Board of Directors

John Belkin

Aspen, Colorado

John Belkin has been a practicing attorney in Colorado since 1998, working in the areas of real estate development, land use and planning, land conservation, environmental law, mining and government relations. John is with the law firm Garfield & Hecht, P.C. and is formerly the Crested Butte town attorney. He has served as a federal law clerk, U.S. House of Representatives staffer and as an aide in the Executive Office of the President. Originally from New Britain, Connecticut, John is a graduate of Hobart College and Quinnipiac University School of Law. John’s interests include skiing, ice climbing and mountain biking, and spending time with his German Shepherd Emily.

Beth Conover

Denver, Colorado

Beth Conover is vice president at the Gates Family Foundation in Denver, where she lives with husband Ken Snyder and two sons. She has worked for over 30 years on natural resource conservation and economic development issues, and was special adviser to former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, the founding director of the city’s Office of Sustainable Development, and a consultant on strategic planning and policy development. Beth is editor and co-author of How the West Was Warmed: Responding to Climate Change in the Rockies. She has a B.A. from Brown University and masters degrees in environmental studies and public/private management from Yale University.

 

Jay Dean

Lafayette, California

Jay Dean, a life-long conservationist, currently handles marketing for the John Muir Land Trust, and was chief marketing officer of The Trust for Public Land for 10 years and publisher of its award-winning Land&People magazine. Jay has served on the board and as an adviser to several environmental groups, including EarthShare and ecoAmerica. He is a consultant to SRS|Acquiom, a company that provides a suite of services for mergers and acquisitions. In his spare time he is the proud proprietor of gardencraftsman.com, and says he’s usually found outside covered in sawdust. He lives in Lafayette, California.

Bob Fulkerson

Reno, Nevada

Bob Fulkerson is the State Director and co-founder of PLAN.  He worked as Executive Director of Citizen Alert, a statewide grassroots watchdog organization, from 1984 to 1994.  He has also served as adjunct faculty at the UNR School of Social Work, teaching classes on oppression and privilege. A fifth-generation Nevadan, Bob was on the staff of Senator Paul Laxalt while attending George Washington University. Bob serves on the boards of ProgressNowNevada, NewTowncarShare News and The Note Ables, a performing arts group for the disabled. He is a 2006-7 fellow in the Rockwood Leadership Program’s yearlong National Fellowship for Transformative Leadership in the nonprofit sector, and a recipient of the “Leadership for A Changing World” Award from the Ford Foundation. Bob received the Arcus Social Justice Leadership Fellowship at Kalamazoo College in 2011. In addition to his work, Bob’s premier loves are his life partner and family, teaching yoga, and all aspects of nature in the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada.

Anastasia Greene

Seattle, Washington

Anastasia is a Philadelphia native — a city girl at heart who grew up in Virginia. When she was eight years old, she fell in love with the wild outdoors as a Girl Scout and continues to embrace that spirit of exploration to this day. In finding a connection to nature in her own life, she realized an injustice that exists: Public lands don’t always benefit us all. Anastasia strives for a world where all people are fortunate enough feel the connection to the outdoors that she has. She works on projects that ensure equitable access to nature, as well as initiatives that give people of color a voice in the outdoor conversation.

Anastasia is the regional communications manager for Washington, Oregon and Northern California at The Wilderness Society, a nonprofit that seeks to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for wild places. She recently moved to Seattle from Washington, D.C., where she worked on climate and energy.

Anastasia is on the associate board of City Kids Wilderness Project — an organization aimed at providing enriching life experiences by introducing D.C. children of color to the great outdoors. She speaks on environmental communications and justice at institutions such as the University of California – Los Angeles, University of Washington and George Mason University. 

Wayne Hare

Grand Junction, Colorado

A long-ago transplant from the East, Wayne Hare became a "native Westerner" while working as a ranger with the Bureau of Land Management in western Colorado and, prior to that, rangering for the National Park Service at Canyonlands and Rocky Mountain national parks. Since then he has retired and is enjoying exploring the West. Before changing to public land management, Wayne spend many years in the business world of information technology. He then served as a team-building instructor for Outward Bound in Boston and as assistant director of Outdoor Programs at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and worked on several projects with the National Park Service to increase the cultural diversity of the agency's staff and visitors. He has written and spoken about the lack of diversity on public lands and its causes and effects.

