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Colorado TU Staff

Click to View David Nickum's Profile

David coordinates state-level TU conservation efforts on issues ranging from whirling disease to water quality protection. Under his leadership, Colorado TU has successfully reformed state whirling disease policy, secured passage of legislation strengthening Colorado's in-stream flow program, and conducted many on-the-ground restoration projects for stream habitat and native trout recovery. He is the author of Whirling Disease in the United States, a TU report summarizing the state of the science on whirling disease, and co-author of Saving A Stream, a primer on how to conduct coldwater habitat improvement projects. David holds a BA in Public Policy from Duke University. He enjoys fishing in the Rocky Mountain National Park area and hiking and camping in Colorado’s high country with his wife and two children.

Click to View Shannon Kindle's Profile

Shannon has a deep love of rivers and enjoys rafting, hiking, and gardening. She lives in Golden with her husband, Aaron, son, Amory, and daughter, Graysa.

Click to View Jen Boulton's Profile

Since 2003, Jen has served as the legislative liaison for Colorado TU and Audubon Colorado at the Colorado General Assembly. She has helped secure passage of legislation expanding funding for wildlife habitat protection, prohibiting homeowner covenants that require water-intensive landscaping, and enabling water right holders to make emergency loans for water for in-stream flow purposes. She is also an accomplished horseback rider.

Click to View Dan Omasta's Profile

Dan graduated from the University of Colorado with a political science degree focused on land management and environmental policy, He has been a ski bum, a back country skiing guide, a rafting guide, and even founded his own non-profit organization, River Restoration Adventures for Tomorrow (RRAFT)- a small outfitter dedicated to protecting critical watersheds through community engagement and hands-on restoration work. Dan started working with CTU in February of 2017 and will help chapters with various projects and offer statewide support to members, volunteers, and leadership building.

Click to View Andrea Smith's Profile

Andrea (Annie) Smith is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environmental Studies and a minor in Geology. She has been interning and working for over 4 years with various non-profits including the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Girl Scouts of Colorado, and the Inland Ocean Coalition. She is passionate about telling stories in creative ways through video, photography, art, digital graphics, or a combination of both. She is excited to grow the online presence of Colorado Trout Unlimited and design campaigns to inspire the new and recurring members. She comes from a family of fishermen and women, but still has yet to catch the fishing bug. So any fly fishing tips or lessons are welcome!

Colorado TU Officers

Click to View Marshall Pendergrass's Profile

I've served the past six years as Vice President or President of Gunnison Gorge Anglers and five years as an At-Large Director or Vice President for Colorado TU. I am retired, but have multiple Engineering degrees and 35 years of experience in operating hydro, fossil fueled, and nuclear power plants. I have a strong understanding of the challenges faced by local chapters and the issues that are endangering our coldwater fisheries. I have a keen interest in seeing Colorado TU succeed by taking advantage of all the national TU resources that have been placed in the state and seeing that those resources are utilized to the fullest advantage of our members.

Click to View Cam Chandler's Profile

Cam Chandler has been actively involved in Trout Unlimited for several years. Most recently, he served as the President of the Cutthroat Chapter and Colorado TU Vice President. He is looking forward to his new role with Colorado Trout Unlimited and hopes to build upon the legacy of vision, dedication and effectiveness of prior CTU officers and staff. Cam is an attorney and has practiced law in Arizona, Texas, Australia and Colorado. He currently is employed as the General Counsel to a Colorado-based industrial construction company. Cam lives in the south Denver metro area. He and his wife Traci have three children and one German Shorthaired Pointer.

Click to View Jay Boak's Profile

Jay has been a member of Colorado TU for 30 years. He served as treasurer in the early 80’s when Colorado TU was starting out and in 2011 returned to that position. Jay is also the treasurer of the Silver Trout Foundation, a Silver Trout society member since the 80’s, and a supporter of the Wilderness Society and Nature Conservancy. Jay came to Colorado from the northeast US in 1973 to get an MSBA in Accounting from the University of Denver and never left. He has a BS in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Jay has been a CPA in Denver for over thirty years and specializes in financial auditing. He has extensive experience with many non-profits in the role of auditor and as a board member and officer.

Click to View Larry Howe's Profile

Larry Howe is a senior executive who has led teams in media and communications in the creation of new ventures. His skills include the management of diverse resources and execution of creative strategies to accomplish outcomes. As chief of staff at American Television and Communications (now Time Warner Cable) he led an interdisciplinary study leading to a $500 million investment. As senior vice president of Extant LLC/Dynegy Global Communications, he spearheaded a $15 million investment in a startup in a new video transport sector. As executive producer at KCET-Los Angeles, his video team won regional and national awards. His consulting company served over 50 companies, from startup to $10 billion in size, offering strategic counsel in organization, competitive and growth issues. International work includes agricultural development in Kenya, telecom and cable consulting in Turkey, and the initiation of a micro enterprise partnership (tiny loans to the poor) in India. Larry earned his MBA from Harvard, MA from Stanford, and BA from Yale.

Click to View Mac Cunningham's Profile

Mac has served in various capacities within Colorado Trout Unlimited including as; a chapter president, member of the CTU Board of Directors for six years, host of the Western Regional National Trout Unlimited meeting, and currently as the National Leadership Council representative to National Trout Unlimited. On the NLC Mac serves on both the New Initiatives and Energy Committees. Based in Western Colorado as a mortgage banker since 1978, he specializes in the financing of high end resort real estate throughout the Rocky Mountain West. Mac has homes in Grand Junction and Basalt, the latter being 30' from the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers where he can be found dry fly fishing every month of the year.

