Who We Are
Staff of the Southern Plains Land Trust
Henry Pollock, Ph.D.
Henry has a background in ecology and conservation with a strong focus on quantitative, data-driven science and practice. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology and nearly 15 years’ experience as a wildlife biologist and academic researcher. He is dedicated to gaining ground for prairie wildlife and continuing to expand SPLT’s reach throughout the Southern Plains to bring back the American Serengeti.
Judith Westveer, Ph.D.
Born as a city girl in the Netherlands, but now lives on the prairie in Colorado! Judith is a conservation ecologist with a Ph.D. in stream restoration from the University of Amsterdam. She has worked for various environmental non-profit organizations in the Peruvian Amazon and has done freelance science communication work for the World Wildlife Foundation. Her mission is to protect the last remaining wildernesses on the planet, of which SPLT’s land is one.
Jay Tutchton, Esq.,
Jay spends his days managing the bison herds and improving our network of protected lands for the benefit of all native wildlife species. For 27 years, Jay worked tirelessly as an attorney representing environmental organizations and individuals seeking to protect the environment. Jay also helped to start the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law and has taught a variety of courses on Wildlife, Animal, and Environmental Law.
For over 25 years, Amy has focused her Communications and Design expertise on education and conservation. She has served clients such as UNICEF, Denver Water, The Nature Conservancy, the Denver Zoo and Colorado State Parks. In 1998, Amy volunteered to design SPLT’s first edition logo. Coming full circle, Amy is now living her dream job of supporting SPLT’s commitment to preserving prairie grasslands and wildlife.
SPLT is governed by an all-volunteer, hard-working board of directors.
SPLT Board & Staff at our Strategic Planning Workshop, August 2021
Front Row (left to right): Susan Crick, Taylor Jones, Misty Morehead, Lexi Schaefer, Donna Driscoll
Back Row (l-r): Ramona Gaylord, Nicole Rosmarino, Tracy Kessner, Sheree Seabury, Shannon Ryon
Lexi Schaefer, SPLT’s Board President, is a second-generation Colorado Native who grew up in Longmont, hiking the mountains, and developing a deep affinity for all Colorado wildlife. She graduated from University of Colorado in Boulder a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and promptly developed a sales career in the wine industry where she focused on sustainable and organic wines for 17 years. Lexi discovered SPLT while working for Fetzer Vineyards where she was immediately drawn to SPLT’s mission and ambitious goals. She supports SPLT fundraisers with her enthusiasm and passion for the cause.
Nicole Rosmarino, Board Secretary helped found the Southern Plains Land Trust and resides in Bent County, CO. Nicole received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in May 2002. Her Ph.D. is in policy science/political science, and her academic focus was on biodiversity preservation. She has been actively involved in efforts to protect prairie wildlife since 1994 and treasures all native prairie species, both plant and animal.
Sheree Seabury is a Vice-President. She moved to Colorado in 1983 and lives with her husband on an Airpark in Erie, CO. She graduated with a BSBA from Columbia College in 1985 and has spent the last 37 years in the high-tech industry. Sheree joined Luscombe Engineering in 1991 as an Outside Sales Representative and became a partner in 2002 until she retired at the end of 2016. She has served on several other Board of Directors in the area. As a supporter of SPLT for many years, she believes that purchasing land to keep as a prairie wildlife reserve is the best way to help preserve the prairie grasslands and animals. Sheree loves to ski, fly, scuba dive and ride on her husband’s Harley through Colorado and other places around the world. She is an advocate for saving the endangered black-tailed prairie dog due to explosive development happening in Colorado and loves going on marine research and conservation scuba diving trips whenever possible.