The Board of Directors is comprised of long-time residents, scientists, business owners and active environmental stewards. Board Committees in the areas of Finance, Projects, Membership and Fundraising assist staff by holding regular meetings with goals and timelines. The Board also meets as a whole on a monthly basis.
Ronnie Colby, President
Ronnie Colby was born and raised in Northern California. He grew up in San Jose and at age 10 moved to a 200-acre ranch in the Cascades between Mt. Shasta and Mt Lassen. Ronnie has visited Truckee since 1981 and moved here full-time in 2004 with his wife Kristen, an RN at Tahoe Forest. He has a degree in English and has taught at the high school and university levels. He is a local leader in advocating for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and appropriate technology in the Truckee region. He founded and operated Truckee’s only biodiesel distribution business and currently works for Solar Wind Works as a licensed PV and solar thermal system installer. Ronnie has worked with a variety of civic, direct action, and non-profit organizations all aimed at protecting habitat, open space, social justice, and smart growth. He has worked to highlight waste, fraud, and abuse at all levels and regularly publishes on these and other related subjects. Ronnie recently documented and completed a Diesel conversion in his 28-year-old Toyota 4×4 – he remains a diesel nerd. When not building solar, he’s out mountain biking, gleefully splitboarding, paddling his old Canoe in remote lakes, or reviewing a land use applications. He remains grateful for the opportunity to work with MAP and area stakeholders to keep Truckee the unique place he found it as a child.
Dan Haas, Vice President
After living for 13 years in Los Angeles, working as a cinematographer in the film and tv business, Dan left the beach and the traffic for the fresh air and serenity of the Tahoe-Truckee region. He is currently working as a professional travel and lifestyle photographer. Dan currently serves on the board of the Red Tab Foundation and jumped at the chance to be on the MAP board. Dan cares deeply for the mountains and the place he calls home and believes MAP to be at the forefront of protecting the Tahoe/Truckee region for current and future generations to enjoy.
Dan is an avid skier, mountain biker, water skier and when not out on the trails of Tahoe, can usually be found traveling the West with his camera and dog, Maggie.
Ben Trustman, Treasurer
Ben has lived in Truckee since he was six years old. He has a BS in ecohydrology and an MS in hydrology. Ben currently works for Balance Hydrologics in Truckee, CA. Ben has lived in the community for over 30 years and has seen Truckee go through many changes. Having knowledge of ecosystem services and mountain hydrology, as well as living in the area gives Ben a unique perspective on the community, the region and need for MAP’s mission. “I am happy to be a part of an organization that’s goal is to protect the beautiful environment in which I grew up and have chosen to live and raise my family in”.
Lisa Holan, Secretary
Lisa Holan grew up in Toronto, Canada, and moved to Truckee in 2000 after completing her Master’s degree in Ecology. Following graduate school, Lisa traveled around Asia for several months then settled in tiny Bear Valley, CA, working as a climbing instructor for the summer. Her (now) husband Jan (“Yan”) was determined to keep her here by instilling a love of the Sierra, and they climbed, skied, hiked, biked, swam and camped all over the Tahoe basin and east side of the Sierra. It worked: after teaching several semesters at Sierra Nevada College, Lisa now works as an aquatic ecologist at UNR, and is currently introducing their 9-year-old son to all the activities and places she loves in the Sierra. Her favorite place of all is a stretch of the Truckee River, a few minutes walk from the back of their house, that Lisa has visited almost daily in all seasons for the last decade with her husband, and dog and now her son.
She is pleased to join MAP and have a concrete way to help protect the cherished natural places in our community and promote smart development.
David Manahan, Director
David Manahan spent much of his childhood in southern Minnesota, with interludes in Hawaii. After obtaining degrees in Biology and Geography and an MS in Experiential Education, Mr. Manahan spent several years researching forests and teaching in northern Minnesota and teaching elementary school in Saipan before settling in the North Tahoe area in 1997 to raise a family. He worked in Teacher Education at Sierra Nevada College before moving to Davis to complete a Ph.D. in Geography/Education in 2006. During his time in Davis, Mr. Manahan taught Geography and Environmental Science courses at Sacramento State University and American River College. From 2008-10, the family moved to tropical Australia where Mr. Manahan taught the socio-economics of NE Queensland rainforests at a university field site. During this time, he also led research on land use, water quality, and restoration, and eventually moved into program Director. In 2010 the family returned to Truckee as Mr. Manahan opened a K-8 charter school, Sierra Expeditionary Learning School. Mr. Manahan loves his current position as Director/Principal and is proud of the school’s accomplishments. During his free time, Mr. Manahan spends time with family traveling around the western US, surfing in Santa Cruz, staying outdoors hiking and playing with their three dogs, and curling up with books and games in front of the fire.
Steve Ellsworth, Director
Steve is a professor of environmental science and statistics at Sierra Nevada College, which is a private liberal arts college in Incline Village, Nevada. He grew up in Traverse City, Michigan and attended the University of Michigan for a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Natural Resource Management. He then moved West to attend U.C. Davis where he received a Ph.D. in Ecology in 1997. Steve is very interested in regional land use management, especially as associated with water quality, fire ecology, and transportation. He is an advocate for sensible development in the Truckee-Tahoe region with the ultimate goals of promoting quality of life for residents and using natural resources in a sustainable fashion. Steve is a very active outdoor enthusiast and is especially passionate about kayaking, skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. He is also a serious photographer and recently taught a course in conservation photography in South Africa. Steve is thrilled to be associated with MAP and looks forward to helping the organization achieve its mission through collaboration, education, and environmental stewardship.