The current Friends of Monument Preserve Board of Directors:
President and Social Media Director: Brian Mullin
Brian has been a member of FOMP since 2008 but has been mountain biking in the Preserve for about 10 years. He is a biker, skier, kayaker, and rock climber. He has been an avid outdoor enthusiast all his life, and his Mother and Grandmother instilled in him, the grandeur, beauty, and stewardship of nature. He came to Colorado in the mid-seventies for college and has called Colorado Springs home for the past 30 years. The Preserve holds a special place for him, and it’s his spiritual nirvana. Brian understands, and has dealt with access and advocacy issues, primarily during his rock climbing career, and has worked with the BLM, DOW, and Forest Service. Besides a full-time computer career, he does professional testing, reviewing, and writing on mountain bike products for TheMTBLab website.
Vice President: Ken Baker
Ken and his family have lived in the area since 2004. He is an active mountain biker, hiker, and skier, spending many days a week either riding or hiking with his dogs on the trails in the Preserve. Ken has been a participant in trail work activities for several years and recognizes the importance of our volunteers to maintain and improve the trail network, in conjunction with our partners at the USFS. As Secretary and Community Outreach Lead, Ken hopes to expand our volunteer network, increase FOMP membership, and help the board drive towards the achievement of its objectives.
Secretary and Community Outreach Lead: Sarah Brondum
Board Members at Large:
Marianne runs or hikes almost every day in the Preserve, and has for the 6 years she has lived here. Four years ago, she became active in the FOMP, participating in trail work, tree planting, and seedling release. Marianne LaRivee spent 21 years as an Air Force Judge Advocate with extensive legal experience in criminal litigation, contracts, claims, information and privacy law, and international law. Retired from the Air Force, Marianne teaches Business Law as an adjunct professor at UCCS. She lives in Monument with her husband Dave.
Trail Boss: Bill Benson
Bill has been a member of Friends of Monument Preserve since 2004 and spending time in the preserve since 2000. His main interests in the Preserve are hiking, trail running and Mountain biking as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing when conditions allow it. Bill is passionate about taking care of our natural resources and teaching others to share in his enthusiasm for stewardship and resource protection. He has an extensive background building trails as a former Forest Service employee as well as an experienced mountain guide, forest firefighter, and mountain rescue team leader. He has spent some time as a Boy Scout Leader as well as a youth leader always taking the opportunity to teach others about taking care of the forest.