Board of Directors & Staff

Board of Directors

The Eagle Valley Land Trust is currently governed by a diverse 16-member Board of Directors.  Board members come from all points on the political spectrum and from a wide variety of industries and disciplines. Board members may access the board portal here.

  • 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, Board Emeritus

    Dan Godec joined the board in 2006. Dan moved to the Vail area in 1989. He has held numerous positions in banking and is a past president of the Colorado Bankers Association. Dan currently is President of GreenStar Financial Services. In addition to his service to EVLT, he is an active board member in several other Vail Valley nonprofit organizations, including Bravo! Vail, and Berry Creek Metropolitan District.
    Dan is passionate about the great outdoors and protecting the quality of life in Eagle County. Dan and his wife, Sue, live in Singletree and have raised four children in the valley.

  • Adriana Sulak Bombard, PhD, President

    Andie is an academic researcher working on a large-scale US Forest Service project with the University of California, Berkeley called the Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project. The focus of her work as a student was ranch land conservation, and she completed a M.S. in Range Management (2002) and a Ph.D (2007). Andie’s research 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 has been an active board member since March 2012, served as Secretary in 2013 and currently serves as President. She brings a wealth of conservation and land management knowledge to our organization and assists with our annual monitoring program as a member of EVLT’s Protection Committee. Andie lives in Singletree with her husband, Dave and daughter, Collins.

  • T.J. Voboril

    T.J. Voboril is a founding partner of local law firm Alpenglow Law, LLC. Whether as an advocate in civil litigation and appeals or as a mediator, T.J. Voboril is in the business of resolving disputes. Celebrated as a Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star for business litigation, T.J. fiercely but compassionately represents people, organizations, and businesses in a wide variety of civil conflicts. T.J. is a doting father to his daughter Violet and best friends with his wife Lauren. He is obsessed with skiing, loves riding his mountain bike, and valiantly tries not to catch himself while fly fishing on the local rivers. When not spending time with his family, practicing law, or recreating, Voboril engages in philanthropic endeavors through the Edwards Rotary Club and devotes pro bono time to legal and mediation work with Northwest Colorado Legal Services and the Eagle County Small Claims Court. T.J. joined the EVLT Board in 2014.

  • Larry Agneberg

    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.

  • Stan Cope

    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.

  • Hatsie Hinmon

    Hatsie’s passion for conservation began as a child in New England, where her family was active in land conservation. She moved to the Vail Valley in 1974. She holds a masters degree in education and was a teacher with Eagle County Schools for many years. Today, she is the Secretary of the Lake Creek Metro District, and a proponent of the Lake Creek valley as a core member of the “Heart of the Valley” campaign. She is an avid painter and is a member of the Vail Valley Art Guild. Hatsie enjoys all the mountains have to offer with her family and friends.

  • Robert Holmes

    After more than 35 years practicing commercial real estate law with large law firms in Colorado, most recently Bryan Cave LLP, Bob left that firm to form Robert Holmes Law LLC, where he continues to practice 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. 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 has also represented a number of financial institutions in connection with real estate lending, restructuring loans and enforcement of lenders rights. Bob joined the board in 2012 and will lend his experience to current projects under consideration by Eagle Valley Land Trust and also serves on the board of directors of the Roundup River Ranch.

  • Susan Johnson

    Susan grew up in Pennsylvania with a love of all things outdoors. Seeking adventure and mountains bigger than molehills, she headed west to the University of Colorado, Boulder. She holds a B.A. in Biology. Susan began her ski industry career over 30 years ago as ski instructor while still in high school. She is the former Director of Resort Finance for Vail Resorts. In her spare time, Susan loves to ski, hike, bike and camp, and enjoys sailing, paddling and any activity that gets her on the water. She also volunteers for the Vail Valley Foundation and Dillon Yacht Club. She lives with her husband, Greg, in Wildridge.

  • Hope Anderson Kapsner

    Hope Anderson Kapsner was born and raised at Anderson Camps, where Sweetwater Creek flows into the Colorado River. She was one of six members of Vail Mountain School’s class of 1982. Hope studied history at Colorado College, graduating with a BA in 1986. After college she moved to Telluride, Colorado where she lived for fifteen years. In 1993, she and her best friend opened one of Telluride’s first gourmet restaurants, 221 South Oak. Candice Bergen once told Hope that 221 was the favorite restaurant of her late husband, the French film director Louis Malle. In 2002 Hope moved back to Sweetwater with her husband, Matt, and her two sons, Bryce and Quinlan, where they manage her family ranch.

