Our Dedicated Board of Directors

steve_allertonSteve Allerton, WCC President (Grand Junction)
Steve left the teaching profession in 2014 and has entered “refinement”, a term he coined to use in place of “retirement”. For Steve, refinement is about digging into those things he loves: family and grandsons (3), music, backpacking/hiking with his wife and friends, and helping to create healthy soils in which to grow vegetables for the community. He is also a leader in WCC of Mesa County’s clean energy program.
Bob ArringtonBob Arrington, Director At-Large (Battlement Mesa)
Bob is a retired Professional Engineer who specialized in air pollution control equipment design. He is using what he has learned over the years to keep our world a fit place for generations to come to live, learn, play, and BE! Bob also serves as the citizens’ representative on the Garfield County Energy Advisory Board and WCC’s Oil and Gas Committee.
marv_ballantyneMarv Ballantyne, Uncompahgre Valley Association (Montrose)
A retired appraiser, Marv has been active in WCC since its founding. He served on the board (including two years as President) in the 1980 and 90s when he spearheaded much of WCC’s successful work to stop a proposed low-level radioactive waste dump in western Montrose County. He also serves on WCC’s Legislative, Public Lands and Personnel Committees. He is also an avid banjo player!
dudley_caseDudley Case, WCC Treasurer (Ridgway)
An attorney and accountant, Dudley spent most of his career with the U.S. Treasury Department. Since retiring to Ouray County in 2009, he has been involved in numerous nonprofits, and currently sits on the boards of the Ridgway-Ouray Community Council, Second Chance Humane Society, Top of the Pines, the Ouray County Road Committee, and The Ridge HOA.
reed-kelleyReed Kelley, WCC Vice President (Meeker)
Reed and his wife Kathleen are owners of Sullivan Kelley Farms, a working cow-calf operation outside of Meeker. Reed is active in the Colorado Independent Cattle Growers Association. Reed rejoined the WCC Board in 2015, having served previously from 2001 to 2005. He has also served on the WORC Board as a WCC representative, including a term as President.
andreya_krievesAndreya Krieves, WCC of Mesa County (Grand Jct)
Andreya moved to Grand Junction in 2013 from Denver with her husband and family.  Prior to coming here, she lived and worked as a high school social studies teacher.  Now she’s enjoying staying home with their two young sons and teaching yoga part-time and writing children’s books.  She is currently involved in WCC of Mesa County’s campaign to bring a community center to Grand Junction (PLACE).
Betsy LeonardBetsy Leonard, Grand Valley Citizens Alliance (Battlement Mesa)
Betsy moved to Garfield County in 2005 from California, where she worked in Environmental Education for San Diego and Imperial Counties. She has served on the NW Region of Colorado’s Environmental Literacy Project, and received an award as Outstanding Retired Educator in 2016. Betsy is also commissioned as a lay pastoral leader and serves on the board in her Episcopal Church.
al_lowandeAl Lowande, Ridgway-Ouray Community Council (Ridgway)
Al is a retired chemistry teacher with a passion for environmental protection. He is an active member of the Ouray County Nordic Council, an officer in his homeowners’ association, and a driving force behind the hugely successful ROCC Talks.
ricardo_perezRicardo Perez, Director At-Large (Montrose)
Ricardo is the Executive Director of the Hispanic Affairs Project, an organization that works with immigrants in western Colorado. A native of El Salvador, Ricardo has two decades of experience working as a community organizer and leadership development trainer for Christian-based community projects and social justice institutions in El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States.
rodger_steenRodger Steen, Director At-Large (Steamboat Springs)
Roger worked as an air pollution consultant for 35 years. Now retired, Rodger is an active member of WCC’s Routt County community group and WCC’s Oil and Gas Committee.
Shari VanderVeldeShari VanderVelde, Secretary (Grand Junction)
Shari is a retired public school teacher (Special Ed and upper elementary) who worked in District 51 for 34 years. She has served as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for foster children for six years and is now happy to be a part of the WCC team. She is active in outdoor sports such as hiking, climbing, camping, skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
monica_wiitanenMonica Wiitanen, Director At-Large (Paonia)
Monica is the owner of Small Potatoes Farm and its burgeoning bread-baking business, a member of the Valley Organic Growers’ Association and a vendor at the North Fork Farmers’ Market. She spearheaded WCC’s campaigns to enact and expand the Colorado Cottage Foods Act.
Peggy Rawlins, Emeritus Board member (Grand Junction)
Peggy’s service on the WCC Board began as the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance rep when she lived in Parachute, where she was a vocal spokesperson in efforts to hold the oil and gas industry accountable for its impacts on neighbors. When she moved to Grand Junction, she served as WCC of Mesa County’s rep as well as President. She also served as WCC’s rep to the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC).