Board of Directors
Laura developed her love of the outdoors during family camping trips across the USA starting when she was in grade school. Since her father was a teacher, she learned a lot about US History too! Living, working, and raising a family in Colorado she and her husband Cary continued to pass the beauty and wonder of nature to their 2 children by skiing, hiking, biking and taking them on backpacking trips in the Mount Zirkel and Flat Tops Wildernesses from an early age. Laura is proud to be a member of Friends of Wilderness and the Board of Directors. She strives to provide a safe, meaningful, and successful wilderness experience for others.
Melanie grew up camping in the Ozarks and Ouachitas and fell in love with the mountains of Colorado on family ski trips. It took forty years before she could call Colorado home, but it was worth the wait. Along the way, Melanie called Flagstaff, AZ and Escalante, UT home. Having the good fortune to be surrounded by beautiful landscapes, she backpacked, biked, hiked and rafted through the high deserts and forests of the mountain west. Melanie joined Friends of Wilderness to learn more about the public lands around Steamboat. She got that plus learning tree cutting skills, meeting interesting people and having loads of fun. Melanie is excited to be on the board and when not cursing at her computer, she can be found outside on the trails hiking, biking and skiing.
Becky grew up hiking and camping in Northern Wyoming and Yellowstone. After a stint on the west and east coasts, she returned to Southern Wyoming where she continued to hike, camp, bike and ski, traveling frequently to Steamboat. In 2007, she moved fulltime to Steamboat. Becky joined FOW in 2017, starting with trail maintenance, then getting certified as a patroller. She hikes and backpacks in all areas, but has a particular fondness for the far regions of the Flat Tops Wilderness.
Since my dad was a geologist by profession and a naturalist at heart, I grew up camping and hiking with my family in Colorado and the western U.S. I continued this tradition with my husband, Howard, and our two children, who now also enjoy outdoor adventures with their families. Although I lived and taught science in the southeastern California desert for many years, I was fortunate enough to spend a number of summer and winter vacations in Steamboat Springs. In 2019, I achieved a long-time goal of retiring fulltime to Steamboat. Since joining FOW in 2004, I have participated in trail patrol (including via horseback), trail maintenance, and llama training.
Our magnificent mountains have always been a source of serenity and wonder for me, and now, year-round recreation; this includes hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, alpine and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and photography. I welcome the opportunity to both enjoy and support our spectacular outdoors through Friends of Wilderness.
Originally from Ohio, Hank and his wife Beth, retired from careers in education and moved to Steamboat in 2013. They have been FOW members since 2017. Hank is a certified sawyer and enjoys getting out working on the trails and engaging with others that have a passion for the wilderness areas. While Hank has some favorite spots in the Zirkel and Flat Tops Wilderness, he continually looks for new areas to explore while hiking and backpacking.
Hank is an avid outdoor person, enjoying hiking and biking in the summer and backcountry skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months. Along with his wife, he loves to travel, especially internationally, and looks for trips that include plenty of outdoor activities.
While growing up, Priscilla spent her summers on Beaver Island, MI, where she loved to walk on the beach and hike in the forests – always enjoying the wildflowers, wildlife and serenity. She moved to Steamboat in 2005 and joined FOW in 2021, first as a Trail Ambassador and later, obtained her Sawyer Certification. She enjoys the synergy and camaraderie found in interacting with trail users and other members in FOW. When not participating in FOW activities, she enjoys hiking, x-country skiing, international travel, swimming and paddleboarding
Dan left his home state of Connecticut in 1976, found Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley, and has called it home ever since. Not long after retirement, he met a couple of FOW members on the trail in 2014 and enthusiastically joined the group the following summer. Having previously served on the Board from 2016 until 2021, two of those years as President, he agreed to serve another term just this year. Through FOW, he appreciates the opportunity to contribute to maintaining and preserving the public’s access to our nearby wilderness areas.