Meet the Board

Get to Know Us

In order to keep the historic preservation concerns of the entire county in mind, the board is deliberately composed of representatives from cities, towns, and rural areas from throughout the county. The board is elected by the members of Historic Larimer County at the group’s annual meeting. The next annual meeting will take place in the spring of 2019.

 

Board of Directors

Ron Sladek: President

Term Ends: May 2020. Represents: Fort Collins

Ron Sladek, president of Historic Larimer County, has been working as a professional in the field of history and historic preservation since the late 1980s. He founded Tatanka Historical Associates in 1992 to focus upon providing expert consulting services in the areas of historic resources documentation, planning and education. Ron’s expertise in Western American history, historic architecture and engineering, field documentation, archival research, and historic preservation planning and analysis is utilized in all stages of every project. In addition to working on hundreds of documentation and planning projects in sixteen states, he has prepared landmark nominations placing forty-two properties on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, along with another seventeen as local landmarks. Ron’s projects have included historic resources as varied as farms and ranches, homestead sites, airports, irrigation ditches and reservoirs, rail and road bridges, rail and highway corridors, cemeteries, oilfields, ski resorts, downtown commercial buildings, mining and milling sites, estate properties, active and closed military facilities, residential neighborhoods, public buildings, and residential and agricultural districts.

Beyond his project work, Ron has taught a historic and public records research course at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins and he frequently provides lectures and walking tours throughout the region. He has served on a number of non-profit and community boards and project development teams. Ron has been the recipient of awards from local historic and preservation organizations, as well as the Colorado Historical Society. In 2005, the American Society of Landscape Architects presented its National Preservation Honor Award to him for his documentation and restoration of the Ute Cemetery in Aspen. From 2009 to 2016, Ron was an active member of the Fort Collins Landmark Preservation Commission, serving five of those years as chair. He has served many years as a member of Colorado Preservation Inc.’s Endangered Historic Places committee. In recognition of his expertise and service to the community, Governor John Hickenlooper first appointed Ron to the Colorado State Historic Preservation Board in 2013. He is now in his six year on the board, having been reappointed twice. Three decades into his career, Ron is considered one of the leading Rocky Mountain regional consultants in the fields of history, architectural history, and historic preservation planning.

Sue Schneider: Vice President

Term Ends: May 2021. Represents: Poudre Canyon/Loveland

Sue is a fifth generation Larimer County resident. She grew up in the upper Poudre Canyon, living there during her early years and then spending all holidays and summer vacations on her family property, which has been in her family for over 120 years. She graduated from CSU with a degree in Park History. Following graduation, she and her husband Rick joined the Peace Corps and lived in Guatemala. After that they settled in Grand Junction where he taught school and she worked with local governments for the State of Colorado. Upon retirement she and her husband moved back to the front range and now reside in Loveland, but spend lots of time at the family property in the Poudre Canyon. She’s always been interested in the history of the area and is also on the board of Old Poudre City, Inc., the entity that owns the land that the Poudre Canyon Chapel, Community Building/Fire Station and Eggers School Museum are on, and which was donated to the community by her family. She and another board member host upper Poudre Canyon historic home tours in the summer. She has enjoyed her involvement with HLC and is learning lots about historic preservation and the history of the area.

Meg Dunn: Secretary

Term Ends: May 2020. Represents: Fort Collins

Meg enjoys researching and writing. She authors two websites: NorthernColoradoHistory.com and UrbanFortCollins.com. The first deals with local history and the second focuses more on issues of urban development and growth. Meg is the chair of the Fort Collins Landmark Preservation Commission, is a member of the Northern Colorado Heritage Alliance, and publishes a monthly list of local history & heritage events in a newsletter entitled History Now. Meg was on the steering committee formed in October 2016 to oversee the process of creating a local preservation advocacy organization and she has been on the board of Historic Larimer County since February 2017.

Ray Sumner: Treasurer

Term Ends: May 2021. Represents: Timnath

Ray is a western and public historian who’s research interest is in Colorado History and the Powell Expeditions.  He graduate in May 2018 from Colorado State Univeristy with an MA in Public History where his concentration was Museum Studies and Historic Preservation.  The past year, he interned with the Historic Preservation Branch of the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) at CSU and worked on a survey of historic properties at Fort Lee, Virginia.  Ray also received a second M.A. in May from American Military University where he focused on nineteenth century U.S. History and wrote his thesis on a network analysis of the 1867-869 expeditions of Major John Wesley Powell.  He is currently planning a series of commemorations for the sesquicentennial of Powell’s expeditions including a ascent of Long’s Peak and re-trace of Powell’s 1869 expedition through the Grand Canyon.  Ray works with the Grand Canyon River Guides organization to educate the commercial river guides on Powell history and has twice participated in their annual river training through the Grand Canyon.  Ray retired from the U.S. Army in 2016 after 22-years of service as a Psychological Operations Officer and a Short-Range Air Defense Artillery Officer.  This summer, Ray began working on his Anthropology PhD at CSU where he will focus on nineteenth century archaeology in northern Colorado, west of the Continental Divide.  Ray grew-up in Iowa but recently planted roots in Timnath.

