James C. Pribyl, Chair
Representative: Public At-Large, Boulder, CO
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Term Expires: 2017
James C. Pribyl provides state and federal public policy management, government relations and political strategy consulting services, specializing in communications, technology and natural resource policy.
Pribyl was the top government affairs executive at Level 3 Communications which operates the world’s largest internet backbone network, connecting 60 countries around the world. Previously, he worked in state and federal public policy management in the communications industry for more than 35 years. Pribyl also served in staff positions for two U. S. Senators and a Governor. He has served on the Colorado State Parks Board, and as Colorado Parks and Wildlife representative to GOCO, the Greater Outdoor Trust Fund Board.
Pribyl is an avid skier, hiker and, as time and talent allows, angler and camper.
John V. Howard, Vice Chair
E-mail Address: email@example.com
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.
Howard currently serves on two boards in addition to the Commission: the Advisory Board for the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics at Washington & Lee University and the Advisory Board to Look Cinemas, LLC. He began his efforts in conservation volunteering with the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Resources Defense Council while at the University of Colorado School of Law and continued with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Student Conservation Association, and the Nature Conservancy.
During his professional life Howard has served as the Chief Legal Officer of two public multinational manufacturers, as well as the general manager of subsidiaries in Boulder, the United Kingdom, and France. In recent years Howard has focused on recapitalizing and revitalizing organizations suffering from crisis, the effects of economic turmoil, and market change.
Michelle Zimmerman, Secretary
Representative: Non-profit Organizations,
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Term Expires: 2020
Michelle Zimmerman is active in natural resource conservation, renewable energy (solar PV) expansion, 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 a Program Manager for Social Innovation projects with Hitachi Insight Group. 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 the Commission liaison for the Colorado Natural Areas Program. Michelle loves spending time in wild and open spaces, mountain bike racing, snow skiing, backpacking, hunting, and participating in community events and activities.
Robert William Bray
Representative: Agriculture, Redvale, CO
Term Expires: 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.
Representative: Parks and Outdoor Recreation
Representative: Sportspersons and Outfitters
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Term Expires: July 2017
Jeanne Horne is the owner and manager of J Bar H Outfitters LLC in Meeker, a family-owned big game and fishing outfitting business which she started in 1998. Her outfit is an authorized permittee in the Routt and White River national forests. Prior to starting her outfitting career, Horne worked in the real estate development field for 18 years, primarily in the Vail Valley.
Horne is a past Board member of the Colorado Outfitters Association and the 2012 honoree as Colorado's Outfitter of the Year. She maintains memberships in the Colorado Outfitter's Association, Colorado Bowhunter's Association, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International and Big Game Forever.
Dale E. Pizel
Representative: Public At-Large, Creede, CO
Term Expires: July 2018
Dale Pizel brings a strong background in recreation, tourism, water, land use, agriculture and real estate to the Commission. Dale is the owner/agent of Broken Arrow Land Co. and the manager of the Rio Oxbow Ranch near Creede, CO. He has won awards for his grazing practices on the ranch, helped implement two conservation easements with the Rio Grande Head Waters Land Trust and supervised the installation of many river projects along 6 miles of the Rio Grande. Dale was the founder and a former board member of the 1st National Bank of Creede, former board member of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District and Mineral County Planning and Zoning.
Representative: Agriculture, Trinidad, CO
Term Expires: 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 "Dean" Wingfield
Representative: Agriculture, Vernon, CO
Term Expires: 2018
Dean Wingfield is active in a cow-calf and dry land farming operation along the eastern border of Colorado. Dean lives on and manages the land his Grandfather originally homesteaded in 1886. He has served as Yuma County Commissioner since 1997. Prior to that time he served as a director of the local Soil Conservation District, Water Management District and Cattlemen's Assn.
Dean currently serves as a director of Eastern Colorado Services for Developmentally Disabled and Northeast Transit Authority. Current memberships include Farmer's Union, Colorado Cattlemen's, Elks, R-Calf, and Progressive 15.
Wingfield plants annual food plots and establishes wildlife habitats on his property. He allows free access to the several thousand acres he manages for deer, antelope, and deer hunting.
Representative: Sports persons, Pueblo, CO
Term Expires: July 2018
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.
Commissioner of Agriculture
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.
Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources
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.
Director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife
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.
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