Executive DirectorRob joined Mesa Land Trust in 1996 and has led the organization through a significant period of 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 the University of Michigan and a B.A. in American Studies from Wesleyan University.
Land StewardAlyssa is based out of her home in Paonia, CO. She monitors conservation easements, assists landowners in the stewardship of their properties, and has various other operational and outreach duties. She grew up in the Chicago suburbs, then received her B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She left the saturated flatlands of Illinois for the high desert of Western Colorado in 2016 and set roots in the North Fork Valley. She came to CWLT from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, where she worked with Conservation Districts on the Western Slope. Alyssa enjoys biking, canoeing, gardening, DJing at her local radio station, and wandering through the woods.
Program ManagerAs a project manager at Colorado West Land Trust, Libby works to preserve landscapes and develop trail based recreation along the Monument Corridor and around the six county service area. Through partnerships with local organizations and government, Libby fundraises, coordinates public processes and land acquisition that support trail based recreation and community stewardship of public and private lands. She received her M.A. from the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver where she studied international economic development with a focus on rural communities.
Stewardship and Landowner Relations ManagerDiana started with Mesa Land Trust in 2000, working in conservation easement stewardship, fundraising and outreach. When a full-time development officer was hired Diana became the Stewardship Director. Diana is based out of the Grand Junction office and her work includes annual conservation easement monitoring, working with landowners on stewardship of their properties, as well as providing guidance on their agreements, legal issues ranging from conservation easement defense to oil & gas and water law, and continued outreach efforts. Diana has a B.S. in Business Administration/minor in Business Law from the University of Arizona and spent 15 years in account management and consulting in employee benefits. An Arizona native, she moved to western CO in 1995 for the wide range of outdoor activities available here; particularly whitewater rafting, mountain biking and skiing and also enjoys hiking, climbing, hunting, snowshoeing and photography.
Development and Communications CoordinatorJulia works to advance the mission of Colorado West Land Trust by aiding in external communications, fundraising, and special events. She understands the importance of land preservation and has a background in agriculture, growing up on a fourth-generation cattle ranch in Molina, CO. She received her B.A. from Colorado State University where she studied Journalism and Media Communications and Agricultural Literacy. Julia started her career as a Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Land Trust Fellow. She went on to work for Club 20, where she helped advocate for issues facing the Western Slope of Colorado. Julia spends her free time in the mountains backpacking, biking, and hiking.
Development DirectorA 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.
Conservation SpecialistBased out of the Montrose office, Nick supports staff and landowners on land conservation projects that seek to protect the distinctive natural and working landscapes of western Colorado. A recent graduate of Macalester College with B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geography, Nick understands the diverse range of issues involved in private land conservation in the American West. Although he is an Iowa native, Nick has completed environmental work and research around the West, South America, and southern Africa. In his free time, you’ll find him wandering via foot or bike in search of the perfect fishing hole.
Conservation DirectorIlana is based out of the Grand Junction office and leads conservation work and planning for the organization. She works with everyone from fruit and row crop farmers, to cattle ranchers and hunters to complete conservation projects that meet the mission of the land trust while satisfying the goals of landowners and a myriad local, state, and national funders and partners. A native of Western Colorado, Ilana started with Mesa Land Trust as a Colorado Conservation Trust Fellow after receiving her Master’s degree in Environmental Management at Duke University and a B.A. from Smith College. In the summer of 2017 Ilana was awarded the Kinship Conservation Fellowship. Ilana spends her free time serving on the Board of the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts, co-leading the local community garden, being involved with bike advocacy work, and spending time in the great outdoors.
Finance and Operations DirectorAllison 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, handling finance, human resources, 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, quilting, and road trips her husband, who is a long-haul trucker. She is also proud to be an Army Mom and sits on the board of Western Slope Blue Star Mothers
Conservation ManagerDavid brings his experience protecting natural and working lands to Colorado West Land Trust’s inventory of conservation easements. With a background in river and upland ecological restoration, he works with landowners and other staff to design resource protection strategies that fit with existing practices and ensure their viability for future generations. David received a B.S. from Montana State University and worked as a seasonal field biologist before returning to school to study coastal stream restoration at Humboldt State University. Since then, he has worked on a variety of conservation projects throughout the American West, South Asia, and Mexico. David actively supports organizations that protect natural resources and the communities close to his heart, including Colorado Native Plant Society, One Riverfront, and Two Rivers Wildfire Council. A passionate family man and avid recreationist, David loves to join his family on explorations by bike, ski, boot, boat, or book.