The mission of the Eagle Valley Land Trust is to preserve forever our scenic vistas, open spaces, historic lands, waterways and wildlife habitat that represent the uniqueness of Eagle County for the enjoyment, education and benefit of all people who experience this special place.
Board of Directors
The Eagle Valley Land Trust is currently governed by a diverse 15-member Board of Directors. Board members come from all points on the political spectrum and from a wide variety of industries and disciplines.
Dr. Tom Steinberg, President Emeritus
Tom moved to Vail in 1965 and was the first physician in town. He has been a leader in public health for our community, and was a former multi-term Town of Vail Council member. Tom has been active in open space and water quality for the last 45 years.
Tom Edwards, Board Emeritus
Tom has lived in Gypsum since 1995. He is a member of the Gypsum Town Council and has served on the United Way Board of Directors, the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Gypsum Recreation Committee. Tom currently serves on the Eagle County Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC), the Eagle County Economic Council, the Gypsum Daze Committee (where he is responsible for the annual 5K run and walk) and continues to serve as a Community Guest Services (CGS) volunteer which he has done for 16 years.
Dan Godec, President
Dan Godec moved to the Vail area in 1989. He has held numerous positions in banking and is a past president of the Colorado Bankers Association. He currently is President of his own financial consulting firm, GreenStar Financial. Dan is active in several valley nonprofit organizations, including Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Habitat for Humanity and Berry Creek Metropolitan Board. Dan and his wife, Sue, have raised four children in the valley.
Dr. Steve Conlin, Vice President
Steve Conlin grew up in Boulder, Colorado. After graduating from Boulder High School, he attended the University of Montana, studying Geology and Anthropology. Since graduating from Colorado State University with a graduate degree in veterinary medicine, he has practiced both small and large animal medicine in several locations on the western slope. Steve currently works part time at Castle Peak Vet Service in Eagle. The rest of his time is spent managing a 3,000 acre ranch in Sweetwater and a 20,000 acre plantation in Florida.
Dr. Adriana Sulak Bombard, Ph.D, Secretary
Andie is a postdoctoral researcher working on large-scale ranch land management projects with the University of California, Berkeley. Her academic focus was ranch land conservation, and she completed a M.S. in Range Management (2002) and a Ph.D (2007). Andie’s research has focused on tools to keep ranchers ranching and thereby protecting the wide array of associated ranch land environmental services and values. After several years of volunteering for the Land Trust, Andie was invited to join the Board in 2012. She brings a wealth of knowledge to our organization and will be assisting with our annual stewardship and monitoring program. Andie lives in Edwards with her husband, Dave and daughter, Collins.
Steve Turner, Treasurer
Steve and his wife Cara first called the Vail Valley home in 2003 when he took the position of Vice President of Commercial Lending at US Bank in Avon. He now hangs his hat at Millennium Bank in Edwards and joined the land trust at the beginning of 2012. In his words, he decided to join the board of directors because Eagle County is “one of the most desirable places to live on the planet I believe that the Land Trust’s mission is a critical one.” Steve wasn’t shy about putting his CPA skills to use right away and assumed the position of treasurer when he joined.
David Smith, Projects Chairman
David was a founding partner of Newman and Associates, a Denver-based NASD broker-dealer that was a leading firm specializing in multi-family affordable housing finance nationwide for more than 25 years, retiring from the successor firm as President and CEO in 2006. He focuses on conservation projects, where he chairs the EVLT Projects Committee. He is a Board member for The Nature Conservancy (Colorado Chapter) serving on their Executive Committee and chairs their Critical Lands Committee. He is also a Board member and Treasurer for the Colorado Water Trust. He and his wife, Jody, have had a home in Eagle County since 1979, where they hike, snowshoe, ski, and fly fish. He is a graduate of Colorado College (B.A. Mathematics) and Harvard University (M.B.A.).
