Staff

Linda Poole

Executive Director
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Linda came to San Isabel from Malta, Montana, where she owned and operated a 320-acre homestead ranch while also doing consulting work for area ranchers and The Nature Conservancy. She was reared on a commercial cow-calf ranch in eastern Washington and worked her way through college doing ranch, range and wildlife work. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Evergreen State College in Washington and a master’s degree in wildlife ecology from Oregon State University.

Linda has 25 years’ experience in conservation, including 17 years managing ranches for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon and Montana. At the Nature Conservancy, she worked to ensure that family ranches thrived through excellent stewardship and to ensure the rural communities and wildlife that relied on the ranches would have a vibrant, sustainable future. She attributes her success to strategic partnerships based on good science, respectful collaboration and a commitment to bottom-line sustainability. 

Linda also has worked to nurture the next generation of land stewards. She and her ranch neighbors founded Montana’s Ranchers Stewardship Alliance. The Nature Conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund, the Land Trust Alliance and others help the rancher-led group develop and deliver diverse conservation solutions to the northern prairies. 


Janet Smith

Development Director
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Janet joined San Isabel in November 2016. As director of development, she is responsible for building and implementing San Isabel’s fundraising and outreach programs, which include Art for the Sangres and the Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run. She’ll also coordinate all communications.

Protecting our natural and cultural resources has long been a personal and professional cause for Janet. As a newspaper editor and resident in a fast-growing coastal area, she advocated for high quality, sustainable growth management and land conservation.

Before moving to Westcliffe in 2013, Janet was managing editor and later editorial page editor at The Island Packet, a daily newspaper serving the Hilton Head Island, S.C., region. Earlier in her career, she and her husband, Greg, also helped launch and establish an independent business magazine, a city magazine and a weekly newspaper.

Janet holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an MBA, both from the University of Kansas.


Lee Overcamp

Land Steward
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Lee Overcamp has joined San Isabel as our Land Steward. Lee is responsible for the annual monitoring of our 133 easements totaling nearly 41,000 acres in Custer, Fremont, Huerfano and Pueblo counties. He will be drawing on his communication, organizational and environmental skills over the coming months to monitor our easements and maintain positive relationships with our landowners.

Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/English from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Denver. His background includes journalism and corporate communications, as well as early stints in construction and forestry management. Much of Lee's career was spent with a global civil and environmental engineering firm, where he was involved in research and writing for publication and executive communications. He is a Colorado Master Gardener with an emphasis in native plants.  Lee built a home in the Rosita area after restoring the original homestead cabin on the property.


Valda Terauds

Staff Hydrologist
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Valda Terauds, our Staff Hydrologist, leads our Sustainable Water Program. Valda has 33 years’ experience in water resources and environmental management. She has worked on regional water planning, water rights and water contracting, environmental studies related to water infrastructure development, and water and wastewater reuse strategy development. She also has investigated desalination potential and  managed hydrographic surveys to establish surface and groundwater rights. She works with complex issues concerning water management 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.


Jerry Glassman

Bluff Steward

Jerry Glassman is our new Bluff Park Steward, bringing care and attention to the Bluff Park, the crown jewel of downtown Westcliffe. Jerry and his wife, Ros, have been two of our top volunteers at the park, helping to keep it in tip-top shape. Jerry's background in golf course maintenance helps him keep the park looking good for such big events as the High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival, as well as quiet walks and family picnics on the Bluff. Jerry is at the park Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Stop by to say hello and admire his work.

 

 

 

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  • "The Hood Family placed a conservation easement on our ranch because it gave us a chance to preserve the land as undeveloped property while allowing the operation of the ranch to continue to make ranching decisions as we have always done. It also provided funding to establish retirement funds and an investment portfolio, providing long-term income."

    – Keith Hood, fifth-generation rancher