Amber Clark, Executive Director
Amber joined the organization in 2016. She came 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, specifically 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 in 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.
Contact Amber: email@example.com, 970-799-8704
Sam Carter, Program and Outreach Coordinator
Sam Carter has worked on and around the Dolores River for two decades as a commercial river guide, a member of the Dolores/McPhee spill committee, a BLM Dolores River Ranger, and a previous member of DRBA’s board of directors. In addition to working with DRBA, Sam is the host and founder of The River Radius Podcast. He also facilitates professional development contracts focused on culture building. Rivers are vital to Sam’s way of life and he sees them as the thread for healthy ecosystems and healthy human cultures. Whether with work or personal time, Sam is typically thinking about and chasing rivers. He lives a couple of miles from the Dolores River in Southwest Colorado with his family.
Contact Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org, 970-739-3275
Our Board of Directors
Josh Munson – President, Founding Board Member
Josh is a high school social studies teacher and founding board member. The Four Corner’s landscape and history drove him to seek professional opportunities in southwestern Colorado. After moving to Dolores in 2003 ‘river fever’ set in. Luckily, being a teacher allows him ample time float and explore the river systems of the American West. Josh was born in Denver, graduated high school in Steamboat Springs, and earned a B.A. from The Colorado College and a M.A.T. from Lewis and Clark College. In 2016 he relocated to Bayfield, CO but remains an active member of the DRBA board.
Jay Loschert – Vice President
Jay helped to found Dolores River Boating Advocates in 2012 while working for American Whitewater as the Dolores River Stewardship Assistant. He then worked as DRBA’s first part-time Program Coordinator.
Jay later joined the board in 2015. His passion for the Dolores River is fueled by the joy he derives from taking his own daughter and son on the river as often as possible. He works for the local land trust, Montezuma Land Conservancy, as the Outreach and Education Coordinator and manages the production and community programs at their farm in Lewis, Colorado. His close working relationships with other farmers and ranchers gives him unique perspective on the value of collaboration on water issues in the community.
Jon Kelly – Secretary
Jon grew up running amok outdoors in Southwest Colorado including rafting on the Dolores, San Juan and upper Colorado rivers. By the time he was a teenager he could handle a boat on his own through Class IV water, including Snaggletooth during the pre-dam 1983 historic runoff. Years later he returned to Dolores raise to raise his own family. Jon has practiced law in Southwest Colorado since 1992 with an emphasis in real estate, water law and the needs of small business and municipalities. He is grateful for the opportunity to help the DRBA further its mission so that others can fully appreciate the treasure this river is to our community. Jon joined the board in 2017.
Bob Gleason – Treasurer
Bob Gleason has been a committed river runner for his adult life. He learned to kayak while in college in the mid 70s. After receiving an MBA in finance, he spent his career operating ski boot oriented ski shops in the winter, guiding raft trips in the summer, and squeezing as many private river trips in as possible. He owned and operated the BootDoctors ski shops in Telluride, Co and Taos, NM from 1986 until 2017. He was a guide for Adventure Bound on the Green and Yampa rivers, Far Flung Adventures on the Rio Grande, Chama, and Arkansas rivers, and operated Further Adventures on the San Miguel river. Bob Joined the board in 2019.
Lindsey Beal – Director
Lindsey joined the DRBA board in 2018 and has been a member of the Dolores community since 2012 when she moved to Southwest Colorado to join Osprey Packs’ marketing team. She has a B.S. in Graphic Design from Arizona State University and came to Osprey with eight years of advertising experience from Wunderman in Chicago, IL and Cactus Marketing in Denver, CO. Lindsey was born and raised in Cleveland, OH and while she is a Midwest gal at heart, a high school fieldtrip backpacking and rafting in Utah introduced her to what would one day be her true love. She has an affinity for the juxtaposition of Utah’s red rock canyons and Colorado’s jagged lush mountains, and these days you can find her between the two climbing, backpacking, dancing or hanging down by the river with her flat-coated retriever, Inspektor.
Kat Wilder – Director
Kat Wilder first moved to the Colorado Plateau in 1990. She floated southwestern rivers whenever possible, and while in grad school at NAU did grunt work at O.A.R.S. and Dories, filling Ziplocs with GORP and making sure there was enough toilet paper to last the duration of a commercial Grand Canyon trip. She moved to Dolores in 2012 after living in Hawai`i and paddling outrigger canoes competitively each summer, though she preferred the off-season when crews would surf the 42-foot canoes in the breaks off Maui’s north shore. To huli a canoe is kind of like flipping in a rapid—you’d rather not, but you either have or you’re probably going to. She has. A 2018 addition to the DRBA board, Kat is a writer and cattle rancher and lives in Dolores and Disappointment Valley.
Jeremy Christensen – Director
Jeremy worked in land and wildlife conservation for over a decade before moving to Colorado and becoming a real estate broker, where his focus includes helping clients with conservation easement projects. Originally from Utah, Jeremy grew up fishing and boating around the West, and settled in southwest Colorado, largely for the access to public lands and the activities they support. He brings to the DRBA board a wealth of experience in community organizing, public policy, and communications, as well as an abiding love for rivers, particularly the Dolores. Jeremy lives in Mancos with his wife Kylan, their daughter Greta, and dogs Hoagie and Ruby. Jeremy joined the board in 2019.
Jeremy Bailey – Director
Jeremy first fell in love with rivers at an early age living in eastern Tennessee. After growing up rafting with his father, Jeremy discovered kayaking on the Gauley River in West Virginia. He started kayaking at 16 years old and then went on to professionally guide whitewater rafting and kayaking in Tennessee, North Carolina, Alaska, and Washington. In college, he was president of the Whitewater Adventures club at East Tennessee State University where he studied Park and Recreation Administration. He moved to the Four Corners area in 2010 and currently resides along the headwaters of the Dolores River in Rico, CO. He has been working in the commodities field for the last 8 years and has been an avid supporter of American Whitewater since he was a teenager. Jeremy looks forward to bringing his passion for rivers and professional experience to the DRBA board. If he’s not working or sailing, you can usually find him floating down a river with a smile on his face. Jermey joined the board in 2019.
Rica Fulton – Director
Rica joined the DRBA board in 2020, and currently lives in Grand Junction working for RiversEdge West where she co-coordinates the Dolores River Restoration Partnership. Originally from southwest Colorado, Rica loves rafting desert rivers with family and friends, a love of which has guided her work in river conservation and advocacy. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and GIS from Fort Lewis College, and an M.A. in Geography, Water Resources, and Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming. For her graduate research, Rica explored collaboration and stakeholder values in the Dolores River watershed, deepening an understanding of nuanced human relationships with the river. Rica is excited to work alongside DRBA staff and board to further the mission of the organization.