Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

Board and Committees

About the WRV Board
About WRV’s Committees


Board Members


Executive Committee


  • Chair, Ann Erickson Lang
  • Vice Chair, Bill Goodwin
  • Treasurer, Eric Gertler
  • Secretary,  Mark Flower
  • Member-at-Large, Linda Kuhn



Board Member Profiles

Mary Balzer

  • Career in federal and non-profit management (retired)
  • MBA, University of Connecticut
  • Boulder Rights of Nature, Board Member
  • Boulder County Audubon Society, former Board Member
  • Term: December 2020-December 2022

Laurel Brown

  • Director of Financial Planning & Analysis, Rocky Mountain Human Services
  • Master of Science in Accountancy, Wake Forest University
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • 5+ years of experience in nonprofit finance and accounting
  • Term: October 2023-October 2025

Alan Carpenter

  • Technical Advisor for restoration projects, WRV
  • Owner of Land Stewardship Consulting, Inc.
  • Founding board member of Colorado Riparian Association
  • Term: December 2018 – December 2022


Mark Flower

  • Systems Analyst, Univ of Colorado – Retired
  • Former Chair, City of Longmont Board of Adjustment & Appeals
  • 10+ years as WRV volunteer, including as Crew Leader and Project Leader
  • Term: October 2017–December 2022

Kate Gallagher

  • Product Manager with 8 years’ experience in various technology organizations
  • WRV Crew Leader of the Year 2021
  • 4+ years of experience volunteering, leading crews, and training crew leaders with WRV
  • B.A. Studio Art & B.A. Psychology, Williams College
  • Term: May 2023–May 2025

Eric Gertler

  • Financial manager in the software and banking industries (retired)
  • Former Accounting and Finance CFO for Oxlo Systems
  • MBA from Northwestern University
  • Avid road biker and hiker
  • Term: October 2021–October 2023

Bill Goodwin

  • Former Executive Director of St. Benedict Health and Healing
  • Public sector career in health and human services (retired)
  • Masters degree in Labor Relations (Cornell University)
  • Former Board V-P of Buffalo Chips Running Club
  • Volunteer with Sister Carmen Community Center
  • Term: January 2022–December 2023

Linda Kuhn

  • Survey Research Management, Founder, President, Retired
  • Institute for Behavioral Science at CU Boulder, Project Director, Retired
  • Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, Former Board President
  • Boulder County Cares, Founder
  • Term: December 2018 – December 2022

Ann Erickson Lang

  • Retired finance professional
  • 30 years experience in public and nonprofit finance
  • 10 years experience in nonprofit management
  • Board of Directors of Colorado Health Facilities Authority
  • Term: January 2022–December 2023

Pedro Lopez

  • MS Watershed Science from CSU
  • Campbell Valley Monitoring Project Leader
  • WRV Volunteer of the Year 2020
  • Currently employed at the VA
  • Term: December 2020 – December 2022

Margaret Paget

  • 30 plus years of public service managing trees, trails and natural resources (retired)
  • BS from Colorado State University
  • WRV volunteer Crew Leader and seed gleaner
  • Volunteer for Boulder County Open Space native plant projects and at the Ag. Heritage Center
  • Avid gardener, geekish about native & noxious plants, insects, wildlife – particularly birds
  • Term: December 2022 – December 2024

Ashley Vander Meeden

  • Marketing Director, JAX Mercantile Co.
  • Master of Fine Arts in Photography
  • 9+ years of experience in the outdoor industry
  • Term : December 2022–December 2024


Breana Winters
  • Operations and Programs Manager, High Line Canal Conservancy
  • B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Former School Planning Coordinator, Openlands
  • Term: December 2020-December 2022



Our Founder

Ed Self

Ed Self is the Founder of Wildlands Restoration Volunteers and served as Executive Director for 19 years. He has a Master’s Degree in Volunteer Program Management with an emphasis on ecological restoration and environmental education. Ed’s Master’s thesis looked closely at the wide range of benefits that communities and individuals derive from involvement in habitat restoration work, and included a nation-wide survey of over 300 Forest Service employees involved in community-based restoration projects. Ed has been a community organizer for over 20 years. He started a community garden in Boulder, which continues to thrive after 15 years. He’s been a volunteer naturalist, outdoor educator and avid volunteer. His former career was as electrical engineer and software developer.