Board of Directors

Our Land Trust is governed by a nine-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 River 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.

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 his daughter and lives in Denver.

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.

David Huber

David and his wife, Cynthia, have owned and operated Duckett Creek Ranch in Custer County since 1991. Since 2005, the 400-acre ranch has been protected by conservation easements held by San Isabel. David joined Exxon's elite deep-water team just out of university. His career has encompassed working for oil companies in 13 countries, where he rose to senior vice president, responsible for all operations and projects. He also co-founded two deep-water oil companies, Mariner Energy and Deep Gulf Energy. He retired from Deep Gulf Energy in 2016 but serves on its board of directors. He also serves on the boards of two deep-water mining companies, Ocean Minerals LLC and Neptune Minerals, as well as a French medical appliance company, Respinnovation.

Steve Oswald

Steve and his wife, Nancy, live on a ranch that has been in Nancy’s family for more than 70 years. After 12 years ranching in British Columbia, they returned to the family ranch in 1991. Augmenting decades of practical ranch experience, Steve is an avid learner on topics ranging from carbon ranching to creating profitable, biodiverse and beautiful landscapes through holistic principles. Steve and Nancy’s management epitomizes regenerative practices designed for resiliency to the challenges of the 21st century. Their innovative grazing and forestry programs, direct marketing of grass-fed beef and low-tech riparian restoration projects increase the sustainability of their operation while also demonstrating that conservation, including easements, helps ensure long-term viability of agricultural operations throughout Colorado.

Annie Overlin

Annie, the sixth generation of a Bent County, Colorado, ranching family, is raising the seventh generation on a small farm in Beulah. She works for Colorado State University Extension Service, covering 39 counties as the Peaks to Plains Regional Range Management Specialist. Annie previously ran a consulting business in environmental permitting and restoration of upland and wetland systems, and she also worked as a rangeland restoration ecologist at the University of Nevada-Reno, with joint responsibilities for federal lands at the Bureau of Land Management and for private lands with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Annie has a bachelor’s degree in Botany from CSU, and a master’s degree in Animal and Rangeland Sciences from the University of Nevada-Reno.

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.

 

 

  • “Placing a conservation easement on our family ranch assures us of what WON'T happen to the land and water when we're gone.”

    – Bill Donley, fourth-generation rancher