Board of Directors


Jonathan Shamis, Chair – Lake County Judge

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Jonathan,a native of Chappaqua, NY has been coming to Leadville since the mid 1980’s.  He permanently relocated to Leadville in 2013.  He has work on a multitude of non-profits for over a quarter center serving as staff and director.  He currently serves as the Lake County Judge. He also teaches as adjunct faculty at Colorado Mountain College.

Stuart Francone, Vice Chair – Environmental Consultant, Olsson Associates

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Stuart is a Colorado native with deep roots in both Lake and Park Counties.  Married with four children, he splits his time between Denver and Leadville.   Stuart is an environmental scientist and has been a consultant for the oil and gas and mining industries for more than 29 years.  When not working, Stuart spends his time in Leadville with his family where they hike, fly fish, mountain bike, ski and relax.  He is passionate about the mission of C4, particularly how it supports and encourages conservation practices with second home owners.

Heather Glyde, Secretary – Owner, Leadville Outdoors

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Heather moved to Colorado in 1997 after finishing her degree at Penn State and immediately fell in love with the unique geography of the Arkansas Valley.  After seasonal biology work took her to the Sonoran desert, Yellowstone, and Kodiak and the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, she made Leadville her permanent home.  She spent 15 years in the outdoor industry before founding Sawatch Guides and Leadville Outdoors.  Heather believes that sustenance for the body, mind and spirit are important benefits of spending time outdoors, but that of equal or greater value is the connection and responsibility it fosters to the resources all creatures depend on.

Susan Fishman, Treasurer – Lake County Resident

Susan moved to Leadville in 2002.  She has been a teacher, speech pathologist, interpreter, and program director of after school programs.  She spends her free time hiking, biking, cross country skiing, raising service puppies, and volunteering for a variety of organizations.  She started with C4 as a regular volunteer for zero waste and is committed to the mission of C4, trying to put the mission into her own life.

Eric Wanless – Senior Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute

Eric is a Manager with RMI’s industry and electricity practices, eric-wanlesswhere he is a key contributor to the Reinventing Fire: China program as RMI’s industrial sector lead and champions a nascent effort to eliminate energy waste in consumer products by harnessing business’ drive for profit. He is also actively involved in energy strategy development and implementation, and design innovation for electric utilities, heavy industry, and corporations. Eric has been involved with RMI in various capacities since 2005.

T. Barnabas Kane – Senior Landscape Architect, Consilium Design

bkane_board shotBarnabas is a second generation Landscape Architect  & Planner. His multi-disciplined approach blends architecture, landscape architecture, ecology, art, and community planning skills in an ever emerging industry.   Because of his passion for the field he founded his design firm in 1999 with the intent to influence every project and client to design the best possible project while improving all the cultural and ecological systems involved.   He has a diverse portfolio of projects from around the country and offers a very robust skill set.  He is a permaculture instructor, has taught at the ASU design school and presented to many diverse audiences including the national ‘Green-Build’ conference.  He founded ‘Skywater’ a rainwater harvesting design/build company, nearly 10 years ago to fill a local market niche, to tell this important story, and to promote the technology.

Beth Helmke – Director, Get Outdoors Leadville!

Beth oversees GOL! program administration and financials, monitors GOCO Inspire Grant deliverables, and also leads coordination of capital and infrastructure projects. Her work with GOL! combines her love of outdoor adventuring, public health research, youth programming, servant leadership, the nonprofit sector, and Lake County’s amazing natural assets. Beth has worked in research, nonprofits, and education administration for the past 20 years – but never with an organization quite as awesome as GOL! Outside of work, you’ll usually find Beth cheering on her husband and kids in their various pursuits, out on the trails running, hiking, and biking, seeking new far-flung travel destinations, volunteering, or just goofing around with her adventurous family and two ridiculous mutts.

Rachel Pokrandt – Vice President and Campus Dean, Colorado Mountain College, Leadville and Chaffee County Campuses

Rachel began her career as a ski instructor and high school teacher where she was recruited out of the classroom to write sustainability curriculum for the Keystone Center and Science School. During her time at Keystone she became the Director of Professional Education and Leadership and worked on projects with NASA, EPA, DOE, DOW Chemical and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. She then went on to become one of the founding members of the non-profit Beyond Benign where she co-wrote the first educational modules in Green Chemistry and trained educators and practitioners on this curriculum in India, Germany, Bangladesh, England, Ireland and Australia. Rachel has an undergraduate degree in Theatre and British Literature, and in education, an MBA and graduate certificate in sustainability and a doctoral degree in Management. Rachel has served in multiple roles and campuses of CMC for almost 5 years.

Melissa Kirr – Sustainability Programs Director, Walking Mountains Science Center

Melissa moved to Colorado in 2002 and has lived in Lake County for the past 14 years with her husband and two daughters. She holds degrees in Forest Resource Management from Penn State University and the University of Montana. Her entire professional career has existed in the non-profit sector, specifically the environmental and sustainability realms. She currently works at a local, regional and global level on sustainability initiatives. Melissa knows that meaningful relationships with stakeholders and partnership collaboration are key to sustaining any organization and is proud to serve on the C4 board.

Our mission is to inspire stewardship of our natural resources by creating educational opportunities and lasting community infrastructure in Leadville and Lake County, Colorado.