Jeanne M. Beaudry, Executive Director
Jeanne’s life has been an immersion in living in the world’s most scenic settings. She lived her early years in various U.S. National Parks, including Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon. As a result of growing up in these outdoor settings, she gained a deep appreciation of and respect for our natural resources. She received her Bachelors in biology at the University of Colorado and her Master’s in education at Colorado State University.
Jeanne’s passion has been to be involved in the conservation field for over 30 years, working for the National Park Service, Alaska Fish and Game Department, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and Aspen Valley Land Trust. She established several non-profit organizations and was the founding Executive Director of the Roaring Fork Conservancy, a watershed group that works in the valley between Aspen and Glenwood Springs in Colorado. Jeanne was a founding board member and the first Executive Director of the Colorado Watershed Assembly, an umbrella organization of over 45 watershed groups throughout the State of Colorado. Prior to joining the Mountain Area Land Trust, Jeanne served as the start-up Executive Director for the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, located in Denver, where she coordinated over 45 nonprofits working on sustainability issues.
Jeanne has been privileged to serve as Mountain Area Land Trust’s Executive Director since January 2009. She has lived with her husband in Evergreen since 2007.
Kurt Ballantyne, Land ConservationSpecialist
Kurt, formerly MALT's Land Conservation Director, is now semi-retired. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Humboldt State University in Wildlife Management with a minor in Recreation. He remained at Humboldt for one year of graduate level work in Ornithology. During his earlier employment with the Bureau of Land Management, he also took numerous courses in Range Management. Kurt is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and a Certified Project Management Professional.
Kurt’s career spanned 33 years with the Bureau of Land Management. His 15 years of field experience in Recreation, Visual Resources, and Wildlife Management was followed by 10 years of program management and direction at a Bureauwide level. During this period of time, Kurt was responsible for providing policy and guidance on wildlife, fisheries and endangered species inventories, big game habitat monitoring, visual resource management and establishing standards for construction of wildlife habitat improvement projects. Kurt has extensive experience supervising temporary employees and volunteers in these areas. Kurt also was responsible for providing wildlife and fisheries input for several large land use planning efforts in Nevada.
Kurt joined the part-time staff of the Mountain Area Land Trust in 2007 and has worked since that time as a Land Conservation Specialist, preparing project evaluation packets for the Board of Directors, negotiating Conservation Easements with landowners and leading monitoring teams conducting annual visits to our existing Conservation Easements.
Kurt is a member of the Wildlife Society, is a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America serving as a District Commissioner providing support and direction to adults working with over 11, 000 youth in his district and is also an avid outdoorsman. He also enjoys spending time participating in historical re-enacting of the Rocky Mountain fur trade era (1800-1840).
Linda Besler, Communications Director
After enjoying childhood summers in Gunnison, CO for many years, Linda had an opportunity to move to Colorado from the Midwest in 1985. Following a four year period in London from 1991 – 1995, she moved back to Colorado and has lived in Evergreen ever since. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and a post-baccalaureate certification in Biomedical Communications from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She worked in the travel industry for many years and then worked in sales, marketing and special events for a national real estate green designation program. Linda joined Mountain Area Land Trust in 2012 and is currently the Communications Director.
Linda continues to enjoy her passion for travelling in the United States and abroad with family and friends. She enjoys hiking and snowshoeing in Colorado with her family and golden retriever, Pippa.
Lynn moved to Evergreen, Colorado with her husband and 13 year old son in December of 2014, after living on the Delmarva Peninsula in Delaware and Maryland for most of her life. Lynn received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and for almost twenty years was Campaign Finance Director for U.S. Congressmen Wayne Gilchrest and Frank Kratovil.
More recently, Lynn was the Outreach Coordinator for Queen Anne’s Conservation Association (QACA) in Centreville, Maryland. QACA is the Eastern Shore of Maryland’s oldest land use and conservation organization. Lynn managed donor outreach, communications, budgets, finance and advocacy for the association. In addition, Lynn has worked with the Maryland League of Conservation Voters on special event fundraising, and has managed the political fundraising campaigns of numerous state and local candidates.