  • Andrew Larson, Treasurer

    Andrew provides financial leadership to small and medium-sized organizations. He is a Director with the firm CFO Systems | CFO Capital – a dynamic team of Accounting, Finance, Capital, and H.R. professionals – which serves all types of organizations in a “Fractional” capacity. When not helping his clients achieve their goals, Andy spends as much time as possible in the great outdoors with his wife Lindsey and dog Atlas. You can regularly find him in the backcountry on skis, on a mountain bike, on the river, or on a mountain top. As you can imagine, Andy is passionate about many causes associated with protecting, conserving, and responsibly using our magnificent planet. Larson is also a founding member of the Eagle County Advisory Board of Junior Achievement (educating students on personal finance), volunteers time with the Finance Committee of the Eagle-Vail Metro District Board (government), and is a member of the Edwards Rotary Club (philanthropic). Andy grew up primarily in Nebraska before moving home to the High Rockies. He holds a B.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in both Finance and Accounting and then went on to earn an M.B.A. from Creighton University with a concentration in Finance while cutting his teeth at the Big 4 accounting firm KPMG, LLP. After managing numerous audits of for-profit, non-profit, governmental, and Fortune 500 organizations for nearly 10 years, he now shares best practices with organizations seeking to get to the next level.

  • Tina Nielsen, Vice President

    Born and raised in Boulder, Tina has an MS in natural resource economics. Serving on the City of Boulder Open Space Board of Trustees ignited a passion for land conservation and eventually led to a career in open space management with Boulder County, where Tina has worked as a planner and project coordinator for 18 years. Tina also serves on the Board of the Colorado Open Space Alliance. Tina’s Vail connections go back 22 years when she met her husband, Andy Littman. Their son now attends high school at Vail Mountain School and competes as a Nordic ski racer.

  • Clayton Gerard

    Clayton is a fourth-generation Rancher born and raised in Eagle County. He works alongside his father and younger sister, on their 500-mother cow calf operation. He serves as a board member of the NRCS where they fight to conserve water and eradicate species of weeds that are dangerous to our specific region. He volunteers his time and knowledge throughout the year with the local 4-H youth.

  • Christina Lautenberg, Secretary

    Christina has lived here in the valley for 25 years. She first worked as a ski instructor, fell in love with the Vail Valley and quickly decided to make it her permanent home. She feels strongly that land conservation is critical to our community and that the preservation of our beautiful natural environment is a cornerstone value of the community. Now, more than ever, it is vital to preserve land for future generations, the protection of wildlife, clean water, open space and river access. She lives in Edwards with her husband Josh, and two children, Hannah & Sam.

  • Dave Schlendorf

    Dave is a Coloradan – of sorts, born in Ohio but grew up in Estes Park and graduated from the School of Mines in 1971. He then spent a 39-year career with Alcoa in various sales, technical and business management roles working around the world.

    Growing up in Estes Park and watching Disney films of animals in the wild instilled a passion about the preservation of wildlife habitats in our own backyard as well as for the physical and emotional benefit to mankind.

    Dave has been a regular contributor to EVLT and is looking forward to becoming actively involved with continuing the great work that has been done over many years.


  • Chris Fedrizzi

    Chris grew up in Eagle the son of Gerald and Jan…original members of the “Concerned Citizens” who fought vehemently to stop the development of the Brush Creek Valley and Adams Mountain as a ski resort.  He couldn’t help but become someone who had “Open Space” indoctrinated into his way of thinking!

    After graduation from CSU Chris came back to the Valley temporarily until he got a real job that utilized his degree in Construction Management.  Chris is still in the Eagle 30 years later having owned his excavation company for 20 years. Chris believes that his contacts through his business with developers, planners, engineers and contractors gives himself a great advantage in reaching out to the development community in the interest of “Open Space” development.

    Chris and his wife of 22 years have 3 children. Zach is 20 and taking a year off from CU doing an internship in Minturn. Keaton, 18 is a Freshman at Montana State and Olivia is a Freshman at Eagle Valley High School.

    Chris and his family enjoy all outdoor activities, travelling and supporting local High School Sports.

    Chris is looking forward to bringing his longtime local knowledge of the Valley and relationships with longtime landowners to the EVLT Board. He’s excited to be a part of continuing the great work the Board has done over the years!


