Meet The BTWC Board of Directors

BTWC Board Officers:

President: David Jessup
Vice-President: Dan Waggoner
Secretary/Treasurer: Jane Lopez

BTWC Board of Directors:

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.

Jane Lopez, Secretary-Treasurer and Director
Ms. Lopez is a resident of Larimer County, employed as an on-call Wildfire Aviation Manager in the Rocky Mountain region, responding to wildfire incidents nationwide.

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.

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

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.

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, and in 2018 the Rocky Mountain Flycasters presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Larry Rogstad, Director
Larry is adapting to retirement after 37 years as a Wildlife Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Larry has been involved with varied work along the Big Thompson and lower South Platte for many, many years and looks forward to learning more about, being involved with and mostly just appreciating this stunning watershed and those who love it now and in the future.

Shayle Sabo, Director
Mrs. Sabo works for the Larimer County Office of Emergency Management as an Emergency Management Coordinator and also oversees the Larimer Connects Program, which seeks to build resilience and social capacity county-wide through outreach, education, and grassroots mobilization efforts.  Shayle holds a B.A. in International Relations from Idaho State University and a M.S. in Disaster Resilience Leadership from Tulane University.

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.

BTWC Advisory Committee:

Chris Carlson, Advisor
[Bio to come]

Andy Fayram, Advisor
Mr. Fayram is the Monitoring Program Manager for the Big Thompson Watershed Forum, coordinating the monitoring and assessment programs, data analysis, and reporting strategies for that organization.

Gordon Gilstrap, Advisor
Gordon Gilstrap is a retired Hewlett-Packard executive that personally organized the Little Thompson Watershed Coalition (LTWC) and during 2015 was the chairman for both the LTWC and Big Thompson Watershed Coalition.  Gordon is also very active in supporting all the business functions of a children’s therapy clinic in Loveland and has helped Larimer County develop their Comprehensive Plan for the future of the county.

William Vieth, Advisor
Mr. Vieth works at Wildlands Restoration Voluneers as a Watershed and Forestry Program Manager. He has over 10 years of experience in the environmental sector for a wide range of projects including forest restoration, mine reclamation, river/stream stabilization, disaster response, and wetland banking.

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