BOARD OF DIRECTORS
KARIN TEAGUE | President
Karin Teague is the Executive Director of the Independence Pass Foundation, and has been on the Board of Directors of Wilderness Workshop since 1999, most recently as its president from 2014 through early 2016. An outdoor adventure and nature writer and former environmental attorney, Karin is passionate about wild places, their flora and fauna, and the educational, recreational, and soul-feeding opportunities they offer the public. She is never happier than when she is leading a Wilderness Workshop hike in our resplendent backyard.
ALLYN HARVEY | Vice President
Allyn Harvey is the principal at Allyn Harvey Communications, a public relations and media management company he built around more than two decades of award-winning journalism at newspapers in Colorado and Washington state. He lives and works in Carbondale where until recently he served on the elected Town Board of Trustees. He helped found the Sopris Sun, Carbondale’s local nonprofit newspaper. Allyn is an avid outdoorsman and powerful advocate for our local public lands.
Aron Ralston is an American outdoorsman, mechanical engineer and motivational speaker known for having survived a canyoneering accident in southeastern Utah in 2003 during which he amputated his own right forearm in order to free himself from a dislodged boulder which had him trapped in Blue John Canyon for five days. The incident is documented in Ralston’s autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place and is the subject of the 2010 film 127 Hours. Aron has been involved with Wilderness Workshop for many years, beginning with the Hidden Gems campaign in the mid 2000s. He continues to support our work to protect local public lands.
Charlie Hopton is a longtime affiliate of Wilderness Workshop. He was part of the original volunteer force that surveyed potential wilderness areas to recommend to Congress for legal designation. Charlie is still an avid outdoorsmen, regularly leading trips to Kazakhstan with his business, Kazakh Trading Company, Inc. Charlie is a proud veteran of the United States Army and continues to play an active role improving the lives of local vets. Last year, he was honored with a lifetime conservation hero award for his lifelong efforts on behalf of Wilderness Workshop.
Cici became a WW board member about 5 years ago. Her mother, Dottie Fox, was one of the founders of the Aspen Wilderness Workshop and stayed with them for close to 30 years. Cici wanted to continue to carry on her legacy and passions. Her life and spirit has been spent living in this valley and cherishing our outdoors. One of her favorite programs has been Artists in Wilderness because it was created in her mom’s memory. She has enjoyed meeting the different artists that have come to participate. Additionally, Cici enjoys the movie/fundraising events, as she always gets to see great and inspiring films and bring it to new people.
Jill is the newest addition to the Wilderness Workshop board. She places a strong emphasis on sustainability and is a member of the U.S. Green Buildings Council. In February 2015, Soffer relocated to a ranch in Carbondale, and has continued her support for the environment, women’s issues and animal rights. She is a significant donor to the Natural Resources Defense Council and is involved in the NRDC Action Fund and Global Leadership Council. She holds degrees from Brown University and Barnard College.
Lindsay moved to the Roaring Fork Valley to work with ACES as a summer and winter Naturalist in 2010. After concluding her stint with ACES and falling in love with the Wilderness surrounding the Valley, she decided to set roots in Carbondale, Colorado. Lindsay has worked with CORE and currently offers adventure based Life Coaching, is a local Yoga Instructor, and is also the Operations and Outreach Coordinator at the Thompson Divide Coalition. She joined the WW board in May 2014 and hopes to expand the Workshops connection with the younger generation. Lindsay loves the outdoors and adventure, she loves to explore the mountains in any capacity from hiking to climbing to biking. She was inspired to join the Board to expand the reach of the Workshop to the younger, millennial generation and to inspire young adults to connect and protect our precious wilderness areas. Her favorite WW program is currently Wildfest, a way to celebrate Wilderness as a community and engage new members young or old.
Mary’s family moved to a ranch near Aspen in 1952. She attended boarding school and college in the East and only spent vacation time and summers at home. Consequently, her love affair with Aspen did not become permanent until after she had become unmarried and raised three sons.
She was involved in environmental activity during her EPA days in Washington, D.C. She was on the board of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies when she lived in Denver and was always an avid skier, hiker, and rider. She became friends with Connie Harvey when she moved to Aspen in 1993 and was brought to the attention of the WW board.
Mary is active in fund and friend-raising. Her greatest interest and contribution has been the initiation of the Artist in Wilderness program, which she now runs along with Development Director Rebecca Mirsky. The program has grown from 6 to 155 applicants in 7 years thanks to Mary’s diligent fostering of the program.
Michael joined the Wilderness Workshop board 14 years ago; prior to that, he served on the board of the Aspen Valley Land Trust. He dedicates a substantial portion of his time to nonprofit work. Currently, he also serves on the Pitkin County Retirement Board, the Roaring Fork Transit Authority Retirement Board, heads the Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation, and is on the board of Aspen Journalism, among others. He has owned a bookstore, worked as the publisher of the Aspen Times, and was a restauranteur. But his primary occupation is being a financial adviser in Aspen, an industry he has been involved with since 1982. Michael especially appreciates the core mission of WW to protect existing wilderness and designate new wilderness. He is a major proponent of the wilderness monitoring program, which tracks data and ensures compliance with the highest air and water quality standards in our area.
