Our Team

BRUCE GORDON
Founder and Executive Director

As EcoFlight’s Executive Director, Bruce has been providing the all-encompassing aerial perspective over critical issues on our Western landscapes for over 30 years. A Himalayan climber, the outdoors is close to Bruce’s heart; he has flown over 10,000 hours of conservation missions in multiple countries, mostly in bush and mountainous conditions.

Bruce is an ATP-commercial pilot with multi-engine, instrument, instructor and floatplane ratings. Passengers on his many environmental flight missions have included governors, senators, congressmen, scientists and students of all ages. Bruce and EcoFlight have received numerous awards, such as the Conservation Hero Award and Best Business Award in Conservation. Bruce lives in Colorado and is an Aspen Mountain Rescue member, Buddy Program mentor, and has served on the board of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.

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JANE PARGITER
Conservation Director

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 western USA. Jane has over 15 years’ experience in the conservation arena, working with grassroots, regional and national groups, to rally communities to lead the fight from the air against the destruction of valuable habitats and wild lands. She believes it is time for diverse voices and underserved communities across the West to help re-imagine the conservation narrative. 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, is currently on the board at Aspen Journalism, volunteers for English in Action as a tutor, and has been a senior mentor in the local Buddy Program. In South Africa, Jane lectured in the Linguistics Department of 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.

 

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.

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AMANDA GRIMSTED
Communication Technician

Born and raised in Idaho, Amanda’s enthusiasm for the outdoors came naturally. She grew up backpacking in the Sawtooth and Wallowa mountains, rafting on the Payette and Snake Rivers, and skiing the mountains of the Gem State. Amanda has a degree in Environmental Studies from Boise State University. She has worked and volunteered with various environmental non-profits, developing a passion for the environment and our public lands. While at Boise State, Amanda became a Cecil B. Andrus Scholar and interned with the Idaho Conservation League. It was there that she was introduced to EcoFlight. Drawn by EcoFlight’s mission, and by the zeal and expertise of its leaders, Jane and Bruce, she moved to the Roaring Fork Valley and now helps to manage EcoFlight’s communication efforts.

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BEN HUNTER
Director of Multimedia

After growing up in Fort Collins, Ben moved to the Roaring Fork Valley to study photography at Colorado Mountain College. Ben’s passion for snowboarding tied into his studies, and he went on to film for X Games. Ben traveled to Mongolia with a group of scientists, as the cinematographer for a film on snow leopard research, pursuing his passion for environmental photography. Ben is an in-house editor for the outdoor 5Point Film Festival. Having flown with EcoFlight in college, Ben’s yearning to further his work in conservation led him back to EcoFlight. Ben applies his story-telling skills through film and photography to advocate for our lands and the common good of all people.

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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.

 

Rachael Bazley, part-time
Graphic Designer

Rachael Bazley grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley with her grandparents. Rachael’s grandfather, John K. Snobble, was an avid outdoorsman and a champion for wild lands, helping to start Outward Bound in Colorado, and the outdoor programs at Colorado Rocky Mountain School and Colorado Mountain College. Growing up with such a grandfather on the Crystal River in a chunk of wetlands, Rachael spent her youth riding horses, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, and skiing, and constantly out of doors. Rachael has an AS in Graphic Design as well as an AA, both from Colorado Mountain College, and runs her own small business as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer.

 

Board of Directors

MARK HARVEY
President of the Board

Mark is a writer, photographer, filmmaker and rancher. His first book, the NOLS Wilderness Guide, won the National Outdoor Book Award, and his writing and photography has been featured in many publications throughout the United States. His documentary,” A Land out of Time”, on the gas drilling boom in the Rocky Mountain West, won numerous awards and was featured in over 20 film festivals. Mark is also a shellfish farmer and raises oysters and mussels in southern Chile. He has served on various non-profit boards including High Country News, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, The Maki Foundation, and the Public Counsel of the Rockies. He is currently board chair of Aspen Journalism. A lifelong outdoorsman, Mark has traveled, hiked, climbed and skied extensively throughout the United States and Latin America. Basalt, Colorado.

