Chair of the Board
Dan Kimball recently retired after a 30-year career with the National Park Service (NPS). From 2004 to 2014, Dan served as Superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks. In that position, Dan led Everglades National Park’s involvement in restoration of the Everglades, the largest ecosystem restoration project in the history of the planet. His work in Everglades restoration focused on water quantity and quality; endangered species; non-native species; assuring compatibility with South Florida’s built environment; and building a coalition to sustain Everglades restoration. Dan previously served as Chief of NPS’s Water Resources Division. Dan also held positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Surface Mining, and environmental consulting firms. He also served for 10 years on the Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee in Colorado. Dan is a recipient of many awards, including the Presidential Rank Award and the National Parks Conservation Association’s Stephen Tyng Mather Award. Dan also serves on the Board of Directors of Archaeology Southwest and Friends of Saguaro National Park. Dan is a graduate of Denison University and the University ofArizona.
Mary Alexander is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Phoenix, AZ-based DMB Development LLC. Among her diverse responsibilities, Ms. Alexander directs corporate governance and legal services for DMB, in addition to overseeing the Company’s talent resources, information governance, risk management and insurance programs. Mary Alexander’s background in real estate includes extensive planned community development and public homebuilder experience. Her accomplishments have included land acquisition and entitlement projects, infrastructure planning and finance, public lands transactions, community governance structuring and documentation, sales contracting and regulatory approvals, employment matters, litigation management, construction contracting and warranty enforcement. Ms. Alexander recently was named a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. She serves on the Association of Corporate Counsel, Arizona chapter, Board of Directors and Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Legal, Regulatory and Financial Services Committee. She is a member of Commercial One, an organization of women executives in commercial real estate. Ms. Alexander is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BA in Journalism, and she received her J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law. Community Involvement: Valley of the Sun United Way Board of Directors; Community Impact Committee Chair; Tocqueville Society BUILD Arizona initiative task force for early childhood education.
Andrew Downs is a third generation Colorado native who currently splits his time between a home in Colorado Springs and a career as a Chief Administrative Officer with a financial services company in Chicago. Prior to taking that role, he led a business within that company that supported mergers and acquisitions activity in the residential real estate sector. He has been with his employer since 1997, and prior to that was involved in commercial and corporate lending with Wells Fargo, Security Pacific and United Bank of Denver. Andrew has served on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Claremont McKenna College. His senior thesis there was on the economics of water law in California, and his B.A. degree in economics was awarded Magna Cum Laude.
Laurinda Oswald was born in Tucson, Arizona, but grew up in Italy, living in Florence for three years and Rome for nine. Her parents purchased the ranch in Amado, Arizona which she has now managed for 25 years. For the past ten years, she has raised cattle on an eight-pasture grazing rotation system enjoying the wonderful benefits of the watershed along four miles of the Santa Cruz River. Laurinda has two children, and when not at her ranch, she enjoys visiting her family both in New York City and Italy.
Rowene Aguirre-Medina was born in Calexico, California, on the California Mexican border, and spent her formative years living in both California and in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Her families were early pioneers of both the Mexicali Valley and California’s Imperial Valley. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Speech Communication / Secondary Education. In 1981 Rowene became a founding partner of Polydrive Industries, Inc., a firm involved in the engineering and manufacturing of precision urethane products. She serves as the corporation’s financial officer. Other professional experiences have included marketing and sales. Her lifelong avocation has been working for equity and education for women and girls, as well as concerns for water conservation and cross border issues. To address these interests she currently serves on the University Of Arizona College Of Social and Behavioral Science Advisory Board and the UA Foundation National Leadership Council.
David Baumgarten is the County Attorney for Gunnison County in rural western Colorado. David is responsible for providing legal counsel to the Board of County Commissioners, all elected County officials and the various County departments and boards. His responsibilities include judicial and administrative proceedings, and liaison and facilitation for the County with federal, state and local governments, the environmental community, extractive, recreation and development interests, and a diverse state and local population.
