Board of Directors
The WRV Board of Directors includes community members with a variety of professional experience, all of whom share a deep love for restoration and the care of Colorado's open spaces.
Chair: Dan Corson
Treasurer: Terry Bittner
Vice Chair: Chris MacDermaid
Secretary: Sandra Laursen
Member-at-Large: Bill Strathearn
Board Member Biographies
Terry is the CFO of the "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County, a dropout prevention and long term intervention program to motivate and empower low-income youth to succeed. He previously co-owned Two Bitts, a catering, restaurant and retail business, was controller for Yellow Transportation and a computer consultant for Hewlett-Packard. Terry has lived in Boulder all his life, was on the ski patrol and continues his semi-serious goal of climbing fourteeners, although he keeps going to the top of Longs Peak.
Jay has run large industrial businesses and founded, invested in and mentored numerous technology start-ups. He has eagerly participated in more than 30 WRV projects and offers invaluable guidance on strategic planning and business donor development.
Dan Corson moved to Boulder in 1973 to attend law school. After a 20-year practice he opted for a masters degree in public history to work in historic preservation. Since 1998 he has worked with the Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation supervising federal and state agency environmental compliance, federal and state rehabilitation tax credits and local government programs. Dan has served on human services, environmental and historic preservation boards--the latter at all of the local, state and national levels-- as well as numerous committees. Additionally he served on city boards and two terms on the Boulder city council. Dan has volunteered for over 20 years on trail and restoration projects sponsored by WRV and other organizations.
Allison moved to Colorado in 2009 and never wants to leave. She practiced law in Massachusetts in the ‘80s and ‘90s and got her Masters in Environmental Studies in 2003, in Wichita, Kansas. Allison has worked with environmental conservation and restoration both professionally and as an avocation for over 20 years. She has volunteered on WRV projects since 2010.
After careers as a scientist and educator, Sandra now works as a research faculty member at CU Boulder, leading studies of education and career paths in science, engineering, and mathematics. She is passionate about making science meaningful, fun, and accessible to all. She is a founding Alto 1 with Resonance Women’s Chorus of Boulder, a hiker, a worm composter, and a birder active with the Boulder County Nature Association's ecological monitoring projects.
Chris MacDermaid came to Colorado from Michigan to ski for one season and never left. Is a new WRV board member and this is his fourth year volunteering with WRV. He graduated from CSU and works at NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder through CSU's Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere. He has been a long-time member and volunteer for the IOOF Boulder Lodge #9, is a Past Noble Grand. Chris is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Todd Sanford is a climate scientist working on the ecological and public health impacts of climate change for the non-profit organization, Climate Central, and has an affiliation with the University of Colorado. He has many years of experience volunteering for WRV in various capacities, including crew leader, tool manager, and technical advisor.
Tim Seastedt began his career as an ecosystem ecologist in 1981 working at Kansas State University on the Konza Prairie Biological Station. In 1991 he moved to Boulder to become the lead scientist on the alpine Long-Term Ecological Research project, and is currently is a Professor of Ecology and Fellow of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado. He continues to study and work on grasslands and co-leads a long-term restoration project on a parcel of private and Forest Service land just north of Boulder. He joined the WRV board in 2012 and hopes to interface his science with the practical experiences provided by WRV’s activities that enhance ecological stewardship in the Front Range region.
Bill Strathearn is a retired financial executive from General Electric and the Union Camp Corporation. He is actively involved in several non-profit organizations including Colorado Division of Wildlife, Colorado Arts and Crafts Society, the Friends of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad and the Colorado Railroad Museum. He enjoys preserving historic railway equipment. Bill is a fifth generation Coloradoan and sails and RVs extensively with his wife, Kathy.
Sarah’s love of the outdoors started as a child growing up in Colorado and she is excited about supporting WRV’s mission of land stewardship. She has worked in the environmental field for nearly 15 years as a strategic consultant, policy analyst, and researcher, and she holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from UC Berkeley. She enjoys trail running, skiing, backpacking, and canoeing, but lately spends most of her free time running after her two young daughters.
Julie Waggoner, Leeds Fellow
Julie Waggoner is a 2016 MBA candidate at the University of Colorado. She is passionate about using the tools and influence of business as a force for social and environmental good, and is grateful to have found a community of others who see this potential. After several years of experience living abroad, she is excited to return to her home state of Colorado and use her developing business skills to forward WRV's mission.
Title: Member of Board of Directors
Committee Affiliations: Board of Directors and at least one other Committee chosen based on Member's interests and talents.
Description and Objectives: The Board has the overall responsibility for the WRV organization and is charged with its supervision and oversight. The Member works closely with other Members of the Board and the Executive Director to fulfill these objectives.
Fulfill board duties and governance functions
Support the mission and work of WRV.
Plan and position WRV for the future.
Act as an ambassador for WRV, helping to establish relationships with strategically important constituencies.
Support and supervise the Executive Director.
Assist in securing financial resources and oversee their responsible management.
Make a “significant” (for you) annual contribution to WRV.
Support the Fundraising activities at some level in accordance with one's interests and talents.
Background or qualifications: The Board Member should have a good knowledge of WRV and a personal commitment to its goals and Core Values. The Member should also have good communication skills, initiative, good decision-making and planning skills, be a team player, a creative problem solver and be flexible and inclusive. Prior experience on non-profits boards is desired but not a requirement.
Training/Preparation: The Member should attend a Board introduction training. They will be given a Board member packet, with bylaws, mission statement, core values, and strategic plan, etc.
Time / Place: The board meetings are bimonthly (which average 2.5 hours) and the annual Board retreat is typically a two day weekend in January. The Member is expected to participate in at least one WRV committee and to participate in some WRV volunteer projects and activities (may include work projects, trainings, volunteer appreciation dinners, fundraising activities, or staffing WRV booth at local fairs, etc)
Commitment: Perform the duties of Board of Director Member for a term of two years. Multiple terms are encouraged, with a maximum of three consecutive terms.
Oversight: The Member works closely with the Officers of the Board, other members of the Board, the WRV Executive Director and other WRV staff members. The Member does not have supervisory authority over WRV staff members, as that is the exclusive domain of the Executive Director.
Measures of success: Overall success of WRV in meeting its mission and fulfilling its Core Values and personal satisfaction of Member in performing their responsibilities on the Board.