Lynn joined Mountain Area Land Trust as Development Director in February 2015, and enjoys combining her passions for land conservation and fundraising. She and her husband are avid hikers and lovers of the outdoors and enjoy spending their free time exploring the wonders of their new home in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
Laurel Davis-Mayo, Accountant
Laurel has provided accounting services to MALT since 2008, first as a staff member, and since 2011 as an independent contractor providing payroll and budgeting services.
With a B.S. in Accounting from Penn State, Laurel began her career in as an auditor with an international accounting firm in Washington, D.C. She then moved into the non-profit sector, and over the last 30 years has held financial leadership positions with several non-profit organizations in the U.S. and England. She now provides accounting services to non-profits and small businesses in the Evergreen/Golden area.
Laurel and her husband Bob are 20-year residents of Evergreen and MALT business sponsors.
Samantha Delfing, Land Steward
Samantha grew up on a small ranch in northern Ohio and had a passion for conservation of our environment and the sustainable use of our natural resources even as a young child as she took on the role of "Earthworm Defender!" She graduated from Ohio State University with a major in environmental science and studied in fields such as soils, soil and water chemistry, stream ecology, forest ecology, and forest restoration. She received her Master's degree in Forest Resources Management.from State University of New York, School of Environmental Science and Forestry where she studied silviculture and forestry, natural resources law and policy, and wilderness management. Samantha worked for Plum Creek as a Resource Forester in their Southern Timberlands divisio where she managed contracted logging crews to ensure that operations met both company and Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards. As a new transplant to Colorado, Samantha is looking forward to starting her career in conservation and enjoying all that Colorado has to offer.
Bonnie Houghton, Land and Water Conservation Director
Growing up in the Eastern Sierra Mountains of California and Nevada has left a strong impression and appreciation for the natural richness of the public lands system and the need to preserve and protect the unique ecological resources that it offers. Bonnie joined MALT after a 25-year career in Natural Resources Management and Ecological Leadership with the U. S. Forest Service. During that time, she served as a Natural Resource Specialist and Planning Officer for the Inyo National Forest in Bishop California and the Mono & Mammoth Lakes Ranger Stations, with the USFS National Headquarters in Washington DC, and at the Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Golden Colorado. Her responsibilities covered every aspect of land and natural resources management from rangeland conservationist to policy advisor with the USDA, from stewarding wild horses and bighorn sheep to negotiating significant land management decisions with the Army National Guard Bureau. She brings experience with large and small ecosystem planning and restoration efforts and has facilitated land management policy negotiations with 3rd party purchasers and conservation exchanges.
Bonnie’s passion is organizational nurturing and leaderships, both in her professional and personal work. She brings the skills to develop and implement an organizational vision through enabling people to utilize their skills, talents and abilities to think creatively in a positive work environment. This involves addressing the people side of conservation issues by building connections between interested individuals and the mission of MALT to achieve the goals of preserving the unique vistas, land and water resources in the foothills and mountain areas.
Bonnie has a Bachelor of Science, Animal Science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo California and has pursued additional training from the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies Jerusalem, Israel and the Alliance for Jewish Renewal. She has lived in Colorado since 2010 and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, road biking, camping and skiing which provide further opportunities to immerse herself in the natural beauty of the area.
Beverly Kerr, Bookkeeper
Beverly Kerr takes an analytical approach to her work. She has a degree in Computer Science and Accounting and worked as a Systems Analyst and Programmer for 15 years before moving from the Midwest to Evergreen with her husband and two small children. After raising her children, Beverly again joined the working world as a Contract Business Services Provider and Bookkeeper. She also works as an Office Manager for a local company, Mountain Design Group and provides bookkeeping services for a couple small businesses in the Evergreen area. She joined MALT as a Bookkeeper in the spring of 2011
Beverly is also engaged in many community organizations that support people and the environment. She has an appreciation for the mission of the organization and firmly believes in preserving the scenic land and water resources of Colorado from overdevelopment. Beverly’s passion is her Community Outreach Group which works on special projects for the local food bank, Evergreen Christian Outreach. She enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, traveling and working on her home.