The Dean’s Council is a board of accomplished Warner College of Natural Resources alumni selected by the Dean to provide strategic counsel and to support Warner College’s vision to be a global leader in natural resource education, research, and engagement. The Council helps increase the visibility and reputation of Warner College locally and nationally, is invested in the College’s future, and supports the development and strengthening of relationships with industry leaders. The Council meets twice a year and is composed of 10-15 members.
SAN CLEMENTE, CA- ’92 B.S. TOURISM MANAGEMENT
Ken Cruse, known for his ability to generate superior shareholder returns for investors, is Co-Founder and CEO of both Alpha Wave Investors, a private equity company engaged in hotel and multi-family investments, and Soul Community Planet, LLC (SCP), a new venture focused on holistic hospitality. Through SCP, Mr. Cruse will launch new brands and experiences for people desiring to make positive choices for both themselves and the planet.
Prior to founding AWI and SCP, Mr. Cruse was CEO of Sunstone Hotel Investors, a $5B NYSE company. Under Mr. Cruse’s leadership, Sunstone Hotel Investors was consistently ranked among the Best Workplaces and the Fastest Growing Public Companies in Orange County, while generating superior shareholder returns averaging 38% per annum.
Mr. Cruse is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and also serves on the board of directors for Miracles for kids, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Mr. Cruse holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University and an Masters of Business Administration with honors from Georgetown University. Mr. Cruse lives in Southern California with his wife and four daughters.
DENVER, CO – ’05 HONORARY ALUMNA
Jackie Erikson is an accomplished pastel and water color artist and well known philanthropist and volunteer.
She is the first honorary Alumna for the Warner College of Natural Resources as a testament to her outstanding support and dedication to the college.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – ’77 B.S. Wildlife Biology
David Gibson is a senior environmental and social specialist for the International Finance Corporation in Washington, DC. He has worked in more than 50 countries providing business solutions to reduce environmental and social risks and has extensive operational experience in forestry, bioenergy, agrifood, and hospitality supply chains.
Gibson is a qualified and accredited Lead Auditor across several sustainability standards with extensive experience in climate change risk assessment and adaptation strategy development. Since 2011, Gibson has served on the External Advisory Board of the Forest Resources Assessments (FRA) for the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization. He was also the founding member of The Tropical Forest Management Trust, Forest Stewardship Council, and Trade Standards Practitioner’s Network.
He earned his B.S. in wildlife biology from Colorado State University in 1977 and then graduated from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 1984 with a M.S. in forest management and land use planning.
DENVER, CO – ’94 B.S. FISH, WILDLIFE, AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
Scott Gilmore is deputy executive director of Denver Parks and Planning. Denver Parks consists of 250 urban parks of close to 6,000 acres and the Denver Mountain Parks system made up of 22 parks, 24 conservation areas (14,000 acres total) and 2 bison herds.
Gilmore graduated in 1994 with a B.S. in wildlife biology and minors in fisheries and conservation biology. He was recruited by the Colorado Division of Wildlife to help create a small urban fishing program that would introduce urban youth to the joys of fishing and conservation. In 2004, this program was recognized by the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as having one of the most innovative and successful urban fishing programs in the nation.
In 1996, Gilmore and his wife co-founded the nonprofit organization, Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK). Through fun educational experiences such as fishing, hiking, and camping, urban youth are inspired to become responsible, engaged citizens and stewards to Colorado’s natural resources.
FORT COLLINS, CO – ’69 B.S. OUTDOOR RECREATION
Charlie Grimwood is the owner of Grimwood Strategies LLC, a consulting company specializing in organizational strategy and performance improvement. He retired in 2015 from Salina Regional Health Center, Salina, KS, where he was vice president of regional development.
He serves as a chair on the Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science network, is a member of the Board of Trustees of Kansas Wesleyan University, and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Grimwood was president, campaign chair, and the 2004 “outstanding volunteer” for the Salina Area United Way and has a legacy of professional and community involvement in a wide variety of organizations.
In 2012, Grimwood was honored as Colorado State University Distinguished Alumnus and was also recognized the Charles A. Lory Public Service Award. The award recognizes one individual each year that has exceptional and sustained leadership in the community, professional field, or personal commitments, and has given a significant contribution of time and talent to the University.
Grimwood received his B.S. in outdoor recreation from Colorado State University 1969, a M.S. in administration from Central Michigan University, and an M.S. in biology and a Ph.D. in ecology from Kansas State University.
