Announcing RFOV’s New Executive Director

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Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers is proud to announce Ron Rash as the new Executive Director. Ron will take the helm from David Hamilton, the organization’s principal founder and Executive Director since 1995. Ron Rash is an experienced nonprofit executive and advocate for the protection and conservation of wild lands, bringing over 30 years of leadership and outdoor experience to RFOV.

Ron has been teaching public stewardship classes with the National Outdoor Leadership School for 25 years and is a Trainer with the Leave No Trace Program. He served as the Interim Executive Director and then Adventures Director for Ascendigo Autism Services and he was the past CEO/Owner of Aspen Alpine Guides. Ron has guided trips in the USA, Canada, and the Himalayas, in addition to over 20 years with Mountain Rescue Aspen, in which he served on the board and was the Training Officer. He has spent considerable time teaching leadership seminars and conducting risk management assessments for corporations worldwide. Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers is excited to blaze the trails with Ron’s expertise.

“In my travels I’ve been impressed with the trail systems in other countries,” says Ron, “the restoration and conservation of trails happens differently in each country, many through government aid and many with volunteers. Some trails are thousands of years old and public land stewardship seems to happen somewhat organically. Similar to Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, all of us have the opportunity to be stewards of our public lands, which is extremely rewarding. Additionally, I’m excited about Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers’ Young Stewards Initiative program because I love the energy and enthusiasm when young people learn conservation, restoration, and public land stewardship.”

The Young Stewards Initiative brings experiential education programs to the valley’s youth. Ron’s background will support the thriving program which has engaged more than 10,000 students since its inception in 2012.

With his experience and enthusiasm Ron is determined to carry on the legacy of David Hamilton’s work with RFOV. The board and staff thank David Hamilton for his commitment and years of service to strengthen the importance of public land stewardship and connecting local communities to the outdoors.

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