Board of Directors

Board of Directors Board of Directors 2016

Email the board chairperson with any questions and comments for the board. Individual board members can be contacted directly with the links below.

See Board of Directors Position Description below and Board Meetings for more information.

All officers are elected at the annual meeting in July.

If you are interested in serving on the Board, please submit a letter of interest and resume to the Board Development Committee, Orient Land Trust, PO Box 65, Villa Grove, CO 81155 or email to the Governance Committee chairpersons. Please highlight your experience with nonprofits (including volunteer boards), fundraising, finance, work on committees, volunteerism, familiarity with OLT, your interests and expertise that you can bring to the board, and the reasons you want to be its newest member. Candidates for the Board of Directors will be asked to attend one meeting prior to being interviewed by the Board Development Committee. Committee work is also strongly encouraged prior to serving on the board.

Officers

Doug Bishop

Douglas Bishop - Executive Director

(email)

Doug Bishop is a native of Colorado, born in La Junta in 1950. He moved to the San Luis Valley, Saguache County and was caretaker for property at Major Creek, three miles south of Valley View Hot Springs, from 1973 to 1980. His children, Kestrel and Alan, were born there. He first visited Valley View Hot Springs in March of 1973. In 1980, he moved to ten acres, originally part of the homestead that became Valley View Hot Springs, and built a house. For the past four years he's been building a new house on the property. He conducted recreational horseback rides in the area around the hot springs from 1984 to 2002. In 1984, he started working as a part-time ski instructor at Monarch Ski Area. He attained PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) Level II certification in 1991, PSIA Children's Accreditation in 1992, and PSIA Level III certification in 1993. He was selected Colorado Ski Country USA's Ski Instructor of the Year for the 1992-93 ski season. His seasonal full-time employment for Monarch began in 1988, and in 2001, he completed his eighth and final season as manager of the Monarch Children's Center. In 2003 Doug received a BA degree in Elementary Education from Adams State College. He taught second grade at Jewell Elementary in Aurora for the 2003-04 school year. For the 2004-05 school year, he worked as a teacher's aide for the Title I program in Saguache, Colorado at Mountain Valley Schools. For the 2005-06 school year, he worked as the classroom teacher for a combined classroom of third and fourth graders in Saguache at Mountain Valley Elementary.

Doug has worked off and on for Valley View Hot Springs since 1975. Some of the Valley View projects he has assisted with include: Oak House remodel and upstairs dormitory addition, cabin repair and remodeling projects, Sunset Rooms construction, bath house construction, swimming pool reconstruction, stone retaining wall around swimming pool, soaking pools reconstruction, hydroelectric plant installation and upgrade, pipelines, housing, cleaning, maintenance, and registration/office duties. Doug is interested in maintaining the open space characteristic of the area, enjoying and promoting clothing optional policies, and preserving the existing natural and historical resources of the neighborhood that has been his home since 1973.

   

 Board of Directors

 John Standish

John Standish - Chair (Term expires 2020)

(email)

A Colorado Springs resident since 1985 and somewhat radical mountain biking enthusiast, John has been a devoted visitor/member of Valley View since 1986, and has had the privilege of a long, rich, interactive involvement in many aspects of the OLT community, as a musician, patron, volunteer and friend. Co-owner and co-founder of City Tracks, one of Colorado Springs’ most successful commercial recording studios, John has acted as producer for several local musician/artists, and has composed countless music scores for TV and radio commercials. Topping his list of favorite activities is jamming at the Oak House with fellow musicians and anyone who’s inspired to join in.

 

 Roger Courtemanche

Roger Courtemanche - Vice Chair (Term expires 2019)

 (email)

Roger's originally from New Hampshire where he grew up on a dairy farm. He moved to Colorado in 2000. He now lives on Capitol Hill in Denver and works in county government and enjoys traveling. He first came to Orient Land Trust over three years ago and fell in love with the place.  Since he agreed with the land trust's mission, he decided to get involved more with the organization and was appointed to the board of directors in 2016. He has experience in the budgeting process and financial oversight, and is highly interested in land conservation and keeping valley view a very special place.

 

 

 

Patrick Comiskey - Treasurer (Term expires 2019)

(email)

 Bio coming soon.

 

 

 

 Martin Jolley

Martin Jolley - Secretary (Term expires 2020)

Martin formally retired from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2008. After teaching in the sciences for over 30 years, he and his wife, Jane, moved to Salida. Five years before he fully retired, teaching only 50% of the time, one of their daughters gave him a small box of oil paints to help occupy his time. She knew he liked to doodle and sketch so the addition of some painting, she thought, would help him fill some of the “extra” time he had. Visiting the Valley View Hot Springs since 2004, Martin has seen the photographs by John Lorenz and was impressed by their unique views, their colors and their composition. Attempting to reflect John’s vision in acrylic, water color and oil paint, Martin has worked to remain faithful to John’s concept but to add his own interpretation as well. The Orient Land Trust, which includes the Valley View Hot Springs, is one of the most beautiful places he has ever visited. Honestly, it is the reason he and his wife bought their home in Salida. To be close to the land, the views and the amazing people of the San Luis Valley. Enjoy! You can see more of his art at: www.JolleyArtWorks.com

 

 Geneva Mixon

Geneva Mixon - (Term expires 2018)

(email)

Geneva Mixon joined the OLT board in 2012, and she served as chair from August 2013-July 2015. She and her husband, David Mixon, moved to Saguache, Colorado in 2014. She teaches Language Arts and Reading at Mountain Valley Middle School. Before discovering her calling to be a teacher, Geneva has worked as an educator, for town government, for libraries, and as a watershed coordinator. All of these careers helped her to build a firm understanding of non-profit management. Geneva holds a BA and an MA in Geography, both from CU Boulder. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Saguache Works, a nonprofit dedicated to furthering community revitalization efforts, stimulating economic development, promoting healthy lifestyles and preserving traditional arts in the rural community of Saguache.

