Staff and Board of Directors

Our Staff

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: amber@doloresriverboating.org, 970-799-8704

Sam Carter, Program and Outreach Coordinator

 

 

 

Contact Sam: sam@doloresriverboating.org, 970-739-3275


Our Board of Directors

We currently have six 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 Executive Director at amber@doloresriverboating.org.


Jay Loschert – President

Jay helped to found Dolores River Boating Advocates in 2011 while working for American Whitewater as the Dolores River Stewardship Assistant.  He then worked as DRBA’s first part-time Program Coordinator. Since 2015 Jay has volunteered as a board member, becoming president in 2019.  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.


Josh Munson – Vice President, Founding Board Member

IMG_0544Josh 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.


Jon Kelly – Secretary

“I grew up running amok outdoors in Southwest Colorado. My dad and I often rafted the Dolores, San Juan and upper Colorado rivers so by the time I was a teenager I could handle a boat on my own through Class IV water, including Snaggletooth during the 1983 historic runoff. The summer before the completion of the McPhee Project I was 19, working for the Forest Service, and running parts of the lower Dolores every weekend. Years later I settled in Dolores raise my own family. I am 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.”


Lindsey Beal – Treasurer

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.

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