UCRWG’s Board of Directors is composed of representatives from across the Upper Colorado River watershed and an array of professional backgrounds, bringing with them a diversity of expertise in watershed science, resource management, and nonprofit fundraising experience.
Board of Directors
Andy Miller – President
Andy Miller was elected President of the UCRWG Board of Directors in April 2019 due to his in-depth knowledge of local water issues and extensive involvement in the Grand County community. Andy runs his own construction company, M3 Property Service, where he facilitates the construction of homes, remodels, water augmentation structures, back country huts and stream restoration projects. He is the Project Manager and founder of the Grand Huts Association, a local nonprofit with the goal of linking the Grand County back country with a system of eco-friendly huts that can be used year-round. A former elementary school teacher and childcare center director, Andy continues his mission of community education as a local journalist and columnist for the Winter Park Times newspaper and serving as Trustee for the town of Fraser.
David Troutman – Treasurer
Treasurer Dave and his wife Emily have resided in Grand Lake, Colorado since 2017 and served as interpretative volunteers at Rocky Mountain National Park since 2015. Dave owned and managed an environmental engineering and remediation firm headquartered in Tampa, Florida prior to retiring to Grand Lake, where he provided a broad range of environmental services to federal, state and private clients throughout the southeastern United States. Dave also worked as a Senior Hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division in Albany, New York for 10 years, where he conducted research on the impacts of acid rainfall on lakes and watersheds.
Dave received a B.A. in Chemistry from Emory University and an M.S. in Forest Hydrology from the University of Georgia. He is a licensed Professional Geologist and has authored or co-authored over 10 technical papers on various topics related to water quality.
Ken Fucik – Program Support
Ken’s experience in the environmental industry dates back to 1972 and has taken him around the world. He has worked in on- and off-shore habitats throughout the North and South America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Ken specializes in problem solving on technical and regulatory issues and has management experience with HSE teams from diverse cultures and a wide array of technical backgrounds.
Mike Holmes – Program Support
Mike Holmes joined the UCRWG Board of Directors in Spring 2018, bringing with him over 30 years of experience in watershed restoration. Mike and his wife Patty moved to Grand County in 2016 after raising three children in Denver, and he is excited to bring his knowledge and experience to work protecting the headwaters of the Colorado River.
Prior to moving to Grand County, Mike worked for 30 years as a project manager reclaiming abandoned mining sites throughout Colorado, working to address how drainage from historic mines negatively impacts downstream communities by severely impacting aquatic life and degrading overall watershed health. Motivated by the firm belief that a key part of watershed restoration is collaborating with local stakeholders, Mike has participated in a half dozen water groups over his career. His experience has taught him that watershed associations provide an important component in assuring that the needs of the local community, elected officials, environmental groups, business and industry, regulators, and water users are all given consideration in decision making.
Mike received his Bachelors of Science in Agriculture Business from Colorado State University and served in the Peace Corps for 2 ½ years, where he worked on agriculture and community development in the Philippines. Mike also serves as President of the Grand County Irrigated Land Company, a mutual ditch company with 50 shareholders that irrigates agricultural lands on the Granby Mesa.
Third generation “Mountain Woman” Tracee Lorens was born in Gunnison, Colorado in 1958 to Gordon and Barbara Spitzmiller, owners of a dairy ranch on land flooded by Shadow Mountain Reservoir. She received her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University and was awarded her J.D. from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1990, passing the bar exam that same year.
She is the founding partner of Lorens & Associates, APLC, where she focused on consumer litigation and trial work. A highly successful class action attorney, Tracee focused on a wide variety of issues throughout her award-winning career. She has successfully fought for employee rights against some of the largest employers in the U.S. and argued complex individual plaintiff cases such as brain injuries, bad faith insurance litigation, employment discrimination, wrongful death, and product liability. Her career accomplishments won her numerous accolades over the years, including 2017 Lawyer of the Year for the state of California; the 2015 CLAY Award, presented by the Chief Justice of the State of California Supreme Court; and an official recognition of her significant contributions to the San Diego community and broader state when State Senator Joseph Dunn presented a resolution in her honor on the California State Senate floor.
The proud mother of Alexandra Lorens, Tracee is now retired from practicing law and a full-time resident of Grand Lake, where she runs the Lorens Ranch, a luxury vacation rental resort on her family property. An active philanthropist, Tracee continues to give to her local community by supporting local efforts to conserve and restore the Upper Colorado River watershed.
UCRWG is excited to announce two new additions to our Board of Directors:
Bios and pics coming soon!