For over 126 years, the Colorado Chapter of the Sierra Club has helped shape the way people can participate in local, state, and national advocacy and policy work, so that we can better protect the planet—and each other. Through its groups throughout the state and the Denver Metro Network, the Colorado Chapter works to preserve and protect our state’s wildlife, air, water, and open spaces.
Five at-large seats are open on the Colorado Chapter Executive Committee, which is the principal decision-making body for the Chapter. Seven candidates are running for the five seats. All of the candidates submitted applications to the Nominating Committee. After reviewing the applications and interviewing each of the candidates, the Nominating Committee is pleased to recommend each of the candidates as qualified for your consideration.
Usually, at-large Executive Committee members are elected for two-year terms. This year, however, because two of the seats were left open during 2020 by the resignations of Executive Committee members who still had a year remaining on their terms, two of the at-large members elected this year will be filling one-year terms. The three candidates who receive the highest number of votes will serve two-year terms, and the two candidates receiving the next highest number of votes will serve one-year terms.
The opening date for voting is Wednesday, October 21st, when online voting opens and the printed Peak & Prairie is mailed, and the closing date for voting is Friday, November 20th.
Six of the Chapter’s groups will be participating in this shared ballot – Indian Peaks Group, Poudre Canyon Group, Roaring Fork Group, Trapper’s Lake Group, and Uncompahgre Group.
I seek election to Sierra’s ExCom to advance our organization’s goals. My background and expertise are extensive. I have worked five decades to protect water quality. As an elected official, I worked with EPA to write and advance adoption of Colorado’s first wetland ordinance.
I proposed and helped adopt the first numeric soluble uranium drinking water standard in the United States during my 10 years on Colorado’s Water Quality Control Commission. Appointed to Denver’s Platte River Advisory Commission, I helped to adopt a master plan, management strategies, and a Natural Areas Program to create a continuous wildlife corridor along the Platte. I was appointed four times to the Cherry Creek Water Quality Basin Authority. I served twenty years on the National Clean Water Action Board. I was previously on the ExCom and served as Co-Chair twice. I received the 2013 Columbine Award and remain on the Chapter Political Committee.
As Political Committee Chair, I am responsible for executing the political priorities ExCom sets. As part of the Executive Committee, I will be able to ensure those priorities are attainable yet ambitious. Further, I can more easily appraise and advise the Executive Committee regarding measures I believe support our goals of conservation and combating climate change.
Additionally, I’ve worked with and led many teams comprised of diverse personalities. I understand disagreements inevitably happen, leading to stalemates. I strive to meet others where they are to fuel dialogue and move past those disagreements. We are stronger together, which means when we disagree, we do so respectfully while continuing to cooperatively move towards our goals of conservation and cleaner air and water.
I hope to serve on the Executive Committee of the Colorado Chapter so I can continue contributing to our important work toward a just, equitable, inclusive and sustainable organization and world. As a multicultural person of color and a long-time activist in various social justice movements, I bring a deep understanding of and personal commitment to the principles of equity, justice, and inclusivity into this role. I also fully grasp the urgency of our climate crisis and the staggering loss of biodiversity we are currently witnessing. I hope to contribute my technical and organizational skills and my strong verbal and written communication skills to help create meaningful change toward just solutions. A better world is possible and I feel a deep and very personal responsibility to do my part for the future of our planet and our next seven generations.
This is a critical time for the Colorado Sierra Club. We are experiencing the angst that comes from a mission frustrated at every turn by backward directives out of Washington D.C. and by well-funded opposition here in Colorado. We're growing into our necessary role as a participant and eventual leader in the Equity movement: an important enlargement of our traditional environmental mission. And we are working out our relationships among each other in the Chapter, among our allies, among non-allies with whom we must work in order to achieve our goals, and even among those who oppose our goals. I consider it a privilege to be 'in the trenches' fighting the good fight day after day and year after year. What fuels me is the necessity of winning these battles to save life as we know it on this little planet. I do this work for future generations.
My membership and involvement in the Sierra Club spans 50 years. Currently I serve as the Membership Chair of the Headwaters Group of the Colorado Chapter. I am certified to lead local outings, and am a member of the Group’s conservation committee, with a special focus on wildlife restoration.
I am a member of the Summit County Democrats and serve as a Precinct Committee Person for the Summit Cove Precinct. During the 2018 elections, I campaigned for candidates endorsed by the Sierra Club. I also rallied members and the general public to collect signatures on behalf of the Colorado Gray Wolf Reintroduction Initiative (2020).
