CCA’s Executive Director since 2011, Joe has helped CCA grow into a highly effective organization. Joe has a dual B.A. from the University of Maine and a M.A. in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University bringing over 10 years of nonprofit management and campaign experience to CCA. In his spare time you can find him camping, kayaking, cycling, mushroom hunting and aimlessly wandering our National Conservation Areas with his wife and dogs.
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.
Ryan is a recent graduate from Colorado Mesa University with a degree in Environmental Science. While there he served as the president of the CMU Sustainability Council, developing the volunteer run club into a student organization with five paid positions. More recently, Ryan spent two years working with Colorado Canyons Association as an AmeriCorps VISTA and we're thrilled to have him join the organization full time as an NCA Stewardship Coordinator focused on river-based programming and general interpretation and marketing efforts for our regional NCAs.
Killian is a recent graduate of Colorado Mesa University who earned her B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Watershed Science. She has a deep passion for the environment and loves to educate others on how to do their part in taking care of it. In her free time, Killian enjoys hiking, mountain biking, rafting, skiing, traveling, yoga and playing with her dog, Coyote.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Tony moved to Western Colorado in 1988 to attend Mesa State College where he earned a BBA in business/finance. While attending school, Tony also joined the Colorado Army National Guard and after 20 years of service, retired in 2009. He currently works for Grand Valley Power as a service planner and has been there 8 years. This is Tony’s first term as a CCA board member. He also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and Western Slope ATV Association. Tony’s other interests include camping, hunting, rafting, ATV riding, skiing and spending time with his three children.
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.
Marc moved to Grand Junction in 2015 from an expatriate work assignment in Bangladesh. He studied Civil and Environmental Engineering at beautiful Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After college he leveraged his engineering background and love of travel into an international oil & gas career that has spanned 3 continents. In his free time, you’ll find Marc camping, shooting targets, hiking, or exploring our BLM lands with his awesome social worker wife and their two young children.
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