New Chapter Staff

In December, the Rocky Mountain Chapter hired Susan LeFever as the new Chapter Director to manage the operations of the Chapter out of the Denver office. Susan worked for the National Sierra Club in the past in their Volunteer Services and Development Offices, giving her an excellent background in Sierra Club policies and procedures. As a volunteer in Colorado, Susan helped organize several retreats, was Treasurer for the Political Committee, and Chair of the Indian Peaks Group. She has held positions with Friends of the River, Greenpeace, the Oceanic Society, and most recently was Communications Director for the American Solar Energy Society. She is married to Club Treasurer Mark Collier, and has a 23-year old son.

Susan first experienced the power of an effective media message at four, when she appeared on Art Linkletterís House Party. She is excited about the new position, and the opportunity to build the Sierra Clubís effectiveness in Colorado. "The Sierra Club is unique in its emphasis on volunteer leadership," said LeFever. "Our Sprawl Campaign is going to be a great opportunity to show the power of the grassroots to make a difference."

Andrea Knutson is the new Chapter Coordinator, staring as a temp in September and going full-time in mid-October. Andrea has four children ranging in age from 14 to 26, and one grandchild (unwittingly contributing to the Y6B problem!) Born and raised on a family farm in Wyoming, Andrea was a real native. She was involved with young Democrats, public speaking and environmental issues in High School, and focussed on wildlife, solar and chemistry in college. After her marriage to Randy in 1981, Andrea focussed on her family. Ian, Carly and Terra were all swimmers and taking advanced courses in school. Later, she became involved with the Powder River Basin Resource Council, serving on the board and running their annual auction for six years. She spent the last two years working to protect grizzly bears and roadless areas for the Sierra Clubís regional office in Sheridan, Wyoming. The family moved to the Denver area in August. "Iíve met so many wonderful people so quickly that Iíve hardly noticed the move at all!" she said. "Thanks everyone."

If you are new to the Sierra Club, you may have gotten a call from Libby Tart, our Volunteer/Membership Coordinator. Libby is very excited to be working with a Colorado nonprofit environmental organization. She originates from the magnolia state of Mississippi, but having a minister for a father gave her a great deal of upward mobility. Now she attests that she has a travel bug that canít be satiated. Libby has lived in 4 states, Mississippi, North Carolina, Georgia and Colorado Ė and has a moved eight times. She attended St Andrews Presbyterian College in North Carolina for two years before transferring to the University of Georgia in Athens. Earning a B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Ethics, Libby has steadfastly been involved in political and environmental affairs. She volunteers for the Young Democrats of Colorado, Habitat for Humanity and The Nature Conservancy, and is working on a Masterís in the School of Public Affairs at U.C. Denver. "In the three months of my involvement with the RMC Sierra Club, I have been in awe of how much energy and devotion members and volunteers in this Club posses," she says. "I am so lucky to be working in the midst of all of you.

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