On the Move at San Isabel

San Isabel welcomes staff hydrologist Valda Terauds and new board members Annie Overlin and Steve Oswald.


Valda, who will lead our Sustainable Water Program, has 33 years’ experience in water resources and environmental management in public and private sectors. She has worked on regional water planning, water rights, water contracting, and water and wastewater reuse strategy development. She has managed hydrographic surveys to establish surface and groundwater rights in over-allocated stream systems and groundwater basins in the Southwest. Valda has a master’s degree in Hydrology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and bachelor’s degree in Biology from Catholic University. She and her husband John live in the Wet Mountain Valley, where she gardens, rides dressage and participates in community theater.

Annie, the sixth generation of a Bent County, Colorado, ranching family, is raising the seventh generation on a small farm in Beulah. She works for Colorado State University Extension Service, covering 39 counties as the Peaks to Plains Regional Range Management Specialist. Annie previously ran a consulting business in environmental permitting and restoration of upland and wetland systems, and she also worked as a rangeland restoration ecologist at the University of Nevada-Reno, with joint responsibilities for federal lands at the Bureau of Land Management and for private lands with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Annie has a bachelor’s degree in Botany from CSU, and a master’s degree in Animal and Rangeland Sciences from the University of Nevada-Reno.  To San Isabel, Annie brings verve, a keen mind and fierce commitment to creating a vibrant future for youth and the land.

Steve and his wife, Nancy, live on a ranch that has been in Nancy’s family for more than 70 years. After 12 years ranching in British Columbia, they returned to the family ranch in 1991. Augmenting decades of practical ranch experience, Steve is an avid learner on topics ranging from carbon ranching to creating profitable, biodiverse and beautiful landscapes through holistic principles. Steve and Nancy’s management epitomizes regenerative practices designed for resiliency to the challenges of the 21stcentury. Their innovative grazing and forestry programs, direct marketing of grass-fed beef and low-tech riparian restoration projects increase the sustainability of their operation while also demonstrating that conservation, including easements, helps ensure long-term viability of agricultural operations throughout Colorado.

And we bid farewell to board members Chris Skagen and Blake Osborn. Chris stepped up to serve as executive director while our search for a new executive director was underway, bringing thoughtful, informed guidance to San Isabel.  Blake has been instrumental in shaping our land care program, especially around forestry, fire and floods.  Thank you, Blake and Chris, for your energy, dedication and leadership while serving on San Isabel’s board.

Janet Smith

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