Our Board of Trustees

 Current members of the RMBL Board of Trustees

 

Kailen Mooney

Board President
With a Ph.D. in Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology from the University of Colorado, Kailen is an Associate 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 began teaching RMBL’s Field Ecology course in 2013. He has supervised a number of RMBL undergraduate researchers, led the Board Planning Committee for 2014-2016, and assisted with the Douglass Distinguished Lecture Series. He brings the perspective of a younger scientist to the Board, as well as someone who has recently been involved with the education program.

Kurt Giesselman

Vice President
Kurt has a M.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Virginia along with an Executive MBA 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 extensive 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 serving as President of the Rotary Branch and the E3 Foundation of Gunnison Valley.

Diane Campbell

Secretary
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. She is an AAAS Fellow and has served as editor for the journals Functional Ecology, the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, and Evolution.

Brian Wildes

Treasurer
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's Wharton School of Business in 1976. Brian earned his C.P.A. in 1977 and his C.F.P. 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, and spent 14 years as the C.F.O. of a metal alloy distributor that designed and manufactured 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, and spend time in Crested Butte. Brian began serving on RMBL's Finance Committee in 2016 and he brings financial expertise to the Board.

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.

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 University of Vermont in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, after having been an Associate Professor at the Natural History Museum of Denmark and 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. Her work largely focuses on how global change shapes ecosystems, with an emphasis on exploring the interactions between plants, nutrients, water, and microbes in the soil. Starting in 2016 she became the Editor-in-Chief at Ecological Monographs and she 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.

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.

John Haley


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. 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 have been 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.

Tem McElroy


With a MBA 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. 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.

Gary Weed


With a B.S. from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin, Gary recently retired after 32 years with the Exxon Mobil Corporation. Gary served in a variety of roles in the Downstream Division of Exxon 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 first term on the RMBL Board and has served on the Finance Committee since June 2011.