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Margot Zallen - PLAN Jeffco President Margot Zallen

PLAN Jeffco President

Margot Zallen is one of three of the original PLAN Jeffco founders still on its Board of Directors and has chaired PJ for over 30 years. She was a senior attorney for the U.S. Department of the Interior specializing in water and endangered species issues until her recent retirement. In that position she worked on many controversial matters including the veto of the Two Forks Dam south of Denver, reintroduction of wolves to the northern Rockies, black footed ferret reintroductions, and conservation of protected species in the Virgin, San Juan, and Upper Colorado Rivers and along the Platte River in Nebraska. She chaired a successful effort to form a water district on Lookout Mountain; is an active member of Canyon Area Residents for the Environment and the League of Woman Voters; had been on the Board of Directors for the Natural Resources Center at the Colorado College of Law and is active in other volunteer capacities. In November 2012 she was named by the Denver West Chamber of Commerce as an Outstanding Woman of Jefferson County.

John Litz - PLAN Jeffco Board Vice-Chair and Treasurer John Litz

PLAN Jeffco Board Vice-Chair & Treasurer

John Litz is a near-original member of PLAN Jeffco, beginning his participation in March 1972. He has served as Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer of PLAN Jeffco. John’s open space involvement includes serving on OSAC since 1993, Treasurer of the Open Space Foundation since 1998, and a being regular volunteer for trail building. John is an inveterate volunteer and has been a member of service organizations for more than 50 years. John is a self-employed consultant providing services relating to recovery of metals from minerals, recycling of metals, soil remediation, and water treatment. John’s daughter and grandchildren have their own 2.5 acres of open space straddling North Boulder Creek, North of Nederland.

Ann Bonnell - PLAN Jeffco Board Member Ann Bonnell

PLAN Jeffco Board Member

Ann Bonnell joined the PLAN Jeffco Board in 1997. Since moving to the south Jeffco area in 1975 she has volunteered in many projects to preserve open spaces and wildlife habitat in the Chatfield Basin area. Ann has spent her life teaching and volunteering, starting with high school biology in Albuquerque, NM, volunteering with special needs populations, and coaching Special Olympics swimming and cross-country skiing, giving her a specialty in accessibility issues for our open space parks. She was involved with the Save the Mountain Backdrop Project here in our own Front Range. Currently, Ann is a Volunteer Naturalist for Roxborough State Park, South Platte Park, Denver Botanic Gardens and the Audubon Society of Greater Denver. Ann is an inveterate birder; she guides the Tuesday Birders and leads teams for the annual National Audubon Christmas Bird Counts. She has represented Audubon as a Technical Specialist for the past 10 years in the development of the proposed Chatfield Lake Reallocation Project. She serves on the Restoration Advisory Board for the Air Force PJKS Superfund site, located at their former Waterton facility. Currently, Ann is 2nd Vice President of The Audubon Society of Greater Denver and serves on their Conservation, Trip, & Nature Center Committees.

Bette Seeland - PLAN Jeffco Board Secretary Bette Seeland

PLAN Jeffco Board Secretary

Bette Seeland is an original member of PLAN Jeffco and currently Secretary. She is also an active member of the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County and helps to coordinate PLAN Jeffco and League projects related to Open Space. Her other interests include playing the piano, skiing and traveling.

Don Moore - PLAN Jeffco Board Member Don Moore

PLAN Jeffco Board Member

Don Moore has been a resident of Jefferson County for 32 years, a member of PLAN Jeffco for many years, a Board member since 2007. He has worked in land use planning and community development for two municipalities and two county governments in the Denver region. He is currently working as a consultant in land use planning and natural resource preservation. In the early 1990s he was part of a volunteer group involved with the creation of the Douglas County sales tax-funded open space program that was in good part patterned after the Jefferson County Open Space program. He is currently the President of the Jefferson Conservation District. He is a member of the Regional Transportation District Citizens Advisory Committee and other land use and environmental organizations.