Sharon Danhauer: Board Member

Term Ends: May 2020. Represents: Loveland

Sharon Danhauer, a third generation native Coloradoan, has devoted much time and effort to the preservation of local and regional American history as a volunteer and through her business, Danhauer’s Tours.  Her passion for learning about, preserving and sharing local history began while she and her twin sister were elementary students in the Denver public school system listening to the teacher read aloud from Ralph Moody’s immortal “Little Britches”.  She has said, “It was better than a serial on the radio or television to me and I was hooked on history.  We lived southwest of Denver near where Little Britches lived with his family on their 80-acre hardscrabble farm.  It was so exciting to see what he described in the book and walk where he had walked.”  Sharon has served multiple terms on the Board of Directors of the Berthoud and Loveland Historical Societies, Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of OCTA, Historic Larimer County, the Association of Front Range Museums, was a member of the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association, and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Map Society.  She received Loveland Historical Society’s “Having a Heart for Loveland History” award in 2010.   Sharon is the mother of two sons and grandmother of five.

Cheryl Glanz: Board Member

Term Ends: May 2021. Represents: Fort Collins

Cheryl Glanz is the manager of the Colorado Welcome Center at Fort Collins, a State Byway Commissioner for the eastern half of the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways, and a member of the inaugural class of the Master of Tourism Management at Colorado State University. She is a fourth-generation native to Fort Collins and also serves as president of the Cache La Poudre – North Park Scenic and Historic Byway council. She is active in the community of her ethnic heritage as publicity chair of the American Historical Society of Germans From Russia (AHSGR) – Northern Colorado Chapter and Secretary of the AHSGR International board. As a firm believer in the importance of recognizing and creating value in historic preservation advocacy, she believes in allowing societal equality for all in celebrating our heritage and history, especially those that are in plain view of the everyday. It is a valid expression that everything has a history and everyone has a story to tell. Truly honoring the past and envisioning the future are tantamount to sustainable management of our communities.

Judy Jackson: Board Member

Term Ends: May 2021. Represents: Bellvue

Judy is a northern Colorado native.  She was born at P. V. H. in Fort Collins. Though she grew up and went to school in southern California, she spent summers at her grandparents home in Bellvue and later bought their home in 1978. Judy has enjoyed many careers. She taught oil painting for 12 years, was a legal secretary for 12 years, and was a chiropractic assistant for 12 years. She was the owner of Sunshine Daycare for 12 years while hosting weddings and special events at her home, the Flowers House, on weekends. Judy has enjoyed working on the restoration of her historic home and the Bellvue Grange. She is currently president of the Pioneer Women’s Association and oversees and gathers volunteers for the Bingham Hill Cemetery.

D. L. Roberts: Board Member

Term Ends: May 2020. Represents: Livermore

DL Roberts was born into a family of pioneer ranchers. His great grandfather, RO Roberts, homesteaded the Roberts Ranch in 1874. The family has always been interested in preserving the many historic and prehistoric sites and artifacts found on the 17,000 acre ranch at Livermore as well as other parts of the county. DL was one of the original group that established Historic Larimer County (then known as the Larimer County Historic Alliance) in 1988. He is a former president of the organization and remains on the board. At least one tour of the historic Roberts Ranch is hosted each year by Historic Larimer County and led by DL.

Annie Lindgren: Board Member

Term Ends: May 2021. Represents: Wellington

Annie Lindgren is the Executive Director of the Wellington CO Main Streets program in Wellington, Colorado. The Main Streets program is a nonprofit organization that focuses on downtown revitalization and historic preservation, as well as promotion and beautification of downtown Wellington. Annie graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs with emphasis in Nonprofit and Community Services Management, from Park University in Parkville, MO. She has been working for the local Main Streets program since 2017. Annie writes articles on the history of downtown Wellington, as part of educating the community on the local history.

Annie has lived in Wellington since 2007, raising her now adult son on a farm east of town. She grew up on a farm in rural Missouri that was a historical landmark, built in the 1820’s. As a child she was involved with the Kansas City Carriage club, which did historic skits, displays, and parades using horse drawn carriages. Now that her son is grown and she has moved on from the responsibilities of farm ownership, she spends her free time traveling, playing in the mountains, or enjoying a variety of outdoor activities with friends. Her loyal adventure companion is her golden retriever Maverick.

Tracy Briggs: Board Member

Term Ends: May 2021. Represents: Berthoud

Bio coming soon!

John Bray: Board Member

Term Ends: May 2020. Represents: Fort Collins

Bio coming soon!

Open Position: Board Member

Term Ends: May 2020. Represents:

We’ll get a bio here as soon as our new board member is selected and installed.

Open Position: Board Member

Term Ends: May 2020. Represents:

We’ll get a bio here as soon as our new board member is selected and installed.

Contact Us

Historic Larimer County
PO Box 1909
Fort Collins, CO 80522