About FOLBR

Friends Of The Lower Blue River

Signe Ferguson—Treasurer

Board Members

John Longhill - President

John Longhill - President

John’s unique contribution to the Friends of the Lower Blue River as a Board Director is founded in his educational background in environmental fields such as Oceanography and Landscape Architecture. His studies have helped him to understand the integration of plant ecology, range management, conservation, sustainability and use, in designing functional and beautiful environments. His experience in construction management, landscape design, animal care and management, add up to a wealth of knowledge that he can put to use when serving the landowners of the Middle Park Conservation District.

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Jonathan Knopf - Executive Director

Jonathan Knopf - Executive Director

Jonathan moved to Summit County full-time in 2013. But he’s been coming to the County since the 1970’s. After a 40-year career in broadcasting, he and his wife Susan have settled in Silverthorne. Jonathan is an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and snow skiing. He is committed to preserving the beauty and wonder of the Blue River Valley for future generations.

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John Fielder—Vice-President

John Fielder—Vice-President

John Fielder has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado’s ranches, open spaces, and wildlands during his 32-year career as a nature photographer. His photography has influenced people and legislation, earning him recognition including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award in 1993 and, in 2011, the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s first Achievement Award given to an individual. Over 40 books have been published depicting his Colorado photography. He operates a fine art gallery, John Fielder’s Colorado, in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, and he teaches photography workshops to adults and children. Information about John and his work can be found at www.johnfielder.com. His latest book is Denver Mountain Parks: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream (2013). He has lived in Acorn Creek since 2007.

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Sharon Sweet

Sharon Sweet

Sharon Sweet was hatched in Southgate, California, and was there for about 3.5 years, then moved to Wichita, KS, then Orlando, FL – stayed in each of those towns for about 5 yrs. Then in 1959, Sharon and her family moved to Denver for about 5 years, then Boulder. Her folks moved on, but Sharon stayed in Colorado.

In the meantime, she had earned her RNBS at Loma Linda University, did a stint in hospital nursing and then landed a job in Occupational Health Nursing. Sharon wrote the exam for Certified Occupational Health Nurse and passed. That is a bit like writing your “boards” all over again. She did that for a bunch of years, then did some medical writing for a bit, before finishing out her career in Family Practice. Sharon retired from Nursing about 10 years ago but continues to use her medical knowledge on a regular basis in her ranch work.

About 10 years ago, Sharon and her husband, Bob, moved to Summit County to manage a ranch in the Lower Blue River Valley. They joined FOLBR that fall. Sharon and Bob have successfully bred, trained and shown Belgian Tervuren in Conformation and Performance events. There was a time a few years back that they owned and showed the then Number 1 dog in the breed for 3 consecutive years; he is also the top producer in the history of the breed. Showing him helped Sharon rack up states that she had not previously been in, and about 2 years ago she made it to her 50th state.

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John Hillman

John Hillman

John D. Hillman, MD, is the President of ACRE (Acorn Creek Ranch Estates) Property Owners Association and has been a Board Member FOLBR since its beginning. John was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but moved to Denver in 1958 to attend the University of Colorado Boulder and then Medical School in Denver. After Med School, John did an internship at Cincinnati General Hospital; his Residency at University of Colorado, Denver; then, worked at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. Afterwards, he started internal medicine practice in the Army at Fort Carson, Colorado Springs, where he stayed in Colorado Springs after discharge from the Army to start private practice, 1974. John practiced internal medicine practice 25 years in Colorado Springs, and then did part-time hospital medicine at Vail Valley Medical Center and St. Anthony Summit Medical Center for 16 years before retiring in 2013.

John lived in Frisco part-time from 1982-1997 and now has a home in Acorn Creek, 10 miles north of Silverthorne. He and his wife Maggie have lived there full-time since 1997.

John’s community interests include improving Fire Safety in the Lower Blue and specifically Acorn Creek, and establishing cell service in the Lower Blue, in the interest of public safety.

His hobbies are long distance bicycle touring, speaking the French language, hiking, skiing, cutting firewood, and spending time with his grandkids and dogs.

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Sher Steuben

Sher Steuben

Sher Steuben is a life-long resident of Colorado having lived in Grand County most of her life. She was raised near the town of Grand Lake, after marrying her husband Gary they settled in Kremmling where they raised their two sons.

Sher recently retired from Blue Valley Ranch after having worked there for 25 years to enjoy being a Grandmother. Through her years at Blue Valley Ranch she learned the importance of balance between resource integration for conservation, wildlife; land stewardship, and agricultural production, and believes in leaving things better for the next generation. Sher believes in working together in a cooperative atmosphere to bring about positive changes, people from all backgrounds and ideas can come together for the greater good of all.

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Bob Girvin

Bob Girvin

Bob Girvin was born in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, in 1936. After graduating high school from the Haverford School in 1953, he attended Amherst College. He then manufactured military aircraft landing gear in Chicago from 1961-1972. After moving to Breckenridge in 1972, Bob developed the Beaver Run Resort and was a board member for the resort from 1984-2015. Bob was also the original developer of (NKA) Summit Estates. Bob was a Scoutmaster in Summit from 1972-1973 and a Breckenridge Town Councilman from 1973-1980. Bob’s real estate career includes being an agent at Prudential Timberhill Real Estate from 1972-2013 and an agent at Coldwell Banker Rounds and Porter from 2013-present.

Now, Bob is “seeking retirement for its proper use.”

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Jim Donlon

Jim Donlon

Jim Donlon and his family have enjoyed the full opportunities of the Lower Blue River valley for 22 years while owning and managing Pass Creek Ranch. Initially the Ranch was ‘part-time’, while Jim worked as a financial executive in the automotive industry in Michigan. In 2012 Jim and his wife Sandra moved to Summit County to enjoy the opportunities on a ‘full-time’ basis.

Jim was born in Seattle, Washington and moved every three years as part of a military family. He graduated with business degrees from California State University (Fresno) and the University of Southern California and began financial work at the truck division of Ford Motor Company. He spent most of his career at Chrysler – including the acquisition of Jeep products into Chrysler, and an assignment in Stuttgart Germany with Daimler finance executives.

Jim’s other community interests are management of Pass Creek Ranch and trail patrol for the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District; and his hobbies include hiking, (hobby) photography, adventure travel with the family, ‘ranch camp’ with the grandkids, stock investment analysis and a pet dog named Maggie.

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