Gary Knaus – President
Gary Knaus grew up near Rifle where his father was a large-animal veterinarian. He trained at University of Colorado Medical School and has been a physician in Carbondale for almost 40 years. He was awarded the Walking Stick Award by the University of Colorado in 2000 as the outstanding Rural Colorado Family Physician. Gary and his wife Jill own the family ranch near Rifle which is conserved through AVLT. He was a founding member of the Mount Sopris Nordic Council and a director of the Basalt Water Conservation District.
Jeanne Doremus – Vice President
Jeanne is an Aspen-based attorney specializing in trust and estates, business and property law. She received her law degree from the University of Denver and has practiced in Aspen for over 25 years. Jeanne has been on the AVLT board since 2014, and was a founding member of Alpine Legal Services more than 20 years ago, where she is currently board chair. She has also been a volunteer for Aspen Youth Center, Response, Wildwood School, Room to Read, Aspen High School Booster Club and 100+ Women. Jeanne and her husband Andrew live in Aspen and operate a ranch near Paonia, where they and their five sons are a well-known and devoted hockey family. In a fun and noteworthy bit of history, Jeanne’s father-in-law, John Doremus, was a founding board member of Aspen Valley Land Trust (originally incorporated as Pitkin County Parks Association) in 1967.
David Chase’s career has included being a professor of finance at Northern Arizona University, managing member of a private equity firm and a having a life long involvement with cattle ranching. David holds a BA, MBA (Tuck School) and Ph. D (Arizona State University). Participating in and supporting cultural, educational, scientific and environmental organizations have been central. David has served on the Boards of The Nature Conservancy of Arizona and New Mexico and the Santa Fe Conservation Trust.
Ellen, a native of Florida, has twenty years of experience in organizational management, conservation land acquisition, and sustainable agriculture. She completed a B.S. in Chemistry from Furman University and her M.S. in Soil and Water Sciences at the University of Florida. She served in the United States Peace Corps for two years teaching high school sciences in Ghana, West Africa. Ellen has worked in organic certification and land trust accreditation, assisted in coordinating one of the first local farm product labels in the Southeastern U.S. and collaborated with community leaders to address community food needs. Ellen is currently the president of the general partner of her family’s limited partnership which specializes in commercial real estate.
Ellen, her husband Matt, and their son, Andrew (7), moved to Snowmass Village, Colorado from Gainesville, Florida to be closer to Ellen’s sister and her family. She is happily surprised with how much she enjoys the seasons here and is thankful for a growing sense of place in the Roaring Fork Valley. Ellen enjoys reading, piano, downhill and cross country skiing, and hiking with friends.
Fred is a retired acquisitions attorney who joined the board in January 2013. He spent most of his career as a partner with Morrison & Foerster, working in New York City, Tokyo and Denver. He and his wife, Susan, moved to Colorado permanently in 2006. He was born in New York and received a B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D., degree cum laude, from Fordham University. Fred is active in several community efforts, and is an avid gardener and painter, and skis at every possible opportunity.
Jim joined the AVLT Board in January 2013. He moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1981 after graduating from Middlebury College in Vermont with a degree in American Literature. Jim’s professional experience has been primarily in sales and marketing as a real estate broker, and he is now a broker with Coldwell Banker MasonMorse Realtors in Aspen and Carbondale, and is an avid skier, hunter and outdoorsman. He rejoined the AVLT Board in 2013 and is currently living in Aspen to support his son’s professional skiing aspirations.
Whether working on the ranch, raising steers and lambs for 4-H, or competing in rodeos, Amy has been intimately involved with horses and livestock for as long as she can remember. Amy grew up on a ranch south of Silt and after graduating Rifle High School, she earned a bachelor of science in biological sciences at Stanford University. She moved back to Colorado, where she earned Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at Colorado State University. She has studied and worked abroad in Chile, Scotland, Australia and New South Wales. Amy works at the Glenwood Veterinary Clinic in Glenwood Springs, and she and her husband Nick live on a ranch north of New Castle where they help manage her family’s cattle operation. When she is not at the clinic, she enjoys riding and helping out on the ranch, skiing, camping, fishing, gardening, cooking, and traveling as often as possible.
Scott moved to Colorado in 2006 and received a B.A. in Political Science from Colorado State University. Following school he worked in the public policy/political realm along the Front Range and Western Slope. It was on the campaign trail where he realized he needed more ranchland and less concrete in his life and moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2013. His career now focuses on fixed income and he is a Level III candidate in the CFA Program. Outside the office, Scott enjoys anything involving swimming, biking and running – preferably in that order.
Charlie joined the board in October 2018 after applying his skills as a co-chair of The Grand Land Dance. Charlie is currently president of the First Western Trust, Aspen. He is an experienced market president with a long history of creating profitable asset growth. His love of the mountains drew he and his family to the Roaring Fork Valley almost 20 years ago. They have hiked, biked, skied, and ridden their horses all over the valley, and are still discovering new places. Charlie’s commitment to community runs deep. He serves, or has served, on the boards of Colorado Humanities, Aspen Chamber Resort Association, and Aspen Junior Hockey. As a long-time supporter of AVLT, Charlie is one of the few and the proud to have attended every Land Dance!
Curtis is a developer who built his career entitling land and securing financing for single-family home builders across the western United States. He received his B.A. in Economics from San Diego State University. In 1998, Curtis and his wife and their three children followed their dreams of living in the mountains and made Aspen their permanent home. A passionate community volunteer, Curtis has served on the Board of the Aspen Valley Ski Club and Thompson Divide Coalition. He enjoys skiing, hiking, and biking across the Elk Mountains.
Scott Miller is a partner with Patrick, Miller & Noto, a Roaring Fork Valley based law firm specializing in water rights, ditch easements, wetlands, water quality, water conservation and other water related issues. He received his law degree and a masters in environmental law from Vermont Law School in 1995. He and his firm also practice in other states including Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming; and Scott was counsel on a large interstate water case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court. Scott frequently publishes and speaks on a variety of legal issues relating to western water law and ditch easements. Scott grew up in Rochester, NY and moved to Colorado in the ‘80’s where he went to University of Colorado – Boulder. After a stint in Steamboat Springs he moved to Aspen in 1989. His Mom owned a 70 acre ranch in Old Snowmass which helped fuel his love for open spaces and preserving ranchlands. Scott likes to play almost any sport, including hockey, his late-in-life passion; and loves to ski, mountain bike and spend as much time as possible with his active wife Cathy, and two sons, Keaton (16) and Carson (14).