Friends of the Dillon Ranger District

Millions of people spend time in Summit County every year due to the diverse opportunities for outdoor recreation. FDRD partners with the US Forest Service and other area organizations, leveraging the power of volunteers to prevent the National Forest in Summit County from being "loved to death."

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Emily Bruyn, Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator
Start Date: 2017

Emily moved to Summit County almost 4 years ago seeking bigger mountains and more snow. She was born and raised in Vermont, spending summers on a lake in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. After obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Ithaca College, she moved across the country to work at Keystone Resort and live the coveted ski bum life. She fell in love with the mountains immediately and eventually started working for the Town of Frisco at the Information Center. Emily likes to help people explore the region, but really loves the tight knit community of Summit County, and is extremely excited to work with FDRD and the community to help improve and preserve our forests. She brings with her an extensive knowledge of Summit County and a love for maps, geography, and the great outdoors. In her spare time you can find her skiing, hiking, camping, seeing live music, or out on the lake! 

Devyn Arbogast, Youth & Education Programs Manager
Start Date: 2018

As the new Youth and Education Programs Manager, Devyn is the newest addition to the FDRD team! Prior to moving to Summit County full time in the fall of 2017, Devyn worked in beautiful Boulder, Colorado for three years on the Education and Outreach team of the City's Open Space and Mountain Parks department. She has worked for a multitude of outdoor agencies, from Colorado Parks and Wildlife to Jefferson County Open Space, with a focus on community outreach and nature education. Devyn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). Originally from New Smyrna Beach, Devyn spent her childhood barefoot, roaming Florida's stunning beaches, mangroves, and forests and exploring the creatures that inhabit them. She was first introduced to Colorado's mountains in her early 20s and has been in love ever since.

Ken Waugh, Founder
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Michael Connolly, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2014

Mike brings to the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District a unique business background. He moved to Summit County seven years ago from back east and started volunteering with FDRD as a Ranger Patroller shortly thereafter. He joined the FDRD Board in 2012 and was named Treasurer in 2013. He stepped into the role as FDRD Executive Director near the end of the 2014 summer season.

As a business executive for over 25 years Mike has initiated, structured and run many business partnerships and alliances. He is now bringing this skill set, along with his financial acumen, to the non-profit world with FDRD. As the organization's primary administrator and grant writer Mike leads FDRD's stewardship and community activities. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. After spending most of his time in the corporate world on the east coast he is thrilled to now call Summit County his home.

Mike is passionate about the outdoors and community service. In the past he has been a volunteer firefighter, Jr Achievement and girl scout leader, and United Way organizer . He is a member of the Summit County Rotary and has been active with Mountain Mentors, Summit Social Services as a foster parent, the Summit and Breckenridge Chambers, and with various county volunteer groups. He lives with his wife Stacey (who owns and manages the Warming Hut Restaurant in Breckenridge) in the upper Blue River area, and is an avid hiker, camper, mountain biker, skier and sailor. You can reach Mike at 970-262-3449 or at

Alexander Martin, Programs Manager
Start Date: 2014

Doozie is a new resident of Colorado who is thrilled to be coordinating projects that strengthen the community's appreciation of the natural world. After growing up in Kansas City, his desire to wander and explore the unfamiliar, blossomed. Traveling provided him a humbling and enlightening experience that led him back into the classroom at the University of Missouri. While completing his master's degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism focusing on Natural Resource Management, he worked on a forestry crew felling trees and maintaining city trails. In addition to his love of the outdoors, Doozie also enjoys listening to music, reading, gardening, cooking and aimlessly strummin' on his ol' 6-string. He hopes to be digging a little dirt and carrying a couple logs with you at the next FDRD project.


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