Board of Directors

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is governed by a Board of Directors who donate their time, treasure and enthusiasm for birds and conservation to help achieve our mission. Directors serve three-year terms, elect their own leadership annually, serve on various committees and help with events and projects. The Board of Directors guides and supports the Bird Conservancy through strategic planning, financial oversight and fundraising.

Larry Modesitt, M.B.A., CQE, CTP, Chairman

Larry is president of Modesitt Associates, Inc., a management consulting and interim management firm that focuses on improving businesses’ bottom lines through Operational Profit Solutions. Larry is a Certified Quality Engineer from the American Society for Quality and a Certified Turnaround Practitioner from the Turnaround Management Association. He received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Larry is a Director and Secretary of Colorado Field Ornithologists, and is Chair of the Conservation and Science Committee. He also is a Director of Western Field Ornithologists.

Stephen L. Bloom, Ph.D., ABPP, Vice Chairman

Steve brings to the organization over 45 years as a professional psychologist and organizational consultant. His commitment to the environment began at the knee of his science-teacher father and continues to this day. After helping to form and develop the Audubon Colorado Board, he is enthusiastic about furthering the mission of the Bird Conservancy.

Peter J. Ampe, Esq., J.D.

Peter is a senior associate with the law firm Hill & Robbins, P.C., where he concentrates on natural resources law, and specifically water law, for public and private entities. Prior to joining Hill & Robbins, Peter was the First Assistant Attorney General for the Federal and Interstate Water Unit of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. Peter received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law. He enjoys numerous and varied outdoor pursuits in the mountains and plains of Colorado.

David M. Charles, M.D.

David received his medical degree from the University of Cape Town. He is a board certified general surgeon and plastic surgeon with a strong conservation ethic and commitment to service. Among other past and current board experience, he is the chairman of the board for Mending Faces, a nonprofit that provides free surgical correction for impoverished children in developing countries inflicted with cleft lip and cleft palates, who would otherwise not have a chance for surgery.

Steve W. Deitemeyer, C.F.

Steve is a Certified Forester and owner of Wildland Resources, a natural resources consulting firm in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 36 years in positions that included: Pikes Peak district ranger, deputy forest supervisor of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, supervisor of the Rogue River National Forest in Oregon, and director/assistant director of recreation at the Rocky Mountain Region and the Office of the Chief in Washington, D.C. He serves on several boards, including the Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation. He has been a birding enthusiast since 1965.

Jack Ferguson

Geoff Geupel, B.S.

Geoff is with Point Blue Conservation Science and is located in California. He has extensive experience in bird banding, monitoring, private lands
stewardship, fundraising and development. Bird Conservancy has enjoyed previously collaborating with with Geoff and Point Blue on the Avian Knowledge Network and Partners in Flight. His extensive knowledge and experience in bird conservation, partnership programs and more is a tremendous asset to our board.

Yvette Martinez

Yvette Martinez is a “Brightonian” with strong community connections. She serves on the boards of Brighton Legacy Foundation; heART of Brighton; and Foundations Academy. She served as Community Concierge for the Brighton Chamber of Commerce from 2013-2015 and was honored to be Brighton Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Citizen of the Year. She is Customer Service Representative for Platte River Medical Clinic & Advanced Urgent Care of Colorado. Yvette is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, and she has worked in undergraduate admissions with numerous Colorado universities and community colleges, Yvette says she feels privileged to serve on the Board for the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. She was introduced to us by her two children, who participated in our Summer Programs for the past two consecutive years. They had a wonderful experience, encouraging the entire family to learn more about birds, nature and conservation.

Stephen M. Fischer

Steve brings to the board more than 50 years of experience in the field of finance and accounting, including a recently retired CPA license. He added general management in the business world to his resume when he came to Colorado in 1976 as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Jeppesen, the aviation publishing company. His most recent background includes 23 years as Executive Director at Denver’s oldest law firm, Sherman & Howard. Steve enjoys hiking with his wife, Nancy, in Colorado’s mountains and along the Front Range. He also pursues trout on float trips along the rivers of the western U.S.

Eric M. Lane, M.A.

Eric is the Director of Boulder County Parks and Open Space where he leads the operations, staff, and budget for Boulder County’s nationally-recognized, award-winning department dedicated to the conservation and use of the county’s agricultural, natural, and cultural resources. As a former ornithologist, including two years working for the Colorado Bird Observatory (the original name of Bird Conservancy), he is particularly interested in bird habitat management/restoration on both public and private lands. Eric received a B.S. in biology from Swarthmore College and a M.A. in natural resources policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Grady Grissom, Ph.D.

Grady has been a manager/partner at Rancho Largo Cattle Co. east of Walsenburg, Colorado, since 1995. Rancho Largo is a 14,000-acre ranch where the fundamental philosophy is: maximum ecosystem health equals maximum ranching profit. Strategic time-controlled grazing allows cattle to fill the ecological niche as the primary large grazing ruminant. Grady received a bachelor’s degree in geology from Princeton University in 1984. Subsequently, he worked on ranches in eastern Colorado until 1987 when he returned to graduate school. He finished a Ph.D. in geology at Stanford University in 1991 and worked as a farrier in the Bay Area until 1995.

D. Jean Tate, Ph.D.

Jean is an ecologist with more than 33 years of applied experience in the consulting world. Her academic work focused on birds including “Morphometric age and sex variation in the Whistling Swan” and “Habitat usage by the Chipping Sparrow in northern Lower Michigan.” Her consulting career has focused on diverse studies responsive to the NEPA and CERCLA/SARA/RCRA for land management, military, transportation and other agencies. Her passions are preserving habitat, ecological health and species diversity for avian and other wildlife populations, and promoting appreciation of the natural world for its intrinsic worth and its value to the human mind, body and spirit.

Ed Warner, M.S., L.H.D.

Ed is a noted philanthropist and conservationist. He had a career as an exploration geologist that culminated in his discovery in 1993 of the Jonah Field and the first commercial exploitation of the Pinedale Field in Sublette County, Wyoming. Ed left the natural gas business at the end of 2000 to pursue his philanthropic interests in the U.S. and Africa. Ed received his Bachelor of Science in 1968 from Colorado State University and his Master of Science in 1971 from UCLA, both in geology. He is a trustee or director of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Sand County Foundation, Explorers Foundation and the Bird Conservancy, as well as an advisor to the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust.