CCA’s Executive Director since 2011, Joe has helped CCA become a nationally recognized and highly effective organization. Joe holds a B.A. from the University of Maine and an M.A. from Naropa University with a focus on organizational leadership and conservation. He brings over 15 years of director-level nonprofit experience to his work and in his spare time he volunteers for several boards in the community, along with enjoying our National Conservation Areas by foot, boat and bike.
Rob Gay digs up dead animals and tells the world about it. As a paleontologist, he has taken citizen scientists out and uncovered fossils hundreds of millions of years old. He's using that experience now at CCA as Education Director to educate the future about the scientific and historic values of our shared public lands. In his free time you can find him hiking, kayaking, or camping across the Colorado Plateau.
Dawn brings over 15 years of experience in experiential education, curriculum design, and classroom teaching to Colorado Canyons Association. She has developed, coordinated, and taught field-based programs throughout the western United States, South America, and British Columbia. She is excited to use her dynamic background to help develop meaningful, place-based river programs. In her free time, you can find Dawn mountain biking, traveling, cooking, fly-fishing, or exploring in her VW Westfalia with her dog, Charley.
Killian is a Colorado native with a passion for public lands and philanthropic work in our community. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Colorado Mesa University and has spent the last two and a half years working with the team at CCA as our AmeriCorps VISTA. As a key leader on our development team, she works on CCA’s membership program, communications, and major donor event planning. In her free time, Killian enjoys hiking, mountain biking, rafting, skiing, and traveling.
Born in the Grand Valley, Meril started rafting on the Colorado River before he learned to walk. He earned his B.F.A from Colorado Mesa University and holds an M.F.A. from the University of Oregon where his work focused on how to help people form connections with nature. Meril has worked as an expedition river guide around the Colorado Plateau, as well as a student travel instructor in the Western United States and Southeast Asia. When not on the river, you can find Meril hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and loving the outdoors.
Dennis grew up in Port Townsend, Washington but has lived in the desert southwest for most of the decision-making time of his life. Dennis' nearly 10,000 river miles come mostly from the Colorado river system. He has lived overseas for several years and has traveled to over thirty countries. He has held many different jobs, from being a summer camp director for outdoor adventure camps to an English Language Instructor in Japan to being a National Park Service Ranger in various parks. Dennis has a Fine Arts degree from CSU and works as an artist in the Grand Valley. During the winter season Dennis is a ski patroller at Powderhorn where he is a back country specialist. When he is not busy with work, Dennis spends time with his wife and dog going hiking, biking, and boating.
Jess grew up in southern California and received her B.S. in Earth Science from the University of California, Long Beach. She has spent the past several years working as a public lands educator with the BLM and several non-profits on the Colorado Plateau. In 2017, she worked with the Museums of Western Colorado and Colorado Canyons Association to develop paleontology education materials for on-site education in the local fossil-rich National Conservation Areas. She is stoked to be back in the Grand Valley working with the CCA team to get kids out in our NCAs.
Tatyana is originally from Russia and migrated with her family to the states back in 2002. She earned her B.A. from Grinnell College in 2012, majoring in psychology and minoring in neuroscience. Since then, she has dabbled in being a researcher and a scientist, an early preschool teacher, an after-school teacher (K-6), and even a professional dog walker! She landed in western Colorado after trekking across public lands and finding a passion and inspiration for the outdoors. Having experienced firsthand the beauty and capacity of our national public lands, she is looking forward to raising awareness towards National Conservation Areas AND to helping bring more kids outdoors to learn from nature! In her free time, she loves playing with her dog Bailey, hiking, camping, cycling, and trying new things!
Alex grew up in Grand Junction and earned a BA from Colorado Mesa University. The outdoors have always been a passion of hers, growing up hiking, kayaking, and visiting as many National Parks as she could. She has spent the past seven years as a seasonal with the Bureau of Land Management working with the recreation program. In her free time you can find her hiking, camping or on the water with her family.
John Howe is an attorney for Hoskins, Farina & Kampf. In his spare time, John enjoys mountain biking within our NCAs and public lands.
