The Board of Directors is comprised of trail-focused leaders of the community. They bring diverse experience and a strong appreciation for public lands and public trails of all types. Each member of the board works to serve as a liaison to one or more of the trails organizations in the community in support of the mission of the GVTA. The role of the board is to oversee the mission of the organization and ensure its longterm health. The composition of the board is not focused on representing different trail user groups, but rather on eight key areas of non-profit management.
Board of Directors
Nick Bjorklund has recently returned to the Grand Valley from Laramie, Wyoming. He grew up in Tucson, Arizona, enjoying trails from a young age. Nick has his BBA in Finance and Economics from Colorado Mesa University, and a JD from the University of Wyoming. He is currently an attorney with Dufford, Waldeck, Milburn & Krohn, LLP, practicing in the areas of estate planning and tax law. Nick is excited to join the Grand Valley Trails Alliance Board and work to protect and expand our world class trails system.
You can reach Nick at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kerry Dunn grew up on the east coast, but after making her way out west, has found a love for all things outdoors in Colorado, across the country, and around the world. She has a degree in Parks and Recreation Management from Northern Arizona University along with two degrees from Boise State University, one in Accounting and one in Finance. If you can’t find her it is probably because she is on an adventure somewhere. Her primary passion is mountain biking with her husband Derek, but you can also find her hiking, rock climbing, skiing, and occasionally playing off road in her truck around the Grand Valley and beyond. Currently she is helping crunch the numbers as the Treasurer for the organization.
You can reach Kerry at: email@example.com.
Dave Grossman grew up in Durango, Colorado and is a Western Coloradoan to his roots. He graduated with a degree in Biology from the Colorado College and has countless adventures around the world as a fly fishing guide, dot com entrepreneur, photographer, magazine publisher, and event organizer. Dave’s 33+ year passion for mountain biking and trails helped him to serve as the first coordinator of the GVTA and lead the organization through its early years. A father of two girls and a couple of trail-loving labradors, you will find Dave most days out on a trail doing maintenance, designing a new trail proposal, or talking with other trail users. Dave currently serves as the Chair of the GVTA and is dedicated to celebrating and enhancing the amazing trails of the Grand Valley.
You can reach Dave at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Klish is deaf and communicates mostly by lip-reading, and if available by sign language. He grew up in the Grand Valley, attending the middle and high schools. After graduation, he moved out of town to obtain a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2005 and returned to the valley in 2006 working for Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). He worked under them for 7 years as a Roadway Engineer Intern, working on and off in the valley and in Eagle area. He resigned in 2014 to pursue his own endeavors and now operates an athletic event business, Mountain And Desert (MAD) Racing. He puts on approximately 10 events each year while providing event solutions, such as timing services, management, and resources for other events.
He is passionate about the community as he’s on two boards – one the Grand Valley Trails Alliance and the other on the United States Deaf Cycling Association. He brings experience with communication between various parties, working with federal agencies, and a lot of passion for sharing trails with all user groups.
You can reach John at: email@example.com.
Matt Jennings is a manager at Mesa County Partners. He works with local youth, advocating, promoting and teaching the importance of public lands and stewardship. Matt is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, and he holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from CU Denver. With a passion for outdoor recreation, Matt is an eager champion for Grand Valley Trails.
You can reach Matt at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a fourth generation Colorado native, Pat Kennedy (PK) has lived in Grand Junction, Colorado since 1981. He began his work as a trail advocate with his appointment to the Colorado Riverfront Commission in 1994. As a Commissioner, he was asked to create the Grand Junction Urban Trails Committee in 1995. In 2003, he was hired as the first executive director for the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA) and was appointed to the BLM Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council. He currently sits on the Board of the Colorado Riverfront Foundation and is chairman of the Colorado Culinary Academy Advisory Board at the Western Colorado Community College, Colorado Mesa University.
Pat enjoys mountain biking and alpine skiing, as well as other outdoor activities.He is married to Cindy, and they share many of these activities together.
You can reach PK at: email@example.com.
Eric, currently the Executive Director for the American Red Cross of Western Colorado, has lived in the Grand Valley since 2001 and love all things trail related. Eric’s past work with the USFS, BLM, Powderhorn Resort, and the Western Colorado Conservation Corps has provided him with a great deal of experience and passion for multi-use recreation and the important role that it plays in making Western Colorado a wonderful place to live.
You can reach Eric at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Trout Unlimited’s Colorado River Basin Outreach Coordinator, Richard is responsible for enlisting support for healthy river flows in the Colorado River Basin from local agricultural interests, sportsman groups and river dependant businesses. Richard is educated as a Fisheries Biologist (BS-Humboldt State Univ.) and as a Landscape Architect (MLA-Univ. Colorado at Denver). He practiced as a licensed LA in Jackson, Wyoming for 27 years specializing in rural planning, stream restoration and wetland design. While in Jackson he was a long time planning commissioner for Teton County and spent six years as a board member for the Jackson Hole Land Trust. Originally from Colorado, Richard and his wife Jane located in Grand Junction to be close to the mountains and deserts where they enjoy trail running, biking, skiing and trying to keep the water out of their 45 year old drift boat.
You can reach Richard at: email@example.com.
If you are interested in serving on the Grand Valley Trails Alliance’s board of directors, please contact us.