CCLT is governed by an active eleven-member board consisting of representatives from member organizations across the state as well as other professionals who care passionately about preserving Colorado's urban parks, open spaces, and working farms and ranches.
CCLT has one full-time employee who works with the board, members, contractors, volunteers, and other partners.
Board of Directors
Erik Glenn, President
Erik is the Executive Director of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT). As Director, Erik works closely with the Board of Directors and staff to ensure that there is consistent alignment with the mission and strategic plan. Erik has facilitated more than sixty conservation easement transactions since 2008 and secured more than $10M in grants for the purchase of conservation easements throughout the state of Colorado. Erik holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University and a Master of Resource Law Studies from the University of Denver. Erik is currently pursuing an Executive MBA from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business. In his free time, Erik enjoys reading, fishing, hunting and exploring new places with his wife Shelby and their two dogs - Motsenbocker and Collins.
Rebecca Jewett, Vice President
Rebecca is the Executive Director at the Palmer Land Trust. Prior to joining PLT, Rebecca served as the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, a land conservation and stewardship organization based in Colorado Springs. Rebecca received her Master of Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy (MRLS) from the University of Denver and a BA in Political Science from Colorado College. She has overseen the planning, management, and implementation of countless environmental restoration and stewardship projects throughout Southern Colorado and Utah, with an emphasis on the Pikes Peak region. She brings a decade of experience in the outdoor and environmental industry, working with government agencies, stakeholders, and the public. Her project experience includes recreation management, post-fire burn restoration, watershed health, habitat recovery, environmental education, and public engagement. As a 5th generation Coloradan, Rebecca is deeply passionate about protecting Colorado’s magnificent landscape and natural heritage.
Mike Higuera, Secretary
Mike is the Director of Resource Investments for the Conscience Bay Company private equity firm in Boulder that invests in agricultural land, water resources, and commercial real estate. Mike joined CBC in 2015 to oversee the company's investments in agricultural land and water assets. Prior to joining CBC, Mike spent seven years at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), leading all aspects of land acquisition and conservation easement transactions in Colorado. Mike directed roughly 200,000 acres and over $50 million in acquisitions during his time at TNC. Previously, Mike spent seven years as a transactional real estate attorney at Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP (now Bryan Cave, LLP). Mike is a 1997 graduate of Middlebury College, and received his JD from the University of Michigan in 2001.
Vanda Dyson, Treasurer
Vanda is a CFO for hire and consultant for non-profit and for profit businesses with DYCO Diversified, Inc.. She is a CPA who started her financial management career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen and has since developed her skills in the commercial real estate appraisal, real estate development, software and online advertising industries. Vanda is attracted to the land trust world and is building a consulting practice to share her financial, business, tax and appraisal knowledge with the land trust community. Vanda has a BS in Accounting and Masters of Taxation from the University of Denver. She is a native Coloradan with deep roots in both the skiing and ranching communities. Vanda lives in Golden with her husband and enjoys visiting her two boys often in Bozeman, Montana where they attend Montana State University.
Anthony Mirenda, Director
Tony Mirenda, CFP®, is President of Front Range Wealth Management. Tony provides tailored financial counsel to help achieve sustained prosperity for successful businesses, individuals, and families. In addition to counseling high net worth individuals and families, Anthony has spoken at conferences across Colorado regarding retirement plan strategy, execution and effectiveness. Prior to founding Front Range Wealth Management in April 2016, Anthony spent five years with two national brokerage firms and eight years in corporate tax accounting. Tony graduated Cum Laude from the Colorado State University College of Business with a BS in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance. Anthony served as 2012-2014 President of Colorado State University Alumni Association in Denver. He is a member of Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation which raises money for at-risk and disadvantaged youth in Colorado. Within Denver Active 20-30, Tony is served as Chairman of the 2014 Denver Polo Classic and was the 2013 Chairman of The Barn Party. He also serves on the Finance Committee at his local church and continues to coach youth sports teams for his children. Born and raised in Colorado, Tony lives in Littleton, Colorado with his wife Tara and their three children, Christian, Grayson, and Ashley.
Ilana Moir, Director
Ilana is the Director of Conservation at Mesa Land Trust, overseeing land protection, planning and programs. She joined the conservation movement over a decade ago as a Colorado Conservation Trust Fellow. Today, she leads conservation work in areas targeted by the Buffer Program, along the local Scenic Byways, the Glade Park Initiative, and is helping to expand the role of conservation in the area. Working with over 70 farmers, ranchers and property-owners to conserve their properties, Ilana has a great appreciation for the landowners who have preserved countless resources for future generations. 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 co-leads a community garden, is current President of Grand Valley Bikes, serves on the Friends of the Botanic Garden of Smith College, and enjoys spending time in the great outdoors.
David Ray, Director
David is Director of Lands for the Colorado Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), leading a team that is protecting land, stewarding a wide variety of conservation interests, and working with the ranching community toward increasingly sustainable grazing lands management. He was an attorney in government, large firm and academic settings for eight years. In 2002, he became Lands Program Director for the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, one of the Southeast’s oldest and most respected land trusts. Subsequently, he managed conservation planning and grant-making programs at New York’s Open Space Institute, and led a TNC community-based conservation program in the Southern Blue Ridge. Having married into Colorado roots, David is proud to call the Centennial State home with his wife and daughter. He hikes, bikes, skis, fishes, and writes and sings songs.
