Board Member Bios
LAUREN DUNCAN-- Representing Conservation
Lauren Duncan is the Abandoned Mine Restoration Project Manager for Trout Unlimited (TU) based in Denver, Colorado. She has received a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Denver and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Prior to coming to TU, Lauren worked for various public and private entities in sustainability, water quality and water resources. She was brought on full-time to Trout Unlimited in October 2016, and focuses on restoration of mining impacted areas, in-stream enhancement, soil and water chemistry, project management and oversight. Lauren can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DAN GIBBS -- representing the Department Natural Resources
As Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources, Dan Gibbs leads the development and execution of the Department's initiatives for the balanced management of the state's natural resources. Dan works on an array of issues pertaining to all of Colorado's natural resources, including water, wildlife, state lands, oil and gas and mining.
Dan is a respected collaborator and a strong proponent of building partnerships across agencies, nonprofits and private-sector organizations to improve the productivity and success of government operations and services.
Prior to joining the Department of Natural Resources, Dan served as a Summit County Commissioner from 2010-2018. As county commissioner, Dan successfully pushed for wildfire preparedness, affordable workforce housing, lower health insurance costs and protection and improvements to transportation infrastructure.
Prior to his tenure as a Commissioner, Dan served in the Colorado House of Representatives and in the Colorado State Senate where he served on the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. His legislative accomplishments include securing funding for wildfire mitigation and forest health, creating the Colorado Kids Outdoors grant program, supporting watershed health initiatives, and increasing environmental protections for wildlife from oil and gas development.
Dan is a certified wildland firefighter and is affiliated with the ROSS system, through which he is on call to fight wildfires throughout the United States. He chaired the statewide Wildland Fire and Prescribed Fire Matters Advisory Council, and represented county governments on the Forest Health Advisory Committee. Dan has served on a variety of civic boards including: Search and Rescue Advisory, Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, Tourism Office, Youth Corps Association, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and the Keystone Science School.
Dan is a graduate of Western State Colorado University and completed the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. He is also a Marshall Memorial Fellow.
Dan enjoys all that living in the high country has to offer, including skiing, running, mountain biking, hunting and fishing. He is a resident of Breckenridge, Colorado, where he lives with his wife, Johanna; daughter, Grace; and son, Tate.
FORREST LUKE-- With substantial experience in the Mining Industry
Forrest has served as Manager of Environmental and External Affairs at Trapper Mining Inc. for the past 24 years. Trapper is a major surface coal mining operation located near Craig, Colorado. The position includes responsibility for all reclamation activities, environmental permitting and compliance issues, management of Trapper lands, and various government and community relations duties. Under Forrest’s direction, Trapper Mine maintains a nationally recognized reclamation program that was presented in 2002 the federal Office of Surface Mining’s bronze medal as one of the three best examples of mined land reclamation in the first 25 year history of the modern surface mining era. Trapper continues to receive national and state reclamation and community relations awards on virtually an annual basis. Forrest currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Memorial Hospital in Craig as Chair and previously as Vice-Chair of the Yampa-White-Green Rivers Basin Roundtable. He served for 10 years as Chairman of the Colorado Mining Association Coal Committee and recently served a term as President of the Northwest Colorado Energy Producers Association. Forrest received the St. Barbara award—given annually by the Colorado Mining Industry to one person who has made a significant contribution to the success of mining in Colorado. He was presented a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Mining and Reclamation for his contributions to the field of mined land reclamation. Prior to his time at Trapper Mine, Forrest worked for 12 years in the environmental and engineering departments at Black Butte Coal Company near Rock Springs, Wyoming. Forrest obtained BS and MS degrees from BYU in Range and Wildlife Management. He is married with four children and seven grandchildren. Hobbies include fishing, hunting and birding.
TIM MAUCK-- Representing the Department of Natural Resources
Karin Utterback-Normann permanently returned to Routt County in the 1990's to assume the ownership and operation of her family's third generation ranching operation. Prior to returning she spent 15 years working in Africa, Asia and South America. With her graduate education focused on agricultural economics, agronomy, and anthropology, she worked as an agricultural economist in southern Africa on projects as varied as improving groundnut production in Malawi, overseeing tomato production in then Rhodesia and designing cassava nurseries for ethanol production in the Kwa Zulu, South Africa. Though most of her life was not spent living in Routt County, most of her education and career focused on agricultural production issues at the micro as well as macro levels.
JILL VAN NOORD-- Representing Conservation
Jill Van Noord has served on the Mined Land Reclamation Board for a full four-year term and was just up for confirmation of her second term. Jill graduated from CU Law School in 2008 and has been practicing law here in Colorado since that time. Her practice focuses on counseling clients on compliance and permitting of environmental laws and regulations. Although her practice covers a wide range of environmental issues, she focuses on air quality. Jill joined the Denver office of Holland & Hart in 2014. Jill and her family live on the outskirts of Boulder. Her husband is an elementary school art teacher, but he currently is taking time away from teaching to stay home with their 4-year-old twin boys. They spend as much time as they can exploring Colorado with their pop-up camper.
NELL WAREHAM-MORRIS-- With Substantial Experience in the Mining Industry
As a Strategic Community Development Manager for Climax Molybdenum Company, a subsidiary of Freeport McMoRan, Nell Wareham supports communities and organizations in the four-county operating area of Climax Mine work in partnership to build their capacity and sustainable futures. Her daily travels traverse Summit, Lake, Eagle and Chaffee counties giving Nell a regional perspective on local issues.
Prior to joining Climax in 2012, Nell worked in marketing for Copper Mountain Resort and in the art and design world on Maui. She holds a B.F.A. from Montana State University.
Nell is passionate about access to early childhood and STEM education, sustainable careers, retention of working families, and attainable housing. She is a director for the Education Foundation of the Summit, board member on the Summit County Chamber of Commerce and the Lake County Economic Development Corporation, founding board member of the Lake County Community Fund and past president of Timberline Learning Center.
Born on the Hat 6 Ranch outside of Casper, Wyoming, Nell grew up in Evergreen with most winter weekends spent skiing in Summit County where she now resides with her husband and young daughter.