Staff and Board of Directors

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Our Staff

Amber Clark, Program Coordinator

Amber joined the organization in 2016.  She comes to us with a wealth of experience related to the Dolores River after working for many years on public lands and river issues with the San Juan Citizens Alliance, specificFullSizeRenderally on local efforts to gain permanent protection for the Dolores River. Amber was born in Southwest Colorado and grew up on a farm west of Cortez in McElmo Canyon where she developed a deep sense of connection to the landscapes and waterways of the region. While studying Sociology at Fort Lewis College, Amber became increasingly interested with the relationship of humans to the landscapes with which they interact.  In her spare time Amber can be found spending time with her son Orrin, on the river, hiking in her favorite canyons, gardening, and making pottery.

Amber can be contacted at amber@doloresriverboating.org, or by calling 970-799-8704.

Our Board of Directors

We currently have five dedicated Dolores River enthusiasts on our Board of Directors who meet monthly.  The Board discusses issues, activities, and events that involve the Dolores River.  If you would like to attend a board meeting to discuss an issue or activity, please let us know.  You can contact any of our Board Members, or email our Program Coordinator at amber@doloresriverboating.org.

DRBA is seeking a new board members to join our Crew!


Sam Carter – President

Sam Carter, Vice President and Board Member since 2013

“I started boating on rivers in the Ozarks when I was about 12; lots of lake boating too in Southern Illinois where I grew up.  Floated the Lochsa in Idaho with my Dad when I was 16 and fell for the whitewater of the intermountain west.  Really learned to boat while guiding teenage trips on the San Juan; all the other rivers of the 4 Corners followed.  And of course the Dolores is my favorite.  Mountain country water running through those magnificent Ponderosa trees and red rocks, a confluence with its peer the San Miguel, and then the mighty Colorado.  Powerful river corridor.   Will it run again???  Bring on the release!!”


Josh Munson – Vice President, Founding Board Member

“I first fell out of a boat on the Colorado andIMG_0544 Yampa Rivers as a teenager.  Baptism in a river is the way to go! My love of rivers peaked after moving to Dolores, Colorado in 2003.  River fever sets in hard when you can hear her sing night after night. Of all the rivers I have been fortunate to run, the Dolores is my favorite. From the alpine start, through the Ponderosas and twisting canyons, and out to the desert her course cannot be beat. When she flows, you will find me there.”


Wade Hanson – Director, Founding Board MemberWade Hanson, President and Founding Board Member

“I started boating in 2006 on the Dolores River, first in a duckie, then in my 13′ raft, the “Lil Robin”……the biggest little gear boat around!I love the diversity and seclusion of the Dolores river. It flows from alpine to desert habitat and it’s all beautiful. Dancing with the Dolores is my first love, though I get on any river I can in the Four Corners states (so far).”


Jay Loschert – Secretary

“I cut my river teeth paddling the slow-moving, muddy rivers of Ohio with my dad. A few years ago when he told me that a whitewater rafting trip was at the top of his bucket lisIMG_1776t, I knew I had to take him on a Dolores River trip. Knowing how risky it is to bet on a release from McPhee, I planned a back up trip. As his flight from Florida to Durango approached, I followed the release forecast closely. A day before our launch date, we still had no clear indication that we would see any boatable flows. We were forced to scrap our Dolores plans and settle for plan B. It was a fine trip, but lacked the wilderness experience and thrilling whitewater that my dad was hoping for.  That was the moment I knew I had to get involved with saving the Dolores River and making sure my own kids get to experience this world class river trip.”


Erin Neer – Treasurer

“My first river trip was in 2012 with my family. I am lucky enough to have my husband Jeramie, who was a former guide based in Salida, as my own personal tripIMG_0519 leader. Our first trip was with our two sons at the ages of 5 and 3. We took the boys down the San Juan River and it was just amazing. That summer we logged almost 100 river miles, including a few trips on the San Juan, the Chama and the Colorado. The past couple of years we have gotten several runs in down the Dolores River, taking new families with us to experience the river. With the spring rains and high water in 2015, Jeramie even launched from our backyard up near Rico – that was a first in our 10 years of living on the Dolores River ad a “bucket list” item for him for sure. Rivers are now something our whole family treasures, and the Dolores is our favorite.”