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 the leader of 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.
Sara first visited the desert southwest when she was 15 and has been in love with Colorado ever since. She earned her BS in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University. Since then, she has worked all over the state focusing on outdoor education and conservation field work. As the Program Coordinator, she will be working on volunteer and membership development for the CCA community. There’s nothing she loves more than recreating in our beautiful canyons and mountains every chance she gets.
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.
Alice moved here from Dallas, Texas without ever having been to Colorado. She attended school at Texas A&M University and earned her BA in English. Before coming here, she spent some time teaching English in Ecuador, then took a marketing gig in Dallas. She is excited to be with CCA combining her passions of the outdoors and education! Alice enjoys hiking, reading, and writing in her time off.
John Howe is an attorney for Hoskins, Farina & Kampf. In his spare time, John enjoys mountain biking within our NCAs and public lands.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bill is a retired nurse. He is an avid birder and member of the Black Canyon Audubon Society. His birding travels include Alaska, Utah, Minnesota, Florida, Arizona and Belize. He is also an avid mountain biker and has been active in the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association since its inception in 1989. Bill served on the Dominguez-Escalante Advisory Council that helped formulate the Resource Management Plan with the BLM for the Dominguez-Escalante NCA. He is currently serving his second term on the Colorado Canyons Association’s board of directors, and actively supports CCA’s child and adult outdoor education programs.
Bruce Walters is a native of Colorado and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder. Upon graduating from law school, Bruce escaped the Front Range and moved to Fruita. Bruce is an attorney for Dufford, Waldeck, Milburn & Krohn in Grand Junction, and his practice is focused on the protection and acquisition of water rights. Bruce is a long-time mountain biker, climber and fisher, and enjoys being able to do all these activities within our local public lands.
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