Board and Staff

Where Passion Makes A Big Difference

The People Behind Forever Our Rivers

We founded this foundation because we are passionate about rivers and preservation. Forever Our Rivers provides us with an opportunity to combine those passions to make a positive difference in the world

Tim Carlson

Tim Carlson

Board President and Secretary

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Tim is an environmental engineer with more than 40 years of experience. His career spans the range of restoration including soil, ground and surface waters, and riparian lands throughout the West. His work has focused on developing reasonable and rational solutions to environmental problems that were considered intransigent by many. Recently retired, he spent the previous 20 years working or consulting with nonprofits serving as president, executive director, research director, and consultant. This included founding the Tamarisk Coalition (now known as RiversEdge West) and consulting to the Walton Family Foundation. Typical activities provided to these nonprofits was guidance to numerous watershed partnerships in the Colorado River Basin to improve riparian habitat and river health, as well as researching and crafting innovative sustainable funding mechanisms for river conservation. These experiences led to the formation of Forever Our Rivers Foundation to address the complex issue of sustainable funding that focused on an innovative approach that wasn’t tied to traditional funding approaches.
Rob White

Rob White

Board Vice President and Treasurer

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Rob has over 30 years of financial expertise in non-profit finance. After receiving his MBA from Harvard, he worked in his family’s construction materials business in Ogden, Utah. While there he became involved in saving a historic movie theater and eventually became a board member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, based in Washington, DC. At the National Trust he served as chair of both the finance and endowment committees. In 2000 he co-founded National Trust Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC), a for-profit subsidiary of the National Trust to invest in projects nation-wide using the historic tax credit. He was board chair of NTCIC until 2012. In 2007 he was a founding board member of the Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) which provides advocacy, training, and funding to a grass-roots network of conservation groups in the western US who advocate for iconic Bureau of Land Management conservation lands. He served as finance chair for CLF from 2007 to 2019. During his tenure at CLF he came into contact with many of the wonderful friends groups around the west and got to know the folks who have founded Forever Our Rivers. He is a long-term river rat and back country skier.
Donna D’Angelo Morrall

Donna D’Angelo Morrall

Board Director

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Donna is a Certified Financial Planner ™ professional with more than 10 years of experience and co-owner, with her husband Steve, of Clear Waters Financial Planning LLC. The firm donates 20% of its profits to local non-profits that strive to create a sustainable environment and future for Western Colorado. In addition to her expertise in financial planning and socially conscious investing, Donna also brings her experience as an environmental scientist to the Forever Our Rivers Foundation. Donna is an aquatic ecologist and has studied the impacts of deforestation on stream geomorphology, nutrient dynamics, and fish distributions since the early 1980s. She worked for 15 years for The Procter & Gamble Co. conducting stream research, environmental modeling and risk assessments. In her spare time, Donna enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing and playing golf. She is also a member of the Great Old Broads for Wilderness.
Steve Ayers

Steve Ayers

Board Director

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Steve has spent 24 years in sales and marketing before returning to college and receiving a B. S. in Strategic Communications and Professional Writing in 2004. That same year he began a new career in journalism as a reporter for the Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle newspapers. During his eight-years as a journalist, he wrote extensively on the Verde River, environmental issues, local agriculture and Verde Valley history. He received over 40 statewide and regional journalism awards including seven from the Arizona Newspaper Association and the Arizona Farm Bureau Print Journalist of the Year in 2010. In 2013 he made yet another career change taking over as the Economic Development Director for the Town of Camp Verde. Over the last two years, he has been instrumental in developing a model that blends traditional economic development programs with asset-based, place-making initiatives and environmental conservation. He is a master home brewer who provides both marketing and craft beer expertise to the Board.
Chip Norton

Chip Norton

Board Director

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Chip has worked over 35 years, most of that time as a corporate officer, for a family-owned construction and construction management company specializing in development and management of water and wastewater treatment projects. Chip retired at age 55 and since 2005 began his second career as a full-time community volunteer, with an emphasis on river conservation. He is a founder of the Friends of the Verde River Greenway, a nonprofit watershed organization that has created successful collaboration between public land managers and private landowners working to restore riparian habitat. Within the Verde River watershed, he continues his work on all aspects of river conservation, including the development of collaborative partnerships, sustainable funding for conservation NGOs, riparian restoration, flow restoration, sustainable river recreation and tourism, groundwater pumping mitigation and sustainable land management. When not volunteering, Chip can be found rafting the Grand Canyon or other great rivers in the West.
Jim Francis

