John Holland, President
John was raised in Salt Lake County and took his first backpacking trip down the Escalante River in 1978. Over the next several years his relationship with the plateau country expanded to include many trips into the remote and lightly traveled areas of southern Utah. In 1986, John married Marsha and they have two sons. After 13 years outside Utah working as a program manager for wireless network start-ups in nine countries across Europe and Asia, John and his family returned to Utah in 1999 landing in Bryce Valley where they took on a partner and built the KOA in Cannonville. They sold the KOA in 2014 to focus on their guiding business and other opportunities.In addition to his new role as a member of the Grand Staircase-Escalante Partners board John serves in several other volunteer positions. He is Director of the Scenic Byway 12 Foundation, a partnership of local governments, businesses and citizens, land management agencies and the Utah Department of Transportation. He also serves as a member of the Utah Tourism Development Board as chairman of the Co-operative Marketing Committee. He is a member of the Garfield County Travel Council and a founding member of the Bryce Canyon Half-Marathon and 5K race committee. John enjoys spending his free time outdoors in the garden, on his bike, and exploring public lands. His goal in work and play is to facilitate and expand appreciation for the untrammeled landscapes of southern Utah.
Scott Berry, Vice President
Tom Hoyt, Secretary
Bio coming soon…
After slogging away on Wall Street for a decade after college, Ed chucked it all, loaded up his old jalopy, and moved to Park City in 1993. The ski-bum gig didn’t last very long; he soon started graduate school at the University of Utah, where he earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy, and where he also met his wife, Melissa, another transplant from New York. They and their two teenage boys live in a hundred-year-old house in the heart of Salt Lake City, from where they frequently set off on adventures both near and far. Ed is a Professor (Lecturer) of Philosophy at the University of Utah. He regularly teaches classes on environmental ethics and environmental philosophy. His published work includes a book on water in the American West, and his current research and teaching focuses on sustainability and bioregionalism; he is particularly interested in exploring how eco-phenomenology can be used to integrate value distinctions into the broader environmental dialogue. In his pre-Utah days, Ed spent lots of time hiking, backpacking and mountaineering in the green expanses of the Adirondacks, Alaska and Western Canada. But over the last quarter century, he has sought out the solace, wonder and adventure of the desert landscapes of the Southwest. Again and again, and with ever-more frequency, it is the area around Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to which he is drawn, and the future of which he now hopes to help shape
Dean has been an avid explorer and adventurer across the Colorado plateau for over thirty years. He fell in love with the Monument in 2007 after a motorcycle trip across the desert and soon after discovered his passion for canyoneering. His love for the area inspired him to disconnect from the corporate finance world, where he spent thirty years as an executive and entrepreneur in Colorado. He spent seven years building his dream home in Boulder, Utah, which now serves as home base for explorations into his favorite landscape on earth, the red rock desert of Southern Utah. Dean and his wife of 25 years have three children, ranging from thirteen to thirty years old, who now serve as some of his best exploration partners. Although new to public service and activism, Dean is enthusiastic about sharing his passion for this landscape and helping protect it for future generations. In addition to volunteering as a backcountry patroller for Capitol Reef National Park, Dean enjoys organizing, teaching and leading canyoneering adventures. He believes that the more people he can inspire through connection with these places, the better chance we will have of protecting them for future generations.
Susan Hand is co-owner and manager of Willow Canyon Outdoor in Kanab, Utah, established in 1994. Raised in Colorado, she attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, where she earned a BS in Biology/Animal Behavior and a minor in history. She worked three seasons with the National Park Service at Mesa Verde and Glacier before settling in San Diego. There she took up surfing and worked with the Education Department of the Zoological Society of San Diego for 11 years; she resigned her position as Education Manager when she moved her family to Kanab. Susan is enchanted by the open landscapes surrounding her town and finds herself in them, literally and figuratively, as often as she can manage.
Dave is the CEO and Managing Shareholder of Gilbert, a 70-person CPA firm in Sacramento, California, where he has served the needs of hundreds of nonprofit organizations throughout California. But he has taken a distinct journey to arrive at Grand Staircase Escalante Partners. Dave developed a fondness for adventure while attending college in upstate New York, backpacking throughout the Adirondacks and traveling with his trusted BMW motorcycle through New England. While earning his degree in business, he had a rather unusual minor in geography, a further indicator of something more meaningful which lied deep inside of him. Dave and his family settled in Sacramento in the 1980s and eventually began his own CPA practice, where he discovered a passion for serving the nonprofit community. Today, his firm is one of the largest CPA firms in California specializing in services to nonprofit organizations, including assurance, tax, Board governance, and strategic planning services. The adventurer in Dave, however, has never ceased. Now he hikes the Sierra Nevada and travels the west on his BMW. About 20 years ago, he discovered southern Utah on one of his trips and discovered yet another passion. Dave fell in love with its colors, its grandeur, its pure, unspoiled terrain, and its special beauty. The areas in and around the Grand Staircase became a precious place in his life, and one he returns to year after year to hike and explore. For Dave, GSEP represents the perfect opportunity to meld his passions for adventure, the outdoors, the mission-focus of nonprofit organizations, and his love of the Monument.
Garett Rose is an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Alaska Project and works to protect Alaska’s wild lands. Prior to joining NRDC, he practiced at Covington & Burling LLP, an international law firm headquartered in Washington, DC. While at Covington he advised and represented GSEP in its lawsuit challenging the reduction of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. He earned his B.A. (2007) and J.D. with high honors (2013) from the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Frank Easterbrook on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. During law school, he worked with the Department of Justice’s Environmental Enforcement Section in Washington, DC and prior to law school he spent three years working for Rep. Barney Frank and the U.S. House Financial Services Committee. Southern Utah has been a singular constant throughout these periods. He has continually returned to the unparalleled public lands of Utah and the folks who live there. It is another home to him and he is deeply committed to advancing the preservation and protection of those public lands. Garett currently lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife Meredith, their daughter Petra, and their cat Deckard.
Joe Sertich is curator of dinosaurs at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He received his B.S. from Colorado State University in 2004, his M.S. at the University of Utah in 2006, and his Ph.D. from Stony Brook University in 2011. Dr. Sertich’s research focuses on dinosaurs, crocodiles, flying reptiles, and their ecosystems during the late Cretaceous. His field-based research is split between the Gondwanan continents of the southern hemisphere and western North America. As one of the primary researchers on the Madagascar Paleontology Project, Sertich is exploring the latest Cretaceous of Madagascar and has expanded the search for dinosaurs to older deposits across the island. He is also searching for the first latest Cretaceous dinosaurs of Africa, including work in northern Kenya and Egypt. In North America, Sertich leads the Laramidia Project, currently working to uncover a lost world of dinosaurs in the Cretaceous of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah and northwestern New Mexico.
Steve Trimble has been a free-lance writer and photographer since the 1970s. The breadth of his awards mirrors the wide embrace of his work: The Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for photography and conservation; The National Cowboy Museum’s Western Heritage “Wrangler” Award; and a Doctor of Humane Letters from his alma mater, Colorado College, honoring his efforts to increase our understanding of Western landscapes and peoples. Steve speaks and writes frequently as an open space and wilderness advocate and teaches writing at the University of Utah, where he received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at the U’s Tanner Humanities Center during the centennial of Stegner’s birth. His distinctive voice as a naturalist leads visitors through the Natural History Museum of Utah, where he wrote much of the exhibit text. Check out his website www.stephentrimble.net. Steve has lived in the Four Corners states all his life. He was born in Denver, his family’s base for roaming the West with his geologist father. After a liberal arts education at Colorado College, he worked as a national park ranger in Colorado and Utah (at Arches and Capitol Reef), earned a master’s degree in ecology at the University of Arizona, served as director of the Museum of Northern Arizona Press, and for five years lived near San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico. He has lived in Salt Lake City for 30 years. Steve and his family also have a home outside of Torrey, Utah, where they are proud stewards of a Nature Conservancy conservation easement-a story he tells in Bargaining for Eden: The Fight for the Last Open Spaces in America. His other books about wildlands and natural history include Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography, The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places (with Gary Nabhan), and The Sagebrush Ocean: A Natural History of the Great Basin. Steve spent more than ten years listening to Southwest Indian people, and their stories fill The People: Indians of the American Southwest and Talking With the Clay: the Art of Pueblo Pottery in the 21 st Century. With Terry Tempest Williams, he co-compiled Testimony: Writers of the West Speak on Behalf of Utah Wilderness, a landmark collection that created a path for writers to influence public policy. Testimony influenced President Bill Clinton’s decision to create Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. In 2016, Steve edited the successor to Testimony, a project called Red Rock Testimony: Three Generations of Writers Speak on Behalf of Utah’s Public Lands, with the goal of encouraging President Barack Obama to proclaim a Bears Ears National Monument. What began as a book of advocacy has become a book of defense.