Our Board of Directors

Kari Torgerson, President

Kari worked on the Dolores Archaeological Program, surveying the mesas of southwestern Colorado during construction of the McPhee Dam on the Dolores River. This experience instilled a passion for Colorado and for conserving its resources as evidenced in her extensive experience and commitment to many worthy Colorado non-profit organizations.

Kari has been a senior nonprofit administrator for 25 years. She has served most recently as Chief Operating Officer at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, where she oversaw operational and administrative functions and was responsible for the institution's facilities and security. She worked as a Marketing and Development Director, Grant Writer and Event Manager at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo; and as Development Director at National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Colorado Springs Chapter. Kari was a Board member at Palmer Land Trust for 6 years serving on the Finance and Nominating Committees. She held Board positions on Colorado College's Woman's Educational Society and the Boys and Girls Club. She has volunteered for Colorado College's Transportation Working Group and the Nature Conservancy. 

Kari has a B.A. in Archaeology from Washington State University and a M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. She moved to Evergreen in 2013 and enjoys exploring the area while hiking and skiing.

Pandora Erlandson - President-Elect

Pandora’s life has been defined by doing work that she loves. She started as a special needs teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia, then worked for Habitat for Humanity for 15 years in Colorado, serving as Development Director, Marketing and Public Relations for more than a decade.

Pandora moved to move to Colorado from Virginia shortly after college. The cycling, rock climbing, camping, skiing and the many joys of the beautiful outdoors beckoned and kept her here since. She was especially interested in being involved with MALT’s mission of conserving the area’s exquisite natural resources.

She’s had the desire to be a part of the foothills community in a significant way, from creating “Genesee Entertains” (home-based benefit parties) or working to create music events and benefits such as “Boogie at the Barn” with her husband and business partner John Erlandson. It gives her great joy to engage the community and bring people together. Her other leadership roles and community involvement include chairing her professional organization, chairing Colorado National Philanthropy Day, and serving on various boards. Currently she serves on the Leadership Evergreen Board.

Her work as a Realtor with PandoraJohnProperties at RE/MAX Alliance also gives her great joy. Pandora and John were recently awarded the Evergreen Chamber ‘Emerald Award” for embracing the unique Evergreen area and exemplifying what it means to live and do business in this community." They were also awarded the Colorado Serenity Standard Award-- "Considered by Colorado Serenity to be the basis of comparison...an approved model and of recognized excellence."

Bob Judge - Treasurer

Although Bob grew up on Long Island in suburban New York, his connection with nature was strongly reinforced through the time spent on his grandfather’s farm in Maryland. This exposure kindled a life-long passion for the environment and nature that translated into a B.S degree in forest resources management from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. While in college, he worked a summer in Maine cruising and marking timber for International Paper Company. Bob continued his education and obtained an MBA from the University of Connecticut in business finance and strategy.

Bob’s 20+ years in his professional career included senior management roles in the manufacturing, distribution and commercial real estate industries. Bob’s career started as a CPA with eight years at KPMG where he rose to senior manager in the middle market practice, focusing on merger and acquisition support to industrial and technology clients. He successfully served as chief financial officer for several multimillion dollar businesses, optimizing performance, profitability and growth. In 2008, Bob established his own consulting practice, Pine Valley Management, which provides financial and strategy expertise to lower middle market clients.

Bob is a life member of the Nature Conservancy (TNC). While living in Connecticut in the 1980’s, Bob volunteered for several years with the TNC Connecticut chapter as a preserve monitor, performing piping plover bird counts, and advising on a preserve timber cut. Bob received a volunteer of the year award from the TNC Connecticut chapter. After moving to Colorado in 1994, Bob continued his volunteer work with the TNC Colorado chapter and served as board president for Denver Audubon for two years. During his tenure on the board, Denver Audubon developed the Chatfield Nature Center in the historic homestead buildings at Chatfield Park. Bob has also served on the boards of the Clear Creek School District and the Adoption Alliance, an adoption and foster care agency.

