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Leadership Team
Leadership Team

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director

Bob Broscheid

Bob BroscheidBob 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 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.

Key Players

Chad Bishop, Assistant Director for Wildlife Natural Resources

As the Assistant Director for Wildlife and Natural Resources, Chad oversees the statewide Aquatic, Terrestrial, Real Estate and Water Sections within CPW. These sections are comprised of aquatic and terrestrial field biologists, hatchery technicians and managers, statewide resource coordinators, real estate specialists, water specialists, and various support staff. Chad is broadly responsible for management of fish and wildlife populations and the landscapes they inhabit. He enjoys working at the interface of wildlife management, science, and policy. Previously, Chad served the agency as Mammals Research Leader (2009-2012) and as an ungulate research scientist (1999-2009). As a researcher, he focused on the population and habitat ecology of mule deer and elk to help inform the agency’s big game management strategies. He has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Wildlife Management from Montana State University (1995), a Master’s of Science Degree in Wildlife Resources from University of Idaho (1998), and a Doctorate Degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University (2007). Chad is an avid hunter, angler, hiker, and runner.  

Ken Brink Jr., Assistant Director for Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Ken is the primary person responsible for recreation-related issues at the agency headquarters. Ken oversees general management of the parks and park programs. He also oversees the trails and capital construction programs and the development of budgets for the parks system. Ken is an agency veteran that started his career as a winter seasonal ranger at State Forest State Park. Some of Ken's assignments have included serving as a climbing ranger at Eldorado Canyon, a boat patrol ranger at Boyd Lake, the Sr. Ranger at Jackson Lake, and the training officer for the old North Region. He served for nine years as the Park Manager at Steamboat Lake and Pearl and in many ways he still considers that "home." While working at Steamboat Lake, Ken worked tirelessly to establish a first rate multiple-use trail system and he helped establish the agency's first Nordic touring center. He also worked to bring motorized and non-motorized groups together to form the Steamboat Lake Snow Club. Prior to being appointed as the Assistant Director of Parks and Outdoor Recreation he managed Chatfield State Park, one of the busiest units in the system. Ken grew up in Fort Collins where his Father worked at Colorado State University in the College of Agriculture. Ken attended CSU graduating in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Outdoor Recreation Administration. His interests away from work include fly fishing, big game hunting, and camping in the mountains with his family.

Steve Cassin, Assistant Director for Financial Services

Steve Cassin is the Chief Financial Officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He started with Colorado Parks and Wildlife in the mid-1990s. As CFO, he oversees accounting, budgeting, procurement, grants management, and financial strategy for the agency. Steve graduated with an MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver and worked in the private sector for a number of years before joining Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 

Heather Dugan, Assistant Director for Law Enforcement and Public Safety

Heather Dugan is the Assistant Director for Law Enforcement and Public Safety for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Heather oversees the boating registration program and law enforcement-related operations including training and investigations associated with protecting Colorado's wildlife and providing a safe and enjoyable recreational experience for visitors at Colorado's state parks. Heather worked for six seasons in state parks while working to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology. After graduating from Colorado State University in 1992, Heather was hired as a full-time ranger and has since worked in several parks, as a training coordinator and instructor, and most recently as a region manager.

Gary Thorson, Assistant Director for Information and Education

As Assistant Director of Information and Education, Gary is responsible for management and oversight of creative services, licensing, education, marketing, outreach, partnerships, public information, publications, reservations program, retail sales program, video productions, volunteers and website management for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Prior to joining Colorado Parks and Wildlife in 2003, Gary served as the Development Director for Utah State Parks and Outdoor Recreation. Prior to Utah, Gary spent 19 years working for Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites and served as Director from 1990 - 1999. Gary has lectured on park, outdoor recreation and natural resource issues at conferences, symposia and at the National State Park Leadership School in Wheeling, West Virginia. Gary holds a Bachelors degree in Parks and Recreation Administration from the University of Nebraska and completed graduate work at the University of Wyoming. Gary lives in the Denver Metro area with his wife Lisa, their four daughters and one granddaughter.

Jeff Ver Steeg, Assistant Director for Research, Policy & Planning

Jeff Ver Steeg is the Assistant Director for Research, Policy and Planning. He was the Assistant Director for Wildlife Programs for the Colorado Division of Wildlife (and subsequently Colorado Parks and Wildlife) from 2003-2012. He joined the agency as the Terrestrial Section Manager in 2001. Prior to that he served 12 years as the Chief of the Division of Wildlife Resources for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He began his career in 1979 as a District Wildlife Manager for what was then known as the Illinois Department of Conservation. He has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Zoology (wildlife emphasis) from Southern Illinois University and a Master's Degree in Environmental Biology from Eastern Illinois University.

Patt Dorsey, Southwest Region Manager

Patt Dorsey became Southwest Region Manger in February 2013. She is a native Coloradoan with a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. She began her career with CPW in 1991 as the Boulder district wildlife manager, just as mountain lions were beginning to have an increasing presence on the Front Range. In 1999 she became Colorado’s Hunter Education Administrator and in 2003, she became an area wildlife manager in Durango. Patt began hunting small game with her dad and “Gramps” when she was 10 years old and she enjoys everyday afield. Other hobbies include – raising organic chickens and eggs, fishing, writing, photography, gardening and beadwork (using roadkill porcupine quills).

Dan Prenzlow, Southeast Region Manager

Dan Prenzlow received his BS in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University in 1985. He was hired as a DWM trainee in June of 1986, and after graduating POST and finishing training, he was assigned to the Castle Rock District. Dan was the DWM in Castle Rock until 1991, when he was promoted to Area Wildlife Manager in Meeker. He was promoted again in 2005 to his current position of Regional Manager in Colorado Springs. He is married to Brenda, and has two daughters, Danika and Alaura.

Ron Velarde, Northwest Region Manager

Ron, originally from Walsenburg, Colorado, attended St Mary's grade and high school, and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Wildlife Biology. Ron started with the Game, Fish and Parks in 1970; rose through the division's ranks starting as a Wildlife Conservation aide at Bonny State Recreation Area, then on to Wildlife Conservation Officer San Luis District, District Wildlife Manager Monte Vista, Area Wildlife Manager Pueblo, and Assistant Regional Manager in the Southeast Region. Ron moved to Grand Junction in 1999 as Regional Manger of the Northwest Region. Ron has served on a variety of committees and was instrumental in the implementation of the Habitat Stamp Program and has received many awards and honors during his years of service including the Division's most prestigious award, the 2002 John D. Hart Award. One of the most notable committees Ron served on was the CPW Transition Team as Co-Chair.

Steve Yamashita, Northeast Region Manager

​Steve is a Colorado native. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder with a course of study in Envrionmental Conservation. Steve began his career with the Colorado Division of Wildlife as a District Wildlife Manager, Candidate (intern) in 1981. He was hired the following year as a permanent District Wildlife Manager and was assigned to  the Idaho Springs district. Eight years later Steve took a position in Colorado Springs as a Regional Investigator then on to Grand Junction as Area Wildlife Manager, then Assistant Regional Manager. Steve moved on to become the Northeast Regional Manager after 15 years in the Northwest Region. Most recently Steve spent several months as the Acting Director for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He is happily married to his wife Patty, with three wonderful children and a grandson. One of his son's Matt, is also employed by CPW as a District Wildlife Manager in Basalt.