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​​​John V. Howard, Jr.​John V. Howard, Chairman

Representative: Sportspersons; Boulder, CO
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Term Expires: July 2019

John V. Howard, Jr., is an avid hunter of big game, small game, and waterfowl as well as a fisherman in Colorado's streams and lakes. He and his family frequently visit parks and open space hiking, climbing, and skiing throughout Colorado and the West. Howard has a keen interest in engaging youth in the outdoors and conservation with a particular emphasis on youth populations not traditionally part of the conservation community.

Michelle Zimmerman, photo by CPWMichelle Zimmerman, Vice-Chair

Representative: Non-profit Organizations; Breckenridge, CO
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Term Expires: July 2020

Michelle Zimmerman is active in natural resource conservation, renewable energy (solar PV) development, and business planning and development. She works specifically on the sustainability of open spaces and trails, conservation of public lands and wildlife, and applications for balancing the use of and demands on our lands in the West with the need for their protection.

Michelle is currently the Senior Project Manager for Colorado with Cypress Creek Renewables. Michelle's career has focused on responsible solar energy development for nine years and she spent eight years in land conservation as the executive director of both the Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project and the Rincon Institute as well as served on the Colorado Division of Wildlife Habitat Stamp Committee.

She has served on a number of conservation-focused non- profit boards and is in her second term on the CPW Commission. Michelle loves spending time in wild and open spaces, mountain bike racing, snow skiing, backpacking, hunting, and participating in community events and activities.

James Vigil, SecretaryFormer Commissioner Vigil

Representative: Agriculture; Trinidad, CO
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Term Expires: July 2020

James "Jim" Vigil is a Colorado native and former Las Animas County Commissioner who runs his family's farm on the Purgatoire River. Vigil served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the late 1960s before obtaining a Bachelors degree from Metropolitan State College in Denver and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Denver.

Vigil pursued a career as a financial analyst in the mineral development and banking industries. He has also served on the faculty and in the administration of Trinidad State Junior College.

Robert William BrayRobert William Bray

Representative: Agriculture; Redvale, CO
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Term Expires: July 2020   

Robert William Bray is the owner and operator of Bray Ranches, a 20,000-acre working cattle and sheep ranch in the San Juan mountains that is managed for wildlife habitat and hunting for deer, elk and black bear. He is also a former director of CoBank, a national cooperative bank that provides financial services to agribusiness and rural power and water providers.  He also served on the Farm Credit Board of Directors for 25 years. 

A Colorado native, Bray graduated from Colorado State University and worked as a banker before returning to run the family ranch in 1979.

Bray is also a member of the Colorado Cattlemens' Association, the Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Woolgrowers, the Colorado Outfitters Association and the San Miguel Sage Grouse Working Group. He previously served on several Division of Wildlife committees and was a Wildlife Commissioner from 2005 to 2009.

Matthew Burkett

Representative: Member at Large; Denver, CO
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Term Expires: July 2022

Matthew Burkett is a native of Colorado, an avid angler, an aspiring upland bird hunter and a telemark skier. A passionate philanthropist, he serves his communities through the Burkett Family, Lincoln Hills Cares and River Deep Foundations, all of which he founded. His foundations have a long history of creating opportunities to get our underserved youth, veterans and persons with disabilities into the outdoors. He founded Teamworks, a program designed to provide summer work opportunities for teens in the outdoors and build pathways into lifelong careers. His civic service includes board or trustee positions with Colorado Concern, Colorado Forum, Denver Convention Center Hotel Authority, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Visit Denver.​​

Charles GarciaCharles Garcia

Representative: Sportspersons; Denver, CO
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Term Expires: July 2022

Charles graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1973 and Wisconsin’s Nicolet National Forest was where he first began to fly fish and hunt ruffed grouse. Charles went on to become a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co. which took him from Milwaukee to New York then Toronto and finally to Denver. Charles graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 1985.  He and his wife Anne bought a second home in Grand Lake in 1994 and spend their leisure time fly fishing the waters of Grand County.

Charles is the Past President of the Colorado Bar Association and Chair of a Standing Committee of the American Bar Association. He has and continues to be an active member of the Colorado legal profession working with the Colorado Supreme Court and the State of Colorado on various committees, boards and commissions.

Charles is a Life Sponsor and prior Denver Chapter President of Ducks Unlimited, a Life Member, prior Colorado Board Member and current Headwaters Chapter Board Member of Trout Unlimited and a Centurion Member of the Ruffed Grouse Society.​

Marie HaskettCommissioner Marie Haskett

Representative: Sportspersons and Outfitters; Meeker, CO
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Term Expires: July 2021

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Representative: Outdoor Recreation and Utilization of Parks; Glenwood Springs, CO
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Term Expires: July 2019

Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser is president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College, a public two- and four-year degree granting institution with eleven campuses serving 20,000 students annually across 12,000 square miles of the central Rocky Mountains. Hauser has also held leadership roles at the Kauffman Foundation, Metropolitan State University of Denver, the Daniels Fund, and the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education. 

Hauser holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, earned her master's and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of Business.

An outdoorswoman and athlete, Hauser has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, climbed to the Mt. Everest basecamp, and is nearing completion of Colorado's "14ers." She held the proud title of "Swamper" while working many summers for Hatch River Expeditions in Grand Canyon National Park. She and her husband enjoy skiing, hiking, boating, biking, and exploring the Rocky Mountain West and remote places around the world.

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Representative: Member at Large; Sedalia, CO
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Term Expires: July 2021

Marvin McDaniel is retired having spent over 30 years in the public utility industry with Xcel Energy who is recognized as an industry and national leader in delivering renewable energy and reducing carbon and other emissions. Protecting the environment is one of Marvin's core values as well as a key focus for a more sustainable energy future.  He has a keen focus on engaging our youth in the outdoors and preserving the outdoor heritage that is a hallmark of the State of Colorado.