MALT’s mission resonates with him every day as he lives, works and plays in the conserved lands surrounding Evergreen. Bob lives in Evergreen with his spouse, Nancy and two boys, John and Ty, and he enjoys hiking mountain peaks, trail running and biking around beautiful Colorado.

Bob Ostertag - Secretary

Born and raised in Denver, Bob is a native Coloradoan whose roots go back several generations. Bob’s family has owned a working ranch near Bailey, Colorado since 1927. An appreciation of the cultural heritage is part of his DNA, and Bob has been involved in several organizations that help promote and preserve this legacy.

Bob attended the Colorado State University earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance and Real Estate, and obtained a Graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, Graduate School of Banking. He has been with CoBiz financial, Inc. since 1996, serving as Executive Vice President/Chief Credit Officer and Senior Vice President / Commercial Department Manager. Previously he was with BankOne, Colorado as Business Banking Manager and Relation manager.

In 2012, Bob and his sister worked with MALT to create a conservation easement for their ranch, allowing it to continue as a working enterprise into perpetuity while conserving the natural resources. Through this experience, Bob developed an interest in utilizing his financial expertise to help MALT achieve its mission and enable it to be financially sustainable so that future generations could also enjoy the scenic and natural beauty of Colorado.

Bob lives in Centennial with his wife and enjoys time with his two daughters. His interests include skiing, ranching and fishing. He has been involved with several non-profits over the years, including the National Western Stock Show Association Junior Livestock Auction committee which generates proceeds that help fund scholarships for young people pursuing a career in agriculture. He has also participated on the boards of Goodwill Industries of Denver and Denver Children’s Home.

James (Jim) Petterson, Past President 

Jim's passion for conservation has taken him from the plains of Kansas to marble halls of Washington D.C. and finally to the mountains of Colorado. Armed with a degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas, Jim has had roles in both politics and non-profits for more than 20 years, covering a broad spectrum of conservation management and marketing activities including policy, advocacy and donor communications, public relations, reputation and issue management, organizational development and advising executive leaders.

After 10 years as a communications director and press secretary in the U.S. Congress and in the Clinton Administration, Jim spent 17 years in a variety of roles at The Nature Conservancy, including working as the senior advisor for communications and outreach in the Office of the President, where he advised the CEO and other senior leaders on marketing, media and messaging. He currently is the Colorado State Director for the Trust for Public Land.

Jim is an avid trail runner and competed in the Leadville 100 in 2012. He lives in Lakewood with his wife and two teenaged sons and enjoys the many trails in Jefferson County Open Space.

Michael Coriden

Michael is an experienced business lawyer and veteran General Counsel with an

extensive background in business operations, including over forty years experience negotiating and

implementing domestic and international business transactions, business formation and management, real

estate acquisition and development, engineering and construction projects, and environmental permitting

and compliance.

Michael and his wife Karen Coriden, D.V.M. moved to Evergreen, Colorado in 1979.   Karen is the owner of Blue Spruce Animal Hospital in Evergreen.   Their three daughters graduated from Evergreen High School.

Michael brings over 40 years of experience in business law and as corporate General Counsel, working for domestic and international clients in areas such as business operations, domestic and international business transactions, real estate acquisition and development, engineering and construction projects and environmental permitting and compliance. A native of Sioux City, Iowa, he attended Grinnell College and the University of Iowa, graduating in 1971. He attended the University Of San Diego School Of Law's Institute of International and Comparative Law in Paris, France studying international business law and received his Juris Doctorate degree from Creighton University School of Law in 1974.

A job offer brought him to Colorado in 1979, an easy decision because of his interest in environmental issues and conservation. He continued his legal career in Colorado, opening up a Denver branch for a New York-based law firm and provided legal counseling to the U.S. Department of Energy on environmental issues affecting nuclear weapon manufacturing waste disposal issues. Michael is licensed to practice law in Colorado, the United States Supreme Court and the Federal District and Appellate Courts for Colorado.