David is a member of the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University of California, Berkley, a J.D. degree from Fleming Law School at the University of Colorado and his M.ED from Harvard University.
Henri Bisson retired after more than 34 years of service with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). He began his BLM career in 1974, a tenure that involved positions in Colorado, Arizona, California, Alaska (as BLM State Director) and Washington, DC. Henri served as the BLM’s Deputy Director for Operations in Washington, DC from 2006 until retirement. During this time, he also served as Acting Senior Advisor for Alaska Affairs for Department of Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne. Bisson received numerous leadership awards throughout his career, including two Meritorious Presidential Rank awards and several Secretarial Executive Leadership Awards. He is the Past-President and a Board Member of the Public Lands Foundation; a nonprofit dominated by retired BLM employees. He is a consultant, working on providing mitigation for major solar projects in the California Desert and also on the development of Encroachment Plans for many military bases in the Western United States. Henri has a BS in Forest Resources from the University of New Hampshire and an MS in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona. Henri’s passion is making things happen!
John Case was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, beginning his career as a high school history teacher and coach. He then became president and later chairman of the various Longyear companies (founded in 1873), which manage his family’s forest lands and mining properties in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Canada. John and his wife Patricia are longtime supporters of the National Parks through the National Park Foundation, as well as having served as trustees of the Glacier National Park Fund (1999-2011) and members of the National Park Conservation Association’s Northern Rockies Regional Council(2003-2012).
Allison Green is the Director of Cause Marketing and Workplace Giving at Habitat for Humanity-International, serving as the subject matter expert to advance global cause marketing campaigns and partnerships. Her focus is to lead the development and roll-out of Habitat’s multi-channel, integrated national Cause Marketing platform, broadening the base of support for the Habitat mission. With a diverse background in shopper marketing, Corporate Social Responsibility and brand planning, Allison has a passion for developing targeted, holistic campaigns for social good that generate strategic, ambitious and unprecedented results. Honing her craft at agencies including The Integer Group, Linhart McClain Finlon, Two West, and Acumen London, she’s guided numerous industry- and category- leading brands through segmentation research, brand identity explorations and cause marketing activations. As a former agency colleague puts it, “Some seize opportunity, Allison manufactures it.” A Colorado-native, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Louise Glasser is a dedicated conservation advocate, who with her husband Jim splits her time between Tucson, AZ and the Chicago area. She served as President of the Women’s Board of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and continues to serve as a Director of the RIC Foundation. She served as Chair of the Lake Forest Library Board and Chair of the Women’s Board of the University of Chicago. She was Co-Chair and founder of the Cultural Collections Committee of the Field Museum as well as a long serving member of its Women’s Board. She serves as a Trustee of the Newberry Library, as a Board member of Know Your Chicago, a continuing education program, a member of the Women’s Board of the Art Institute of Chicago and a former officer of the Lake Forest Garden Club and a board member of Friends of Western Art.
Barbara JB Green
Barbara is a founding partner in the law firm Sullivan Green Seavy L.L.C. where she practices environmental law and land use law, focusing on local government management of the environmental impacts of land development. In addition to her law degree from the University of Colorado, Ms. Green holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.P.A. and Masters in Humanities from the University of Colorado. Ms. Green serves as General Counsel to Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, General Counsel to Rocky Mountain Low-level Radioactive Waste Board, and as Town Attorney for the Towns of Silver Plume and Crested Butte, Colorado. She is a member of the University of Denver Water Law Review Advisory Council and a past member of the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board. Barbara is a contributing author of Colorado Land Planning and Development Law.
