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: Jean-Pierre Georges
Treasurer: Terry Bittner
Vice Chair: Dan Corson
Secretary: Sandra Laursen
Member-at-Large: Therese Glowacki
Board Member Biographies
Jennifer is a Colorado native and long-time Boulder resident. She holds a BA in Biology and a MA in Education from CU Boulder and has been volunteering with environmentally oriented organizations for 11 years.
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.
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 has 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.
Jean-Pierre is retired from 30 years in the medical imaging industry where he worked as a marketing and business manager. He is the current chair of WRV’s Projects Committee.
Jenny Gerson holds a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado. For the past several years she has worked as an ecologist for a consulting firm, where she focused on assessing the impacts to wildlife due to energy production developments. Jenny is currently an MBA and Science and Technology Policy certificate candidate at the University of Colorado. She hopes to combine the skills and information gained from the MBA program and the Science and Technology Policy program to help with the advancement of environmentally, socially, and economically sound management decisions in sustainable development.
Therese manages the Resource Management Division of BCPOS, a position she has had for 12 years. This includes over 35 employees working in forestry, wildlife, plant ecology, weed control, resource protection, education, and outreach. Her latest projects have involved habitat restoration, mountain pine beetle, bioenergy, and renewable resource management. Therese has a degree in biology and spent three years in Senegal as a Peace Corps Volunteer working with women on agroforestry projects. She earned an MS in Forest Management from Oregon State University, where she did her thesis on tree nurseries in rural Senegal. Subsequently, she worked for Peace Corps for six years. As an environmental specialist, she traveled to over fifteen countries on three continents working with Peace Corps programs and staff. Therese also served as the Associate Peace Corps Director in Madagascar, where she launched programs in forestry, parks management, and environmental education.
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).
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.
Wynne is a Boulder native, loves the Colorado outdoors, and is looking forward being involved with WRV. She owns her own facility management software company and consults for executive leadership development. In the past, she has worked at the Center for Creative Leadership, ARINC, and taught high school and college. She volunteers with Metro Volunteers and a national conference center association, as well as playing in the Timberline Handbell Ensemble. She has served on various non-profit boards and is a recent past president of the Colorado Mountain Club. She wrote the book, Outdoor Site and Facility Management: Tools for Creating Memorable Places, and holds two master's degrees.
Board of Directors Member Role Description
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.