DENVER, CO – ’77 B.S. OUTDOOR RECREATION
Gina McAfee started at CSU in 1973 in forestry, finding her academic home in Outdoor Recreation, where she was heavily involved with the Recreation Resources Club and started the CSU chapter of the Student Alliance for Landscape Architecture. She was also a recipient of the Paul Bunyan award and helped to organize Forestry Days. McAfee, was the first woman firefighter on the Naches Ranger District in the Wenatchee National Forest in 1974, where she served two summers during college.
McAfee began her career in landscape architecture during the summer of 1976 at EDAW, a landscape architecture and environmental planning firm, as an intern. An opportunity to work on the I-70 corridor through Glenwood Canyon gave her foundational experience in natural resource planning along transportation corridors, a focus that became the thrust of her career.
She worked as an environmental planner for Carter & Burgess, and became the first female stockholder elected to that private engineering company. In 2012, McAfee joined HDR (Denver) as Environmental Planning Program Manager for the transportation division and later became a Professional Associate with that company. Her experience in 23 different states on highway, transit and airport projects has included many national award-winning projects for context sensitive solutions, environmental stewardship or environmental streamlining.
Now looking toward retirement, McAfee is an active volunteer, mentor, and political advocate, and still enjoys excursions in the beautiful Colorado landscapes that inspired her youth. She and her husband, Rob, have two grown children, both living in the area.
FORT COLLINS, CO – ’66 B.S. FISHERIES SCIENCE
’74 M.S. NATURAL RESOURCE ADMINISTRATION
Robert McDonald has more than 50 years of experience in the environmental professional field working for Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management and several Environmental Engineering firms where he held executive level positions. He was instrumental in developing agency regulations to comply with National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. He has managed more than 400 interdisciplinary environmental analysis studies for various types of industrial projects throughout the United States. He is a Qualified Environmental Professional and a Certified Environmental Professional and is a past president of the National Association of Environmental Professionals and a Board Trustee for the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice. He was awarded IPEP’s annual award in 2008 for Professional Development and Mentoring.
McDonald earned his B.S. in fisheries science in 1966 and his M.S. in natural resource administration in 1974 both from Colorado State University.
DENVER, CO – ’81 B.S. WATERSHED SCIENCE
Greg Roush is the chief operating officer of Leonard Rice Engineering, Inc. He has been with the company for more than 30 years providing municipal and business clients with strategic counsel and technical expertise in water rights engineering, acquisitions, and portfolio protection, watershed yield analysis, management, and protection.
He also currently serves as the President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado and is past chairman of the Water Resources Committee of American Society of Civil Engineers of Colorado. He has worked across the region on a broad range of water rights issues from river basin modeling for State adjudications, crop and wetland consumptive use analyses, to specific changes of water rights in water court for cities and private industries such as snowmaking for a ski area, and more.
Roush received his B.S. in watershed science from Colorado State University in 1981.
RENO, NV – ’86 PH.D. EARTH RESOURCES GEOLOGY
Roger Steininger is the director and chief operations officer of acquisitions and exploration for NuLegacy Gold Corporation. Previously, he was exploration manager for Amselco Minerals and also maintained his own consulting practice for 21 years.
Steininger has 40 years of experience in exploration, evaluation and development of metal deposits and has spent the last 25 years focusing on the exploration and geology of gold resources in Nevada. He is credited with discovering the South Pipeline and Long Valley gold deposits, as well as participating in the discovery or expansion of gold reserves at numerous mining operations. He is a Qualified Person as defined by NI43-101.
Steininger earned his Ph.D. at Colorado State University in earth resources geology in 1986. Before that, he graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.S. in geology in 1964 and from Brigham Young University with a M.S. in geology in 1966.
LAGUNA BEACH, CA – ’69 M.S. GEOLOGY
Robert Stollar is a partner with Regenesis Management Group and an affiliate faculty and member of the Geosciences Advisory Council for the Department of Geosciences in CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources. Stollar previously founded and served as president and chief technical officer of R.L. Stollar and Associates, an environmental and groundwater consulting firm, from 1983 until he sold the firm in 1991.
Stollar has served as a consultant providing project management and technical assistance on projects related to groundwater resources, financial allocation of responsibility for remediation, contaminant hydrogeology, groundwater modeling, monitoring, aquifer remediation and the environmental impact of hazardous materials for a wide range of clients throughout the United States.
He received the Willem Rudolf’s Medal for Outstanding Contribution on Industrial Waste Control, was the Geological Society of America John F. Mann Mentor in Applied Hydrogeology, and was also selected as a recipient of the Colorado State University Distinguished Alumni Award and commencement speaker.