Being associated with the right side of politics and with the Sierra Club is a win-win for me. We need to know our way in this political environment in order to protect the wilderness, wildlife, water and climate that we treasure.
I hold a passion for connecting people to nature for the benefit of both. I have received four awards across Sierra Club for the leadership I have brought to the organization over the past 10 years. I have trained over 500 grassroot volunteers in Colorado and across the country in that time to be advocates for the world we are working to protect. My main focus has been on public lands in Colorado, for which I am the volunteer lead for the Colorado Our Wild America campaign.
In 2018, with our volunteers and supporters like you we helped stop 18,000 acres of public land in Huerfano County from being leased to oil and gas under Trump. If elected, I hope to bring these talents to an already talented Chapter. I will focus on grassroots leadership, political strategy, governance and intertwine all of that in building a more just organization.
When I retired from my nursing career in Nursing Administration, I decided it was imperative to work on environmental issues and climate change. I joined the Beyond Oil and Gas and Communications Teams and the Legislative Committee. I work with multiple organizations to try to limit fracking, including Our Longmont.
In 2017 I worked with Sustainable Resilient Longmont and the National Ready for 100 team to gain a commitment of 100% renewable energy by 2030. We also worked with other grassroots organizations to move our municipal power provider, PRPA, to 100% Renewable Energy.
In 2019 I co-led an effort for a Longmont commitment to fight climate chaos and served on the City Climate Action Task Force.
I serve on the Indian Peaks Group ExCom, including serving as their delegate to Chapter ExCom for 2 years. In July I was elected onto the Chapter ExCom and am currently Chair.
The Indian Peaks Group includes all members living within the area of Boulder County. There are 3 seats available, each for a 2-year term. Nominating Committee candidates are indicated by an (N); petition candidates are indicated by a (P). Please vote for up to 3 candidates.
William Truesdell grew up in the mountains of Colorado and is proud to now call Boulder home. He works for EVmatch - the peer-to-peer electric vehicle charging network - expanding charging access so everyone can drive electric, especially renters and multi-unit dwellers who face barriers to charging at home. William is the campaign manager and former legislative aide for Colorado State House Representative, Edie Hooton. He previously worked as a community organizer for New Era Colorado, mobilizing young people in the political process and advocating for pro-environmental policies like Boulder’s Municipalization effort to realize 100 percent renewable energy.
William is seeking a place on the IPG Executive Committee to serve the environmental legacy of Boulder County with a fresh perspective informed by environmental work in the non-profit, government, and private sectors. He is dedicated to promoting an equitable transition to transportation electrification & renewable energy while supporting bold climate action.
I have been active with the Indian Peaks Group since 2001 and am currently the chair of the group. As a Sierra Club activist, I have worked to protect wildlife, pollinators, and people from toxic chemicals. I have also worked on cutting fossil fuel use, addressing light pollution, and promoting clean energy systems and healthy lifestyles. I am a committed bike commuter and organic gardener.
I run the organic peach and apple sale, the group’s biggest fundraiser each summer, and I organize the annual May Plant Exchange, providing gardeners with free organic plants. Looking forward, I am committed to continuing the fight against climate change. As a top initiative, I am dedicated to helping the Sierra Club act on social equity concerns, locally and regionally. The Sierra Club can be a more inclusive group. Let’s work on that.
I grew up in Bailey, Colorado and have called Boulder home since 2002. In my 15 years at the CU Environmental Center, I have worked with a passion for environmental justice and sustainability issues spanning energy/water conservation, zero waste, policy, fundraising, and co-producing local Bioneers conferences.
I have worked on 50+ Wildlands Restoration Volunteer projects, primarily as a lead coordinating with federal, state and county land managers. I am a crew-leader trainer for the State in ecological restoration and trail management. This is my 3rd year as a distribution center for Monroe Organic Farm, and I live my values as a community-focused, environmental advocate.
Bringing relationships and a wealth of experience in justice, equity, and diversity, I am able to support IPG in expanding inclusivity.
I am excited to join the ExComm and support members in their stewardship with vision and passion for a resilient, thriving, and beloved community.
I have been a member of the Sierra Club since 1987. I was part of the Kentucky Chapter’s Executive and Conservation Committees for many years, including serving as Vice-Chair of the Chapter from 2015-2017. Since coming to Colorado in 2018, I have been the Chair of the Colorado Chapter’s Conservation Committee, a member of the Chapter’s Legislative Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Indian Peaks Group.