Click to View Glen Edwards's Profile

I am a University Professor Emeritus (Metallurgical Engineering) from Colorado School of Mines. Prior to my academic career, I held engineering positions at ACF Industries and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. I have been actively involved with the West Denver TU chapter since 1989, having served as President (2004-06), Project Co-Director, Golden Mile Clear Creek Project (2005-2008), and Project Director, Canyon Reach Clear Creek Project (2009-11). I also am a Clear Creek Watershed Foundation board member, representing conservation and TU interests for Clear Creek. I have served as a CTU Director at Large since 2008. As a Regional Vice President, I have a strong interest in improving the working relationship between CTU and all local TU chapters, and believe that many of the less active TU members in all chapters are unaware of the many great things done in Colorado by CTU and NTU. Serving as RVP allows me to help continue this very important statewide watersheds conservation work, and to convey to all my local chapter contacts across Colorado a better understanding of the CTU and NTU state-wide involvement.

Click to View Tom Jones's Profile

Tom is a retired Verizon executive whose affiliation with Colorado TU began about ten years ago when he transferred membership from Michigan to the Five Rivers Chapter in Durango. Tom served as Vice President and President in Durango, and remains on the Five Rivers Board. He has also served as an At-Large Director on the Colorado TU Board, and is currently Colorado’s National Leadership Council Representative. Tom has worked on engagement and development issues, and currently serves on the Conservation and Finance Committees. He has been heavily involved in Colorado TU strategic plans and in the revision of its bylaws. As NLC Representative, he chairs the New Initiatives and Western Native Trout workgroups, and serves as a member of the Stream Access workgroup. Tom lives just north of Durango on the west rim of the Animas valley with his lovely bride of 31 years and Cricket the Wonder Dog. Both his bachelors and masters degrees are from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Click to View Ken Neubecker's Profile

Ken has been active as a Colorado TU Board member for much of the past 17 years. He is the Environmental Representative on the Colorado River Basin Roundtable and on the Board of the Colorado Watershed Assembly. Ken also served with the I-70 PEIS Mountain Corridor Advisory Council, the Governor’s Forest Health Advisory Council, and five years on the Eagle County Planning Commission. Ken currently is the Executive Director of the Western Rivers Institute based in Carbondale. Ken first became seriously involved in river conservation with the Homestake II project and the Eagle Mine disaster. He was one of the authors of the Eagle River Watershed Management Plan and a co-founder of the Eagle River Watershed Council. Ken is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin (BA, Geology) and the University of Colorado – Boulder (M.Ed., Experiential Education). Over the past 35 years Ken has worked as a professional land surveyor, naturalist, wilderness and river guide, writer, photographer, teacher and organizer. He lives in Carbondale with his wife, Paula Fothergill and their “river schnauzer” Gus.

Click to View Larry Quilling's Profile

I believe we are all stewards of our watershed and I am committed to conserving, protecting and restoring our resource at every opportunity. Hence, I spend most of my spare time working towards youth education and conservation efforts that promote our great Colorado outdoor experiences. I have over twenty five years’ experience in the Hard Disk Drive industry and am employed at Seagate Technologies as a Sr. Director, New Product Programs. I am 58 and have been married thirty years to Jennifer, a near Boulder native. We have three children: Aaron, Nathan & Chelsea. All grown and finding their ways in the world. I am an avid hunter and fly-fisherman and enjoy sharing these experiences with family, friends and young adults whom I meet through TU education events. I have served on the Board of Directors for Boulder Flycasters for over 10 years and served as Chapter President from 2009 through 2011. I am co-founder of the CTU Youth Camp established in 2006 with Sharon Lance and continue to participate in the camp now in its 10th year. I have served as a Director at Large this past year for Colorado TU helping organize the Restore the Range initiative and working with various youth activities. I have been fishing since I can remember but only picked up fly-fishing after college. My favorite destination is the Firehole River in Yellowstone where I meet with a unique group of friends to fishing opening weekend every Memorial Day: The Ancient & Honorable Order of the Flavilinea. In addition to Trout Unlimited I am a member of The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever. As a frustrated Boulderite, I am president of Badgers Forever, looking places to reintroduce badgers in Boulder prairie dog colonies.

Click to View Dick Jefferies's Profile

A native and lifelong resident, Dick moved to Fort Collins from the eastern plains of Colorado in 1978. He is the owner of Jefferies Construction Solutions, a residential construction company specializing in custom homes, remodels and renovations. An outdoor enthusiast since childhood, he is active with Trout Unlimited and currently is Vice President of Colorado TU. Dick also serves as the Board Chair of the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, a northern Colorado regional watershed nonprofit organization. Other previous experiences with non-profits include: President of the Rocky Mountain Flycasters Chapter of TU; multiple terms, including two as President, on the Board of Directors of Campfire USA (CO/ WY Council); the National Center for Craftsmanship; and Associated Contractors of Northern Colorado. He has served on numerous civic, community, church and business committees. A life-long learner he continues to enroll in continuing education programs and seminars providing both business and extended learning opportunities. Dick and his wife Linda, also a TU member and angler, reside in Fort Collins.

Colorado TU Directors