Great Old Broads

Staff

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.

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. rose@greatoldbroads.org.

Amy JohnstonAmy Johnston, Office Manager -  Amy has many years of experience working for non-profits managing programs, projects, and the office. She is very glad to bring that experience to Great Old Broads for Wilderness. She has degrees in Forestry and Political Science and enjoys gardening and photography. “Because there are many amazing and awesome landscapes in this country, I’m glad Great Old Broads is here to bring awareness and advocacy that is needed to preserve these special places. I believe we need to keep some wild spaces for our children to explore and experience the same wonder we felt during our first encounters with natural forces and beauty. I appreciate the natural world and value the many gifts it presents including breathtaking scenery, quiet solitude, clean water, and extraordinary wildlife encounters. These experiences are enriching and serve as a reminder, that we are a part of the natural world and should not take its existence for granted.” admin@greatoldbroads.org.

shelley-silbert

Shelley 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@greatoldbroads.org

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. saschar44@gmail.com.

Ellen Steinellen and earl, Broadband & Membership Director – Ellen brings more than 20 years of experience in the environmental field working in grassroots organizing, advocacy, program and organizational development, fundraising, and planning and policy. Ellen got her start in environmental advocacy in 1991 as a member of Telluride’s Sheep Mountain Alliance board of directors. A mountain lover at heart, she returned to the San Juan Mountains in 2002.  She was the first and founding director of the Mountain Studies Institute based in Silverton, Colorado, and was the first Executive Director for the Community Agriculture Alliance in Steamboat Springs. Most recently, she was the Development Director for KDUR Community Radio in Durango, Colorado. Her work experience also includes the Western Governors Association, Ford Foundation, Green Corps, and Peace Corps. Ellen holds a Master of Arts degree in Environmental Policy & Planning from Tufts University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Colorado College. As the Broadband & Membership Coordinator, Ellen is responsible for the success of the Broadband program as well as oversight of our membership program. Her passion for wild places continues to fuel her life and work. ellen@greatoldbroads.org

 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! membership@greatoldbroads.org