RMBL 2017 Board of Trustees/Voting Membership Fall Ballot


Nominations for the RMBL Board of Trustees


There currently are six Trustees on the Board who have been approved through 2018. This ballot includes nominations for seven additional Trustees to the Board (new appointments and renewals).  The Board’s Governance Committee has unanimously recommended these nominations to the full Board, which in turn has recommended them to the membership. The action required is only to approve nominees, not to vote on officers. The Board nominates the following members to another term:  Diane Campbell, Kurt Giesselman, John Haley, and Kailen Mooney from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2020.    Additionally, the Board nominates  Jill Anderson, Bruce McLean, and Ken Williams to the Board for their first terms, from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2020.

The qualifications of the nominees, including the rationale for their service on the Board, are described below. Additionally, to understand how the nominee will complement the rest of the Board, we provide a list of Board members who are already approved to serve through 2018 along with their expertise and achievements. Although the current Board unanimously endorses these nominees, final approval is in the hands of the RMBL Voting Membership. According to RMBL’s bylaws, “if a majority of those voting reject the selected Trustee, that person shall not become a nominee or, if the person had been sitting as a member of the Board from a prior term, he or she will no longer by a member of the Board.”



Jill Anderson (new)

Jill earned her B.Sc. from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University. After a postdoc with Dr. Thomas Mitchell-Olds at Duke University, and an early faculty position at the University of South Carolina, she joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics and Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia in 2015. Her research examines the ecological and evolutionary consequences of global change for natural plant populations in tropical and temperate ecosystems. She has conducted field work at RMBL since 2009. She maintains experimental gardens in five locations across Gunnison county, from low elevation locales near the Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery to alpine ecosystems in the North Pole Basin. Jill brings perspective to the Board as a relatively early-career scientist with broad field experience at RMBL, elsewhere in the U.S., and in South America.

 Diane Campbell (Secretary renewal)

With a B.S. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from Duke, Diane is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine.  She has had an active research program at RMBL since 1984 conducting research on the mechanisms of evolution in natural populations and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Her work is funded by the National Science Foundation and focuses on plant speciation, how global change alters natural selection, and the role of chemical signals in mediating interactions with pollinators. Diane has led public outreach tours and served on numerous RMBL committees, including the Research Committee from 2010 to the present. She is an AAAS Fellow and has served as editor for the journals Functional Ecology, the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, and Evolution.  Diane brings perspective to the Board as a long-standing and senior scientist in the RMBL community.

Kurt Giesselman (Vice President – renewal)

Kurt has a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Virginia along with an Executive M.B.A. from Wharton Business School. He has worked extensively in the corporate sector with an emphasis on operations and business development, including serving as Director of Business Development for both Honeywell International and Siemens, Energy and Environmental Solutions, as well as Vice President for consulting and client services for Constellation Energy.  He has nonprofit experience including serving on the development committee of the Indianapolis Zoo and the Facilities Committee for the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  Kurt is a full-time resident of Crested Butte and is active with a number of local organizations, including having served as President of the Rotary Branch and the E3 Foundation of Gunnison Valley.  Kurt brings his experience with strategic planning and marketing to the Board and provides perspective as a Crested Butte resident.

John Haley (renewal)

With an M.D. in Ophthalmology from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School, John has operated a private practice in Ophthalmology in Garland, Texas since 1976. He is a Full Clinical Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, with an appointment starting in 1976. He is a Fellow in both the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has also been a member of the Texas Physician Advisory Council to Blue Cross/Blue Shield since 2004. He is also the founding partner of, and on the board of directors of Medinetworx, a small and growing firm that installs and operates cloud-based computer systems for medical offices. He is also President of the Texas Ophthalmological Association. John is on the Executive Board for Southern Methodist University’s Deadman College and has assisted in raising funds among alumni. John and his wife Margie have visited Colorado since early childhood and have been regular visitors to Crested Butte for 40+ years and second homeowners in Crested Butte for 25 years. He has been actively involved in a number of Crested Butte nonprofits during that time, including the Crested Butte Land Trust, the High Country Citizen’s Alliance, and the local radio station. John brings his experience in operating his own businesses to the Board, a passion for sustainable building, and a desire to help RMBL raise funds to the Board.

