Board of Directors

Our Land Trust is governed by a 13-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.

Keith Hood

Vice President
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.

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.

Ann Robey

Secretary
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, 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.

Bob Steimle

Member-at-Large
Bob 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.

Kristie Nackord

Kristie, who is originally from northern California, moved to the Wet Mountain Valley in August 2006 and now lives in western Fremont County. She is the chief communicator of Infinite Moon Communications and works with land trusts across the West helping them to protect our open spaces and beautiful places, water and wildlife habitat. Kristie received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Sonoma State University and fuses decades of business development experience with expertise in strategic communications, outreach, fundraising and community engagement. She is a founding board member of the Coaldale Alliance, a nonprofit group giving voice to Coaldale residents on the sale of the CB Ranch to Security Water District. When she’s not talking land and water, Kristie can be found outside with her horses and a few dogs, in the garden or at the river. 

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.

Chris Skagen

Chris grew up in Colorado with a passion for the outdoors. He is the CEO of Strategic Resources Group, a Denver-based health-care consulting firm that specializes in nonprofit management and governance, lobbying, strategic planning and fundraising. Chris also maintains a solo practitioner law firm that focuses on environmental, nonprofit, business and health-care law. He is a member of the Water Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association and a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. Chris received a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University and his law degree and master’s degree in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. Chris and his 3-year-old son, Ronen, call Salida home. In his free time, Chris enjoys telemark skiing, mountain biking and fly-fishing.

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.

 

 

  • "My family put 720 acres under conservation easement in 2009. We did it to protect the integrity of the property and to help secure the water rights to the irrigated hay land in perpetuity. In this age of agricultural and economic uncertainty, conservation easements are the thing to do."

    – Larry Vickerman, executive director, Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield