Staff from left to right are: Libby Collins, Diana Cort, Ilana Moir, Mary Hughes, Allison Rehor, Rob Bleiberg
Rob Bleiberg, Executive Director
Rob joined Mesa Land Trust in 1996 and has led the organization through a significant growth and transformation. He has been involved in hundreds of conservation transactions and has established strategic partnerships with local governments, the Nature Conservancy, American Farmland Trust and other private and public entities. Rob is a community volunteer, serving on the boards of local and statewide nonprofits. When not in the office, he can be found hiking or biking on the trails of western Colorado and southeast Utah, preferably with his wife, Sheri, daughter, and two dogs. In 2009, he was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Rob has an M.S. in Natural Resource Policy from University of Michigan and a B.A. in American Studies from Wesleyan University.
Libby Collins, Project Coordinator
Libby has worked for the Land Trust since 2011. She coordinated the capital campaigns to purchase properties along Monument Road, including the Three Sisters and the Bookends properties. She continues to fundraise for the organization and specific projects, directs community engagement events, trail building and restoration through a community stewardship program, and coordinates efforts along Monument Road to preserve landscapes and make our community more walkable and bike-able. Libby received her M.A. from the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver where she studied international economic development and environmental impacts. She is now thrilled to be helping to protect the extraordinary landscapes in her own back yard. Libby also enjoys teaching yoga, hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, and taking on new hobbies.
Diana Cort, Director of Stewardship
Diana has been with the Land Trust since 2000, working in fundraising, outreach and easement stewardship. As the organization grew, a full-time development officer was hired and Diana became the Stewardship Director. Her duties include conservation easement monitoring & administration, legal issues, landowner relations, as well as continued outreach efforts. Diana has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and spent 15 years in account management and consulting in employee benefits. She is an avid whitewater rafter and also enjoys hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and landscape photography.
Mary Hughes, Development Officer
A native of Louisiana, Mary joined the staff in 2007. With 32 years of experience as co-owner of a family operated dairy, she understands the need for protection of agricultural land, conservation of wildlife habitat, and the need for open space preservation. A graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with a Master’s of Science in Applied Sociology, Mary’s research included urban forestry and open space preservation projects. Mary gained fundraising and development experience while at The Salvation Army in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. When not working, Mary enjoys motorcycling western Colorado’s wonderful landscapes with her husband, camping, bicycling, and promoting Mesa County’s wonderful nonprofit organizations.
Ilana Moir, Director of Conservation
Ilana started at the Land Trust as a Colorado Conservation Trust Fellow in 2005 and worked in that capacity for a year before officially joining the Land Trust staff. She leads conservation work in areas targeted by the Buffer Program, along the Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway, and the Glade Park Initiative. She writes grants, carries out computer mapping and GIS assignments, and expands land protection planning to additional areas of western Colorado. A native of Western Colorado, Ilana returned after receiving her Master’s degree in Environmental Management at Duke University and a B.A from Smith College. Ilana enjoys co-leading the local community garden, being involved with bike advocacy work, and spending time in the great outdoors.
Allison Rehor, Manager of Finance and Operations
Allison is a Front Range transplant who moved to Grand Junction with her husband and son in 2012 after falling in love with Mesa County’s beautiful landscapes, friendly people and backyard recreation. Allison is the organization’s jack-of-all-trades. She handles the bookkeeping, IT support and general day to day operations. Her business background includes bookkeeping and accounting in higher education and healthcare. In her time away from work Allison enjoys birding, hiking, quilting and geeking out with her crazy family.