Over the years, I have worked on issues related to endangered species, power plants, energy, coal, and climate change. In Boulder, I have worked on fracking, electrification of transportation, and local control of energy. I believe that we have a great deal of urgent work ahead of us in the next few years, and I hope to be able to contribute to IPG’s strong conservation efforts as a member of the Executive Committee.
Crystal will lead efforts and 1) Work with the IPG to set up a membership fund for low income and BIPOC so diverse voices can contribute to SC policy and decisions, 2) Recommend the IPG set up a advisory committee of Racial Equity Connectors, as the City has done, to advise the IPG on environmental policy and actions, and 3) Support actions, such as municipalization and fracking bans, for a fossil free future.
Crystal served two terms on Boulder City Council when the nation’s first voter-approved tax on carbon passed, served on the Affordable Housing Alliance which built home ownership affordable housing, served on the Open Space Board when GMO’s were banned on open space, voted to put municipalization on ballot and serves on the Eco-Cycle board that has developed regenerative agriculture for carbon reduction.
The Poudre Canyon Group of the Sierra Club includes the areas of Larimer and Weld Counties. Our Executive Committee has three vacancies currently and we are looking to fill them. Seats on the ExCom are held for a two year term.
Kelly graduated from University Texas at Dallas in 2001. She was a Fellow for Obama for America 2012 and gathered 8,400 signatures to put a fracking moratorium on the ballot in 2013 in Fort Collins. Kelly has and is the campaign manager for multiple City of Fort Collins City Council Races, as well as the Larimer County Assessors race, and is now running the Colorado Senate District 14 race for Senator Joann Ginal.
In her day job Kelly is a real estate broker for Berkshire Hathaway. Kelly is in it to win it, and is always fighting the good fight to facilitate leadership that stands up for the environment, the voice of the people and fight back against special interests. Kelly is passionate about fighting to protect the environment, public health and safety and doing whatever it takes to empower those around her to do the same.
Megan has been a member of the Poudre Canyon Group for three years. For the last two years she has served on the ExCom in various roles including as Secretary as well as Chair. Megan would be pleased to serve another term on the ExCom in order to continue working on many important local projects including protecting the Poudre River, supporting the Hughes Stadium property for open space, blocking new oil and gas development in Larimer County, and ensuring that the Platte River Power Authority lives up to its promise to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2030.
In addition to being a passionate environmentalist, Megan is a physical therapist and bicycle commuter. She enjoys hiking, camping, and rock climbing in the summer and backcountry skiing during the winter. Urban homesteading is an area of interest also and she loves tending her garden every year.
The Roaring Fork Group is dedicated to protecting and conserving the waters, wildlands and wildlife in the Roaring Fork Watershed. There are seven open seats for two-year terms.
I would welcome the opportunity to offer, as a resident of the Roaring Fork and Crystal River valleys, my time and professional knowledge and experience as an environmental attorney who has served both government agencies and environmental organizations in New York and now Colorado for the past 30 years, most recently as Watershed Program Director for the Hudson Riverkeeper, March 2011 - October 2016 and since January 2017, as Western US Advocacy Coordinator for Waterkeeper Alliance, to help protect the rivers and watersheds, public lands and wildlife of the unique valley that is our home. In particular, I would hope to bring to the work of our Sierra Club chapter the experience and partnerships that I am building working with Waterkeeper Alliance to support our Western advocacy campaign activities, in coordination with local Waterkeeper organizations and with local, state and national organizations working on water and public lands related issues.
Vice-chair. I am very excited to be a part of Roaring Fork Sierra Club and look forward to bringing my knowledge and passion to help protect our native wildlife and the habitats they depend upon.
As a long-time resident of the Roaring Fork Valley and current Chair of Roaring Fork Audubon I will lend my expertise and energy to help Sierra Club advance the protections and education so badly needed.
I want to be on the Sierra Club Roaring Fork Chapter Executive Committee for many reasons. I respect and support the mission of this long-time nonprofit organization, and one great way to support that mission is to engage people with an immersive experience in the outdoors.
My background in sustainability, hiking, camping, plant identification, hunting, fishing, hut trips, and backcountry skiing enables me to share knowledge and skills necessary to help others to safely engage in outdoor adventure. Together we can cultivate the love for our planet required to fulfill Sierra Club’s mission. I look forward to having a fun adventure with you in this blessed outdoors of Colorado!
