Board of Trustees

CFI’s Current Board of Trustees

Chair: Sue Bellagamba, Canyonlands Regional Director, The Nature Conservancy, Moab, UT

Vice Chair: Ryan Anderson, Retired Teacher, Castle Valley, UT

Treasurer: John Groo, Owner, Smart Systems,  Mesa, CO

Secretary: Robert Greenberg, Retired Director, Four Corners Behavioral Health, Moab, UT

Diane Hanson, Telecommunications Consultant, Denver, CO

Dr. Roslynn Brain, AssociateProfessor, Utah State University, Moab, UT

Dr. Dee Garceau, Filmmaker; Professor of History, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN

Xandra Odland, BEACON Elementary Programs Coordinator


Ex officio: Karla Joy VanderZanden, Co-founder and Executive Director, Canyonlands Field Institute, Moab, UT


Apply to be considered to serve on CFI’s volunteer governance
board of trustees or to serve on a committee.


TIME COMMITMENT: Meetings are held every month by conference call, usually second Thursday of the month. Additional committee or special meetings are usually once a month. Committee work is approximately four to eight hours a month in addition to regular board meetings. Trustees are expected to participate in a CFI program once a year and assist with a public relations or fundraising event once a year. The term is three years and a trustee can serve two consecutive terms.


The CFI governance board serves on a volunteer basis and provides oversight and leadership in the following categories:

  • Strategic long term and annual planning
  • Marketing and sales
  • Financial management
  • Fundraising

Governance board members commit to active volunteer participation and to the leadership of finite, well-defined projects. Standing committees may include non-board members and currently include: Education, Citizen Science & Sustainability, Site & Facilities, Governance, Finance & Risk Management, and Fundraising & Public Relations.


Trustees are asked to contribute financially at a significant level for their individual circumstances. Trustees are required to observe or participate in a CFI program prior to final acceptance on the board; meet with the Executive Director; and review current key issues, financial, and planning documents with at least one active trustee.

New trustees will receive orientation, CFI board manual, and are asked to complete a nonprofit boards training workshop within 90 days of starting service. The CFI board engages professional consultant services for training and planning periodically.

Please send a letter of interest and qualifications to CFI Board of Trustees, P.O. Box 68, Moab, UT 84532 or to at any time.