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.
Program ManagerJulie is a 19-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. She is a board member of the “Friends of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison”, a community organization dedicated to supporting the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Julie is based out of the Montrose office and participates in fundraising, education, conservation and stewardship monitoring.
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 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 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.
Manager of Finances and OperationsAllison 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.
Development and Communications CoordinatorDillon works under the Development Director to manage various fundraising and communication projects. He started out as the office manager of a law firm after receiving his B.S. in accounting from Lander University. From there, he and his wife joined the Peace Corps and ended up in a small village in the mountains of Panama. For two years, he worked as an environmental conservation volunteer and fell in love with land protection work. In 2018, Dillon started with Colorado West Land Trust shortly after receiving his master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, rock climbing, backpacking, trail running, and visiting old friends in far-flung places.
Conservation SpecialistDavid 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.