Rick Chavolla – Trustee, Consultant, Board Chair for the AICH
Dr. Dan Collins – TI President, Trustee, Professor, Arizona State University
Rio Coyotl – Trustee, Certified Public Accountant, Fungo Atomico
Karinjo Devore – Trustee, Founding Board Member & President of AIMF
Sara Friedberg – Trustee, Lodging Coordinator for Telluride Science and Innovation Center
Art Goodtimes – Emeritus Trustee – San Miguel County Commissioner, Poet
Dr. Evan Iverson – TI Director of Science and Research, Trustee, Scientist
Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk – Trustee, Education Curator, Former Co-Chair BEITC.
Pamela Lifton-Zoline – Founder, Trustee, Vice President, Author, Artist
John Lifton-Zoline – Emeritus Trustee, Architect, Planner
Jos Lifton-Zoline – Trustee, San Miguel County Planning Commission
Laurie Lundquist – TI Mushroom Committee Chair, Trustee, Environmental Artist
Vicki Phelps – Trustee, Secretary – Science Educator, Director, WEP
Sascha Stipsits – Trustee, Writer, Filmmaker, Journalist
Peter Waldor – Advisory Board, Poet, Insurance Executive
Kris Holstrom – TI Treasurer, Trustee, San Miguel County Commissioner, Farmer
Emeritus Trustee, San Miguel County Commissioner Emeritus, Poet, Talking Gourds poetry program co-director and Mushroom Festival poet-in-residence
Art retired in 2017 after serving for 20 years on the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners, the first and only Green Party county commissioner in Colorado. A co-founder of the local enviro group, the Sheep Mountain Alliance, he has won numerous environmental awards and been a member of dozens of boards and commissions on the local, regional, state and even national levels. Twice director of the local arts council in Telluride, he has also worked as a pre-school teacher/director in California, as well as a journalist, editor, and now weekly op-ed columnist for the on-line MontroseMirror.com and monthly for Cortez’s print newspaper, the Four Corners Free Press.
Former Institute president and long-time trustee, Art directed the Telluride Mushroom Festival for its first 25 years and helped spearhead the founding of three Institute initiatives: the Talking Gourds poetry program, the Ute Reconciliation program; and the Prospect Basin Fens Project.
Former poetry editor for Twin Peaks, Earth First! Journal, Wild Earth, and the Mountain Gazette, he currently serves as poetry editor for Fungi magazine and the on-line anthology Sage Green Journal. He was appointed as the first Western Slope Poet Laureate (2011-12). His latest poetry books are Dancing on Edge: the McRedeye Poems (Lithic Press, Fruita, 2019), Looking South to Lone Cone (Western Eye Press, Sedona, 2013) and As If the World Really Mattered (La Alameda Press, Albuquerque, 2007). He performs his poetry widely in the region.
Evan holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and MS and PhD degrees in Applied Mathematics, with a focus on computer science and physics, from the University of Arizona. He was at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 13 years where he conducted research in computational physics, computer science, nonlinear dynamics and chaos, complex systems, and artificial neural networks. In 1990 he joined Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he led R&D in remote sensing, computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and digital signal processing. In 1998 he became a Vice President and served as the Manager of SAIC’s Imagery Technology and Systems Division from 1998 to 2006. This was followed by a year serving as Chief Scientist of SAIC’s Reconnaissance and Surveillance Operation. In 2007 he joined Rincon Research Corporation and served as Chief Scientist and Program Manager until transitioning to Consulting Employee and moving to Telluride.
Regina has traveled extensively throughout the country presenting and sharing Ute culture through song, dance and numerous speeches. In October of 2013 she was elected to serve in leadership as a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Council. She is a former member of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs and the Bears Ears Inter-tribal Coalition, among many other committees and boards.
Regina strongly believes that the inner core of healing comes from the knowledge of our land and elders. Currently she is serving as the Education Director for the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose, Colorado. She is honored to continue to protect, preserve and serve through education, creating a better understanding of our land and culture — a great foundation for a better tomorrow.
Institute as its Sustainability Director. Kris has a B.S. in Forest Management from Utah State University and an M.S. in Horticulture from Virginia Tech. She has a diverse background having held many different positions in the region from cleaning houses to operating a small saw mill. She co-founded and is Board President for SWIRL – the Southwest Institute for Resilience – a non-profit that supports community gardens, greenhouses and the Telluride Farmers Market. Kris has spent over three decades educating the public and youth about sustainability issues including renewable energy, food security, waste reduction and “out of the box” systems thinking to contribute to regional solutions to current challenges.
Daiva Chesonis – Advisory Board, Poet
Craig Childs – Advisory Board, Author
Sally Davis – Advisory Board, Artist
Elizabeth Gick – Advisory Board, Landscape Planner
Alessandra Jacobson – Advisory Board, Founder of Bridal Veil Living Classroom
Amanda Kotlyar – Advisory Board
Audrey Marnoy – Advisory Board, Business Consultant
Meghann McCormick – Advisory Board, Artist, Business Consultant
Helen Rowe – Advisory Board, Environmental Scientist