His connections in the Evergreen community run deep. He lives here with his wife Karen, who is a D.V.M. and owner of Blue Spruce Animal Hospital; his three daughters graduated from Evergreen High School. He enjoys the outdoors, hiking, biking and camping. In addition to serving on MALT’s Board of Directors, he has served on the Boards of Directors for Friends of the Evergreen Library, Friends of the Pueblo Library, Pueblo Diversified Industries, and the Center for Hearing, Speech and Language.

Nikki Croce

Nikki moved to Evergreen Colorado from Pacific Palisades, California in 2013 for a change in lifestyle and to take advantage of everything the mountains have to offer. Growing up, she gained a deep appreciation for Colorado’s natural beauty from annual multi-week family ski trips in the state and backpacking adventures with friends in the backcountry. While living in California, Nikki frequented the Sierra Nevada mountains exploring the Ansel Adams Wilderness and Yosemite National Park many times each year. She learned of and chose to relocate to Evergreen through family ties dating back several decades. Nikki became interested in MALT after learning of their efforts to preserve land, wildlife corridors, clean waters and access to Colorado’s wilderness, a mission close to her heart and passions.

Professionally, Nikki has nearly 20 years’ experience in marketing, advertising and business development. She began her career working for a leading advertising and public relations firm in San Diego, culminating in a management role with Vivendi Universal focused on entertainment marketing and development of corporate alliances. Currently she continues to leverage these experiences as a consultant, most recently leading to a highly successful campaign for the Call of Duty Endowment, raising over two million dollars to fund organizations that assist unemployed veterans to re-enter the workforce. She also served for over a decade as a Luminary Member and Mentor at Step Up Women’s Network, an organization propelling girls from under resourced communities to fulfill their potential.

Nikki lives with her husband Ben and their Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and enjoys skiing, standup paddling, kayaking, fishing and hiking. She has summited several mountain peaks including Mount Whitney and Half Dome in California and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.

Charlie Farrell

Charlie has an abundance of knowledge that enables MALT to make the best use of its financial resources. Charlie has a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and received his law degree from The American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., where he graduated summa cum laude and was an editor of the American University Law Review. He also holds a master of laws in taxation from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He currently is the CEO of Northstar Investment Advisors, LLC in Denver, assisting individuals and families with the management of their personal wealth.

Charlie has been involved with MALT since 2014, motivated by his interest in conservation, clean waters and open access to Colorado’s wilderness.

Charlie and his wife live in Nederland, Colorado and enjoy skiing, hiking and fishing throughout the state. Charlie also spent a few years performing amateur stand-up comedy.

Steve Fossel

Steve moved to Colorado from New York in 1998 to enjoy the outdoor activities that the area offers. After receiving an economics degree from Middlebury College in Vermont and working for several large financial firms, he established Fossel Capital Management LLC in Evergreen where he provides investment management services to high net worth clients and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Steve became involved with MALT as a way to preserve wildlife habitat, clean waters and scenic vistas that attracted him to Colorado. He strongly believes in the use of land easements, which allows landowners to support conservation efforts and benefits current and future generations of Colorado residents and visitors.

He lives in Evergreen, CO with his wife, Kim, three kids and a menagerie of pets. In additional to coaching a high school cross-country team, he enjoys trail running, skiing, bow hunting, rock climbing and fly fishing.

John McBride Greene

John’s appreciation of Colorado’s natural and scenic beauty started as a college student while he was working on his uncle’s ranch outside of Aspen. His family has also been involved in conservation projects in other parts of the country—creating for John a deep value for preserving these unique resources for future generations to enjoy.

John has lived in the Evergreen area since 1996 with his wife and two children. He enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and cross country skiing, particularly along the trails in the Beaver Brook watershed and Elk Meadow. He became interested in MALT’s efforts to preserve these locations, and his involvement with the organization is his “giving back” to forever preserve these areas.

John holds a BA from Georgetown University and his professional experience is in the field of satellite communications. He has successfully started and grown commercial businesses and is currently the Executive Vice President of Hunter Communications, Inc., a satellite solutions company located in Harrison, New York.