Bruce McLean (new)

Bruce has a J.D. and a B.S. in Business Economics and Public Policy from Indiana University and a distinguished career in law.  He started his career in the Office of Enforcement for the National Labor Relations Board.  After government service he entered private practice with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, DC, where he was a partner for 40 years. He served as Chairman and CEO for the firm for 20 years and under his leadership the firm was regularly ranked among the nation’s top 20 corporate law firms. He has served on the Indiana University School of Law Board of Visitors and the Georgetown University Law Center Board of Visitors.  He was a Vice President of the Corporate Board of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts from 2006-2012.  He has a second home in Crested Butte and lives much of the year in Vero Beach, Florida.  He brings a strong legal and strategic planning background to the Board.

Kailen Mooney (President – renewal)

With a Ph.D. in Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology from the University of Colorado, Kailen is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine.  Prior to his graduate training as a scientist, Kailen worked as an environmental policy analyst for the Natural Resources Defense Council and as an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School.  He has conducted research at RMBL since 2008 and has taught RMBL’s Field Ecology course.  He has supervised a number of RMBL undergraduate researchers, led the Board Planning Committee for 2014-2016, assisted with the Douglass Distinguished Lecture Series, has been a Board member since 2014 and Board President since 2016.  He brings the perspective of a younger scientist to the Board, as well as someone who has recently been involved with the education program.  Additionally, as the Board goes into the next planning cycle, he provides continuity with the previous planning effort.

Ken Williams (new)

With a B.S. in Geology, an M.S. in Geophysics, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy & Management from the University of California, Berkeley, Ken is a staff geological scientist in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in Berkeley, California.  He serves as the Program Lead for Environmental Remediation and Water Resources at Berkeley Lab.  He serves as the Deputy Lead of Berkeley Lab’s Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area project, which works through RMBL and is focused on understanding how mountainous systems retain and release water, nutrients, carbon, and metals in response to climate perturbations, such as drought and early snowmelt.  He has been a pioneer in the field of biogeophysics, with a particular emphasis on the development of electrochemically-based techniques for characterizing subsurface microbial activity.  He brings a unique perspective as a biogeochemist working at RMBL, with interests spanning the fields of geology, geochemistry, hydrology, and microbiology.

Current members of the RMBL Board of Trustees approved to serve through 2018


Cindy Carlisle

Cindy has a B.A. and M.A. in English from CU Boulder as well as certification from the Kennedy School of Government’s Program on State and Local Government at Harvard. She was elected and served as a University of Colorado regent for the second congressional district. In her capacity as a regent she served in a number of roles, including chairing the Capital Construction Committee and helping oversee a $2 billion annual budget. Having lived in Boulder, CO for over 40 years, she has served on Boulder’s City Council, where her achievements include chairing the committee that produced Boulder’s first master transportation plan and helping broker the agreement that created the CU Research Park. She served as the first Director of the Virgil Grillo Center for Cancer and has served on numerous boards, including the Center for Energy and Environmental Security (CU Law School), the Friends of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, and Ecocycle. Her term ends Dec. 31, 2018.

Aimee Classen

Aimee has a B.A. in Biology from Smith College and a Ph.D. from Northern Arizona University.  She is an Associate Professor at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, after having being an Associated Professor at the University of Tennessee.  She has had an active research program at RMBL since 2009, including supervising graduate work at RMBL and serving on RMBL’s Research Committee. She is an experimental ecosystem ecologist, with funding from a variety of sources including the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy, whose work largely focuses on how global change shapes ecosystems, with an emphasis on exploring the interactions between above- and below-ground.  Starting in 2016 she will be the Editor-in-Chief at Ecological Monographs and is also on the editorial board for Ecology and Ecology Letters.  She brings her perspective as both a newer RMBL scientist and ecosystem ecologist, to the Board.  Her term ends Dec. 31, 2018.

