“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
Lamar Trant is a Licensed Psychologist who has worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities for over 40 years. She was a co-founder of Energy Alternatives in Pueblo and Exquisite Taste on Union Avenue, featuring Life Is Good clothing which supports the Kids Foundation, a nonprofit for children facing unfair challenges. A Colorado native, Lamar has a background in tree climbing, hiking, playing with reptiles, and spending as much time outside as possible. Current hobbies include travel and attending music concerts, working out and Tai Chi.
Mike Spahr, Board Treasurer
Mike was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved with his family to Colorado in the 1980’s. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Beaver Creek Youth Camp along with being a member and Executive Director of a Habitat for Humanity affiliate. Mike was a committee member of the local Pueblo CSAC during 2008/09. His wife Sandy, and his children are active members and volunteers of many non-profits and are involved in building healthy communities on varying levels. Mike brings a strong professional background in finance and business to his role as a Board of Trustee Member. A desire to improve the environment for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren is a driving force behind Mike’s service to the Mountain Park Environmental Center.
Heather is an educator and conservationist living in Pueblo, CO. She received her B.A. in sociology and certificate of Latin American Studies from Temple University. She is currently seeking a Master’s degree in biology through the Global Field Program of Project Dragonfly, Miami University of Ohio. Her studies recently took her to the Baja peninsula of Mexico and also Belize where she learned about community conservation efforts and informal education programs in zoos, marine reserves, and community-run conservation institutions. Heather is currently the Director of Education and Volunteer Programs at the Pueblo Zoo. She is a professional member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Heather enjoys living in the beautiful state of Colorado but often wishes she could pick it up and move it to a coast where her love of the ocean could be exercised on a daily basis.
Pat was born in Northwestern Iowa and grew up on the family farm there. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University. It was there that he met his wife Cindy. Pat and Cindy moved to Colorado on New Year’s Eve of 1981. In 2006, they moved to Beulah where they now reside. Pat and Cindy have two daughters: Anne, 31 who recently received her BS in nursing studies and Emma, 28 an Account Manager with Useful, a software developer. Both live in Denver. Pat has been in the telecommunications business since 1987 and has been President of West Tech Communications which is based in Pueblo and Colorado Springs since 1998. Whenever he can Pat enjoys hiking in Pueblo Mountain Park and surrounding National Forest as well as gardening, mowing and general putzing around their Beulah property.
Christian Avila, Board Chair
Christian was born in Denver and raised in Pueblo. He has worked in the insurance industry for over fifteen years. In those fifteen years, he has held the title of non-licensed underwriter, licensed underwriter, captive agent, and is now an independent insurance broker with High Desert Agencies. Christian and his wife Heather have three sons, Joshua (twenty-three), Isaiah (seven-teen), and David (seven). Christian brings a strong background in risk management, business operations, and marketing to his new role as a Board of Trustee Member.
Warren Nolan, Board Secretary
Warren is a Pueblo native and retired school teacher. He is president of the Pueblo Archaeological and Historical Society. He has participated in innumerable archeological projects and likes that archaeology brings together a mix of gritty, often eccentric people from various fields of study to work in wild, feral landscapes. He notes that archaeology, unlike most academic disciplines, encourages and welcomes participation by avocational amateurs (citizen scientists). In his mind there are few greater goods than introducing people, especially children, to the outdoors.
He is both amazed by and thankful for the Earth Studies Program that brings fifth graders from Pueblo City Schools to the Mountain Park Environmental Center four times each year. He challenges someone, anyone to find anywhere a more outstanding outdoor education program for children. He enjoys gardening, reading, and taking walks with his wife.
Jon Walker, Board VIce-Chair
Jon was born in southeastern Kansas and lived a number of years in Oklahoma. His formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma State University, a Master of Arts from the University of Tulsa, and a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma. He now serves as the Executive Director for the Pueblo City-County Library District. He lives in Pueblo with his wife, Stacy. They have two sons, Ian, who is 21 years old and recently graduated college, and Sean, who is 17 years old and a high school senior. For leisure, Jon enjoys reading and the arts, long distance running and all things outdoors, community service, and coffee with friends.