Mountain Area Land Trust

Saving the Land...Leaving a Legacy

Our Board of Directors

Kevin Larson - President 

Kevin moved to Colorado after receiving his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit in 1981. Lured by a friend’s invitation to explore the area, Kevin made the visit permanent, a decision driven by the exciting opportunities, engaging people and wonderful climate of the Denver area.

Kevin’s professional concentration is as an architect in design/build construction management for business aviation, creating environmentally conscious choices for his clients. With projects nationwide, Kevin became increasingly aware of the need to conserve lands as a buffer against development. He had seen earlier successes to conserve land in the foothills, through the efforts of Denver Mountain Parks, Colorado Open Space and MALT. Motivated by those successes, Kevin took the action to volunteer, becoming a Board Director at-large in 2017 working with the Development Committee.

Kevin continues to be impressed by the dedicated and enthusiastic efforts of MALT’s Board, staff, partners and volunteers to conserve the natural beauty of the area. He enjoys the biking, running and hiking opportunities that are provided by the easily accessible parks. In addition to these outdoor activities, he is also developing his musical skills for the piano and organ.  

Bob Ostertag - President Elect

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. Recently retired, he had 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.

Nikki Croce - Secretary

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.

Sue Dorsey - Treasurer

Originally from Baltimore, Sue grew up in an outdoors-oriented family, skiing together on the slopes in western Maryland and enjoying the mountains in the area in all seasons. After receiving her Business degree from the University of Vermont, she worked in banking for several years but wanted to be involved with an organization that had an impact on society. With her passion for social justice, she joined the Peace Corp and spent 3 years in Costa Rica, where she met her husband who was also a Peace Corp volunteer there. After completing the MBA program at Yale, she and her husband discovered Evergreen in 1995, settling in a cabin in Evergreen where the natural world was just outside her door.

Combining her business background and desire to be engaged in the non-profit community, Sue has taken a leadership role with several organizations including Friendship Bridge, Water for People, and currently at the Gates Family Foundation. She had been a volunteer at MALT shortly after moving to Evergreen and now as a Board member wants to ensure its continuing sustainability and access to the lands under trust through ongoing stewardship. Sue is looking forward to applying her expertise where it will have the greatest impact to the organization.

Sue and her family enjoy the many outdoor recreational activities in the area, including skiing and trail running. She lives with her husband who teaches school at Parmalee Elementary School and their three children.

Pandora Erlandson - Past President

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 approved model and of recognized excellence."

Jim Chiddix 

Jim spent eighteen years as Chief Technology Officer and in other senior posts at Time Warner Cable.  He and his team pioneered cable’s use of fiber optics as well as the delivery of streaming video and broadband services. Jim accepted a Technical Emmy Award in 1994 and was inducted into both the Cable Television

Pioneers and the Cable Hall of Fame.  Earlier in his career, Jim held a variety of engineering and operating positions with cable companies in Hawaii, where he lived for fifteen years. He also co-founded a start-up there that manufactured videotape automation systems.  Prior to his retirement in 2007, Jim served as Chairman and CEO at OpenTV, a San Francisco-based software company.

Jim lives in Evergreen, Colorado, with his wife, Trudy, an artist who works in ceramics and glass. His interests include woodland trail construction, biking and travel. He’s currently building a model of the Oahu Railway, based on information gathered during his years in Hawaii. He co-authored and published a history of that railroad, “Next Stop Honolulu.”

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 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.

Eileen Fagan

Originally from Connecticut, Eileen brings more than 30 years in the environmental industry. She received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Fairfield University and is a LEED Accredited Professional. She currently works for an environmental consulting company in Denver where she specializes in strategic planning, marketing communications, client relationship management and public relations.

Eileen is passionate about responsible development and finding balanced approaches to land use, taking into account habitat, the needs of people, and the cultural history. Feeling a special connection to the environment, she wanted to give back to a non-profit that works to preserve and protect Colorado’s natural resources. She became familiar with MALT through a Board member who felt that her marketing skills and environmental background would be a great addition. Eileen is looking forward to applying her expertise where it will have the greatest impact to the organization.

Eileen has lived in Colorado over 10 years and enjoys many outdoor recreational activities, including all kinds of skiing, snowshoeing, cycling, camping and exploring the mountains with her husband.

Tom Gibson

Tom grew up in suburban Washington DC in a house that backed up to Rock Creek Park, giving him an early introduction to the pleasures of open spaces and the native animal populations.  After gaining degrees in electrical engineering from Rensselaer and law from Geo. Washington U, he moved to Colorado in 1962.  He worked for 31 years for the Gates Corporation (parent of Gates Rubber Co.), starting out in International Operations and retiring in 1996 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel.  In retirement he has been active in open space capacities for Jefferson County as a trail builder and inspector, volunteer naturalist at Lookout Mountain Nature Center, and member of the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee.  He was also one of the early members of MALT's board in the late 1990s.

