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.
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.
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.
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 serves as Chair of the Thompson Divide Coalition Board. He is an avid gardener and painter, and skis at every possible opportunity.
Bill joined the AVLT Board in January 2012 and also serves on the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife Commission and the Great Outdoors Colorado Board of Directors. Bill previously served as town manager for Basalt, planner for Pitkin County and Aspen and former vice president of planning for the Aspen Skiing Company. For almost 20 years, Bill was a manager for Design Workshop, which specializes in resort development worldwide. While in Basalt Bill has worked on several open space projects with Eagle County, Pitkin County, the State of Colorado and Aspen Valley Land Trust. He is retired and now pursues outdoor activities with a passion.
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.
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.
Matt Sturgeon joins the board as of January 2016. Matt has worked for the City of Rifle, CO, since 2002 and served as the City Manager since 2013. Prior to moving to Rifle, Matt worked as a Senior Planner for Pueblo County, CO. Matt is a California native, growing up on the Central Coast in Paso Robles. He and his wife Kelley have been married since 1993 and are raising two high schoolers. Matt holds a B.S. in Political Science from the University of California at Irvine and has completed two years of Masters study in Urban and Regional Planning at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Jack joined the board December 2016. Jack has a broad range of practical experience including being engaged in the family’s livestock auction and cattle/ranching operations which have provided Jack the unique platform from which he launched a very successful and long lasting real estate career. Honesty, integrity, knowledge and ethical practice provide the cornerstones of Jack’s business philosophy. Jack’s real estate services place a particular emphasis on land acquisitions and sales, including, farm and ranch properties, hunting and recreational properties, residential and commercial development land and resource lands featuring water and/or mineral resources.