MEET THE GVAS OFFICERS AND BOARD
Cary Atwood has been a long-time GVAS board member and is now in her 6th year as board president. In her working life, she was a ranger-naturalist in several western national parks and an elementary teacher for 20+ years. Retirement has allowed her to continue to pursue and share her enthusiasm for birds and the natural world. She enjoys many outdoor pursuits including cycling, hiking, backpacking, paddleboarding and travels near and far.
Nic Korte has been on the board for nearly three decades. He is a past-president but mostly has served as Conservation Chairman. He has a passion for conserving habitat and for understanding bird behavior. His specific activities within the chapter are to assure participation in conservation issues both locally and nationwide, and to lead the Western Screech-Owl project. The Western Screech-Owl project has achieved national recognition by leading all Christmas Counts and by showing the way to conserve a significant population despite accelerating habitat loss. Photo of Nic Korte with granddaughter, Zia.
Hunter Harmon is currently serving as the Colorado Mesa University representative for the Grand Valley Audubon Society Board. He is a senior at CMU majoring in environmental science and minoring in molecular biology. He is passionate for learning, protecting the environment, and birding whenever possible. He strives to add value to the GVAS Board, while bringing encouragement and guidance to the new generation of birders.
Larry Collins spent his first 30 working years in the information technology field becoming the CIO for one of the Department of Energy subcontractors. Larry then purchased the Wild Birds Unlimited store which he has had for 21 years (Please don’t add up these numbers as it makes him sound really old!). Larry was coerced (I mean volunteered) to be the Grand Valley Audubon’s treasurer which he has been doing for about 12 years. He is also a member of the team responsible for maintaining the Audubon Preserve property. His favorite hobbies are biking, fishing, cars, and margaritas.
Mike Campbell spent 30 years as a high school counselor, coach and teacher helping kids learn to draw, play sports and grow to be better adults. Upon retirement Mike has allowed his love of sports to continue by officiating around the Grand Valley. Retirement has also presented more time for other favorites including fly fishing, wood carving, (yes birds) and of course birding and tending to the various Audubon and Land Trust properties. You also might spy Mike riding his bike, working at Tia Rado Golf Course, or sharing a joke to bring a smile to someone’s day.
Tina Wilson has been a graphic designer of print and web for over 30 years for a variety of businesses. Before moving to GJ, 6 years ago, she and her husband Tim Carter were the creators and publishers of a glossy coffee-table magazine called Grand County Living. At the same time she owned an advertising agency called Firebird DesignWorks. They lived in Granby for over 25 years. They are now enjoying what the Grand Valley has to offer: Cycling, cross-country skiing, and hiking. And their bird feeder is always open to fly-bys!
Janet Gallenstein - Interim Secretary
Pam Lauman: I taught Special Ed and Remedial Reading for 32 years. I have been a backyard birder for most of my life. My mom loved birds and there were always cardinals, blue jays, and mockingbirds in our Baton Rouge yard. I had seed feeders and hummingbird feeders after I moved to western Colorado in 1995. My spark bird was a Western Tanager that was in the top of a cottonwood on my New Castle property. I could not believe such a incredibly beautiful bird existed. After I moved to Fruita in 2016, I began to participate in the GVAS bird walks and New Dimension birding classes. Now I am totally obsessed though I still have lots to learn! I combine my love of travel with my love of birds and look forward to traveling again.
Logan Wagner is a graphic designer from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He first became interested in birds while tagging along on his grandmother's Tuesday Morning Birders group (AKA the TMB's) as soon as he could walk. From birds, other outdoor passions branched off into hiking, backpacking, paddling, and botany that are squeezed into his weekends. When he's not exerting himself outside, he hangs out with his two house cats, peach and plum.