Laura Helmuth

Rockville, Maryland

Laura Helmuth is an editor specializing in science, health, and the environment. She has been a writer and editor for Science magazine’s news department, the science editor for Smithsonian, the science and health editor for Slate, and the news director for National Geographic. She is now the health, science, and environment editor for The Washington Post. She is the president of the National Association of Science Writers and serves on the advisory board of Spectrum, an autism news magazine. She has a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley. A hiker and birdwatcher, she comes West whenever she can.

John Heyneman

Sheridan, Wyoming

John Heyneman is the immediate past president of the board of directors and has served on the board of NewTowncarShare News since 2004. He is the executive director of the Plank Stewardship Initiative, a project to find common ground between production agriculture and conservation. John has also worked on or managed ranches in Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Brazil, and Venezuela. He has served on the boards of the Powder River Basin Resource Council and the Yellowstone Art Museum.

Osvel Hinojosa

Baja California, Mexico

Osvel Hinojosa is the director of the water and wetlands program for Pronatura Noroeste, a conservation organization based in northwestern Mexico. He obtained his M.Sc. in wildlife ecology and Ph.D. in wildlife and fisheries science from the University of Arizona and his B.Sc. in biochemical engineering and marine sciences from the Monterrey Institute of Technology. Osvel has been working in multiple conservation and research projects in northwestern Mexico since 1997, in particular in riparian and wetland areas of the Sonoran Desert. Some of his recent activities include the evaluation and recovery of endangered species, the implementation of community-based restoration projects and the creation of partnerships with governments and communities for the conservation of nature. He has been leading the efforts to restore the Colorado River delta during the past 17 years, including the implementation of strategies to restore river flows and activities to recover native riparian vegetation. He is an Emerging Explorer of the National Geographic Society, and has served on the board of Western Field Ornithologists, the Waterbird Conservation Council of the Americas, the Colorado River Delta Water Trust and the Sonoran Joint Venture.

Samaria Jaffe

San Rafael, California

Samaria Jaffe is executive director at the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. She has more than 15 years of community organizing, fundraising and conservation experience. Before joining PRNSA, she was at The Trust for Public Land, developing conservation and fundraising programs for communities across northern California, primarily in the Sierra Nevada. She played a lead role in some of the Sierra Nevada’s most visible open space campaigns in recent years, Martis Valley and Royal Gorge at Donner Summit. She is inspired by community-driven conservation and stewardship. Samaria is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, and spent much of her youth exploring the trails and beaches of Point Reyes.

Nicole Lampe

Portland, Oregon

Nicole Lampe is Vice President at Resource Media, a nonprofit communications firm that specializes in conservation campaigns. Nicole heads the organization's water program, and has worked to safeguard coastal access and clean water for nearly a decade. She helps groups like UNESCO, the Blue Business Council and Azul Project connect resource policy to people's plates and pocketbooks. Her work extends from the Sacramento Delta to the Chesapeake Bay, and the Great Barrier Reef to the Galapagos. Nicole previously managed public affairs for the Trust for Public Land’s western regional office, and is an avid hiker and camper. She grew up raising sheep in central California, but currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Marla Painter

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Born and raised in California, Marla now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her education focused on interdisciplinary environmental studies. She has worked in the Intermountain West since the mid 1970s, including a stint at Nevada’s Foresta Institute for Ocean and Mountain. She’s also done community organizing around issues including nuclear waste disposal and the impact of military training activities, and has worked to build an environmental movement inclusive of all the West’s cultures. Marla has also worked as staff, volunteer and fundraiser for political candidates committed to the environment and human rights.

