John Howe is an attorney for Hoskins, Farina & Kampf. In his spare time, John enjoys mountain biking within our NCAs and public lands.
Katie Steele - Vice President
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.
Traci Wieland - Secretary
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.
JEFF WENDLAND - TREASURER
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 - Former President
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.
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.
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.