Beverly Griffith

A native of Temple, Texas, Beverly attended public schools and later earned Bachelor’s Degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, one in Theater and one in Advertising. She taught children’s theater in Dallas, served as Marketing Director for the University Credit Union, and was a Vice President at Austin’s largest bank, now Bank of America. Her civic involvement includes chairing the Austin Parks and Recreation Board. She served two terms on the Austin City Council and five years on the Capitol Metropolitan Transit Authority Board. She is the founder of the Austin Parks Foundation. Beverly’s board experience includes: National Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, The National Recreation and Park Association, and The National Leadership Council of the Trust for Public Land. In Crested Butte, Beverly is currently active as a member of the Boards of 1% for Open Space, and the Colorado Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Land. She has been very active with RMBL development, and is actively engaged in the conservation of ranchlands in the vicinity of Gothic.  Her term ends Dec. 31, 2019.

 Tem McElroy

With a M.B.A. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, Tem is Chairman of McElroy Metal, Inc., which is a manufacturer and distributor of metal roofing components for the construction industry with 13 plants and 60 distribution centers in 18 states. He has extensive nonprofit experience, including serving as President or Chairman of a number of organizations such as Barksdale Forward, a community support group of Barksdale Air Force Base, the Community Foundation of Shreveport-Bossier, the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, and the Manufacturing Managers’ Council. He also has experience working with academic research and education organizations, including serving as President of the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, on the President’s Advisory Board of Georgia Tech, the Board of Trustees of Centenary College, the Caddo Public Education Foundation Board, and the Alliance for Education Board. Tem and his wife Maggie split their time between a home in Shreveport, Louisiana and a house in Crested Butte, Colorado. Tem began serving on RMBL’s Finance Committee in 2012 and he brings extensive financial expertise to the Board.  His term ends Dec. 31, 2019.

Gary Weed (Treasurer)

With a B.S. from Southern Methodist University and an M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, Gary retired after 32 years with the Exxon Mobil Corporation. Gary served in a variety of roles in the Downstream Division of Exxon Mobil, including Vice President of Downstream Business Services, Downstream Controller, and Vice-President of Finance for the Italy Downstream operations. During this time he acquired expertise in financial accounting, analysis and reporting, regulatory compliance, strategic business planning, and budgeting. Gary took graduate classes in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of New Mexico, and has retained his interest in field biology. Gary started to visit Crested Butte in 1992 and began living part time in Mt. Crested Butte in 2003. Gary is finishing his second term on the RMBL Board and has served on the Finance Committee since June 2011. He became RMBL’s Treasurer in April 2013, and Chaired the 2104-2016 Planning Committee.  His term ends Dec. 31, 2019.

Brian Wildes

Brian earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Southern Methodist University in 1972, an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado in 1974, and an M.B.A. degree in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business in1976. Brian then earned his CPA in 1977 and his CFP in 1986.  Brian is currently the Managing Member of a handful of firms that focus on equity investment, oil and gas exploration, and the use of biological techniques for managing waste. Over the past ten years Brian has consulted for three public oil and gas exploration firms and has been the managing general partner of private equity oil and gas exploration, development and mineral acquisition funds. One of his firms is developing biological techniques for the separation and refinement of rare earth elements and the purification of water.  Previously Brian served as an Oil and Gas Tax Specialist with Haskins & Sells.  He also spent 14 years as the Chief Financial Officer of a metal alloy distributor and fabricator that designed and manufactured state-of-the-art downhole drilling and logging tools for the oil and gas industry that are used in today’s offshore and horizontal drilling operations.  Brian and his wife Marcella live in Dallas, but spend time in Crested Butte.  Brian began serving on RMBL’s Finance Committee in 2016 and he brings financial expertise to the Board.  His term ends Dec. 31, 2019.

Applications for Voting Membership


 As per the RMBL bylaws, “a person may become a member only by vote of the membership, which shall be conducted by written or electronic ballot. An applicant for membership shall only become a Member if a majority of the membership voting on such application votes in favor of the application.” The qualifications of the applicants have been briefly described below. Please vote on the following voting member applications.

Amy Ellwein

Amy is a geologist who has worked at RMBL in a variety of capacities since 2010, most recently as Director of Science Communications and Engagement. Her membership application was signed by Nick Waser and Mary Price.


Ballots must be submitted online before Dec. 1, 2017. If you wish to submit a paper ballot, please contact Sarah Oktay at sarah@rmbl.org or by calling 970-349-7420. Learn more about the RMBL Bylaws and Voting Membership here.