Great Old Broads


Broads staff is passionate about and dedicated to the cause of protecting and preserving wilderness for all time. We also make sure to keep a “Broad” sense of humor every step of the way! The staff listing is in alphabetical order.

LaurenLauren Berutich, Grassroots Leadership Coordinator – Lauren has more than 10 years of experience in environmental education, grassroots organizing, conservation and stewardship coordination, and public work for sustainable community development. Most recently, she managed Northern Arizona University’s (NAU) Campus and Community Based Action Research Teams, to support democratic, civic action for justice and sustainability through education, outreach, and advocacy campaigns.

She served as Volunteer Coordinator with the Grand Canyon Trust engaging stewards of all ages in conservation and preservation activities across the Colorado Plateau. Lauren also joined the Friends of Camp Colton EE Board in 2004 and served as the President for the last two years. She has a B.A. in Environmental Geography and a Masters in Sustainable Communities from NAU. When she can’t be found at a Broadwalk, talk, or local event, she is in the mountains, on a river, at the beach, in the desert, playing disc golf, enjoying local tunes, or romping somewhere wild with her pup, Lili.

Rose Chilcoatstaffrose, Associate Director Rose came to Broads in the summer of 2001 with 13 years of experience working for the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service.  She worked as a park ranger at Mesa Verde NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Rocky Mountain NP and Coulee Dam NRA and ultimately ended up in the Alaska Regional Office of the Park Service where she worked as a Concessions Analyst – managing over 350 commercial service providers in the Alaska parks. She was also an Outdoor Recreation Planner with the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program in Alaska before returning to Durango in 1993 to raise her family.

Her prior experience with not-for-profit organizations was as a volunteer, board member, and board president (Durango Nature Studies). She received a B.S. in horticulture summa cum laude from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. With her knowledge of the issues, public lands agency background, and her immense enthusiasm for wilderness, Rose makes sure that Broads are out on-the-ground in places that our voices can be heard and make a difference.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASusan Kearns, Communications Director – Susan has a diverse background in communications, graphic design, and marketing. For 20+ years, she has dreamed up ways to promote everything from widgets to wildfire awareness.

Susan helped develop the San Gabriel Mountains Bighorn Sheep Restoration Strategy, and as a board member of the Wrightwood Fire Safe Council helped to write the first Community Wildfire Protection Plan approved by the state of California. She holds an Art degree from California State University, Long Beach, where she also studied Illustration. She is an avid hiker, camper, and backpacker and enjoys drawing, painting, and using printmaking techniques to capture and share with others her love of the outdoors. To sum up her enthusiasm for Broads work: “I can’t think of anything more important than preserving wilderness. It is the greatest gift we can give to all living things now, and after we are gone.”

Peggy2Peggy Malloy, Operations Manager – Peggy was born and raised in sunny southern California. She moved to Colorado for college and never left! She graduated from University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Earth Science with an emphasis in Meteorology, spending much of her time researching Colorado hailstorms.

Peggy has spent the last 18 “summers” in Antarctica, working as the supply supervisor for the science lab. She provided logistical support involving food rations and camping supplies for science groups going into the field for research. Most recently she served as the Sea Ice Safety Guide for a research team, tracking whales, penguins, seals, and smaller critters. Hiking and snowshoeing are some of her favorite pastimes and her love of travel and visiting wild places has taken her around the world. Peggy’s profound love of wilderness and wild places has inspired her to work to protect these treasures for everyone to enjoy today and in the future.

shelley-silbertShelley Silbert, Executive Director –   Shelley comes to Broads with more than 20 years in the fields of conservation and sustainability. Most recently she served as Associate Director of the San Juan Citizens Alliance in Durango, Colorado. She was the Director of Strategic Environmental Initiatives at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff from 2003 to 2011, where she founded and chaired the Environmental Caucus and advanced environmental and Native American programs. From 1994-2003, she directed The Nature Conservancy’s Northern Arizona Program, managing three nature preserves and working on conservation priorities, ecological restoration, regional planning, and public open space campaigns.

Shelley grew up in Tennessee. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and Health Care from the University of Tennessee and an M.A. in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona. As the Executive Director, Shelley is responsible for the health and success of the entire organization. Along with administrative duties of budgeting and personnel management, she determines the wild-lands advocacy agenda for the Broads and represents Broads to the media, to our members, to our partner organizations, and to the great wild world.

Shelley Spalding

Shelley Spalding, Broadband Circuit Rider –  Shelley is a retired fish biologist who spoke for the beautiful and voracious bull trout in negotiations for state forest practice rules, tri-state water quality rules, recovery planning, and critical habitat. Prior to becoming a fish biologist, Shelley taught in a rural one-room school, assisted a traveling veterinarian, and curated a traveling natural history museum. Since retiring 4 years ago, Shelley has kept busy on the conservation front with involvement in the Great Old Broads for Wilderness (as a Broadband leader, a Board member, and Circuit Rider), Olympic Forest Coalition (Board member), and Olympic Park Associates (Board member).

She lives on Decker Creek, a salmon stream on the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington, and is Capital Land Trust Land Steward for the 550 acre Decker Creek wetlands complex. She takes care of a small farm with chickens, horses, orchard, gardens, dogs and cats. Shelley has three grown children and two growing grandsons.

 Joyce Thomsen, Membership Maven – Joyce took a break from a 23-year stint at chiropractic in Durango to participate actively in the preservation of the “back country,” which incidentally is also the name of her practice where she enjoyed hiking, biking and skiing in her spare time for most of those 23 years.

Ya, ya betcha she grew up on a farm in Minnesota, and credits her parents with showing her the beauty and value of open country on their many family vacations, especially to the American west.  She earned bachelor degrees in physical education and distributive science at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, then continued her education with a bachelor of science in human biology and a doctor of chiropractic degree from National College of Chiropractic, Lombard, IL. Joyce loves  interacting with other Broads and helping to make a difference!