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DAN GIBBS -- representing the Department Natural Resources​


TOM BRUBAKER -- with substantial experience in the Mining Industry

Tom Brubaker has spent almost all of his life in Rocky Ford, Colorado. He graduated from Rock Ford High School and received a B.S. degree in Economics and Business Administration from McPherson College. He spent three years in Dallas, TX working for construction materials supplier Gifford-Hill and Company. In 1972 he returned to Colorado to go to work for Valco, Inc.. The company was founded by Tom’s father in 1954 in the ready mixed concrete and sand and gravel business. Eventually Valco had operations in Rocky Ford, Lamar, Pueblo, Canon City, Trinidad, Gunnison and Crested Butte. Brubaker became president in 1977. Recently most of the company has been sold off and Tom and his wife have moved to the Parker area to be close to grandchildren. During his career he has served as president of the Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association, president of the Colorado Crushed Stone and Sand and Gravel Association, a member of the board on the National Sand and Gravel Association, a member and Vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of McPherson College.

KARIN UTTERBACK-NORMAN-- Representing the State Conservation Board

Karin Utterback-Normann permanently returned to Routt County in the 1990's to assume the ownership and operation of her family's third generation ranching operation.  Prior to returning she spent 15 years working in Africa, Asia and South America.  With her graduate education focused on agricultural economics, agronomy, and anthropology, she worked as an agricultural economist in southern Africa on projects as varied as improving groundnut production in Malawi, overseeing tomato production in then Rhodesia and designing cassava nurseries for ethanol production in the Kwa Zulu, South Africa.  Though most of her life was not spent living in Routt County, most of her education and career focused on agricultural production issues at the micro as well as macro levels.​​​

JILL VAN NOORD-- Representing Conservation

Jill Van Noord has served on the Mined Land Reclamation Board for a full four-year term and was just up for confirmation of her second term.  Jill graduated from CU Law School in 2008 and has been practicing law here in Colorado since that time.  Her practice focuses on counseling clients on compliance and permitting of environmental laws and regulations.  Although her practice covers a wide range of environmental issues, she focuses on air quality.  Jill joined the Denver office of Holland & Hart in 2014.  Jill and her family live on the outskirts of Boulder.   Her husband is an elementary school art teacher, but he currently is taking time away from teaching to stay home with their 4-year-old twin boys.  They spend as much time as they can exploring Colorado with their pop-up camper.

LAUREN DUNCAN-- Representing Conservation

Lauren Duncan is the Abandoned Mine Restoration Project Manager for Trout Unlimited based in Denver, Colorado. She has received a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Denver and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.  Prior to coming to TU, Lauren worked for various public and private entities in sustainability, water quality and water resources.  She was brought on full-time to Trout Unlimited in October 2016, and focuses on restoration of mining impacted areas, in-stream enhancement, soil and water chemistry, project management and oversight.  Lauren can be reached at

FORREST LUKE-- With substantial experience in the Mining Industry

Forrest has served as Manager of Environmental and External Affairs at Trapper Mining Inc. for the past 24 years.  Trapper is a major surface coal mining operation located near Craig, Colorado.  The position includes responsibility for all reclamation activities, environmental permitting and compliance issues, management of Trapper lands, and various government and community relations duties.  Under Forrest’s direction, Trapper Mine maintains a nationally recognized reclamation program that was presented in 2002 the federal Office of Surface Mining’s bronze medal as one of the three best examples of mined land reclamation in the first 25 year history of the modern surface mining era. Trapper continues to receive national and state reclamation and community relations awards on virtually an annual basis.  Forrest currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Memorial Hospital in Craig as Chair and previously as Vice-Chair of the Yampa-White-Green Rivers Basin Roundtable. He served for 10 years as Chairman of the Colorado Mining Association Coal Committee and recently served a term as President of the Northwest Colorado Energy Producers Association.  Forrest received the St. Barbara award—given annually by the Colorado Mining Industry to one person who has made a significant contribution to the success of mining in Colorado.  He was presented a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Mining and Reclamation for his contributions to the field of mined land reclamation.  Prior to his time at Trapper Mine, Forrest worked for 12 years in the environmental and engineering departments at Black Butte Coal Company near Rock Springs, Wyoming.  Forrest obtained BS and MS degrees from BYU in Range and Wildlife Management.  He is married with four children and seven grandchildren.  Hobbies include fishing, hunting and birding.​