Board of Trustees

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Chair: Carl Spikner

Carl’s background includes leading a consumer product business unit for a Fortune 100 company and development and financial management for not-for-profit organizations. Carl currently works for the National Development Council providing advisory services to drive capital investment in affordable housing and supporting community development initiatives.  Carl’s first exposure to CFI was as Head of School for an Inclusive Montessori school in the Salt Lake Valley, providing his students the opportunity to engage in CFI programming.
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Vice Chair: Tom Rees

Retired Building Contractor, Moab UT

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Treasurer: Gordon Beh

Gordon came to Utah from New Jersey as a 19 year old kid and has been here ever since. He worked as an accountant for 39 years and retired from Larson and Company where he was a shareholder. He went to the school of hard knocks never having completed a college degree. He is a family man, first and foremost, with a large family of children and grandchildren. In retirement, he is gardener of sorts and loves to build and remodel. He keeps busy helping two of his sons with their excavation business and not letting them spend any money. Gordon has been involved with CFI for the past nearly 19 years mostly in the capacity of accountant/tax advisor and more recently on the finance committee. He spent about 10 years on the board of the Moab Valley Multicultural Center and served a term with Wabisabi. He loves what CFI does and hopes to help further the mission of CFI by volunteering at the Board level.

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Sue Bellagamba

For more than 35 years, Sue Bellagamba has been working with the Conservancy to conserve the lands and waters of southeastern Utah. Today, Sue leads the Conservancy’s projects in this region as the Canyonlands Regional Director. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University in 1979. Shortly after graduating, she arrived in Moab, Utah, to work for the Bureau of Land Management as the Westwater River Ranger, initiating her love of rivers and red rocks. Her current projects include working on Colorado River issues focusing on projects that balance water needs, improve water infrastructure and operations for environmental flows and addressing Tribal water issues. And overseeing the Conservancy’s projects at Canyonlands Research Center with the aim of providing land managers with science driven solutions to adapt to climate change.

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Emily Cox

Emily, originally from Washington DC and now a resident of Moab, is a lifelong educator, outdoor enthusiast and professional musician. She began her career as a high school French teacher in the Baltimore Public Schools and then, after several years of teaching, eventually went on to become a public school principal at the Mather Elementary School in Boston, Massachusetts. There she prioritized experiential education and partnerships with organizations such as the Farm for City Kids and Outward Bound. Prior to moving to Moab in 2021, Emily was the Head of School at the Willow Creek Academy Charter School in Sausalito, California.

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Walt Dabney

Retired National Park Ranger, Chief Ranger and Superintendent, and Texas State Parks Director, Moab UT

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Diane Hanson

Retired Sales and Marketing Executive.  CFI supporter and participant since 1985.

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Ex Officio: Michele Johnson

A West-side Detroit Street that ended with a cul de sac and a 30 acre park provided endless exploration for Michele while growing up, and led to abundant questions, thoughts, and theories about flora and fauna. Spending her summers in Battle Creek Michigan with a gardening and fishing grandmother, taking Sunday family drives across the border to Windsor, Canada to adventure in the outdoors, endless hours captivated by the Diego Rivera series of frescoes at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and camping trips just below the Upper Peninsula all led to Michele’s passion in scientific discovery and public health advocacy. From Detroit to Ann Arbor to Honolulu to Salt Lake City to the ultimate journey to Moab, Michele has experienced a diverse landscape of people, flora, fauna, and Joy. Prior to settling here in Moab, she was Director and Biosafety Specialist at the University of Utah in occupational and environmental health and safety as well as emergency management. Her professional career began as a specialist at the University of Hawaii in laboratory and agricultural health and safety. Michele received her BS in Botany from the University of Michigan and Masters in Public Health from the University of Hawaii. Always an advocate for making a difference in the lives of our planet’s youth, she has followed the philosophy of “Each one Reach one” and spent many years mentoring the young people in her life. CFI's mission to guide youth and adults to an emotional connection to the landscape and self in wild places fulfills Michele's purpose for being and becoming in Moab.