Steve McCall

Steve McCall


Steve grew up in Missouri and graduated from the Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology at Colorado State University.  Following graduation and stints with the army and Humane Society, he began work as an environmental specialist with the Bureau of Reclamation in Grand Junction in 1972.  His interests have centered on fish and wildlife restoration projects along western Colorado Rivers; and he enjoys fishing and hiking in western Colorado.  He serves on the board of Grand Valley Anglers and works with other conservation groups in the area.  Steve and wife Ruby have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.


Chuck McDaniel

Vice President

Chuck is a retired oil and gas lawyer.  He spent over 30 years in corporate law departments of oil and gas companies.  He moved to Grand Junction, Colorado, from Houston, Texas, in 2007 when his employer acquired properties in the Piceance Basin.  Soon thereafter, Chuck met and worked with the staff and board members of Mesa Land Trust on matters concerning conservation easements on properties owned by the company.  Chuck previously served on the Board of Directors of Mesa Land Trust (2009-2012) and has helped with oil and gas matters that affect conservation easements.  He is a member of the Board of the Grand Junction Housing Authority.  He graduated from Rice University and The University of Texas at Austin Law School.  Chuck and his wife, Kendra, enjoy all outdoor activities and are still exploring new places in Western Colorado.


Sandie Cooper


A Colorado native, Sandie grew up in the Grand Valley. She has a B.A. in Computer Information Systems from Mesa State College. After many years working in the non-profit sector, Sandie recently retired from her job with the Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology (CAVE). Over the years, Sandie has served on a number of boards and committees including the Palisade Chamber of Commerce (president), Palisade Tourism Advisory Board, Experience Colorado Agriculture—a start-up non-profit agritourism organization, and was a founding committee member for the Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway project. She and her husband, Dave Hull, live in Palisade and own a small peach orchard. They have two sons and two grandsons. Sandie loves to hike, ski, snowshoe and embraces outdoor adventures.



R. B. “Mike” Sewell


Mike graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics.  After graduation he served 5 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy in nuclear submarines followed by 12 years in the nuclear industry.  To avoid leaving the Grand Junction area he switched to financial services where he worked almost 30 years.  He was employed by Boettcher & Co for 7 years and then opened an office for A.G. Edwards & Sons.  During this time, he became a Certified Financial Planner, completed a Master’s Degree in Financial Planning (emphasis on investments) and became a corporate Vice President of A. G. Edwards. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Grand Junction Symphony Foundation, the Board of the Mesa Land Trust and enjoys the time retirement affords with his family and outdoor activities.


Mercedes Cameron

Merce arrived in Western Colorado (Telluride, to be exact) in 1973 for a 2-week ski vacation and never left, except for a “short” stint in Denver for medical school. Having grown up running wild in a small town in northern California, population 100 during her childhood and now 74,000, she is passionate about the outdoors and the importance of preserving it. Merce and her partner own land on Glade Park which is preserved with a conservation easement through Mesa Land Trust. The focus is enhancing their property for wildlife, improving the habitat particularly for the winter with a little help from grazing cattle working as “little tractors” briefly in the late winter and early spring. The rest of the work, unfortunately, they have to do.

Merce graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and attended medical school (after a 4-year term as a ski bum, miner, baker and ski instructor in Telluride) and did her family practice residency at the University of Colorado. She practiced family medicine in Grand Junction for over 20 years, after which she worked as a travelling physician in several towns throughout Colorado while working with Heart to Heart International, a disaster medicine organization. Now retired, she finally has time for some long dreamed of ranch projects and volunteering with Mesa Land Trust


Barbara Chamberlin

A city transplant from the east, Barb’s home has been Colorado since driving her surplus government mail truck into the state’s wide open space 44 years ago. After 4 decades of fascinating jobs as an RN and elementary school teacher, she is embracing retirement at full throttle. Barb has served on numerous boards and committees including Grand Junction Dolphins, the Junior Service League, the League of Women Voters, and the local MS Chapter. The Mesa Land Trust’s mission has been a top priority for the past five years. She and her husband, Ed, love exploring and traveling by foot, bike, skis, and sailboat. Their family includes Piper, Tate, and Andy who have a deep appreciation for the great outdoors, also.



Pamela Childers

Pam moved to East Orchard Mesa in 2010 after living most of her life near the Atlantic Ocean. She holds a B.A. in English and Biology, M.S. in English, M.A. in Writing and Ed.D. in Writing in the Disciplines. Pam has taught high school, undergraduate and graduate school, and volunteered with national and international organizations.  A prolific author, she serves as Executive Editor of The Clearing House and Editor of the Excellence in K-12 WAC Series. A workshop facilitator, presenter and consultant, she and husband Malcolm love living on what used to be the bottom of the ocean! They enjoy traveling, hiking, giving workshops on writing and the visual arts, and spending time with family and friends. Pam currently volunteers on the MLT Special Events Committee.

Zach Eyler

Zach Eyler

Zach is the Vice President for Ruby Canyon Engineering, Inc., specializing in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. He has worked with projects all across North America including capturing methane gas at coal mines, landfills and livestock operations as well as projects that destroy ozone depleting substance gases. He has a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School at Duke University and a Bachelor’s from NC State University. Zach moved to Grand Junction in 2012 and fell in love with all that the Western Slope offers, including his now wife, Laken. They enjoy all of the outdoor activities that Colorado provides – hiking, mountain biking, skiing and rafting.


