Meet the MRHI Board of Directors!
Ginni Greer, President:
I have been with MRHI since it officially became an organization and received non-profit status. I have served MRHI in the positions of President, Vice President and Secretary. I am a certified trail crew leader and a member of the Rare Alpine Plant Project. When I moved to Colorado in 1990, I quickly learned about the mountains and fell in love with the environment and all that it offers
Why I serve: My husband was involved with MRHI during the strategic planning meetings. Once when he was out of town, I attended a meeting for him. It was the meeting when the first board was being chosen. When I saw what MRHI was trying to achieve, I quickly became very interested in the organization. I was voted on to the board at that first meeting!
Emily Levine, Vice President:
After growing up in the deep south, I came to Colorado for the first time on my Honeymoon in 2006. My husband and I immediately fell in love with the beauty, clean mountain air, lifestyle and adventures that were so different from anything we had experienced before. We became determined that Colorado would become our home as soon as we were able to make this dream a reality.
Why I serve: The pandemic took me out of my “normal” life of traveling extensively for work and left me at home for the longest period in over decade. 2020 provided me the first stretch of time since moving to Fairplay to truly embrace my home and these incredibly special places that surround us. MRHI gave me the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of these mountains and why our work is so vital to protecting them for our future generations. I am more in awe of this place with every step I take hiking, I fall more in love with this place with every moment I spend giving back to the land that has given me so much.
Dean Butler, Board Member:
Born in Boulder, CO, I have been coming to the Alma area since the early 1960’s and now call this home after owning and operating my own company for 30 years in Lakewood. I enjoy the hiking, snowshoeing, x-country skiing, photographing, fishing and all of the other activities this area has to offer.
Why I serve: I have participated and volunteered yearly at most of their fundraising events from the beginning. I believe in the goals of MRHI to help keep the Mosquitos and surrounding areas available to all future generations and want to keep them open to both motorized and non-motorized uses.
Sandy Janiszewska, Treasurer:
Jennie Gannon, Board Member:
I grew up in Albuquerque but my parents built a cabin outside of Fairplay in 1973 so I spent all my summers and Christmas vacations here. I attended university in California and missed the Colorado mountains the whole time I was there, so when I graduated I came back with the intention of spending one year living and working in Breckenridge. One year turned to three and then I met my husband. We moved to this side of the pass, bought my parents' cabin from them, raised two sons and have thoroughly enjoyed living and playing in Park County.
Why I serve: Every time I get outside I feel immense gratitude that I live in this amazing place. I am on the MRHI board because I believe strongly in their mission and wanted to help. It is a wonderful, intelligent, fun group of people who care about the same things I do and I have been treasurer for almost five years.
Kat Herrera, Secretary:
After providing GIS support for MRHI over several years, I am excited to step up and become part of the board. I am motivated by passion for the natural world, a great love of public lands, and a strong interest in historic preservation. Meanwhile, I am sensitive to the need to understand and maintain balance between preservation and development. The nature around us inspires me every day, and I am passionate about spreading this excitement through stewardship and conservation.
Why I serve: I feel that, as part of the MRHI board, I can make a positive difference in my community at the local level. I believe in the balance of MRHI’s mission and will work to conserve this wonderful natural place that we live in.
Roz Aceto, Board Member:
I am originally from England but have lived in the area about 21 years. I came looking for adventure and a way to make a living. I settled in Breckenridge, got married, and later moved to Placer Valley.
Why I serve: I love the outdoor life, and when my kids moved away to college, I wanted to help out and keep this area beautiful, as this is where I work and play. MRHI seemed a great organization and a good group of people, and the opportunity came up to join, so here I am!
Julie Danielsen, Board Member:
I am originally from England, and I found South Park through my love of travelling. I did not come knowing that I liked mountains, but the mountains are what kept me here. I enjoy the Mosquitos especially when I am cross country skiing or hiking with my dogs. Plus, the weather is nice here; better than cloudy old England.
Why I serve: I care for the environment, and I thought it was time to give something back to the community.
Background Photo By: Craig Root