We're Welcoming a New Board President!

Updated: May 18

Dear friends,


We hope you and your families are well. Amidst these challenging times in the world, today we have some good news: The Conservancy is welcoming a new Board President and Envision Chaffee County is becoming an independent organization. With this news, we are truly excited about the path forward for both the Conservancy and Envision.


As many of you know, the Conservancy has worked hard to support Envision since 2016 to help bring it to life. From acting as its fiscal sponsor, to our involvement in the passage of ballot issue 1A, the Conservancy and Envision have made a positive impact in Chaffee County together. From that success, and to foster further growth and flexibility, it has been mutually decided among both organizations to act independently in the future. Envision will be an independent non-profit organization.



To ensure its success, our Board President, Cindy Williams, has decided to step down from the Conservancy board to focus on continuing to co-lead Envision, in partnership with Chaffee County and the Chaffee County Community Foundation. Williams will continue her relationship with the Conservancy as a board advisor.


"The Conservancy and Envision are both dear to me. I am excited about the future of both organizations and the impact they will continue to have on this special place we love,” said Williams. “It has been my honor to serve as Board Chair for the Conservancy since 2016. The organization has flourished, and will continue to do so with a fabulous board and staff. At the same time, I am humbled by the continued community engagement and impact of the Envision Movement. I look forward to focusing my energy on co-leading Envision, with Commissioner Felt, and making the community’s shared vision of the future a reality."


To lead the Conservancy's new direction and enhanced strategic plan, current board member, Aaron Kindle, has officially been elected as our new Board President. Our entire staff and board of directors are beyond excited about what Aaron will bring to this ever-important role. Through his experience as the Director of Sporting Advocacy at the National Wildlife Federation, and his two decades of experience in conservation, Aaron is stepping up to lead our mission into its next chapter, while holding true to our core values and organizational priorities. Professionally, Aaron enjoys strong relationships with state and federal wildlife and land management agencies, and Colorado's diverse conservation community. Aaron was born in Wyoming and has lived across the West his entire life.



"I am very excited about the future of the Conservancy,” said Kindle. “We have a unique opportunity to help shape the future of Central Colorado in ways that conserve our agricultural heritage and our rural way of life. It's so important we look to the future and think about what we want our area to be. The Conservancy is a key driver of that work, so I'm very happy to take on a greater role at the organization."


Overall, this is a tremendously positive move for both the Conservancy and Envision. We are more excited than ever about what the future holds for both organizations. Please be on the lookout for exciting new developments and future updates on the Conservancy's mission. For questions about our new board leadership, please contact our Executive Director, Adam Beh, at adam@centralcoloradoconservancy.org.


We sincerely hope that you and your families are healthy and well during these times. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.


To the possibilities,

Central Colorado Conservancy Staff & Board of Directors



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