Chair. As a candidate for chair of the Roaring Fork Group I bring my experience as an ecologist conducting biological surveys across western Colorado and my love for the wild places and wild critters that call the Roaring Fork watershed home to protecting and conserving our natural world.
I work as an ecologist with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program and as adjunct faculty at Colorado Mountain College in their Sustainability Program where I teach Conservation Biology and Ecology. Avocational activities include Roaring Fork Audubon for which I serve as vice-chair and the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project where she serves on the science advisory team.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to have lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for most of my life. The environment and the wildlife of this area are what make it so special. Being so close to wild places has allowed me to not only enjoy and embrace nature, but also to understand the impacts we as a society have upon on it. I am especially passionate about everything water - from stormwater to water usage and from skiing to rafting. I have tried to stay involved locally to assist in protecting the valley from extreme population growth, overly excessive development, unethical land use, and recreational impacts.
I grew up in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. I have always cared deeply about animals and the environment. For the last twenty years, I have been volunteering for nonprofit organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, Colorado Animal Rescue, Little Rescue On The Prairie of Fort Morgan Colorado, and The Sierra Club.
I would like to be the Conservation Chair of The Sierra Club Roaring Fork Group. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science, and I also have social media and web design skills that will be very useful to the Roaring Fork Group. I want to be on the executive committee of the Roaring Fork Group because I enjoy volunteering. I feel that my skills will help further the mission of The Sierra Club in raising awareness about environmental issues such as endangered species and climate change, and getting people outdoors to volunteer with us and enjoy.
I feel so fortunate to have spent most of my years living in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The natural world outside my door has provided the greatest gift of all to me and my family. This nature around us and beyond our own backyards is something we all have a responsibility to protect.
Climate change, shrinking biodiversity, and disturbing environmental policy are just a few of the ongoing assaults that cannot be ignored. The Sierra Club has a long history of protecting our wild lands while providing education and encouraging future focused solutions to the many threats facing our natural environment. That is something I want to be a part of!
TLG serves Jackson, Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties. Leadership and Administrative duties are handled by the 7 member Executive Committee. Because we missed last year’s election, all 7 positions are open. Therefore the 4 candidates receiving the most votes will be awarded 2 year seats and the next 3 candidates will receive 1 year seats. Please vote for up to 7 candidates.
I am Professor Emeritus, Warner College of Natural Resources; Director Emeritus, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory; and member of the Water Faculty at CSU. I am a Board member of Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District and Upper Yampa Water Conservation District. I served on the Routt County Planning Commission. I teach an online graduate course “Managing for Ecosystem Sustainability” in the Western Center for Integrated Resource Management, CSU. I served as Program Director, Ecosystem Studies, National Science Foundation; Executive Director, Sustainable Biosphere Initiative, Ecological Society of America, Washington DC; and member of numerous national and international science committees and advisory groups. I am senior editor and author of a book “Natural Resource Management Reimagined” (2021), Cambridge University Press. As a Sierra Club TLG executive committee member I will be an advocate for rational, science-based Best Management Practices in natural resource and environmental decision-making and land-use planning.
I joined the Sierra Club in 1998 because I wanted to help protect the environment. At that time I was volunteering on two non- profit boards; as the Training Director for Grand County Search and Rescue, and as the Treasurer for Meet The Wilderness, an outdoor experiential education program that served thousands of inner city kids.
After moving to Routt County I volunteered as the Treasurer for the Friends of The Chief Foundation, to help breathe new life into the historic old town building. I also joined the Board of the Trappers Lake Group, and I am running for reelection because I want to see TLG remain a distinct unit within the Colorado Sierra Club. I believe that is the best way to protect public lands and wildlife habitat.
I was a wildlife biologist with the Colorado Division of Wildlife for over 30 years. I spent a lot of time in the Mt. Zirkel and Sarvis Creek Wilderness Areas over that period of time. I was a forest ranger working in Walden in 1969 and discovered that there were still some Bighorn sheep in the Pristine Lake area. I was project manager 30 years later for the reintroduction of Bighorn Sheep into the Mt. Zirkel wilderness. They have been very successful.
My main interest is the expansion of the Sarvis Creek Wilderness back to its original size. Part of the wilderness was removed for the Catamount Ski Area that was never approved. I have been on the board for 3 years in Steamboat Springs. My goals besides the wilderness expansion area to work on wildlife projects in the Steamboat area.
