January 23, 2018

RFOV Staff & Board of Directors

Meet Our Staff

David Hamilton
Executive Director
Email: davidhamilton@rfov.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@rfov.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.

Ben Sherman
Assistant Youth Coordinator
Email: bsherman@rfov.org

Ben brings versatile education experience to Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, having taught outdoor and environmental education with several organizations around the country. Most recently he worked as an Educator and Naturalist with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, where he taught all ages about the unique nature and history of the upper Roaring Fork Valley. In the past Ben worked for Outward Bound, taught at a popular Minnesota nature center and studied endangered bats throughout California. A Tufts University graduate, he was raised in Minnesota, where he grew up hiking, skiing, canoeing and enjoying time outdoors. Ben is excited to help students from Parachute to Aspen connect to public lands and make lasting and meaningful improvements to the area’s trails.

Carl Nelson, Field Coordinator
Carl Nelson, Field Coordinator
Carl Nelson
Field Coordinator
Email: cnelson@rfov.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.

Cathy Click
Development Coordinator
Email: cathyc@rfov.org

Baker, hiker, knitter and nature lover, Cathy comes to RFOV after years in the French café business.  A graduate of Aspen High School and the University of Colorado, she left her native west for the wilds of New York City and found a near obsession for the non-profit world.  Her experience in fundraising includes work at the Staten Island Children’s Museum and Aspen Music Festival.  She and her husband Bernard are exploring the meaning of life-after-restaurant with adventures near and far.  Cathy can be found at Basalt Town Council meetings, stomping around the Midvalley with friends and dogs, practicing the piano as a rank beginner, and in America’s best idea, our National Parks, with her daughter.

Rachael "Madi" Madison, Marketing, Program, and Admin Coordinator

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

Chris Geiger
Chris Geiger

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

Glenwood Springs

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

The Aspen Appraisal Group


Tory Thomas
Tory Thomas

Broker Associate, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's International Realty


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