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Join Our Board

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.

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.

Paula Metcalf Stuart

President

Paula 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.'”

Committee: Executive

Steve Fitzgerald

Vice President

Steve is the CEO of The Firestorm Group, a business consisting of consulting and the production of fine art based in Fraser, CO. 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, Land Conservation, Finance, Board Recruitment & Development (Chair)

David Doty

Treasurer

David 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), Events/Fundraising/Marketing

Alden Whittaker

Secretary

Alden’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.

Committee: Executive, Land Conservation, Board Recruitment & Development

Lisa Leclair Waldorf

At-Large

Lisa 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, Events/Fundraising/Marketing

Ray Anilionis

Having grown up in northern Wisconsin, Ray migrated to Colorado after college. His
business career was focused in real estate and banking. In 2006 he and his wife, Deb, acquired a ranch in the Williams Fork Valley which includes a section of Battle Creek, one of the headwaters streams of the Colorado River. The creek’s consistent flow and its effect on the adjoining hay meadows, pastures, and forests fostered a great appreciation and respect for its impact on the ranch and the surrounding valley. They continue to maintain the ranch as their primary residence and enjoy it with their four daughters and their families. Ray has served on boards including the Board of Trustees (past chair) and Presidential Search Committee (chair) for Colorado Mesa University. He continues to serve on the University of Wisconsin Whitewater Foundation Board (past chair) and on the boards of both institutions' affiliated real estate foundations. He holds a BBA degree in finance from UW Whitewater and an MS in real estate from UW Madison. Interests and activities are everything “outdoorsy.'

Water is the driving force of all nature

Leonardo da Vinci

Tony Eason

Tony and his wife, Beth-Ann, recently moved from Connecticut to Colorado where they spend most of their time in Fraser. Born and raised in Westport CT, Tony and his wife returned to Westport in 2000 and raised their sons Rick and Quint who are now students at University of Illinois and Indiana University. Tony has a BA in Economics from Mary Washington University. As a life-long fisherman and boater, Tony has been keenly interested in the environment and humankind’s interaction with and effect on it. He and his family fell in love with the mountains on a family trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons a decade ago and they have spent many family trips in the mountain west since. Past non-profit board positions in Connecticut include Earthplace, a nature preserve and environmental learning center and Staples Tuition Grants, a needs-based college grant organization. Also, he has volunteered with the CT Audubon and been a member of the Aspetuck Land Trust - Land Use Committee. Tony has been in the sales and marketing area in media and pharmaceuticals most of his career and now is focusing on conservation here in Colorado. He enjoys skiing, fishing, birding, hiking, snowshoeing and was a beekeeper for 15 years back east.

Committees: Events/Fundraising/Marketing (Chair)

Jennifer Kilpela

Jennifer has a 20-year career in finance and institutional investment management. Most recently, she served as a managing director at Monticello Associates, a large investment consulting firm based in the Denver area. She also previously held investment roles at university endowments, including George Washington University and The University of Texas at Austin. She began her career doing investment banking for Credit Suisse First Boston. Jennifer earned her BBA from The University of Texas, her MBA from Darden Business School at the University of Virginia, and is a CFA charterholder. Jennifer has become more focused on conservation and sustainability and is currently pursuing a certificate in sustainability from Harvard University Extension School. She and her family have enjoyed spending time in Grand County for the past several years, admiring the beauty of the area and being active in skiing, hiking, and fishing.

Stewart McNab

Stewart 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), Events/Fundraising/Marketing, Board Recruitment & Development

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