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.

Paula Metcalf Stuart, President, and her husband recently made Fraser, CO, their permanent home having moved from Bernardsville, NJ. Paula holds a BA in Economics from New York University and a Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. After a career in public relations, marketing, and finance, Paula moved to New Jersey and immersed herself in the environmental world. She worked in project management for environmental permitting, and sourced and negotiated watershed land acquisitions for the State of New Jersey, including for open space, farmland, and river corridors. She has served on a variety of boards wherever she has lived. She was the Chairman of the Bernardsville Environmental Commission that commented and testified on development applications before the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment. Paula says, “I believe that the CHLT is an organization that can positively help protect the environment that we all enjoy for the future. A quote from Benjamin Franklin sums up the issue: ‘When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.'”

Committees: Executive

Steve Fitzgerald, Vice President, is the CEO of The Firestorm Group, a business consisting of consulting and the production of fine art based in Fraser, CO. Steve is chair of the Fraser Public Arts Committee and also serves as President of Fraser Valley Arts. Previously he was 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.

Committees: Executive, Finance, Board Recruitment & Development (Chair)

David Doty, Treasurer, 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 led 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.

Committees: Executive, Finance (Chair)

Melinda McWilliams, Secretary, 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.

Committees: Executive, Land Conservation, Board Recruitment & Development

Lisa Leclair Waldorf, At-Large, grew up in New England and moved to Grand County in 1997 after a two-year stint in a teaching/travel program with a Boston-based company right out of college. After exploring teaching opportunities and finding no available positions for which to use her Liberal Arts degree, Lisa switched gears per the advice of a friend and obtained her real estate license in 1999. Lisa is a founding partner at Real Estate of Winter Park and has 20+ years of sales experience in Grand County. Lisa is an advocate for smart growth and open space and trails preservation; she and her family enjoy just about every outdoor recreation opportunity in the area, from skiing to biking to rafting. While much of Lisa and husband Steve’s free time now involves traveling with 12-year-old Henry and 10-year-old Janie to hockey games, practices, and tournaments, she still loves to volunteer with local non-profits as much as possible. She currently sits on the Fraser Valley Recreation Foundation Board and assists with grant writing and fundraising for a half-dozen other 501c3s, most of which are education and recreation-focused.

Committees: Executive, Land Conservation

Frank DeLay and his wife, Kristie, have called Grand County home since 2003 when Frank helped start Grand Mountain Bank. They have two sons: Will attends Midland University in Fremont, NE, and Ethan attends Middle Park High School. Frank’s career background is primarily banking related. After graduating from CU-Boulder, Frank examined savings and loans and then worked as Chief Financial Officer for a community bank in Salida, CO, prior to serving as President of Grand Mountain Bank. Following the sale of Grand Mountain Bank in early 2020, Frank left banking and is now working with Kristie in her real estate company, NextHome Choice. Frank also currently serves on the non-profit boards for the Middle Park Medical Foundation and Moffat Road Railroad Museum Association. Frank says “The partnerships CHLT has forged with landowners continues to make Grand County a great place to live and raise a family. I feel fortunate to be able to join the CHLT Board and help it continue to fulfill the organization’s mission.”

Committees: Finance, Board Recruitment & Development

Stewart McNab 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 served as president of the Board from 2017 – 2020.

Committees: Land Conservation (chair), Board Recruitment & Development

Alden Whittaker’s experience in land and wildlife conservation spans the state, country, and even includes a decade of working on national park management in central Africa. She has worked at Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (CCLT), the State Land Board, Denver Water, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and on a number of consulting projects involving various aspects of land management and conservation. Alden recently decided to make Grand County her permanent residence and is excited to get involved in the community. What better way to do so than by joining our Board of Directors?! She is eager to learn about the land conservation goals of and opportunities in Grand County and provide help wherever she can. Alden loves to hike, backpack, backcountry ski, and ride horses, all of which she looks forward to doing in spades here in beautiful Grand County.

Committees: Land Conservation

Tony Eason

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.

  • Deb Froeb
  • Cray Healy
  • Roger Hedlund
  • Ed Herpel
  • Nick Meyer
  • Andrew Moore
  • Michele Murray-Hedlund
  • Graham Powers
  • Robert Rich
  • Jean Townsend