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, 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 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.