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Glen Canyon Institute

Dedicated to the restoration of Glen Canyon and a free flowing Colorado River.


Board of Trustees

Richard Ingebretsen, MD, PhD – President

Rich founded Glen Canyon Institute in 1996, with the help of legendary conservationist David Brower. Rich first visited Glen Canyon as a young boy scout and developed a great love for the canyons that would later be destroyed by the floodwaters of Lake Powell reservoir. For the past 15 years, he has dedicated his life to restoring the natural health and beauty of Glen Canyon and the Colorado River. He is a physician and faculty member at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Department of Physics, and the founder and President of Utah Wilderness Medicine. He also serves as vice chairman of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and is the President of Riverbound Adventures, an educational river-running company. His love for medicine and the environment has taken him around the world to places such as Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Paraguay. He enjoys hiking, running, spending time with friends and family, and especially, running the white-waters of the Colorado River. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Scott Christensen

Scott grew up in Idaho and Utah, where he had the opportunity to run rivers, chase fish and climb mountains from an early age. Scott graduated from the University of Utah in 2003 and after working on several political and environmental campaigns in Salt Lake City, went to work for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, where he now serves as the Director of Conservation. He has helped to bring down a 90-year old dam on the Bear River, negotiate an agreement to construct a fish ladder over a dam on the Henry's Fork of the Snake and has been named a Conservation Hero by Field and Stream Magazine for protecting Yellowstone cutthroat trout from open pit phosphate mining in southeast Idaho. He lives in Bozeman, Montana with his wife and four children.

Wade Graham, PhD

Wade is a landscape designer, historian, and writer. He has designed gardens all over California, and in Hawaii and New York. He is the author of a social history of gardens in America, American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to our Back Yards, What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are (HarperCollins, 2011), and has written on the environment, landscape, urbanism, and the arts for The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Los Angeles Times, Outside and other publications. He has a Ph.D. in American history and teaches urbanism and environmental policy at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

M. Lea Rudee, PhD

Lea is Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of California, San Diego. He has served as the founding Provost of Warren College, Founding Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering, and coordinator of the Graduate Program in Materials Science. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is past president of the board of trustees, San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts, and a former board member of Burnham Cancer Research Institute. He is currently a board member of the San Diego River Park Foundation and the Athenaeum Music and Art Library. He lives in La Jolla, California.

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Ed Dobson, JD

Ed is one of the founding trustees of Glen Canyon Institute. He currently serves as a commissioner on the Navajo Nation Labor Commission. He has served as director of the Navajo Low Income Taxpayer Clinic and as principal U.S. Tax Court litigator for the Navajo Nation's Legal Services.  Earlier he served nine years as a Montana Water Master, judging water rights disputes, and twelve years with David Brower as a field representative for Friends of the Earth. Ed wrote Montana's Initiative 84, passed in 1980, forbidding uranium mill tailings and other large-quantity radioactive waste. He also served for four years as a member of the Sierra Club national board of directors. He lives in Bluff, Utah.

David Wegner

Dave is one of the founding trustees for the Glen Canyon Institute.  The issues at Glen Canyon Dam and a love of history were the stimulus for a career of  looking at the management of the Colorado River Basin as a system.  From 1996 through mid- 2009 he served as science director for the  Glen Canyon Institute while establishing his own business, Ecosystem Management International, which specialized in the study of the effects of climate change on large landscapes, river basins and species both nationally and internationally.  Previously, he spent over 20 years with the Department of the Interior, including as lead scientist for the Bureau of Reclamation's environmental impact studies of Glen Canyon Dam. He has also been a private consultant and expert on western water, endangered species, river restoration, the application and use of science, and adaptive management. He serves as a board member of the River Policy Network of Japan, Good Dirt Radio, Animas River Task Force, La Plata County Water Commission, the Durango Parks and Open Space Strategic Planning Task Force, and Animas Riverkeeper. He currently works and lives in Washington, DC, and Durango, Colorado, near the “River of Lost Souls”, the  Animas River on the edge of the Colorado Plateau.

Tyler Coles – Treasurer

Tyler is GCI's treasurer and operational contact, overseeing all fundraising projects and financial activities. Tyler studied Economics and Organizational Communication at the University of Utah. In addition to protecting the ecosystems and wildlife of Glen Canyon and the Colorado River, Tyler enjoys hiking in the Wasatch Mountains east of Salt Lake City, and spending time with family and friends. He has been actively involved with GCI since 2009. (EMAIL)

Mike Sargetakis

Mike grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and has spent much of his life exploring the Wasatch mountains and the Colorado Plateau in Utah. Mike received a bachelor’s degree in urban planning from the University of Utah in 2011 and a JD with a certificate in Natural Resource Law from Lewis & Clark in 2017. He worked as the project and office manager for GCI from 2012-2014. Mike is now a natural resource and environmental attorney practicing in Portland, Oregon. In addition to his education and work history, Mike enjoys fly fishing, hiking, and spending as much time as he can in and around rivers and mountains.

Advisory Board

Daniel Beard, Ph.D.
Carla Scheidlinger
Francis McDermott
Tom Myers, Ph.D.
Bill Wolverton
Roy Dale Webb, C.A. (Certified Archivist), BA, MS.
Bruce Mouro
Rick Ridder