Vera Smith - PLAN Jeffco Board Member Vera Smith

PLAN Jeffco Board Member

Vera Smith currently serves as the Director of Forest Planning and Policy for The Wilderness Society. Before this position, she worked for the National Park Service and the Colorado Mountain Club in land management capacities. She is an avid fan of preserving open spaces in and around communities.

Ken Foelske - PLAN Jeffco Board Member Ken Foelske

PLAN Jeffco Board Member

Ken Foelske joined the PLAN Jeffco Board on his retirement from the Jefferson County Open Space Program on 2004. Ken spent 30 years as one of the original staff members of the then newly-established Open Space Program (1973). As the Planning Manager, Ken oversaw the development and adoption of each of the department’s Five Year Master Plans and all Open Space Park Development Plans. One of his favorite projects was the organization and coordination of the Five County Front Range Mountain Backdrop Project.

Michelle Poolet - PLAN Jeffco Board Member Michelle Poolet

PLAN Jeffco Board Member

Michelle Poolet is a relative new-comer to PLAN Jeffco, but not to the world of volunteer work. She has been on the Board of PLAN Jeffco since 2008, and in that time has worked hard to ensure the success of various PJ conferences and events. She is part of the PLAN Jeffco web content subcommittee, and liaisons between the PLAN Jeffco Board and the Open Space Advisory Committee. Her “day job” is as President and Chief Enterprise Architect of Mount Vernon Data Systems, a BBB A+ accredited database consulting company. Michelle lives on Lookout Mountain, in unincorporated JeffCo, with her best pal, TessaRose the collie, with whom she enjoys daily trekking in the forests.

Paul Murphy - PLAN Jeffco Board Member Paul Murphy

PLAN Jeffco Board Member

Paul Murphy has a keen and long standing interest in the health of our open space program, volunteering on conservation and trail stewardship projects since 2006, as well as having served on the Trail Use Task Force and Trails Co-op for the Jefferson County Open Space Program. Paul enjoys mountain biking and getting his hands dirty at trail building events throughout the county.

Peter Morales - PLAN Jeffco Board Member Peter Morales

PLAN Jeffco Board Member

Peter Morales became involved with PLAN Jeffco through a rather circuitous route. He is an avid mountain biker, who in 2003 – 2004, heard rumors that some Golden groups were contemplating a park plan for North Table Mountain, which might exclude biking. Along with another mountain biker, Peter approached the groups, which included prominent members of PLAN Jeffco, to determine if there were other means of resolving user differences. This group became the North Table Ad Hoc Committee. After two years of work, the Committee submitted conservation and wildlife studies, suggested trail alignments, and recommendations to JCOS for inclusion in the Park Master Plan. Thereafter, Peter sought to become a member of the PLAN Jeffco Board. He has been on the Board for several years. Peter is Litigation Counsel for the City of Aurora, past President of the Colorado Mountain Bike Association and of Team Evergreen, and an avid photographer.

Some of his photography graces the PLAN Jeffco website. See more of Peter's work: www.carbonfibrephoto.com

Vicky Gits - PLAN Jeffco Board Member Vicky (Victoria) Gits

PLAN Jeffco Board Member

A journalist for 35 years, Vicky Gits began covering environmental topics as a reporter for the Canyon Courier of Evergreen. Her assignments included covering the activities of the Jefferson County Open Space division and Evergreen Park and Recreation District for five years. Many stories concerned wild animal confrontations, wildfire breakouts and forest management. She has worked at the Denver Post, The Daily Camera, The Douglas County News-Press and as a freelancer. She enjoys spending as much time as possible in the garden or hiking and has hiked most of the trails in most of the open space parks in Boulder and Jeffco in the last 20 years. She originally came to Colorado from La Grange, Ill., to ski Aspen, Arapahoe Basin and Winter Park and came back to earn degrees from Colorado College and the University of Colorado. With the exception of one year in New York City, she has lived in Colorado since 1973. She joined the PLAN Jeffco board in 2014 after retiring from newspaper work.