Alissa Smith, Director
Alissa works with Bridges to Prosperity, an international development organization working in South and Central America, Africa and Asia, as Campaign Manager for the River North Pedestrian Bridge project and advisor on major gift development. Alissa came to B2P from a background in nonprofit development work for large-scale organizations working in the education space. She most recently served as Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager for City Year Denver. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from Pepperdine University, a Masters of Humanities degree in Philosophy of Language and Ethics from the University of Chicago, and a Certificate in Publishing from New York University. In her time between the pursuit of her degrees, she served as a Fulbright Scholar in Denizli, Turkey, where she facilitated cultural exchange as a university guest professor and as a volunteer in primary school classrooms in research for a series of children’s books. Alissa is a proud Colorado native, and in her time outside of her professional pursuits, volunteers with a therapeutic horseback riding program for disabled children and builds and drag races cars.
Justin Spring, Director
Justin is the Colorado Director for Land Protection at The Trust for Public Land, managing the land protection team and is responsible for identifying, negotiating, funding and closing real estate transactions. These transactions include fee simple land acquisitions, conservation easements, land exchanges, and related tax benefits. Since 2002, he has facilitated the protection of over $40 million of property across Colorado ranging from small urban parks, to working farms and ranches, and also high country mining claims. Justin is also a mentor for the Public Interest Fellowship Program at Colorado College. He was formerly a member of the Conservation Advisory Board for Colorado Mountain Club, past Vice President of the South Metro Land Conservancy and is a graduate of the Colorado College. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, coaching soccer, running, and biking.
Josh Tenneson, Director
Josh is a Colorado native who proudly holds the position of Grants and Acquisitions Manager for Arapahoe County Open Space. He is a two-time University of Colorado graduate with B.A. in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate. Josh obtained a Colorado Conservation Trust Fellowship in 2007, worked for four years as the Programs Director of the Palmer Land Trust (2007-2011), and then acted as the Open Space Program Manager at Great Outdoors Colorado (2011-2015). He served on the Conservation Easement Oversight Commission for two years and currently sits on the Colorado Open Space Alliance Steering Committee. Josh is excited to work on conservation and recreation issues, and he has participated in over 125 private conservation and public open space transactions to date. You can find Josh roaming Colorado’s least traveled trails with his wife, daughter, and two pups.
Jordan Vana, Director
Jordan Vana is the Director of Programs for Colorado Open Lands, where he helps COL and its partners improve the pace, quality and permanence of their work around the state. Prior to COL, Jordan practiced law in Montana, worked as Director of Conservation for a local land trust in Wyoming and served as Program Director for the Colorado Conservation Trust. Jordan received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Amanda Barker, Executive Director
Amanda oversees all programs and operations at CCLT to improve policy and educational standards for conservation professionals in Colorado. She cares passionately about decision-making processes, consensus building with the membership, and helping CCLT realize its strategic plan. She serves on the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission, representing land trusts and open space.
She received her Masters in Environmental Policy and Planning from the University of Michigan, focusing on conflict resolution and collaborative land management in the West. Her undergraduate degree was in geology from Washington University in St. Louis. She also served in Peace Corps Madagascar as an environment volunteer 2005-2008. Outside of this position, she bounds about the outdoors, meditates, volunteers with the Women's Homeless Initiative, and leads an Education for Ministry Program group.
Volunteer Legal Advisors
Melinda Beck, CCLT advisor since 2015
Melinda practices in the areas of conservation, real estate transactions, real property transfers and midstream oil and gas transactions at Lewis Bess Williams & Weese P.C. On the conservation side, Melinda assists local governments, land trusts and private landowners with purchases and donations of conservation easements throughout the United States and internationally. In her career, Melinda has completed hundreds of conservation transactions including charitable donations, purchases and bargain sales of conservation easements. Melinda also co-authored and co-edited the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts’ publication: Mineral Development and Land Conservation: A Handbook for Conservation Professionals (2008 and Revised 2011). In addition to her conservation law practice, Melinda assists landowners in general real estate transactions such as the purchase and sale of residential, commercial and vacant land and the transfer of mineral and water rights. She has also represented clients in midstream oil and gas transactions and ongoing real property issues associated with midstream assets.
Bill Silberstein, CCLT advisor since founding in 1991
Bill is a partner at Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell, LLP, a Denver, Colorado law firm. He is a recognized leader in land conservation law in the Rocky Mountain region, working with landowners, land trusts, accountants, appraisers, land planners, and biologists in structuring conservation easements, and conservation-oriented business and estate plans. He has represented landowners and conservation organizations in over 700 conservation easements, resulting in preservation of hundreds of thousands of the Rocky Mountain Region's most beautiful acres. Recently, he had the privilege of representing Forbes Trinchera, Inc. in the donation of an 80,000 acre conservation easement to Colorado Open Lands. Bill is a frequent lecturer at national, regional, and local conservation easement workshops.