  • Kelly Bronfman

    After nine years, Kelly has returned to the Board of EVLT, where she looks forward to furthering her interest in the conservation of our beautiful region. Having grown up with grandparents who were conservationists, she experienced first hand the difference thoughtful planning can make to the natural environment as well as to the public.
    Kelly is now an Emmerita Board member of Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon. She is also a member of Rachel’s Network, a nationwide group of women environmental leaders and a Founding member of Vail Women Elect. Besides many years leading projects and/or fundraisers for various organizations, Kelly has served on the Board of the Jewish Museum San Francisco and the Advisory Board of Colorado Conservation Trust. She has also been actively involved with the Conservation arm of Garden Club of America.
    Kelly is an artist and photographer who loves to ski, hike, bike, golf, cook and travel (now that all five kids are out of the house!).
  • Eric Eves

    Eric is a life long local of the Vail Valley. He’s lived throughout the Valley and have explored many of it’s open lands. When not tied to a desk you can be sure you will find him exploring the great outdoors in Eagle County. Some of his favorite moments are when he’s graced by a Bald Eagle flying overhead or watching a majestic herd of Elk moving across the lands.  In the winter you can find Eric skiing, in the spring time you can find him growing garden starts in my greenhouse, in the summer you can find him gardening, camping in a forest somewhere or fishing and rafting on the great American rivers. In the fall you can find him harvesting his garden or on a hike enjoying the fall colors. Eric is a graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Natural Resources, Recreation and Tourism Management. He has been a part of a large scale Tourism and Conservation project in Patagonia since 2000, Huilo Huilo in Chile. In studying ecotourism and the dual strategy of conservation and preservation in both a classroom setting and a real life setting Eric has a large range of examples to pull on for discussions of balance and protection of lands.

    In his 12 year career as a partner in a local land investment company, Eric has learned of potential alternatives and issues that come with development, private land investment, land conservation and opportunities for people to understand, explore and find new appreciation for open space. He has learned what makes a win-win deal and what are the realities of future land uses in Eagle County.

    Eric hopes that conservation efforts can strike a balance of conservation, preservation, support sustainable development, and help create high quality, lower impact development with a sense of place for the local community.

  • Neal Kimmel

    Neal was born in Long Island, New York and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering. While living in NYC, he quickly decided that there had to be a better way of life than living in Manhattan. Neal moved to Colorado in 1972 and made Denver his home during his career as a Mechanical Contractor, and during the raising of his two sons. Neal has owned various properties in the Vail area for the past thirty-six years. Four years ago Neal and his wife, Kathy, both retired and moved to Vail permanently. Since recreating outdoors is their passion, skiing, hiking, biking and fly fishing, preserving open space for our use and simply for its natural beauty and our way of life in the Valley is what has interested him in the Eagle Valley Land Trust.


  • Nancy Glass, Special Projects Coordinator

    Nancy previously served as EVLT’s office manager. After taking a one-year hiatus to create her curriculum at Colorado Mountain College as adjunct biology faculty, Nancy is excited to once again be part of the EVLT team as Special Projects Coordinator. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and long road trips, mountain hikes, skiing and kayaking.

  • Jessica Foulis, Stewardship and Outreach Manager

    Jessica comes to EVLT from her most recent position as the area Blue Trail Coordinator for American Rivers and has been a conservation professional for 10 years working also at Walking Mountains in their Graduate Fellowship Program and as a Natural Science Educator. She also has professional trail crew training and was also lead horticulturist for Red Sky Ranch Golf Course. She is currently finishing her Masters in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at CSU and has a BS in Wildlife Sciences. When Jessica was considering the position she wrote “I am excited for an opportunity to support the work of such a valuable organization in Eagle County. As Eagle County plans for the future, it is very important to have organizations protecting our natural resources and way of life.” She will oversee our annual monitoring and stewardship efforts, and  will also coordinate several community hikes, help with events and tend our Future Conservationists Program in collaboration with our partner organizations. We are thrilled to have her expertise and excited to have her as part of our great team.

    Contact Jessica at

  • Brittany Bobola, Administrative and Fundraising Coordinator

    Brittany joined EVLT in April 2019 in the capacity of Administrative and Fundraising Coordinator and is thrilled to be a part of the team. Prior to her current role, she worked as a naturalist, guide, educator and mentor from Alaska to Colorado. She is originally from central Massachusetts and holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Vermont. When not in the office, Brittany enjoys spending her time in the great outdoors, gushing over wildflowers, skiing trees, and mountain biking with friends.