Marvin also has a strong interest in supporting disadvantaged children in Colorado and serves on the board of trustees of the Alliance for Choice in Education and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Inc.

A native Coloradan, he spends as much of his free time as possible enjoying the outdoors including fishing, hunting, biking and hiking in the mountains.

Marvin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Colorado State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Regis University. He is a certified public accountant (inactive) in Colorado.

Colleen PepplerColleen Peppler

Representative: Production Agriculture; Platteville, CO
Term Expires: July 2022

Colleen Peppler was born and raised on a dryland wheat farm in Washington County, where her family continues to raise wheat, corn, hay, and livestock in the Otis/Akron/Arickaree/Woodlin area.  

Colleen attended Northeastern Junior College and Colorado State University.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Vocational Home Economics Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.  She retired from the education field after 21 years of teaching and an additional 10 years as a high school assistant principal.  She taught at Ft. Morgan Junior High, Niwot High and Longmont High Schools.  She was an assistant principal at Longmont High School.

Colleen and her husband Kent own and operate 500 irrigated acres along the front range.  They currently raise alfalfa hay, corn, wheat and brewing barley.  The Peppler/Muhme Farm received the award as a Centennial Farm at the 2017 Colorado State Fair. 

During her retirement, Colleen enjoys being a volunteer agriculture spokesperson for Commonground which is a group 200 plus farm women in 20 states. Colleen serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture/ Agriculture in the Classroom, serving as president of the board during the 2016-2017 term.  In addition, she is a member of the Mead Rotary club, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and Mead United Methodist Church.​​

Jennifer Rieke Taylor
Representative: Outdoor Recreation and Utilization of Parks Resources; Grand Junction, CO
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Term Expires: July 2019​
Jen Taylor is a passionate Outdoorist, entrepreneur and OREC advocate, leading and building brands in the outdoor and cycling industries for 25 years. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Denver. Before migrating to the western slope, she pioneered conservation education and operations programs at the Denver Zoo.
Taylor was deemed one of the 25 most influential people in the Outdoor Industry. Jen and the COPMOBA organization were inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, and she has been awarded four APEX outdoor apparel design awards.
Taylor is an active citizen of Grand Junction, serving and supporting several conservation and community nonprofit boards. She has spearheaded initiatives such as the MOG Outdoor Fest and the Lunch Loop Bike Park and co-founded the Western Colorado Adventure Trail.
Taylor is currently developing El Jet’s Cantina & Sky Outpost on the Colorado River in downtown Grand Junction, restoring blighted riverfront property, and creating and celebrating culture, community and confluence.
A mountain girl who claims the high desert as her home, Taylor is a rowdy mom, an avid open space and trail advocate, mountain and road cyclist, trail runner and telemark skier. She has been a competitive MTB racer, a quarterback in the Professional Women’s Football League, competed in Junior Olympics basketball and was a state-ranked soccer player. Taylor enjoys spending quality time exploring paths less traveled in her vintage Land Cruiser and scrambler motorcycles.

Don Brown, Colorado Commissioner of AgricultureDon Brown
Commissioner of Agriculture

Ex-Officio/Non-Voting Member; Broomfield, CO
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Don Brown, a third-generation farmer in Yuma County, has run several successful businesses while spending most of his career managing and growing his family’s extensive farm operations. He has also been active in water conservation, energy development and technology innovation issues within the industry.

Don and his wife, Peggy, have three children who continue to call Colorado home. The Brown family farm was homesteaded in 1911 and has been designated as a Centennial Farm. Don’s parents, Cleo and Jennie, were pioneers in pivot irrigation in Yuma County. Don continues that pioneering spirit today through his study of the Ogallala Aquifer and holds two U.S. patents for his fence post systems.

As commissioner, Brown will lead the department’s daily operations, direct its 300 employees, and oversee the agency’s seven divisions: Animal Health; Brand Inspection; Colorado State Fair; Conservation Services; Inspection and Consumer Services; Markets; and Plant Industry.

Bob RandallBob Randall
Executive Director of the  Department of Natural Resources

Ex-Officio/Non-Voting Member
Denver, CO
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As Executive Director, Bob Randall leads the development and execution of the Department's initiatives for balanced management of the state's natural resources. Bob previously served the Department as Deputy Director, as Assistant Director for Energy and Minerals and, prior to that, as Federal Lands Coordinator.

Prior to joining DNR, Bob was a staff attorney for Western Resource Advocates, a Colorado-based law and policy organization. Before moving to Colorado in 2004, Bob spent seven years as a staff attorney for Trustees for Alaska, a public interest environmental law firm in Anchorage, Alaska. Bob’s work in both of these posts focused on natural resources, particularly with regard to energy development, public lands management, and mining.

Bob has lectured on energy issues at conferences and symposia, and he has published papers on federal lands management, oil and gas law, and oil shale policy. Bob holds a law degree from Lewis and Clark College’s Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Oregon, and a journalism degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.

Bob Broscheid, Director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.Bob Broscheid
Director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Ex-Officio/Non-Voting Member
Denver, CO
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Bob Broscheid is an avid outdoorsman who loves Colorado and its abundant natural and recreational resources. Broscheid took the helm at Colorado Parks and Wildlife in December 2013.

He holds a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Management from Arizona State University and is a graduate of the National Conservation Leadership Institute. Prior to becoming Director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Broscheid was a biologist, Habitat Branch Chief and Deputy Director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

He enjoys hunting, fishing, backpacking, mountain biking and golf. Most weekends, Bob and his wife Dana are having fun discovering all of Colorado's outdoor opportunities.

Visit our "Leadership Team" page for bios on other members of CPW's leadership.