The advisory council provides advice on program direction and recommends the designation of natural areas to the Parks and Wildlife Commission.
Tom Nesler (Chair) – Governor Appointee
Tom Nesler is a 33+ year veteran of the Colorado Division of Wildlife (now Parks and Wildlife). He retired in October 2010. Tom received a BS in Fisheries from CSU and an MS from Iowa State in Limnology/Fisheries. He worked as an aquatic wildlife researcher, aquatic conservation program specialist, and statewide manager for wildlife conservation. He represented Colorado in, and chaired eight multi-state, multi-agency regional recovery/conservation committees from 1991-2010. Tom lives with his wife Karen in Windsor and spends time with three grown daughters and two grandchildren when not trout fishing or elk hunting or otherwise doing what wildlife retirees do.
Ken Strom (Vice-chair) – Governor Appointee
Appointed 2014Ken Strom is a wildlife ecologist who retired from the National Audubon Society in 2013 after a 33-year career in wildlands management, conservation policy and environmental education. Most recently, Ken directed Audubon's Colorado state program and had previously directed the Colorado Important Bird Areas program. A graduate of Cornell University, Ken has specialized in the management and restoration of prairies and wetland habitats of waterbirds. From 1983 to 1994 he managed the Rowe Sanctuary for Sandhill Cranes, Whooping Cranes and other migratory birds on the Platte River in Nebraska. Ken now serves on the steering committee for the new Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas.
Julia Kintsch – Governor Appointee
Julia is an applied ecologist and the founder of ECO-resolutions, ecological resources consulting. She specializes in connectivity conservation and developing collaborative strategies for resource management and infrastructure development, and is a recognized expert in designing wildlife crossing structures. Previously, Julia worked as a conservation scientist and planner for Freedom to Roam, the Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project, and The Nature Conservancy, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder has a master's degree from Duke University in landscape ecology.
Denise Culver – Governor Appointee
Denise Culver has been an ecologist/botanist with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program since 1995. She has been working in the ecology/botany field since 1987. Prior to working for CNHP she worked for the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database and the Montana Natural Heritage Program. Additionally, she worked for the National Park Service in several parks and monuments as a resource management ranger for five years. She has a B.S. degree in Botany from University of Wyoming and a M.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Montana State University. She has been the project leader for over 20 Colorado county surveys for critical biological resources and is lead author for the
Field Guide to Colorado’s Wetland Plants: Identification, Ecology and Conservation. She is active in a variety of activities including Colorado Native Plant Society and Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener and Native Plant Master Programs.
Dina Clark - Governor Appointee
Dina Clark is a botanist who has been studying the flora of Colorado since the early 1990s. She has used her skills to further conservation and our understanding of species diversity across the state, particularly of the eastern plains. She has worked for the Colorado Natural Areas Program, the Colorado Natural Heritage Program and the Denver Botanic Gardens where she was the curator of the Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium for several years. She now serves as a collection manager at the University of Colorado Herbarium, curating a collection of over 550,000 plant specimens while also conducting field studies. She holds a bachelors degree from the University of Vermont and a Masters degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. When she is not botanizing she is either birding or running.
John Shaw - Representative of the Board of Land Commissioners
John is a real estate consultant and advisor, portfolio manager for the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, and board member of the Confluent Development Group. He serves on the Advisory Board of Vectra Bank and lives in Denver. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of Development for the McWhinney Organization, where he managed the Centerra and Northpark Projects, and the redevelopment of Denver Union Station. From 1995 until 2007, John was responsible for Opus operations and execution of development in its Denver, Kansas City and St. Louis offices. He has also served as Senior Vice President of both the Rancon Financial Corporation and the Denver Technology Center. During the past 35 years, John has been responsible for the development of more than 20 million square feet of commercial properties located throughout the western United States.
Alexander Zipp – Representative of the Parks and Wildlife Commission
An avid outdoor enthusiast, Alexander “Alex” Zipp is the owner and manager of The Drift Fly Shop in Pueblo, CO. Alex traces his strong appreciation for the outdoors to his childhood when his grandfather taught him to fish and his uncles taught him to hunt. This passion for the outdoors is an important part of Alex’s personal and professional life. Ensuring outdoor recreation remains vital for future generations is evidenced by his interactions with local and visiting sportsman and membership in Trout Unlimited, the Pueblo nature and raptor Center and the Sierra Club. Zipp attended the University of Colorado where he earned a degree in Business Administration.