Staff


Janet Smith

Acting Executive Director
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Janet joined San Isabel in November 2016. In addition to her administrative duties as acting executive director, she is responsible for building and implementing San Isabel’s fundraising and outreach programs. She also coordinate all communications.

Protecting our natural and cultural resources has long been a personal and professional cause for Janet. As a newspaper editor and resident in a fast-growing coastal area, she advocated for high quality, sustainable growth management and land conservation.

Before moving to Westcliffe in 2013, Janet was managing editor and later editorial page editor at The Island Packet, a daily newspaper serving the Hilton Head Island, S.C., region. Earlier in her career, she and her husband, Greg, also helped launch and establish an independent business magazine, a city magazine and a weekly newspaper.

Janet holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an MBA, both from the University of Kansas.


Karen Foley

Land and Water Steward
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Karen manages and oversees conservation easement monitoring and works with landowners on land care issues. She has a wide variety of field experience and technical skills important to conservation easement monitoring, land care and sustainable water programs.

She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, with a concentration in conservation and ecology, from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in biology, with a soil ecology specialization, from Utah State University.

Karen brings a strong desire to work in the land conservation field. She identified conservation as a deep passion after working on easements and monitoring at the Vermont Housing Conservation Board and set out to gain the skills she needed to make that happen.

“Since my work with land trusts during my undergraduate studies, I have wanted to become a land steward,” Foley said. “My mentors at the Vermont Housing Conservation Board were (and still are) a huge inspiration. They taught me about the effort and flexibility it takes to accomplish conservation with private landowners in a way that benefits everyone and the environment.”


Jerry Glassman

Bluff Steward

Jerry Glassman is our Bluff Park Steward, bringing care and attention to the Bluff Park, the crown jewel of downtown Westcliffe. Jerry and his wife, Ros, have been two of our top volunteers at the park, helping to keep it in tip-top shape. Jerry's background in golf course maintenance helps him keep the park looking good for such big events as the High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival, as well as quiet walks and family picnics on the Bluff. Jerry is at the park Wednesdays. Stop by to say hello and admire his work.

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  • "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

We have protected more than 42,000 acres through 134 conservation easements.

Conservation easements guarantee long-term protection – through generations of landowners.