 

 

 

 Sarah Halliday

Sarah Halliday - (Term expires 2018)

 (email)

Is a native of Colorado, raised in the mountains along the front range. She first visited VVHS as a teenager with very close family friends in the mid-1990's, and since then has been hooked! Having been a member ever since, she met, and married her husband at VVHS.
Sarah is very passionate about conservation, and community, and keeping as many parts of Colorado as "whole" as possible.

 

 Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton - (Term expires 2018)

 (email)

Scott Hamilton's first experience with Valley View Hot Springs was in the early 80's, before the first bathhouse was built, when his girlfriend (now wife) Rachel suggested a visit to this cool place in the northern San Luis Valley "where you don't wear any clothes – anywhere". Always a naturist at heart, he was intrigued and then charmed by the magic of Valley View. He visited sporadically during the 80's, but after the first boy was born in the early 90's, visits accelerated. Soon two more boys were added to the roster (identical twins) and all three learned to swim in the Valley View swimming pool. Camping and swimming and diving for baubles in the party pool – ahem – "soaking pond" -- what's not to like? Scott and Rachel and kids loved the family-friendly atmosphere, rustic setting and clothing-optional environment found nowhere else.
Scott is an electrical engineer by training, co-founding, running, and selling two high-tech companies in the Boulder entrepreneurial tradition. Retired in 2001, he and his wife enjoy backpacking, back-country skiing, bike touring and traveling, including visiting other hot springs world-wide – the latest at the bottom of a fabulous marble gorge in Taiwan. Scott and Rachel live in Boulder.

 

 Board Member Aleia Shaum

Aleia Schaum - (Term expires 2019)

 (email)

Aleia retired from a 30 -year career in public education. As an educator she specialized in environmental education and creating community within the classroom. She made the mountains of Colorado her home during college. Valley View became her home away from home since 1983. Aleia has supported and celebrated the transformation from just a hot springs to a nonprofit organization that promotes conservation, preservation, research and education. Her commitment to being a steward of Earth motivated her to join the OLT board. She is dedicated to supporting the management to makes decisions balancing economic and environmental issues. She is delighted to give back by volunteering in the office, serving on committees, and being on the board.

 

 

 

 

Steve Saban - (Term expires 2020)

(email)

 Bio coming soon.

 

 

 

 

Vacancy - (Term expires 2021)

 

 

 

 

 

 Advisory (non-voting) Board

Terry Seitz

 Terry Seitz - Consultant and Cofounder

 (email)

 Terry, cofounder of Orient Land Trust, has resided in the San Luis Valley since 1976. Before joining the staff of OLT she, along with her husband Neil, owned and operated Valley View Hot Springs. She served for many years on the Supervisory Committee of the Saguache County Credit Union, and received the Colorado Credit Union League's Volunteer of the Year Award in 1997. She has also been active in the Villa Grove Area Merchants Association since its founding in 1987.

 

 Neil Seitz

Neil Seitz - Cofounder

Neil Seitz, cofounder of Orient Land Trust, was born in Minnesota in 1954. Neil first visited the San Luis Valley in 1972 and studied architectural engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder from January 1973 through December 1974. Before becoming Executive Director of Orient Land Trust, he operated Valley View Hot Springs for twenty-nine years. He lives at Orient Land Trust with his wife Terry. He has experience in designing and constructing buildings and alternative energy projects. Neil has served on the Saguache County Planning Commission and on numerous local boards.

 

 John Eiseman

John Eiseman

John first moved to Colorado with his family in the 1950s. He was exposed to the beauty of the state from an early age during innumerable camping, climbing, and skiing trips with his parents, and has been a permanent resident since 1971. He has had a life-long passion for exploration, having worked and traveled extensively in Central and South America and the South Pacific. Among his other interests are history, scuba diving, horseback riding, and good old-fashioned ranch work.

He earned his BA in Economics from Stanford University and his MBA in Finance from the University of Denver. Professionally, he has worked in the area of Finance and Treasury in several different industries over the past 30 years. These include experiences in the securities industry, healthcare, natural gas distribution, and homebuilding. Currently, he serves as Director of Finance for KB Home in Denver.

John's first extensive exposure to the San Luis Valley came in 1979 when his family purchased the old Abeyta Ranch on Major Creek, two miles south of Valley View Hot Springs along the Sangre de Cristo Range. For the past 26 years, John's family has worked tirelessly to maintain the old West charm of the family ranch while preserving the natural beauty and robust wildlife habitat of Major Creek. 

 

 

Harold Pratt

 

 

Kirk Navo, Bat Biologist

 

 

Don & Kathy Geddes

 

   

 

Orient Land Trust is a nonprofit land trust
dedicated to the preservation of Valley View Hot Springs (VVHS) and its viewshed—
including natural and biologic resources, agricultural lands, wildlife habitat,
open space, and historic and geologic features of the northern San Luis Valley—
for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations.