Leadership

All board members are dedicated volunteers

 

Noel Poe

Noel Poe

President 

Noel is a longtime supporter of public lands and the communities and organizations that steward them. In 2007, he and his wife, Mary, moved to Kanab and became members of Grand Staircase Escalante Partners. Noel joined the board in 2008, serving as treasurer, vice president, and president before becoming our executive director in 2014. Prior to his time with Partners, Noel spent 40 years and three days in Federal Service, including 2.5 years with the U.S. Army. He worked primarily with the National Park Service, including three assignments in southern Utah and serving as the superintendent of four national parks. Noel and his wife raised three boys, all graduates of Utah State University and now enjoying successful careers in conservation or law. Away from the office, Noel likes to spend time with his eight grandchildren, introducing them to snowy peaks and red rock canyons and the beauty of the Colorado Plateau.

Tom Hoyt

Tom HoytVice President 

Tom has interfaced with Partners through his involvement for a number of years with the Boulder Community Alliance and The Escalante River Watershed Partnership. He has a long-standing interest in and experience with both small and large-scale conservation works while at the same time having been in the home-building and development business. He has focused his career and interests on the balance between good land planning and permanent protection of our natural resources.

 

Jim Page

Jim PageTreasurer
Retired Fire Management Officer, U.S. Forest Service
Jim retired from the U.S. Forest Service in 1991. He served on 3 National Forests, specializing in fire management activities and achieved Fire Management Officer and Prescribed Fire Manager positions. In 1994 he moved to Moab, Utah and began a second 20 year career as a white water river guide. He was appointed to the Board of Adjustments, City of Moab. He served as the President, Board of Directors, Dan O’ Laurie Canyon Country Museum and the Editor of the museums quarterly Journal. Jim worked two seasons as a volunteer at El Morro National Monument, NM and Pipe Spring National Monument, UT. Jim relocated to the Lake Powell area in 2004 and for the next six years served as the volunteer house boat pilot and field supervisor for the graffiti removal program on the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. During this period he served as a board member on the Glen Canyon Natural History Association and as President of the Armijo Chapter, Old Spanish Trail Association. Jim moved to Kanab in 2014 and joined Partners and is serving his second term as Treasurer. Jim enjoys hiking, historical research and is an accomplished silversmith. 

Mike Satter

Secretary
Amateur Astronomer and Retired Computer Programmer
St. George, UT

Mike was born on Oct. 16, 1938 in Chicago Illinois and moved to San Diego in 1955.  He studied electrical engineering at San Diego State College and Cal Poly in Pomona CA.  He joined the Air Force while living in San Diego. He is now retired from 3M Company after 36 years in the computer industry as a software engineer.  Mike’s hobbies include ham radio, photography and amateur astronomy.  He has done many night sky programs for the Forest Service, Park Service and the BLM and also gives astronomy presentations to high school science classes. Hes enjoy hiking and cycling and always has his camera with him.

Directors

 

Rich Csenge

Master Craftsman and Founding Director, Amazing Earthfest
Kanab, UT

Rich and Debra Csenge moved to Kanab in 2007 from Maine to explore and enjoy Southern Utah’s Color Country, and to live near the magnificent Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. They lead an active lifestyle that blends hiking, backpacking, listening and learning, artistic pursuits and community service. In 2009, Rich joined GSE Partners as a member of the board to assist BLM in meeting management objectives for the “Flagship” in its new system of National Conservation Lands. His service to Partners has included chairing the Conservation and Personnel Committees, and as Vice President.Upon arriving in Kanab in 2007, Rich’s understanding of the challenges confronting public land managers and staff led him to develop Southern Utah’s annual Amazing Earthfest, which offers a way for management agencies, local governments, businesses and individuals to cooperate in producing public benefits for gateway communities. Rich is founder and president of the nonprofit Amazing Earthfest, where each May, Kane County, Utah, and the City of Kanab celebrate America’s National Parks, Forests, Monuments and Public Lands with seven days of learning, discovery, arts and entertainment events.A self-employed professional furniture craftsman, Rich began his career as owner of Joy In Wood Furniture Makers in 1979, and remains engaged in designing and creating fine hardwood furnishings to custom order by hand, and restoring antiques.

 

Gael Hill

Tourism Coordinator, Garfield-Kane Counties
Escalante, UT

 

 

 

 

 

Tana McTeer

Retired Application Engineer
Kanab, UT
Tana is an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast.  She came to Southern Utah for a 2 year sabbatical where she hiked and explored much of the Monument. It was love at first sight and she was never able to return to her high stress lifestyle of Southern California.She is a full time resident of Kanab and is very active in the community.  Since joining GSEP as a member in 2009 she has been involved in many of their programs as a volunteer, including the Site Steward Program and Paleo Lab Program. Joining the Board of Directors in 2013, Tana now has the opportunity to use many skills from her 20+ years in the Construction and Engineering field, including strategic thinking, problem solving and project management, as a hands on board member.

Craig (Sage) Sorenson

Guide, Earth Tours, and Retired Outdoor Recreation Planner, Bureau of Land Management
Escalante, UT

Sage got his childhood nickname from devoting a lot of time to the hills, red rock canyons and mountains of Utah where the scent of ‘sagebrush’ was always a part of his nature. He was born and raised in Utah where his father worked with the U.S. Forest Service and mother taught school.  They lived in a wall tent until he was five and he learned to identify with and appreciate the outdoors, conservation, and the Intermountain West.  He graduated from Utah State University Natural Resources Department in Forestry/Recreation.  Sage has worked part time for earth tours since 2005 after finishing a 31-year career with the Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming and Utah as an Outdoor Recreation Planner.  It was a great pleasure to help lay the foundation for the management of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument since established in 1996. He and his family have lived in Escalante since 1990 and, since retirement, continues to work with the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument as a volunteer with the Monument Partners, science and research studies, Escalante River Watershed Partnership, Boulder Community Alliance, the U.S. Forest Service and Garfield County Search and Rescue and Sons of Utah Pioneers.  Now, he has time to enjoy, traveling, family, continued education, nature study, breeding bird surveys, fly fishing, camping, harmonica, Native American flute, Irish Whistle, and mandolin music, photography, gardening, Pickleball, their animals – especially their singing dog, Ole, and part time guiding with Earth Tours.

Larry Spanne

Larry1Retired Archaeologist
Kanab, UT
 Larry (Laurence) Spanne began his service on the Grand Staircase Escalante Board of Directors in 2012.  He was raised on a small farm and ranch on the Central California Coast near Lompoc. Hunting, fishing, hiking, riding horses, gardening, working in the agricultural fields, helping with the livestock, and socializing with his extended family dominated his early life.  He later attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and Arizona State University, earning Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology, with a minor in Geology/Geography.  His formal education was punctuated by military service in the Continental United States and Europe.  He later worked as a Cultural Resources Management contractor and consultant for numerous private companies and government agencies.  Eventually he settled on a 23-year career at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, where he held the position of Historic Preservation Officer and Chief of Cultural Resources.  There he headed the effort that produced a 14-Volume Cultural Resources Management Plan that included complete inventories of archaeological, historical, Cold War, paleontological, rock art, and Native American resources.  In 2002 he was recognized by the Society for American Archaeology with their Excellence in Cultural Resources Management Award. While pursuing his career in archaeology and anthropology, Larry was also involved in education.  He instructed classes in anthropology, archaeology, the sociology of American Indians, plant identification, survival techniques, and natural history.  He also led hundreds of field trips over this 35-year parallel career, during which he was employed by Allan Hancock College, the University of California Extension, and local adult education programs.  Larry also served for many years on the Santa Barbara County Park Commission and the Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District Board. Larry enjoys traveling with his family, exploring, hiking, and volunteering in support of the environment.  In 2006, Larry and his wife Renae Cox Spanne retired, moved to their home beneath the Vermilion Cliffs, and continue to happily pursue their interests here in Kane County.