Staff and Board of Directors

Our Staff

Amber Clark, Executive Director

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 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.

Amber can be contacted at, or by calling 970-799-8704.

Our Board of Directors

We currently have seven 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

Sam Carter – President

Sam Carter has been serving on the DRBA Board of Directors since 2014.  For Sam, coming to understand the DoloresRiver has involved commercial river boating, personal river trips, work as the BLM Dolores River Ranger, living in the Dolores River Valley, getting to know the irrigating community, befriending the water managers and traversing much of the landscapes making up the Dolores watershed and even doing some irrigating.  Sam joined DRBA’s BOD for two reasons: foremost he saw the river’s inherent beauty and perfect hydraulics as a place worth preserving in a natural state, and he felt it was vital that changes made to the usage of Dolores River water engage all of the stakeholders and are created to last beyond the tenure of an isolated sets of ideals.  Outside of his work as a volunteer with DRBA, Sam teaches professional development for HAP Training and is building a podcast on rivers based off his long running local public radio show “River Radio.”  Sam showed up in the 4 Corners in the late 20thCentury, originally hails from Southern Illinois, survived a long swim in Cat at 56,000 cfs and one day plans to cross the Great Plains by boat.

Josh Munson – Vice President, Founding Board Member

IMG_0544Josh Munson 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.

Wade Hanson – Treasurer, Founding Board Member

Wade Hanson is a founding board member, who has been in Montezuma County since 2005. He has no letters behind his name, nor professional river or conservation experience to note, only that he is an unabashed lover of rivers and an active advocate for the Dolores River. When he isn’t working for the Dolores River, he is most likely floating on or otherwise very nearby the Dolores or one of her river sisters.

Jay Loschert – Secretary

Jay cut his river teeth paddling the slow-moving, muddy rivers of Ohio with his dad. A few years ago when his father told Jay that a whitewater rafting trip was at the top of his bucket list, he knew he had to take him on aIMG_1776 Dolores River trip. Knowing how risky it is to bet on a release from McPhee, he planned a back up trip. As his dad’s flight from Florida to Durango approached, Jay followed the release forecast closely. A day before their launch date, they still had no clear indication that they would see any boatable flows. They were forced to scrap their Dolores plans and settle for plan B. It was a fine trip, but lacked the wilderness experience and thrilling whitewater that his dad was hoping for.  That was the moment Jay knew he had to get involved with saving the Dolores River and making sure his own kids get to experience this world class river trip.

Jon Kelly – Director

“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.”

Scott Spear – Director

“My passion for the river started on the banks of the Gunnison River in my hometown of Gunnison, CO.  At the age of 12, three of my best friends and I went alone on a self support overnight kayak trip down the Taylor and Gunnison rivers.  All we had were a couple watermelons, hot dogs, root beers, and some soggy cotton layers to dry next to a fire.  Since then I have learned a great deal about the beauty and strength of river canyons and have never stopped exploring all the west has to offer.  Since 2009, I have been lucky to call the Dolores River my home and have had some amazing times along all the different stretches the Dolores has to offer.”

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.