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.

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.

Paul Kosnik
PRESIDENT

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.

Kyle Nast

Bio forthcoming

Marcey Olajos
SECRETARY

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
VICE PRESIDENT

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.

Ryan Shannon

Drawn to the natural beauty of Colorado, Ryan wanted to live where adventure in the mountains was in his backyard, so he moved to Denver after graduating from the University of Oklahoma. He and his family moved to Durango in 2019 to provide their children with the opportunity to experience all that SWCO has to offer. They want to pass on the appreciation of open spaces, crystal clear streams and star lit skies to their kids. Ryan is a lending officer with Alpine Bank. His hobbies are fly fishing in the back country, hiking, skiing, snow shoeing, golf and music. He wanted to get involved in DNS to help teach children the importance of the environment and hope that they will grow to protect and value our natural world.

Bob Stremba

Bob Stremba, Ed.D., enjoys teaching and mentoring students in leadership and instruction of outdoor education experiences. In fact, connecting students pursuing their undergraduate degrees in Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College with Durango Nature Studies is what sparked Bob’s interest in serving on the DNS Board. Bob developed new bachelor’s degree programs in adventure education and leadership, and new student outdoor orientation programs (known collectively as OOPs), at four colleges/universities in North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Colorado. He served as Chair of the Adventure Education Department at FLC for 11 years. His current professional passions include integrating nature and mindfulness for cultivating compassion and community, and the application of theory for enriching outdoor leadership training. Bob has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Experiential Education, and is currently active in doing AEE accreditation reviews nationally and internationally for wilderness therapy programs, outdoor education organizations, camps, schools, and colleges engaged in outdoor and environmental education. Bob’s outdoor passions include hiking, backpacking, canoeing and kayaking, backcountry and alpine skiing, and mountain biking.

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