Bryan Pollard

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Bryan Pollard is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and the director of tribal relations for the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law. He is formerly the executive editor of the Cherokee Phoenix, the first Native American newspaper, originally published in 1828. Bryan is the founding editor of Street Roots, a nonprofit focused on issues that affect the homeless and low-income community on the local, regional and national levels. Bryan is the president of the Native American Journalists Association and a member of NAJA’s Free Press Committee. He has taught journalism at Sequoyah High School and an Indian boarding school in Tahlequah, and has served as a mentor for numerous journalism workshops including the Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism, the UNITY News and the NAJA Student Projects and Project Phoenix. He lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  

Raynelle Rino

Oakland, California

A long-time environmental education professional, Raynelle began her career in the sciences as an ecology field researcher then moved onto environmental education and social justice at the grassroots organizational level. Her love for nature and youth development brought her to teach in unique settings like alternative high schools, environmental justice neighborhoods, parks, and juvenile justice facilities. In 2016 Raynelle started Rino Consulting Solutions, a nature-based consulting firm that provides coaching services for professionals and build bridges between mainstream environmentalism and people of color. It’s mission is “to support and inspire the leaders of today to live in the confidence of their identities as they move through a world in the midst of social, racial, and environmental transformation.” Raynelle is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BS in Biology, a Rising Leaders and 2042 Today fellow, and lives in Oakland with her husband and daughter.

 

Estee Rivera Murdock

Estes Park, CO

Estee Rivera Murdock, is the Executive Director at the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, which produces educational publications, offers seminars, supports research, and provides philanthropic support to Rocky Mountain National Park and our other public lands partners. Born and raised in southern Arizona, Estee worked for the National Park Service for nearly a decade, first at Saguaro National Park and later at the Washington DC Headquarters office. She has an MA in Geography with a focus on Hispanic Community Engagement and Public Lands and Geographic Information science, and a BA in Anthropology and Spanish Literature, all from the University of Arizona. She currently resides with her husband and daughter in Estes Park, CO.

Rick Tallman

Denver, Colorado

Rick is a veteran entrepreneur, philanthropist and the founder of Renova Capital Partners, a Denver-based private investment partnership focused on sustainable infrastructure. Rick was the founder and chairman of Main Street Power Company — recently sold to AES and now branded AES Distributed Energy. Rick established his reputation as a successful entrepreneur by founding and leading a variety of early-stage companies through initial public offering or acquisition. Among these, Water Quality Management Corporation was a pioneer of municipal water utility privatization. Mr. Tallman served as a company commander in the U.S. Army during the Persian Gulf War, serves on a variety of corporate and nonprofit boards and frequently lectures on the subjects of social entrepreneurship and sustainability. He holds a bachelors and a masters degree in engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Luis Torres

Santa Cruz, New Mexico

Luis Torres, who has served on the board of NewTowncarShare News since 1996, has been a community organizer since the 1960s. His work in community forestry began in the late 1980s, when he was employed by the Southwest Research and Information Center. Mr. Torres helped organize the Madera Forest Products Association, which worked on developing a new forestry economy based on cutting small trees, and he co-founded the National Network of Forest Practitioners.

Andy Wiessner

Snowmass, Colorado

Andy Wiessner, has been on the board of NewTowncarShare News since 1986, and is the organization’s longest-serving board member. Andy is a public land consultant with Western Land Group, which specializes in federal land exchanges and land use issues. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969-70, and worked as staff assistant and counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittees on Mines and Mining (1975-1976) and the Subcommittee on Public Lands in Washington, D.C. (1977-1985). Andy also is the current Board President of the Wilderness Workshop based in Carbondale, CO, and serves on the board of the Wilderness Land Trust, a nonprofit specializing in the acquisition of wilderness inholdings. Other past board service has included organizations such as: Eagle Valley Land Trust, American Wilderness Alliance, Clear Creek Land Conservancy and Eagle County Citizens for Open Space.

 

Florence Williams

Washington, DC

Florence Williams has served on the board of NewTowncarShare News board since 2005. Florence is a former NewTowncarShare News intern and staff writer who has gone on to write for many publications, including NewTowncarShare News, The New York Times, The New Republic and Outside Magazine, where she is a contributing editor. She has earned awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and other organizations, and she is the author, most recently, of The Nature Fix: How Being in Nature Makes You Happier, Healthier and More Creative (2017).

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