Stollar received his B.A. in geology from Hunter College before getting his M.S in geology with a specialty in hydrology from Colorado State University in 1969.
DENVER, CO – B.S. ’68 FOREST MANAGEMENT
Tom Thompson is the owner of TLThompson Consulting, LLC and is an accomplished leader in the forestry profession who is recognized as one of the most influential foresters in the nation. Thompson worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 36 years, and worked his way through the ranks from forester-trainee to U.S. Forest Service Deputy Chief at the time of his retirement in 2005.
Thompson has been an active and valued member of the Society of American Foresters since 1968. He was named a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters in 1995 and served as the President of the Society in 2008.Thompson is also a strong advocate for the history of sustainable forestry, and is a board member and past director for the National Museum of Forest Service History. He is the executive producer of the award-winning film “The Greatest Good,” a documentary on the history of the Forest Service. The film is shown in classrooms around the country.
Thompson earned his B.S. in forest management from Colorado State University in 1968.
DENVER, CO – B.S. ’68 GEOSCIENCES
HONORARY PH.D. ’11
Ed Warner is past president and owner of Expedition Oil Company and is known for his outstanding volunteer and philanthropy work. He spent 30 years as an exploration geologist, and founded Expedition Oil 1982. The company partnered with Casper, Wyo.-based McMurry Oil Co. to acquire a small natural gas field in west-central Wyoming, now known as Jonah Field. Warner discovered innovative methods to tap Jonah Field, which has been estimated to contain more than 8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas – 1.5 percent of the nation’s reserves. Jonah Field is responsible for creating 600 jobs in Wyoming and, over its expected 75-year lifetime, will create more than $30 billion in economic activity – including more than $3 billion in tax revenue for Wyoming.
In 2005, Warner donated $30 million to his beloved alma mater, which responded by naming the college the Warner College of Natural Resources. His gift established endowed chairs in Economic Geology and Geophysics, funded teaching assistantships and created the Center of Collaborative Conservation. His donation was the largest gift in CSU’s history at the time it was received, and remains one of the largest still today.
He is a partner and joint venture liaison with Regenesis Management Group and is also a Director of the Sand County Foundation, Director of the Explorers Foundation, past director of the Geological Society of America Foundation, a trustee of the American Geological Institute Foundation, and Board of Trustee member for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Warner has received Public Service Awards from the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Warner received his B.S. in geosciences from Colorado State University in 1968 before earning his M.S. in geology from University of California in Los Angeles in 1971. In 2011 he also received a degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, from CSU.
B.S. and M.S. Geology
Cindy Williams received both her BS and MS in Geology from Colorado State University and holds a Certificate of Executive Leadership from the University of Denver Daniel’s College of Business.
Cindy is an accomplished executive with 30 years of domestic and international mining experience. Rising from a role as an exploration geologist in South America, Cindy went on to serve as Vice President of Solutions and Innovation and Vice President of Business Opportunity Creation at Newmont Mining, one of the world’s largest gold companies, where she worked from 1992 to 2013. In these roles she led global exploration, development, technical services, innovation, and due diligence programs. Cindy served as a Corporate Officer of Newmont Mining, and as the highest-ranking female employee.
A passionate community organizer and outdoor recreator, Cindy now serves as Co-Chair of Envision Chaffee County. Envision is a nonprofit convened by unanimous decree of the Chaffee County Commissioners in 2017 to catalyze community visioning and action. Envision engaged more than 1,500 people and 80 organizations to create a shared community vision and now leads the community to implement programs that address beautiful landscapes, clean water, small town vibrancy, recreation, friendly people, healthy forests and thriving wildlife.
Envision wins provide an example of community stewardship action for the west. As a result of the program, the community passed Ballot Issue 1A in 2018, creating a county sales tax that provides roughly $1.5 million per year to support healthy forests and agricultural lands. In 2019, the Next Generation Community Wildfire Protection Plan was completed. The Envision Forest Health Council is on track to implement 30,000 acres of treatments by 2030 to cut the risk of severe wildfire in half. In 2021 the Chaffee Outdoor Recreation Management Plan was completed, providing a new community-driven model to manage outdoor recreation growth in a way that retains exceptional experiences, a healthy environment, and the economic benefits of outdoor recreation.
Cindy was named Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year in 2019, nominated by Chaffee County Commissioner and Envision Co-lead Greg Felt.