The Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance (IPWA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1985, with no paid staff and is managed by an elected board of directors from within our volunteer base.


Our Board of Directors oversees all aspects of the governance and operations of the IPWA to serve our mission to preserve and protect the Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness Areas. The board is responsible for strategic and operational planning, volunteer recruitment, fundraising, financial management, interfacing with the Forest Service, partner groups and the public, and much more! The board meets for regular monthly meetings and also meets for special sessions, committee meetings, training events, and volunteer appreciation events. All board members contribute as ‘working’ members by leading at least one committee, team or project. The board of directors consists of 4 officers (Board Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary) and additional members-at-large, as well as an advisory group (non-voting). All officers and members are elected by current board members to new or recurring terms and must sign and adhere to the IPWA Board Code of Conduct

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Our Articles of Incorporation:

Our organization, originally known as the “Indian Peaks Working Group”, was incorporated to provide the following services:

  • Provide a forum for discussion of issues regarding the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area

  • Provide a volunteer clearinghouse to work with the USFS to coordinate, train, and supervise volunteers working in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area,

  • Provide a forum for information exchange among the USFS, local government, and interested citizens,

  • Assist in developing a process for identifying and solving problems for the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area,

  • Establish an ongoing public education program regarding the Indian Peaks Area, its ecology, its popularity, and techniques to minimize the impact on it, and

  • To undertake, sponsor, encourage and publish research on the natural sciences and management problems of the Indian Peaks Wilderness and adjacent areas.

2022 Board of Directors

Board Officers:

Chairman - Kelly Prendergast 

Vice Chairman - Andy Gup (Winter Patrol Lead)

Treasurer - Fiona Garvin

Secretary - Emily Herrington 

At-Large Board Members: 

Quartermaster (Uniforms and Gear) - CJ Gup

Communications  & Marketing Lead - Reghan Gillman

Research, Education & Photo Contest Lead - Daryl Ogden

Training & Summer Patrol Coordinator - Faith Overall

Volunteer & Member Services Coordinator - Alexa Carrollo

Mentor Coordinator - Peter Fellenz

IT Support/Webmaster - Yonah Cohen

Supporting and Committee Positions (Non-Board):

Accountant - Mary Durham

Handbook Editor - Melinda Bise

Data Analysis Team - Marianne Bussey and Alexa Carrollo

Trail Projects Coordinator - Bryon Lawrence

Research Grant Committee - Eric Durham and Jessica Feld

Advisory Group (Non-Board):

Board Advisors: Stuart Dodd, Matt Peck, Jan Robertson

USFS Liaisons: Jonathan Brooks, Mary Kalendovsky

Questions or comments? Contact us!

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