, and on the boards of the Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation and the Estes Park Museum Foundation. Jim also is a member of the Constantinian Military Order of St. George, a philanthropic knighthood, and the editorial board of the Estes Park Trail-Gazette. A graduate of Williams College, he received his graduate degrees from Northwestern University.
- Elizabeth Grant
Liza is native Coloradoan and an educator at heart. She spent every summer of her childhood in Estes Park where she learned to appreciate and respect the majestic mountains and its surroundings. It was here that she was taught the importance of open space, its connection to her livelihood, and how to enjoy, respect and preserve open space in all parts of the country. After college, Liza spent time on the east coast teaching math and coaching in a high school, after which she pursued a career in collegiate coaching in Washington, Wyoming and New Mexico. She returned to Colorado in 2002 as a teacher and now tutors students in math – but spends most weekends in Estes Park. Recently, Liza has been exploring the mountains in Italy, Switzerland, Norway, France and Africa.
- Douglas Campbell
The Rocky Mountain Conservancy plays in important role in protecting public lands and educating new generations about the value of these special areas, which is why Doug Campbell has served on the Board since 2010. His love for the mountains, and especially Rocky Mountain National Park, started at an early age, as his family vacationed most summers in Estes Park. Doug remembers being up and out on the trails early each morning, with one of his biggest thrills in life climbing Longs Peak as a young boy. It was fitting that after graduating from college Doug moved to Colorado where he has spent years hiking, backpacking and snowshoeing in RMNP. Some of his best memories are winter backpacking trips with his wife. Doug earned his BA from Monmouth College and an MA from the University of Northern Colorado. His career has been in the petroleum industry and he currently is Senior Staff Landman for Noble Energy, Inc. Doug lives in Greeley, Colorado.
- Charles Cofas
Estes Park, Colorado
A native Texan, Charles and his wife, Olga, have been year-round residents of Estes Park for more than 11 years. He graduated from the University of Texas in Mechanical Engineering and then spent the next 40 years working in domestic and international project management, project engineering, business development, equipment application and plant construction in the power generation and petrochemical industries. He is involved with various community boards and volunteer activities in Estes Park and has served on the Conservancy board since 2014.
- Tim Davis
Tim has been a board member with the Rocky Mountain Conservancy since 2014. Tim has more than 35 years of consulting experience serving middle market public and private sector clients in a multitude of industries and functions. Tim’s experience has been gained over the years, having worked in numerous industries, including: telecommunications, manufacturing, public sector, consumer business, health care, real estate and construction, managing projects relating to financial systems technology assessments and implementations, process/operations/organizational reengineering, financial forecasting, budgeting and developing business plans. This broad background has enabled him to apply his skills in a number of bankruptcy/turnaround projects over the years. Tim has been involved in a variety of civic and professional activities within the Denver marketplace, including industrial manufacturing. Tim also founded a local construction and remodeling company and has been associated with the Colorado National Guard for 6 years.
- Katherine Dines
Katherine Dines’ Rocky Mountain roots run deep. Her great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Eaton, was the 4th governor of Colorado; her mother served on the Rocky Mountain Conservancy Board for several years; her father founded the Conservation Corps through the Daniel’s Fund; and her family owns a small ranch on the Colorado River near the park. An avid hiker, snow-shoer, cross-country skiier, fly fisher and natural history buff, Katherine is based in Denver yet tours the globe as a professional song writer, teaching and performing artist. She has been serving on the Conservancy board since 2013.
- Julie Harrington
Julie joined the Rocky Mountain Nature Association Board (now Rocky Mountain Conservancy) in 2009 and has served under 3 wonderful executive directors. She has chaired the Development committee and currently chairs the Nominating committee and serves on the Investment committee. Raised in Louisiana but introduced to Rocky as a child, she vowed to one day live here! Julie shares her time between Grand Lake and Denver and enjoys hiking, reading, boating, cooking and grandchildren.
- Jan Robertson
Jan started her first 10-year tenure on the Rocky Mountain Nature Association (now Rocky Mountain Conservancy) board in 1985, then rejoined the board in 2014. She first toddled in Rocky Mountain National Park 80 years ago. Since then, often with her husband, she’s hiked, skied, climbed and backpacked in it so often that it’s her home. In the early decades, she saw almost no outdoor women going manless. In 1990, her book, Magnificent Mountain Women came out, documenting the many women who had connected with the mountains in meaningful ways. It is still in print. While exploring Rocky or climbing all of Colorado’s 14ers or hiking the 460-mile-long Colorado Trail in 1988, when it was dedicated, she almost never saw people of color. These days, while she sees a few more, they certainly aren’t visiting the park in numbers that reflect their populations. Encouraging minorities is one of her primary goals while serving on the Conservancy board, as is another equally important issue in this park: helping to find solutions to the high-volume visitor-use problems now facing this small national park.
- Bill Tindall
Carmel, Indiana, and Estes Park, Colorado
Bill and his wife, Jan, live in Carmel, Indiana, and Estes Park. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Now retired, Bill worked in the corporate retirement services business, primarily managing 401(k) plans and most of his career was spent with MassMutual where he was a senior vice president. He has been involved with various civic, community and industry organizations throughout his life. He has been both a board president and a board member with the Conservancy since 2007.
- Zac Wiebe
Fort Collins, Colorado
Zac spent much of his childhood exploring Rocky Mountain National Park's west side, developing a deep love for the area and a desire to pursue a career in natural resources. After completing a degree in Natural Resources Management and Geographic Information Systems from Colorado State University, he spent years conducting research throughout the park to help inform the management of elk and vegetation. Currently, Zac works for the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources, an agency that shares many similarities with the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, including a focus on environmental education, land conservation, responsible public land stewardship, and fostering the connection of youth and the outdoors. In the past, Zac served on the board of the nonprofit Backcountry Snowsports Alliance and helped oversee its merger with the Colorado Mountain Club. He lives with his wife, Nicole, and son, Quinn, in Ft. Collins and has been on the Conservancy board since 2015.
Howard Fry (2013)
Castle Rock, Colorado
Charles Jerden (2014)
Joel Mayo (2011)
Brian Ross (2015)