Anna Hill Price
Anna Hill Price is currently the Director of Development for The Kildonan School in Amenia, New York where she manages fundraising with major donor development for the school which specifically addresses dyslexia and other language-based learning challenges. Ms. Price graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Psychology. In Public Service, she was a member of the planning and Zoning Commission in Garfield County, Colorado, 1996-2000 where she provided guidance to the Garfield County Supervisors regarding alignment between proposed projects and Garfield County Comprehensive Plan. Ms. Hill is skilled in creating and implementing effective approaches to development and sales and has a history of effective networking and connecting people to opportunities across multiple industries, including media, consulting, education and nonprofits.
Ann Hunter-Welborn started her career in teaching special education. She then joined the family business (Hunter Industries), acting as VP of Human Resources for many years and finally served as chair of the board. In the meantime, she carried on with her reputation as a perpetual student and completed a PhD in Mythological Studies at about the same time her youngest daughter graduated from high school. In 2015, she retired from all responsibilities with the company and is enjoying life as a board member of The Sonoran Institute, Rachel’s Network, and Nature and Culture International. For years her concerns have revolved around the environment and climate change to what kind of world we will be leaving to her seven grandchildren. Ann and her husband David live in Encinitas, California. When they are free from their non-profit responsibilities, they spend as much time as possible with the families of their 3 beautiful daughters. They enjoy traveling and almost everything outside.
Nyda is a San Diego native and graduate of Stanford University, Nyda Jones-Church is the former CEO and COO of Prudential California Realty in Southern California, for years one of the largest real estate brokerages in the United States and the largest in the Prudential network. Nyda and her partner grew the company from five people in one office in 1985 to over 6,000 people in four affiliated companies with over one hundred offices in Southern California by 2006. Since retiring from Prudential California in 2007, she has focused on consulting to brokerages across the country, developing a major residential project in Baja California and her work with the Sonoran Institute. Her civic commitments in San Diego have included the Junior League, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the Magdalena Ecke YMCA and the Scripps Hospital Foundation.
Lee is the CEO and owner of Leachman Cattle of Colorado. Leachman Cattle markets over 1,500 bulls per year and is currently one of the five largest seedstock breeders in the US. Lee graduated from Harvard University with an Honors BA in Economics in 1988. Lee also completed graduate level work in animal breeding at Colorado State University. Lee currently serves on the board of directors for the Beef Improvement Company in York, UK. Lee frequently speaks to cattlemen both in United States and internationally. Lee, Lisa, and Graham Leachman reside in Fort Collins, Colorado. Together they enjoy a wide variety of family activities and also are active in their church community through small groups and marriage ministry.
Gabriel López Ibarra
Gabriel López Ibarra is the co-founder of RocketBox, a business consulting firm focused on finding the best solutions for their clients. His background as an industrial engineer and leadership skills have lead him to be highly skilled at identifying problems and solutions within a company. Gabriel currently resides in Tijuana, Baja California and is bilingual in Spanish and English.
ChrisPerez is the President of The Perez Group, a highly successful team of residential real estate agents specializing in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and the Northeast Maricopa County luxury home market. He is also co-owner and director of Global Sales Management, LLC, a company specializing in social media marketing and sales in the fitness industry. Chris graduated from Loyola Marymount University and worked as a CPA in Los Angeles for eight years before coaching high school and junior college basketball. He has served on numerous for-profit and nonprofit Boards of Directors over the past 30 years and specializes in finance and nominating/governance board participation. Chris has two wonderful daughters and enjoys CrossFit, golfing and travel.
Louise (Lollie) Plank
Louise (Lollie) Benz Plank divides her time between her Lek Ranch near Sheridan, Wyoming, family and business obligations in Minnesota, and her home in Tucson, Arizona. In addition to the Sonoran Institute, her board interests include the Wyoming Community Foundation, the Center for a Vital Community at Sheridan College in Wyoming, and the Wyoming Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Past board tenures include the Animal Human Society of Hennepin County (MN), the Science Museum of Minnesota, Pheasants Forever, the National Wildflower Research Center, the Yellowstone Art Center and the Yellowstone Association.
