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.
Meet Our New Board Members!
L. Tracee Lorens
Tracee Lorens was born in Gunnison, Colorado in 1958. She attended Middle Park Elementary and Junior High before transferring to Kent-Denver Country Day School in Denver, Colorado. She went to college at San Diego State University followed by Thomas Jefferson, School of Law. She graduated from law school in 1990 and passed the Bar Exam in July of that year.
Tracee is the founding partner of Lorens & Associates, APLC, and focused her practice on consumer litigation and trial work. She worked on complex individual plaintiff cases until 1999, when she changed her focus to fighting for employee rights against some of the biggest employers in the US as a Class Action Attorney. She made the “Super Lawyer “ list in 2004 and was forever thereafter, year after year, deemed a “Super Lawyer”, a highly sought-after peer accolade. At the same time she was regularly recognized for her high level of ethics, integrity, brilliance in the law, and honesty. Tracee was recognized throughout her legal career with awards such as Lawyer of the Year (2017), The CLAY Award presented by The Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court in 2015, and a California State Senate Resolution recognizing her significant contributions to her community and the State.
Tracee is the proud mother of daughter Alexandra Lorens. Tracee and her daughter are third and fourth generation Grand Lake full or part-time residents, and descendants of Grand Lake residents Gordon and Barbara Spitzmiller. Barbara owned a dairy farm where Shadow Mountain Reservoir now sits and Gordon opened what is now Grand Lake Plumbing Co. Barbara’s father, Edgar Stanton, was the founder and long time Dean of Iowa State University. Tracee’s mom is Judy Lorens, a long time teacher at M.P.H.S. and the founder of Mountain Services—the first County trash company. Long time Grand County residents will remember Mountain Services’s unique trucks, with the images of skunks painted on the sides and the original slogans, “Trashin’ is our passion!” and “Business is picking up!”
Tracee is now retired from the practice of law and running a year-round, luxury vacation rental resort on her family property known as the Lorens Ranch. She has decided to dedicate a good portion of her retirement time and philanthropy to supporting efforts to protect and restore the Colorado River, with a focus on the North Fork, the Three Lakes region, and the Upper Colorado River watershed.
Ingrid Karlstrom has resided in Grand County since the spring of 1970, happily spending her first 5 years as a ski bum. Ever interested in preserving the beauty and quality of life here in our decreasingly pristine watershed, she (unsuccessfully) ran for Grand County commissioner in 1992 but was happy to accept an appointment to the County Planning and Zoning Commission, where she has served for 27 years. She is the only current member of the Planning and Zoning Commission who participated in establishing Grand County’s Master Plan, a product of former Governor Roy Romer’s Smart Growth Initiative.
Other commission memberships throughout the years have included Victims Assistance and Law Enforcement, The Moffat Tunnel, and a statewide transportation study.
Ingrid received a BA in zoology from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and currently lives just outside of Fraser with her 3 cats.
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.