January 23, 2018

RFOV Staff & Board of Directors

Meet Our Staff

David Hamilton
Executive Director
Email: davidhamilton (at) rfov (dot) org

Shortly after moving to Colorado in 1987, David became involved as a volunteer with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), a statewide organization with a mission of involving citizens in the stewardship of our public lands and trails. He served many roles in VOC: Crew Leader, Technical Advisor, Instructor, Board Member, chaired numerous committees, and was a key player in developing a very successful program.

The rewards of working in the non-profit arena for the betterment of public lands, and the skills acquired in the process, prompted David to pursue a career change.  Along with some other conservation minded individuals, David founded Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers in March 1995 and is now the Executive Director.

David Hamilton, Executive Director
Lizz Bailey, Youth Program Coordinator
Lizz Bailey
Youth Program Coordinator
Email: ebailey (at) rfov (dot) org

Lizz joins Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers from Catalina Island, where she began her environmental education experience three years ago. Her experiences teaching students both in and out of the classroom have shaped her teaching philosophy to include the concepts of stewardship for protected lands through conservation work that also utilizes recreation as an important tool to interact with the landscape. Prior to the Conservancy, she was part of AmeriCorps NCCC where she first learned about trail work and native plant conservation. Her love for the outdoors began in her mother’s garden, grew through trips to the Jersey shore, and bloomed through a 10-week camping adventure with AmeriCorps. She is excited to explore the mountains, having only heard rumor of the mysterious beauty of the Colorado River before accepting her position at RFOV. Originally from New Jersey, she is a graduate from Montclair State University, and is looking forward to expanding the youth programs of RFOV.

Olivia Deihs
Program Manager
Email: odeihs (at) rfov (dot) org

Olivia is excited to combine her work and passion for the outdoors in her new position as RFOV’s Program Manager. Her love for public lands began as a child when she spent winters snowboarding in Crested Butte and summers on family road trips exploring the United States. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Northern Illinois University, she began her travels out west. Her first stop was to a journey through Utah’s canyons where she led backcountry conservation crews. Next up was Telluride, Boulder, and now, the Roaring Fork Valley. Olivia loves working with volunteers and facilitating community engagement through conservation activities. When not on the trail, you will probably find her gardening, watching Grey’s Anatomy, or adding new places to her bucket list.

Rachael "Madi" Madison, Marketing, Program, and Admin Coordinator
Rachael "Madi" Madison
Marketing, Program, & Administrative Coordinator
Email: rmadison (at) rfov (dot) org

Madi’s experience and commitment to non-profit work started in 2011, when she volunteered to ride her bicycle from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska through a student-run organization at the University of Texas at Austin. The organization’s mission was to raise money for cancer research, and as Madi became the organization’s Community Engagement Chair, she was able to see the ins and outs of a passionate non-profit. Madi brings a mix of Outdoor meets Internet: While living in South America, she had the privilege of hiking and backpacking in both Peru and the Patagonian region of Chile. In Austin, she worked as a social media strategist for over 100 local businesses. Looking to combine both her marketing expertise and devotion to Nature, she’s thrilled to be a part of the team.

Carl Nelson
Field Coordinator
Email: cnelson (at) rfov (dot) org

Carl Nelson brings 10 years of outdoor experience to his new role as seasonal Field Coordinator, having worked on outdoor projects in the mountain West. He served in supervisory capacities on projects for the U.S. Geological Survey, Colorado Division of Wildlife, and the Forest Service, earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Western State College in Gunnison, and completed a CMC (Leadville) Outdoor Semester in the Rockies. An avid hiker and climber, Carl was born in the Boulder area, and relocated to the Valley from Durango.

Carl Nelson, Field Coordinator
Jo-Anne Ahrens, Development Coordinator
Jo-Anne Ahrens
Development Coordinator
Email: rfov (at) sopris (dot) net

Jo-Anne first volunteered for RFOV in 2001 and loved every project she has volunteered on since them! She is excited in her role as Development Coordinator, bringing years of sales and service experience and a passion for the out of door to the table. JoAnne has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for 25 years. She lives in Carbondale with her husband, Dale, and has two sons, Chris (also a volunteer) and Marshall Walker. Originally from Vermont and a graduate of the University of Vermont, she likes cooler weather, apples and maple syrup over pancakes.

Board of Directors

RFOV's Board of Directors includes a dedicated group of residents from all over the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys. Their service isn't limited to the Board; many are seasoned Crew Leaders and you'll often see them working alongside other volunteers on weekend and evening projects.

Jamin Heady-Smith, Chair
Jamin Heady-Smith,  Chair

Certified Public Accountant

Glenwood Springs

Max Olson, Treasurer
Max Olson, Treasurer

Finance Manager

Old Snowmass

Tory Thomas
Tory Thomas

Broker Associate, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's International Realty


Randy Gold, Co-Vice Chair
Randy Gold, Co-Vice Chair

The Aspen Appraisal Group


Susan Cross
Susan Cross

Buttermilk Mountain Manager

Snowmass Village

Erin Zalinski
Erin Zalinski

Owner, TreadZ

Glenwood Springs

Regan Hann, Co-Vice Chair
Regan Hann,  Secretary & Co-Vice Chair

Online Marketing Manager, Aspen Skiing Company


Ryan Vugteveen
Ryan Vugteveen

Principal Landscape Architect, Lift Studio


Chris Geiger
Chris Geiger

Water Rights and Real Estate Attorney, Balcomb & Green P.C.

Glenwood Springs