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Board & Staff

Below are the dedicated people who work to keep Mesa Verde beautiful and protected for future generations.
Jim Wilkin - Chair
Jim Dulin
David Nagler - Vice Chair
Troy Eid
Art Glenn
Mary Beth West - Secretary
Colin Waldon - Treasurer
Andrew Gulliford
Ernest House Jr.
Peter Pino
Tom Sickler
Barbara Sutteer
Mary Willis
Janet McFarland Burlile - Executive Director

Executive-Level Board Members

Jim Wilkin - Chair



Jim Wilkins is a board member for Mesa Verde Foundation. Jim lives in Denver with his wife Scotty. In addition to the Mesa Verde Foundation, he is an active community volunteer serving on the boards of the IIiff School of Theology, Four Mile Historic Park, Griffith Centers for Children, Shining Stars Foundation, V.J. Wilkins Foundation, and Hastings College (Emeritus).

As a retired Realtor, he enjoys history of the American West, fly fishing and portraying former Colorado Governor Ralph Carr (1939-43).

David Nagler - Vice Chair



David Nagler is the Vice Chair of Mesa Verde Foundation Board. David has worked for a variety of financial firms, on and off Wall Street, for some 30 years, and he now runs his own in Wyoming & New Mexico. He has served on several boards, including not-for-profits, and enjoys exploring the West, either on foot, skis, or by small plane.

Mary Beth West - Secretary



Mary Beth West is a board member for Mesa Verde Foundation. She is the Director of the Washington, D.C. Office of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and a consultant on international legal issues.

From 1996 to 2003, she was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs of the U. S. Department of State, with rank of Ambassador. Prior to 1996, Ms. West served in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the Department of State, and also in the Office of the General Counsel of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Ms. West received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Colin Waldon - Treasurer



Colin Waldon is a graduate of the University of Colorado and the University of Wyoming with degrees in geology. After graduating he worked at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution before moving onto coal exploration in the west. He worked for Summit County, Colorado as a geologist, County Planner and Acting County Manager, followed by short stint as a college instructor at Colorado Mountain College. For many years he and his brother were general contractors in the Denver metropoltan area. Hobbies include fly fishing, furniture making, antique car restoration and photography. He has been a board member with Santa Fe Conservation Trust and South Suburban Park Foundation. Colin and Firth live in Denver and have two grown daughters living in Phoenix and New York City.
 

Board Members

Jim Dulin



Jim Dulin is a board member for Mesa Verde Foundation.  Jim spent 17 years in the commodity business working for Cargill Investor Services, specializing in Financial Futures to global institutional customers on The Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade. Since leaving the commodity business, he attended culinary school and started a catering and personal chef business. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, where he served as chair of the Development Committee. He currently lives in Edwards, CO.

Troy Eid



Troy Eid is a board member for Mesa Verde Foundation. He is the former United States Attorney for Colorado appointed by President George W. Bush, and is a partner in the Denver office of Greenberg Traurig LLP, the country's largest law firm.  An Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado Law School, he is also the Chairman of the National Indian Law and Order Commission. He was appointed to the Commission, which advises the President and Congress on criminal justice and public safety issues concerning Native Americans and Alaska Natives, by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Art Glenn



Art Glenn is a board member for Mesa Verde Foundation. Art was born in Denver, Colorado and graduated from the University of Wyoming, where he played football.  Following college, he worked in retail for a number of years until he got into the broadcast business in Arizona, Oklahoma, and Denver, where he was the General Manager of KMGH (Channel 7), the CBS affiliate. Art then was a partner in Gold C Enterprises, where he helped expand the Discount Coupon Book business to a nationwide venture.  When the company was sold to Entertainment Publications, Art stayed on as a vice president.  In the early 1990s, he and his wife purchased and operated the O’Farrell Hat Company in Durango, Colorado, the maker of fine quality beaver fur felt hats.  He and his wife then founded a clothing, apparel, and accessories business with the legendary horse trainer, Pat Parelli.  Today they operate Natural Horsemen Saddles, a company that markets Parelli saddles, manufactured in Germany, Great Britain, and the United States.  He lives in Durango.

Andrew Gulliford



Andrew Gulliford is a professor of history and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He teaches popular college courses on wilderness, national parks and environmental history. Gulliford is the author of America’s Country Schools, Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions, and Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale, which won the Colorado Book Award.  He also edited Preserving Western History, which was voted one of the best books on the Southwest by the Tucson-Pima County Library. For the centennial of Mesa Verde National Park in 2006 he was series editor for seven new books on Mesa Verde published by the Durango Herald Small Press. His most recent book Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014) won two New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards as well as the Colorado Book Award.

