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.
Cray Healy, President, and his wife Nina have been Grand County homeowners for over 30 years. Recently retired, Healy 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. “Grand County is a real gem and CHLT’s land conservation efforts will help continue to make this area exceptional,” says Healy.
Stewart McNab, Vice 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.
Tim Day, Treasurer, attended the University of Colorado and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting in May, 1980. Immediately after graduation, Tim moved to Grand County and began working for a local CPA Firm. It only took three years for Tim to settle in as a true local when met and married his wife Cheryl and began Day & Associates, CPAs, located in Fraser. Today Tim remains a Managing Partner, and his business has grown to a staff of 9, including 4 CPAs, and 5 professionals. Tim and Cheryl have 2 grown daughters who both live close by in Denver. When Tim isn’t plugging numbers, you’ll find him doing what all Grand County residents love to do…exploring the great outdoors! Tim enjoys skiing, fly fishing, golfing, hiking, and just appreciating life in the mountains. Tim joined the land trust board because of his passion about the conservation of natural resources, especially in Grand County and particularly our water.
Michelle Cowardin, Secretary, is a Wildlife Biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, stationed at the Hot Sulphur Springs office. She has lived in Grand County since 2005 after receiving her M.S. degree in Ecology from Colorado State University in 2002 and graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science in 1994. Her CPW work includes managing wildlife Species of Concern from river otters to greater sage grouse and working with landowners to protect wildlife habitat with conservation easements. Recently, she’s been involved with the State Highway 9 project in the design and construction of wildlife overpasses and underpasses south of Kremmling to mitigate wildlife/vehicle collisions. Michelle served 6 years on the professional society of the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS), holding at-large, secretary and president position, managing the membership database for 6 years, and helping to organize numerous annual meetings that hosted over 150 participants each year. In addition, she served two years on the Central Mountain and Plains Section of TWS, which represents 7 western states. Michelle stays active by participating in ice hockey, crossfit, yoga, cross-country skiing and biking. She lives with her husband and 2 dogs in Hot Sulphur Springs.
Garth Eichler was born and raised on his family’s dairy farm near Cooperstown, NY. This spurred a lifelong interest in cattle and agriculture, which would eventually lead him to pursue his bachelor’s degree in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech. After graduation Garth headed west, where he has worked for over 22 years on a number of guest ranches throughout Wyoming, New Mexico and finally Colorado. Garth met his wife, Jill, while working on a ranch in Colorado. Since their marriage, they have had two wonderful children, Gabe and Gretchen. The whole family embraces the outdoors and ranch lifestyle and all take part in caring for the family’s livestock and assorted critters. Garth has been a Grand County resident for over 14 years and has been employed at Devils Thumb Ranch for the past 11 years. He has served many roles at the Ranch, and currently is the Director of Agriculture and Grounds.
Ian Ferrell is currently working as the founding attorney for Ferrell Law, LLC, representing a broad spectrum of clients on matters involving business governance and transactional work, probate and estate administration, real estate and property transactions along with water rights disputes and filings. Previously, he worked as an associate attorney for the Cazier & McGowan law firm located in Granby, specializing in water law. He attended Dartmouth College and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and History in 2010, in 2014 he graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the James E. Rogers College of Law at The University of Arizona, and he passed the Colorado Bar during the summer of 2014. Ian enjoys fly-fishing, skiing, hiking, camping, lacrosse, running and lifting weights. Ian joined the land trust board because of his passion to protect Colorado’s environment and water resources, and his desire to preserve the beautiful Rocky Mountains for future generations.
Ed Herpel is a native Marylander whose career took him to stops in Washington, DC, Heidelberg, Germany, New Jersey, Virginia and New York before finally landing full time in Colorado this year. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maryland as well as being a graduate of advanced business executive programs at the University of Michigan and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Ed and his wife, Susan, have been homeowners in Fraser, Colorado, for the past seven years. This year they settled here full time once they both retired. Ed’s career spanned many years in pharmaceutical research and development with companies such as Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson in senior human resource and operational support type roles. In recent years he worked as a consultant to life sciences organizations and firms in the US and China with a focus on organizational effectiveness, talent management and executive search. Ed’s interest in land and water conservation came from growing up around the Chesapeake Bay, where he was a longtime member of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He is excited to continue that interest in a more active way as a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Headwaters Land trust.
Nick Meyer, a third generation Colorado native, was born in Denver and moved to Lakewood at age 5. Nick attended Lakewood High School, then the University of Northern Colorado as a teaching major initially but then switched to Business Accounting. After graduating in 1994 and earning his CPA license, Nick worked in audit for Deloitte in Denver where he met his wife Kristen (also in audit) from Nashville via Notre Dame. Nick and Kristen moved to Winter Park in 1998 and have been in the real estate and development business, where they have earned the honor of top producing real estate team in Grand County, over the past decade. Nick enjoys fishing, hunting, hockey, and the outdoors, and joined the Colorado Headwaters Land Trust Board of Directors in 2011 to further the land trust’s legacy of preserving the tremendous beauty and natural resources of Grand County while the opportunity to do so exists. Nick serves on the local Board of Realtors and has been a stable leader for Grand County Ducks Unlimited, a subchapter of the world leader in wetlands conservation, Ducks Unlimited.
Andrew Moore graduated from the University of Richmond, in 2009, where he studied Political Science and Spanish. After college, he moved West to work at the C Lazy U Ranch and Winter Park Ski Resort in Grand County, CO. In 2014, he graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Following law school, he worked as a Landman for an oil and gas title broker in Denver. Andrew is now an associate attorney for the Whitmer Law Firm, LLC, located in Hot Sulphur Springs, CO. He also serves as a committee member for the 14th Judicial District Access-to-Justice Committee and as a volunteer for Grand County Ask-A-Lawyer Clinics. When he is not working, you can find him enjoying the great outdoors.
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 am 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.
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
- Deb Froeb
- Roger Hedlund
- Michele Murray-Hedlund
- Charlene Heins
- John Raney
- Robert Rich
- Erik Swanson
- Jean Townsend