RMC ExCom election results announced

By Carol Carpenter
RMC Communications Committee

Four dedicated Sierra Club environmental activists and volunteers have been elected to the Rocky Mountain Chapter (RMC) Executive Committee (ExCom) for 2014— Myrna Poticha, Dave Bryan, Mark Stevens and Gail Bell.

RMC leaders with Michael Brune
From left, RMC Director Joshua Ruschhaupt and Sierra Club
Director Michael Brune are shown with newly elected RMC
ExCom leaders Myrna Poticha, Mark Stevens and Dave Bryan.
Also pictured is Becky English who was elected in 2012. Not
pictured is newly elected at-large member Gail Bell.

JoLynn Jarboe, chair of the RMC Elections Committee, recently announced the results of election that was held in November.“Please join me in extending congratulations to our newly elected ExCom members: Myrna, Dave, Mark and Gail,” JoLynn said.

Myrna, who currently serves on four RMC committees (Political, Legislative, Conflict Resolution, and Administrative), said she is pleased to be re-elected to the ExCom. “My talents and activities have been beneficial to many goals of the organization,” she said. Among her many accomplishments were writing the first wetland ordinance in Colorado, and also writing and enacting the first numeric soluble uranium standard in the U.S. while serving on the State Water Quality Control Commission.

While appointed to the Platte River Advisory Commission by former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, Myrna also worked to adopt its master plan, management strategies, and Natural Areas Program to develop a continuous wildlife corridor along the Platte. She was one of 30 National Environmental Heroes of the Clean the Water Act by National Clean Water Network.

Dave Bryan, an active leader with the Sierra Club since 2001, was elected chair of the Chapter’s ExCom this year, serving as co-chair with Mark Stevens. Bryan has experience on several non-profit and corporate boards. “My goals for the Chapter are to vigorously support our anti-fracking efforts and establish a campaign to address bee colony die off in Colorado,” Bryan said.

Byran added that he believes he is able to listen to, empathize with and evaluate members and colleagues, and then act collaboratively within the RMC to achieve diverse conservation goals. “Respectful dialog within the Chapter is key to our success and satisfaction as volunteers.”

Mark Stevens, an RMC co-chair and at-large member, said growing up in a ranching family in western Colorado allowed him to experience both the flora and fauna of the Old West. “My greatest satisfactions have been the outdoors, feeding my curiosity, pondering the mysteries of life, riding my bike and my relationships with people and animals.”

An active volunteer work for the Roaring Fork Group and the Rocky Mountain Chapter for 10 years have been wonderful opportunities to work for the environment, Stevens stated. “I am pleased to work with this group (the RMC ExCom) whose knowledge and dedication I admire greatly,” he said. “I will continue to help a great team to support our environmental goals.”

Gail Bell, an environmental activist for decades, understands that today’s divisive political atmosphere requires critical action by the Sierra Club and its members. “We are at a crossroads with regard to the Earth,” she said. “Climate change, fossil fuel extraction, habitat loss, species vulnerability, and polluted air and water are just some of the monumental issues facing our country and the world.”

Bell’s professional experience as a museum educator “enabled me to develop and implement public programming, and to interact with volunteers,” she stated, adding that her interest in politics has provided a forum to enable her to engage and challenge politicians on many issues both locally and in Washington.

JoLynn said she also appreciates other candidates seeking positions on the ExCom: Richard Fleck, Pam DiFatta and Will Walters. “Many thanks to them for offering their services in this capacity,” she said. “I also thank those who served on the committee by helping count the ballots: Alison Gallensky, Kathy Tolman and Kathleen Butler. Their help is much appreciated.”

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