Greater Arkansas River Nature Association
Board of Directors
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Lisa Martin, Board Chair
Lisa’s degree in Environmental Conservation shaped her work in her landscape design business and throughout her 29 years working for the city of Boulder. As Boulder’s Parks Manager, Lisa helped create many environmental and human-impact policies spanning from Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to the creation of a work program for people who are homeless. In Chaffee County, Lisa participated in a Great Outdoors Colorado grant aimed to “connect youth and families to the outdoors”, was a founding board member of the Chaffee County Community Foundation, and is now working for Chaffee County on the “Housing + Health: Building Opportunity and Equity” program.
Layne Kottmeier, Board Treasurer
Layne Kottmeier, Certified Public Accountant of Kottmeier Valuation & Forensics based out of Salida, joined the GARNA Board as Treasurer in 2018. When she’s not whipping GARNA’s financials into shape, Layne enjoys hiking the beautiful public lands of the Upper Arkansas Valley.
JW Wilder is a retired Senior Ranger at Colorado State Parks, represents GARNA on the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Citizen Task Force, and participates with GARNA’s Friends of AHRA volunteer group. JW started the Monarch Snowcat Tours, and was the first ranger at AHRA State Park. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, racing Town Challenge at Monarch, rafting and traveling.
Alan Stevens graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a bachelor of science in engineering. While living in Alaska, Alan completed the 1,000 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 2015. Since relocating to Chaffee County with his wife Allie, Alan works as the lead brewer for Elevation Beer Company in Poncha Springs. He enjoys spending his free time skiing, kayaking, and playing with dogs.
Margy Taylor joined the GARNA Board in 2019, and also serves as the Board Chair for the REALTORS® of Central Colorado. She owns a Salida business, Bluebird Day Mercantile, and has a PhD in Organizational Development. Margy’s hobbies include skiing, hiking, biking, photography, reading and writing. Her very favorite thing is spending time with her husband, Bob, her two boys and daughters-in-law and her grandchildren.
Celia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Yale University and a Master’s in Museum and Field Studies from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has worked for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY; the CU Natural History Museum; the Golden History Center; and spent over 6 years at Denver Botanic Gardens where she coordinated and oversaw adult public programs, lecture and film series, and professional symposia. Celia currently works as a real estate agent in Salida.
Rob White received a BS in Park & Recreation Administration/Biology with a Secondary Teaching Certificate from Central Michigan University in 1980, and a MS in Park Administration/Fisheries & Wildlife Management from Michigan State University in 1983. Since the year 2000, Rob was the Park Manager at the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, one of 42 state parks within Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Rob retired from that position in July of 2020.
Dominique Naccarato, Executive Director
BS in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology – University of Colorado
Masters in Environmental Management – Western Colorado University
Diego Ibarra, Americorps Member with Alpine Achievers Initiative
BS in Biochemistry, Ohio University
Bianka Martinez, Hispanic Access Fellow with USFS-Salida Ranger District
BS in Biology, Ecology focus, minor in Earth and Environmental Science – University of Illinois- Chicago
Kelsey Kirkwood, Community Outreach Associate
BA in Environmental Science – Colorado State University