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 and Water Conservation Consultant
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.
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.
Bob joined MALT in October 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Fort Lewis College in Environmental Biology with an emphasis in Wildlife Biology and Natural Resource Management. Bob’s conservation career spans over 25 years as both staff and volunteer for several national non-profit organizations. Bob spent 10 years with the Mule Deer Foundation as both a Regional Director and Director of Field Operations. He was responsible for assisting and directing the volunteer base in their fundraising efforts, project funding and volunteer stewardship projects. Bob also spent over 2 years with Trout Unlimited as the Colorado Energy Field Coordinator where he worked with Federal, State, other NGOs and volunteers to advocate and collaborate for responsible oil, gas, solar and wind energy development on public lands in Colorado.
Bob serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Wildlife Federation and is a member of the Mule Deer Foundation and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. As a Colorado native and avid outdoorsman, Bob enjoys hunting, angling and recreating with his family in Colorado’s great outdoors.
Dylan Sondermann, Land Steward
Dylan joined MALT as the Land Steward in March 2018 after receiving a Master of Science degree in Conservation Leadership Through Learning (CLTL) from Colorado State University. A native of Colorado’s Front Range, Dylan’s interest in the natural environment started in high school where he worked on a trail crew, providing a path forward in his professional career. This journey has taken him on diverse projects such as developing a conservation management plan for the Ya’axche Conservation Trust in Punta Gorda, Belize, to performing a sustainability assessment for the US Forest Service in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, with other assignments including supporting The Great Basin Institute’s vegetation and habitat assessment team.
Dylan is excited about his role as Land Steward because of the opportunity to reach out and work with the landowners of MALT’s easements. His formal training provides him with the skills to understand the human dimension of natural resource conservation and the different perspectives held by stakeholders. During the summer months, this includes annual monitoring the easements for compliance and working collaboratively to address any issues. He also utilizes his technical skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to maintain and update the data about MALT’s conservation holdings.
Dylan enjoys the outdoors including skiing, hiking and biking with friends, new and old.