Michael was a self-described “indoors person” until he moved to the Roaring Fork Valley years ago. He reveled in the discovery of the backcountry and soon became an outdoors person. WW founder Connie Harvey asked him to join the board in 2001, and he’s served since. His favorite program is Artist in Wilderness, because he enjoys artists capturing little bits of the world’s beauty and bringing it back to us. Michael is grateful to live in a place with so much outdoors to get into. He wishes to preserve it and share it for all the world.
All his life Peter has loved spending time in wild places, be it the mountains or the oceans. He believes the country around Aspen is so special, all the more so because he’s gotten to know and love a few of its nooks and crannies. Working at the 10th Mountain Huts gave him another perspective of the backcountry in the winter, how special it is and how it needs to be managed wisely and protected. Peter supports the Wilderness Workshop because he wants to give back to the land just a little in return for all it has given him.
PETER VAN DOMELEN
Peter began his career with Reese Henry & Company in 1981 and became a partner in 1988. Peter graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and Accounting. Community Service is very important to Peter. He is a founding member of the Aspen Education Foundation, as well as the Aspen School District Financial Advisory Board. He serves as WW’s Treasurer. As a near life-long resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, Peter enjoys many of the recreational activities that Colorado is known for, including skiing, hiking, fly-fishing and biking. Peter and his wife, Robin, are grateful to have raised their three sons in a world-class town with such a diverse cultural environment. Peter and Robin love to travel and often find a way to include their sons in the itinerary.
Born to an eastern family in which outdoor exercise was moving to the porch with a book, Sue discovered open spaces, big skies, and the West during a college project in 1970. After spending two years in the Four Corners area, she moved to a teepee in Jackson Hole to work for a rafting outfit and ended up as an executive in the National Park System. As a park manager who believed that the NPS mission of balancing preservation and use always has to tilt toward preserving the resource, Sue’s love of and belief in public lands never wavered, even after she moved on to another career after 14 years with the NPS. She has been involved with environmental organizations and causes ever since, and brings to the Workshop managerial experience, knowledge of Federal land managing organizations and processes, and a passion for protecting both public access and resources in our White River National Forest. She greatly values the Workshop’s knowledge of environmental process and its proven ability to make agencies adhere to it – esoteric work that enables the organization to intervene and make a difference when public sentiment alone is not enough.
Andy Wiessner- BA Dartmouth College (1968); JD, Boston University School of Law (1974); U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran (1969-70); Staff and Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs – Subcommittees on Mines & Mining and Public Lands & Parks (1975-85); Wilderness Workshop Board 2006-present; High Country News Board (1986-present); Wilderness Land Trust Board (1992-present); Public Lands Consultant, Western Land Group (1992-present). Previously served on Boards of Zero Population Growth; Eagle Valley Land Trust; Eagle County Open Space Advisory Committee; American Wilderness Alliance & Clear Creek Land Conservancy.
Ted first came to Colorado after college, working on Tim Wirth’s successful 1986 Senate campaign. After a stint as a junior policy assistant to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Ted graduated from Yale Law School in 1992. He worked for what is now Earthjustice in Washington DC litigating cases involving protection of national wildlife refuges, air quality, and environmental justice. Ted moved to Colorado in 1995 to work for Western Resource Advocates on forest protection. He rejoined Earthjustice at its Denver office in 2002, where he has worked defending wilderness quality lands in the Four Corners states and beyond.
Felicity grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley. She graduated from NYU and is a founding member of the acclaimed Atlantic Theater Company in New York City. Her acting credits include Broadway, off Broadway, television and film. She has earned an Academy Award nomination, Golden Globe and Emmy awards. Her company, “Velocity” produces both television and theater. In 2015, Huffman and her husband, William H Macy took over the Huffman family home in Woody Creek, Colorado. “It is a profound honor to become a member of the Wilderness Workshop board,” Felicity said. “I remember Connie Harvey and Dottie Fox, founding members of the Wilderness Workshop, having breakfast with my mother, Grace, at the Weinerstube Restaurant in Aspen every Wednesday. I remember sitting next to my mother, eating her leftover pancakes, listening to Connie and Dottie talk about their efforts to save the wilderness in that wonderful piece of the world. I hope I can be worthy of continuing their work.” WW is especially honored that ours is the only local board Felicity has chosen to join.
Denali grew up in Boulder with four younger siblings who are also named after mountains. Her family spent every summer at the cabin her parents built in Little Annie Basin on the backside of Aspen Mountain. Her deep affinity for hiking, backpacking, and exploring wilderness was fostered here in the Roaring Fork Valley.
She moved permanently to Aspen in the summer of 2012 to work as an ACES Naturalist. After a year of leading interpretive hikes and snowshoe tours, she started teaching the ACES year-round children’s programs. She spent three years working at a rock climbing, experiential education, and team-building company in northern Thailand. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Princeton University. She and her husband, Adam McCurdy, plan to stay in the Roaring Fork Valley for years to come. Denali’s father, T.A. Barron, authored To Walk in Wilderness, a lyrical tale based on a five-week trek through the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, with stunning photos by John Fielder. It is a landmark book to many in this area that captures the essence our beloved backyard wilderness area that’s part of WW’s legacy.
“If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.”
President Lyndon B. Johnson