  • Jim Daus, Executive Director

    In 2014, Jim joined Eagle Valley Land Trust as its executive director, bringing with him a strong conservation and real estate background. Actively involved in the community, Jim is a member of the Vail Valley Partnership Economic Advisory Council, the CSU Extension Advisory Council, and frequently attends community planning meetings to encourage progressive land conservation techniques. Hailing originally from the Cleveland, Ohio area, but traveling west regularly for outdoor adventures with his family, Jim moved to Colorado in 1992 to follow his passion for the mountains. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and an MBA in real estate development and finance from the University of Colorado. After working in commercial real estate brokerage and development for 13 years, he decided his true passion was in protecting and preserving land and began working for Boulder County Parks and Open Space in 2006. During his 8 1/2 years at Boulder County Parks and Open Space he completed nearly 100 different open space acquisitions and conservation easements protecting over 3,500 acres of land. Structuring complex deals and working with multiple stakeholders while also paying close attention to details are Jim’s strengths. An avid hiker, biker, back country skier, sailor, and fisherman, Jim asks that you invite him to attend meetings on a mountain, river, or trail as frequently as you can.

    Contact Jim at

  • Sue Nikolai, Land & Rivers Program Director

    Sue has lived in Eagle for 13 years with her husband, Markian Feduschak, and their 2 daughters.  She worked for the Colorado Outward Bound School for 25 years as a field instructor, Program Director and Director of Client Services. She has also been involved in the ski industry in Colorado for 34 years.  She currently works part-time as a patroller at Beaver Creek, and previously worked at Copper Mountain on patrol, and at Eldora Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley Ski Area as the Director of the Ski Patrol.

    Growing up in Wisconsin in Aldo Leopold (conservationist and author of A Sand County Almanac) country, Nikolai was raised to appreciate, explore and protect the rural areas and forests by her parents.  They spent a great deal of time hiking, cross country and alpine skiing, camping, caving, tubing down rivers and boating on lakes in their homemade houseboat.

    After moving to Colorado, Nikolai spent as much time outside as possible exploring her new state by hiking, alpine and backcountry skiing, rafting, mountain biking and trail running.

    She has devoted her life to appreciating and helping protect the natural areas through her support of environmental causes. Nikolai teaches students the same using a Leave No Trace methodology. Her passion is passed onto students that follow her lead in cherishing our wild places, volunteering for various causes and embracing an outdoor lifestyle.

    Nikolai is excited to meet with local business owners to discuss in more detail the Land & Rivers Fund.  The amazing natural beauty in our valley, the recreational opportunities and the diversity of wildlife is the driving force behind the tourism industry, and the reason our many visitors and locals love being here.  She is confident that businesses will be excited to help protect and preserve our natural landscape with the 1% surcharge.

    To speak with Nikolai about the Land & Rivers Fund, please contact her at or at 970-343-4245.

  • Deirdre Conroy, Community Outreach Program Assistant

    Deirdre is a recent (May 2019) graduate in Wildlife Conservation from Virginia Tech with passions for conservation and community. Over the past three years, she has designed and run research projects on the bats and salamanders of Appalachia, jaguars of the tropical rainforests of Belize, and the bats of Grand Canyon National Park. In 2018, she became a Udall Environment Scholar and spent a semester falling in love with the West through Northern Arizona University’s Grand Canyon Semester Program. She is working with the EVLT team this summer as a Community Outreach Program Assistant, where she will be teaching and designing Future Conservationists curriculum, connecting with the community through EVLT’s social media, and assisting with the general running of the organization. She is excited to meet the Eagle County community and encourages folks to come say hello to her at community and tabling events throughout the summer. She’d love to talk about the environment, books, trails, or just to hear your favorite story.

    Contact Deirdre at

  • Bergen Tjossem, Communications and Development Manager

    Bergen is a West Vail native and is incredibly happy to be back in the Valley. After leaving the area in 2010, he studied Environmental Science, Ecology, and Biodiversity at the University of Denver, worked with the Glacier Institute in Glacier National Park, Montana, and Recently completed his Conservation Leadership Master’s degree at Colorado State University. During his time at CSU, he worked with the Geography and Evolution of Land Tenure Systems (GELTS) research group and completed his capstone project in Pirque, Chile, with the Andean Conservancy, both of which have guided his passion to work in private land conservation. In his free time, Bergen loves experiencing the mountains in as many different ways as possible – ski touring, trail running, mountain biking, fly fishing, and cooking over a campfire with his friends.

    Contact Bergen at