Board of Directors
Greg Holden, President
Greg Holden joined the Clear Creek Land Conservancy Board of Directors in 1990. He was elected Vice President in 1995, Secretary in 2007 and President in September, 2010. His main duties as President are to call Board meetings, set agendas, and to insure that all the paperwork is done and taxes are paid for CCLC. Greg is also active with land preservation and monitors several CCLC landholdings and easements. “Clear Creek Canyon,” says Greg, “is my backyard and its preservation is my first priority in life.”
Outside CCLC, Greg is a retired Geology Professor from the Colorado School of Mines who taught petrology and field geology for 30 years. Greg grew up in Southern California, then went to college in Washington and Wyoming before moving to Golden in 1978 to teach at Mines. He has been active in Golden government, having served as a Golden City Councilman in the 1980's and as a member of the Golden Planning Commission in the 1990s. Hiking is Greg's passion and he spends much of the year out on the trails. His favorite hikes in the Canyon are the Beaver Brook trail (best walked from Stapleton Drive down to his home in Golden) and the main loop trail at Centennial Cone.
Pieter Hoekstra, Vice President
Pieter Hoekstra joined the Board of CCLC in 2008, and is presently its Vice President. He concerns himself with the investment strategy of the endowments of CCLC, the design and maintenance of the website, and negotiations of CCLC’s conservations easements. From 1994-1998 he was President of the Mount Vernon Country Club Metropolitan District, where he guided the donation of a conservation easement of 320 acres by the District to CCLC. He is a retired geophysical consultant, and from 2000-2008 a Distinguished Visiting Scientist in the Geophysics Department of the Colorado School of Mines, where he taught several courses in environmental geophysics.
John Anderson, Treasurer
John was born, raised and educated in New England where he studied at Harvard under Walter Gropius, moving to Denver in 1952. He retired from active architectural practice in 2000. The work of his firm, Anderson Mason Dale, has been largely in the public sector with emphasis on projects for education and on energy sustainability. Over 100 design awards have been received by the firm. John was on the Design Review Board of the Lower Downtown Denver Historic District for 13 years, chairing it from 1989 to 2001. In 2004, he and his wife, Flodie, jointly received the Dana Crawford Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation from Colorado Preservation, Inc. Avid hikers and climbers, John and Flodie have scaled all of Colorado’s 14ers together.
His professional awards include Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects (AIA),1980; and the Silver Medal of the AIA Western Mountain Region, 1984. In 2001 he served as National AIA President, speaking in Mexico, Canada, Spain, Japan and Korea. For his leadership in reorganizing separate undergraduate and graduate architecture programs at the University of Colorado into a single College of Architecture and Planning, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the University in 2005, and in 2007 he received the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Award for Arts and Culture.
Rock Pring, Vice President for Land Conservation
Rock Pring was a founder of CCLC in 1986 and served as its President from 1986-2009. He is a Professor of Law at the University of Denver, where he teaches, writes, and consults in the fields of Environmental, International, and Constitutional Law. He has worked in a national law firm for development interests, served as Chief of Environmental Litigation for Ohio, and established the Environmental Defense Fund office here in the Mountain-Great Plains region.
Rock’s new title means he can concentrate on the CCLC work he loves best – advising landowners, negotiating land donations, and drafting the Conservation Easements that protect our Canyon country for all time. He and his wife Kitty have co-authored a new book on environmental justice that has them advising all over the world, Greening Justice: Creating and Improving Environmental Courts and Tribunals. More about Rock here. Photo of Rock Pring by Gary Caskey Photography.
Jeff Bogard was born in North Iowa in 1949 and in later years worked as an assistant biologist for the Iowa Conservation Commission conducting duck, pheasant, and partridge nesting surveys. His responsibilities also included creel census surveys, and waterfowl banding. Jeff holds a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Minnesota State University, which he obtained in 1972. His M.A. is in social and multicultural foundations in science teaching (with an emphasis on endangered species recovery efforts). He authored the "wildlife" section of the Mt Vernon Land Use Plan and was an advisory committee member and participant in the design council for Clear Creek Canyon: A Plan for the Future. During the Sheep Mountain Quarry and the Flynn Property hearings, he was a CCLC witness and gave expert testimony. Jeff was a high school science teacher from 1972 until retirement in 2004. His teaching focused on field studies, and resource management. He executed a tribal permit to locate, document and map Basketmaker sites on the Navajo Reservation with High School students from 1996 until 2005. Jeff has been a participant in and board member of CCLC for over 20 years.