Ellen has lived in Eagle County for 25 years. A resident of Homestead, she is a realtor with Smith Eaton Real Estate & Property Management, Inc. A mother of two, Ellen is also an active community volunteer with a wide and diverse range of experience including the Town of Vail Liquor Board, Eagle School District Accountability Committee, Eagle County Charter Academy Parent Mentor Program, Co-Founder of the Eagle County Parent Network and the Homestead Open Space Committee to mention a few. She enjoys traveling, reading, outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing and backpacking.
Kent has lived in or close to Vail for nearly 40 years, since serving as night auditor at the Vail Village Inn in 1966 and as the accountant for Vail Associates, Inc. in 1967 and 1968. A CPA, he and his business partners founded an investment banking firm in Denver from which he retired in 2002 after being CFO for more than 20 years. He and his wife Barbara Krichbaum are avid skiers and support a variety of charitable organizations in the Vail area.
Kip Gates is a fifth generation cattle rancher, who was born and raised on the ranch he calls home. In 2007, Kip placed a conservation easement on his 740-acre ranch which was homesteaded in 1893 by his forefathers.
Bob has lived in the Valley since 1968. He has been active in real estate, development and construction. He is President of Warner Developments, Inc and Past President of the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District. He has served on numerous charitable and government boards. Bob wants to protect the quality of life in the Valley through land conservation. He and his wife Jill live in Arrowhead.
Larry has lived and worked in the Vail Valley since 1974 and is an active member of the community. He has worked as an Associate Broker with Prudential Colorado Properties Real Estate since 1983. Larry is a past-President of the Vail Board of Realtors, and was awarded “Realtor of the Year” by the Vail Board of Realtors. He served as president of the Vail Rotary Club and remains active in several other community organizations. Married to Sandi (Robertson) Agneberg, they each have two adult children from previous marriages. Larry’s hobbies include skiing, golf, yoga, reading and travel.
Frank is the Managing Principal of Navarro Lowrey, Inc., leading the Company’s business ventures while also developing and executing new business strategies. A Palm Beach County resident for more than 30 years and a Vail Valley resident for 7, he began his career as an architect, spending 10 years leading projects and advising clients in Florida, Virginia and Colorado. As Managing Principal, Mr. Navarro is focused on innovative building programs, leading the effort to establish Navarro Lowrey, Inc.’s Ecoplex® sustainable development and services brand. He earned his MBA in Finance and Real Estate from Columbia University and is a LEED Accredited Professional and member of Urban Land Institute’s Sustainable Development Council. Frank and his wife Allison Wear Navarro are members of the Land Trust’s Sustaining Council. Their Cordillera Valley Club residence is the first LEED Gold certified home completed in the Vail Valley. Frank is also a partner in the Brookside Park Office Building, situated along the banks of the Eagle River in Avon.
Stan has amassed 35 years of knowledge about managing the tremendous occupancy demands and fluctuations of seasonal resort properties. He knows that summer and winter require different approaches and cannot be marketed or managed in the same fashion. Stan’s forte lies in guiding resorts in defining uncommon niches, and in managing them through fruition into reputable properties with longevity and returning guests. He has led the redevelopment of the struggling Vail Mountain lodge and Spa to financial success. He is currently assisting the Sixth Street Station development in Crested Butte through the planning and the entitlement process. Stan is also advising the new Solaris Project in Vail through pre-development and development stages in preparation for a smooth opening in 2010. Stan takes pride in placing the right people in the right roles to create the ultimate resort product: personal guest service.
Alex is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Vail Resorts Development Company. Alex joined Vail Resorts in 1997 and has served as Vice President and General Counsel, and Vice President of Development for Vail Resorts Development Company. With more than a decade of experience in resort development, he has been instrumental in the development of many world-class destination resorts including The Arrabelle at Vail Square, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead Villages, Red Sky Ranch and Golf Club, Mountain Thunder Lodge and Townhomes, and the development of the Peak 7 and Peak 8 base areas in Breckenridge.
