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Kirk Klancke, president

Kirk Klancke is the President of the Colorado River Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Board member of the Grand County Water Information Network, Board member of the Grand County Water Quality Control Board, Board member of the North West Council of Governments Quality and Quantity, and the recipient of the 2011 Field and Stream Magazine National Conservationist Award.

Kirk's email is

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Jerry nissen, vp & webmaster

Jerry’s enthusiasm for TU stems from his life-long passion for the environment. He was an active supporter of TU’s conservation agenda long before he actually joined the Club. Because of his background in many things tech-related, he was tapped to create and maintain the Club web site. In a shameless effort to keep web-related expenses to a minimum, Jerry was elected to the board. Since then, he's been very active in TU events and works hard to keep fresh, relevant information available on the website. Feel free to contact him with web content ideas.

To email Jerry, click here. You can call or text him at  303-641-2367

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Paul Hollrah

Paul has been a member of the Headwaters board for 7 years.  He moved to the valley in 2000 after retiring from a career at IBM.   He enjoys fishing all waters both large and small in our area and a road trip to fish new water is always welcome.  Motorcycle riding and alpine skiing are two other favorite pastimes.   One of his favorite fishing partners is “Grandson Paul” shown in the picture.

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Brad Johnson - Treasurer, Social Media Manager

Brad is a life long fisherman, having caught his first fish at the age of two. He grew up bass fishing in the Midwest and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas. A burgeoning interest in fly-fishing prompted Brad to move closer to the trout streams of the Rocky Mountains. Brad first moved to the Fraser Valley in 2009 and quickly developed a love for the Fraser River, both as a fishery and as a natural resource worthy of conservation. In addition to his ongoing conservation efforts with the Colorado River Headwaters chapter of TU, Brad has also worked on a cutthroat trout population study on the Long Tom River in Oregon.

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Anna Drexler-Dreis

My personal commitment to protecting water began during my childhood, running and hiking the shores of Lake Michigan and Cape Cod. After graduating from Colorado State University in 2011, I moved to Grand County where I worked for the Colorado State Forest Service studying the mountain pine beetle epidemic. For 5 years I worked for the Colorado Headwaters Land Trust where I helped to protect open lands within the headwaters of the Colorado River and its headwater tributaries with conservation easements. Now I am the sole manager of Fountainhead Consulting where I am facilitating discussions with the Upper Colorado River Wild and Scenic Stakeholder Group and working with Grand County's Open Lands, Rivers, and Trails Advisory Committee. My email is

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Dennis Buechler

I am retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where I focused on wetland protection and mitigation of water project impacts.  After retirement, I consulted on wetland/riparian restoration projects and served on the Wildlife Commission.  I was on the board of the Colorado Wildlife Federation for 25 years and president three times. Then I decided to change direction and join the local board of TU because I was impressed with their enthusiasm for the resources and their events.   I am looking forward to working on the Fraser Flats and other upcoming projects sponsored by Learning by Doing. 

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(303) 506-4588 (cell)    


Kent Hughes

My first fishing memory was with my granddad at a pond on his farm in Iowa.  It wasn't until our family relocated to Oregon and I fished the Deschutes River with its "red sides", "summer runs", and steelheads that I began to understand the rapture of fishing and rivers.  I'm proud to support TU because it is the lead organization dedicated to improving and preserving both the sport I love and the river environment.  Come join us and help us preserve these irreplaceable resources for future generations.

Kent can be reached by email at

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Brett Macalady

As a professional fly fishing guide my livelihood is directly connected to a healthy river system.  Seeing the daily ebbs and flows of a river, witnessing the various hatches and participating in that life gives one a profound sense of what it means to have a healthy river.  Since the disappearance of the Drake on the Fraser the, quantifiable evidence has been mounting that some of our most cherished places are in decline and in need of help.  Trout Unlimited helps solidify a voice for these places.  The Colorado River headwaters are endangered and my love for the outdoors, the wild and fly fishing has brought me to TU.  When it is not fishing season you can find me ski patrolling for Mary Jane and Winter Park Resort. Good fishing and think water conservation!  
My email is:


Rich Newton

I began fishing in Grand County in 1971.  I moved here permanently in 1976.  Since that time, I have seen the flows of the Fraser River and the Colorado greatly reduced due to trans mountain diversions.  I have seen hatches either diminish drastically or disappear completely from our home waters due, at least in part, to lower flows and higher stream temperatures.  It is my hope that organizations such as TU along with help from government agencies and others will be able to protect our resource from future degradation. I am proud to be the newest member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Headwaters Chapter, and hope that I can make a real contribution to TU’s efforts.

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Mark Schneider

Mark has spent most of his life in Colorado, growing up in Fort Collins and a full-time resident of Grand County since 2003. He has been fly-fishing for over 50 years and a Trout Unlimited member.  Having lived and played on both sides of the Continental Divide he appreciates the importance of Colorado’s natural resources and the need for conservation to preserve our rivers, fisheries, and open land.  He earned his degrees from Colorado State University and worked in several industries/corporations in the planning, business development, and strategic marketing areas.  Mark’s desire to join the Board of the Colorado Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited was because of the organization’s strong focus on conservation.  He looks forward to using his experience, knowledge, and skills to assist in the preservation of the Colorado River and its tributaries for future generations.

You can contact Mark at 

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Philip Brinkmann

Philip grew up in Colorado Springs and attended college at Colorado School of Mines where he obtained a BSc in Mining Engineering
He spent the last 30 years working as an environmental, health and safety professional and manager for large industrial construction projects. Twenty of those years were spent abroad including postings in Indonesia, Qatar, Spain, Australia, Papua New Guinea.
His work included preparation of environmental impact assessments and implementation of associated environmental monitoring and mitigation measures meeting World Bank / IFC standards. Several years were also spent managing socioeconomics, land and community affairs engaging and supporting local government and communities during project developments.
Philip and Monika have three adult children living in Colorado; two of whom graduated from Middle Park High School in Granby.
Philip has retired to Grand County in 2019 to become an active community volunteer including our local Trout Unlimited chapter.

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Monika Brinkmann

Monika grew up in Sheridan, Colorado and attended college at Colorado School of Mines where she obtained a BSc in Mining Engineering.
She worked as an engineer early in her career in Denver and New Orleans. Moving with Philip and their children to overseas assignments, Monika became a math and science teach in international schools. Upon returning to Colorado, she was an active math and science substitute teacher in East Grand middle and high school. Monika is active in local community and joined the local Trout Unlimited chapter in 2019.