John V. Howard, Chairman
Representative: Sportspersons; Boulder, CO
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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, Vice-Chair
Representative: Non-profit Organizations; Breckenridge, CO
E-Mail Address: email@example.com
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, Secretary
Representative: Agriculture; Trinidad, CO
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 Bray
Representative: Agriculture; Redvale, CO
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.
Representative: Member at Large; Denver, CO
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Representative: Sportspersons; Denver, CO
E-mail Address: email@example.com
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.
Representative: Sportspersons and Outfitters; Meeker, CO
Term Expires: July 2021
Marie Haskett is the owner and operator of JML Outfitters and Horse Crazy camp for kids. She is a 3rd generation outfitter, taking over the business from her mother. Marie started Horse Crazy Camp for Kids and has introduced hundreds of children to horses, riding and the great outdoors. JML provides services to hunters, fishermen and recreationalists alike.
Ms. Haskett spends most daylight hours, 365 days a year, outdoors -- riding horses, fishing, hunting and watching wildlife are professional and personal pastimes.
She is a long-time supporter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Colorado Outfitters Association (COA). Over the years, Marie has volunteered through the COA by hosting kids’ camps teaching archery, horseback riding, fishing and general outdoor activities, as well as participating in CPW’s Cast, Blast ‘n Twang days.
Ms. Haskett is an active Board Member of the Colorado Outfitters Association, and the Northwest Colorado Outfitters Association. She is a past board member of the Meeker Chamber of Commerce, White River Neighborhood Group, Platte River Chapter of the COA, and served 8 years on the DORA Outfitter Licensing Board.
Marie holds a Bachelors degree from Metro State University in Accounting. With over 20 years experience in the field, she brings her financial sense to the commission table.
Marie believes that children and wildlife are our collective future. Her time is spent making memories for people and protecting the future of wildlife for everyone.
Carrie Besnette Hauser
Representative: Outdoor Recreation and Utilization of Parks; Glenwood Springs, CO
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.
Representative: Member at Large; Sedalia, CO
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
E-mail Address: email@example.comTerm 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.
Commissioner of Agriculture
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Greenberg was appointed the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture by Governor Jared Polis in December 2018. As commissioner, Greenberg 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.
“For the last ten years, I have dedicated my work to those who work the land. Throughout that time, I have sat around dozens of kitchen tables, worked with hundreds of farmers and ranchers, and have been a fierce advocate for family agriculture and its essential role in what we value most about Colorado,” said Greenberg. “I have worked the land, and worked on behalf of those that work the land. I have no delusion that the challenges family agriculture faces in this state and nation are deeply complex, or that the responsibility to deliver smart, innovative, and bold ways forward for Colorado agriculture is urgent.”
Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources Nominee
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Gov. Jared Polis has appointed Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs serve as the next executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Gibbs currently serves a county commissioner in Summit County and has served in that role since 2010. Prior to his tenure as a commissioner, Dan represented Summit County in the Colorado House of Representatives and in the State Senate.
Prior to finalizing the new role, Gibbs will sit for a confirmation hearing before the state Senate’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. If approved, Gibbs’ nomination will go before the Colorado state Senate for confirmation.
“It’s an amazing honor, and I thank Gov. Polis for granting me the opportunity,” Gibbs said. “Colorado’s unique natural resources are so integral to our identity as a state, and I can’t overstate how humbling it is to be joining the dedicated team that’s tasked with guiding our collective stewardship of these resources.”
Gibbs is also a certified wildland firefighter and plans to make wildfire mitigation a priority at the state level.
Director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife -
to be appointed
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