Jim Francis

Board Director

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Jim is a Professor Emeritus of Management at Colorado State University and the National President of Sigma Iota Epsilon, the honor society and professional fraternity of the Academy of Management. He is the founder and former director of the Beverage Business Institute and the Center for Professional Development and Business Research in the College of Business, where he created certificates in Beverage Business Management and non-profit management. As a management consultant to clients in the private and public sectors, he has worked with a wide variety of businesses and organizations and has served on boards of directors and advisory councils for corporations, public institutions, and not-for-profit organizations including NCAA Faculty Athletics, NCAA Council, Board of Directors of the College Football Association, Mountain-Pacific Sports Federation, Mountain West Joint Council, Student-Athlete Academic Committee, the Black Business Scholars organization and the local chapter of Sigma Iota Epsilon. He has also been an owner/operator of two small businesses and has worked for a Fortune 100 firm in organization development. Jim holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Management/Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations, respectively, and a B.A. degree in Economics from Central College of Iowa.
Robyn Paulekas

Robyn Paulekas

Board Director

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Robyn Paulekas has extensive experience bring people together to solve complex and often controversial sustainability and conservation problems, including those that relate to river health, restoration, and corporate partnerships. She is a Senior Mediator and Program Manager at Meridian Institute. She has led and supported both domestic and international projects on water, conservation, outdoor recreation, agriculture, and climate change—often working at the nexus of more than one of these issues. One highlight from her recent work has been to refine guidance for how food and agriculture companies can strengthen their sustainability commitments to address water quality impacts of the U.S. row crops they source. The draft recommendations encourage companies to support collective watershed action and other implementation support. Prior to Meridian, Robyn applied geospatial information to find solutions to water-related conflict in the Klamath Basin in Oregon. At the University of Wyoming Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, she supported multi-stakeholder dialogues on energy, climate change, and endangered species. In her free time, Robyn can be found adventuring in the mountains and on rivers with her husband and their two wild and curious sons.

Stacy Beaugh

Stacy Beaugh

Interim Executive Director

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Stacy Beaugh, President of Strategic By Nature, Inc., has been a leader in natural resource and outdoor recreation initiatives for 15 years, most recently as Executive Director of RiversEdge West (formerly Tamarisk Coalition). Her educational portfolio includes a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver and a Bachelors of Art in art and environmental studies from Illinois Wesleyan University. She is also an alum of the Center for Creative Leadership Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program. Her current career focus/expertise is in the areas of strategic planning, meeting/process facilitation, executive coaching, board/leadership development, and marketing and fundraising, which have positioned her to play a role in supporting the start-up activities of Forever Our Rivers Foundation. Her volunteer experience includes a leadership role on the Colorado Riverfront Commission and as Treasurer of Many Rivers Brewing Public Benefit Corporation. She is currently based in Durango, CO.

Clark Tate

Clark Tate

Associate

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Clark Tate is a freelance writer, researcher, and nonprofit consultant. While earning an M.A. in Environmental Science and Land Use policy at the University of Virginia, she guided rafts on the New River Gorge and whitewater kayaked for fun. After moving to Colorado, she guided on the Arkansas and Blue Rivers, and Clear Creek before joining the Tamarisk Coalition, now River’s Edge West, as a restoration ecologist and coordinator. While there, she rafted a slew of desert river stretches, including Cataract Canyon and the Grand, led efforts to found the Dolores River Restoration Partnership, and researched sustainable restoration funding mechanisms. Clark then moved to California to surf, sail and pursue writing. She stayed close to rivers by monitoring water quality as a volunteer in Santa Cruz, CA and as a seasonal ranger in Point Reyes National Park. Clark most recently worked as a Senior Editor at Outdoor Gear Lab.

Illene Roggensack

Illene Roggensack

Associate

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Illene has more than three decades’ experience as a nonprofit executive director, fundraiser, board member, volunteer and consultant.  This experience is coupled with an MBA, a BA in journalism and recognition as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).  Her life’s work lies in helping build organizations of excellence, particularly among grassroots nonprofits.

As an active volunteer, Illene served two years as President for the Colorado Nonprofit Association, one year as President for the Grand Junction Lions Club, and in recent years has help to found four Giving Club and Guys’ Giving Club organizations in both Grand Junction and Montrose, Colorado.  She likes to run and cook/bake – a fortunate combination – and has rafted Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River at 96,000 cfs.  Her current challenge is learning to play the ukulele.