Meet Our Board Of Directors

Colorado Headwaters Land Trust is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. Members of the Colorado Headwaters Land Trust Board of Directors are local business owners, conservation and land use specialists, ranchers, and community volunteers.

Seeking Members of the Board Of Directors

The Colorado Headwaters Land Trust (CHLT) in Granby, Colorado is seeking community members to join our Board of Directors. If you are interested in working to help protect and steward open lands within the headwaters of the Colorado River in Grand County, please contact Jeremy Krones, our Executive Director, for more information about how to get involved.

Stewart McNab, President, came to Colorado for college and never looked back.  After working as a consulting groundwater geologist, Stewart began practicing law in 1985.  He served as the president of a Front Range Water and Sanitation District during the 2002 drought and its aftermath.  Stewart still maintains an active Denver practice in business law and commercial litigation while working primarily from Tabernash.  Over the years he has handled many matters involving land use issues and real estate.  Stewart and his wife Nancy have been Grand County landowners for almost 40 years, and moved to the County full time in 2014. Stewart joined the board of CHLT in 2016 and was elected president in 2017.


Ed Herpel, Vice President, currently lives in Arvada, CO, with his wife, Susan, after spending three years in Fraser. Ed worked in pharmaceutical research and development in senior human resource and operational support roles. His career included stops in Washington, DC, Germany, New Jersey, Virginia and New York before landing full time in Colorado in 2016. In recent years he has worked as a consultant to life sciences firms in the US and China. He has degrees from the University of Maryland and is a graduate of advanced business executive programs at the University of Michigan and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Ed’s interest in land and water conservation came from growing up in Maryland, where he was a longtime member of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He is excited to be continuing that interest in a more active way with CHLT. Ed joined the board in 2016.


Cray Healy, Treasurer, and his wife Nina have been Grand County homeowners for over 30 years. Recently retired, Cray was Vice President of a water resources engineering firm in Denver and a Certified Professional Geologist specializing in ground water supply and water rights issues in Colorado. He brings to CHLT his expertise in water rights and water supply issues in Colorado. Since 1977, he has been a volunteer ski patroller at Winter Park Resort. Cray was elected to the board of Colorado Headwaters Land Trust in 2014, and was elected president of the board in 2016. “Grand County is a real gem and CHLT’s land conservation efforts will help continue to make this area exceptional,” says Cray.


Michelle Cowardin, Secretary, is a Wildlife Biologist with Colorado Parks & Wildlife, stationed in Hot Sulphur Springs. She moved to Grand County in 2005 after receiving her MS in Ecology from Colorado State University in 2002. She also holds a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Pennsylvania State University. Michelle served six years on the professional society of the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS). In addition, she served two years on the Central Mountain and Plains Section of TWS, which represents seven western states. Michelle enjoys participating in many of the outdoor activities available in Grand County including hunting, skiing, and playing ice hockey.  She lives with her husband and two dogs in Hot Sulphur Springs.


David Doty was born and raised in Hawaii, but took a break from the beach to enjoy the mountains while attending CU-Boulder. It was there he met his wife Hannelore, a native Coloradoan and fellow CU Buff. After living in Honolulu, Minneapolis, and San Francisco, the Dotys settled in Greenwood Village, CO, to raise their three children, who learned to ski at Winter Park, where Hannelore learned to ski in her youth. David’s Master’s in Marketing from the University of Minnesota lead him to consumer product marketing and then to the restaurant industry, where he worked with Smashburger and is now with Black Bear Diner. The Dotys’ home in Fraser is the center of their family life; David has a life-long love of the outdoors, enjoying activities like open ocean canoeing, snowshoeing, hunting, camping, skiing, and hiking. David hopes to bring his branding and marketing experience to assist in educating Grand County on CHLT’s important work. “To protect what we are so fortunate to have, while at the same time providing unique methods to achieve this, has always interested me,” says David.


Steve Fitzgerald is the Chief Talent Officer at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund. Steve has also served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Visteon Corporation, as an executive in the technology sphere at Avaya and Sun Microsystems, as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Vail Resorts Inc., and in a variety of human resources and other management roles at Ford Motor Company. In these roles and many others, he has been responsible for overseeing how firms acquire, develop, deploy, and manage people. Steve and his wife Diane have owned property in Grand County for nearly 20 years. He enjoys cycling, skiing, fly fishing, and hiking. He has held for- and not-for-profit Board positions in the past, including with the Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region and the Colorado Springs Symphony. Steve holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University, the latter in human resources and industrial relations.


Melinda McWilliams made Grand County her permanent home in 2002. She is a retired landscape architect who spent a career with the U.S. Forest Service in North Carolina. Melinda was the program manager and technical specialist for trails, wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, and scenery management programs, and served on the forest interdisciplinary land management planning team for her whole career. Her expertise includes inventorying, analyzing, and implementing complex natural resource management issues and working with conservation agencies and the public. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Winter Park Ranch Water and Sanitation District. As a master gardener she helped design, build, and now maintain the Fraser Valley Community Garden. “I aspire to help protect the outstanding natural resources of Grand County,” says Melinda.


Graham Powers moved to Colorado in 1978, following 6 years in the Army and Air Force. Graham and his wife, Louise, both became volunteers with the Winter Park Ski Patrol immediately after moving here. His career in Colorado consisted of working for Time Warner Cable, Tri State G&T, and Telecommunications Strategies, Inc. He was part of the Senior Team that took TW Telecom, where he worked for 12 years until 1997. Graham was a founding board member of the Columbine (now Grand) Foundation and is now on the Board of Fellows for the Online College for Norwich University. He was one of the original volunteers for Public Lands Day, and has done volunteer work for Headwaters Trails Alliance, Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails, and the Grand County Wilderness Group. He has a BS and a MS in Electrical Engineering and a MBA in Finance and Accounting. Graham joined the board of CHLT in 2014.


Advisory Board Members

Members of the Advisory Board are ambassadors for Colorado Headwaters Land Trust and provide advice and help with projects that fit their area of expertise.

  • Darrell Brown
  • Mike Dailey
  • Tim Day
  • Deb Froeb
  • Roger Hedlund
  • Michele Murray-Hedlund
  • Charlene Heins
  • Nick Meyer
  • John Raney
  • Robert Rich
  • Erik Swanson
  • Jean Townsend