Board Member Bios

Lauren Duncan is the Abandoned Mine Restoration Project Manager for Trout Unlimited (TU) based in Denver, Colorado. She has received a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Denver and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Prior to coming to TU, Lauren worked for various public and private entities in sustainability, water quality and water resources. She was brought on full-time to Trout Unlimited in October 2016, and focuses on restoration of mining impacted areas, in-stream enhancement, soil and water chemistry, project management and oversight. Lauren can be reached at

Jill is a Mining Engineer who started her career with Shell Mining Company. She spent ten years in coal mining, including project management and business development of new mines and expansions, operations, permitting, and development of clean coal technologies.

She moved into the waste industry for BFI, managing complex remediation projects, EH&S, then into managing hazardous waste landfills at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. She returned to BFI as their landfill
sales manager. This provided her over 15 years' experience in RCRA Subtitle C and D landfill business including sales, operations, environmental, health and safety programs and remediation in both public and private sectors.

In 2008, Jill segued into recruiting in the mining industry with a large international firm.  In 2016, Jill co-founded Brooks & Nelson to provide excellent talent for their clients.  Services include due diligence assessments for private equity companies.  She is passionate about helping clients build high performing teams.  

Jill lives in Golden, Colorado with her husband and Maine coon cat.  She enjoys people and anything outdoors, especially hiking, cycling, and gardening.  She serves on the Colorado Mining Association Board of Directors, CMA Education Foundation Board, SME Foundation Board of Trustees and is on the Executive Industry Committee for the Mining Department at the Colorado School of Mines.  She spent 15 years on the SDSM&T Mining Department Industry Advisory Board.

Tim works across all DNR Divisions and with the Governor's Office to develop and coordinate policy as well as manage day to day operations of the agency. Prior to joining the Department of Natural Resources, Tim served two terms as a Clear Creek County Commissioner from 2010-2019. As Commissioner, he concentrated on recreation and tourism, health care and bringing about sensible transportation improvements along the Interstate 70 Mountain Corridor. Tim was called on twice to testify to Congress on the Administration's clean water rulemaking in 2015. Tim has worked in various capacities for local, state and federal governments, with a majority of his career focused on natural resource policy and management. In 2018, Tim worked with a diverse group of stakeholders to launch a regional initiative focused on managing the impacts of growth on Colorado's Front Range public lands. A Colorado native, Tim resides in Idaho Springs, and is passionate about the outdoors. He serves as the chair of the Clear Creek Greenway Authority, a local nonprofit organization working to develop a multi-purpose recreational trail to the Continental Divide.

The Lobato family has a long history in the San Luis Valley with the name ostensibly arriving in the San Luis area around 1757.  Anthony Lobato is a graduate of Colorado State University with a B.S. in Agriculture Management. After graduation he returned home to ranch with his father and later his brother.  WindowSash Ranch was an active partner with CSU Extension in early to mid 80's supplying data for research in artificial insemination, estrus synchronization and crossbreeding systems. The total production and records system formulated and implemented on the WindowSash Ranch was influential in the development of the Integrated Range Management Program.  

Anthony has remained active with CSU Extension and has served on the regional Advisory Board, served on and chaired the State Advisory Board, and was presented the State Friend of Extension by Epsilon Sigma Phi Fraternity. He has chaired and served as secretary Treasurer of the San Luis Valley Cattlemen's Association and Windowsash Ranch was named Colorado Cattlemen's Outstanding Commercial Producer in 1999. Additionally, Anthony was active on the county Farm Service Agency Committee, Center Conservation District board and the Rio Grande Watershed. On the state level, he was named Vice Chair of the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts and is now serving on the Colorado State Conservation Board.

Patrick Ortiz is Operations Director at San Luis Valley Great Outdoors and manages all operations, planning, and coordination of our SLV Great Outdoors Action Team (SLV GOATs), a locally based trail and restoration crew that works to build and maintain trail and recreation infrastructure in communities and public lands surrounding the San Luis Valley. Prior to SLV GO!, Patrick has worked on and lead various types of trail projects for Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Southwest Conservation Corps in Salida, Saguaro National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park, and City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks. He is a native of Alamosa, CO and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management: Physical Geography with a minor in Environmental Science from Adams State University. In his current role, he also helps coordinate collaborative processes that work toward community improvement by promoting public land stewardship and increasing opportunities for outdoor recreation, trails, and healthy living. Patrick enjoys exploring public lands throughout the West, fly fishing, mountain biking, snowboarding, and is learning to play the banjo.

As a Strategic Community Development Manager for Climax Molybdenum Company, a subsidiary of Freeport McMoRan, Nell Wareham supports communities and organizations in the four-county operating area of Climax Mine work in partnership to build their capacity and sustainable futures. Her daily travels traverse Summit, Lake, Eagle and Chaffee counties giving Nell a regional perspective on local issues.

Prior to joining Climax in 2012, Nell worked in marketing for Copper Mountain Resort and in the art and design world on Maui. She holds a B.F.A. from Montana State University.

Nell is passionate about access to early childhood and STEM education, sustainable careers, retention of working families, and attainable housing. She is a director for the Education Foundation of the Summit, board member on the Summit County Chamber of Commerce and the Lake County Economic Development Corporation, founding board member of the Lake County Community Fund and past president of Timberline Learning Center.

Born on the Hat 6 Ranch outside of Casper, Wyoming, Nell grew up in Evergreen with most winter weekends spent skiing in Summit County where she now resides with her husband and young daughter.