Colorado West Land Trust Staff

 

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.

Julie Barger – Montrose Office Manager and Project Coordinator

Julie is a 15-year resident of Montrose County and started with Black Canyon Regional Land Trust in 2011. Julie held several positions as office manager and in public relations work prior to coming to coming on board with BCRLT. She has a broad knowledge of real estate closings/title transactions and was a Real Estate Closer for 5 years. Julie has extensive customer service background and has fostered many long-term relationships in the local community with her endearing personality and genuine interest in helping people. Julie is based out of the Montrose office and participates in fundraising, education, conservation and stewardship monitoring.

Libby Collins – Manager of Community Engagement

Libby started working for Mesa Land Trust in 2011, coordinating capital campaigns to purchase properties in Mesa County along Monument Road, including the Three Sisters and Bookends. She continues to fundraise for the organization but also directs community stewardship and engagement. Libby is based out of the Grand Junction office and works to preserve landscapes and develop trail based recreation along the Monument Corridor and around the region, though developing partnerships with local entities. 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.

Diana Cort – Stewardship Director

Diana 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.

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 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.

Jeremy Puckett – Stewardship Director

Jeremy took up residence in the North Fork Valley in 2001. He holds a B.A. in Zoology, a M.S. in Environmental Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. He became motivated as a naturalist and environmental educator during high school and is also an alum of the Student Conservation Association and a charter member of AmeriCorps. Beyond the passionate pursuit of landscape-scale conservation and environmental photography, Jeremy enjoys escaping into the mountains to chase wily trout with a fly rod, as well as hiking, camping, and birding with his family, and occasionally harassing Dusky Grouse with his bird dogs. In addition to joining BCRLT as Stewardship Director in 2014, his professional experience includes field biology, environmental education, conservation advocacy, environmental consulting, and county-level GIS mapping. Jeremy works primarily from his home office in Paonia, but may also be found out and about, conducting field work somewhere throughout the six-county CWLT service area.

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 based out of the Grand Junction office and 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. Allison serves on the Health Education Advisory Council and the Family and Consumer Sciences Advisory Committee, both for School District 51. In her time away from work Allison enjoys birding, quilting, and geeking out with her crazy family.