Board of Directors
LUTHER PROPST, Board Chair
Luther Propst founded the Sonoran Institute in 1991 and served as executive director until 2012. Propst serves on the boards of the George B. Storer Foundation, Outdoor Alliance, International Mountain Bicycling Association, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, and the Center for Jackson Hole (the SHIFT Festival). Propst now works in a freelance capacity to produce conservation and smart growth and strengthen conservation organizations.
Michael is a consultant in Seattle specializing in communications, social responsibility and philanthropy. He is the former vice president of public affairs for REI. At REI he oversaw corporate communications, government and community affairs and sustainability strategy for the company. Collins has served as a board member and past president of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, the federal advisory committee for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, and the advisory committee for the Western Governors' Association "Get Out West!" initiative.
Joan May is serving her third term as a County Commissioner in San Miguel County, Colorado. She is the "local elected official" representative on the Federal Advisory Committee for National Forest Planning. Prior to public office, Joan was Executive Director of the environmental conservation organization Sheep Mountain Alliance in Telluride, CO. She serves on many boards.
Ray has over fifteen years of leadership experience in political campaign management, policy advocacy, development and grassroots organizing. He served in President Obama’s Administration at the Department of the Interior with Secretary Ken Salazar and at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In these roles Ray connected outdoor enthusiast and policy makers to ensure that citizens can be advocates and engaged in America’s great outdoors. Ray has chosen to raise his kids in Denver, CO, in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West so his family can enjoy skiing and biking (almost) everyday.
Peter is the founder and long-time CEO/President of Black Diamond Equipment (1989-2015) and is now an advisor and brand advocate for the company. Peter serves as Chairman of the Board of the Salt Lake City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; as a Director for the Zions Bank Corp, Brooklyn Boulders, Utah’s Mountain Accord, theConservation Alliance, the American Alpine Club as well as an advisor to the ED’s of several Utah based conservation/environmental NGO’s where he makes the economic case for the integral role well stewarded public lands play in the vibrancy of our American economy.
Martinique is the former Executive Director of The Mountaineers, a Pacific Northwest located organization geared towards educating and connecting people to the outdoors. She has over a decade of management experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sector. She has worked with a variety of outdoor-oriented organizations, most notably the Appalachian Mountain Club in Boston and L.L. Bean in Maine. Martinique holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Brady is the Executive Director of the Access Fund, the national organization that keeps climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. He has years of experience as a field instructor and staff trainer with both the National Outdoor Leadership School and Outward Bound.
MIKE VAN ABEL
Mike took the helm as IMBA's Executive Director in October 2004. With nearly 30 years of nonprofit leadership, Mike brings a depth of experience in public health policy and program development, association management, and nonprofit organizational development.
A seasoned conservationist, backcountry ski guide and outdoor writer, Mark Menlove has served since 2004 as Executive Director of Winter Wildlands Alliance, a national nonprofit organization working to protect winter ecosystems and ensure opportunities for quality human-powered snowsports experiences on public lands. Menlove is the former president of the Utah Ski Association and has held communications positions with the U.S. Ski Team and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
Mark is the Executive Director for American Whitewater, the primary advocate for the preservation and protection of whitewater rivers throughout the United States connecting the interests of human-powered recreational river users with ecological and science-based data to restore and protect rivers. Singleton previously led the marketing efforts of Nantahala Outdoor Center as Marketing Vice President and is also a past board member of the Outdoor Industry Association.
Blackwood leads the American Canoe Association, a national nonprofit organization that serves the paddling community both within and outside the U.S. Currently, Blackwood sits on the National Park Service’s Advisory Committee for the Captain John Smith Trail and served as an economic development volunteer in Honduras for the Peace Corps.