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: Chris MacDermaid
Treasurer: Eric Gertler
Vice Chair: Tim Seastedt
Secretary: Sandra Laursen
Member-at-Large: Sarah Thomas
Board Member Biographies
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.
Eric is settling in to his second term as a WRV Board member, having served as the founding Treasurer starting in 2003. During his career Eric has served as a financial manager for a variety of companies, primarily in the software and banking industries. Eric has been active in Boulder’s non-profit community, volunteering for the Center for Resource Conservation, Emergency Family Assistance Association, and the Humane Society of Boulder County, among others. Eric is an avid road biker and hiker.
Born and raised in Colorado, my life experiences have encompassed boundless opportunities for domestic and international work, living, and travel. Education (CU) and continuing training provided a sound foundation to be successfully used in various industrial corporate settings. My roles have included leadership and management of engineering; quality; marketing/sales; and service disciplines. Having been fully engaged in hiking; climbing; skiing; and mountain biking for many years, it is a privilege to be able to give back to the land through WRV activities. I obtain great pleasure being part of the WRV team and I fully support their mission with the hope that future generations of family, friends, and visitors will always enjoy our work.
Kate is currently a consultant and educator in the environmental policy and management arena. She earned a Master of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Born in Denver, Kate lived in different areas of the U.S. and around the globe but continued to feel the pull of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. She is now settled in Boulder, loves exploring nature, and is excited to join WRV as a new board member.
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.
India Hart Wood
India founded Hart Business Research in Boulder in 2002. Her firm produces national studies of niche markets, including the triennial study of artists and art materials in the USA and Canada. India grew up in Colorado Springs and then went east for college at Dartmouth and an MBA at MIT. She hikes, kayaks, fishes, and has camped in more than 40 places in Colorado with her family. She is a past board member at the Association for Community Living and the Boulder Valley Rotary Club and currently volunteers with Boulder Valley Schools, Boulder-Yamagata (Japan) Sister City Association, and WRV.
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).
Sean Mangus - Leeds School of Business Board Fellow
Sean currently attends the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he is pursuing a Master of Business Administration. Prior to enrolling at CU, he was Project Manager for the Institute for Environmental Solutions in Denver focusing on urban forestry and riparian restoration. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, and studio arts in his free time. ;
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.
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.
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.