Bob Judge 

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.

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.

Rod Morgan

Growing up in Colorado and being able to hike/climb/camp in nearly every area in the state has given Rod a great appreciation for the special resources in Colorado. He is passionate about preserving the wildlife habitat, clean waters and scenic vistas that make this area unique and attractive by creating a legacy for current and future generations. Through his activities with MALT, Rod helps Colorado continue to wisely approach the conflicting demands of an increasing population, access to public lands, and the preservation of private lands.

Rod worked in the technology sector, most recently as Director of Network Planning & Engineering for Verizon Wireless. Although technically retired, he maintains a presence in the business world through ownership and consulting roles in several real estate & technology-based companies. He currently serves in leadership roles at two other non-profits: University of Colorado Alumni Association Directors Club and The Morgan Family Foundation.  Rod resides in Conifer, CO with his wife, Kathy Estes. He is the proud father of two daughters and four grandsons. He and Kathy share an active lifestyle including golfing, hiking, scuba, kayaking and wild animal rescue/rehabilitation. Rod is also an avid climber. He has climbed over 50 peaks in Colorado and Europe, Denali in Alaska, Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya in Africa, and Alma Negra in Argentina.

Nadja Pisula-Litoff

Originally from Rhode Island, Nadja has felt a pull west since she first visited Wyoming at age 12. After graduating from Georgetown University with a MA in English, Nadja briefly lived in New York City where she taught middle school English and was a ski instructor on the weekends. The West continued to call to her, so she and her husband Jim packed up their belongings and traveled west. Once they saw the Flatirons outside Boulder, they knew that they had found the right place.

Nadja is passionate about the outdoors and believes strongly in the mission of MALT. Conserving the land and providing stewardship for future generations drives her desire to give her time and energy to the organization.

In addition to serving on the MALT Board, Nadja also participates on the Board of Trustees for Evergreen Country Day School. Nadja and Jim have 3 amazing kids from ages 6-15. In her spare time, Nadja writes as-of-yet unpublished middle grade novels about the messiness of life and enjoys hiking and skiing, especially skiing with her kiddos.

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.  

At Large Committee Members

Jim Davis - People and Performance Committee

As a teenager, Jim’s parents transplanted the family from the small city of Ardmore, Oklahoma to Colorado’s Front Range. While initially resisting the move that would take him away from his friends, he embraced life in Colorado, making it his home since then.

Jim started his career in banking after receiving a degree in Finance the University of Colorado in Boulder, joining FirstBank in 1986. He became one of the youngest presidents in the history of the FirstBank Holding Company while successfully expanding the market and services for FirstBank of Evergreen.  During this time, Jim started working with MALT on a professional basis until his retirement from FirstBank in 2009. Informed about the Vision and Goals of MALT, he joined the Board of Directors in 2010, serving a term as Chair. After leaving the Board in 2015, Jim continues his active association with MALT as an Alumni Council member.

What impresses Jim about the organization is the forward-thinking vision of MALT, the energy and commitment of its staff and volunteers, and the mission to conserve into perpetuity the lands and vistas that make the area a great place to live.

Jim and his wife, Laurie, reside in Evergreen, CO and have six wonderful children.  Jim enjoys spending time with his family as well as taking advantage of the opportunities to golf, ski, and mountain bike in the beautiful Colorado and Foothills area.

Cleve Schenck - Land and Water Committee

Cleve is a former MALT Board member and graduated from the University Of Colorado School Of Business in 1977. He received a B.S. degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Real Estate and Marketing.

After graduating he worked in the title insurance industry for a short period of time where he learned a lot about real estate title issues, closing mechanics and what can go wrong on the way to the closing table

In 1979 he started his career as a commercial/investment real estate broker. In the early 80’s he started investing and developing in addition to his full time occupation as a broker. Also, in the early 80’s he became a member of what is now the “Mile High Exchangers” one of the largest and most active realtor creative marketing groups in the country. He is still very active in this organization and has been its chairperson twice.

Over the span of the last 30 years Cleve has brokered over 250 million dollars in real estate deals, many of which were exchanges or very creative transactions. He has completed over 150 renovations and construction projects and approximately 30 development projects personally. In the process he has accumulated a sizable portfolio of income properties, houses and land development holdings. Although he operates mainly as a principal today he is still an active commercial/investment broker and enjoys doing consulting and brokerage representations for clients.

Ted Schall - Land and Water Committee

For the past 25 years, Ted has been selling agricultural properties, primarily working, recreational and dude ranches and is licensed in Colorado and Wyoming. He is a member of the National Western Stock Show Association and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Realtors Land Institute (RLI), Pheasants Forever, a proud Marine, and a member of the Elks USA.  Ted served on the MALT Board from 2015 - 2018.