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    Robin Knox

    President and Board Chair
    Evergreen

    Robin Knox, a Colorado resident for 35 years, recently retired after 42 years of work in the fisheries and aquatic resource management arena. He was the Coordinator for the Western Native Trout Initiative, a National Fish Habitat Partnership, for 8 years after 27 years as a fishery biologist and the assistant chief of fisheries for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Robin was actively involved with the sport-fishing industry for over 15 years, serving on the government affairs committee of both the American Sport-fishing Association and the American Fly Fishing Trades Association which are the fishing tackle manufacturers trade associations.

     

    He has a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Illinois, and a Master’s degree in Fishery Science from the University of Missouri.  He lives in the beautiful foothills of Colorado west of Denver with his wife Laurel, and loves to fish from his Hobie kayak.

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    Kent Ingram

    Director Emeritus, Immediate Past Board Chair, passed away August 28, 2020
    Littleton

    Kent passed away on August 28, 2020. He was a huge conservation force in Colorado and we miss him terribly. See tributes to Kent under News. Kent was a Denver native, raised in an outdoors family.  He attended Western State College, earning a B.A. and M.A. in Business Administration. From there he entered banking where his career spanned 40 years, with the last 30 years in sourcing and managing business relationships.  With a penchant for helping non-profits, in 1993 the Colorado Non-Profit Association awarded him their top award, the “William Funk Award for Building Community,” for work largely involved with Hispanic non-profits. As to the outdoors, Kent worked 4 years in Alaska in his 20s, leveraging his emerging banking experience into untold fishing and hunting opportunities.  Kent then came back to Colorado, married Linda, and helped to raise 3 daughters. He loves flyfishing and hunts elk, deer, pheasants and turkeys. Kent’s wildlife advocacy involved working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife committees  (the Sportsmen Advisory group, Big Game Licensing Working Group, Front Range Recreational Shooting MOU, Shooting Range Grants Committee, Sportsmen’s Roundtable and Bighorn/Domestic Sheep Working Group. With Colorado Wildlife Federation he served on the Board for years in positions of President and Treasurer.   

  • Robert Meulengracht

    Vice President

    Bob Meulengracht’s conservation career spans over 25 years as both staff and volunteer for several national non-profit organizations.  He serves as the Land and Water Conservation Director a staff member of the Mountain Area Land Trust. Earlier Bob spent 10 years with the Mule Deer Foundation as both a Regional Director and Director of Field Operations where 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 has extensive experience supervising employees and volunteers in these areas. Most recently, Bob consulted with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, National Wildlife Federation and Colorado Wildlife Federation on public lands, sage grouse and wildlife funding issues. Bob holds a Bachelor of Science from Fort Lewis College in Environmental Biology with an emphasis in Wildlife Biology and Natural Resource Management.

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    John Smeltzer

    Director & Former Board Chair
    Ft. Collins and Iowa

    John joined the CWF Board in 2005 following his retirement as Public Services Manager (Asst. Director – Field Operations) for the Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW). John’s early professional career includes 3 years as a science teacher in Iowa, his home state. While working for the CDOW, John served as a wildlife researcher; a staff specialist in the Law Enforcement Unit; regulations manager, and Human Dimensions section manager in addition to role as Asst. Director.

     

    John is a biology graduate of Westmar College, LeMars, Iowa and Colorado State University, Fort Collins. He is married (Marsha) and has two adult children (David and Katie). He belongs to a variety of hunting, fishing and conservation organizations. John joined the CWF Board in 2005.

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    Mike Hora

    Director at Large
    Lyons

    Michael Hora is a native of Illinois who enjoys living in Colorado. A long time business executive, he now spends much of his time honoring the land and learning about all things wild in Colorado.

     

    Michael seeks a responsible balance between the interests of those who own land and those for whom outdoor pursuits in the future depend upon good decisions today.

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    Bill Black

    Director
    Nebraska & Evergreen
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    Brent Miller

    Director and our Colorado Affiliate Representative to NWF
    Arvada
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    Greg Benzmiller

    Director
    Colorado Springs
  • Joshua Torrez

    Director
    Denver & Idaho
    Joshua is a native Coloradoan who specializes in technology staffing and sales. He has supported several Hispanic nonprofits as well as others in fundraising and public speaking.  He enjoys fly fishing in Colorado and in Idaho and cares deeply about safeguarding wildlife habitats on public lands.
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    Alexa Miles

    Director
    Denver

    Alexa has lived in Denver for the past 16 years and loves taking advantage of its easy access to the outdoors. Alexa has a degree in environmental studies from the University of Montana and a masters in landscape architecture from CU Denver. She met her husband while working for Outward Bound and has spent the last 10 years doing environmental compliance and permitting for numerous federal agencies.  She has a young son and daughter who are starting to appreciate hiking, exploring, and admiring wildlife.