I have been active on environmental, social, affordable housing, growth, public lands, climate and transportation issues for the last 40 years. I first became involved with the Sierra Club when the community was fighting to stop the Catamount Ski development. We asked for the Club's support and in order to receive that support we were asked to start The Trapper's Lake Sierra Club chapter. While I have not been on the board I have been a member since and joined in Sierra Club initiatives on Public Lands, Coal Power Plant closures, Climate change and social justice issues. I have the time, energy, historical knowledge and science expertise in several fields that will complement the local Sierra Club Board.
The issue at hand in the Yampa Valley would be the Climate Action Plan (CAP) that the County and the City are developing and the regional transportation plan that is being developed.
I moved to Steamboat Springs in 2014 after graduating from the University of Oregon School of Law, where I focused on environmental and natural resources law. I am an attorney in private practice, and I love to ski, hike, and run, so it is very important to me to see that our region is protected for future generations. I have been involved with the Sierra Club Trappers Lake Group since 2017, and I hope that we can develop a more active chapter, with people of all ages and backgrounds working together to defend our environment and wilderness.
I came to Steamboat Springs in 1993 to volunteer as a Wilderness Ranger for the Forest Service and continued as a paid ranger for 10 Summers. I have been on the Trappers Lake Board for 20 years. I have also served on the Colorado Sierra Club Executive committee for over 12 years.
I am currently in my 24th year as a massage therapist. I have been involved with many Club activities. They include: Solar Energy Education Demonstration (Placing solar panels and interpretive displays on local schools and the Yampa River Botanic Park), a defensible space project near Stagecoach Lake, Wildfire hike after the Zirkel wildfires, Stand for our Land, activist presentations and educational presentations. My vision would be to connect and engage more with our members, raise awareness of Sierra Club efforts and do a better job of protecting the environment locally, statewide and nationally.
I received the M.D./Ph.D. degrees from Duke before joining the faculty of Emory Medical School, as a member of the Departments of Biochemistry and Pathology where I headed a research laboratory, published 200+ research articles, founded new research fields, and participated in teaching and administration. I co-founded a small pharmaceutical company (Genkyotex) that develops drugs for diseases including lung & liver fibrosis, forms of cancer and inflammatory diseases.
On retirement, Melissa and I moved to Steamboat and love the ready access to the out-of-doors. I have a longstanding interest in the environment, especially climate change and wilderness preservation. I‘m delighted to now have time to devote to the Sierra Club to help pursue its important goals in NW Colorado.
I moved to Steamboat Springs in 1980 to live in a small town and be close to the natural environment. Within a few years I wanted to not only enjoy the environment, but protect it as well.
The imminent development of the Catamount Ski Area and the Trappers Lake Group's suit to force the Craig power plant to comply with the Clean Air Act were two efforts that motivated me to join the Trappers Lake Group and become a Board member in the 1990's.
On the Board of the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley and as an individual I've been involved in City and County efforts to develop Community Plans and to work for sustainable City and County policies on growth, affordable housing, and transportation.
My goal as a TLG Board member would be to involve more members in actions supporting public lands and to slow climate change.
We are a group of passionate people who have a heart for protecting our natural world. We’d love to grow our participation. If you enjoy outings, conservation work, healthy discussions, and inclusiveness, please consider joining the Uncompahgre Group. Please vote for or against this slate of Executive Committee members. All seven have agreed to either continue their positions which were elected last year or step up and assume new positions. The Executive Committee will serve for a term of one year.
I am ready to get more involved due to the many crises going on. I attend meetings and enjoy hiking and getting informed about what Sierra Club is doing.
I have been a member of UGSC for about 20 years. I have raised funds for the group through managing the calendar sales for a long time.
I have been part of UG for more than five years. I have been co-chair and treasurer. I also served on the state Executive Committee as secretary.
I have been a member of UG Excom for 4+ years. I have worked on Ready for 100, presently working on the wolf campaign. I lead outings and enjoy planning picnics and social gatherings. There is so much to do to protect our environment.
I am a 20 year+ member of UGSC and have been chair for over 10 years. My passion is cactus and prairie dogs.
Environmentalism and love of nature is in my core. They were instilled in me by John Muir’s writings who, as a lad lived not far from my land in central Wisconsin. I love to plan outings, take photos, experience the outdoors and work to protect our Western Slope. I led an effort to protect the banks of the CO River in Grand Junction and succeeded.
I am a construction company owner and manager. My passion is to work to ban the use of pesticides, especially glyphosate.