DAVID G. “SKIP” BEHRHORST

Skip attended Denison University and received an MBA from the University of Denver. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Skip has had a career in the real estate development and management business for over 47 years principally in the Aspen/Snowmass area and in Grand Junction, Colorado. He is a licensed instrument-rated pilot and owns a Cessna T210 based in Aspen. Currently, Behrhorst is serving as a board member of Save the River, a non-profit, member-based environmental organization, whose mission is to preserve and protect the ecological integrity of the Upper St. Lawrence River, bordering New York and Canada. As an avid outdoors person, he enjoys downhill and cross-country skiing, road and mountain biking, backpacking in the mountains in Colorado and Wyoming, and the Utah/Arizona desert including the Grand Canyon. He resides in Aspen with his wife, Donna Fisher, and they have five children and seven grandchildren. Aspen, Colorado.

DEON BEN

Deon is originally from the community of Tohatchi, New Mexico and a member of the Navajo Nation. Deon earned his B.S. in Environmental Studies from Northern Arizona University and is currently completing his M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy at NAU. Growing up on Navajo land, Deon experienced the perfect mesh of traditional knowledge and environmental education, which led him toward his graduate work focusing on incorporating traditional ecological knowledge to address animal husbandry and grazing within tribal communities that are facing climate challenges. Deon currently serves as the Native American Program Director for the Grand Canyon Trust. Deon grow up on the Navajo Nation raising livestock and participating in family ceremonies and community events, as such Deon currently serves as the Tohatchi Community Land Use Planning Committee Chair, working on community development and economic development planning and land zoning for the Tohatchi Community Chapter. Flagstaff, Arizona. 

HEIDI BINTZ

Heidi’s family apple farm and ski resort in Michigan enabled her to start skiing at the age of three. A graduate of Michigan State University, with a degree in Agricultural Economics, she worked at Merrill Lynch as a commodity and stockbroker. Upon moving to the Rocky Mountains, she became co-owner of Kenny’s Double Diamond Ski Shop and founder of the Double Diamond Ski Clinic for women. After selling the business, she went into real estate. She is highly involved in the Vail Valley community and has served on many boards over the years and is a top agent for Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty located in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Edwards, Colorado.

 

BERT FINGERHUT

Bert spent most of his adult life involved in Colorado Plateau public land issues. He retired and resigned from most active board interests in early 2007. At that time, he was on the board of The Wilderness Society, Grand Canyon Trust, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (previous board chair), Alaska Conservation Foundation, National Outdoor Leadership School and the Wyss Foundation. Bert, for fun, continues to lead backpacking trips in the Grand Canyon. Bert currently lives in Palo Alto with his wife and daughter. Palo Alto, California.

 

Bruce S. Gordon

As EcoFlight’s President and chief pilot, Bruce has been providing the aerial perspective over critical issues on our Western landscapes for over 30 years. A Himalayan climber, the outdoors is close to Bruce’s heart.

Bruce is an ATP-commercial pilot with multi-engine, instrument, instructor and floatplane ratings. He has flown over 10,000 hours of conservation missions in multiple countries, in bush and mountainous conditions. Passengers on his many environmental flight missions have included governors, senators, congressmen, scientists and students of all ages. Bruce and EcoFlight have received numerous awards, such as the Conservation Hero Award and Best Business Award in Conservation. Bruce lives in Colorado and is an Aspen Mountain Rescue member, Buddy Program mentor, and has served on the board of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Conundrum, Colorado.

