Michael Connolly, Executive Director

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Mike brings to the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District a unique business background.  He moved to Summit County seven years ago from back east and started volunteering with FDRD as a Ranger Patroller shortly thereafter.  He joined the FDRD Board in 2012 and was named Treasurer in 2013.  He stepped into the role as FDRD Executive Director near the end of the 2014 summer season.  As a business executive for over 25 years Mike has initiated, structured and run many business partnerships and alliances.  He is now bringing this skill set, along with his financial acumen, to the non-profit world with FDRD.  As the organization’s primary administrator and grant writer Mike leads FDRD’s stewardship and community activities.  He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.  After spending most of his time in the corporate world on the east coast he is thrilled to now call Summit County his home. Mike is passionate about the outdoors and community service.  In the past he has been a volunteer firefighter, Jr Achievement and girl scout leader, and United Way organizer .  He is a member of the Summit County Rotary and has been active with Mountain Mentors, Summit Social Services as a foster parent, the Summit and Breckenridge Chambers, and with various county volunteer groups.  An avid hiker, camper, mountain biker, skier and sailor. 

You can reach Mike at 970-262-3449 or at michael@FDRD.org

  

Doozie Martin, Programs Manager

Doozie MartinDoozie is a new resident of Colorado who is thrilled to be coordinating projects that strengthen the community’s appreciation of the natural world. After growing up in Kansas City, his desire to wander and explore the unfamiliar, blossomed. Traveling provided him a humbling and enlightening experience that led him back into the classroom at the University of Missouri. While completing his master’s degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism focusing on Natural Resource Management, he worked on a forestry crew felling trees and maintaining city trails. In addition to his love of the outdoors, Doozie also enjoys listening to music, reading, gardening, cooking and aimlessly strummin’ on his ol' 6-string. He hopes to be digging a little dirt and carrying a couple logs with you at the next FDRD project.

You can reach Doozie at 970-262-3449 or doozie@fdrd.org

 

 

 

Jill Bryant, Youth and Education Programs Manager

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Jill joined FDRD a Seasonal Project Coordinator in 2015 and is thrilled to take on the role of Youth and Education Program Manager this winter. Prior to living in Summit County full time, Jill spent eight summers working in and around Denali National Park, most recently serving as a youth conservation corps director and field technician for a soil and water conservation district. Jill has worked on a variety of interesting projects, from trail work to invasive species control, archaeological digs, and even commuting to work via helicopter to survey land for potential agricultural use. Jill has a B.S. in Social Sciences and Nonprofit Management, and is currently completing a master's degree in Natural Resource Management at the University of Denver. In her free time, Jill enjoys exploring Colorado's beautiful landscapes via bikes, boats, ropes, skis, etc., as well as making an attempt at high alpine gardening.

You can reach Jill at 970-262-3449 or jill@fdrd.org

Emily Bruyn, Office & Volunteer Manageremily.jpg

Emily moved to Summit County almost 4 years ago seeking bigger mountains and more snow. She was born and raised in Vermont, spending summers on a lake in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. After obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Ithaca College, she moved across the country to work at Keystone Resort and live the coveted ski bum life. She fell in love with the mountains immediately and eventually started working for the Town of Frisco at the Information Center. Emily likes to help people explore the region, but really loves the tight knit community of Summit County, and is extremely excited to work with FDRD and the community to help improve and preserve our forests. She brings with her an extensive knowledge of Summit County and a love for maps, geography, and the great outdoors. In her spare time you can find her skiing, hiking, camping, seeing live music, or out on the lake! 

You can reach Emily at 970-262-3449 or emily@fdrd.org