Board of Directors

Tom Barney

Tom Barney served until mid-2016 as CEO of Osprey Packs in Cortez, Colorado. Tom led Osprey for 15 years, growing Osprey into a strong supplier to the outdoor, travel and cycling markets. Prior to Osprey Tom held various leadership roles at several companies after graduating from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 1987.  Tom’s commitment to nature and outdoor adventure was founded during many summers attending and counseling at Camp Manito-Wish in Boulder Junction, WI. During his camp experience and a career in the outdoor industry afterward, Tom realized the essential need for the study and preservation of nature, environmental stewardship and getting youth into the outdoors. Tom is a committed cyclist, hiker, paddler and golfer who loves living in Durango and enjoying life in Colorado. The Barney’s together have six children from high school to medical school.

Michael Barth

Mike has been a financial advisor for 31 years specializing in institutional level money management, and he currently works for Baird Financial. He actively participated in his son’s school — Burgundy Farm Country Day School and Burgundy Wildlife Studies program — for 9 years. He also founded, ran, and self-funded a climbing and outdoor adventure program for Special Needs children, and he served as a Board member for the National Symphony Orchestra’s chamber music group. In addition, he’s an avid mountain biker and has been an
IMBA Trail Liaison, developing and advocating for open space and sustainable multi-use trails.

Ross Douglas

Ross believes that connecting kids with the natural world gives them a great advantage in life. When his own kids came back from DNS summer camp covered in dirt with huge smiles, he knew it was an organization he wanted to support. Ross operates Grenadier Financial, specializing in retirement planning and investment management. In a past life, he served as a commercial airline captain flying Dash 8s. In his free time he enjoys everyday life in Durango with his wife and two girls, riding bikes, skiing, fishing and playing music.

Hayley Engstrom

Hayley grew up in a remote area of western Colorado and moved to Durango in 2006 to attend Fort Lewis College. Homeschooled through the 9th grade, experiential education laid the foundation for her fundamental drive to be a lifelong learner. Hayley’s interest in experiential education coupled with her passion for environmental stewardship led her to serve on the Durango Nature Studies Board of Directors. Hayley works as a real estate agent at Coldwell Banker and also volunteers with the local nonprofits HomesFund La Plata, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Durango Devo. A passionate cyclist, Hayley and her husband have traveled by bicycle through many regions both nationally and internationally. When not at work or out riding her bike, Hayley enjoys hiking, cross country skiing, and reading.

Andy Hawk

Andy is a firm believer in the benefit to children of outdoor, experiential learning. Kids learn the most when they are given the chance to put into action the scientific and educational concepts that are taught in the classroom. He is a member of the Durango Nature Studies Board of Directors because DNS provides local kids with the opportunity to apply science in action and to develop a love of the outdoors and our native landscapes. Andy is a Field Environmental Coordinator for BP and oversees the management of several large environmental compliance programs. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife, Heather, and their two children, Oren and Emelia. Andy is an avid cyclist, snowboarder, and gardener and spends a fair bit of time hiking and exploring the region with his family.

Paul Kosnik

Paul’s first experience with DNS was approximately 10 years ago, when he and his lovely wife, Renee, took a fly-fishing workshop at the Nature Center. Since then, two awesome kids have joined the family and his fishing skills remain limited. However, the kids have allowed him to learn about and appreciate all of DNS’s educational programs. During his initial term on the Board, he is highly impressed with the collaboration between DNS and 9-R, as well as the summer opportunities for kids. He is excited to continue to help DNS fill its niche in the community and support staff in accomplishing DNS’s mission. Professionally, Paul is a lawyer. He and his law partner, Duke, assist clients with real estate, development and business transactions, as well as related matters. When he is not working or driving kids around, Paul enjoys spending time with the family outside, pedaling anything with two wheels, and slapping on skins in the backcountry.

Leah Landes

Leah grew up in Montana, but has called Durango home since 2010. She now hopes to never leave the San Juans. Leah has worked as a Loan Assistant at Alpine Bank for 3 years. Most evenings and weekends, you can find her hiking, rock climbing, or camping. She also enjoys contributing to volunteer trailwork projects through Trails2000 and the Colorado Trail Foundation. She joined the Durango Nature Studies Board in order to contribute to the protection of the mountains and deserts she loves. She believes that providing opportunities for outdoor education and experience leads to a robust group of citizens who are interested in protecting all the beautiful spaces around us.

Marcey Olajos

Marcey is an active participant on both local and national boards of directors. In addition to her role on the Durango Nature Studies board, she is presently on the Board of the Wyss Foundation, which is involved in environmental issues in the inner mountain west, and Board Chair for the Center for Biological Diversity. She is an avid hiker and backpacker, spending her time in the Grand Canyon and canyons of Southern Utah. Her winter passion is cross country skiing.

Philip Rennhack

From his days playing in the woods behind his house growing up in North Carolina, Philip has always enjoyed spending time in nature. Today, he loves sharing that appreciation of the outdoors with his 3 kids, whether it is camping, hiking, skiing, or biking – anything that encourages them to be outside. As a civil engineer, Philip has enjoyed helping Durango grow since moving here in 2006. When the opportunity to join the Board for Durango Nature Studies came about, he jumped at the chance to give back, especially since his oldest son has enjoyed the summer camps and after school programs of DNS so much. His younger kids can’t wait until they’re old enough to experience the same opportunities.

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