Bob is a partner in the Denver office of Bryan Cave HRO LLP, where his practice emphasizes commercial real estate law. He has represented purchasers, owners and developers of real property in all aspects of the ownership and use of real estate for over thirty years. This includes residential, multi-family, commercial, retail and office development. Bob has also established covenant controlled communities for residential, commercial, multi-use, and resort properties. He also represents a number of financial institutions in connection with real estate lending, restructuring loans and enforcement of lenders rights including Assurity Life Insurance Company, Citibank, Citicorp North America, Inc., CoBiz Bank, Commerce Bank, Compass Bank, Great West Life & Annuity Insurance Company, Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, MidFirst Bank, US Bank, Vectra Bank and Wells Fargo. Bob joined the board in 2012 and will lend his legal expertise to current projects under consideration by Eagle Valley Land Trust and also serves on the advisory council of the Vail Symposium and the board of CLE of Colorado.
Steve joined Coldwell Banker Commercial Brokerage Co. as a founding commercial broker when he moved to Denver in 1973. He moved to Colorado Springs in 1975 where he spent his career as a broker, investor and developer. He focused on land, residential and industrial sectors during his 32 year career. In 2007, he retired and moved to the Vail Valley and is now a full time resident. Steve has served on numerous local, state and national boards through the years including: The First National Bank of Colorado Springs, Penrose Hospital, The Penrose-St Francis Healthcare Foundation, Junior Achievement (both local and national), the El Pomar High Country Council, and three school boards. Steve and his wife, Susan, have 3 adult children and live in the community of Arrowhead.
Kara Heide, Executive Director
Kara arrived in Colorado driving a 1968 Ford Mustang pulling a one horse trailer. She is proud of her long history of community involvement in Eagle County. In the early 1980′s, Kara founded the Vail Handicapped Ski School, the first program of its kind in the county. She brings to the Land Trust 32 years of experience in philanthropy and public affairs. As a result of her long history of involvement with non-profits, in 1994 she was awarded the coveted “Citizen of the Year” Award by the Vail Valley Foundation for her accomplishments in serving the special needs community. She served as a liaison for Vail Resorts to federal, state and local government officials. In 2006 she ran for public office and served as an Eagle County Home Rule Commissioner. Heide received an executive order appointment by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to serve on the Governor’s Forest Health Advisory Council as well as an appointment by Governor Bill Owens to serve as a Commissioner for the Colorado Early Childhood and School Readiness Commission. She continues to serve on the Board of Directors of multiple non-profits in both Eagle and Summit County. Quality of life, protection of our environment and providing for our citizens prompts her favorite quote; “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
Jason Denhart, Director of Communications and Development
Jason Denhart, and his wife, Fara, have been residents of the Town of Avon since 1995. Denhart oversees fundraising initiatives, as well as marketing and public relations efforts, for your local Land Trust. Jason is a well-known figure in the Vail Valley non-profit community with a 15 year career in local non-profit management and development. Prior to joining the Eagle Valley Land Trust, Denhart served for 6 years as a Development and Special Events officer at The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis; for 5 ½ years as the Associate Director of Development at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival; and for 3 years at the Vail Valley Foundation, most recently serving as Senior Director of Development for the Vilar Performing Arts Center and the Vail International Dance Festival. Denhart is a member of American Fundraising Professionals and Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable.
Scott Conklin, Projects Manager
Scott is a more recent transplant to Eagle Valley. Originally from Southern California, Scott moved to the valley in early 2010 for an AmeriCorps VISTA year of service with the Eagle River Watershed Council. During his time with the Watershed Council he improved their community outreach and volunteerism efforts generating 4,000 additional volunteer hours a year towards the council’s projects. In August of 2011 he was awarded the Colorado Riparian Association “Excellence in Riparian Management” award for “creatively and tirelessly protecting and restoring riparian floodplains throughout the Eagle River Watershed.” Scott joined the Land Trust in late 2011 and brings with him the skills to increase the Land Trust’s outreach on new technologies like Google Earth, as well as his project management experience.
Photo Credit: Jack Affleck
All of the Vail photographs used on this site were generously donated by Jack Affleck. Connect with him at Jack Affleck Photography.