Anne McLean

Anne McLean was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on January 24, 1948 and was raised in Calumet and Houghton, Michigan. Anne was outdoors nearly year round--her family skied after school and every weekend. Summers were spent at a cottage on a lake, surrounded by beautiful lakes and forests where she spent much of her time hiking and appreciating nature. During the winters, the family came to Colorado to ski.

Anne attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Colorado lured her back with its blue skies, great weather and outdoor activities. She attended medical school at the University Of Colorado and completed an internal medicine residency at Presbyterian Saint Luke's in 1985. After starting a private practice in outpatient and inpatient internal medicine, she joined New West Physicians in 1994 and retired in September of 2014.

Anne is passionate about the environment and saving open spaces. An early MALT Board member introduced her to some of the organization’s successes in preserving open space, and once she retired, Anne decided to invest more of her time and energy in supporting MALT’s mission.  Anne lives with her husband Dave Donaldson and enjoys the company of her three step-children, six grandchildren and two cats. She also spends time outside in the environment skiing, hiking, bicycling, and gardening, as well as cooking.

Ted Schaal

As a young man, Ted left his home state of Pennsylvania with a friend to visit Colorado and has made the state his home for more than 50 years. He has a deep appreciation for the West and its culture, and for the past 25 years has been selling agricultural properties, primarily working and recreational ranches and dude ranches in Colorado and Wyoming through his company Mason & Morse Ranch Co.  It is from his experience working with the landowners and knowing their love of the land that drives Ted’s deep passion and desire to steward this important natural heritage.

Ted’s experience with agricultural land sales and acquisition provides MALT with a unique knowledge in working with landowners interested in providing easements for wildlife or just for conserving working lands that have been in families for generations. He also has worked with Jefferson County Open Space to acquire a property to enhance existing parkland managed by that organization. He is a member of the National Western Stock Show Association, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Realtors Land Institute (RLI), is a proud Marine, and a member of the Elks USA and Pheasants/Quail Forever.

Ted enjoys hiking and skiing the many trails and parks in the area, biking, downhill skiing and pheasant hunting is South Dakota.

Lori Weigel

Lori is a Partner with Public Opinion Strategies, based in the firm’s Colorado office. Lori has directed research efforts for hundreds of political and public affairs campaigns throughout the country, including polling on behalf of presidential campaigns.

Lori has a unique niche as a “conservative conservationist.” She has polled extensively for conservation organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, the Trust for Public Land, Environmental Defense, National Wildlife Federation, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Wilderness Society, the League of Conservation Voters, NRDC, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. This has included extensive research on land conservation, including helping land trusts and related efforts communicate about the work they do.

Lori first came to Colorado to attend the Keystone Science school when she was 14 and her love for the mountains embedded itself in her soul. She spent a decade in Washington DC - first graduating cum laude from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with a B.S. in International Politics, followed by polling for a Gallup affiliate. She now lives in Golden with her aspiring scientist daughter and future Major League baseball player son. Her two children are the real reason for her involvement with MALT and its efforts to conserve natural areas along the Front Range for future generations. She knows that the Mountain Area Land Trust is helping to maintain our good quality of life, and ensuring more children grow up learning about and seeing nature around them.

Marion Wells

After graduating from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, Marion had her sights on working in New York City in International Business.  However a life-changing event occurred in 1991 that steered her into a totally different career path. Marion completed the Physician’s Assistant program at Duke University in North Carolina and obtained a Masters of Health Sciences in 1996.

Marion first came to Colorado in 1992, working as a wrangler on a guest ranch near Shawnee where she met her husband Jeff, a former MALT board member.  During his tenure, Marion learned of the great work MALT was doing preserving land, wildlife corridors and Colorado history.  She and Jeff now enjoy introducing their 10 year old daughter to the beauty of Colorado through skiing, biking, hiking and the occasional garter snake.

Improving lives has become Marion's goal personally and professionally.  As the beauty of Colorado continues to draw more people to our state, Marion hopes to help continue the vital preservation required to protect our land, wildlife and way of life in Colorado.