Meet The BTWC Board of Directors

BTWC Board Officers:
President: David Jessup
Vice-President: Dan Waggoner
Secretary/Treasurer: Laura Emerson

David Jessup, President and Director
Mr. Jessup is co-owner a large guest ranch along the Big Thompson River where he raises grass-fed beef. He is a board member of several Northern Colorado non-profit organizations concerned with water quality and education. He authored a prize-winning historical novel.

Dan Waggoner, Vice-President and Director
Mr. Waggoner has a degree in biological sciences, is employed as a process improvement, quality assurance and organizational development consultant. He lives on the Big Thompson River and is committed to working with community members on river restoration projects.

Laura Emerson, Secretary, Treasurer
Ms. Emerson lives on the Big Thompson River. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Food Science, and is a certified paralegal with 30 years experience in the fields of contracting and environmental compliance.

Richard Alper, Director
Mr. Alper is an attorney with experience environmental law. He serves on various Larimer County boards and commissions and is an instructor at University of Northern Colorado.

Arnfinn Austefjord, Director
Mr. Austefjord owns a pick-your-own berry and pumpkin farm on the Big Thompson River and is employed in the computer industry. He is also President of the Big Thompson Conservation District. His farm actively practices organic methods to enrich the soil and mitigate weeds.

Troy Jones, Director
Mr.Jones, is an architect registered in Colorado as well as a professional land planner for over 20 years. He has served on other nonprofit boards related to housing in the northern Colorado area, owns a hospitality business on the Big Thompson River, and performs in a band.

Jerry Gibbens, Director
Mr. Gibbens is Manager of Project Management at Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District (Northern Water).

Bob Lecoq, Director
Mr. LeCoq is a Project Manager with over 30 years experience in the computer industry. He owns a cabin on the Big Thompson river and is very interested in river restoration and health. Bob is also a fly fisherman and builds bamboo fly rods.

Jane Lopez, Director
Ms. Lopez is a resident of Larimer County, employed as an on-call Wildfire Logistics Manager in the Rocky Mountain region.

David Piske, Director
Mr. Piske, a leader in Trout Unlimited for over a decade, is committed to restoring and protecting the Big Thompson River as a healthy recreational trout fishery. He is Conservation Chair of TU’s Rocky Mountain Flycasters, and Colorado TU recognized him as Outstanding Volunteer in 2012 for his contributions to coldwater conservation in Colorado.

Sharlynn Wamsley, Director
Ms. Wamsley is retired after many years of being a newspaper publisher and editor. She is very active in community organizations and lives on the Big Thompson River. Shar edited a book about the 1976 Big Thompson Flood.

Board members & Staff checking out the Highway 34 permanent repairs – April 2017

Left to Right:
Shayna Jones, Watershed Coordinator; David Piske; Tracy Wendt, Asst. Watershed Coordinator; Bob LeCoq; Laura Emerson; Gene Downey; Mary Meyers; Bonnie Downey*; Shar Wamsley

*Bonnie is not a BTWC director

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