The CNMA consists of two full-time staff members, two part-time employees, a volunteer Board of Directors, and approximately 500 paid memberships.
The current Board of Directors include:
Ginny McBride, Chair: Ginny served as executive director for the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance in Washington, D.C. until her move to Western Colorado in September 2010. As a result of a national initiative she helped lead, more than 25,000 additional organ transplants occurred in the U.S. over a 5-year period. Ginny, a native of Philadelphia, and her husband, Andrew, a native of Dublin, Ireland, were drawn to Western Colorado after they vacationed in the West. She says, “Andrew and I were drawn to Western Colorado because of the beautiful landscape and wide-open spaces. Being able to enjoy the wonderful hiking trails and scenery, and having the opportunity to appreciate the role the parks play in conservation and education make the national parks our favorite destinations.” Ginny believes living next to the Colorado National Monument is the privilege of a lifetime but also a reminder that we are the stewards who will convey the Monument to future generations.
Lauren Goodknight, Secretary: Lauren has lived in the Grand Valley since September 1979, and has worked for several contractors at the U.S. Department of Energy compound since 1980. She is a hydrogeologist for the S.M. Stoller Corporation in the Legacy Management Program. She has been co-chair of Stoller’s United Way Pacesetter campaign for seven years, and is past president of Stoller’s Employees’ Association and Employee Safety Committee. She is also past president of the Horizon Mixed bowling league. She and her husband, Craig, a geologist, have been members of the CNMA for many years and have hiked most of the trails in the Monument. They also enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, backpacking in the high country, and international travel. They have three daughters and two sons, and three granddaughters and two grandsons.
Dan Flenniken, Vice Chair: Dan teaches public relations, advertising and broadcast production classes at Colorado Mesa University and is currently program director for Mass Communication. He previously taught Media Technology at the WCCC Bishop Campus. He has over 25 years experience in production and management for television stations and networks including Rocky Mountain PBS. Flenniken won an Emmy for educational television production in 2002. Dan and his wife Chris have lived in Grand Junction for 12 years. They have three sons (two in Grand Junction), a dog named “Millie” and a cat named “Alley” (who rules the entire family).
Jack Connolly, Member: Jack has lived in the Grand Valley for over 35 years. He is the President of Connolly Financial Group, holds an MBA, and is a Certified Financial Planner. Jack is married to Anne Hollingsworth Connolly; they raised four children and the entire family loves the Colorado National Monument. Jack has served on numerous boards in our community over the years, including two terms as a member of the District # 51 Board of Education and six years on the Hilltop Health Services Corporation Board of Directors. Jack enjoys golf, skiing and following Formula 1 automobile racing.
Seth Anderson, Member: Seth is the co-creator and designer of Loki Outerwear based out of Grand Junction and sold all over the world. His interests range from writing (he was an outdoor columnist for the Grand Junction Free Press) to climbing and painting. Seth is passionate about the Colorado National Monument and you may find him climbing Independence Monument in his free time. He has climbed many mountains in the U.S. including a summit of 20,320’ Denali. Seth attended school in Grand Junction and is a husband and father.
Terri Chappell, Member: Terri Chappell is a journalist, mom, horse lover and a Coloradoan who grew up in Grand Junction and returned to the valley with her family five years ago. Chappell enjoyed a successful media career in Dallas and Austin, Texas where she was an Emmy award-winning journalist and television news anchor. She also worked as reporter and show host on the Travel Channel. Terri Chappell is a huge supporter of Colorado National Monument and the founder of Grand Valley Region Citizens for a National Park.
Jim Anker, Member: Jim Anker recently made Grand Junction his second home after a career in the publishing business in New York City and Bolton, Massachusetts. He also served in community government for 23 years. Anker brings a special knowledge of the National Park Service through his work as a seasonal law enforcement Ranger in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Statue of Liberty National Monument.
Brian Hollingsworth, Treasurer: Brian is a CPA and senior auditor with Dalby, Wendland & Co. P.C. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Masters in accounting from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He currently serves as the treasurer of Grand Junction Lions Club, and sits on the Mesa County Valley School District #51 Audit Committee. Brian is a Grand Junction local. He was born and raised in the Grand Valley. His interests include outdoor activities and sports. He is an avid golfer and skier.
Lenna Watson, Member: Lenna was born and raised in Grand Junction. She is a Registered Nurse by profession and works at both HopeWest and St. Mary’s Hospital. Previous experiences working with The Riverfront Commission and Foundation, and City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation board have given her an insight into outdoor recreational opportunities. Lenna says the mission of the CMNA to inspire visitors excites her to participate as a member of the association.
Todd Young, Member: Todd is an avid outdoorsman and fly-fisherman; a former mountaineer having climbed in Bolivia, Argentina, Mexico and the Cascades. He was a “Volunteer In the Park” in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for two seasons. He is trained in “Leave No Trace” principles to conserve our public lands. Todd moved to Western Colorado in 2004 to work as a banker, in Meeker and Craig, and is currently working in Grand Junction for Bank of the San Juans. His interest in the Monument stems from his love of nature and desire to protect and serve as an advocate to this special place.
Carl Jacobson, Member: Carl is a long-term resident of Glade Park. He lives adjacent to the Colorado National Monument in a solar-powered rammed-earth home that Danni and he built from native materials. Having grown up on a ranch in Wyoming, he enjoys the solitude that the Monument offers, but also enjoys his interactions with the diverse populace of Glade Park. He is a chemical engineer from Mines. He worked as an engineering manager in oil shale, ground-water remediation, energy conservation, and renewable energy installations. When not reading or traveling, Carl may be found hiking, biking, skiing or hanging out in the woods.
Eric Sandstrom, Member: Eric Sandstrom, former park ranger at Colorado National Monument, teaches journalism at Colorado Mesa University. He is a freelance writer and has been published in The New York Times, Denver Post, and High Country News. He was a reporter for 20 years and a medical editor for a hospital system. The Society of Professional Journalists in Colorado named him Journalism Educator of the Year in 2014. He and his wife, Monica, have two extraordinary children. All enjoy skiing, hiking and biking and pizza. Sandstrom spends summers at a ranch helping kids with disabilities learn to ride horses.
Colorado National Monument Association board meeting are held once each month, typically 4:00-6:00 pm on the third Monday afternoon of the month, at Western Colorado Community College. Call the executive director or any board member for current details. Colorado National Monument Association 970-858-3617 ext 360