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John V. Howard, Jr.​John V. Howard, Vice Chair​

Representative: Sportspersons
Boulder, CO
E-mail Address: john.howard@state.co.us​
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, Secretary​

Representative: Non-profit Organizations, 
Breckenridge, CO
E-Mail Address: michelle.zimmerman@state.co.us
Term Expires: July, 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 BrayRobert William Bray

Representative: Agriculture, Redvale, CO
E-mail Address: robert.bray@state.co.us
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.


Marie Haskett

Representative: Sportspersons and Outfitters; Meeker, CO
E-mail Address: marie.haskett@state.co.us
Term Expires: July, 2021


Carrie Besnette HauserHauser_CPW_Commission.JPG

Representative: Outdoor Recreation and Utilization of Parks; Glenwood Springs, CO
E-mail Address: carrie.hauser@state.co.us
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.


Marvin McDanielMcDaniel_CPW_Commissioner.jpg

Representative: Member at Large; Sedalia, CO
E-mail Address: marvin.mcdaniel@state.co.us
Term Expires: July, 2021

Marvin McDaniel is executive vice president, group president – utilities, and chief administrative officer of Xcel Energy. Xcel Energy 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.

Marvin 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. He also serves on the policy board of the American Benefits Council.

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


Dale E. PizelDale E. Pizel

Representative: Public At-Large; Creede, CO
E-mail Address: dale.pizel@state.co.us
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.


Jim Spehar

Representative: Outdoor Recreation and Utilization of Parks Resources; Grand Junction, CO
E-mail Address: jim.spehar@state.co.us
Term Expires: July, 2019

Grand Junction native Jim Spehar is passionate about the Colorado landscape that has supported and nurtured six generations of his family for more than 135 years.  An avid big game hunter, Jim also enjoys boating, camping, hiking, four-wheeling and is an occasional angler. 

As a Mesa County commissioner and while on the Grand Junction City Council he participated in the development of parks and recreational amenities along the Colorado River.  He is a past president of the Colorado Municipal League and also served on the Colorado Economic Development Commission and on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Water Congress.

Jim spent much of his professional life in media work, including owning and operating two Grand Junction radio stations from 1988-1994.  From 1996-2016, he consulted on energy, economic development, public lands and political and organizational issues for clients including multi-national companies, non-profit groups and foundations as well as state and local governments. 

He lives in Grand Junction with his wife, Bonnie.


Former Commissioner VigilJames Vigil

Representative: Agriculture; Trinidad, CO
E-Mail Address: jim.vigil@state.co.us
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 'Dean' WingfieldRobert "Dean" Wingfield

Representative: Agriculture; Vernon, CO
E-mail: dean.wingfield@state.co.us
Term Expires: July, 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.


Alexander ZippAlexander Zipp

Representative: Sports persons, Pueblo, CO
E-mail Address: alex.zipp@state.co.us

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. 


Don Brown, Colorado Commissioner of AgricultureDon Brown
Commissioner of Agriculture​

Ex-Officio/Non-Voting MemberCO
E-mail Address: don.brown@state.co.us

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​CO
E-mail Address: robert.randall@state.co.us

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
E-mail Address: bob.broscheid@state.co.us

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.​