Board of Directors

Our Land Trust is governed by a 12-member volunteer Board of Directors with diverse backgrounds in agriculture, water, wildlife management and nonprofit management.

Larry Vickerman

President
Larry Vickerman obtained a bachelor's degree from Colorado State University in Landscape Management in 1990 and a master's degree in Not-for-Profit Management from the University of Washington in 1993. He is director of Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, a 700-acre farm and public garden in Littleton, Colo. He has worked in public horticulture and landscape restoration for more than 25 years, and he also maintains an active role in the family ranching business. In 2009, the Vickerman family placed a conservation easement on their 720 acres of ranchland in the southern Wet Mountain Valley. The easement is held by San Isabel Land Protection Trust.

Vic Barnes

Vice President
Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Vic obtained a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Management and a master's degree  in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. Vic enjoyed 32 years in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska as a research wildlife biologist before moving to Westcliffe in 1996 with his wife, Jacke. He has served on San Isabel's Board of Directors since 1995. His other interests include managing the Kodiak Brown Bear Trust, working on the local family cattle ranch, as well as serving on the boards of the High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival, Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation and the Custer County Planning Commission.

Lynn Karantz

Treasurer
Lynn Karantz is a certified public accountant with more than 30 years experience. She practices with Carr, Riggs & Ingram in Atlanta. Lynn and her husband, Robert, have been vacationing in Colorado since they married 31 years ago and fell in love with the natural beauty and outdoor activities the state has to offer. They have owned property in Colorado for 27 years, first in Crested Butte and since 2000, in the Wet Mountain Valley. Lynn and her husband are semi-retired, splitting their time between Atlanta and Westcliffe. Lynn loves hiking, flat water kayaking and travel. She also has served on the Custer County Search and Rescue Team.

Keith Hood

Secretary

As a fifth-generation Wet Mountain Valley resident, Keith is a working rancher who depends on the health of the land for a profit. He graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science in 1973. He has one daughter and manages The Hood Family Ranch, an active cattle ranching operation. Keith has been a board member on and off with San Isabel since 2001 and also serves on the Custer County Planning Commission and is the Custer County representative on the Arkansas Basin Round Table. The Hood Family placed a conservation easement on their ranch in 2004 because it gave the family a chance to preserve the land as undeveloped property while allowing the ranch's operators to continue to make ranching decisions as they have always done. It also provided funding to establish retirement funds and an investment portfolio providing long-term income.

Bob Steimle

Director at Large

Bob Steimle is a land use planner with more than 25 years experience, working primarily in comprehensive planning, land development review and entitlement, and more recently, military master planning. He has also developed sub-area and neighborhood plans and co-authored a model land development code for small communities in Colorado sponsored by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs – Office of Smart Growth. Bob moved to Colorado from the Midwest in 1980 and appreciates the varied terrain, expansive vistas and preserved open spaces this state has to offer, as well as the incomparable Wet Mountain Valley. He has been a member of the San Isabel board since 2007.

Woody Beardsley

Woody Beardsley is a real estate Broker with Mirr Ranch Group, one of the West’s premiere ranch marketing firms. With an expertise in legacy ranches and conservation properties, Woody brings broad experience to the San Isabel board. He is the co-founder and president of Hybrid Energy Group, a renewable energy development and finance company in Denver and was formerly a land-use and conservation specialist in Montana and Colorado with the Trust for Public Land. Woody has diverse professional experience, ranging from an environmental activist to commercial real estate developer, and has served on a number of nonprofit committees and boards.

In addition to his significant business and real estate skills, Woody has a great love of the outdoors and pursues a variety of personal interests. He received a bachelor's degree from Lewis and Clark College in 1981 and a master's degree from the University of Montana in 1997. He is a proud and dedicated father of a 12-year-old daughter and lives in Denver.

Doug Cain

Doug was born and raised in Pueblo and is a fourth-generation Colorado native. He developed a strong appreciation for the natural world, open space and small-town life during summer visits to his grandparents’ home on the Western Slope of Colorado as a child. He received a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and a master's degree in Geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines. He had a 33-year career with the US Geological Survey, retiring in 2008. His work focused on collaborations with federal, state and local agencies to better understand hydrology and related water issues in Colorado. Doug and his wife, Teresa, share time between their cabins in the Wet Mountain Valley, which they’ve  enjoyed since 1988, and the Denver area, where Teresa recently retired from her work in hospice care.

Bill Donley

A fourth-generation rancher and graduate of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Bill lives and works on the ranch his family has owned since 1918. Bill is a member of the Custer County Planning Commission, director of the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District and a member of the Wetmore Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors. Bill and his wife, Vick,  placed a conservation easement on their property in 2003.

Dick Downey

Dick’s primary education was a bachelor's degree in Public Administration and Criminology. He served as a Custer County commissioner for two terms and operates a seasonal cattle-ranching business. His 32-year career in law enforcement, included serving as second-in-command of the Colorado State Patrol, executive pilot for two governors and supervisor of the governors’ security detail. Before moving to Custer County 22 years ago, Dick and his late wife, Jan, spent a year in Mozambique, East Africa, flying for relief and missionary organizations. During his commissioner time, he served as the county liaison to the National Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension and Colorado Counties Inc., which included committees on Land Use, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Wildlife and Legislation. He also worked on land preservation projects and served a four-year term as a commissioner on the Colorado State Land Board.

Blake Osborne

Blake Osborn serves as the southern Colorado Water Resources Specialist with the Colorado Water Institute and Colorado State University Cooperative Extension. His family roots go back more than six generations in southern Colorado, a place he likes to call home. He started coming to the Wet Mountain Valley as a child while helping his father shoe horses on some of the ranches. Seeing first-hand how working ranches fit into the landscape has driven his career in the field of natural resources. Blake graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Natural Resources Management and, after many seasonal jobs with the U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service, he settled at the University of Wyoming, where he received a master's degree in Hydrology/Watershed Management. Blake and his wife live in Canon City.

Ann Robey

Born in New Hampshire, Ann has lived in Virginia, Massachusetts, Missouri, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas, and has been in Colorado since 1975. After graduating from the University of Missouri with degrees in Political Science and Education, she taught high school in Alabama and Georgia for two years. She worked in the information systems field for Cone Mills in North Carolina, Hughes Tool Co.in Texas and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, then Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin), in Colorado. She was with Martin Marietta for 20 years, taking early retirement in 1995.

Ann enjoys hiking, reading, gardening, traveling and exercise classes. In addition to San Isabel, she is on the boards of Custer 2020 (Club America WMV), Friends of the West Custer County Library and the Historic Willows School Society. She also volunteers with the Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation, the Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts, Custer County Cattlewomen and the High Altitude Garden Club.

Dianne Whalen

Dianne, and her husband, Michael, came to the Wet Mountain Valley full-time in 2001. In no time, she was helping with flowers for Art for the Sangres and then  joined San Isabel's Board of Directors. 

During her tenure with San Isabel, she has served in various capacities, including as the board president, and led the original accreditation process for San Isabel, helping us to become one of the first accredited land trusts in the United States. She serves as chairman for Art for the Sangres.

Dianne worked as a director of Human Resources for an independent energy company in Houston for more than 18 years. During that time, she volunteered frequently as chairman of the Montgomery County United Way Drive and served on the board of the Montgomery County Youth Services and Senior Programs, as well as a volunteer in the local hospice organization. She received her degree in Modern Comparative Literature and taught languages for four years in Norwalk and Westport, Conn., before moving to The Woodlands, Texas, in 1980.

 

 

  • “When you sell the water, you ruin the land.”

    - John Brandenburg, Brandburg Centennial Ranch