Board of Directors
Diana Allison – 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.
Karen Ryman – Vice-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.
Caroline Munger – Secretary
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!’”
Cristina Harmon – Treasurer
Steamboat Springs, CO
Cristina grew up in Northern California hiking, camping, backpacking and skiing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Bay Area, Yosemite and Arizona. She moved to Colorado in 1988 and added kayaking and river rafting to her regular outdoor adventures. More recently, Cristina spends spring and fall in Southern Utah canyoneering and hiking. A lifetime spent in the wilds has given her a deep love of wild places. Cristina’s business background includes stints as a radio news reporter, business owner and tax accountant. Cristina hopes to combine her love for wild places and business experience to further the mission of Great Old Broads for Wilderness and the important work we do to mother earth and bring attention to important environmental issues.
Suez came to Broads through her son, Tim Peterson, who worked on the Broads’ Healthy Lands project. With a lifetime of hiking, camping and backpacking adventures in the Wasatch Mountains near her childhood home and in her home now in Colorado, she brings a passion for wilderness grounded in the issues and her ongoing study of the wilderness canon. Trained as an economist at the University of Utah, Suez teaches at Regis College in Denver where her courses include economics, finance, and an interdisciplinary course titled “Wilderness: A Story of Passion and Perseverance.” This course details all the reasons for legal protection for our threatened roadless areas. She is also working with a Denver filmmaker, Jim Havey, on a film titled, “Wilderness: Places of Wonder.”
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.
Marilyn grew up in the Midwest and fell in love with wilderness through photography books and magazines before she made her way west to experience some of it first hand. She is an avid hiker, trail runner, and bird watcher. Marilyn did graduate work in animal behavior, which led to a job where she studying chimpanzees in captivity, and to an especially memorable job working with Koko, a gorilla trained in American Sign Language. Marilyn later returned to graduate school to study conservation and environmental ethics. She now works as a web manager and science writer for a national animal welfare organization and teaches college- and graduate-level environmental ethics. Marilyn is excited and honored to serve on the Broads’ board.
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.