Richard Schaefer is the Senior Vice President and Branch Director for RBC Wealth Management. He has over 35 years of experience in the financial industry, specializing in individual portfolio development and management. He now specializes as a designated Accredited Wealth Manager. Richard graduated from the University of Arizona and holds a BS in Business Administration. Richard was named a recipient of the 2017 RBC Global Citizen Award which celebrates RBC colleagues who are leaders in their community, who are active volunteers both inside and outside of the firm. Richard also has a passion and devotion for improving the lives of children in his community through serving on eight different non-profit boards as examples of his dedication to improving his community. Richard and his wife, Stella, are both third generation residents of Tucson and they have two sons and one grandson.
Matt Teeters works as the Regional President of Alpine Bank’s Denver region. Matt first joined the bank in January 2006, and began his career working the Avon branch in the Vail Valley. Over the past four years, Mr. Teeters has served an integral role of expanding the bank’s services across the Front Range. In doing so, the Union Station branch has grown to become the 2nd largest bank, measured by asset size, in the bank’s entire 38 branch footprint. Matt is a Colorado native and was born and raised in Denver. He attended Grinnell College, earning a bachelor’s degree in Economics and he completed his MBA from the University of Denver in 2013. Matt also serves as a board member for Roundup River Ranch, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, and the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Governors. In acknowledgment for his leadership with these organizations, Matt was selected as one of Colorado Biz Magazines Top 25 Young Professionals in 2016. His hobbies include mountain biking, golfing, skiing, and spending time outdoors.
Kara Teising works with JobPlex, a DHR International company, as a Partner in the firm’s Nonprofit Practice. She focuses on mission driven searches in the private and nonprofit sectors. She has experience recruiting for a broad range of clients and has earned the respect of numerous notable national and international organizations working to affect positive change, including Earthjustice, BoardSource, KaBOOM!, and Make-A-Wish®. Prior to joining JobPlex/DHR, Teising served as Partner and Practice Lead for the Nonprofit sector of ThinkingAhead Executive Search. Her expertise lies in recruiting talent for C-Suite and executive-level roles in senior leadership, development, marketing, communications and program. Before ThinkingAhead, Teising spent six award-winning years as a sales person and sales manager with their parent company, Southwestern. Teising is an honors graduate from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Speech Communication, concentrating in Conflict Resolution. Actively involved in her Nashville community, Teising is an alumnus of the Young Leaders Council and a past Board member of the Nashville Repertory Theatre (formerly the Tennessee Repertory Theatre). She is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and a Certified Employee Retention Specialist (CERS) through the National Association of Personnel Services. She is also a member of the American Society of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
Barton (Buzz) Thompson
Buzz Thompson is the Robert E. Paradise Professor in Natural Resources Law at Stanford Law School and the founding Perry L. McCarty Director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, where he is now a senior fellow. He also serves as counsel to the Los Angeles-based law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, where he helps lead the firm’s water practice. He holds J.D., M.B.A., and B.A. (Economics & Political Science) degrees from Stanford University. His scholarship and teaching focus on natural resource management, with a particular focus on western water. He was the special master for the United States Supreme Court in Montana v. Wyoming, an interstate water disputes involving the Yellowstone River System. He is a California trustee of The Nature Conservancy and serves on the boards of the Resources Legacy Fund, American Farmland Trust, Resources Legacy Fund, and Santa Lucia Conservancy.
David Wegner recently retired from a senior staff position on water, energy and transportation committees in the U.S. House of Representatives. In that position he worked on legislation that directly affected administration policy and federal agency actions related to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. Prior to serving in Washington, D.C. he worked for over 20 years for the Department of the Interior managing water and science programs in the Colorado River basin and the Grand Canyon. Currently he works as a part-time senior scientist to Jacobs Engineering and continues to provide input and strategic counsel to the National Academy of Sciences, several Members of Congress and international organizations focused on water and climate issues. He currently splits his time between Tucson, AZ and Durango, CO and the Colorado River.