Current Board Members 2017
Kent Ingram, Board Chair, Littleton
Kent grew up in Denver in an outdoors family where his dad introduced him to hunting in 3rd grade, hunting rabbits near Brighton. Youth pursuits in the outdoors included fishing all up and down Bear Creek near Evergreen for trout and trapping. He attended Western State College, earning a B.A. and M.A. in Business Administration. From there he entered banking where his career spanned 40 years, the last 17 years banking businesses for Colorado Business Bank. Kent always has been involved with non-profits, and was honored as the third recipient for the William Funk Award for Building Community in 1993. A lifelong Coloradoan he did live in Alaska for 4 years in his 20s, while in banking there, doing it all in unguided hunting and fishing. Some experiences there were having a flood come through his tent one evening while mountain goat hunting, leading to hypothermia; having a brown bear harass his moose camp for multiple nights on the Alaska Penninsula, netting a whopping 15 lbs. of moose meat from an otherwise hard earned bull moose backpacked 5 miles earlier; and on a third try harvesting a large male grizzly from inside his tent, while on a sandbar alone in the Alaska Range.
Back in Colorado Kent settled down and married Linda and had 3 daughters. They, too, fly fish and one hunts big game and turkeys with Kent. In 2002 Kent became involved with Colorado Wildlife Federation, moving up to Treasurer then to President 2006-2007 then again 2013-2015. Kent also served on the 2005 Big Game License Allocation Committee, was Sportsmen Co-Chair of the then DOW Sportsmen’s Advisory Group 2007-2009, and is serving on Colorado Parks & Wildlife's Sportsmen’s Roundtable, 2013-present. He is an active elk and deer hunter, turkey enthusiast, and fly fisherman. Philosophically Kent stands for average sportsmen and sportswomen interests, protecting public lands, improved OHV enforcement, against high fence shoots, and maintaining public support for our proud hunting and fishing heritage.
John Smeltzer, Director and Former Board Chair, Ft.Collins
John joined the CWF Board in 2005 following his retirement as Public Services Manager (Asst. Director - Field Operations) for the Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW). John's early professional career includes 3 years as a science teacher in Iowa, his home state. While working for the CDOW, John served as a wildlife researcher; a staff specialist in the Law Enforcement Unit; regulations manager, and Human Dimensions section manager in addition to role as Asst. Director. John is a biology graduate of Westmar College, LeMars, Iowa and Colorado State University, Fort Collins. He is married (Marsha) and has two adult children (David and Katie). He belongs to a variety of hunting, fishing and conservation organizations. John joined the CWF Board in 2005.
Ann Bennett, Denver
Ann joined the Board because of her love of the outdoors. She is a passionate wildlife photographer. Ann's professional career includes Director at 3 of the big 4 accounting firms and owner of a high tech company. Ann has lived in the Denver area for over 30 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
Mike Hora, Director at Large, Lyons
Michael Hora is a native of Illinois who enjoys living in Colorado. A long time business executive, he now spends much of his time honoring the land and learning about all things wild in Colorado. Michael seeks a responsible balance between the interests of those who own land and those for whom outdoor pursuits in the future depend upon good decisions today.
Mark Phillips, Director at Large, Lafayette
Gary C. Miller, Director at Large, Estes Park
Gary C. Miller is a wildlife biologist who has worked at Rocky Mountain National Park, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, and currently as a private consultant. His professional and personal interest and experience is in the conservation of "all things wild" - game and nongame species; prairie, mountain, and wetland communities. Or, in the words of Aldo Leopold (one of his heroes), "...to keep every cog and wheel..." of our natural world. A lifelong hunter, angler, and birder, he sees growing the next generation of thinking and voting conservationists as our most important challenge. Gary and wife Kathy live in Estes Park, and enjoy sharing their habitat with ungulates, creatures with carnassials, and numerous avian animals.
Ashley Rust, Director at Large, Denver
Ashley Rust is a native to Denver and an outdoor enthusiast. She is the mother to three little boys whom she hopes to expose to wildlife watching, hunting, and fishing. Ashley is an affiliate professor of environmental science, water quality, and fish ecology at Metropolitan State University. Ashley has started a student club for CWF at Metro to engage students in wildlife habitat improvement and issues. She spends her free time in Colorado's mountains exploring trails and streams with her family and fishing.
Joe Stengel, Director at Large, Littleton
Bill Black, Nebraska and Evergreen
Robin Knox, Evergreen
Robin Knox, a Colorado resident for 35 years, recently retired after 42 years of work in the fisheries and aquatic resource management arena. He was the Coordinator for the Western Native Trout Initiative, a National Fish Habitat Partnership, for 8 years after 27 years as a fishery biologist and the assistant chief of fisheries for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Robin was actively involved with the sport-fishing industry for over 15 years, serving on the government affairs committee of both the American Sport-fishing Association and the American Fly Fishing Trades Association which are the fishing tackle manufacturers trade associations. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Illinois, and a Master’s degree in Fishery Science from the University of Missouri. He lives in the beautiful foothills of Colorado west of Denver with his wife Laurel, and loves to fish from his Hobie kayak.
Brent Miller, Arvada
Greg Benzmiller, Colorado Springs
Joshua Torrez, Denver
Robert Meulengracht, Lakewood
Alexa Miles, Denver
Alexa has lived in Denver for the past 16 years and loves taking advantage of its easy access to the outdoors. Alexa has a degree in environmental studies from the University of Montana and a masters in landscape architecture from CU Denver. She met her husband while working for Outward Bound and has spent the last 10 years doing environmental compliance and permitting for numerous federal agencies. She has a young son and daughter who are starting to appreciate hiking, exploring, and admiring wildlife. She enjoys spending her free time in the mountains and on the rivers of Colorado re-experiencing their beauty and wonder through the eyes of her children. They have also given her a renewed sense of responsibility to advocate for their protection.
David Ellenberger, NWF Regional Representative - Colorado
Region 10 Director, NWF Board of Directors, Kent Salazar
Chairs of Issues Committee - Walt Graul And Kent Ingram
Executive Director, Suzanne O'Neill
Suzanne is a former practicing lawyer and consultant to professional services firms. She received her law degree at University of Texas School of Law and master degree in Environmental Policy and Management from University of Denver. Suzanne is an avid wildlife photographer and also enjoys fishing, her sheep and llamas, and gardening.
Communications/Media, Todd Malmsbury
Technology Consultant, David Nealey, Ph.D.