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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 fifth 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.

Jennifer Mayan Kaylor: Vice-President

Term Ends: May 2019. Represents: Wellington & Fort Collins

Having grown up and lived in Fort Collins since 1980 and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Recreation with a concentration in Interpretation, my roots in Northern Colorado are well established. In 2014, my husband Matt, dog Rocky and myself relocated to Wellington. I am a real estate agent and my enthusiasm for Northern Colorado real estate, recreation and local history fuels my excitement to share with you all that our area has to offer!

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 2019. 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

My passion for learning about, preserving, and sharing local history began while my twin sister Karen and I were students in the Denver public school system in the 1950s. One of those outstanding childhood teachers we all have fond memories of, read “Little Britches” by Ralph Moody to our fourth grade class. It was better than a serial on the radio or television to me and I was hooked on history. It took a few more years to define my passion to local history, or, going a tad broader, to America’s history. We lived in Littleton, a town southwest of Denver City and County, near where Little Britches lived with his family on their 80-acre hardscrabble farm, and where his adventures took place. It was so exciting to see what he described in the book and walk where he had walked.

And so it is any time one investigates local history. No matter our age, background, or natural propensity, it kind of gets ahold of you to one degree or another. Local history is vividly realistic precisely because we can touch it. I love to see young people’s eager faces when they light up like mine did with recognition of some aspect of their local history as it opens their eyes to what’s really around them. Sharing with adults is just as much fun. I’ll probably learn something new from an interesting person as often as I teach them something.

One thing historians always agree upon is the Murphy’s Law effect of history: while researching a particular subject, when one question is answered, it inevitably raises two more! So we’re never truly done, but it’s a fun job or hobby.

I’m a 3rd-generation Coloradoan, born in Colorado Springs. In 1980 my husband and I moved to Berthoud where we raised our boys, and I later moved to Loveland. I dived right into local history, joining the Berthoud and Loveland Historical Societies, the Rocky Mountain Map Society, the Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of OCTA (Oregon-California Trails Association), the Association of Northern Front Range Museums (ANFRM), and for several years was a member of the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association (Baseball was two words back in the day). Although slowing down lately, I still am passionate about our local history and am proud to be a part of the goals towards which Historic Larimer County is working.

Tracy Briggs: Board Member

Term Ends: May 2019. Represents: Berthoud

Bio here.

Cheryl Glanz: Board Member

Term Ends: May 2019. Represents: Fort Collins

Cheryl Glanz is the manager of the Colorado Welcome Center at Fort Collins 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 LaPoudre-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.

Carolyn Goodwin: Board Member

Term Ends: May 2020. Represents: Wellington & Fort Collins

I was born in Denver, CO and a 2nd generation. I attended Montclair Elementary and Hill Junior High in Denver.  Since my father was born in Fort Collins and my aunt passed away we moved to Fort Collins so my Dad could be near his brother and sister. We moved to Fort Collins in 1969 into my Great-Grandparents home in which I was the 4th generation in the house. I attended Lincoln Jr. where the Lincoln Center is and a graduate of Fort Collins High School on Remington Street. I was Alpha Chi Omega in college and on the CSU Aggies Square Dancing Team. I am a graduated from CSU in 1979. I am a member of N.S.C.A.R. and past regent of Friday’s Council Tree Chapter, N.S.D.A.R. I was also a member of Cache la Poudre Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.. I was a charted member of Larimer County Genealogical Society. A member of Fort Collins Historical Society, Pioneers Association, Order of Indian Wars and Westerners. I had my home on Mulberry Street locally designated and my aunt had a school named for her which is Bennett Elementary School.  I have also been interested in history and a certified genealogist.  I also like to travel and when I take trips like to visit museums and historical sites.

Judy Jackson: Board Member

Term Ends: May 2019. Represents: Bellvue

Bio here.

D. L. Roberts: Board Member

Term Ends: May 2020. Represents: Livermore

Bio here.

Sue Schneider: Board Member

Term Ends: May 2020. 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.

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Historic Larimer County
PO Box 1909
Fort Collins, CO 80522