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.
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.
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.
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.
Dylan Sondermann, Land and Water Conservation Specialist
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.