Eagle River Watershed Council

The Watershed Council strives to protect and enhance the excellent natural, scenic and economic values that our rivers provide to the citizens, visitors and wildlife of the Eagle River and Colorado River watersheds located in Eagle County. Your donation will assist us in working toward these goals!

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Thom Allender, Board Member
Start Date: 2018

Retired, working very part time with SE Group. Over 35 years with Vail Resorts, Senior Director of Mountain Planning. Briefly worked for Eagle Co and the town of Avon in Community Development. Was a board member of the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority, Eagle Park Reservoir Company, and Clinton Ditch and Reservoir Company.
BSBA from the University of Denver, 1974
MURP, Master of Unban and Regional Planning, Univ of Colorado, at Denver, 1989
Loves to fly fish, kayak, raft, paddle board, skii, and golf.

Joe Robinson, Board member
Start Date: 2018

Club Director, Passport Clubhouse @ Golden Peak; co-owner of Barre Forte VV fitness studio in Edwards (along with wife Beth); former golf professional, Red Sky Golf Club and mini tours; loves to fish, hike, backpack, camp, ski, bike, golf, and enjoy everything outdoors with Beth and dogs Wyo and Olive; BS, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Penn State University.

Woody Woodruff, Board Member
Start Date: 2018

Self-employed filmmaker. Former Town of Minturn Planning Commission, chairman. Board member with the Minturn Community Fund, the Sherpa Foundation. BFA, Art Center College of Design. Avid fly fisherman.

Kate Isaacson, Project and Events Coordinator
Start Date: 2018

B.S. Business Administration, University of Colorado; Marketing Coordinator, Swift Communications; Design Supervisor, CMNM Classifieds; loves to snowboard, backpack, camp, bike, travel, garden, and greatly enjoys living in Colorado with her husband.

Holly Loff, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2013

Previous experience: Grants & Corporate Relations Manager, Can Do MS; Development Director, Solar Energy International; Associate Director, High Country Conservation Center; B.S. in Resource Conservation, University of Montana; loves to read, hike, camp and ski with her husband and two children.

Larissa Read, Board President
Start Date: 2017

Owner of Common Ground Environmental Consulting and Senior Project Manager at SE Group. Former natural resource specialist for the National Park Service. Former City of Boulder Environmental Advisory Board member and natural resource planner for Boulder County Parks and Open Space. MS in Environmental Science and BA in Biology, University of Virginia. Loves to run, sail, fish, cook, and read.

Cliff Simonton, Board Vice President
Start Date: 2016

Senior Long Range Planner for Eagle County; former chemistry & physics teacher at BMHS; Environmental Project Manager for Vail Resorts at Beaver Creek; Event Services Manager at Breckenridge; fly fishing guide; ski racing coach. BS, Watershed Sciences, Colo-rado State University; loves fishing, skiing, biking, rafting, backpacking & photography.

Jacque Collins, Board Treasurer
Start Date: 2016

CPA and Financial Analyst for Starwood Hotels, an avid outdoor enthusiast with prior experience as a Vail Ski Patroller and raft guide at Timberline Tours. In her free time she enjoys skiing, biking, hiking and enjoying the outdoors. She has a BA in Accounting & Finance from the University of Portland.

Brian Tracy, Board Secretary
Start Date: 2017

Water Division Manager, Eagle River Water & San District; US Marine Corps sergeant 1995-1999; past board member, Lake County Watershed Advisory Council; BA, Biology & Environmental Studies, Western State College; MS, Environmental Policy & Management, University of Denver.

Chip Bair, Board Member
Start Date: 2014

Construction Business Development Manager for Oldcastle Southwest Group, Inc; ski instructor for Vail Resorts; Level III PSIA Alpine certified; served on the board of the Red Canyon Acres HOA, Saint George, UT; East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

Fritz Ganz, Board Member
Start Date: 2016

Managing Member, Ganz Legal Counsel Ltd.; environmental and natural resources attorney with expertise in abandoned mine sites, Superfund litigation and water quality compliance; he is a volunteer adaptive sit-ski instructor with the National Sports Center for the Disabled and avid backcountry skier; BE, Civil & Environmental Engineering (Water Resources) from Vanderbilt University; JD from Vermont Law School.

Kim Gortz, Board Member
Start Date: 2013

Source Water Protection Program Manager Colorado Springs Utilities (2011-present); Education & Outreach Coordinator, Bear Creek Watershed Assoc; LA, Colorado Springs Parks & Rec (2009-2011); Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Colorado; BS in Forestry, University of Idaho. Enjoys flyfishing, mountain biking & time with family.

Bret Hooper, Board Member
Start Date: 2017

Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Investments; Corporate Finance at regional investment bank in Virginia; B.S. in Business Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; served as President and Treasurer for Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley; served as President, Treasurer, and Campaign Chairperson for the United Way of Eagle River Valley; former board member of the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce; past consultant for Junior Achievement. Likes to telemark ski, mountain bike, camp, and raft with his family.

Lizzie Schoder, Education & Outreach Coordinator
Start Date: 2016

B.A. in Environmental Policy, Colorado College, Colorado Springs; watershed GIS mapping and analysis, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments; News Intern, KRCC Radio Station; former guide in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness; loves to ski, hike, canoe, rollerblade, and listen to podcasts.


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