AJ GRANT

AJ is the President of Environmental Communications Associates, and has been a pioneering force in communicating environmental and complex issues to the public for over 30 years. Her thought leadership and expertise in strategic marketing, brand and reputation management, crisis/risk communications draw from her diverse background in marketing and environmental science. Clients include: Honda North America, BHP Billiton, Lockheed Martin, Roche, British Columbia Ministry of Environment Lands and Parks, Rocky Mountain National Park, US Green Building Council (designed launch strategy for the LEED building certification), Hearst, FEMA, US ARMY, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, the Vatican. She believes strongly in expanding the attitudes and values of today’s youth through multimedia communications and entertainment platforms, and co-founded the Big Green Rabbit, a multimedia brand that packaged health, environment and sustainability concepts for children and families. This 4X-Emmy award-winning children’s show garnered over 85 million hits on YouTube and performed at the White House for numerous years. She is an avid sea kayaker, hiker, musician and hot sauce collector. Ms. Grant’s Board service includes: National Parks Foundation, Western Resource Advocates, Alaska Conservation Foundation, Impact Finance Center Steering Committee, National Parks Conservation Association (SW Region), University of Michigan-Dean’s Advisory Board School for Environment and Sustainability; University of Colorado-Advisory Board Masters in Environment Program, National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) She attended The University of Colorado, Rocky Mountain College of Art, Hobart and William Smith College, National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Boulder, Colorado.

BILL HEDDEN

Bill recently retired as the Executive Director of the Grand Canyon Trust. Under his leadership, the Trust has helped clean up emissions from the region’s coal fired power plants and remove radioactive wastes from the bank of the Colorado River.Hedden developed a leading program for reducing grazing damage on public lands, including purchasing two ranches covering 850,000 acres on the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. The organization has led in developing ecologically sensible forest restoration programs and partnered with Colorado Plateau tribes to win designation of the first-ever Native American national monument at the Bears Ears in southeast Utah. Hedden has a B.A. and Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University. Hedden is enjoying his 64th year of avid fishing. Mount Desert Island, Maine.

PETE MCBRIDE

Pete is an award-winning, self-taught photographer and videographer who has worked for National Geographic, Smithsonian, Outside and many other national and international publications. His love of adventure, cultures and the outdoors has taken him on assignment throughout the world to over 50 countries. Raised on a Colorado cattle ranch, Peter is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in English and environmental studies. In 2006, he was awarded a one-year John S. Knight Fellowship for professional journalists at Stanford University. Basalt, Colorado.

 

RONALD “SEYMOUR” SIEVERT
Treasurer of the Board

Seymour has over 25 years of experience in finance, accounting, and operations.  In addition to bachelors and masters degrees, Ron earned his law degree from the University of California – Hastings College of the Law, specializing in tax and finance.  He was the president and co-owner of First Choice Properties and Management, an accountant for a Fortune 500 company, and the chief financial officer for two other companies. Ron was instrumental in the startup of a national organization, and oversaw financial due diligence in the merger and acquisition of two companies.  He has served on the board of directors of several businesses and non-profit organizations and was an active participant in a number of charitable activities. San Diego, California.

Advisory Board

DAVID BONDERMAN

David is a founding partner of Texas Pacific Group. Prior to forming TPG in 1992, Mr. Bonderman was Chief Operating Officer of the Robert M. Bass Group, Inc. (RMBG), now doing business as Keystone Group, L.P. in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining RMBG in 1983, Mr. Bonderman was a partner in the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in corporate, securities, bankruptcy and antitrust litigation. From 1969 to 1970, Mr. Bonderman was a Fellow in Foreign and Comparative Law in conjunction with Harvard University and from 1968 to 1969, he was Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division. From 1967 to 1968, Mr. Bonderman was Assistant Professor at Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans.

Mr. Bonderman graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law School in 1966. He was a member of the Harvard Law Review and a Sheldon Fellow. He is a 1963 graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle. Mr. Bonderman currently serves on the boards of The Wilderness Society, Grand Canyon Trust, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Wyss Foundation, Allogene Therapeutics, Pace IV and Pace III and a number of private boards.

Woody Creek, Colorado