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:
Jack Connolly, Chair: 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 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.
Lenna Watson, Vice Chair: 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, Secretary: 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.
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.
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.
Carl Jacobson, Member: Carl is a long-term resident of Glade Park. He lives adjacent to 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.
Michael Santo, Member: Michael received his law degree in 1992 from the University of Detroit before moving to Colorado and cofounding Bechtel & Santo with Betty Bechtel. Since 1994, Michael has focused his practice on defending companies in employment litigation including discrimination lawsuits, wrongful discharge, and wage and hour matters. He also represents employers in claims of trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and employee raiding. Michael is a frequent lecturer on employment-law issues and contributing author for several publications including The Employer’s Advisory, a Bechtel & Santo quarterly newsletter. In 2014, Michael was lead counsel in the Colorado Supreme Court case, ICAO v. Softrock. This case assisted employers by requiring the Dept. of Labor to more thoroughly analyze the independent-contractor factors during a DOL audit. Michael became a fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation in 2014, an honor restricted to no more than five percent of attorneys in Colorado.
Joel Bechtel, Member: Born in Warren, Minnesota in 1945, Joel moved to Greeley, Colorado as a child. Attended Colorado University for his undergraduate degree and then Colorado University Medical School, obtaining his M.D. in 1971. After completing internship at the University of California in L.A. he served 3 years as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy. Joel then completed his medical education with an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Oregon and a fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Michigan. Returning to Colorado, with his wife and two sons in 1980, Joel opened a Pulmonary Medicine practice in Grand Junction. Joel has practiced Pulmonary and Intensive Care medicine for over 34 years, retiring October of 2014. During his career, Joel served on the St. Mary’s Board of Directors, the St. Mary’s Foundation Board and was Chief of Medical Staff for two years. Since retirement, Joel is again on the St. Mary’s Foundation Board, and now serving on the Colorado National Monument Association Board. Joel is an avid road biker and more recently, he’s added pickle-ball to his sporting endeavors.
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