Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Our organization is managed by a board of volunteers. It is people donating their time for the cause that get work done. We all care immensely for helping landowners and the public leave their legacy of scenic open spaces for future generations. We look forward to meeting you.
Rick is a lifelong resident of Idaho. He was born in Boise and attended BSU. Employed by May Hardware in 1974, he and his partner purchased the business and became owner and operator in 1980. Married in the same year, he now has two grown boys.
Rick has been running businesses’ since the early 70’s. He brings a wealth of experience in handling personnel. Rick is very active, motivated and not afraid to take on a project that may be daunting to another individual.
Rick enjoys flying, hiking, mycology, bird hunting, fishing, gardening and heavy equipment.
After a successful business career, Michael Eck has focused his attention on philanthropic pursuits. He currently serves as a Board member of three non-profit organizations and is a founding principal on a project to create a new event and performance center in McCall, Idaho. He is passionate about maintaining the natural beauty and value of Northwest lands. Michael Eck has spent more than two decades in the medical diagnostics and biotechnology industry. He was the founder and CEO of two biotech companies, AcroMetrix and Domus Institute. Additionally, Michael was a former member of our Armed Services, serving as a Captain in the US Army.
Mr. Fronk has 34 years of experience in civil design, project management, land development, land planning, and environmental science expertise. Mr. Fronk specializes in the entitlement land use process, feasibility studies, environmental permitting, wetland delineation, water quality, and environmental issues.
Mr. Fronk past experience includes 25 years of working and living in Central Idaho. For 15 years he has acted as Principal and President of Secesh Engineering Inc. Secesh Engineering Inc. a firm at one time employed up to 25 personnel that was instrumental in the completion of numerous significant engineering projects in Valley and Adams County and throughout the state of Idaho. Mr. Fronk has extensive experience with State and Federal Agencies and interaction with associated staff.
Mr. Fronk holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Texas Tech University and is a Licensed Landscape Architect in the State of Idaho. Mr. Fronk is a certified wetland delineator with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers.
Robert J. Vosskuhler grew up in the Midwest and graduated from Marquette University. He completed an Internship and Surgical Residency at the United States Naval Hospital, San Diego.
Bob is married to Susan Kuras Vosskuhler and they have two sons and three grandchildren. Bob served in the United States Navy for 26 years retiring in 1991. Bob then spent 12 years (1991-2003) in the medical device industry.
Bob serves on the Board of the Payette Land Trust and St. Luke’s McCall Memorial Hospital. Bob skis, kayaks, hikes, sails and bikes.
Michelle Groenevelt, AICP, is the Community Development Director for the City of McCall, Idaho. She started working at the City of McCall in 2005 as the City Planner after graduating from the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program at Virginia Tech. For the last 10 years as the Director, she has been instrumental in leading numerous master planning efforts, managing projects, and building a talented team of professionals in planning, building, grant writing, and GIS.
She staffs the McCall Redevelopment Agency and serves on the Board of Directors for Idaho Smart Growth and the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce. Michelle’s work on projects and plans have received recognition, and she is the recipient of numerous awards including the Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished Under 40 and iWay Leadership Award for Pathway Planning and Development.
Isaac Babcock, biologist and cinematographer, has spent time studying wolves in Idaho. He and his wife Bjornen spent close to a year in the Frank Church River of No Return wilderness, which became the basis of a “Nature” program that aired nationally on PBS. His travels as a cinematographer has taken him all over the world. He raises yaks on a ranch just outside of McCall, Idaho.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and his law degree from the University of Southern California, Steve started his legal career as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow with the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund in the coal fields of Eastern Kentucky.
There, he spent three years representing retired miners and widows in federal court litigation against the United Mine Workers Health and Retirement Funds. Having been raised in the west, Steve and his wife, Ingri, then returned to the west and made their home in McCall, where Steve founded the firm Millemann, Pittenger & Pemberton in 1980.
He has appeared on multiple occasions before the Idaho Supreme Court and has presented appeals to the United States Circuit Courts of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit and District of Columbia Circuit. Steve has served on the Board of the Payette Land Trust since its inception in 1992, and spent twenty years as its President.
Craig Utter- Executive Director
Craig was born and raised in the town of Evergreen on the eastern slope of Colorado, so he is no stranger to the issues faced by developing mountain towns. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University. He owned and operated a 300-head cow-calf ranching operation in the Sandhills of Nebraska for 13 years. During this time, he was involved with the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association and eventually chaired their Natural Resources and Environment Committee. Simultaneously, he became involved with a variety of private land conservation programs, most notably the Leopold Conservation Award presented by the Sand County Foundation. Craig was instrumental in bringing this prestigious national private land stewardship award to Nebraska. Much of the success of the Nebraska award can be attributed to the collaboratives he helped facilitate between private landowners and a diverse group of stakeholders.
In 2006, he moved to McCall and was hired as a USFS firefighter on an engine stationed in Warren. “I thought I would fight fire for one year and then go back to graduate school” Craig said “Then I was hired on as a member of the Krassel Helitck crew and rappelled out of a helicopter. That was eleven summers ago, never made it back to school.” He remained on the helicopter crew from 2007 until 2017.
During his winters off from fighting fire, he continued to work with the Sand County Foundation, coordinating the Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award from McCall. Craig has also work 3 seasons in Antarctica for the National Science Foundation. Two seasons as a fixed wing cargo specialist and one year as a helicopter crew member.
Craig brings almost 20 years of environmental and conservation-based non-profit experience and a strong understanding of the importance of collaboration.