Board of Directors
Curtis joined Friends of Wilderness in 2015. Having participated in trail maintenance, trail patrol, sign making, llama wrangling and backpacking as well as attending the 2017 Wilderness Academy and earning his crosscut sawyer certification, he still hasn’t found an FOW activity he doesn’t thoroughly enjoy. FOW has been a great way to keep in touch with nature, meet fantastic people, and most importantly help the USFS with the stewardship of our Wilderness Areas.
KEEP WILDERNESS WILD
I have enjoyed being outdoors my entire life – hiking and camping in Michigan and, as a Scout, doing trail maintenance work on the Shawnee Trail in southern Ohio. My first Colorado outdoors experience was visiting RMNP and camping in Mesa Verde National Park. We moved to Steamboat Springs full time in 2017 and I have enjoyed trail work with FOW and hiking in the Mt Zirkel Wilderness – especially on the east side of the Divide. I earned Certification as a Sawyer in 2018.
When I am not in the Forest I enjoy running, bicycling, swimming, skiing, travel, and photography. I have been married to my best friend Leila for 37 years and we have two sons, now grown, who also enjoy the outdoors.
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.
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 happy to be a member of Friends of Wilderness and the Board of Directors to work to provide a safe 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.
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.