Margery Fillinger

Margery has lived in Grand Junction since 2009. Following a career in education, Margery and her husband Norm sold their home in Morrison, Colorado to “live the dream” traveling all of the lower forty-eight states and parts of Canada. After hiking, biking, touring historical sights, and meeting wonderful people from around the country and beyond, they picked Grand Junction as their home. Margery feels that one of her greatest accomplishments is raising two children who are happy, successful adults that also love the outdoors.


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Bill Findlay

Bill was born in Montreal, Canada and moved to NC when was 12. He attended college at UNC-Chapel Hill, graduate school at MIT, medical school at Duke, pediatric residency at U of A, Tucson, and has practiced pediatrics in Grand Junction since 1977 with Western Colorado Pediatrics, a division of Primary Care Partners (and plans to retire 1/7/16!). Bill has 4 children and three grandchildren. His wife, Jane, is a retired Kindergarten teacher. They love western Colorado, and especially the Ouray area where they have a cabin.  Bill enjoys most outdoor activities including hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, occasional golf and also gardening, reading and carpentry. He has previously been involved in the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation board, the Urban Trails Commission, the Traffic Safety Council and is currently serving on the Riverfront Commission,  Riverfront Foundation and the Pathways to Nature project to get more kids outdoors and active.  Bill sees MLT as playing an increasingly important role in this arena and looks forward to helping.

Van Graham

Van Graham

Van is a retired Colorado Division of Wildlife biologist with 32 years of service with the State of Colorado. He holds a B.S. in Forestry and Wildlife Management from the University of Florida.  During his career he served as a District Wildlife Manager in Brighton and Steamboat Springs before moving to Grand Junction in 1980 to work as a Terrestrial Biologist.  He is currently working as an environmental scientist/wildlife biologist as a private consultant.  Van and his wife Mary Ann have 4 children. He enjoys traveling, hunting, fishing and hiking the desert country of Southwest CO and Southeast UT.


Guy Parker

Guy is a third generation Colorado native.  After years of involvement in the ski industry, construction, and property management, Guy, his wife Lori, and their two daughters moved from Eagle County to the Grand Valley.  Today, he farms nearly 50 acres of peaches and 5 acres of wine grapes on East Orchard Mesa, near Palisade.  He is past president of The Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology (CAVE), and has served on several other boards in Mesa and Eagle counties.



Bill Prakken

Bill is a retired attorney who received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan. He has served on numerous volunteer boards and committees including the Riverfront Commission (Co-Chair), Riverfront Foundation, Inc., Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, Inc., Grand Junction Symphony and the Canyonlands Field Institute. Bill is a past President of the Mesa County Bar Association and a former member of the Board of Governors and the Executive Council of the Colorado Bar Association. He and his wife Judy have lived in Mesa County for over 30 years and have two grown daughters.  Bill is a past-president of the Mesa Land Trust board.

Jane Quimby

Jane Quimby

Jane is a retired FBI Special Agent, currently working for Colorado Mesa University as a criminal justice instructor and public safety program director.  She and her husband Gerry also have a private investigation and consulting business.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Utah, and a law degree from Denver University.  She has been an avid supporter of the Mesa Land Trust through the Quimby Family Foundation, with a particular passion for the Three Sisters and Monument Road areas.  She also serves on the board for the Western Colorado Community Foundation.  She enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, biking (road and mountain), playing golf, and boating on Lake Powell.


Janine Rider

Janine spent 33 years at what is now Colorado Mesa University as a Professor of English and then Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.  She and her husband Kirk have lived in Grand Junction since 1972.  During that time, she has served on the Grand Junction Planning Commission and the the Walker Field Airport Authority, as well as on the boards of Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Humanities, and the University Press of Colorado.  Along with the Mesa Land Trust, she has been a part of the Mesa County Libraries annual One Book event since its inception.  Janine and Kirk have three grown children and four grandchildren living in western Colorado, all of whom enjoy the hunting, fishing, skiing, gardening, hiking and biking that our beautiful area offers.


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Laurian Unnevehr

Laurian has been a resident of the Grand Valley since 2012, when she and her husband realized a lifelong dream to retire in the west.   Laurian is a retired agricultural economist and Professor Emerita of the University of Illinois.  A native of California, she has lived and worked in southeast Asia, the Midwest, and Washington DC.  Her research has focused on food policy, including promotion of value-added agriculture.  She has been a consultant to both the private and non-profit sectors on food policy issues, including food safety management and the role of local foods in nutrition.  She enjoys hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, wine tasting, and peach pie baking opportunities in this unique region.  Since moving to the Grand Valley, she has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Mesa Land Trust and their vision for a vibrant agricultural community.


Russ Walker

Russ and his wife Laura arrived in the Grand Valley in 1990 to work on uranium mill tailings cleanup and other projects for the Department of Energy.  Russ has been a professor of Environmental Science at Colorado Mesa University since 1993, and head of the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences since 2005.  Russ has a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and Ph.D. from Iowa State University.  He served on the Riverfront Commission and the Advisory Board for McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.  When school isn’t in session, you’ll find Russ and his 14-year old daughter riding their horses.

Emeritus Board Members:

Lee Ambrose
Victor Bernhard
Doris Butler
John Butler
Blaine Derrick    (1919-2012)
Elvis Guin        (1928-2007)
Mike Mechau
Claude “Skip” Mottram (1940-2011)
Ivan Wood

Advisory Committee Members:

Lee Ambrose
Max Stites
Vicki Stites
Gus Sublette