Glenn DeRussy has had the privilege of enjoying Colorado’s unique beauty and quality of life since moving to the area in 1984, and is still in awe of the inspiring scenery and access to trails and open space. “Very few other cities have this available to their citizens,” says Glenn. “Many of us who love this area have seen some of the beauty lost due to poorly planned development and we realize that, without action, more of the lands we cherish could be impaired in the future.” It’s for this reason that Glenn became involved in land conservation. “I wanted to help preserve what makes this area so unique for our current and future generations. Just as those that were here before us preserved so much of what we now enjoy in our national forests and mountain parks.” Glenn’s first volunteer position was serving on the Douglas County Parks Advisory Board where he eventually became Chairman. Afterwards, he served on the Douglas Land Conservancy (DLC), a non-profit based in Castle Rock. The DLC was and still is dedicated to preserving the remaining ranch and park lands in one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. In 2008, Glenn moved to Golden where he has been able to continue his volunteer work in land conservation as a board member of the CCLC. “I am very excited to be part of the CCLC and to help preserve some of the most stunning landscapes in the metro area.” Outside of land conservation, Glenn’s career has been in advertising and he’s an avid cyclist and hiker.
Jim Meurer has actively represented the real estate, investment, and banking community since 1974. During this time he has performed financial analyses, appraisals, appraisal reviews, advisory reports, market studies, and feasibility analyses on a wide variety of real property, as well as provided financing for residential and commercial properties. He has worked directly for or has been retained by lending institutions, life insurance companies, developers, public agencies, nonprofit institutions, banking regulators, and individual property owners to assist in their real estate needs.
Dr. Meurer has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), acting in the capacity of an arbitrator and mediator in real estate and personal property related cases. He has also taught at the graduate, undergraduate, and professional level since 1987, specializing in the fields of finance, investments, real estate, and management information systems and currently serves as an administrative judge for the State of Colorado.
Christine Crouse has lived, worked, and played in the Clear Creek Watershed since 1990. With a degree in Communication from CU Boulder, Chris has consulted on the community relations/public involvement activities for numerous controversial environmental projects, worked in the local journalism arena, and was an elementary educator for Jefferson County Schools. She is currently the Outreach & Administrative Coordinator for the Clear Creek Watershed Foundation.
Chris, the only CCLC board member from the north side of the canyon, has been with the organization since the mid-1990s and has served as Secretary and design editor for newsletters/marketing materials.
Born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Chris has traveled the US and abroad as an Air Force brat, student, and adult—and hopes to have many more travel adventures. In addition to CCLC, she is a member of the Golden Earth Days Council and has been involved with numerous school-related groups. She also keeps busy with family activities involving husband, Mike, and two teenage children, Justin and Linsey.
Tom Weimer is a consultant in natural resources, energy and environmental policy. He joined the Board of the Clear Creek Land Conservancy in 2012.
Tom grew up in Mount Vernon Country Club on the south side of Clear Creek and returned there after his retirement from federal service in Washington, D.C. His federal appointments included senior management positions at the U.S. Department of the Interior and professional staff and staff director positions with three committees of the U.S. House of Representatives. Throughout his career, much of Tom’s work has had a focus on the management of public lands and waters, and the science necessary for informed, environmentally sound decision making.
Tom received B.S. and M.E. degrees from Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA and the professional degree of Master of Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. He is a registered professional engineer, an avid hiker, and hunter and fly fisherman. His father, Dr. Robert J. Weimer, has been very instrumental in helping CCLC understand the geology of Clear Creek Canyon.
The Clear Creek Land Conservancy would like to give special thanks to our Directors Emeritu and to all who have served as founding members of the Conservancy. Please click Here for a special tribute to Carla Swan Coleman.
Founding Board of Directors (1986-7)
Bev Lipman, Secretary
Ken Pierce, Treasurer
Rock Pring, President
Jan Schoeberlein, VP
Original Steering Committee Members (1986-8)
|Flodie Anderson||Chuck Miller|
|Nancy Benson||Nick Muller|
|Carl Blaurock||Charles Moore|
|John Cady||Linda Reed|
|Pat Coleman||Marith Reheis|
|Keith and Lucy Cowell||Julie Reynolds|
|Dot Crawford||Rick Sargent|
|Philip Davis||Jack Sleimers|
|Darlene Edgerton||Sally White|
|Sharon and Gerry Freeman||Jan Wilkins|
|Jake Kittle||Margot Zallen|
|Cora Jean Leenheer||Dyan Zaslowsky|
|Sandy Bryant||Vera Moritz|
|Sherry Cappa||Don Patton|
|Fred Cheever||Ken Pierce|
|Dot Crawford||Ve Sable|
|Helen Dawson||Ted Swem|
|Meg Greeley||David van Meter|
|Chuck Humphrey||Hans von Michaelis|
|Lynn MacDonald||Marie “Mitch” Working|