Gulliford has had led tours across the West by canoe, raft, horseback, van, cruise ship, private train, and private jet for the Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic Society, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Great Old Broads for Wilderness, History Colorado and the San Juan Mountains Association. Dr. Gulliford has received the National Individual Volunteer Award from the U.S. Forest Service for wilderness education, and a certificate of recognition from the Secretary of Agriculture for “outstanding contributions to America’s natural and cultural resources.”
 

Ernest House Jr.



As Executive Director for the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs (CCIA), Ernest House maintains the communication between the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe, and other American Indian organizations, state agencies and affiliated groups.  Ernest works closely with Governor Hickenlooper, Lt. Governor Garcia, and the CCIA members to maintain a government-to-government relationship between the State of Colorado and tribal governments.  

Ernest is an enrolled member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Towaoc, Colorado.  He previously held the position of Executive Director under Governor Bill Owens and Governor Bill Ritter from 2005-2010. Ernest is a 2012 American Marshall Memorial Fellow and a 2013 Forty under 40 recipient by the Denver Business Journal.  He currently serves on Governor Hickenlooper’s Education Leadership Council, the Colorado Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council, and the Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees.  He holds a rich tradition in his position as son of the late Ernest House, Sr., a long time tribal leader for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and great-grandson of Chief Jack House, the last hereditary chief of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.

Peter Pino



Peter Pino is an advisor and board member for Mesa Verde Foundation. Former governor of the Pueblo of Zia, Peter has been a Tribal Council member since 1967. Since 1977, he has served as the tribal administrator and treasurer.

Mr. Pino is a traditional spiritual leader, holding a lifetime appointment as one of the tribe's Keeper of Songs. He is also a traditional craftsman who tans deer hides and makes moccasins, bows, arrows, digging sticks, rabbit sticks, and bone tools, using the same techniques employed by his Puebloan ancestors. His archaeological interests have led him to committee and board commitments with Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and Mesa Verde National Park.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the Mesa Verde Foundation since 1996. He is the first Native American to serve as a Commissioner for the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission, appointed by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson; his term ended in January 2007; Mr. Pino holds an M.B.A from University of New Mexico in Business Administration; a B.A in Industrial Education and an A.S in Electronics from New Mexico Highlands University.
 

Tom Sickler



Tom Sickler is currently a Senior Vice President of Investments, and a Registered Investment Advisor and Portfolio Advisor with Stifel, one of the oldest Wall Street investment firms. He has been advising clients and has been an expert witness for FINRA since 1982. He graduated from the University of Denver with a Masters of Business Administration and BSBA-Finance.  Tom has previously been on the Board of Directors and Vice President of the Board for the Griffith Center, a non-profit alternative living and educational center for abused children. He was also Vice President of the Board for the Redevelopment Committee for Keystone Village, CO.  

Tom and his wife of 30 years, Gretchen, reside in Denver, CO and are the parents of two grown children.  In his spare time, Tom likes to bike, hike and travel.

Barbara Sutteer



Barbara Sutteer is a board member for Mesa Verde Foundation. She is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and was born and raised on the Uintah & Ouray Indian Reservation, Utah. Barbara’s career of nearly 33 years was in the Federal Government, of which seventeen years were in Alaska. She worked on the implementation of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and the Alaska National Interest Land Claims Act. While in Alaska, Barbara learned to fly and attained her private pilot license with the ratings of Single Engine – Land and Sea.

Since 2005, Barbara has been a Board of Directors member for the First People’s Center for Education (Sheridan, WY) and has been a Board of Directors member for Mesa Verde Foundation since 2001.
 
Her other interests include fishing, fitness walking, reading, and studying Federal Indian Policy and Tribal-Government relationships. She continues to assist National Parks as a facilitator in tribal consultations.

Mary Willis



Mary Willis is a board member for Mesa Verde Foundation. Mary was raised in Rochester, New York. She moved to Denver after college and went to law school at the University of Denver. She worked at the law firm of Holland & Hart and then moved on to a succession of in-house positions culminating with AT&T, the successor to Telecommunications, Inc. (TCI), doing mergers and acquisitions. She has served on eight non-profit boards in Denver. Now retired, Mary and her husband, Ken spend their summers in Jackson, Wyoming. Serving on the MVF Board is important to her because the park combines her love of our national parks, the southwest, ancient peoples and western art.

Janet McFarland Burlile - Executive Director



Janet McFarland Burlile is the Executive Director of the Mesa Verde Foundation. Burlile, a lifelong resident of Colorado, was formerly the Vice President of Development and Membership for History Colorado since 2013. Prior to that, she has worked for some of Colorado’s most prominent cultural organizations including Denver Zoo, Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Art Museum. Janet received her Bachelor’s Degree from The Colorado College and her Master’s Degree in History from Arizona State University.