Board of Directors
Karen Ryman - Chair
Karen Ryman fell in love with the great outdoors as a girl in California where she went on many Girl Scout camping trips in the San Bernardino Mountains. But her appreciation for the environments in which she hiked and camped was awakened and cultivated by Great Old Broads for Wilderness founder Dottie Fox after she moved to Dottie’s backyard in the early 1960s – Aspen, Colorado. She volunteers with the Forest Conservancy as a volunteer Ranger at Maroon Bells Scenic Area and as a trail monitor in White River National Forest. She is also a volunteer with the Wilderness Workshop that is advocating for the protection, as congressionally-designated wilderness, of 477,000 acres of wild land in the Hidden Gems of Colorado.
Diana Allison - Vice Chair
Diana brings extensive experience working with non-profit organizations in leadership roles. She has been president of the League of Women Voters of Utah, Chair of the Ogden Nature Center, and the first executive director of Weber County Pathways. She has been a community activist and a volunteer lobbyist. She returned to her first profession, education, from 1999- 2010, and had leadership roles within her local schools and in the school district while teaching fourth and sixth grade students in inner city schools.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Lee Verner - Secretary
Lee was drawn to Broads many years ago when she came across a “bold color photograph of two (or was it three) older women standing in profile looking staunchly and fiercely toward a desert landscape,” she said. “Now, there is the way I want to get old,” she thought at the time. “Caring for the land, and staying sturdy and tough in the process!” After a career in marriage and family therapy and teaching in Indiana, she and her husband retired to Colorado where Lee encountered Broads again. She was co-leader of the Four Corners Broadband for two years and has stepped into the Trustee position to help keep Broads “strong and solvent.”
Sue Gunckel - Treasurer
Sue brings a lifetime of experience in accounting practice and education as well as experience on a number of boards of directors for non-profit groups. She backpacked and camped throughout the western U.S. and the Atlantic provinces of Canada; served as the finance person for the Rocky Mountain Outing Chair for the Sierra Club for 3 years in the 1980s; and is a member of numerous conservation and environmental advocacy organizations. She joined Great Old Broads for Wilderness at the invitation of one of Broads early board members, E.J. Evangelos, soon after it was founded.
Saralaine soaked up wilderness lore as a child from her father who worked as a surveyor in the Everglades. She took her own first wilderness hikes in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, and enjoyed exploring Sahara desert wadis in Egyptian Nubia in the sixties. While raising three kids in Toronto, she served on the Board of Directors of La Leche League Canada, and is currently a volunteer at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a native plant enthusiast and xeriscape gardener at her home in the Arizona Upland section of the Sonoran Desert west of Tucson.
Caroline brings extensive education and experience in the area of public lands and its respective legal issues. She holds an advanced law degree (L.l.m.) from the Wallace Stegner Center at the University of Utah School of Law where her studies were focused on tribal, water, public land, and natural resource issues in the west. She has worked as a water counselor with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, handled a variety of oil and gas regulatory issues, and litigated both occupational and environmental toxic torts. Caroline understands the importance of engaging knowledgeable citizens who support healthy lands (in large numbers, if possible). “It’s very special what Broads does,” she said, “creating legal standing … it’s women on the ground who know these places – developing litigation capacity. There’s this bevy of women who can say, ‘yeah, I’ve been there and hell no you can’t mess it up!’” >>>
Lois has been a wilderness and wild lands activist for more than 25 years. In 1982, she embarked on a volunteer career with the Sierra Club where she led local and national outings, chaired the Toiyabe Chapter (in Reno), and held most chapter positions including political, state legislative, and fundraising. She served a three-year term on the Sierra Club Board’s Executive Committee. No longer on the Sierra Club board, she now focuses her efforts on desert issues, including the siting of transmission lines and solar power plants, and on mining. And she serves on the Steering Committee for the California-Nevada Regional Conservation Committee as Nevada Vice-Chair.
Calling Passionate Broads to serve on our Board of Directors
Volunteer Opportunity: We are currently looking for wildly passionate Broads to serve on our Board of Directors. Directors are responsible for organizational governance, policy development, and assuring that the necessary resources – including funds, staff, and professional expertise – are available to accomplish Broads mission.