     

    She enjoys spending her free time in the mountains and on the rivers of Colorado re-experiencing their beauty and wonder through the eyes of her children. They have also given her a renewed sense of responsibility to advocate for their protection

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    Dave Winters

    Director
    Golden

    Dave has worked for more than 35 years as a professional fish, riparian/wetland and rare species biologist.  He served as the Regional Aquatic Ecologist for the US Forest Service and was a core member of the Forest Service Roadless Rule planning team. He is very involved in issues that burgeoning population growth in Colorado has on fish and wildlife resources and associated activities. He is a avid sportsman. Dave believes that water quality and quantity will be the largest issues for fish and wildlife in Colorado.

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    Charlie Loan

    Director
    Denver

    Growing up in the mountains of Virginia in a family of hunters and fishermen, Charlie is a lifelong outdoorsman.  When he first moved to Colorado in the early 90’s and became exposed to elk, mule deer, pronghorn and fly fishing, he was forever hooked and thought it couldn’t get any better! Having been lucky enough to take a mountain goat in 2008 here in Colorado, Charlie got the mountain hunting bug and had an idea as to why people are so passionate about mountain hunting.  After this hunt, he became a life member of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society and then proceeded to serve on their Board.  In 2012, he was very lucky again and drew CWF’s Governor’s elk tag.  Again, in 2017 he was lucky enough to draw the one license for bighorn sheep in beautiful Hell’s Canyon, Idaho.  All 3 of these hunts were and may truly be a once in a lifetime experience – and after the great blessing of each of these, Charlie vowed to do all that he could to protect and keep nature’s greatest resource, wildlife, on the mountains and plains and in the forests as well as to protect and serve nature and all other wildlife. He served on the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society board a couple of times from 2012-2020 for a total of 7 years.  He is an avid hiker and mountain biker as well as a ski and snowshoe enthusiast. This past December (2019)  he mentored a young woman hunter on her first successful big game hunt in Colorado (pronghorn) and he said the reward of the smile on her face will have him offering to do this from now on. Charlie takes every opportunity he gets to talk to anyone about respecting nature and conservation. Charlie also is a studious reader and consumer of conservation and hunting information and wildlife practices and technology. He has lived in the Denver area for 18 years and works as an IT Consultant.

  • Lew Carpenter

    NWF Regional Representative
    Colorado

    Lew Carpenter, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Director of Conservation Partnerships in the Rocky Mountain region works directly with NWF affiliates in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Nebraska. He also maintains a moderate role working with NWF’s Austin office on restoring Louisiana wetlands. Carpenter was born and raised in Greeley, Colorado, and prior to NWF worked as wire service reporter, Editor for Western Outdoors Magazine and Hunting TV producer.

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    Scott Gilmore

    Region 10 Director
    NWF Board of Directors
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    Walt Graul, Director Emeritus

    Co-Chair of Issues Committee
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    Suzanne O’Neill

    Executive Director

    Suzanne is a former practicing lawyer and consultant to professional services firms.  She received her law degree at University of Texas School of Law and master degree in Environmental Policy and Management from University of Denver.   Suzanne is an avid wildlife photographer and also enjoys fishing, her sheep and llamas, and gardening.

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    Todd Malmsbury

    Communications/Media

Directors Emeritus

  • Dennis Buechler
  • Colleen Gadd
  • Jim Goddard
  • Walt Graul
  • Kent Ingram
  • John Rold

Past Presidents

  • 1952 – 1954 Herb Hockstrasser
  • 1955 – 1957 William H. Corlett
  • 1958 – 1959 H. Ray Macht
  • 1960 B.K. Linder
  • 1961 Harry G. Sims
  • 1962 Ross Russell
  • 1963 Douglas L. Gilbert
  • 1964 – 1966 A.J. Christiansen
  • 1967 – 1968 Robert F. Gantnier
  • 1969 Ralph R. Hill
  • 1970 Gilbert N. Hunter
  • 1971 – 1972 Hans W. von Barby
  • 1973 Robert F. Gantnier
  • 1974 Ed Merrick
  • 1975 – 1976 Lt. Col. Clifford A. Baker
  • 1977 – 1978 David G. Merrifield
  • 1979 – 1980 Delwin E. Benson
  • 1981 William H. Miller
  • 1982 John Cross
  • 1983 – 1984 Bob Black
  • 1985 Wayne Sandfort
  • 1986 Wally Gallegher
  • 1987 Gordon Woelfle
  • 1988 John Volker
  • 1989 Steve Flannagan
  • 1990 Eric Kelly
  • 1991 – 1992 Chuck Olmstead
  • 1993 – 1996 Peter F. Michaelson
  • 1997 – 1999 Dennis Buechler
  • 2000 Michael Dowling
  • 2001 Dennis Buechler
  • 2002 – 2005 Suzanne O’Neill
  • 2006 – 2007 Kent Ingram
  • 2007-6/2013 John Smeltzer
  • 6/2013 – 6/2019 Kent Ingram