Bruce Gordon
Founder and Executive Director

As EcoFlight’s President and Executive Director, Bruce has been actively involved in flying to protect America’s public lands for 30 years. One of the original directors of Lighthawk, he founded EcoFlight in 2002. His passion for the outdoors comes from years of climbing in the Himalayas and leading student outdoor educational trips. Bruce is an ATP-commercial pilot with a multi-engine instrument instructor and floatplane rating. His flying experience is varied and extensive. In his varied and extensive flying experience, he has accumulated over 10,000 hours flying in more than ten countries, mostly in bush and mountainous conditions. Passengers on his many environmental flight missions have included governors, senators, congressmen, ministers of foreign countries, and students of all ages. Bruce has become renowned as an environmental educator, and he and EcoFlight have been honored by numerous conservation groups. He is a long time mentor and volunteer with the Buddy Program, an Aspen Mountain Rescue member and has served on the board of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.

Bruce Gordon
Jane Pargiter
Vice-President
Jane grew up in South Africa where the spectacular wild lands and abundant wildlife engendered her with a passionate love of the land. She has brought her love of the wild unspoiled areas of Africa to that of the Rocky Mountains. Jane strives to maintain a high level of education and advocacy in the EcoFlight programs and is committed to educating the youth in this country about their embattled environment. Jane has served on the board and governing council of the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork and has volunteered as a senior buddy in the Buddy Program. In South Africa Jane was lecturer of Linguistics at the University of Witwatersrand. Jane is responsible for the grant writing and much of the program organization of EcoFlight, and has her private pilot's license.  Jane has been with EcoFlight since 2004.
Jane Pargiter
Michael Gorman
Program Coordinator

After growing up in the Roaring Fork Valley, Michael has learned a deep appreciation and connection to Colorado’s natural places. Michael has a degree in Park & Protected Area Management from Colorado State University and has developed an understanding and a passion for the protection of public lands. The combination of these led him back home to work for the environment. Michael has worked behind the scenes at EcoFlight since 2011, keeping everything running smoothly.

Michael Gorman
Dave Polovin
Bookkeeper
Dave has always followed his passion for the outdoors. He owned and operated a mountain bike tour and cross-country ski tour business for 16 years. He also taught outdoor education classes at Colorado Mountain College for many years. After selling his outdoor recreation company, Dave started a business specializing in small business bookkeeping and consulting and has been with EcoFlight since 2009.
Dave Polovin
Dominic Smith
Media and Communications Coordinator

Dom chose well when he made the Roaring Fork Valley his home in 2010.  With each safe return from the mountains, Dom is encouraged in his interest to share and preserve the wild places where he has been climbing. His eye for detail has aided him behind the lens, and his steady disposition has proven Dom to be an anchor many teams have relied upon. Dom's work with EcoFlight includes the production and editing of articles, photos, and video. He holds a Bachelors' in Electronic Media and Broadcasting. His intent has always been to go where there is a good story - fortunately EcoFlight has a plane to get him there - and a mission to find the right one to tell.

Dominic Smith
Rip Van Winkle aka Rip
Office Support

Rip is best known for having flown more hours in small-planes than any other dog in the United States.  He was one of the founding members of EcoFlight and has been pivotal in keeping the organization functioning since he began begging for treats back in 2007. Rip keeps the office environment stress-free with his ability to maintain a positive outlook amidst even the most hectic work days. Rip is considered a Zen master by his followers and has a Ph.D in psychology from NYU.

Rip Van Winkle aka Rip