Ken Strom (Chair) – Governor Appointee
Ken Strom is a wildlife ecologist who retired from the National Audubon Society in 2013 after a 33-year career in wildlands management, conservation policy and environmental education. Most recently, Ken directed Audubon's Colorado state program and had previously directed the Colorado Important Bird Areas program. A graduate of Cornell University, Ken has specialized in the management and restoration of prairies and wetland habitats of waterbirds. From 1983 to 1994 he managed the Rowe Sanctuary for Sandhill Cranes, Whooping Cranes and other migratory birds on the Platte River in Nebraska. Ken now serves on the steering committee for the new Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas.
Dina Clark (Vice-chair) – Governor Appointee
Appointed 2017Dina Clark is a botanist who has been studying the flora of Colorado since the early 1990s. She has used her skills to further conservation and our understanding of species diversity across the state, particularly of the eastern plains. She has worked for the Colorado Natural Areas Program, the Colorado Natural Heritage Program and the Denver Botanic Gardens where she was the curator of the Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium for several years. She now serves as a collection manager at the University of Colorado Herbarium, curating a collection of over 550,000 plant specimens while also conducting field studies. She holds a bachelors degree from the University of Vermont and a Masters degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. When she is not botanizing she is either birding or running.
Phyllis Pineda Bovin – Governor Appointee
Phyllis Pineda Bovin is a natural resource specialist with a background in entomology and natural history studies. She holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences (1995), and a M.S. in Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management (Entomology; 2002), both from Colorado State University. Her graduate work focused on natural history studies, natural resource inventory, insect systematics and taxonomy, with an emphasis in endemic insects of Colorado. From 1995-1999, she was employed as a field biologist with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. Her federal service began in 2002 when selected as the biologist for Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in southern Colorado (National Park Service; NPS). Her work here practiced an integrated approach to resource inventory, assessment, and monitoring. Between 2016-2018, she served as the NPS Intermountain Region's Natural Resources Condition Assessment coordinator. She currently serves with the NPS Denver Service Center Planning Division as an interdisciplinary specialist for a variety of projects, including visitor use management, special resource studies, and resource stewardship strategies.
Denise Culver – Governor Appointee
Denise Culver has been an ecologist/botanist with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program since 1995. She has been working in the ecology/botany field since 1987. Prior to working for CNHP she worked for the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database and the Montana Natural Heritage Program. Additionally, she worked for the National Park Service in several parks and monuments as a resource management ranger for five years. She has a B.S. degree in Botany from University of Wyoming and a M.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Montana State University. She has been the project leader for over 20 Colorado county surveys for critical biological resources and is lead author for the
Field Guide to Colorado’s Wetland Plants: Identification, Ecology and Conservation. She is active in a variety of activities including Colorado Native Plant Society and Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener and Native Plant Master Programs.
Lynn Riedel - Governor Appointee
Lynn has spent her career in natural resources management in Colorado, initially working with the National Park Service at Dinosaur National Monument. Her academic background is in biology and science education. Since the mid-1990's, she has worked as a plant ecologist with the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department, specializing in grassland ecology. At both Dinosaur National Monument and City of Boulder, her work has included rare plant monitoring, habitat management, native plant community monitoring and mapping, and comprehensive natural area management planning.
John Shaw - Representative of the Board of Land Commissioners
John is a real estate consultant and advisor, portfolio manager for the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, and board member of the Confluent Development Group. He serves on the Advisory Board of Vectra Bank and lives in Denver. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of Development for the McWhinney Organization, where he managed the Centerra and Northpark Projects, and the redevelopment of Denver Union Station. From 1995 until 2007, John was responsible for Opus operations and execution of development in its Denver, Kansas City and St. Louis offices. He has also served as Senior Vice President of both the Rancon Financial Corporation and the Denver Technology Center. During the past 35 years, John has been responsible for the development of more than 20 million square feet of commercial properties located throughout the western United States.
Taishya Adams – Representative of the Parks and Wildlife Commission
Taishya Adams is a passionate and dedicated servant leader laser focused on justice and liberation through community building, personal transformation, and systems change. With over 25 years of experience across the country and world, Taishya serves at the intersections of education, health, workforce, science, and environment. Collaborating with mulitdisciplinary stakeholders to strengthen access, representation, meaningful participation and quality, Taishya is committed to fighting the good fight for each other and our planet. Appointed by Governor Jared Polis, Taishya serves on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission. Taishya also serves as the Policy Director and Colorado Co-lead for Outdoor Afro. Outdoor Afro is a nationwide network with 90 volunteer leaders in 30 states guiding thousands of outdoor events each year based on a simple mission to celebrate and inspire African health, and environmental policies affecting Black people and communities. She also leads the implementation of Outdoor Afro's policy priorities at the federal, state, and local levels. Previously, Taishya worked at American Institutes for Research as a Senior Education Equity Specialist laser focused on access, representation, meaningful participation, and quality. Taishya also worked with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the DC Public Schools Board, Global Classrooms Washington, DC, and Children Defense Fund Freedom Schools. Taishya is the founding Board President of New Legacy Charter School- a public charter school and early learning center for teen parents and their children in Aurora, Colorado. Taishya holds a MA in International Education from George Washington University and a BA from Vassar College.