Zebulon Miracle is the Curator at Gateway Canyons Resort where he has the pleasure of taking people from all over the world into the red rock canyon country to learn about our area’s fascinating geology, natural history, and cultural story. A western Colorado native, Zeb has worked for the Museum of Western Colorado and is currently on his second board term with CCA.
Ture has been the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Fruita for 10 years. He works closely with members of the outdoor recreation industry and has a keen interest in maintaining the health of our National Conservation Areas. Living at the doorstep of McInnis Canyons National Conservation area, Ture can frequently be found hiking with his wife, three kids and two dogs. Ture also enjoys mountain biking on numerous trails on our public lands.
Jeff grew up in Grand Junction, CO and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has worked for multiple CPA firms, homebuilding companies, the Walker Field Airport Authority, and for the last decade has operated his own accounting firm. Jeff’s practice currently concentrates on small nonprofit organizations. He has served on the boards of many local nonprofits and recently was recognized by the Community Impact Council for his service to the nonprofit community. Jeff is a long-time rafter, hunter, camper, outdoorsman and enjoys spending time with his wife, Ellen, and three rescue pups, Remmington, Alice, and Nancy.
Bob Silbernagel retired from The Daily Sentinel after working nearly 40 years in journalism in western Colorado. He has written several books on the history of this region and currently writes a history column for the Sentinel. He served on the BLM's Citizens Advisory Committee that drafted the management plan for McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area and he and his wife Judy enjoy many different forms of recreation on public lands.
Robbie Levalley came to Colorado in 1985 and worked for Colorado State University as a Range and Livestock Extension for 23 years. She taught range management across the West and continues to provide instruction today. She currently is the Delta County Administrator and in that capacity works with numerous entities to increase education and youth experiences in the NCAs. Robbie and her multi-generational family currently ranch near the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area.
Lisa is a CPA and has practiced in both private and public accounting fields since 1997. Lisa and her spouse are the proud parents of two teenage daughters active in band, sports and interested in studying other languages, along with 2 grown sons, 3 grandchildren and many pets. She actively participates in the community and also serves as Treasurer for the Redlands Rotary Club.
Traci Wieland is a native of Colorado who grew up on the Front Range in a rural farming community. Traci’s first job in college was with the City of Greeley Parks and Recreation Department where she developed a love and passion for all things related to parks and recreation. She has been with the City of Grand Junction since 2000 and is currently the Recreation Superintendent overseeing recreation programs as well as special projects such as master planning, new park development, and grant writing. Traci is excited to learn more about the National Conservation Areas and introducing the community to all they have to offer.
Karen recently moved to the Grand Valley from Denver. Originally from Utah, she is happy to be closer to her family and the desert that feels like home. She is a process engineer working in energy, from oil and gas, to renewables and now in data software.
The NCAs are a major reason Karen moved to the western slope. As a frequent hiker and rafter in these areas, she appreciates their accessibility, especially for the community’s youth.
As a native of Grand Junction, Katie attended Grand Junction High School and graduated from Mesa College. Upon graduation, she moved to Denver then Dallas and later Phoenix. She served as Division Vice President for Pulte Home Mortgage Corporation for their branch offices in Phoenix, Tucson, San Jose and Houston. Upon her return to Grand Junction, she was on the Board of Directors for Grand Valley Bank and the Northwestern Colorado Homebuilders Association. She was appointed as Co-Chair of the Riverfront Commission and Chair of the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Advisory Council. She is also a board member of the Riverfront Foundation and Western Colorado Community Foundation.
Katie and her husband, Doug, enjoy hiking and biking in our beautiful valley and the surrounding areas. They also enjoy traveling, entertaining and spending time with friends and family.
Rosa is a physician assistant at Marillac Health. She is a former Outreach Coordinator for CCA and remains passionate about increasing opportunities to engage the community on our public lands. In her free time, she likes to garden, hike and bike with her husband Kyle and sweet pup Lundy. She is very excited to be back in Western Colorado and is glad to be involved again with the work of CCA.
David is the current city manager for the city of Delta.
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